Memorial Cup Tickets

The average, middle class hockey fan will have to come up with a paycheque and I mean a FULL paycheque if he or she wants a pair of tickets to the Memorial Cup in Regina this spring.

Regina Pats season ticket holders have first shot at the tickets today and the rest of us can try to get 'em on January 30th.  The packages, which include tickets to 8 games, will go for $700 and $750 dollars.  If you go to the Memorial Cup website and click on "Tickets", you go to TicketMaster where a single ticket will be $847.50, taxes in.  So, do the math and it's a $1695.00 for a pair.

I'm going to guess there are hundreds of local, loyal Western Hockey League fans who simply can't afford these prices.  However, I don't think you'll find many tickets available the day after they go on sale to the general public.  I'll predict a sell-out.  

I'll also predict hundreds of Moose Jaw Warriors and Swift Current Broncos fans will be buyers - and then sellers if their team gets eliminated along the way.

Affordable or not, the 100th edition of the Memorial Cup will be memorable - perhaps the best ever.


We dread Monday, tolerate Tuesday, look forward to Thursday because the next day is Friday.  We LOVE Saturday and enjoy Sunday.  What about Wednesday?

Well, it's "Hump Day."  We call it that because once we get over the hump we're on our way to the weekend.  But, did you know the stats show bosses and managers are most receptive to requests on Wednesdays?

It's also interesting to note, a cosmetic company once commissioned a study that concluded women look their oldest at 3:30 on Wednesday afternoons.  Seriously.

Did you know there's a British soccer team called "Wednesday"?  The Sheffield Wednesday.  They used to play all their homes games on, you guessed it, Wednesdays.

And, what's the deal with the way we spell Wednesday?  W-E-D-N-E-S-D-A-Y.  We pronounce it like the N comes before the D but it doesn't.  It's no wonder why newcomers to our country have trouble learning English.

Happy Wednesday.


Texting.  It's taking over.  We used to talk to each other.  These days you'll find people who would rather get a text than a call on their telephone or, at least, a text to see if they're available to take a call.

We lose so much when we text.  You see, texting doesn't allow for the same impact as a conversation.  There's no voice inflection and most of us write or dictate our texts with abbreviated messages.

And then there's punctuation.  There are people who don't use commas or periods and that leads to messages being misconstrued. 

I've also found, from personal experience, that typing messages with proper upper and lower case is important.  I thought using all upper case was an easy shortcut.  So, I sent a message to friend, all with upper case or capital letters.  It was a simple, friendly message but she texted back, "WHY ARE YOU YELLING AT ME?"

What's the solution?  I'm not sure there is one, but I do know we need to make sure our children are paying attention in English class and learning proper punctuation.  Our future is at stake.

BLUE Monday

Do you dread Mondays? 

The surveys and polls show the average person moans and groans for about 34 minutes on a Monday morning, compared to about 22 minutes on other days.  

Over 50% of us show up late for work on Monday and most of us are only productive for about 3 or 4 hours on Monday.  People aged 45 to 54 are most likely to suffer the "Monday blues" and stats show a 20% increase in heart attacks on Mondays.  

Today is "Blue Monday".  It's the 3rd Monday in January.  A number of things factor in to this "equation."  We're in the middle of winter, we're still only getting about 8 hours of daylight each day and many of us have bills to pay after the Holiday Season.

Mental health experts say we can beat it by getting some fresh air and exercise and by doing things we enjoy with people we like.

Let's do that.  And then we'll take on Tuesday together!

Addicted to Coke

My name is Rob and I am a Coke addict.  Coca Cola.  I love that stuff.  Oh, I can go without it but I don't want to.  It's my favourite drink.  It's one of my favourite things in life.  There's just nothing like that smooth, cola taste and the burn of the bubbles along the back of my throat as that soda goes down the hatch.

The folks at Coke have me wrapped around their finger.  They've kept me attracted to my drink forever.  Remember in 1985 when they introduced the "new Coke"?  It was a new, slightly different recipe.  I didn't like it.  I missed my Coke - the original.  So, as you may recall, within 3 months, they brought it back.  Coca Cola Classic they called it.  We couldn't get enough.  Sales went through the roof.

I remember this today as I read about the new Diet Coke.  They've introduced new, flavoured Diet Coke.  You can get new "Ginger Lime," "Twisted Mango," "Feisty Cherry," and "Zesty Blood Orange."  Oh, and the new cans are colourful and attractive.  

I'll predict Coca Cola collectors will scoop it up quickly because it won't be on the shelves for long.  Think about it.  Have you ever heard of anyone wishing they could have a blood orange flavoured diet cola?  No.  

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