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Today is my birthday


A break in the run of Star Trek Online let’s plays!

Today I turn 45.  And while I’ve already written a long post about the day and some reflection upon the past 45 years (or at least the last year because it’s easier to remember), here I just plan on posting pictures.

Because I can.  And it’s my birthday.  So here’s pictures from early this morning around my park like place.

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Posted by on June 9, 2015 in photos

 

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Sunday Morning Snow


Because I can’t post photos on Tumblr for some reason (seriously, I spent 40 minutes waiting for the post button not to be grey), I’m posting this on WordPress.  So to my tumblr followers, there’s a link below.  Click it.

It snowed all day yesterday.  Well, for a good portion of it.  I’m thinking I’m going to have to shovel in my driveway behind my car.

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One thing was really great, though.  The sun poking through the trees.  Looked awesome this morning.

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Posted by on February 15, 2015 in Fun, Life, photos, randomness

 

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Black History Month – George Reed


For today’s history lesson, we turn our attention to another football player, but this time an American who came north and played in the CFL.  George Reed is known in Saskatchewan as a record breaking running back for the Saskatchewan Roughriders during the 1960s and 1970s.  He appeared in four Grey Cups, helping the Riders win their first in 1966.  Reed is one of three running backs always mentioned as the best in the history of the CFL (the others being Mike Pringle and Johnny Bright), and is one of only 8 former Roughriders to have his number retired.

Like yesterday’s entry, Rueben Mayes, Reed was a Pac 8 college player for the Washington State University Cougars, where he was teamed along with future Rider teammate and fellow Canadian Football Hall of Famer, Hugh Campbell.

Reed’s play during his 13 years with the Roughriders is not the main point of this article.  He is also a naturalized Canadian citizen, and was made a Member of the Order of Canada for his work with children with disabilities.  His contributions to help the handicapped and his work and creation of the George Reed Foundation, saw the Province of Saskatchewan recognize his work in 1973.

Since then, Reed still works with the foundation, and lives in Regina.  He is often seen in the stands with thousands of other Rider faithful during game days.

Reed’s message as founder and chair of the George Reed Foundation is very clear;

We need heroes. They believe in us, and teach us to believe in others and ourselves. They inspire us to become more than who we are. A true hero touches the lives of many people, and does so selflessly and without thanks. True heroes walk among us, silently giving their time, their energy and their passion.

Of the many organizations that the foundation helps, is the Saskatchewan Special Olympics and those athletes who compete at provincial and national levels.  But the foundation’s work speaks for itself.

The George Reed Foundation was founded by #34 himself, with a strong focus on helping the disabled and disadvantaged who are physically and intellectually challenged. We support programs and projects that focus on education, continuous learning and inspiring healthy and active living.

George has personally been a long time supporter of Saskatchewan Special Olympics, and lends his name to them in creating a future legacy fund. As well, over the years George has provided his support to pictogram development-a method of symbolic communication. The George Reed Foundation and the University of Regina are working to create a centre of study for pictogram research and development. We envision the centre further exploring other means of visual communication, and the creation of scholarships to support students who want to help people with physical or intellectual disabilities.

George Reed, born in Mississippi, has become a Saskatchewan icon not only for his abilities on the gridiron, but also for his contributions to making Saskatchewan residents who are physically and mentally challenged get the assistance they deserve.

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2015 in Fun, randomness

 

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Brrrr, F*****G COLD!


It was -17 today (Celsius, naturally).  At least, that’s what the temperature was when I woke up.  With a light breeze, the temperature feels like -19 (it’s that windchill thing, the temperature isn’t actualy -19, but it feels like it is, suffice to say windchill is basically the amount of time it takes for skin to freeze, and I don’t mean get cold, I mean fucking freeze).

I think it’s safe to say that Saskatchewan (along with many other regions of Canada… with the exception of those who live in British Columbia) is now firmly in the grip of winter.  Winter isn’t coming, it’s already here, mutherfucker.

Now we have to deal with four more months of this shit, as well as really shorter days of light.  No, we don’t suddenly have 20 hours in a day, it’s that the sun rises later and sets earlier in the day. Ergo, less sunlight hours.

The good thing; we have lots of things to keep us going until New Years Day.  the busier we are, the faster the time goes.  The bad thing; after New Years Day, it’s a holiday wasteland until Easter (okay there is Family Day in February, but that’s one day off and the only reprieve, three day weekends are all about going to the lake and relaxing, not huddled in a comforter trying to keep warm).

Such is the life of someone who lives on the prairies.  At least one thing is for sure, we’re all in this together.  We can survive, we’ve done it for several years already.  We live and die by our unofficial motto in this province.

What doesn’t kill us, only makes us stronger.

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2014 in Life, randomness

 

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2013 Grey Cup; talked about for decades to come


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There was a lot of stories leading up to the Grey Cup.  How Kent Austin, current head coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, was the quarterback for Saskatchewan when he lead the team to the 1989 Grey Cup Championship over that year’s Hamilton squad.  How he returned in 2007 as head coach for the Riders, and helped lead them again to victory against Winnipeg.

Andy Fantuz, former receiver with Saskatchewan, now playing for Hamilton.  Henri Burris, a former Rider quarterback, now under center with Hamilton.  Luca Congi, former kicker for Saskatchewan, now using his leg for the Tiger-cats.

Those stories were talked about, but there are others now that the game is done, and the Riders are the 2013 Grey Cup Champs.

Rider quarterback Darian Durant is the ultimate professional.  He works hard and takes a very serious leadership role for his team.  Many have said it’s hard playing in Saskatchewan because the province and the team are so connected.  A small market means you’re under the microscope every day.  But Darian took his criticism in stride and didn’t let it overwhelm him.  He was a third string quarterback in 2007.  In 2009 and 2010, he lead the Riders to the Grey Cup only to lose each to the Montreal Alouettes.  But he now shares something close to Rider great Ron Lancaster.  No other quarterback since Lancaster has lead the Riders to more than one Grey Cup.  Lancaster was the Little General in 1966, 1967, 1969, 1972 and 1976, winning it in 1966.  Durant’s been there four times, starting three of those games.  Durant deserves as much respect as Lancaster has received in this province.

There’s even more stories.  The local players, born and raised in Saskatchewan who dreamed of playing for the hometown Riders.  Guys like Chris Getzlaf, Neil Hughs, Brendan Labatte, and Ben Hennan.  To win it all is one thing, but to win it in front of their home fans is a completely different feeling.

And there’s the story of Kory Sheets, who was brought down to earth by his teammates, to set ego aside and do what he does for the team.  Not only did he win the MVP for the Grey Cup, but he set a Grey Cup record for yards rushed with 197.

There’s Geroy Simon, the veteran, who had been in the Grey Cup three times before with the B.C. Lions, but never had caught a touchdown pass.  This year, he caught two.

And there’s the Riders head coach, Corey Chamberlain.  Corey is most likely the youngest head coach ever to win a Grey Cup.  He’s also only the third black head coach to win a championship in football at the professional level.  Mike Clemons of the Toronto Argonauts became the first black head coach to win a Grey Cup in 2004.  Four years later, in 2008, Tony Dungy was the field boss for the Indianapolis Colts as they defeated the Chicago Bears for the Super Bowl Championship.  Now, in 2013, Corey Chamberlain becomes only the third black head coach to win a professional football Championship.

In Saskatchewan, this Grey Cup will be talked about for decades to come.  There’s still people who talk about 1966 when Ron Lancaster and George Reed won with the Riders as they helped beat Russ Jackson and the Ottawa Rough Riders.  People still talk about 1989 when Dave Ridgeway booted the winning field goal with two seconds left to defeat Hamilton in a shoot out.  And they still talk about 2007 when Kerry Joseph used his arm and his legs to lead the Riders to victory.

Now, we can talk about Durant, Sheets, Getzlaf, Dressler, Simon, Bagg and all the others who stepped up and won the 2013 Grey Cup.  We’ll talk about it for a very long time.

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2013 in Sports

 

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Howie


31 Days of Ghosts presents another story of mystery and terror.  Is it real, myth, or a complete fabrication?  You decide.

Government House in Regina, Saskatchewan has had it’s fill of ghost stories and tourists have mentioned seeing apparitions from time to time.  Doors have been said to open and close frequently of their own accord, babies can be heard crying in the distance, children laughing late at night when no one is around, and eerie faces appearing beside someone when they look in the mirror.

But of particular note is an apparition named Howie.

Believed to be the former cook of Lieutenant Governor Archibald McNabb, many witnesses believe his ghost roams throughout the house.  His shuffling footsteps can be heard walking about the halls.  Howie even has a thing to say about interior decorating, as many times objects have been shifted in place or moved completely to another room.

For all of Howie’s activities, he seems relatively harmless and bodes no ill will to anyone.

Maybe he’s just trying to get to the kitchen.  He was a cook, after all.

 

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Old Wives Lake


31 Days of Ghosts presents another story of mystery.  Is it real, myth, or a complete fabrication?  You decide.

Saskatchewan boasts over 200,000 lakes.  One of those lakes is Old Wives Lake.  Today, the dry lake bed is a ghost of it’s former self, thanks to the driest years on record evaporating the water of the alkalie lake.  But this spot holds a much more haunting legend.

Over a hundred years ago, as legend tells, three elderly Assiniboian women were attempting to escape a raiding party of Blackfoot.  They came to the lake and attempted to swim to the far shore, but tragically they drowned.

For years after and even today, it’s said that the cries of torment are heard across the water at night.

Because of this legend, the lake was always called Old Wives Lake, but at some point the name was changed to Lake Johnstone.  Until 1963, when the name was officially reverted back to the name Old Wives Lake, which kept in tradition with what many of the people called the lake.

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2013 in 31 Days Of Ghosts, Ghost Stories, Weird facts

 

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