Carnie's Comments - Blue Monday

They call it "Blue Monday".  It's the 3rd Monday in January.  We've all been suffering from a lack of daylight and most of us are just now starting to worry about the debt we incurred over the Christmas season.  

Blue Monday.  The most depressing day of the year, they say.

Don't let it get you down.  Experts are sharing the cures for our depression.

Mental health advocates tell us to get some daylight today, whether that's outside our just spending time in a bright window.

They also recommend getting some vigorous exercise and to take time to smile at people.  We should also reflect on the good things we have in our lives and be grateful.  Real research is showing if we take time to appreciate what we have, we feel more energetic and optimistic.

I'm smiling right now.  Can you tell?

Carnie's Comments - Citizen & Group of the Year

He's a consummate professional who owns and operates a busy and successful local business. He's married and raising a young family.  He doesn't really have a lot of spare time.  The fact is, he uses most of his spare time making a difference.  James Murdock is the Moose Jaw & District Chamber of Commerce - 800 CHAB Citizen of the Year.

James was awarded for his tireless work with the Moose Jaw Health Foundation and a number of other organizations.  He's a leader who provides direction and makes good things happen.

Hunger in Moose Jaw is our Group of the Year.  The skeleton staff at that local operation teams up with dedicated volunteers to support local families with good nutrition for our children.  They've been doing it for years - literally feeding our future.

You know, the list of nominees for the awards this year was probably the most impressive I've ever seen.  The winners, the nominees, are doing good things to make life better for all of us in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan - The Friendly City.

Many thanks to all of you.  You make me proud to call Moose Jaw home.

Carnie's Comments - WEST COAST TRIPS

We were always so excited to load up the bus and hit the road but I also remember how good it was to get home.

Our Moose Jaw Warriors took off on their annual west coast trip this week.  It brings back memories, most of them pleasant, of my 15 years traveling with our hockey club.

I remember a couple of those road trips turned our seasons around, setting us up for exciting playoff runs.  One time the entire Warriors Booster Club and dozens of others were waiting for us when we arrived back home at the old Civic Centre.  They clapped and cheered when we got off the bus.  I also remember going 0 and 6 one year and the only person there to greet us when we got home was Bob the Zamboni driver.

I remember how great it was when they installed VCR's on the team bus.  We could watch movies.  We watched Slapshot, Major League and Mall Rats.  Over and over again.

I also remember many fans telling me how they loved staying up late to listen to the games from out west on the radio.  We can do that again this weekend when the Warriors play the Giants in Vancouver on Friday and the Royals in Victoria on Saturday night with the Voice of the Warriors James Gallo on Country 100. 

Carnie's Comments - WJHC Feedback

I made the point last week after Team USA beat Canada in an overtime shootout to win the World Junior Hockey Championships.  Many hockey fans were saying the shootout is no way to decide a champion.  I pointed out the fact we forget sometimes that hockey is entertainment.  It's a game.

Bruce didn't like that.  He shared his thoughts and among them?

"It's a lot more than a game to the young boys playing and making a lifelong memory. Did you see the looks on the faces of those young boys of Team Canada?  (tears for most).

"Shoot Outs are just plain STOOPID!", Bruce wrote.  "A series of 5 minute periods until the game is won would show the skills of all the players on the ice with all the boys giving their least the goalie wouldn't have to carry the weight of allowing one lousy goal out of 5 shots from the opposing team's best shooters!"

"I could go on and on with this but I won't.  After all it's just my own opinion," he wrote.

And I respect that, Bruce.  Thanks for sharing.

Carnie's Comments - New Year's Resolution?

Did you make a new year's resolution for 2017?  

Fitness and nutrition are the top priorities for Canadians this year, according to a national Ipsos survey.  More than half of us say we're "motivated to improve quality of life" by working out more and eating better.  

Ipsos also polled over 1000 members of "GoodLife Fitness" who indicated the motivation of a new year's resolution is good but it's just a start.  Long term gym members say consistency and commitment are also essential.  Interesting, when asked what they attribute their success to, the top answer was "working out makes people feel good".

The stats show 75% of us stick to our resolutions in January but only 46% make it past six months.  39% of people in their 20's will achieve their resolution this year but only 14% of people over 50 years of age will achieve theirs.

Many experts are also telling us to "liven up our lifestyle", saying "professional growth is good but your personal life requires attention too.  Strike a balance."

I've noticed people in their 20's seem to have that figured out.

Carnie's Comments - Hometown Hockey

The tents, the trucks and trailers were all gone first thing this morning.  Main Street, Moose Jaw was empty.  It was as if the traveling road show they call Rogers Hometown Hockey had never been here.  It was.  And what a great event.

And, despite the bitter cold, we dressed up and showed up.  Moose Jaw looked good on national television.

Oh, the critics are out, talking about the people and places that weren't featured on the show but, really, it has to be tough to pick and choose and there's only so much time.

Hometown Hockey mentioned many who have had major impacts on Canada's game and our community and did a great job of introducing us to some you may not have known - people like Warriors' scout Justin Rayner who bravely goes about each day as a quadriplegic.  There was the Watterson family, billets for former Warriors' star Morgan Rielly and there was Ron MacLean showing an action photo of our own Olivia Howe from her days at Clarkson University, one of the best female hockey players to ever come out of Moose Jaw.  

Hometown Hockey also featured our tourist attractions, our air base and our Canadian Forces Snowbirds - again, all on national television.

 Thanks for coming, Rogers Hometown Hockey.  It was good.

Carnie's Comments - Citizen & Group Nominees

So, just a few weeks ago, we heard the submission of nominees was a little slow.  So, we ramped up the promotion a little and it appears to have helped.

The nominees are in for the Moose Jaw & District Chamber of Commerce - 800 CHAB Citizen & Group of the Year Awards and an impressive list it is.

There are six individuals and one married couple up for Citizen of the Year with a total of 10 local groups and organizations nominated for Group of the Year.

Nominees include people like Carol Acton who heads up Hunger in Moose Jaw, which, by the way, is nominated for Group of the Year.

Ruth and Ed Koop are nominees, together, for Citizen of the Year for their hard work behind the scenes at RuBarb Productions which, by the way, is also nominated for Group of the Year.

Check out the list on here.  I believe you will find it most impressive.  And, you might consider joining us for the awards luncheon.

It's coming up a week from today.   You can get tickets at the Chamber of Commerce.

Carnie's Comments - Work Emails

Many of us remember the days when the only way the boss could get in touch with you was by land line telephone.  Then they invented call display and we could ignore the calls if we chose to.


Then, we all got on the email.  We have to be on the email.  Communication is a key to good business, right?


Well, in France, the government has passed a law which gives workers the right to disconnect if they so choose.  It applies to businesses with 50 employees or more.


You see, studies are showing there's just too much work-related stress these days.  We leave the workplace but we're still connected via email.  People are breaking down, mentally and physically.


This isn't new.  Six years ago, Volkswagen made a move to stop their servers from sending emails 30 minutes after employees finished their shifts and, in Brazil, employees who take time to answer emails from work when they're not "on the job" are entitled to overtime pay.


It's something to think about and perhaps something to talk about at your next staff meeting.

Carnie's Comments - 2017

Worried and concerned but excited with anticipation at the same time.  I don't know about you, but I'm happy to be alive in 2017.


The new year brings new beginnings and hope for the future.  I try to keep my life as simple and uncomplicated as possible so I'm not expecting any major changes but life, itself, seems to bring them anyway.


Think about it  - where were you, where were WE 20 years ago?  Well, most of us had yet to get a personal cell phone, Facebook was still 8 years away and most of us still had 26 inch television screens built into wooden and plastic cabinets.


These days, many of us have given up our old land line telephones, we stay in touch with family and friends on Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat and a 42 inch TV screen seems small.


I can't really imagine a world without cell phones, social media and flat screen televisions with high definition.  Can you?

Carnie's Comments - Happy New Year

Hey, Happy New Year!   That greeting now replaces "How's it going?" for at least a couple of weeks.  It's not Happy New "Year's", though, just Happy New "YEAR". You see, "New Year's" is short for New Year's EVE.  It's possessive with an apostrophe before the "S".


Funny, on social media people are hashtagging "NYE".  I used to think NYE was an acronym for one of the airports in New York.  Turns out, it's for "New Year's Eve".


By the way, in case you're afraid to ask, a "hashtag" is the symbol we used to call the "pound" sign or the number sign.  We used to play tic-tac-toe on hashtags.  What did we call them then?


Another question;  Why do we get so sentimental on New Year's Eve?  I don't know if I've ever seen a New Year's Eve without somebody breaking down in tears.  Are we sad or happy? Maybe we're reflecting.   Maybe we're sad it's over and happy it happened?


Maybe it was Guy Lombardo's fault.  He and his Royal Canadians used to play a slow, sad version of Auld Lang Syne on TV at midnight.  


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