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Carnie's Comments - Marketing Slogans

"Unfinished Business".  It's our Moose Jaw Warriors' marketing slogan for the new Western Hockey League Season.  I like it.  It's inspirational.  It sends a message to the players, the team, supporters and fans.  In fact, I'll take it as a promise that we'll be better and advance further into the playoffs than we did last year.

That's the catch.  Sports teams open themselves up to criticism and ridicule with some slogans. You see, if our team doesn't perform as well as last year, the slogan will have been a failure.

I remember one I really liked.  It was back about 25 years ago.  "Fast and Furious" was the slogan.  The boys liked it.  They used it for motivation every game and there was no pressure.

 As I recall, the Warriors had a pretty good season that year but, of course, they were eventually eliminated from the playoffs.  So, the slogan the year after became "Payback Time".  You may recall, our team did not make the playoffs that season.  The joke came from season ticket holders, many of whom took the slogan to heart, quipping "Ya, payback time.  I want my money back."

"Unfinished Business".  There's no way that one can backfire, is there?

Carnie's Comments - World Wide Web

www-dot.  When directing each other to websites, we all used to include those words in the conversation.  Now, for the most part, we consider it a given that you type those characters before you enter the website name.

www...the World Wide Web - opening the window to the world for 25 years.  That's right, it was 25 years ago today that a scientest by the name of Tim Berners-Lee granted public access to this new, high tech world.  It was 1991.  Best put, in an article by Intetrnational Business Times, "It allowed non-technical computer experts to use the Internet in a simple way, paving the way for the information age."

25 years later and here we are, accessing the information we crave right on our cellular telephones.  We keep up with friends and family on social media and for the past 11 years we've been entertaining ourselves by watching videos on YouTube.  Heck, we can hook YouTube up to our televisions now and talk to our remote controls and get exactly what we ask for to pop up on the TV.  It's true.  I've seen it.  Truly amazing!
 
When you consider how far we've come in such a short period of time, it's hard not to get excited about the possibilities.  Happy 25th anniversary, World Wide Web.

Carnie's Comments - University Students

They're packing up and heading off to university this week and next.  Saskatchewan students are gearing up for classes and many are expecting great success in the coming years.

A new RBC student finances poll shows our young students predict they'll achieve "several key life moments" within the first five years after graduation.  Most believe they'll own their first car, draw a great salary,  pay off student debt and get married - all within those five years.

In fact, 78% of those surveyed believe they'll have their student loans paid off within those first five years after graduation and 49% expect to own their own home in that time frame.  55% say they'll own their own vehicle within two years and 51% say they'll move out of their parents' home within one year.

RBC recommends we help educate our young students about budgeting, saving and building credit.

Something tells me our young students should consider taking a class in economics.

Carnie's Comments - Rock Stars on Facebook

The movers, the shakers...the kids have moved on.  A lot of young people made the move from Facebook to Twitter and now most are on Snapchat and Instagram.  

 

It seems the middle-aged folks, like me, are sticking with Facebook.  Hey, if it's good enough for Burton Cummings, Susan Jacks and Myles Goodwyn of April Wine, it's good enough for me.

 

Seriously.  All three of those legendary Canadian stars are active on Facebook.  It's kinda cool to catch up on what they're doing, what they're thinking and where they're going.

 

Burton and Myles share photos from their shows.  Myles event shares photos from his vacations.  Susan Jacks has found Facebook to be a good avenue to share her story and her feelings with friends, family and fans.

 

It strikes me that these people, artistically brilliant people, have always had music to express themselves and they're among the best at it.  Now, social media is giving them the freedom to do the same on a regular basis and it gives their life-long fans a chance to follow along.

 

That's cool.

Carnie's Comments - REAL ESTATE

It was just a few years ago when some were getting a little anxious about what was a lack of decent housing in Moose Jaw.  The vacancy rate was very low and the rush was on to build.

 

Well, apparently, we're ahead in this game now.

 

You only have to look at the classified ads on DiscoverMooseJaw.com to find the proof.  As of this morning, there are 231 houses or condos for sale with 97 homes and/or apartments for rent. Some of these places are brand, spankin' new.

 

Local property owners who had no troubles renting their places out a few years ago are now finding the market is more competitive.  In fact, in some cases, the cost of rent has come down.

 

That said, the Association of Regina Realtors is telling us sales are strong in Moose Jaw this summer.  Manager of Operations Rob Reynar tells us "Inventory levels have come down from last year" and while it was more of a "buyer's market" a few months ago, the market has become more "balanced" this summer.

 

Oh, and the "benchmark price" for a home in Moose Jaw, which takes into consideration the average price, is set at $237,400.  

Carnie's Comments - Free Health Care?

It's one of my pet peeves, actually.  It's when people, Canadian people, talk about our health care system and refer to it as "free" health care.  It's NOT free.  We all pay.

 

A new study from our friends at the Fraser Institute shows the average Canadian family of four will pay "$11,494 for public health care insurance in 2016."  I don't know about you but that's a big chunk o' change for me.

 

The Fraser Institute found "Most Canadians are unaware of the true cost of health care because they never see a bill for medical services".  

 

They used numbers from Statistics Canada and the Canadian Institute for Health Information and found, due to "Canada's progressive tax system, there's a great disparity in how much Canadian families pay for health care."  

 

They found the 10% of Canadian families with the lowest incomes will pay an average of $443 for public health this year while the "families among the top 10% of income earners," earning over $281,000 on average, "will pay $37,361."

 

Is this what Tommy Douglas had in mind when he introduced and implemented his medicare plan?  I think it is.

Carnie's Comments - Taste in Music

It's the main reason most of you listen to the radio.  It's the MUSIC.  You like The Greatest Hits of All Time.  Period.  Have you ever wondered why it is that you like the music we play on 800 CHAB?  There's a scientific reason.

 

An article from the website Dose.com explains it.  Experts say 90% of the music we listen to is "music we've already heard.  Repetition is familiar, which makes it comforting...humans are predisposed to be wary of anything new and to be receptive to things that we already know are trustworthy."

 

The article quotes Daniel Levitin, the director of the Laboratory for Music Perception, Cognition and Expertise at McGill University, who says "14 is a sort of magic age for the development of musical tastes...growth hormones make everything we're experiencing, including music, seem very important...musical tastes become a badge of identity."

 

So, I looked back to the Billboard Charts of 1979 when I was 14 years old.  We were listening to The Doobie Brothers, Styx, Rod Stewart, The Eagles and The Knack.  

It all makes sense.  Scientific sense.  Who knew?

Carnie's Comments - Saskatchewan Day

Happy "Saskatchewan Day" long weekend to you!

 

I know, for most, it's just another long weekend in the summertime but I think we should all take a little time to celebrate Saskatchewan this long weekend.  We have much to be thankful for.

 

Oh, we've had and have our challenges but when it all comes out of the wash, we live well in Saskatchewan.  People across the country make fun of us, calling us "stubble jumpers" and they joke about the lack of scenery when they drive the Trans Canada Highway.  Those people have probably never dropped into Regina to see Wascana Park or Moose Jaw to see the Wakamow Valley.  They probably don't know about the Qu'Appelle Valley or Last Mountain Lake and they probably don't know how beautiful the city of Saskatoon is.

 

They probably don't know about the thousands of islands they can pull up to on Lac la Ronge and I'll bet they've never heard about the South Saskatchewan River and how it meets up with the North Saskatchewan River.

 

Those people who make fun of us probably don't know about our wonderful lifestyle and how agriculture, potash and oil production drive our economy.  

 

They don't know.  We do.  Happy Saskatchewan Day.

Carnie's Comments - Big Time?

The chances of your children and grandchildren becoming professional athletes are very slim.  You knew that already, right?

 

It's just one of the findings from a study completed by Canadian-based OnlineCasino.ca

 

They came up with the odds of going pro in all the major sports.  For example, there are well over a million high school football players in the U.S. and only about 250 turn pro after college.

 

But, they also found the odds of becoming rich and famous are stacked against all of us in life.

 

For example, the odds of becoming a movie star are 1.5 million to one.  We have a better chance of being struck by lightning or dying in a plane crash.

 

The experts tell parents to stress the importance of education, finding ways to help your kids be ambitious and driven and to work on communication skills.  Those things will all come in handy no matter what your children choose to do.

 

My experience tells me young people need to earn their keep, earn their rewards.  If they don't, they become what we call "entitled" people.  Whether you realize it or not, you know some of those people and odds are, you don't care for their company.

Carnie's Comments - PIZZA

I'm going to say there have been dozens of restaurants and hundreds of orders, both eat-in and take-out.  Oh, and the homemade jobs...some colossal classics.

I'm not exactly a food expert but I know my pizza.  It's my favourite food.  

 

As we at 800 CHAB partner with Papa John's Pizza with some nice prize packages for you to win, I'm learning more about the company.

 

It started in 1983 when a young fella sold his beloved Camaro and used the money to buy pizza making equipment.  He knocked out a broom closet in the back of his father's tavern in Jeffersonville, Indiana and started making the pizza pies.  He was in his own, adjoining space within a year.

 

Today, Papa John's is one of the largest take-out and delivery restaurant chains in the world with almost 5000 locations in 38 countries.

 

Oh, you should also know, that Camaro Papa John sold back in '83?  It was a '71 Z-28.  He tracked it down 26 years later in 2009 and bought it back.

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