Carnie's Comments - Feedback

Feedback.  I like it.  Whether it's constructive criticism or just disagreement, I appreciate it.  That's why we ask for it when I present my daily commentary each day.


Several years ago I was critical of the good folks in Rouleau for not being more pro-active in promoting the fact they were "Dog River", the home of the beloved television sitcom "Corner Gas".  I took a call that day from someone who was a little angry.  He told me some things I didn't know, informing me they'd been trying but ran into legal difficulties too numerous to mention.  I appreciated that call just like the e-mail I received days ago from Bruce.


He listened to the commentary about pedestrians who wave you through after you've stopped for them at crosswalks.  I find it very irritating.


Bruce pointed out that "generally, it's older people at crossings who will wave a driver through...these people", he said, "tend to move slowly and have all the time in the world to cross an intersection.  Guess what?  They are only being courteous."


Good point, Bruce.  Good point.

Carnie's Comments - Men's Wear

It really hit me late last spring when I saw all the shelves and racks without clothing and accessories neatly folded and hung.  Hunter's Men's Wear was closing down for good.


That was it.  Our last proper men's wear store in Moose Jaw.  Oh, you can get nice, casual clothing at a number of locations and you can still get a dressy outfit at Sears but it's not the same.


They tell me we once had over 30 men's wear stores in Moose Jaw.  I remember doing business at several;  Ideal Men's Wear, Campbell Dixon Clothiers, Slater and York. Those locally owned shops competed with national chains like Tip Top Clothing and Jack Fraser.  They're all gone.


Mr. Hunter told me the gradual decline started when EVERYBODY started driving back in the '80's.  I suspect the big box and outlet stores and, more recently, on-line shopping have done some damage.  It's also clear men are not dressing as formally as we used to.

It seems the men's wear store is disappearing just like our corner stores have.  Oh, I'm all for progress - but in this c

ase, it's coming at a cost I don't want to pay.

Carnie's Comments - LAST WALTZ

The title of the show popped up on my TV the other day when I was taking a look at the schedule.  I hadn't seen it for a long time so I recorded it and then, just a couple of nights ago, watched and listened and enjoyed. The Last Waltz.  It's a film by Martin Scorsese.  It's brilliant.  It's all about The Band and what was their farewell concert 40 years ago this fall.  It was unbelievable.  It was 1976 and the guest list was awesome.  


The Band was joined on stage by Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Ringo Starr, Ronnie Hawkins, Ronnie Wood, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, Neil Diamond, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison and more.  The songs they played is the music we all listen to on The Greatest Hits of All Time - 800 CHAB.


So, my point is, if you haven't seen this film, do yourself a favour and watch it.  If you have seen it, watch it again.  It's good for your soul

Carnie's Comments - Riverside Mission

I've seen it because I felt the need to see.  I wanted to visit the local Riverside Mission to find out how the place operates and, at the same time, get an interview or two and offer some publicity.


I've been back.  I've had dinner at the mission on a couple of occasions.  I saw men and women and boys and girls in need.  I witnessed empathetic staff working with local volunteers.  They listened, they talked and, perhaps most importantly, they fed these people.


The local mission provides emergency shelter for men, assisted living support, low income housing and the community kitchen.  It's not unusual to see 50 or 60 hungry people for supper at 5 o'clock.  


Riverside Mission Executive Director Scott Elger is spending the 2nd of 3 nights sleeping outdoors tonight, on the roof at the mission, to bring attention to the fact we have homeless people right here at home who count on the mission to survive.


You might consider a donation during this Christmas season.  They're counting on us.

Carnie's Comments - SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATE

I think of it as a gift from me to you if you're not active on social media.  Here's a sample of what you're missing today:


Here's a young man on Twitter;  "I just brushed the snow off my car with a hockey stick.  I'm not sure I've ever done anything more Canadian."


Here's a Tweet from the Moose Jaw Police Service;  "When making a right hand turn on a red light you must come to a complete stop before turning.  Fine is $230 #TrafficTipTuesday


Here's one from a young father with several children who says, "That moment when you yell at your kids for leaving the lights on because it costs money...and then realize you're turning into your dad."


Oh, and here's one from a mom who says, "You know you're all grown up when you actually bend over to pick up that ice cube instead of kicking it under the fridge."

Carnie's Comments - Kelly King

So, just days ago, Moose Jaw lost a local celebrity.  His name was Kelly King.  Kelly had the condition we know as Down Syndrome.  That didn't stop him from living a wonderful life filled with family and friends and good times.  In fact, it was just one of the things that made Kelly so unique.


He was warm and friendly.  He loved sports and country music.  He loved the boys he lived with in a home in my neighbourhood.  


Kelly was my friend.  He came to CHAB events and I often visited with him at Moose Jaw Warrior hockey games.


I posted a photo of us on social media to let my friends know he had passed.  The reaction was remarkable.  Dozens reacted including a guy named  Andy who did some growing up here.  He said, "So sad to hear...RIP Kelly and also a huge mention to Moose Jaw.  I'm proud to come from a town that supports its citizens and allows them to flourish, regardless of the challenges they face."


That's something to be proud of.  Kelly King was someone to be proud of.

Carnie's Comments - Happy Holidays?

How are you feeling today?  Are you happy?  Does the upcoming Holiday Season bring on stress in your life?


A recent Angus Reid poll found 18% of Canadians are "not too happy" and just 1 in 6 are satisfied with their level of stress.


So, how do we stay upbeat and happy during the "most wonderful time of the year"?


I found some tips on WebMD. com  


The experts there recommend we don't take on too much all at once - just focus on one task at a time.  They also recommend we listen to uplifting music and get regular exercise, take a few minutes to read every day, take time to organize things around the house and open up the curtains for natural light.


Oh, there's more.  They say we should create our "own calm" by deciding on a word that describes the Holiday Season you want to have.  It could be "Peace, Joy, Love, Family or Serenity", they say.  They urge us to write the word down and tape it to the bathroom mirror and "when things get hectic, a glance at the word will remind you of what you really want."


I don't know about you but I'm getting stressed-out just thinking about all the things I have to do to stay happy.

Carnie's Comments - NHL Expansion

They'll be called the "Vegas Golden Knights".  It's the NHL's latest expansion team. They'll be up and running next hockey season.


It sounds like it'll work.  Owner Bill Foley had over 13,000 deposits on season tickets last year and he was all smiles when he unveiled the team name and logo yesterday. It's expansion for the top league in the world, creating jobs, wealth and economic activity. That can't be a bad thing, can it?


Interesting, I've talked to a number of local people who are really looking forward to this.  I don't know if you know but there are thousands, of prairie people who make regular trips down to Las Vegas.  Many of them plan to make NHL action a part of their future get-a-ways.   It's probably just as easy, if not easier, to take a weekend trip to Vegas than it is to see nearby NHL teams like the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and the Winnipeg Jets.


Hmmmm.  Weekend in Vegas or a weekend in Winnipeg?  You know what I'm sayin'?

Carnie's Comments - OFFICE THEFT

It was the CHAB Pop Quiz that inspired today's story.


The question was about office theft.  The #1 item taken?  Sticky notes.


It reminded me of a time when I was 5 or 6 years old.  My Dad had some weekend work to do at the office.  He took me along.  As he worked and I played, I did a little snooping and I found money.  Yes, there were dimes, nickles and pennies in the drawers of several desks.


The temptation was too much.  I had visions of an ice cream cone from Ken's Confectionery.  They were 10 cents, 12 cents if for a chocolate-dipped.


After making the plan, I went ahead and took a nickle from one desk, a nickle from another and two pennies from a 3rd desk.  No one would miss a nickle or two pennies, would they?


The answer was "yes".  It turned out that petty cash was stamp money.  My Dad learned of the missing cash at the Monday morning staff meeting.

Later that night I denied it initially but the guilt was too much.  I admitted to the crime soon after.  I'll never forget the shame I felt.


Stealing 12 cents taught me an invaluable lesson.

Carnie's Comments - SICK DAY

A question for you.  Do you ever call in "sick" just because you feel entitled to a day off? Most of us have done it a time or two - some more than others.


Well, now we have some guidance, thanks to a new study that tells us what the best days are and what the best time of day is to call in sick and get away with it.


A market research firm called Attest polled 1000 employees from across the country to get the goods and they found Tuesday is the best day to call in sick.  You see, Mondays and Fridays "evoke suspicion" because, well, the boss can figure out you just want a long weekend.


So, they say, Tuesday is the best with Thursday coming in at number two.  


The top excuse to use is "stomach problems".  Why?  Well, because nobody really wants to know the details when you're having tummy trouble.


Oh, and the experts tell us the best time of day to call in sick is 6:38 am.  I don't know why but that's the time they came up with.


So, there you go.  Tuesdays at 6:38 am...the best time to call in sick.  Go ahead and give it a try.  Just don't tell 'em that I told you so. is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.