Go Warriors Go

Oh, this is exciting.  Our Moose Jaw Warriors, having just finished a remarkable, record-setting regular season, are about to embark on their journey into the Western Hockey League playoffs.

This year's version of the Warriors is one of the most exciting hockey clubs we've ever had the pleasure of watching.  The team is fast and we have a number of highly skilled players - junior hockey superstars.  Oh, we've had great players and good teams in the past but this one is different.  The talent pool is deep.

We all know it's a long, tough road to the Memorial Cup in Regina two months from now, but you won't find too many experts who would tell you that goal is unrealistic.

The man who built this team, our general manager Alan Millar, is excited about the possibilities and ready to deal with the intangibles.  There's only one thing that frightens him and that is the very real possibility that the rules change now.  That seems to happen when the playoffs start.  We've seen it before.  

If WHL officials continue to disallow the hooking, holding, slashing and interference, the Warriors will succeed.  If not....well, that's what worries the general manager.

Trash Talk

Did you get the phone call?  Many who did took the time and took advantage, taking part in the City of Moose Jaw's telephone survey on curbside waste and recycling collection.

400 surveys were completed and we've learned 85% of respondents prefer back alley pickup over front curbside collection.  But, hang on a minute.  With estimated cost savings of curbside factored in, only 51% of respondents said they preferred back alley pickup.  This, after they learned or were reminded that we save $152,000 a year if we stick with the front curbside collection.

It's also interesting to note, the two greatest concerns from locals are "having a convenient storage area for the garbage cart" and "having the cart stay safely secured on the street".  

It'll be interesting to see what Moose Jaw City Hall does with the results.

I know it's not working for some but front curbside collection works well in my neighbourhood and if it means we save some money, I'm all for it.

Down Syndrome

It's a day to bring awareness and understanding - to educate us.

World Down Syndrome Day it is.  People here at home, across the country and around the world have organized events and activities to raise awareness and to advocate for rights and inclusion.

I have a number of friends and acquaintances who have Down Syndrome.  I enjoy their company.  It wasn't always that way.  I remember my first interaction with a young fellow who had Down Syndrome.  It wasn't pleasant.  He was aggressive and physical and I didn't know how to react.  I would soon learn he was a big wrestling fan and he was just having some fun with me.

That boy would become my friend years later.  We spent some time together watching baseball and, from time to time, just visiting.  He's gone now but I have some great memories.  We had a lot of laughs together.

After he died, his father thanked me for being his friend and for "treating him like a human being."   There's some education for us all right there.

Spring Time

Ah, yes, the temperatures are rising, the sun has been shining, spring has sprung, the grass will soon rise,

We had a nice, easy winter and in Saskatchewan, that was a pleasant surprise.

But it's not all fun and games we find out at this time of year....No, for YOU.

There's the spring cleaning- the sweeping and raking and other tough jobs to do.

Ya gotta make the transition and it ain't easy getting into the swing of spring...

Ya gotta wash winter away - clean the windows, wash the car and all your other things.

It takes motivation for spring time is WORK time.  There's so much in your life that has to change,

Like sweaters for short sleeves, pants for shorts - the whole closet must be re-arranged!

BUT, keep your chin up...you can do it.  Just keep in mind what you already know......

Diggin' up the garden and raking the lawn....beats the heck out of shoveling snow.

Cash or Cheque?

"Will that be cash or cheque?"

When was the last time someone asked you that question?  You probably can't remember because it doesn't happen anymore.

Do you remember how arduous it was to pay with your credit card back when they were becoming mainstream?  "Chargex" was the card everyone wanted.  Retailers on the cutting edge of technology had a machine equipped with carbon paper receipt books.  You'd hand them your card and they'd run it through the machine and then you had to sign.  

Times have changed.  Now we can tap and swipe with our debit and credit cards or with our cellular telephones.  We make purchases instantly.  Paying with cash used to be the quickest and most convenient method.

It's interesting to note, the stats show we write more than 50% fewer cheques than we did at the turn of the century and only about 20% of transactions are done with cash these days.

I like the new technology.  In fact, I'd say I've embraced it.  However, I'm resisting becoming a self-checkout customer.  I'm no longer intimidated by the modern technology...it's just that I really don't want to do the work.

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