Carnie's Comments - Let's Play Pickleball!

Carnie's Comments

Let's call it progress.  Local pickleball players are pumped!

The City of Moose Jaw broke ground on an outdoor pickleball facility yesterday.  It's being built on the Kinsmen Sportsplex lot on the corner of 9th Avenue NW and Elizabeth Street.  That space is called Kinsmen Crichton Park.

I remember clearly when our family first moved to Moose Jaw, Crichton Park was a wide-open space.  We had an outdoor rink where the Sportsplex now sits, a playground with old-school equipment like a merry-go-round and a witch's hat and we had two Little League fields - diamonds three and four we called them.

The Kinsmen Arena opened in early 1976, as I recall, with a promise that our outdoor rink would be re-erected adjacent to the new facility.  That never did happen.  I'm still waiting.  But, let's keep it positive, shall we? 

That neighbourhood will be even busier than it already is with the addition of the pickleball courts.  We'll have a one-stop-shop for recreation - pickleball, swimming, baseball,  hockey and figure skating and let us not forget the skate park on the north side of Macdonald Street.

Moose Jaw's a good place to be, isn't it?

Carnie's Comments - Twitter Tuesday

Carnie's Comments

It's Twitter Tuesday - I find the best of the week just for you.

Here's a family man who Tweets, "Where do they find these families in commercials that are hanging out in the morning, talking and laughing...My family has a strict don't speak, don't look policy."

Here's a late night Tweet that reads, "Why can't I get insomnia at 3:00 in the afternoon?"

This guy, "Got three miles in before breakfast.  That's enough driving for one day."On a related note, this one, "Instead of calling in sick, you can just call in 'out of gas'.  It's plausible and reasonable."

That same funny guy Tweets, "You either have a full ketchup bottle in your refrigerator or an almost empty one.  There's no in-between."

Here's a friend of mine who shares, "Crazy how versatile vinegar is.  You can wash windows with it or put it on French fries."

And one more from Brent Butt who Tweets, "Been a long time since I had any regular boxed breakfast cereal so I assume my riboflavin levels have plummeted." 

Carnie's Comments - Facebook Friday

Carnie's Comments

Time for fun and frivolity on Facebook Friday!

This one, "I just got a full tank of gas for $22.  Granted, it's for my lawn mower but I'm trying to stay positive."

Here's a guy who says, "I'm so old I can remember when they only fake news was in the National Enquirer."

On a related note, "The last time I had faith in the news was when it was with Huey Lewis."

A funny fella I follow writes, "Just so you're all clear, I'm going to put my glasses on."

Another good one, "Looking for competitive Hide 'n Seek players.  Good players are hard to find."

Here's a lady I follow who posted last weekend, "Another Saturday night in the house and I just realized, even the trash goes out more than me."

And, one more.  This woman says, "No, I'm not smiling at you.  I'm smiling at your dog.  Don't look at me." 

Happy Friday!

Carnie's Comments - Throwback Thursday

Carnie's Comments

It's Throwback Thursday as I take a look back to the good times we've had during this, CHAB's 100th anniversary.

It was summer, maybe 1990 or '91, and the Saskatchewan Airshow was coming up at 15-Wing Moose Jaw.  

Our general manager at the time, Vern Traill, asked me what we had planned for coverage.  I told him we'd be broadcasting live all weekend with a number of our personalities attending.

He said, "What about traffic reports from a helicopter?"

I told him there were only two ways to get to the air base so traffic reports seemed silly to me.

Vern said, "Well, if another radio station comes to our town and does traffic reports from a chopper this weekend, don't bother coming into the station on Monday."

He was threatening.  I got to work.

Long story short, there I was on Saturday morning, reporting live from a base rescue helicopter with Major Steve Teatro, who made it happen and likely saved my job.

When Vern showed up Monday morning, he called me into his office, told me I was "a star" and gave me a $300 per month raise. 

Carnie's Comments - Go Big or Go Home?

Carnie's Comments

I get it.  I get why many in our community, especially those involved in competitive swimming, want our new outdoor pool to be a regulation, Olympic size pool.  But I see the other side as well.  

To be honest, I was surprised with the results of our most recent poll on DiscoverMooseJaw.com.  

The City of Moose Jaw has proposed a new, 25-metre pool which would include a leisure pool, slash pad and a waterslide.  Sounds great, right?  However, the local Kinsmen Flying Fins Swim Club is a proponent of a 50-metre pool.  It's best for training and a pool that size would continue to attract athletes from clubs across the prairies.

Well, our poll found over 46% are in favour of the city's original concept while about 42% say they'd like to see us build a 50-metre pool.

At the heart of it all is money.  Our money.  Taxpayer's money.  It's estimated the Olympic size pool will cost us an additional $2.7 million. 

It strikes me that many of the people pulling for the 50-metre pool will be the same people who our outraged when their property taxes go up...again.

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