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Carnie's Comments - Facebook Friday

Time for the fun and frivolity on Facebook Friday! 

Here's a senior I know who shares, "I'm at a place in my life where errands are starting to count as going out." 

On a related note, "My favourite winter activity is actually going back inside where it's warm." 

This guy says, "Dear Mother Nature, having received my free sample of winter, I would like to cancel the remainder of my subscription.  Thank you." 

You've heard the price of food is expected to keep climbing, right?  Well, this friend of mine writes, "I wanna be the level of rich where I don't get mad at the price of beef jerky anymore." 

That same guy shares, "You know what I'm really good at?  Going into the trash for the food box I just tossed because I already forgot the directions." 

And, one more, "I just got over my addiction to chocolate, marshmallows and nuts.  I won't lie, it was a Rocky Road." 

Carnie's Comments - Teddy Bear Toss

The Moose Jaw Warriors' Teddy Bear and Toque Toss Night is Saturday at Mosaic Place.  Fans are urged to bring a stuffy or a toque and some mitts to the game and when the Warriors score their first goal, we toss 'em on the ice.  Underprivileged children in the local area will benefit this Christmas. 

You know, a number of other teams do the same thing and you won't find a coach in the WHL who likes it because of the pressure to score.  What if you don't score?  That would be shameful.   

It happened last Friday when the Warriors shutout the Rebels in Red Deer.  Trailing 4-0 with less than two minutes to go, the Rebels took a penalty.  Many fans stood up to vacate the rink and tossed their toys on the ice on their way out. 

It happened to the Warriors back in the 90s.  I called that game.  Our players hung their heads and skated off.  Some fans slowly made their way to the ice surface and tossed their toys on the ice.  Some just took their toys with them and went home.  Deflating, it was. 

Here's to the Warriors scoring early and often on Saturday night. 

Carnie's Comments - Almost Two Years

I got chills on Monday when we announced 800 CHAB would be presenting Alice Cooper, in concert, at Mosaic Place next spring.  It's been a long time since we got together for a rock 'n roll show at our downtown arena. 

I clearly remember the last concert we had at Mosaic Place.  It was Friday, March 13th, 2020.  Some good friends of mine were in town to go see Gord Bamford's #Red Neck Music Tour.  The COVID-19 pandemic was about to shut us down.  It wasn't clear that day if that show would go on but it did. 

I was invited but didn't go.  I was frightened by the non-stop news of the coronavirus spreading across our country.   

The people who did attend will never forget the strange vibes they felt that night.  People were nervous.  Staff and volunteers were wiping down everything anybody touched that night. 

The show, they said, was unbelievable.  The musicians involved knew it would be the last time they'd perform for a time and they left it all on the stage. 

Here's hoping we'll enjoy more shows just like that in 2022. 

Carnie's Comments - Toy Days!

Time for some credit where credit is due and today it's all for you if you chipped in and helped us out at Toy Days at Canadian Tire. 

Every Holiday Season, for three days, we ask you to donate a new, unwrapped toy for local, underprivileged children - boys and girls of all ages.  The good people at Canadian Tire set up a bin for us just inside the front doors.  By the time we wrapped it up at closing time on Saturday, we had THREE bins overflowing with toys, games and sporting equipment. 

Locals donated stuffed toys, tractors, toboggans, footballs and basketballs and family games like Yahtzee and Monopoly. 

The Salvation Army will add all of your gifts to their toy store - set up at the Salvation Army church.  Local families in need will be invited to bring their kids to the store to do a little shopping - for free. 

The spirit of Christmas is alive here in our community and I do believe this is, in fact, the most wonderful time of the year. 

Carnie's Comments - Our Future

How's your standard of living these days?  Pretty good?   

A recent poll from Nanos Research has found most in Canada believe the next generation will have lower standards of living in the future. 

This is an ongoing 10-year study from Nanos and right now, they're telling us our "views of the future are at an all-time low".   

The research, which started in May of 2012, asked the question, "Do you think the next generation of Canadians will have a standard of living that is higher, the same or lower than Canadians have today".  Initially they found 37% of us said it would be lower.  Fast-forward to 2021 and that number is 63 - 63% of us believe future generations will have a lower standard of living. 

Nanos found many of us are worried "about the pandemic, climate change and inflation" and how these issues will impact us in the time to come. 

I know a couple who, many years ago, made a conscious decision never to have children because they were uncertain about the future.  Perhaps they were prophetic.  Oh, and what's more?  They don't seem to be short of disposable income. 

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