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I thought I'd better have a good look before I commented.  I looked and I liked.  The 2017-18 edition of the Moose Jaw Warriors Hockey Club looks pretty good to me and two key pieces weren't even in the line-up on Saturday night.

The Warriors beat the Raiders in Prince Albert 3-0 on Friday and then beat 'em again, 7-3 in Moose Jaw on Saturday night.  Our guys won their first two games without two of our best players.  Brett Howden is still up in the NHL with Tampa Bay while Josh Brook is on the injured list to start the season.

Our team has balance with speed and size and it appears we have some team toughness.  

You know, our Warriors have never won a league championship and have never appeared at the Memorial Cup.

I know there are still 70 games ahead and a lot of things could happen between now and the month of May but it sure would be nice to go up against the host Regina Pats in that Memorial Cup tournament 8 months from now.

No pressure.  It's just a thought.

Inspirational Quotes

So, yesterday, I was getting somewhat irritated by the number of inspirational quotes people were posting on social media.  All of this wisdom - telling me how to approach my day and how to live my life.  It was overwhelming.

So, I posted this:  "Post another 'inspirational' quote and motivate me. I'll think about the guy who said, 'Eat when you're hungry - sleep when you're tired'."

What happened?  Many of my friends and followers took me literally and posted more inspirational quotes.

My niece writes, "Some days you're the pigeon and some days you're the statue."  Thanks.

My friend, Wayne says, "It takes a big man to cry.  It takes a bigger man to laugh at that man."

Ben writes, "No matter where you go, there you are."  Actually, I think I wrote that one 25 years ago.

My friend Laurie came through for us with this:  "When everything is going wrong and life seems like it just isn't worth it anymore, just remember, you don't live in Winnipeg!"

Autumn Arrives

There's "The Boys of Summer" from Don Henley and "Echo Beach" from Martha and the Muffins - great songs that are all about this time of year.  It's a tough time of year for those of us who love summer.  It's difficult to say goodbye, especially for us Canadians.  Our summers are so short.

Autumn arrives tomorrow at 2:22 pm Saskie time.  It'll mark the start of the shortest season on the prairies.  Oh, it's 3 months on the calendar but we all know that history shows autumn in Saskatchewan can last for anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months.

It's so much fun to get the lawn furniture and the garden tools out of storage and seemingly painful to pack it all up again.  

We'll have to wear socks and long pants again.  I hate that.

But, over on the sunny side of the street, I think our Warriors are going to be fun to watch this year and the Old Farmer's Almanac is predicting a mild winter on the prairies.

City Council

We've got a problem.  The only power you and I have to fix it is by voting in the next civic election.  It's almost four years away.

We have dissention at Moose Jaw City Hall.  Oh, we expect some conflict and disagreement among city councilors - that's healthy.  The problem is what seems to be continuous conflict between a number of councilors and city administration.

I understand council has to hold our civic employees accountable but the current situation is more like the Saskatchewan Legislature or Parliament Hill.  It's like our administrators are under attack from the opposition every time they have a meeting.

Mayor Fraser Tolmie promised to work on cohesion when he won the election last fall.  He needs cooperation to make that happen.  He's not getting it.

There's an old saying;  "Politics is show business for ugly people."

In our case here in "The Friendly City", it's the politics that are ugly.

Small Business

Do YOU support local, small business?  RBC has just released results of a small business poll showing 88% of Canadians will choose to support a local business when possible and 57% say they would pay more for a product or service offered by a local business.

The report quotes their Vice President of Small Business who says small businesses are "the driver of our local economies and when given a choice, Canadians want to support their small and local businesses."

The poll also finds 63% of us have thought about owning our own business with greater control and money being the top reasons.  88% say owning a business would allow them to have control of their future with 83% believing they'd make more money.

I believe these numbers are most encouraging.  Perhaps we'll see more and more local, small businesses opening in the future.  

It's unfortunate we didn't think this way 30 years ago.  Maybe we could have saved some of our neighbourhood corner stores. 

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