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The Police Report

The police report from the Moose Jaw Police Service.  You know it used to be reserved for the media and we'd have to actually go to the police station to see it. 

The police now share the report daily via Twitter.  So, the latest report tells us about a couple of minor traffic collisions and an arrest made for breaching a court order and then this:  

"1320 hours – 1100 blk Connaught Av – Mischief – Complainant called in regards to their recycling bin being pushed on the sidewalk so that someone could park in the spot where it was originally. Recycling was not picked up as a result..." 

I knew this was going to happen.

The local cops also sharing this:  

"1446 hours – 100 blk Hochelaga St W – Disturbance – Adult subject throwing household goods from their vehicle onto the street. Subject had a flat tire while moving a family member and had to unload their trailer. Subject was simply frustrated."

No arrest, no charges, no penalty.  Just empathy from the local police service.  Now that, my friends, is what they call community policing.

Memorial Cup Tickets

The average, middle class hockey fan will have to come up with a paycheque and I mean a FULL paycheque if he or she wants a pair of tickets to the Memorial Cup in Regina this spring.

Regina Pats season ticket holders have first shot at the tickets today and the rest of us can try to get 'em on January 30th.  The packages, which include tickets to 8 games, will go for $700 and $750 dollars.  If you go to the Memorial Cup website and click on "Tickets", you go to TicketMaster where a single ticket will be $847.50, taxes in.  So, do the math and it's a $1695.00 for a pair.

I'm going to guess there are hundreds of local, loyal Western Hockey League fans who simply can't afford these prices.  However, I don't think you'll find many tickets available the day after they go on sale to the general public.  I'll predict a sell-out.  

I'll also predict hundreds of Moose Jaw Warriors and Swift Current Broncos fans will be buyers - and then sellers if their team gets eliminated along the way.

Affordable or not, the 100th edition of the Memorial Cup will be memorable - perhaps the best ever.

Wednesday

We dread Monday, tolerate Tuesday, look forward to Thursday because the next day is Friday.  We LOVE Saturday and enjoy Sunday.  What about Wednesday?

Well, it's "Hump Day."  We call it that because once we get over the hump we're on our way to the weekend.  But, did you know the stats show bosses and managers are most receptive to requests on Wednesdays?

It's also interesting to note, a cosmetic company once commissioned a study that concluded women look their oldest at 3:30 on Wednesday afternoons.  Seriously.

Did you know there's a British soccer team called "Wednesday"?  The Sheffield Wednesday.  They used to play all their homes games on, you guessed it, Wednesdays.

And, what's the deal with the way we spell Wednesday?  W-E-D-N-E-S-D-A-Y.  We pronounce it like the N comes before the D but it doesn't.  It's no wonder why newcomers to our country have trouble learning English.

Happy Wednesday.

UPPERCASE

Texting.  It's taking over.  We used to talk to each other.  These days you'll find people who would rather get a text than a call on their telephone or, at least, a text to see if they're available to take a call.

We lose so much when we text.  You see, texting doesn't allow for the same impact as a conversation.  There's no voice inflection and most of us write or dictate our texts with abbreviated messages.

And then there's punctuation.  There are people who don't use commas or periods and that leads to messages being misconstrued. 

I've also found, from personal experience, that typing messages with proper upper and lower case is important.  I thought using all upper case was an easy shortcut.  So, I sent a message to friend, all with upper case or capital letters.  It was a simple, friendly message but she texted back, "WHY ARE YOU YELLING AT ME?"

What's the solution?  I'm not sure there is one, but I do know we need to make sure our children are paying attention in English class and learning proper punctuation.  Our future is at stake.

BLUE Monday

Do you dread Mondays? 

The surveys and polls show the average person moans and groans for about 34 minutes on a Monday morning, compared to about 22 minutes on other days.  

Over 50% of us show up late for work on Monday and most of us are only productive for about 3 or 4 hours on Monday.  People aged 45 to 54 are most likely to suffer the "Monday blues" and stats show a 20% increase in heart attacks on Mondays.  

Today is "Blue Monday".  It's the 3rd Monday in January.  A number of things factor in to this "equation."  We're in the middle of winter, we're still only getting about 8 hours of daylight each day and many of us have bills to pay after the Holiday Season.

Mental health experts say we can beat it by getting some fresh air and exercise and by doing things we enjoy with people we like.

Let's do that.  And then we'll take on Tuesday together!

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