Jim Wiste

Jim Wiste passed away on Tuesday.  Many local hockey fans will remember him.

Wiste was a star for the Moose Jaw Canucks.  He played for his hometown team from 1961 through 1964.  He scored 37 goals and 97 points in 61 games back in the '63-'64 season.  A number of players on that team went on to play pro, including Wiste, who first starred with Denver University before moving on to play in the NHL with Chicago and Vancouver and in the old WHA with the Cleveland Crusaders and Indianapolis Racers.

Wiste settled back in Denver when his playing days were over.  He owned and operated The Campus Lounge for 40 years.  It's a popular spot for Denver University fans and players.  

He had a remarkable career and he followed that up with 40 years of re-living the glory days and telling stories in his own lounge.  How cool is that?

Jim Wiste was 70 years old when he died on Tuesday.  I just thought you'd like to know.

9th Avenue NW

9th Avenue North West - Moose Jaw.  A lot of locals are talking about this major thoroughfare these days.  It's a main artery for many, linking Moose Jaw's north hill and west end to the rest of the city.  A water main break has 9th closed to traffic between Saskatchewan and Francis streets and that has a major impact on vehicular traffic.

If you've been around for awhile you'll remember back before the 9th Avenue Bridge was built and Thatcher Drive had yet to come into play.  9th was busy and handled the truck traffic but it was still a neighbourhood street.   People could park along 9th and traffic moved in single file.  There were no traffic lights where 9th intersects with Saskatchewan and Grace streets.

And, I remember people in that neighbourhood wondering if building the bridge on 9th might be short-sighted.  Some wondered if building the bridge further west might not be a better idea.  

Close to five decades later, you'll find many who live on the north west and south west sides of the city who will agree with those people today.

What's in a Name?

Moose Jaw's New Year's Baby has arrived.  She was born on Monday afternoon - New Year's Day.  Her mom and dad are Ashley and Jamison Drummond.  At last word, they had yet to decide on a name for the little girl.

There were over 500 babies born in Moose Jaw last year.  The most popular names are Lucas, Lincoln and Jacob for boys with Addison, Lily and Ivy the top three names for girls.

I love names.  I like unique names.  However, I miss the classics.  My Dad's name was George.  I like George.  My mom was Doris.  I like that, too.  And what about Betty?  I had an Aunt Betty.  Everybody should have an aunt Betty.

My grandfathers were Charles and Joseph.  My brother got both of those names.  My grandmothers were Ethel and Mabel.  My sisters did not get their names.

My sisters are Judy and June.  If I had been a girl, I would have been Jill.  But, I'm a boy so they came up with Robert.  My Dad insisted that nobody was to call me Bob.  Rob or Robbie or Robert...because "bob" is a verb.

Happy New Year

It's a brand new day, a brand new week in the brand new year of 2018......
A time to look forward to the good things ahead and reflect on where we've been
We've come a long, long way my friends and the older you are.....
The better perspective you have of where we've been and how we've come so far
When we were kids we thought The Jetsons was all fiction - Sci-Fi - so unreal
Well, we have and use similar gadgets in real life today. How does that make you feel?
We have drones and computers and automatic pedways, doors and sliding walls...
We have cars that drive and park themselves and real-time video calls
Yes, some of the things we used to fantasize about have materialized and come to life
And for those of us who don't like or resist change it has certainly caused some strife
And so, as we start the new year I'll share some advice that I received one life-changing day
A friend, who is older than me, said "You gotta keep up...or get out of the way."
Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

And so it begins....

The inspirational messages from some of the people I follow on social media.  They're sharing words of wisdom from authors unknown, messages like this one:  "If you want this to be your year, don't sit on the couch and wait for it.  Go out.  Make a change.  Smile more.  Be excited.  Do new things...Go to bed early.  Wake up early.  Don't gossip.  Show more gratitude.  Do things that challenge you.  Be brave."  

Inspiring?  Well, interesting to note, the person who posted this also posted a photo of herself on the couch earlier this week.

Studies show New Year's resolutions don't really work.  

You've heard of life coaches?  Well, Steve Errey is a confidence coach in the UK.  He says it's "pointless waiting all year to decide on one or two things that you kinda, sorta want to stop doing."

He also says "Too often, resolutions are decided upon by looking at other people's expectations."

The bottom line, according to Steve?  "Forget about what other people think you ought to be doing and look at what you really want."

Happy New Year!

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