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Regina Rocks Mosaic Stadium

It'll be a special and hopefully memorable day for thousands of Saskatchewanians. Our new Mosaic Stadium will host its first major event tomorrow at what they're calling Regina Rocks Mosaic Stadium.

Our Lady Peace, Johnny Reid and legendary rock star Bryan Adams will take to the stage at the new, state-of-the-art facility.  It'll give many their first look at the new place and it'll give those in charge along with staff to get a feel for it.

It sounds like they're going first class.  A number of Regina restaurants will have concessions set up, serving a variety of food and drink, just like they do in the big leagues.  I don't know about you but I grew tired of that luke warm cup-o-soup and cold hot dogs many years ago.

We've been through this in Moose Jaw.  We got sentimental when we said goodbye to the old Civic Centre but it didn't take us long to get comfortable at our Mosaic Place, did it?

I think it'll feel much the same for concert goers tomorrow and football fans this summer.  We'll be making new memories.  

Ray Boughen

According to Wikipedia he "is a Canadian politician who was elected to represent the electoral district of Palliser in the 2008 federal election...and served in parliament until his retirement at the 2015 election."  

He also served two terms as the mayor of Moose Jaw after spending most of his working life making life better for students and teachers in our education system.  He spent many years leading the staff at Peacock Collegiate where the kids always came first.

You might also remember he co-chaired the Moose Jaw Multiplex Builders and he headed up the committee that brought the '96 Saskatchewan Summer Games to our city.

Did you know he accomplished these things after earning degrees at St. Cloud State, the University of Saskatchewan and Western Oregon University?

Did you know that while he was raised in Moose Jaw he was actually born in Coronach.  In fact, he was born in Coronach 80 years ago today.

Happy Birthday, Ray Boughen.  Thanks for everything.

Social Media Update

It's for you.  If you're not engaged on social media.  I am.  I've got hi-lites.

You should know some moms have a new, trendy way to describe getting together for coffee.  We used to just call it a coffee break.  I see today one mom is having a "coffee catch".  That's cute.

Speaking of coffee, how about this;  "I will drink you under the table...I whisper to my coffee as we hide from the children."

Here's one from a dad who says "I sometimes question my parenting but, to be fair, I also sometimes question my kid's childing."

How about this from a sports fan?  He says, "Wrestling.  A sport where people without pants fight for a belt."

And another one many of us can relate to;  "When I say the 'other day' I could be referring to any time between yesterday and 10 years ago.

Handmade?

Oh, I love the advertising game.  Hey, if it wasn't for radio ads, I'd be without a job, right?

What I love is the catchy slogans.  The good ones work so well.  But sometimes, we have to call the bluff, don't we?

Remember when everything seemed to be "new and improved"?  I don't like that one. What if I liked it how it was?  Whatever happened to "tried and true"?

The word getting on my nerves these days is "hand".  The ads are telling me how their product is "handmade", "handcrafted" and "handbuilt".

The restaurant ads are telling me my food is "hand-battered" and "hand carved".  I'll bet the fruit and veggies they serve were "hand planted" and "hand-picked" too.

We can only hope those hands that prepare our food are "hand scrubbed" and the kitchen counter was "hand-washed".  

Victoria Day

I like to call it the official "unofficial" beginning of summer in Saskatchewan.  It's "May Long" as we call it.  The Victoria Day long weekend.

Summer, as you know, can be short so we start early.  And, what a wonderful time of year it is.  Baseball and soccer seasons are here, the golf courses are open and our parks are open for camping.  The anticipation is the best and we've got the whole summer ahead of us.  

We're also at a time of year when we get the most daylight.  The days are the longest over the next 8 weeks.  I hope you enjoy.

Oh, and by the way, the Old Farmer's Almanac is predicting an average summer with above average temperatures in August.  And they predict the next snowfall will come in mid-September.  

Happy Weekend!

Camping

This is it.  The Victoria Day long weekend has arrived.  Saskies from border to border will be setting up camp at provincial and regional parks this weekend and settling in for a summer of sun and fun.

I'll never forget the day I took three immigrants from Liberia for a drive out to Buffalo Pound Provincial Park.  As I toured them around I explained our Canadian commitment to camping in the summer.  I told them many have the comforts of recreational vehicles and many more love to pitch tents for a few days and go swimming, fishing and have campfires.

These people had arrived in Canada after spending many months in refugee camps in Africa.  They were sleeping in tents, cooking over fires and struggling to survive.

So, with that, you'll understand why they were so puzzled to learn that in Canada, we do that for fun in our spare time.

Psychology

Do you like to "surf the net"?  Do the kids still call it that?

I've found a website you might like.  It's called "BrightSide.me".  They produce fun and interesting pieces about us like a recent article on psychology.

Did you know most "women prefer men with deep, husky voices because they seem more confident and not aggressive"?

The people who give the best advice "are usually the ones with the most problems".

Here's one I've experienced;  "The way a person treats restaurant staff reveals a lot about their character".  

And this is food for thought.  "Our emotions don't affect the way we communicate.  In fact, the opposite is true:  The way we communicate has an influence on our mood."

Can you hear me smiling?

Band Fest

We are, unofficially, "The Friendly City" and, yes, "Surprisingly Unexpected".  Are we still "The Band City"?  Many believe we are.

Moose Jaw got that moniker decades ago as the long time host of what we simply called The Band Festival.  It lost some luster when the number of marching bands started to decrease and we lost our parade and fancy drill competition.

However, a number of local people with a passion for music have gone to work, building what is now known as the Moose Jaw Band and Choral Festival, back up to what is a major event and a wonderful showcase for young musicians and singers.

This week we have 3000 visitors in our city and they're spending over $1 million while they're here.  They perform in our churches and concert halls and have fun while they're doing it.

Welcome to Moose Jaw, people.  We're happy to have you.  And, to the locals who make it happen - thank you!  The Moose Jaw Band and Choral Festival is something special.  

Parenthood

Oh, there were some beautiful Mother's Day posts on social media yesterday and some great photos to go along with them.

One guy on Facebook listed the ways being a parent is like being a rock star.  Let me share a few:

--At the end of your day you're all sweaty and your hair's a mess.

--Groupies follow you to the bathroom.

--Someone's always pulling at your clothing.

--Your name is always shouted, never spoken.

--Endless hours on the road with too many passengers.

--Every day, you ask yourself, "Am I trippin' or did I just really see that?"

--Your job is to entertain a room full of unruly admirers...every day.

You see?  That's why we have Mother's Day and Father's Day.  Moms and dads are our rock stars.

Mother's Day

Hey, it's Mother's Day this Sunday.  I know someone is thanking me right now for the reminder.  So, what will you do for mom this weekend?  I have some food for thought.

A recent survey is showing 27% of moms just want to relax at home.

16% of the moms in the survey said they'd like to be pampered on Mother's Day while 17% said a "spa day" would be good and 15% are hoping they can sleep in a little. 

11% are expecting a luxurious gift while 17% say luxury and pampering are the keys to making their day special.

So, now it's up to you.  You have to figure out what your mom might be expecting, which brings me to this - 86% of moms believe they're easy to buy for. 

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