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First and foremost:

COREY HOMES IS COMING BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I cannot tell you how THRILLED and ECSTATIC I am at this turn of events! Not only are the Riders 6-2, but the man who has possibly been one of the most genuine, kindhearted human beings ever to wear the Green and White is returning to where he belongs – home!

When my Mom phoned me, and I confirmed it on the ‘net, I cried.

Giving up Armstead isn’t a big deal. He dropped the ball I don’t know how many times on returns yesterday, and he’s only been getting 6 or 7 yards a return anyway. He’s completely dispensable.

Now, to last night’s game…

It wasn’t terribly exciting in the first half. The second quarter seemed to last forever.

And then came the rain…

Calling it ‘rain’ is an understatement. It was more like a monsoon. A Vancouver-type monsoon. My poncho didn’t have a chance at keeping me dry.

It rained for a good 5-10 minutes before the lights went off. And then we waited. And waited. No announcements for another 10-15 minutes. Then the generators kicked in, and all we heard was, “Right now the game is suspended.” And that’s it. No idea of when it might resume, etc.

After another 20 minutes, my family decided to leave. Personally, I wanted to stay. When we got back to the 4-Runner, we saw the lights at the stadium had gone back on, and a huge yelp came up from the crowd. We listened to the rest of the game on the way home.

It was an experience.

I have to hand it to the Riders. They persevered. And that’s what’s different about this time. They never give up until the final whistle blows. And with the addition of Corey Holmes, they’re only going to get better and better.

6-2. It’s not a dream, fans. It’s reality. OUR reality. Neat, huh?

Oh how I do love my days off. It allows me to catch up with my good friend, Larry King, who is interviewing American Vice President Dick Cheney. I wonder if Cheney will ‘fess up to all of his ‘bad behaviour,’ or if Larry will even try and ask him a question about all that’s gone on…

Gore Vidal once referred to the US as the “United States of Amnesia.” I believe it should really be the “United States of SELECTIVE Amnesia,” because it uses its history to achieve its own ends from time to time. But this is not the point.

Everyone has selective amnesia. Particularly Saskatchewanians. In December we forget what summer feels like, and in summer we forget how cold winter is. Why?

Selective amnesia. This is why nobody seems to have an air conditioner when the temperature is +30. And why I’ve been fielding 50+ calls at work from people looking for air conditioners every day for the past number of weeks. It’s getting a little annoying. Why don’t people in Saskatchewan have fans or air conditioners? How have you survived for this long? And why is it MY fault if we don’t have any because you ‘forgot’ that Saskatchewan in summer can be unbearable? It makes me wonder…

Kudos to the Riders for a splendid performance this past weekend. Some of the plays could be described as art because of their beauty. 54-14. Makes me wonder how they’ll play the Lions this week. The Lions are starting their 3rd stringer, Jarious Jackson, who, unfortunately, has had quite a bit of success against the Green and White. We shall see…

Listening to and love:
Hanson, “Penny and Me” (Yes, I’m listening to Hanson. But it’s grown-up Hanson. There’s a difference. Trust.)
Lori McKenna, “Unglamourous”
Kelly Clarkson, “One Minute”
Miranda Lambert, “Gunpowder and Lead”
Corb Lund, “Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer”
Corinne Bailey Rae, “Breathless”

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