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Gene Makowsky said it best: “Tough times don’t last, but tough people do.”

But before I get to the Grey Cup, let me just get 4 things out of the way that have been irritating me…
1. People in the rest of the country need to learn how to pronounce our province’s name. The emphasis is NOT on the last syllable, but on the 2nd one.
2. Sid Seixeiro – I’m coming for you. As my Mom said, “We’ve only won 2 Grey Cups. It shouldn’t be that hard to remember when.” This doofus said that we hadn’t won the Grey Cup since 1988. It’s 1989 you idiot. As soon as I find your email address, you’ll be hearing from me.
3. Khari Jones mentioning Danny Barrett and Roy Shivers at the end of CBC’s broadcast. While I appreciate what those two men did for the team, this year’s addition was nothing compared to last year’s Riders. This year’s Riders were confident, a true team and respectful of their opponents. It’s Eric Tillman who brough us Wes Cates, Corey Holmes, John Chick, DJ Flick. It’s Kent Austin who remade Kerry Joseph into an All-Star, Most Outstanding Player, Grey Cup-wining, championship-calibre quarterback. It’s the Tillman/Austin regime that made the players believe in themselves. Leave Barrett and Shivers out of it.
4. Wally Buono, I hate you more than ever. You are completely classless. How dare you take away from one team’s Grey Cup victory by announcing a press conference for THE DAY AFTER GREY CUP were you will annouce that you are releasing your former star quarterback. It is only common courtesy that teams wait until a week after Grey Cup to make any major announcements, as it takes away from the Grey Cup winner’s victory. What a sore loser you are! You make me sick, angry and pissed off. And we will kill you next year. Count on it.

Anyway…

That was a hell of a lot harder than it should have been. I’m watching the game again, as CBC is rebroadcasting it. The Riders has so many opportunities to put this game away. So many dropped passes, so many red zone bustups. I was pretty sure all those opportunities would come back to bite us in the ass. But they didn’t.

It proves that God is a Rider fan. There’s that saying that God doesn’t give people more than they can handle. Well, He knows how strong Rider fans are, otherwise He wouldn’t let us suffer so much. But that’s an argument for another day.

John Chick had a FANTASTIC game! We’ve finally found Fred Perry’s complement. The great thing is that o-lines now have TWO people to double teamn – Perry and Chick. Actually, I think Chick and Perry sounds better. But we need some sort of nickname for them.

James Johnson had a great game, too – minus the Armstrong touchdown. The interception return for TD was crucial. Without that, we lose the game.

Andy Fantuz – what can you say about this guy? I seriously want to be the mother of his children. And in 20 years time, when he’s retired and I’m Prime Minister, we’ll sit down and watch the Riders win their 20th Grey Cup in a row, and he’ll say to me, “My beautiful Nicole, let me tell you about that 2007 Grey Cup…” Hey – it’s Grey Cup! Give me a little time to dream!

Eddie Davis – Nobody talked about him, but he kept his eyes on Milt Stegall all game.

Defensive line – Charles Roberts had nowhere to run today. Enough said.

Kerry Joseph – I know everyone’s going to jump all over him, saying he can’t play in the big game, blah, blah, blah, blah. Well, Winnipeg’s defence was the best in the league against the pass this year. They showed it. But, KJ used his legs when he had no other choice, which is the measure of a true champion. He did what he had to when he had to. He did enough to get it done today. Plus, I think some of the playcalling was a little weird.

And what about Matt Dominguez? Everybody talked about how different this game would have been if Kevin Glenn had played. How ’bout if Dominguez had been healthy down the stretch? Just sayin’…

And the officiating was a bit better, minus the missed horse-collar tackle, facemask, offside on freaking Armstrong tackle. But the video replay saved a couple of blown calls, which was good.

Kent Austin is now a Saskatchewan hero. He’s the only one, along with Richie Hall, who’s been a part of 2 Rider Grey Cups.

How ’bout the defence? They sucked in the middle of the year, but at the end, they were the ones who were on fire. Defence wins championships.

Honestly, I can’t believe we actually won. I’m still in a state of shock. But I had tears in my eyes at the end of the game. This province deserves this win so much. I really think this Grey Cup is a symbol for all that’s right in Saskatchewan right now. We are the heart and soul of this country. Today we once again showed why we are. Let’s repeat in 2008!

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I’m still trying to recuperate from Sunday’s wild, wild football game. My throat was pretty sore the next day from all of the yelling and screaming I did in an effort to urge my team on to victory.

But it was a hell of a good time!

I’m really looking forward to this Sunday’s game versus BC. I’m not getting my hopes up, because I always prepare for the worst, so that when the best comes along, I’m elated. And if the worst comes to pass, I’m prepared. I just hope my boys show up this time. Unlike last year.

I’m a ball of stress right now. I’ve got my LSAT exam in just over 2 weeks, and I’m feeling nowhere near ready. I’m behind on some of my other classes, and just generally feeling like I don’t know where to start in order to get ahead. So what did I do last night? I went to Walmart. I did need printer ink, but of course, they didn’t have what I needed. I’m still trying to figure out where I got my last batch. Anyway, Electronics Joel (aka Joel Version 2) was working, and we basically went through the entire movie section, reviewing movies we’d seen. It was a very good time. And I realized that there are so many classics I have yet to see. But when do I have TIME to see them? I guess I need to make time.

Today I was really going to go to class. I woke up at 7:30, unable to sleep anymore. So I got up, started to do some reading and felt sleepy again, so I thought I’d go and sleep for another hour or so. I woke up at 12:30. I didn’t really plan on doing that. But apparently I needed it. Oh well. I guess I have an ENTIRE day off now.

Before I go, I’d just like to mention how much I adore my newest favourite soprano, Anna Netrebko. Her voice is luminous, and just so rich and silvery. It’s gorgeous stuff. I highly recommend a listen.

Listening to and love:
The Wreckers – Stand Still, Look Pretty
Anna Netrebko – The Russian Album, Sempre Libera
Sarah Harmer – I’m a Mountain
Kathleen Edwards – Back to Me
Little Big Town – A Place to Land

The following is my post to Saskvotes.com after last night’s election.

Tonight is the beginning of a new era in Saskatchewan politics. Brad Wall has gone from Opposition Leader to Saskatchewan’s new Premier. Although he is not Saskatchewan’s youngest-ever Premier, he is certainly close, and represents the start of a new generation of Saskatchewan politicians.

My predictions were very close to being right on the money; I gave 2 extra seats to the NDP. I would have been right, too, if not for late charges by the SK Party in Regina-Qu’Appelle Valley and Moose Jaw North. The seat totals stand at:

SK Party: 37
NDP: 21
Liberals: 0

There were a couple of definite surprises during the night. One was certainly the defeat of Mark Wartman in Regina-Qu’Appelle Valley, upset by newcomer Laura Ross of the SK Party. I had this pinned as a ‘safe’ NDP seat, and I don’t think I’m the only one who was surprised by the result.

Glenn Hagel’s defeat in Moose Jaw North by Warren Michelson of the SK Party was another close race. With Hagel facing increasing scrutiny in the past few months, his defeat cannot come as a total shock.

Another surprise was the strength of the SK Party vote in Saskatoon-Meewasin. Most expected the race to be between NDP incumbent Frank Quennell and Liberal leader David Karwacki, but the vote turned into a race between Quennell and SK Party candidate Roger Parent. This one was close down to the finish, and the 3rd place Liberal finish has to be very disappointing to Karwacki.

The SK Party was expected to pick up a number of urban seats, but which ones they won were surprising; Laura Ross’ victory in Regina Qu’Appelle Valley can be mentioned again here. Christine Tell picked up Regina Wascana Plains, and Bill Hutchinson won Regina South. In Saskatoon, Joceline Schriemer helped the SK Party make inroads in Saskatoon-Sutherland, and Ron Morris won Saskatoon-Greystone. Most knew that Prince Albert Carlton would be an interesting seat to watch, after the retirement of NDP Myron Kowalsky, but most thought Chad Nilson of the NDP would recapture the seat in a tough battle with Darryl Hickie of the SK Party, but Hickie emerged the winner.

So now that Wall is Premier, here comes the fun part – predicting his Cabinet.

Here are my (very) early selections/scenarios, based on a number of things, including shadow Cabinet positions. Of course a lot of this depends on how Wall structures his Cabinet; I assume he’ll reduce the number of ministers/portfolios:

Ken Krawetz – Deputy Premier
Rod Gantefoer – Finance
Don McMorris – Health
Bob Bjornerud – Agriculture
Don Morgan – Justice
Dan D’Autremont – Highways
Ken Cheveldayoff – Education
Donna Harpauer – Crown Investments
Nancy Heppner – Environment
Doreen Eagles – Community Resources
June Draude – First Nations and Metis Relations

Unknown portfolios but expected to be in Cabinet:
Michael Chisholm
Rob Norris
Bill Hutchinson
Don Toth
Bill Boyd

Bill Boyd is the interesting person here. He is one of the founding members of the SK Party, and former leader of the provincial Progressive Conservatives. He’s been away from public life for five years, but is back. Where does Brad Wall put him? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

So there it is. Election 2007 is in the books. It’ll be very interesting to see a new government in action for the first time in 16 years. For us political junkies, it gives us much to look forward to.

My only concern is this: I just hope our newly-elected majority doesn’t go around calling itself “Saskatchewan’s New Provincial Government” for the next year…

It’s past 1:30 am, yet I have to rant before I head to bed.

Most of the comments on my blogs from Saskvotes.com have been okay. I get the feeling that most of those who are commenting are right-wing folks, which doesn’t bother me (but I do wonder they have so much time on their hands), except for this one guy who goes by the username of Happybob.

Yes, his name is Happybob.

My first ‘confrontation’ with Happybob occurred in my blog entitled, “Are you bored yet?” Most people have found this campaign. If you don’t believe me, just listen to the radio or talk to your friends. Anyway, in response to my blog, Happybob wrote the following:

“Ok Nicole Hamm – one thing to say you’re bored but don’t leave us hanging like that. Tell us what the issues are that are important to you. The parties are not there to provide you with entertainment you know. Speak up. Call you local campaign offices and tell them what your issues are that no one is talking about and ask them to talk about those issues. Don’t be so vacuous.”

The funny thing is that I had outlined exactly what I wanted the parties to talk about: health care, good roads, education, the economy. I was a little angry at first, but then I kind of thought it was funny. He called me vacuous for goodness sake. And he addressed me by my first and last name. Plus, his username is Happybob!

I hadn’t heard from Happybob again until tonight. I checked the comments to my latest blog, where I invited people to share their seat predictions and lamented the fact that the candidates haven’t been inspiring, passionate, or visionary. Here’s what Happybob had to say:

“Nicole – get another job. If you can honestly say that the Sask Party’s campaign has not had passion and vision then you really need to find another line of work. If you simply used that theme for your piece to get some reaction then, OK you got my reaction. If you honestly believe what you wrote then off you go to Tim’s.
The NDP did nothing but use fear and smear. There was their debate or lack of it. The different policy platforms were in stark contrast to each other. Come on, Nicole!! Don’t leave us hanging here. How about some meat to your discourse – as in ” what would you as a Leader have done to liven-up the campaign? It is one thing to dis the parties and their campaign but you offer NOTHING as an alternative. Really – get a new job.”

Happybob is obviously a SK Party supporter. I have no problem with that. I don’t support the party, but each of us is allowed to voice our own opinion. Personally, I thought the SK Party ran a solid campaign, but a safe one. This means that they stuck to the gameplan and talking points, which allowed them to have a mistake-free campaign, but one that was a little dull. But notice that in my blog I didn’t specifically say that the SK Party was dull. I said the campaign as a whole was boring.

Now Happybob obviously thinks I’m an NDP supporter, since he thinks that my idea of inspiration includes NDP attack ads. He’s wrong. I’ve been an NDP supporter in the past, but I’m not a card-carrying member.

Happybob frustrates because all he does is simply rant. It’s clear he hasn’t actually read my blog. If he had, he’d know that I didn’t ‘diss’ one particular party (and he really needs to learn how to spell, format, etc.), and didn’t ‘diss’ them just because I have a blog. To the contrary. I think people are looking for their politicians to inspire them, to give them a reason to look past the cynicism of politics and engage in the democratic process. I wanted the leaders to give us long-term visions of the province. Obviously happybob missed reading that bit, or he wouldn’t have claimed that there’s ‘no meat to my discourse.’

Now I’ve read pretty much every blog on saskvotes.com out of interest and to make sure that I’m not blogging about the same things others are. I’ve noticed that Happybob has not commented on anything except my blogs and the ‘3 Jenns’ segments, to which he said, “Enough already.” I suspect that happybob doesn’t have a high regard for female political opinions, but I don’t have any proof to substantiate that claim.

Happybob ends his rant by telling me that I need to get a new job. Well, he should be happy to find out that I am only a mere volunteer. He thinks I’m a terrible blogger because I don’t offer any alternatives. Well Happybob, it’s a blog, not a PhD dissertation. I’m writing my own gut reactions to the campaign, not trying to ‘fix’ it.

I’d rant more about stupid Happybob, but it’s now after 2 am, and I’ve wasted 1/2 an hour angry at this person who isn’t even ‘man’ enough to sign a comment with his own name.

Happybob, I have two words for you, and they rhyme with “duck coo.” (Sorry Mom)

More like, “Essays Will Keep You Up All Night.”

I’ve reverted back to my old ways of only starting essays the day before! Hopefully it’s only this once. But I’m on page 13 of 14 of my POLS 405 essay, so I’m celebrating (read: procrastinating) by doing one these survey thingies that I haven’t done in awhile. Plus, I’m listening to my favourite piano concerto of all time: the Rach Two (aka Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2).
What could be better? Wait. I’d better not answer that…

69 Questions to Start the Winter
1. Are you in a relationship? No, sigh… Did this question HAVE to be #1?
2. Do you hate more than 3 people? Ha! That’s a joke, right? As my sister says, “You hate everybody.” But hate is such a strong word. There are very few people I hate, but I do dislike a lot of people, particularly some guy named “happybob” on saskvotes.com who said I was vacuous for no apparent reason.
3. How many houses have you lived in? My house on the farm, Luther residence, Heather’s condo in Vancouver, plus my current basement suite equals four.
4. What is your favorite candy bar? Skor. Even better as a blizzard…
5. What are your favorite shoes? No shoes. I’d love to go everywhere in my bare feet. But I guess I’d have to say flip flops or slippers.
6. Have you ever tripped someone? Oh, probably.
9. Do you own a Britney Spears CD? No.
10. Have you ever thrown up in public? I don’t think so. I might have come close when I was 5 and was choking on a Lifesaver in the basement of Friesen’s Department Store in Rosthern. I wonder why my memory of that is so vivid…
11. Name something that’s always on your mind. “I really need to get out more.”
12. What is your favorite music genre? Don’t have one. I’m a gal who has eclectic taste.
13. What is your sign? Libra.
14. What time were you born? Around 5:15 am. Yes, I was a pain in the ass from the beginning. I’m sure I cried for hours because it was too damn early in the morning for me.
15. Do you like beer? Never tasted the stuff. Seriously. But the smell is enough for me to dislike it.
16. Have you ever made a prank call? Of course.
17. What the most embarrassing CD you own? A Vince Gill CD from the early 1990s.
18. Are you sarcastic? No, never!
19. What are your favorite colors? Right now, everything I wear seems to have some bit of purple on it. But I love green, blue, red, white and black.
20. How many watches do you own? One. I’d better not lose it.
21. Summer or winter? Summer, if only for the fact that the driving conditions are good. I’m not a fan of the heat.
22. Spring or fall? Fall. The crispness of the air, the colored leaves, school starting, my birthday…
23. What is your favorite color to wear? Whatever feel like on a particular day.
24. Pepsi or Sprite? Yuck. Pop is too fizzy.
25. What color is your cell phone? White.
26. Where is your second home? Walmart. Wow, that’s awful, and sadly true.
27. Have you ever slapped someone? Yes. I hit people on a daily basis.
28. Have you ever had a cavity? Two I believe.
29. How many lamps are in your bedroom? One.
30. How many video games do you own? Do computer games count? I have 10 Sims games. That’s sad…
31. What was your first pet? Our dog, Barkley, named after Barkley on Sesame Street. Except that Barkley was actually a girl. My family always gave our pets names of the opposite gender. We aren’t good guessers.
32. Have you ever had braces? No.
33. Do looks matter? Yes. But not in the sense of beauty. I think you should look put together, not sloppy.
34. Do you use lipstick? Rarely.
35. Name 3 teachers from your highschool. Pat, Bernie, Bev.
36. American Eagle or Abercrombie? American Eagle.
37. Are you too forgiving? Um, yes and no. I let people get away with far too much, but then I hold a grudge against them forever.
38. How many children do you want? Four.
39. Do you own something from Hot Topic? What’s that?
40. What is your favorite breakfast? Right now, cereal.
41. Do you own a gun? Um, no.
42. Have you ever thought you were in love? Yes.
43. When was the last time you cried? Don’t know. That’s good, right?
44. What did you do 3 nights ago? That would be Thursday night. Melanie came over after work and we ate ice cream and chatted.
45. When was the last time you went to Olive Garden? Oooh. A year ago this past August. I miss it…
46. Have you ever called your teacher mom? Well, I referred to one of my professors in Regina as my ‘second mom.’
47. Have you ever been in a castle? Yes. Cinderella’s castle in Disneyland.
48. What are your nicknames? Niki, Nicola, Nicholas
50. Have you ever been to Kentucky? No.51. Do you own something from Banana Republic? Why yes I do.
52. Are you thinking about somebody right now? Me and that I should get back to my essay.
53. Have you ever called someone Boo? I don’t think so.
54. Do you smoke? Never have. Never will.5
5. Do you own a diamond ring? No. But I have one that looks quite real.
56. Are you happy with your life right now. Yes, aside from the fact that I’m so behind from my schoolwork, I never have time to go anywhere and work sucks.
57. Do you dye your hair? Yes. It’s definitely time to do it again.
58. Does anyone like you? I really hope so.
59. Do you like someone? Yes. I like lots of people.
60. What were you doing May of 1994? Wow. I would have been in Grade 6. I have absolutely no idea what I would have been doing.
61. Do you own a Backstreet Boys CD? Yes. I downloaded their new one last week. Don’t judge me! It’s nostalgic.
62. McDonald’s or Wendy’s? McDonald’s. Nothing beats their french fries.
64. Are you closer to your mother or father? Mom, though Dad’s getting up there. 🙂
65. Favorite feature of the opposite sex? Eyes, smile, sense of humour.
66. Are you afraid of the dark? Yes.
67. Have you ever eaten paste? Who knows.
68. Do you have a webcam? No.
69. Have you ever done drugs? No.

Listening to and love:
Lang Lang – Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2
Pride and Prejudice soundtrack
The Wreckers – Stand Still, Look Pretty
Sarah Harmer – I’m a Mountain
Kate Walsh – Clocktower Park
Backstreet Boys – Unbreakable

Um, no kidding.

In regards the provincial election, call it a wash. It’ll be a win for the SK Party, hands down. I don’t think it’ll be a landslide, as there’s a lot of core NDP support in the cities, but it’ll be a SK Party majority.

And the world won’t end.

I one time swore I’d leave the province if the SK Party ever attained power in Saskatchewan. I don’t feel that way anymore. I’ve definitely mellowed. Besides, change is good in this case.
The NDP needs to rejuvenate itself and bring in some new blood. Sometimes a kick in the ass is good.

I was on the radio again this afternoon, and it was good. I enjoyed myself and made some good points. I was certainly less nervous than two weeks ago. I’m the only person they invited back for a second round, so I’m quite honoured.

This weekend will involve nothing was writing papers. Every semester I try to no longer procrastinate, and every semester I get behind and shoot myself in the foot. Oh well. This too shall pass.

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