"Movin’ On"

I am coming to you live from the audience of another one of The Wheel’s American policy episodes. I had a Michael Jackson moment this morning, as I could only find one of my gloves, so I had to walk to school with one hand in my pocket. Wait, is that even the right reference? Michael Jackson did have only one glove, right? And to add to my fashionable look today of one glove, my nose looks like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Oh the things I feel inclined to share with the world through my blog…

ANYWAY, today is a BIG day in the life of Nicole: it’s NHL Trade Deadline Day AND the federal budget comes down the pipe. Goodness me! So much excitement! How WILL I be able to keep up with it all??

11:37 am: The Canadiens have traded their goaltender, Huet, to the Capitals for a 2nd round draft pick. WTF?? Didn’t see that one coming. No one did. Ami, a colleague at work, and a diehard Canadiens/Huet fan, will be absolutely crushed…

11:41 am: The Wheel is reading from Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. I had a dream that the Leafs would trade Wade Belak, the most useless player to ever wear an NHL jersey. And it happened! He’s now a Panther. Dreams DO come true!!

11:43 am: Brad Richards is a Star, as was rumored. Hopefully he’ll pick up his play, ’cause I need him to get me some more points for the hockey pool. Tennyson needs to go down…

11:47 am: The Wheel is rehashing a story from the first day of class: he was on the Attorney General’s list as a person of interest to the US Government because he refused to sign a document saying he was not a Communist. I knew the Wheel was a Commie…

11:49 am: WAIT!! Maybe The Wheel is the ‘Big Red Dog!’ I must investigate…

11:55 am: I think there are about 4 hours to go ’til the Trade Deadline. And Marian Hossa is still an Atlanta Thrasher. But rumour has it he was told to stay at the hotel this morning and not head to the Bell Center for practice. Methinks something’s in the works…

12:00 pm: Ooooh. I really like this TSN Trade Deadline tracker. It refreshes itself, and it’s very interactive.

12:01 pm: I still can’t believe the Canadiens traded Huet!!

12:03 pm: I forgot that Brett Hull is one of the GMs in Dallas (yes, there’s more than one GM there. Oy…). Getting Brad Richards is definitely a coup for him. And it makes him appear a little smarter than I first thought – though I still think he’s an idiot.

12:04 pm: Whoops. I referred to hippie drugs as LCD rather than LSD. Kurt is amused.

12:05 pm: A very, very good op-ed piece in the Globe and Mail today about the rampant and blatant sexism launched against Hillary Clinton’s campaign; I completely agree with Timson, and wish Hillary would have used some of that sexist criticism to spark some serious debate and put Obama’s campaign as Stephen Colbert would say, “On notice!!” But then again, the male commentators would have portrayed her as ‘whiny and shrill.’ It’s a no-win situation for Hillary. BTW, everyone is saying she’s done, but let’s see what the Texas and Ohio primaries say before
we start writing the obituaries, people.

12:09 pm: No trades in the past half hour. 😦

12:11 pm: Weird dream last night. I was watching Pirates 3 in the theatre, and at the end of the movie, there’s a riddle. Get the riddle and you can leave the theatre. Get the riddle wrong, and the theatre turns into an amusement ride park, which goes completely dark and shakes. But every seat has a button that you can push before the ‘ride’ part begins, where you can choose to exit. I choose to exit because I’m going to be sick. And then I go and get some more popcorn. And there was also some weird self-help seminar later on in the theatre’s lobby. Very weird.

12:15 pm: Oh no. Open discussion time. Big Mouth has to start the conversation off, saying that our generation is that not as left, nor as motivated as our parents. Oddly enough, I kind of agree. I think being more centrist isn’t such a bad thing, but the motivation is definitely lacking. But as The Wheel says, the issues back then were much more black and white, while today there’s so much gray. Does that make ANY sense??

12:23 pm: There’s a lot of lingo for Texas Hold’Em. Guess: what hand is ‘American Airlines’?

12:28 pm: Good Lord!! What’s with the Washington Capitals? First they trade for Huet, and now SERGEI FEDEROV?? They’re making a serious playoff push. Wow…

12:36 pm: Riders vs. Stamps on October 3rd this year: MY BIRTHDAY!! I think a serious road trip is in the works…

12:40 pm: The Capitals are at it AGAIN!! They pick up Matt Cooke from the Canucks. They’re 5 points out of the playoffs at this point. Apparently there’s no tomorrow for the Caps; it’s now or never. But, some people say, when you have Alexander Ovechkin, do you really need any other young guns? Uh, yeah. Otherwise you’d be a Stanley Cup winner. I just don’t get why they’re trading all of their youth for rental players (aka unrestricted free agents) when they’re a little out of the playoff picture. Maybe they have a magic eight ball that’s telling them they’ll win the Stanley Cup…

12:45 pm: Where are you, Marian Hossa??

12:46 pm: Stupid Leafs. Stupid John Ferguson, Jr. DON’T GIVE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOUR PLAYERS NO-TRADE CLAUSES!! Why the hell does Tomas Kaberle need a no-trade clause? Or Darcy Tucker? Ridiculous. I understand giving one to Mats Sundin: he’s the franchise player. But not everyone and their dog needs a no-trade clause. How do you trade, then? Interim-GM Cliff Fletcher’s hands are tied. I was hoping he’d basically put a bomb in the Leafs dressing room, blow it up and see where the players landed. Lord knows someone should blow the Leafs up. But all of the no-trade clauses make it next to impossible. Stupid John Ferguson, Jr. The Leafs will continue to suck for years and years.

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