I tried a little experiment last week. I thought I’d try to make it from Coronach to Moose Jaw, stop for gas, get drive-thru MacDonald’s, drop Kay-lyn off at her Mom’s for the weekend and then make it back to Coronach in less than three hours. It sounds like a silly experiment, but when the Oilers are on a five game winning streak, I felt it was imperative to get back home for puck drop for their game against the Kings.
My experiment was well on its way to being a total success, but you see, in order for it to work, I had to drive at a rate of speed that is slightly over the speed limit. This is where things went horribly wrong. North of Willow Bunch, the cost of my trip more than doubled with a speeding ticket.
I thought about coming up with a bunch of excuses. After my “being too distraught over Kim Kardashian’s impending divorce and I need to get home to weep” excuse didn’t work, I graciously accepted my fate and moved along....slowly. I thought maybe I should fight the ticket, but stupidity is not an defense, it’s merely a reality.
Now, what made my night turn around was watching the Oilers continue their stellar play. I knew they were going to be improved this year, but nothing like this. I think what’s so surprising is the way they are winning games. It has been all about goaltending and defense. Hey, who needs to score a ton of goals when your are giving up less than a goal a game? The kids are sure fun to watch, but without Nikoli Khabibulin and Ryan Smyth leading the way, the team is no where near as good. Who had those two players in their hockey pool? Yeah, me neither.
Anyways, three days later, I had to travel back to Moose Jaw. This time I drove much slower, mainly due to the first snowfall of season and the crap-tacular highways. What a horrible drive that was, crawling along at 60 to 80 clicks most of the way. Just when I thought it was safe to go a little faster, I would pass a vehicle in the ditch. I felt it was much wiser to drive like a little old lady then to be upside down in a ditch. And nothing wrong with little old ladies, I love your baking.
Finally, with the CFL playoffs underway, I suppose I will mention the Toronto Argonauts one last time. A small consolation was not finishing at the bottom of the standings.
I was scared they were going to finish tied with the Riders, then I would have to challenge Kelly to an arm wrestle to decide last place. As I’ve said before, sometimes you have to pick your battles and that is one battle I would be sure to lose.