Dec 24, 2001
You know those infrequent mass e-mails veiled behind the Blind Carbon Copy feature feigning intimacy while delivering a self-serving update on Rick’s recent doings?
This is one.
(Disclosure: I stole this introduction from Dean Kalyan)
Fall in Saskatoon is a wonderful season. Beautiful. Unfortunately — it’s winter.
I’m living near the University again. I love the buzz and energy of the U of S. There’s always something happening.
I’ve been working a bit for Keith at Kinesiology. It’s rumoured that my office is Browser’s Internet Café at U of S.
I was impressed that the E-plant came off again this year. It’s symbolic of the glorious chaos that is the University phase of life. In this annual frosh ritual the Engineering students kidnap one of the Agricultural students; lock him up for a week, feed him only beer and pizza, then crucify him on a gigantic E in the centre of the University.
The Agros rally to rescue the captive. A sprawling melee ensues where the painted combatants (red agros and blue engineers) grapple, ripping each other’s clothes off. (Warriors duct tape their clothes as armour.)
This year, for the first time, the kidnap victim was a woman. At U of S, I run noon hours with Bill and Doug. We were hitting the shower post-run along with dozens of blue-painted naked engineers. In walked one lone red naked Agro student … I’ve got to admit, that guy had balls.
I’m coaching at Taiso — but not too many hours / week. It’s been nice after my burnout last season.
It may be time to find a paying job in 2002. Let me know if you have any suggestions for me.
Earlier this Fall I stayed up late to watch the Leonid meteor shower — amazing.
Good on Canada for honouring our hero Nelson Mandela with Canadian citizenship. (Which Alliance MP hinted that Mandela was a terrorist and refused to return his phone call?) There are some true freedom fighters … Mandela, Gandhi & the Dali Lama.
I took a trip to Kansas City in October to help document the Kansas City Royal Barbeque Championships. Attracting 50,000 people, this is the biggest barbeque competition in the world. Huge prize money.
My friend Ron’s team had qualified for KC by winning US$1000 in Oregon.
Barbeque competition is weird and wonderful. But why do people take a perfectly tasty activity — scorching dead beast — and obfuscate it with rules, alcohol and the most subjective judging scheme conceivable?
The only thing odder would be to reward little girls for doing difficult stunts high on a narrow beam.
All the best to you and yours in 2002!
Last time I asked for intelligent, left-wing spokespeople who might responsibly balance all the (high-paid!) right wing types. I got some suggestions:
Rick Salutin (Globe and Mail)
Happy New Year!