Welcome to 2014!

By: Paul Rockley

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jan 09, 2014 10:43 am

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Not exactly sure why but I have a real good feeling about 2014. I think by this time a year from now we are going to say, “man the past year has been a good one”.

If I am right we hope to see the weather shape up a bit as winter is just about to start and already we have had numerous days of minus 30 and even worse.

Can’t hardly believe the amount of snow that has already accumulated. December was a record breaker for snow and we have not hit the snow months of February and March yet!

Over the past six weeks I have been doing alot of driving in Alberta as we prepare budgets for the new year. Never have I had worse roads or more snow to content with. Up in St. Albert they have three times the regular snow fall.

The worst seems to be Olds where the driveways have snow piled up way over our heads. A fellow told me he was on a waiting list to get a snow blower as they are sold out in town. The side streets I was on last week are only drivable in a four wheel drive. Not sure I have ever seen more vehicles in the ditch than over the past month.

Been watching my neighbour clean the ice on the rink he put in for his kids and I’II bet he wishes he didn’t come up with that idea this year as he spends more time cleaning it than they use it due to the extreme cold. But as I say, it is going to be a great year. Enjoy.

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The Okotoks Rotary Pub Club will be hosting their annual Robbie Burns Night on Saturday, January 25th at the Elks Hall. A great event with a limit of 185 tickets so hurry if you want a couple seats. Haggis, scotch and all things Scottish will be in full swing including a great Scottish band. For more information, tickets or to get involved as a sponsor call Tanya at 403 860 7342 or Cody at 403 969 8370.

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We are only a month away from the Olympics starting in Russia. How will we do? Regardless it is always a treat to watch the winter Olympics. I see we picked our hockey team on Tuesday so they can get ready to go. The NHL will take a break during the Olympics so our players can attend. Go Canada.

Talking hockey the only thing left to decide with our Alberta NHL teams is which one will end up last? The Oilers have been moving up on the Flames lately but still trail by a few points. Maybe after the break they will catch fire and surprise us?

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I see the Okotoks Dawgs Baseball annual banquet is coming up very fast. The event will be held on Saturday, February 1st. at the Foothills Centennial Centre.

It is always a great evening full of baseball stories and lots of fun. Check out today’s edition on how to get your tickets and/or become a sponsor.

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What a great investment I made last week. I bought my dog some winter booties so his paws will not freeze when he goes out to do his business.

I was feeling sorry for him as he usually comes in trying to run on two or three legs when it is more than minus 20.

Firstly it takes forever to get all four on as he doesn’t like the procedure and then once he is all ready to head out he runs out and shakes his feet until he has all four flying through the air. By that time his paws are frozen and he needs to limp in and warm up before he can go back out and do his business. I of course bought the most expensive ones available thinking they would be best. Another item for the junk drawer I guess.

Maybe the next dog I own will wear them. The present dog is old so maybe the story is true that you can’t teach old dogs new tricks!

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I was watching TV the other night and there were lots of ads about hearing aids.

Anyway it reminded me of an old joke.

There were three old guys sitting on a park bench one day and the conversation went something like this.

One guy says “sure is windy today” another answers “Wednesday, I thought it was Thursday?” The third fellow says “thirsty?, me too let’s go down the street for a beer.”


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