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I had an experience on Saturday that ranks among the Most Canadian Moments of My Life.

I recently joined a curling league, thanks to an invite from some good friends. I’m still very much a novice at curling, but it’s a fun night out with friends, and certainly a very Canadian pastime.

This past Saturday, however, was the Canada-Russia game in the world junior hockey championships. The game started at 7:30 p.m. and curling started at 8. I was surprised so many people turned out to curl. One of our players was sick, so she watched the game at  home and texted scores periodically to her husband who was curling with us. As we played our ends, people kept asking what the latest hockey score was.

At one point, I found myself standing on the edge of the ice, waiting to sweep the next rock, and taking a peak at the game on the big-screen t.v. which was visible through the large windows in the bar overlooking the sheets. That’s right: standing on a curling sheet, holding a broom, watching the Canadian junior hockey team on t.v. 

We finished a bit early to go upstairs and catch the last few minutes of the game. There were only five minutes left, and Russia was ahead by one. As the clock ticked down, the room became more and more silent. At around the 45 second mark, someone said “there’s still lots of time.” I thought these people were crazy. The game was over, I thought; Canada was out of gold medal contention. Big deal. Then, as we all know now, Eberle pulled a miracle and scored with just five-point-something seconds left. The bar erupted — curlers were on their feet, cheering, hollering and pumping fists. I admit I kind of got swept up in the excitement and may have shouted a bit too.

Of course we had the joy of watching the deciding shoot out, and there was more rejoicing. Curling, hockey, beer. All in all, a most Canadian evening.


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“You see everything. You see every part. You see all my light, and you love my dark. You dig everything of which I am ashamed. There’s not anything to which you can’t relate. And you’re still here.”

Besides being lovely love song lyrics, a couple of these sentences are excellent examples of how to correctly avoid ending a sentence with a proposition. It makes up for her utter failure to grasp the concept of irony. There are several good songs that screw up the preposition thing. For example:

“But if this ever changing world in which we live in makes you give in and cry, say ‘live and let die.'”

In iTunes, I use the rating feature religiously. I still haven’t re-rated every song (3,805 at last count) since transferring my files from my old iMac to the new one back in August, but I’m 75% there. But poor grammar can cost a song a star, and GNR’s “Live and Let Die” is not on heavy rotation, largely because the grammar mistake drives me nuts. In their defence, I’m pretty sure Paul McCartney makes the same error in the original.

I hadn’t planned to write about these things when I sat down at the computer. I was about to complain about how the holidays, the weather and the transit strike here in Ottawa were driving me to a new level of exhaustion. But Alanis came on as I sat down to write, and the music took over. Then again, my mind is in such a weakened state that it doesn’t take much to throw it off track. Must be bedtime.

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