Hall of fame

Its funny, this seems to be very much an American idea that hasnt yet caught on over here. Pretty thankful for that in all honesty, as I can think of nothing worse than mentally challenged football (soccer version) players over here trying to make speeches. Mind, with there egos, everyone of them would probably think they should be in the Hall of Fame anyway! But besides…

The only one I’ve actually been to so far, is what I would term one of my lesser interests, the NHL one, in Toronto. But yes, it was interesting to see all the history there, especially some of the equipment they used in the dim, distant past, quite frightening how little protection they really had! Clearly the 2 of more interest to me would be the MLB one, and the one that is the reason for this blog today, the NFL.

I know, not everybody can be in it, but seriously, no Jim Plunkett, thats the big omission for this fan of the game. Well alright, Steve Tasker too, but that might be more biased lol! But what happens of more significance this weekend, as long as the inductions, is the first game of pre season, strangely enough called the Hall of Fame game! Made more interesting, given all the furore this spring, by the fact that New Orleans are in it. But Sean Payton isnt lol! Anyway, enough of all that…

What it does mean is that its only 5 weeks to full season starting, and something for us NFL fans to look forward to. Maybe Buffalo can even make the play offs this year, I’m more hopeful than in recent years, it has to be said. No, I cant see us winning the division unless something happens to Tom Brady, but play off chances, most definitely. Will I be saying that in a few months time, lets wait and see! Hopefully I will get to see the Bills on TV at some point this season at least.

The song, what could be more apt this weekend, than…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8W24Ny4ahQ

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Cold is relative

Depends on where you live I guess?

You get us British wimps complaining how cold it is when it hits the mid twenties over here, on the other hand, there are parts of the US and Canada who would think that positively tropical at present.  I’ve just taken a quick look, and currently Boston is in singles figures (just), and Buffalo barely breaking into positive numbers. Fairbanks, where I have one Facebook contact is currently -45, but it is still night time there, but even so…! I suspect thats pretty much one of the coldest places around though? Nome, a place close to my heart is at 1, quite warm for this time of year lol!

The thing is, I suspect that public transport doesnt collapse around New York State, New England, Toronto etc despite these temperatures, whereas 3 grains of snow over here, and everything will collapse totally! Thankfully its only frost so far, so it hasnt happened yet, but give it time, and I’m sure it will. Knowing my luck it will be the week after next when I’m off! I would like to do some day trips beyond the one to get my back and knees sorted out, to some degree at least, but…

I suppose its what you get used to? If I lived, and worked in, and around that North East sector I mentioned, the cold probably wouldnt bother me as much, if at all, unlike it does over here? Me, I just tend to get on with it anyway, but public transport seems unable to do so, and when you’re reliant on it as I am… But yes, I’d still love to chance to live and work in those chilly areas, given the chance. Seattle might be better, but… Hey, I’d probably go and work in Anchorage if given the opportunity lol! Fairbanks, hmm… 😉

Its something you get used to, or at least I assume you do, maybe James, Kate and others will tell me differently? Mind, a well insulated silver body suit might make for a good option for me, lol!

Alright, some music which seems applicable at the moment, though doing it along I-90 might be complex all the same! I tossed up several versions of this, but this seemed the most apt somehow

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OATi34PKNPw

In case she thought I’d forgotten…

As has almost certainly been noticed, I’ve made a ‘few’ postings about an amazing week in Boston earlier this year. For some reason, a marvellous week in Toronto has got far less word space on here.

Lets be honest, I loved Toronto, and it would certainly rank very highly on my places I would love to live and work in, if I could. To be honest, Boston probably ranks 3 after it as well, and if anyone needs to be told where number 1 is, I’m going there in April lol. There might even be a change in order after that, who knows, its been a while since I was there.

But what happened when I was packing to come back from Toronto, I had a blonde moment! I thought I had carefully checked every drawer, and all the wardrobes in my hotel room before I left, but I was wrong. Somehow I managed to leave one brown jacket in a wardrobe, and only realise this when I was unpacking at home. I contacted the hotel, and they confirmed they’d found it, and were happy to send it back if I arranged a courier, and paid for it. Fair enough, I didnt expect them to pay for it to be sent home, but couldnt they just package it up, and bill my card? Nope.

Thankfully I have a guardian angel, or more correctly, a guardian succubi in the Toronto area, I think you know who I’m talking about, the one known as Tera! A quick IM, and before I know it, coat is picked up, packed up, and winging its way across the Atlantic back to me, and despite offers, no money would be accepted for doing this. I even got a postcard (still have it) in the package of Toronto as well.

But the point is, Tera doesnt just do all these wonderful things for me to help, she seems to do it for everybody at the Garden who needs help, most especially this year, someone we know as Kris (amongst a few other names!) and his move to Buffalo. But I gather from James (and one or two others) that I just see the part of it all. All this, and she takes the time to run the Nascar contest, and do umpteen manips at the Collective as well. How she does it all,  I really dont know, unless…

Do succubi need sleep? 😉

I swear that if I convinced the Canadian authorities to let me move over there and work, she’d have a place sorted out for me in no time flat! Probably have the cable TV, and internet sorted too, she’s that type of person. Heck, if she could, she’d probably convince the Canadian authorities that they’d be better off with me living and working over there.

So the last planned personal tribute of the year goes to an amazing woman, known only to me as Tera. You’ve done a lot for me this year, and a lot for so many others too. I know these are only words, but you’ll know how much I mean them, thanks again for everything. Its just a shame we never got to meet.

No, I couldnt think of a suitable song, so settled for this little amusement instead

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qJwrGdYduk

An extra hour

Yes, tonight is the night that the clocks go back, signifying the end of summertime, though weather wise I think it might already have been over! Hopefully given my comments of late about lack of sleep, and lousy shift splits, I intend to sleep through my extra hour tonight, I think I need it!

As seems to happen every time of late that we do so, there seems to be all sort of talk about moving our time zone forward one hour, a move I see as the most stupid thing possible. Maybe someone should tell our idiots in government that we are in this time zone for a good reason, it fits in with our longitude, but thats clearly far too sensible for some! They actually tried it back in the 60’s, it didnt work, or last then, and I dont think it would work now. But anyway…

In the ‘old days’ it used to be the case that people rarely left their home area in their whole lives, and I’m feeling a slight deja vu over that. Since the clocks went forward, I’ve left West Yorkshire…4 times! Alright, 2 of those were transatlantic, 1 was Belfast, and the other was all the way to Manchester! A whole 35 minutes by train lol! And given its Trans Pennine Express, that was not a high speed one!

But those 3 longer trips were all good ones, visited 3 wonderful cities, only one new one, but hadnt been to the other 2 (Belfast city centre, that is) for a very long time. Got to meet some really nice people, again some for the first time, but others I’d seen on my previous trip to Belfast (yes, then I went to Stormont ground, but not into town) as well.

Maybe I’m methodical, maybe I’m just too practical, but the 2 big holidays for next year are already settled on, the April one will be booked in the next few days too. The September one will only be a delayed booking because I need to wait for next seasons NFL schedule to sort it out. Is it terrible that I’m already thinking about April 2013 lol?

The video seems apt for tonight, one of this artists lesser songs sales wise, but I do like it. Hopefully, so will you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdQY7BusJNU&ob=av2e