Just got back from 9 days in America. My kids didn’t come this year, so it was me, Jo and her sister Elaine plus Ron Bacardi (fuckin’ guy). I missed the kids–and the dog, good lord I missed the dog–but it was fun all the same. We travelled well together, suspect we’ll be a trio next year too (Ron gave me a headache, so we’re not talking) although I want the dog to come with so maybe it’s Kelowna instead of America in ’13.
We’re becoming older people and there’s not one damn thing we can do about it. We still drink too much or stay in the sun too long, but now we have a travelling pharmacy for every ailment. Honest to God, it’s like Shopper’s Drug Mart in a U-Haul! I listened to Gram Parsons this trip, now convinced more than ever the Eagles should hand over all of their money to his estate.
15 predictions for the fall:
- Season starts on my birthday, December 5.
- Oilers invite a free agent goalie to TC–my guess is Ty Conklin.
- Oilers are more rugged, meaner and hard to play against from the first whistle.
- Oilers demote two NHL contracts–my guess is Lennart Petrell and Corey Potter.
- Anton Lander and Magnus Paajarvi open the season on the same line–in OKC.
- Krueger runs Horcoff-Smyth-Hartikainen in pre-season.
- Eric Belanger has a rebound season.
- Nail Yakupov and Justin Schultz have solid rookie years, but do not win the Calder.
- Taylor Hall scores 30 goals despite the shortened season.
- Shawn Horcoff passes the “C” on to Hall or Eberle.
- The Nuge is less dominant on the PP, but shows a “Datsyuk” quality as a 2-way center.
- Ryan Whitney is improved over last season, but not all the way back.
- Ales Hemsky has a thrilling season.
- Nikolai Khabibulin retires and becomes the team’s minor league goaltending instructor.
- Sam Gagner quiets the critics a little more.
One final item, the family theme song for so many trips to the USA. God what a beautiful tune.