This is Penticton. It’s beautiful, about twice the size it was when I was a kid and we’d head up there from the lower mainland on holidays. This was the 60s and we lived in Haney BC (actually Whonnock, in Maple Ridge) and my Dad (in the great tradition of my friend Pat from BDHS) loved to make good time. This involved getting up early (it was actually the middle of the night) and pulling out of the driveway before 5am. Mom and Dad would throw my brother and I into the back seat (this was the 60s–there were no car seats and the seat belts weren’t in sight either) throw on the headlights and rip out of the driveway in a ’55 Flathead Ford.
Did I ever tell you the story of our tent? When I was little, we went camping a lot and Dad had this big tent with holes that he’d patched (he said it was from the war and it was green, but I have no idea). One summer my Mom announced this was the last time she was camping in “this Godforsaken thing” because of leaks. By the following spring, my Dad didn’t have a new tent but had constructed “the box”. Imagine the box below that could sleep 4 people, had a lock on the inside and (according to my Mom) looked like a ‘family coffin.”
The wood was cheaper and the holes were smaller, and when my brother locked me in (“accidentally, Mom!”) my Mom refused to sleep in it. We camped for just one night in Penticton with the ‘family coffin’ containing only me, my brother and my Dad. Mom slept in the car, woke us up early, made my Dad put the coffin on the top of the car and we drove back to Haney, same day.
One final note: my brother and I LOVED that thing. We begged Dad to put it in the carport but he was mad at Mom so tore it apart. Damn. Haven’t thought about that in years, but it was a blast. Thanks, Dad, for being so bloody cool. And thanks Mom, for making sure we lived to tell the story.
You know the rookie roster (if not, here) so I’m going to give you the name of the top 5 ‘players to watch’ this weekend.
- #5 Marco Roy: Interesting offensive prospect, love his resume
- #4 Martin Marincin: How close is he to Klefbom?
- #3 Greg Chase: Can he post offensive numbers to match the edgy play?
- #2 Oscar Klefbom: Is he ready?
- #1 Darnell Nurse: How tough is he? How far behind Klefbom and Marincin?
It’s going to be a blast to see Oilers colors on that Penticton ice. No lawyers, no idiotic press conferences, only the game. The beautiful game. Tonight!
The more I think about the MacT-Hemsky press conference last night, the more I believe it was done as a kindness and to protect. “Steve Smith” wrote last night “I think the press conference was about MacT’s empathy, more than anything else. Who knows better than him the value of a public declaration from the boss that you’re not going anywhere?” I do think the Oildrop have been protective of him with the media over the years. One imagines there’s a concern about making a bad thing worse, and the “did you sell your house?” question yesterday suggests the Oilers are perhaps right to have a veteran hand alongside when the mics are live.
Either way, a day later I remain thrilled by the Hemsky return, and delighted by the MacT return. If they can get Stanley to come back, I’ll consider it the best of times.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
Fun show on the way this morning, there’s a fluidity to the guest list but lots of interesting banter. Scheduled to appear:
- Spencer Smitheman will help guide us through the Tour of Alberta for day three. Peter Sagan has been the big story but there’s a lot of interesting things happening in the event.
- Ryan Anderson, a competitor in the Tour of Alberta and we’ll do our best to get him on this morning (scheduling is going to be tight).
- Michael Parkatti, Boys on the Bus. We’ll talk about the Marchant OT game, Hemsky and what we might see in TC.
- Scott Cullen from tsn. We’ll talk NHL scoring, CFL and NFL.
Lowetide_ on twitter or 10-1260 via text. Hope you can tune in!