Tuesday, March 08, 2011
A bit of a situation here at Chez McLean - since Friday evening we have been without heat and hot water except for about eight hours on Saturday when the problem appeared to be resolved but was not.
So its been an interesting little adventure and its funny because for the most part we've just rolled with it, the biggest stress was finding out the end game and once that was put on the table we have been dealing with it. Friday night was warm here and we actually kept warm the old fasioned way which was effective and fun (pragmatic and enjoyable - an old man's dream!). Saturday night the temperature began to drop and the last two nights it was below minus ten so while we managed to use space heaters and the oven to get the main and upper floors to around 18 by bedtime when we got up it was barely in the teens anymore.
A little cold and I think I just saw a penguin wander by on his way upstairs to take a leak.
My biggest concern was the kids but other than the fact they are all filthy, er filthier, they've sailed through this just fine. We've piled blankets on them and they have those warm kids' pajamas and so they come out of their rooms in the morning just fine, albeit dirty.
Looks like we'll be back in business today and I've come away from this with two notions. One is that it could always be worse, if this was a month ago when we had a couple of weeks at minus twenty I don't think I'd be so calm about the whole thing.
And secondly, how the hell did people live here a century ago or more? I've talked about those days a few times. Could you imagine it? Minus thirty or colder day after day with nothing but a woodstove to keep you warm.
Mental. They were mental!
Oilers win three in a row and of course that will be fodder for the trade Hemsky crowd with him being out of the lineup and them rolling off a couple. Watched the Avs game last Saturday and wow are they ever shitty. And Elliot is just awful. Anyhow I assume the Flyers wil put the kids in their place tonight unless the flu still has not run its course.
Its all over but the crying for the fifth consecutive season and all that remains is to see if the kids finish strong. Gagner looks like he will hit fifty points (and end up being the club's leading scorer) although that minus sticks out a bit. Was looking at the stats today and a few things stood out. Hemsky and Horcoff are plus players on this disaster which speaks to their quality. Tom Gilbert is a minus ten somehow, despite playing forty minutes a game or so. ;) Pretty impressive.
Anyhow hopefully Paajarvi and Omark and Eberle and Dubnyk all finish what have been decent rookie seasons for them. The blue is a horror show now, its shades of spring 2007 again but at least Plante is getting some at bats now. He looked like a young Matt Greene last game, wearing a path to the box. If he gets to be Greene that would be just fine but he's got a long way to get there though.
Other than that its stay healthy please and hopefully we will get a look at Hartkainen (LT refers to Renney saying we will) and one last thing, I know its a shit team but it certainly looks like Liam Reddox has earned himself a spot, at least for now. I'm sure next fall he will get sent out again for JFJ or some other hulking goof who cannot play but for now its nice to see a kid who busts his ass getting some time in the bigs.
Posted by Black Dog at 1:05 PM