Archive for May, 2007

U20 World Cup update

May 29, 2007

Wow, I’m taking the day off in celebration of receiving my first ever blog comment from a “stranger.” And Footie Fool has been added to my Feed list too. Thanks for the comment and I’m looking forward to digging through your site!

Now for the update: I spent the better part of yesterday bragging to my coworkers about scoring U20 world cup tickets on July 7 in Victoria. Once I spent a couple minutes explaining what the tournament was all about and that Canada was the host nation and yes it was legitimate, they were excited too. I think.

Even though soccer is becoming more mainstream, comparisons to the world junior hockey or curling championships are still required here on the flatlands.

For added enjoyment, try telling your friends (in an excited voice) that you’re going to see Uruguay-Zambia and Japan-Nigeria. Take a picture of their discomfort and then watch them relax when you explain that three of the four teams are borderline regulars in the ‘senior’ world cup.

That’s OK, they’re trying. In 1998 I actually got teased when I let on I was taping and watching all the world cup matches from France. “What, are you waiting for a goal or something?” Har Har. Things are much better now…

Anyway, I’m expecting big things in Victoria. Maybe not dancing in the streets, but flags and horns perhaps? Maybe I can pick up a Zambia scarf or rising sun headband? That would be way cool.

Mobile Blogging

May 28, 2007

I just found out about wordpress’ mobile blogging feature. This post is being written from Wascana Park via my Blackberry.

There have been several times when I’m at the pool, etc. with an hour to kill and I can use that time to write now.

Toronto FC — it’s fun!

May 28, 2007

I’m starting to get into the new MLS football team Toronto FC. I’ve seen two games now; their first ever win and their first away points (2-2 at Columbus.) Now, that’s on TV of course.

CBC is showing games and they are pretty good. Small stadiums = low camera angles so you get right on the field. CBC has a British guy doing play-by-play so it sounds authentic, and Craig Forrest does a really good job as colour commentator.

The quality of play is pretty good, although nothing like the better European Leagues. The MLS guys get pretty gassed after an hour and it shows. I watched Arsenal – Bolton on tape right after the MLS game and there was a huge difference in the pace of play and shot velocity. But the MLS game is entertaining nontheless. Toronto is getting a lot of fans out to the games so there is some excitement to the games. I think it will last — I sure hope so anyway. 2-3 more Canadian teams would be nice. Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa? How about Edmonton?

Arsenal is still my #1 team, but now I’ll be following Welsh, Cunningham and Dichyo too!

GOOOL!! GOL! GOL! GOOOOL!!!!

May 28, 2007

Great day! It finally connected that we’ll be in Victoria BC while the FIFA U-20 World Cup is underway. I got online and am now the proud owner of 4 tickets to the July 7 matches. We’ll get to see Uruguay vs. Zambia and Japan vs. Nigeria. Should be great fun.

It’s very unlikely that we’ll be going to the 2010 Olympics so this is the closest thing to a world class sporting event I’ll get to see. I’m very excited.

Spring has sprung…again

May 28, 2007

Strange 10 days. I thought it was going to snow over Victoria Day weekend (it did snow north of us) but now it’s spring again. I went for two long bike rides over the weekend and it was pure joy. The kids are taking kayak classes on Saturday and Sunday for the next few weeks so I’ll have 90 minutes to ride while they’re in the water. Sure beats watching them play hockey!

Birds of a Feather

May 10, 2007

I just heard about two fellows on Gabriola Island BC who are building a commercial oven and hope to open a bakery this year. They started baking out of their homes two years ago, which is a pattern I want to emulate in Saskatchewan.

I hope to go see them as I’ll be out that way next month. I might even need to pack a trowel or two!

First Bake!

May 10, 2007

I’ve got to post some pictures soon (sorry!) but I had to shout out. My Brick Oven is now a Bread Oven! Yippee!!

I fired up the oven on Sunday and baked three batches of bread: some french loaves, semolina bread and seven grain bread. It was quite the adventure since I had no idea how long it was going to take to fire the oven so I mis-timed the dough pretty badly. Cooler oven than I’d like and over-risen dough but you know what, it was great fun and the bread tasted pretty good too. No complaints from my co-workers, that’s for sure.

It was fun working with larger quantities — in the end I baked 28 700g loaves, a big pan of granola and even baked off our supper. A very long day but very exhilirating. I can hardly wait for the next baking day!