Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Saskatoon

Over the last few weeks I've been able to get back to Saskatoon the last few weeks. It's always nice to get home (wherever Mom is I consider home).  My first trip back was specifically for the Arcade Fire show; which was awesome. However, I was lucky enough to get to see a couple of my nephews football games. Being an idiot, I forgot my camera back in Edmonton. So I had to take a couple of snaps with my blackberry.

My nephew Matt is #35. He plays LB for the Bethlehem Stars. They lost this game by a huge margin to Holy Cross but he had a great game.
 The next day Liam had a flag football game. Liam was probably the fastest kid out there by a large margin.
Even his hair looks a little streamlined.
 Steph, Gerry and Liam at the park - Sonia who is in grade 11 ran away as soon as she saw a camera came out.

Unfortunately I couldn't get any worthwhile shots of the Arcade Fire concert but it was stellar. The band sounded really tight and it's cool to see them switching instruments in between songs. If you ever get the chance do yourself a favor and check them out.

My next trip back was for Thanksgiving. Stephanie and Gerry were in San Francisco and Randy was on his way back from Toronto so Mom's house was full of kids.

The kids were in full imagination mode and with Grandma's help they developed a 'train'.
A great little outing with the kids was a trip to the Forestry Farm - The Saskatoon Zoo.
We went in the middle of the afternoon so many of the animals were sleeping, but those animals that were up and about put on a show.

These Grizzly Bears were playing around with each other standing on their hind legs and play fighting. Here's a shot of them taking a break afterwards.
Another cool big attraction are the lions. This male lion was feeling a little agitated and was pacing back and forth along the perimeter scoping out children that he could hopefully eat.
Another really cool experience was watching the Mountain sheep. When we came upon them they were lounging really close by the fence.
 Next thing you know the 2 male sheep all of a sudden stood up, made eye contact, and then charged each other cracking heads. They did this only about 5 feet away from us. It was awesome.
 They sat there with there heads against each other for about a minute. The female sheep was not impressed. She drunkenly staggered away from the males as they looked on. 
Eventually the males unlocked heads and kind of looked back and forth from the female to each other. It was a classic gender situation. What's it take to impress a damn woman?

Thanksgiving supper was, as usual, fantastic. I put on about 5 pounds from the Thanksgiving weekend alone.
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