It was a very busy weekend... I took Friday off from work. My original plan was to head out exploring with my camera. But, the weather wasn't very cooperative. It was very overcast and gloomy with a cold breeze blowing. The temperature did not get up nearly as high as it had in the days prior. I did a few chores and ran a few errands in the morning, waiting and hoping that the light would break in the afternoon. It did not, so I headed down into the darkroom and worked on some Van Dyke Brown printing.
In the evening, Margarit and I headed over to River Cree Casino and took in a concert by one of my favorite Canadian rock bands, the Tea Party. The show was really good, but the sound quality in the venue, particularly with a harder, heavier act, was not great...
On Saturday morning we packed up and headed down to Calgary. I had four tickets for the Oilers game that day... two from my season seats and two that I won at our neighborhood pub. I had to give these away to guys on my hockey team as I needed to be in Calgary to celebrate my little brother's 50th birthday. Nothing makes you feel older than your little brother hitting a milestone. Wes had booked a community hall in Calgary and his band, as well as a couple of others, were playing. They had a BBQ with burgers and hot dogs and an open bar. It was a fun time and we were up until the wee hours. The three little girls brought sleeping bags and stayed at Wes's house with their cousin Simone. Margarit and I took a room at a nearby hotel. It was about 3:00AM before we got back to the room and tried to get to sleep. Four hours later, when the alarm went off, we were both still really tired. Margarit dropped my off near downtown. I met up with my other brother Greg and his family, who had been staying with another relative. They were heading back to Edmonton that morning and I caught a ride back with them. Margarit headed back over to Wes's place for a family brunch that was taking place that day.
I made it back home around noon and began getting ready for the Renegades playoff hockey game. We had a 3:30 ice time at Kenilworth Arena for a game against the Mighty Ducks. This was game two of a best of three series, and we had already won game one. We were trying for a sweep of the series and a berth in the division final. My team was well prepared and very determined and despite having to play with our backup goaltender, we hung on for a 2-1 victory. We now have a few days rest before the final series starts on Thursday.