Wednesday, February 28, 2007

First Medal

Way to go Team Nunavut! Our fair territory picked up its first ever medal in the Canada Games today - a bronze in judo. A few of our athletes have picked up medals in Inuit games too. Unfortunately, they are not counted in the official medal totals. They are only demonstration sports at these Games.

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, which is covering the Games, had a call-in segment, part of which I was able to catch, discussing whether Inuit games should be introduced as official events in future Canada Games competitions. The response from callers was very positive so this is a positive sign for the future.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

2007 Canada Winter Games

Best wishes to all Nunavut athletes currently competing in the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse, especially to Arctic Bay's own small contingent which will be competing in Dene Games.

The one Dene game I know they will be competing in is called Snow Snake. This is sort of like the javelin throw, except it involves sliding a stick or spear along a flat ice surface. It is decidedly more difficult than it sounds at first. I've tried this a number of times, believe me. One of the challenges is to keep the spear travelling in a straight line.

Although not indigenous to the Inuit, Dene Games have really taken off in Arctic Bay and we have athletes that have competed quite successfully in Snow Snake, most recently in the Arctic Winter Games in Alaska. Best wishes guys!

I can't wait to see the day when Arctic Bay sends a soccer team to the Games.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary wishes today to my dear parents. Congrats on 20 years of marital bliss (and 32 years of putting up with me!)

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Lost In Translation

I've had it in mind for some time now to head off this summer on a trip to Europe. I've been pouring over travel books and websites for quite sometime. Plans to head across the pond last year were put on hold due to a move and a job change that didn't pan out. At any rate, I've decided its high time to go.

It took me quite some time to figure out exactly where I would head, though I now have it more or less nailed down - the Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria. WIth this in mind, I jumped on-line yesterday to see what was cooking in Prague this summer. I'd love to see some classical concerts this summer along with all the stunning Baroque architecture.

Anyhow, one festival happening in Prague is the SPERM Festival. SPERM Festival?! Something must have gotten lost in the translation. My grasp of Czech isn't all that good. From what I could make out its some sort of contemporary music festival. Looks like I'll miss it since its happening during February. I'm sure there's a good joke in there about that name somewhere but my brain is a bit dulled from the overcast weather we've had the past few days. This is probably a good thing though since I know Mom is reads my blog.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

I"m Still Here...Promise

For those of you wondering what I've been up to lately I can tell you I am still alive and kicking. I haven't been eaten by a bear or gone off and gotten lost somewhere in the broad expanse of tundra. Though with the increasing daylight I have been spending more time outside.

My poor laptop is pretty much shot which explains my woeful lack of blog activity. I accidentally dropped the thing a few days back. Apparently this laptop isn't like that one in those commercials I've seen. It obviously didn't "sense the drop." Luckily I have a new one on order. It will just take awhile to arrive. I've got to thinking that now I have the perfect excuse to get one of those new MacBook Pros. (hopefully later on this summer when I head South. And then we can all be afraid. Very much afraid.

Monday, February 05, 2007

I'm Number 11! I'm Number 11!

In a spirit of shameless gloating I noted with amusement that I currently stand in 11th place in the hockey pool run by News North. News North, for readers unaware, is our main territorial weekly. The grand prize is a trip for 2 to an Edmonton Oilers game. I haven't really followed the Oilers since their 1980's glory years and I have doubts of making a game should I luck out and win unless they make it to the Stanley Cup Finals (highly unlikely...sorry Edmonton). I'm sure my current standing has more to do with luck than with good picking skills. (Witness the sorry state I find myself in in my hockey pool here in town.......2nd last). But 11th place out of 1490 entries isn't too bad for a hockey fan that can barely skate.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

A Few More Pictures

Here are a few more pictures from today. I'll be quiet and let the beauty of the landscape speak for itself.

Sun, Glorious Sun!

Somehow, I just knew that today would be the day. Mind you, I did have to cheat a little by walking up the big hill behind town but I'm sure I can be forgiven. But I did see a few skidoos heading up there as I took a stroll out on the bay so I decided to beat a path up there to see the view. All in all a nice reward for all my huffing and puffing. (For those wanting to know, these 2 shots were taken at about 12:45pm today.)

Friday, February 02, 2007

The Countdown Begins

I've lost track of how many times I've glanced out a window today toward the southern horizon. Sometime over the next 3-4 days I should be able to see the sun as it makes its first tentative appearance since disappearing back in early November. This has much more meaning to me than Groundhog Day.

I actually forgot today was Groundhog Day until a colleague mentioned it this morning. I guess I can be forgiven for forgetting. There are no groundhogs here and at any rate I don't need a groundhog seeing its shadow to tell me that we may have more winter ahead of us. I only need to look at the thermometer to remind me of that. Not that our current chilly weather matters to me. All I'm looking forward to is getting out this weekend with my camera to capture the big event. The countdown begins!