New Dog! And A Hat!

Hooray! It’s new prairie dog day! And look! It’s Katie again! Remember two weeks ago? She was our “new ‘dog” model last time, too! And now she’s back!

Why? Because she insisted! here’s how it all went down:

“Can I do that again?” Katie asked this morning when I picked up my coffee from Atlantis Coffee, where she is the awesome barista. “I have a great hat I can wear!

“And I could stand in front of the John A. Macdonald statue in Victoria Park! That part is Carl’s idea,” she said, referring to her co-worker Carl.

“Ooh, I will look so chic!” she said.

“Okay! Okay!” I said.

You can’t say no to Katie. She is a typhoon of smiles and perpetual excitement. No one can resist Hurricane Katie.

So what’s in this issue? Well!

REGINA’S DEAD STADIUM SADNESS Stephen LaRose writes the eulogy for Regina’s doomed dome dreams. Katie can’t wait to read that interesting-looking story but right now she ‘s a little distracted: “This chapeau is so cute!” she says. “It was a Christmas present! And by that I mean I picked it out and said ‘buy me that!'”

THE RETURN OF CRAIG LEDERHOUSE This escaped Vancouver CBC radio guy bolted for his Prairie homeland and Afternoon Edition-hosting glory. Vanda Schmockel interviews him. Katie will read that later. “When I smile with all my teeth, my gums dry out!” says Katie as awesome photographer Darrol Hofmeister takes about the 15th photo with my camera because his was at home. “Your camera is stupid, Steve,” adds Darrol.

GO LIVE SOMEWHERE ELSE A distinctly pale-complexioned Regina citizen’s group has plenty of reasons that have nothing at all to do with racism for not wanting a First Nations affordable housing project anywhere near them. Katie might not read that story because it could make her sad. She’s not even going to think about it. “I love my hat!” says Katie.

PLUS OTHER THINGS: Gwynne Dyer on Pakistan, David Suzuki on science-bashing, a review of the movie Rango, a bunch of CD reviews, another witty comedy column by Dan MacRae, a look at the Wisconsin government’s labour-bashing shenanigans, a preview of the dance spectacular Heaven and numerous additional amusing bits and stuff.

And seriously, look at that hat. What a great hat. “I look so cute in this hat!” says Katie. She does! Even the statue of John A. Macdonald likes Katie’s hat!

We can only hope that this new issue of prairie dog is half as cute as Katie and her hat.

NEXT ISSUE: Katie wears something else. What will it be?  “I also have a fur pelt in my back seat!” she says.

Look out, Regina!

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

10 thoughts on “New Dog! And A Hat!”

  1. She is so key-ute! I just want to give her a hug… For like four or five days if possible.

  2. Sorry Kate, the hat is cute but I’m distracted by the statue of Our White European Founding Father. It looks like he’s holding a foot-long from one of the street vendors. A little artful red and yellow paint would add ketchup and mustard to it.

  3. Madelaine: Sorta related kinda: I’ve always liked the way our White European Founding Father (WEFF) is standing a block or so away from where Riel was hung.

    And you really should look at Katie’s hat. IT’S SO CUTE!!!

  4. (I’m not that Katie, though, I’m in Saskatoon. Although I do have a big gummy smile too!)

  5. Talbot: I’m glad our comments aren’t that annoying and crabby though I guess we’ll get there soon enough. There are legitimate frustrations about downtown renovation but project manager Denise Donahue is right: it’s short term pain for long-term gain. As for two way streets and congestion, well, the people who complain about stuff like that are want-their-amenities-and-small-town-lives-too whiners. Their perspective frustrates me. Maybe they just don’t like cities. Fair enough, so why choose to live in one?

    Regina is not a small town and small-town urban planning can’t get us to the future. As for the Novia, which I supportively eat at six or seven times a month, the ownership needs to hang on. When the plaza project is complete that business will be a gold mine. It’s the same ownership as the very successful Mercury in Cathedral, so one would suspect they have some muscle to leverage.

  6. Two-way streets I like, but they are a pain in the ass to use. Even at 8 p.m. at night, it often takes me 5 mins to get from Broad to Albert on 11th, backed up my left-hand turners, busses, our famous fire-at-random red lights. I’m not totally sure there has or there will be a net benefit there.

    As for the CBC board and city suggestions that business “hang on”, well, as I understand most small business, when your cash flow is gone, it’s gone and you’re gone. That said, Novia could also vastly improve in a lot of ways, ie marketing and cust service attitude. Food od greta, tho, and it’s really not that hard to get to. There are other orgs downtown who are running deficits this year, which they attribute to the downtown fiasco.

    The people posting on CBC, not me BTW, don’t actually sound “small town”. People like that normally post in short, reactionary sentences with bad spelling. I do think the response is organized, but those people sound smart and have some good points.

    I support the downtown plan myself, but the “legitimate questions” you raise deserve some scrutiny, which they are not getting, and this isn’t supposed to be about remaining mum on issues you support just because you think it may further undermine the work being done. I, for one, never believed it was “just the weather”. Now THAT is small-town thinking!

  7. Con’t… It’s like, you know, I feel my limited sense of intelligence horribly insulted everytime I read, “it was due to the weather…” Nobody believes that. It would’ve been a lot more acceptable if they’d just said: “Look, when we tore up 12th, we found an effing untangleble labyrinth of old infrastructure and crap that’s going to take a while to figure out. We miscalculated. Sorry, Regina.”

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