My annual Regina trip is in full swing. Here is what I have discovered thus far.
When the Riders have a bye week, people actually think of other things! Normally, during my week-long July visit, I note Rider clothing adorning 19.2% of adults and 24.7% of youth/children/toddlers/babies. This week however, the numbers are drastically reduced to 11.8% and 9.3% respectively. 9.3! That is outrageous! I assume the week off for the team partly explains the absence of Kelly Green (of course you knew that Kelly Green is the specific colour tone of the Roughriders) but as I pointed out to a new friend at O’Hanlon’s, the team also sucks. Shame should not be ruled out as a contributing factor. The positive here is that folks have headspace for things other than football, so I hope to see a big crowd at the Red Sox game tonight.
My second observation; the traffic lights on Arcola Avenue heading South East are horribly synchronized. Fix it. Why am I stopping so much on what is practically a highway? Do you have city councillors that are invested in brake repair shops? Fix it.
Observation 3. The Knotted Thistle serves beer in great big test tube things they call “yards”. It’s funny to look at and ridiculously inconvenient to drink from and of course completely compromises the taste of your beer. Even so, part of me wants to try it. The same part of me that wants to post a teaser on facebook about what an incredible day I am having just to see if I can suck anybody into caring. Fortunately, 47 years has taught me to supress that urge. I will have a pint of Rogue Farms Seven Hops please. Jesus, that’s a lot of hops in one beer.
Finally, there are fewer “gingers” in Regina than Saskatoon. Are they banished at adulthood? Saskatoon is flush with these fascinating mutants and dare I say Regina, you are missing out on something special. Speckly orangey reddishness goes brilliantly with Kelly Green! Observe…