Observations Of An Outsider

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…

Beautiful colours.
Beautiful colouring.

Author: Toontown Rat

He is a long time Saskatoon resident and moderately important cog in the machinery of Prairie Dog's little sister, Planet S Magazine.

8 thoughts on “Observations Of An Outsider”

  1. Until I moved to Regina (from Saskatoon and points further north) I didn’t know any Rider fans or people who wore Rider stuff as part of their actual wardrobe. I still find it odd. And tacky.

    Our lights don’t synch, the turning lights are often there for decoration only and this city is full of crappy drivers.

    There is no beautiful river or lively downtown scene.

  2. There is no Novia Cafe, or any sort of classic diner anymore. (Millenials do go for regular breakfast at 11am and call it brunch, tho.) But we have Costco, and Malwarts. Sorry, Walmarts. We have lots of direct flights south during the winter now, and even tho the roads suck and the lights have never been synchronized we’re all still really happy cuz our most basic urges/needs are being met, and like brunch, the whole Rider thing most often just serves a social purpose now – It lets people know you’re ‘okay’…that you’re an okay, trustworthy, down to earth person. Tres important.

    As for “yards” that’s a throw-back to the Blarney days at the Travelodge, the actual good pub that preceded the whole Bush Years, Johnny Spanx fiasco.

  3. Way back in the day… Going 31 mph on Albert st. north or south bound, If ya got 1 green light, you got many in a row.
    Another thing the CoR could do is construct proper right turn lanes,on Lewvan at 4th & 7th south bound.

    I’ve done yards.. didn’t hurt.

  4. Yes, but ‘yards’ at the location of 4177 Albert Street date back to only the Blarney Stone era ~ 1992-2002. Before that it was an ’80s safety-dancin’ rock club with a Yuk Yuks thrown in. Lbatt Blue baby!

  5. I guess more accurately, an ’80s dance bar that played rock music, like Frozen Ghost and Platinum Blonde, in an age when ‘average guys’ never got laid after doing the safety dance…

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