21 February 2009

Depeche Mode - North American Tour Dates

Date City Venue
Friday, July 24th, 2009 Toronto, ON TBD
Saturday, July 25th, 2009 Montréal, PQ TBD
Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 Washington DC, MD TBD
Friday, July 31st, 2009 Boston, MA TBD
Saturday, August 1st, 2009 Atlantic City, NJ TBD
Monday, August 3rd, 2009 New York, NY TBD
Monday, August 10th, 2009 Seattle, WA TBD
Wednesday, August 12th, 2009 San Francisco, CA TBD
Friday, August 14th, 2009 San Diego, CA TBD
Sunday, August 16th, 2009 Los Angeles, CA TBD
Monday, August 17th, 2009 Los Angeles, CA TBD
Thursday, August 20th, 2009 Santa Barbara, CA TBD
Saturday, August 22nd, 2009 Las Vegas, NV TBD
Sunday, August 23rd, 2009 Phoenix, AZ TBD
Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 Salt Lake City, UT TBD
Thursday, August 27th, 2009 Denver, CO TBD
Saturday, August 29th, 2009 Dallas, TX TBD
Sunday, August 30th, 2009 Houston, TX TBD
Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 Atlanta, GA TBD
Friday, September 4th, 2009 Tampa, FL TBD
Saturday, September 5th, 2009 Ft. Lauderdale, FL TBD

13 February 2009

12 February 2009

Flames Win 2-0, Kiprusoff Gets Shutout

I was at the Staples Center tonight as the Calgary Flames shutout the Los Angeles Kings, 2-0. I sat in the corner, second row from the glass. Really good seats to see Kipper, I was to the right of him during the first and third periods.

As the Flames came out before puck drop, I waved at them. Since I was at their defensive zone most of the game. I got a nod from the Captain, Jarome Iginla, and a wink form Craig Conroy. AWESOME!!! Before the third, I got eye contact with Miikka Kiprusoff.

Met a few folks that came down from Calgary for the game. I am such a nerd.

Thanks to Lisa and Dave, I got really good seats. Nice scuffle along the boards...right in front of us.

When you get such great seats, you relise how big these guys are. Even Squid looked big.

Mike Cammalleri scored a powerplay goal in the first period, assisted by Todd Bertuzzi and Jarome Iginla.

Rene Bourque (second from left) scored an empty netter to seal the victory for the Flames.

Miikka Kiprusoff with his thirtieth career shutout.

11 February 2009

Flames on Three Game Road Trip

Flames will have quite a busy schedule as they go on a Pacific Division road trip. First up is Anaheim tonight, then Los Angeles tomorrow, and Phoenix on Saturday. That is three games in four nights.

The bad news: They just lost to the Ducks on Saturday. Also, the Flames road record this season has not been "elite". Furthermore, their record at the Ponda Center is horrible.

The good news: I will be at the game tomorrow at Staples Center. AWESOME!!! If you are watching on TV or will be at the game, look for me. I will be wearing a 2006-07 Phaneuf jersey, red of course. I am sure there will be plenty of "Puddles of Red" at these away games.


07 February 2009

Flames Lose Four Straight

It sucks to be a fan of a particular sports team. Especially one that is losing all time time. Worse yet, one that is streaky as the Calgary Flames. But, I have seen worse from this team. A four game losing streak is nothing to a seven year playoff drought...and not winning when in the playoffs.

I wish I could just be a fan of just the sport and have no bias to which team wins. But really, what is the fun in that? People who say that they have no favourite team are liars and wagon jumpers. I have been a proud Flames fan since I got into hockey. Although there was a time I followed the Flames and whatever team Theoren Fleury was on.

The Flames have one more game at home on Monday with the Canadiens, until they go on a Pacific road trip. It starts with a game in Anaheim then Los Angeles the next night. I will be at that game at Staples Center when they take on the Kings. I really hope the Flames can turn things around by the time I see them. They not only need to improve on their away games, but second of back-to-back games.


01 February 2009

Spellen and Gramer Lesin

Look, I surf the net just like everyone. I am average person with an average education. Here is my problem, actually...this is more your problem. The fact is, there is a growing amount of people out there that cannot spell nor use proper grammar. Keep in mind that this is coming from a guy who hated English class in school. I hated reading and writing. Still do, that is why I seldom update with new posts. That, and no one really reads this anyways.

The problem originates from text messaging. I did not have a mobile phone until about five years ago. Even now, I do not have a text plan on my phone...so I get charged every time I send or receive a text. Tangent: Why does the text receiver get charged even if message is not read? Emails are also to blame for this trend. Anyway, the art of spelling is lost with these convenient forms of communication. I understand the occasional typo. Heck, I do it all the time.

Here are some words in particular that I...uh, YOU have a problem with.





First one, "they're"...contraction of "they" and "are". As you may have noticed (oh wait, no one reads this), I do not use contractions when I write, never did. A 'trick' I used back in school to increase word count on ten page papers. This one is simple, here is an example. They're misusing these words. Which is to say that they, meaning you, are doing it wrong.

Speaking of "you are", that is another contraction that gets misused. "You're" and "your". Example: You're going to correct your grammar.

Which brings me to "their", like "your" is used as a possessive. This is a result of their lack of education.

And where would one acquire an education? "There!" See how I set that up? Where, there, here...they all have the word "here" in it, meaning location.

Ah, location. Where? Yes, "where". Not "were", "wear", or "we're". Okay, so we know that "where" is in relation to a location. "Were", past tense of "are". We are going to the show. We were going to the show. Well, since we are going to the show...oh wait..."we are"..."we're". Just like "you are" is to "you're", "we are" is to "we're". Anyway, this show we are going to, is outdoors, so bring something warm to "wear".

Contractions may be difficult to understand. After all, Data did not use contractions...and he is an android. I guess that is why auto correct or spell check does not catch these errors. There are other contractions that I feel I do not need to get into. I am sure you can figure it out...well, maybe not.

Yes, I know these sound alike when you say it out loud and it can get confusing. But really, this stuff is taught in elementary school...way before you should even have a mobile phone or email account.

Two words that do not sound alike (okay, maybe a little), "then" and "than". Rather than, if/then. When I encounter this on your blogs, I usually find myself reading the line over and over again, as I try to understand your statement. Here is an example I see all the time:

I would rather have Player X, then Player Y on my team.

Uh, what are you saying here? Player X is preferred, I got that part. But, do you want Player Y? The above statement translates to this when I read it:

I would be happier to have Player X on my team. But, in the event of cap space and given another choice...I would gladly welcome Player Y on the roster.

Do you see the confusion here? Your dislike for Player Y is lost in your misuse of "then" and "than".

I would rather have Player X , than Player Y. If Player Y is signed, then I will...burn my season tickets.

Okay, I have gone long enough about this. Thanks for getting this far.