I decided not to run errands yesterday as it was too damned cold to be out and about. Well, "too damned cold" as applied to an ol geezer who has the R-factor of your average tin garden shed; cold weather and skinny people just don't do well together. That said, I prolly should have done my shopping yesterday, coz here's the current view outta my front door:
And here's the forecast for the rest of today:
Monday looks good though, no? We're not out o' any o' the important stuff anyhoo... there's plenty of beer in the fridge and the humidor is fat. I did have to break out the emergency creamer for today's coffee... that powdered krep that is in NO way a substitute for half and half, which we're out of. Sigh. I guess we'll just have to suffer.
It should be an interesting night at The Joe tonight. Some words about that from NHL.com:
DETROIT -- The purists have already spoken up.
They say that even if the Detroit Red Wings beat the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night at Joe Louis Arena for their 20th straight victory on home ice – tying the NHL record shared by the 1929-30 Boston Bruins and 1975-76 Flyers – it should come with an asterisk.
They argue that because neither of those old Bruins and Flyers teams had the advantage of winning games in overtime or shootouts, their home winning streaks are still more impressive and more "legit" than the current run the League-leading Red Wings are riding.
If that logic bothers the Wings, however, it's near-impossible to tell – not because they're so focused on joining the NHL's history book yet again, but because they seem so nonchalant about the whole ordeal.
Still, what his team is doing on home ice this season really is a big deal in terms of historical perspective.
Even if they lose on Sunday and fall one win short of tying the NHL record, what the Red Wings have accomplished to this point – simply stacking home wins and concentrating on the next one – is nothing short of amazing. Purists are correct that Detroit has had the advantage of winning games in overtime and shootouts, but their opponents have had the same opportunities to end it.
You KNOW I'll be there... front and center... tonight. Well, front and center of the teevee, anyhoo.
And then there's this... from The Freep:
Red Wings' Tomas Holmstrom receives a Ski-Doo Renegade snowmobile from the team to celebrate his 1000th game in the NHL at the end of practice at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday. / KIMBERLY P. MITCHELL/DFP
Tomas Holmstrom wasn’t sure what was going on at the end of practice today when the doors to the Zamboni entrance opened while the players were still on the ice.But suddenly, a loud noise was heard and Henrik Zetterberg rode in on a brand new snowmobile – complete with the number 96 on the side.
“I couldn’t see what was going on,” Holmstrom said. “Turn around and there’s a snowmobile out there and then I started reading the sign. Nice. It’s mine.”
A sign on the front of the snowmobile let Holmstrom know the gift was for reaching 1,000 career games.