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My Very Own Bucket List June 28, 2011

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Weekday afternoons at the museum are notoriously slow and yesterday was no exception.  Having forgotten my book at home, I was desperate for something to do that would help pass the time.  Thanks to my iTouch and the museum’s wi-fi, I was able to create my very own bucket list.

  1. Visit all these places
  2. Watch all of Johnny Depp’s movies (50+ according to IMDb)
  3. Fit in a size 12
  4. Visit every continent
  5. Earn a Mater’s Degree
  6. Drive a 1967 Stingray Corvette
  7. Meet a famous person (preferably Johnny Depp or a member of the Red Wings)
  8. Work or volunteer at the Smithsonian
  9. Get married
  10. See a polar bear in the wild
  11. Live in Scotland
  12. Complete a scrapbook
  13. Learn to waltz
  14. See the Northern Lights
  15. Go 6 months without driving a car
  16. Learn American Sign Language
  17. Visit all 50 states
  18. Go white water rafting
  19. See the Red Wings play in Joe Louis Arena
  20. Celebrate Oktoberfest in Germany
  21. Ride in a hot air balloon
  22. Fly first class
  23. Read 100 books in one year’s time
  24. Sing karaoke
  25. Be a zombie in a zombie movie

Hey Uncle Sam, Thanks For the Tickets!! May 5, 2008

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As a good American citizen, I follow the instructions of my President.  He said, “Spend this economic stimulus payment and solve the U.S. economic problems.”  Okay. 

One premium seat at the Dallas/Detroit playoff game next Wednesday = $202

Gas, beer, food and other items necessary to enjoy the game= $100

Being a good American = priceless

I expect my fellow Americans to step up to the plate and spend their stimulus money in a way that not only makes them happy but also benefits our great country.  Afterall, Dub-Ya said we should.

Go Red Wings!!

Franzen Rushes Turco at the Net

Magic On Ice April 11, 2008

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I was bored tonight and wasting time on YouTube…found a kick-ass highlight video of Pavel Datsyuk (my future husband).  Even non-hockey fans can appreciate his amazing skills on the ice.  Enjoy!


Wings to be Represented Well at All-Stars January 9, 2008

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Announced yesterday…

The Red Wings will have great representation at the upcoming NHL All-Star game: 3 starters (Nick Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk, and Henrik Zetterberg) plus head coach Mike Babcock will sit as the Western Conference coach.  It seems as though the fans are rewarding the boys for a great first half of the season — the Wings have the best record in the league.  [Read the full article]

37 Days and Counting! August 12, 2007

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The Red Wings’ first pre-season game is September 18th, against the Minnesota Wild.  I am simply dying for the season to begin.  I wore my Datsyuk shirt today and Average Joe and I just finished watching a TV special focusing on the great Mario Lemieux.  These two things have only served to further increase my desire for the night when I can come home and yell loudly at my TV as I watch my boyfriend work his magic on the ice 🙂

The Power of Dirty Socks May 5, 2007

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As any self-respecting hockey fan knows, the power of superstition is very important during Stanley Cup playoffs. Many fans and players grow “playoff beards” which cannot be shaved until the team is out of the playoffs. AverageJoe refuses to allow any of his 6 Red Wings jerseys to be washed until Detroit either wins the Cup or is out of the running. As I am not able to grow a beard (thankfully) and I insist on at least spraying my jersey with Febreeze after I wear it, I needed to find some other superstitious means by which to support “the boys.”

During game 2 of the series with San Jose, I noticed all the fans at Joe Lewis Arena were waving rally towels and I looked frantically for something to wave here at home. The first thing that came into sight was a pair of AverageJoe’s dirty white socks. I grabbed them, swung them in a circle above my head, and cheered my team to a victory!

Unfortunately I didn’t recognize the true power of the socks; they sat in the bottom of the dirty clothes hamper during game 3 and Detroit lost 😦 Joe decided to test their power during game 4 (which I didn’t watch) and the socks were again successful in bringing another Detroit victory. Based on this knowledge, I was determined to test the true power of the socks during game 5 today.

AMAZING! Every time I picked up the socks during today’s game, the Red Wings scored a goal…final score 4-1. Never underestimate the power of dirty socks 🙂

Rough Start April 26, 2007

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Yikes!  What a game…Detroit lost 0-2 to San Jose in game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.  The guys just couldn’t seem to get a break.  Several shots ringed off the post instead of hitting the back of net…Damn!  Honestly the Wings just couldn’t seem to get it together and make their game gel.  Oh well, there’s always game 2. 

Does the Frozen Road Lead to Oz or Somewhere More Dangerous? March 20, 2007

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The Instigator

The Instigator’s take on Jordan Tootoo’s punch to the face of Stephane Robidas on Saturday night.  The attack left Robidas unconscious and earned Tootoo a 5-game suspension.

While the cartoon is worthy of a chuckle, the growing trend of dangerous violence in NHL is not.  Most hockey fans will agree that on-ice fighting is an exciting and expected part of the game and I agree.  I think a good fight every now and again is a good thing, as long as the players maintain some sense of control and don’t seriously injure one another.  Land a few punches and rattle the other guy’s cage a bit but make sure everyone involved can skate off the ice unassisted when the smoke clears.  Some teams even sign players for the unspoken and unofficial job of “enforcer.”  These guys make sure that the team’s prize players aren’t man-handled and any dirty hit can earn an opponent a quick visit with the enforcer’s flying fists.  I understand this is a necessary aspect of the game and I honestly don’t have a problem with it . 

Having said that, I see hockey becoming more violent in a very disturbing way.  Anyone watching ESPN or any NHL game in the past 3 weeks knows about the vicious hit Chris Simon laid on Ryan Hollweg on March 8.  Obviously Tootoo and Simon are 2 players who can’t control themselves and have taken the hockey player’s “god given right to fight” to a dangerous level that I don’t think has any place in NHL hockey.  Clean fights have a great place in hockey but a unchecked retaliatory violence does not. 

Hi-Def Hockey March 5, 2007

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As you know, my boyfriend AverageJoe recently went out and bought a 50″ plasma TV.  Although I was not too keen on the idea at first, I have come to enjoy watching TV on this monster addition to the living room.  He also bought a new high definition (HD) DVR which we haven’t been able to use yet because DirecTV is taking forever to come out to the house and install the new satellite dish.  After 2 weeks with the new TV, Joe purchased a HD antenna that allows us to watch a select few programs on a few local stations.  To date we have mostly watched the evening news and a few other CBS shows using the antenna…until Sunday.

The Red Wings and Avalanche played an afternoon game Sunday and NBC broadcast the game in high definition.  AWESOME!!!  The picture was so incrediably sharp and clear that for a brief moment I forgot I was watching TV.  I swear it seemed as though the guys weren’t on the ice in Detroit but instead had somehow been shrunk and were playing inside a box in my living room.  Now that we’ve been bitten by the HD hockey bug it will seem so dull and flat to watch a game on “regular”TV.  The good news is that once the new satellite dish is installed, we should be able to catch at least one HD game a week thanks to the CenterIce package.     

Life With a Big TV Is Sweet February 6, 2007

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Last night we watched our first hockey game on the new 50″ plasma TV.  Awesome!!!  I picked on BJ about buying the “stupid” TV and now I feel really bad.  After watching the Red Wings kick butt on such a large scale, I never want to watch another game on a “little” TV.  What I really can’t wait for is the HD; DirecTV is scheduled to come out and hook up the new dish in a couple of weeks.  Watching Datsyuk play in high defintion on a big screen TV is going to be heaven  🙂