Shuffleboard on ice

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Editorial

Many Canadians have put life on hold the past two weeks for the Winter Olympics - including Dana.

 

Her favourite sport seems to be curling and it took a considerable amount of TV time to watch Canada win two gold medals.

 

She even got yours truly involved in the sport – signing us up for an “Olympic” bonspiel this past Saturday at the Kincardine Curling Club.

 

However, that’s where the similarities ended.

 

Age has taken its toll on our team. I was the only one able to get in the hack and throw a stone properly (even that is up for debate). The rest of our team used the stick.

 

And there were many other sticks in evidence.

 

Perhaps the Olympics could include a new sport in 2018 – shuffleboard on ice. That way the infirm and the elderly could take part.

 

But back to Saturday, I didn’t notice any shots to match those made by our Olympic heroes. Nary a team could match the concentration or the conditioning displayed by the teams of Brad Jacobs or Jennifer Jones in Sochi.

 

However, it didn’t matter that we were short on finesse or good knees; we likely had more fun.

 

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Talking about fun or lack there of…

 

I happened to watch parts of the Kincardine council meeting Wednesday. Now those people like to talk and, unfortunately, they say very little.

 

There was even talk of doing something about the rain forecast for the following day.

 

I’m afraid a motion of council wouldn’t do the trick.

 

Council could take a lesson from resident Jim Bagshaw who presented a report on the Huron Ridge water problems. The report was concise and in language that everyone could understand.

 

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Still on council, as long as the municipality owned the old post office building downtown, the tourist booth had to be on Highway 21.

 

Now that the building has been sold, the tourist booth has to be downtown and so the municipality now has to pay rent.

 

Ah, logic.

 

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With 7-billion people in the world, you have to be quite an athlete to get to the Olympics, let alone win a gold medal.

 

I figured Canada would have to be lucky to win a second gold medal in a row in men’s hockey.

 

But Steve Yzerman, executive director of Hockey Canada, put our best hockey minds and players together for Sochi. Canada basically played keep away with the puck, leaving their opponents with few scoring chances.

 

Our Olympic athletes did us proud.