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Up In Smoke



Alrighty-o.  My newest entry for The Hockey News is up at if you’d like to take a look at that.  A little explanation of why this is the time of the year hockey players really start the grind for next season.

But first, a couple thoughts!


Anyone else watch the ESPY’s? 

If I was sick of Debbie Phelps after the Olympics (and I was), I need some Ginger Ale and Pepto again after that awards show.  This broad gets more airtime than Amelia Earhardt (though a “was never heard from again” ending wouldn’t be quite so tragic in this case).

The only known antidote to a Debbie Phelps sighting is Marissa Miller.  Thankfully, she was in attendance as well.


I’m calling for the head of the next person I hear use the expression “you know what they say here, if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes”.

It’s weather.  It changes quickly everywhere, not just in your town. 

At least come up with your own expression, like “You know what they say, if you don’t like the weather, there’s absolutely f***ing nothing anybody can do about it, so stay indoors.”

In 2003, Kelowna lost hundreds of homes on the outskirts of town.

In 2003, Kelowna lost hundreds of homes on the outskirts of town.

Plus, in Kelowna we have very little sympathy for all these places with intermittent rain, largely because every few years now I can here Nero fiddling away while our lovely summer city goes up in smoke like a Snoop Dogg/Dre tour.  Apparently, consecutive months with no rain isn’t cool if you live amongst a quatrillion pine trees.  Who knew?

We’re up to 11,000 evacuated as of yesterday, and The Cove – the resort home of our Fantasy Camp in two weeks – is currently evacuated too.  Awesome.

That’s not too far from where Heatley lives – maybe he’ll be smoked out of his own home and have to talk to the media soon.  We can only hope!


9 Responses to “Up In Smoke”
  1. Sally says:

    Yikes! Hope your family and friends are safe up there.

  2. SPO says:

    Hey Justin -

    We evacuated in the San Diego fires in ’07 – it was hellish around here. Hope you and yours and the community come thru it all ok.

    I can’t believe you are hatin’ on Debbie Phelps (are you a Sid hater too because he gets too much air/face/promo time?)! During the Olympics I found her to be a charming, funny, down-to-earth lady who raised a pretty neat kid along the way. And besides, the only reason she gets so much air time is because of the effing amazing things her son has done (so do you hate him too – for taking home too many ESPYs?). Sheesh.

  3. jtbourne says:

    Hey bud, I’m sure she’s all things wonderful, I just don’t think we need hours of face-time for a woman who hasn’t done anything above average (fine, raised a great kid, but there could have been 1,000 of those same mothers in that audience. She just happened to be the most over-involved).

    The Sid thing is silly. He’s the best in the world at something. The “no facetime for the average” theory applies to all reality “stars” as well, especially the “The Hills-ish” type crowd.

    Thanks for the well-wishes. Its nowhere near as bad as it was in ’03, and they’re getting this one under control. We could just use a sub-90 degree day for a few seconds!

  4. Pete says:

    at least kurt warner’s wife has gone away….

  5. SPO says:

    Okay, fair enough – I’m just sayin… Two things:

    The reason I brought up Sid is because the Debbie Phelps comment of yours could be switched out verbatim for a lot of Sid bashing posts I read to the effect of “If I have to see his face one more time!…”

    And about her overexposure – aside from the obvious (being the mom of the superstar athlete and all), I think she became someone people (not you, but a lot of other people) grew to care about in that we “got to know her” during the Olympics et al. So of course we want to see our favorite “athlete mom” and her responses to Michael’s triumphs (especially after that whole bong BS). But then again, I’m a “bud-ette” and I love that shit, and cried my eyes out during the whole Mandela thing.

    Glad to hear they’re getting at least this fire under control. Sherry

  6. Travelchic59 says:

    I hope the fires spare your golf resort. Stay safe.

  7. Neil says:

    Your hockey news article is the second-most read article in the last 24 hours!

  8. Meg Jarrell says:

    Hey Bournie!

    First, LOVED th Hockey News article. Just hope my Kings are listening. If Facebook is at all reliable, looks like the parties at the beach are outweighing the gym for a few people right now.

    And I’m doing my rain dance for all your peeps back home. Having lived through many fire seasons over 10 years in California, I can sympathize. And I totally agree with you about the ever-changeful nature of weather. The first person to find the “perfect” climate, let me know! I’m packing up and moving to your La-La land pronto!

    PS: Any good sales at Banana?

  9. Ed J says:

    Please keep your family & yourself safe.

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