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Exhibition Curling Club

I was driving around Exhibition with the boys on Wednesday before the roundtable on the Saskatoon Afternoon Show and we came across this.

Exbition Curling Club in Saskatoon

It had a large boarded up entrance on the west side of the building so I knew it had to be a rink.  I didn’t think it was a hockey rink as the Exhibition Arena (which used to serve hot Dr. Pepper) was only a couple of block away yet I had never heard of it before.  Neither had Wikimapia or Wikipedia.

It looks like from the fence that it is connected to the Seventh Day Adventist warehouse and school right next to it but I wasn’t sure.  I tweeted about it and Ward 7 Councillor Mairin Loewen offered up that it was indeed a curling rink (I had also found mentioned of the Exhibition Curling Rink in the provincial archives but no exterior photos) and that it had been used by the Adventists for revival services decades ago.  That was consistent with what some thought it was a church.

Of course the other option is that Councillor Loewen was wrong and that it was a remnant of the camp that the Seventh Day Adventists had on the site years ago before the city had grown out there.  That being said, the Exhibition Arena was never a curling club (it was hockey and rodeo which is why the places smelled like sweaty teens and cow manure) and there are references to the Exhibition Curling Rink in provincial and city archives.

I was by the building again today and it isn’t in great condition but not horrible shape either.  The walls are straight and there isn’t any buckling of the roof but it definitely hasn’t seen any signs of life in a long time.  It would be a great location for a lot of things but I never saw any For Sale signs so it’s not on the market.

If you have any info on the building, let me know in the comments.

March 11th

In what is a tradition around here, I tend to live blog my birthday.  For some reason some of you care about that and who am I to mess with a stupid tradition.  (2011 | 2009| 2008 | 2007| 2006 | 2005 | 2003)

12:00 a.m. | Sleeping

1:00 a.m. | Fighting with Maggi for covers on the bed.

1:15 a.m. | Maggi won.  Darn it.

2:00 a.m. | Pretending to sleep so Wendy will get up with Oliver who is sick.

3:00 a.m. | Sleeping

4:00 a.m. | Sleeping

5:00 a.m. | Crap, forget to turn off alarm.

5:01 a.m. | Sleeping

6:00 a.m. | Might as well get up.  Dog’s had the covers all night long.

8:00 a.m. | Back to bed

Sony headphones8:08 a.m. | Oliver and Mark are up and wanting to give me my gifts.  They gave me the Generation Kill DVD set and a new set of headphones.  Wendy gave me Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo, a story about the slums of Mumbai, the dogs gave me Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean (never sure how Maggi is raising the money she spends) while they all went together and got me a new stereo/iPod dock.

The bad news is that I have to listen to the Adele album that I bought Wendy.  Doh!

10:00 a.m. | Oliver made me watch Power Rangers with him.  That wasn’t a good time.

11:00 a.m. | Off to get some Brier tickets for the final tonight and have lunch at Fuddruckers where Mark wants me to eat a one pound hamburger.  If I do eat it, it may very well decide how the rest of my birthday goes.

11:30 a.m | Brier tickets secured.

12:00 p.m. | Lunch at Asia Buffet.

1:00 p.m.  | A quick trip to Indigo where I grabbed a discounted copy of Conversations with Myself by Nelson Mandela and Arrival City by Doug Saunders.  Because the last thing I would want to do is have a totally pleasant birthday, I also picked up Invisible Chains, a book about the sex trade and human trafficking in Canada.

3:00 p.m. | I am watching Band of Brothers with Mark this afternoon while getting some work down.

4:40 p.m. | Mark has been introduced to NBA Jam on the iPad.  Boom-shaka-lacka

5:00 p.m. | What the heck?  Where did that flu come from.  This isn’t good.

6:30 p.m. | Wendy made me a nice supper and am putting back another episode of Band of Brothers with Mark.  I forgot how great the music is in the series.  Best line from the mini-series, “We’re paratrooper’s Lieutenant, we’re supposed to be surrounded.”

8:00 p.m. | I am off to bed for the night.  The flu has gotten worse.