By the time this publishes, I will be driving a 2016 Ford Focus (not the one below, this one is white) south to Regina where I meeting up with adventurer and author Robin Esrock. He is a Ford Canada brand ambassador. After meeting up (and I assume getting coffee at the Starbucks), we are heading south to Ogema, Saskatchewan (a place where I explored last year with Ford), testing out some food, riding the Southern Prairie Railway, taking in a museum, and then heading back to Regina.
Wendy and the boys are coming along for the trip. Instead of heading south with us, they are going to explore Regina and in particular, Wascana Lake and the Saskatchewan Legislature. I’ll post some photos from the trip to the blog tonight. I assume they will as well.
If you don’t want to read my account of the day, check out Elan Morgan’s blog. It’s always a good read.
There is a book signing with Robin Esrock in Regina at 7:00p.m. at the Chapters. If you come on out, I’ll be there. I won’t sign your book but we could totally do a selfie or something over coffee.
The Speaker of the Legislature, Dan D’AutremontÂ had a party to unveil his office renovations which I am told feature a lot of dead African animals. Â He didn’t just have a regular party but a dress-up party featuring MLAs. Â It’s like we have elected a group of 12 year olds to run the province. Â Thanks to Murray Mandryk for sharing this.
A couple of months ago I got a note from our MLA, Cam Broten who knew that Mark did a fair amount of volunteering with me at The Salvation Army and now at The Lighthouse whenever I have a task that needs to be done. Cam nominated Mark to win a recipient of the Queenâ€™s Diamond Jubilee medal. A week or so ago this arrived in the mail inviting Mark to the Saskatchewan Legislative buildings to meet Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall in a ceremony and tea. Tomorrow morning we will be driving down to Regina so that Mark and Wendy can be a part of the ceremony. Yes I said, Wendy as Mark only gets one guest and I am not it. Wendy would prefer that I go as she is nervous about it but I saw the Duke and (then) Duchess of York in 1989 in Saskatoon and I thought she would enjoy it.
Sadly I couldnâ€™t even get into the Legislature as the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are apparently a really big deal so I have a couple of hours to kill in Regina by myself while Mark and Wendy are living it up.
I was on David Oliveâ€™s excellent blog tonight, the Great Recession and I was reading that Saskatchewan was celebrating our entry into Confederation today. We joined it back in 1905 and have won three Grey Cups in our time as a province.
I was noticing the great looking photo of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building. You can see it in context here.
It reminded me a lot I took of the Saskatchewan Legislature building back in 2007 while with Mark and Wendy. A quick look around on Flickrâ€¦ ohhh, here it isâ€¦ Iâ€™ll put a photo paper border on it hereâ€¦ upload it my siteâ€¦ there it isâ€¦
Same legislative building, same wind, blowing the same flags, same people playing on the same dead grass. I think itâ€™s fair to say that it is the same image.
Just a second, let me check the copyright on this image. The good news is that it is Creative Commons. The bad news is that it has some conditions.
Attribution â€” You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
Noncommercial â€” You may not use this work for commercial purposes.
I missed the attribution and I donâ€™t remember giving anyone permission to use it commercially.
I am probably a little sensitive to this because last week, CBC Saskatchewan also needed to use a photo of mine for a story they were running. A quick email was all it took to get my permission free of charge and I would do it for any media outlet. I really wish the Toronto Star had extended me the same courtesy that the CBC did.
Update: The Toronto Star got back to me and I gave them permission. In hindsight I should have asked it in return for a little less Maple Leaf coverage and a little more coverage for the rest of the NHL but why ask the impossible.