With 30 pounds off.
The picture behind me, from the 1940s, looks like it’s on a slant but it’s not.
Merry Christmas and a terrific 2017 to you.
It might be your best year ever. You could win the lottery! You’ll probably come first in a ‘Best Looking’ contest! The Habs could go all the way! (Or if you’re not a Habs fan, your team will almost win!)
There could even be peace on earth!
(Okay, maybe I shouldn’t get too carried away with the peace on earth thing).
Lots of good things will happen. You just have to believe.
Love from Lucy, Lyla, and me.
Once again, for your possible reading enjoyment, some drawings from my grade two exercise book done at West Ward Public School in Orillia, and which I’ve managed to hold on to all these years.
Yes, some of you have seen some of this before, but I’ve added more this time, so that’s good right?
And as another added bonus, I include a photo of West Ward school in the process of burning to the ground in 1968.
But first things first, my art from grade two, lots of it, and which includes some Habs, a portrait of my teacher Mrs. Williams, along with Elvis Presley, which I spelled ‘Elive Prisie’.
If all this isn’t enticing, I don’t know what is.
I don’t have the energy, or interest, to be an advanced stats type of guy.
Or maybe I’m just not smart enough. You should’ve seen my math marks in high school.
But I’ve got the S.H.I.T.S., with an added bonus this year – shots on goal!
As you can see, it’s been a dandy start to the 2015-16 season for Les Canadiens. Although you already know that.
And, as an added bonus…..last year to compare! Wow!
And, as another added bonus…..2013-14, when Peter Budaj was helping out!
Don’t forget that the Canadiens begin their trouncing of the Tampa Bay Lightning at 6:00 pm ET today instead of the usual 7:00.
I’d hate for you to be out buying your beer and 4 Aces sherry and peyote buttons and miss the first period when the Canadiens storm the net and grab an early lead.
From legendary Canadian political cartoonist Duncan Macpherson, who also created the 1960s overhead image of the old Montreal Forum that proved very popular when I posted it a couple of times over the years, is his painting of jubilant Habs celebrating the Stanley Cup.
I know it’s Habs because the caption that comes with the picture says so, even though the sweaters are slightly different.
This is what we need to see this coming June.
And here’s what folks liked so much. So much so that I’ve had many inquiries about how to get a print of this and which, sadly, I have no idea.
Kicking off the 2015 Habs postseason with this wonderful video montage created by Toronto-based filmmaker Tim Thompson (although you’ve probably already seen it by now).
Thompson creates brilliant pieces for CBC/Hockey Night in Canada, and this Habs example goes directly to the top of the class.
It’s only an hour to game time. Feel the vibes.
Got this great email from our friend Mike McKim in Louisiana the other day.
Over the years you have posted about what a class organization the Habs are. Little ol me, a fan in my 50s, have a tale of exactly how classy Canadien de Montreal actually works.
OK, brief background: Last September my wife allowed me to spend $30 to join the Canadiens fan club, Club 1909, in exchange for buying her the ugly Canadiens Christmas sweater.
During the season, special codes were announced thru various means to member of Club1909. Think Orphan Annie secret decoder ring from the movie A Christmas Story. I acquired a few points, and successfully bid on the opportunity to have my name embedded in Carey Price’s crease during the playoff games in Montreal. I was thrilled.
A few days later, we take in Habs game in Nashville. My wife is wearing the Christmas sweater to the game and as we were about to enter, three gentlemen tap us and give us an autographed Tokarski tee-shirt. They’re from the Canadiens office and they run the twitter feeds.
At that time I mentioned I had an account and follow them. They asked my user name and, without so much as looking down, they proceed to tell me who I am and how much they like the posts I make. Imagine my surprise!
It gets better! After the game I decide to enter another contest for a pair of tickets to see the Habs at the ACC. I win. I’m to pick up my tickets, along with the other 18 winners, before the game. The Habs are also tossing in tee-shirts, face paint, and other stuff!
This afternoon I receive an e-mail stating the names in the crease will be a distraction, as per the NHL. The Habs are refunding the bid points, but… my name will now somehow be placed in the net behind Carey (something the Senators will not be able to say) for the playoffs AND it will be embedded in the ice for the ENTIRE 2015-16 season!
This is the Montreal Canadiens I am talking about. The greatest hockey franchise of all-time and only behind the Yankees in Championships. Do you actually think the Yankees would do something like this for their fans?
Some may consider this little kids folly, but this is something the Habs did not have to ever do. They’d have their fans regardless. In Louisiana, lagniappe, creates blood bonds and blind loyalty. This is how championship organization treats everyone, from the smallest of small to biggest of big!
The Montreal Canadiens are champions!