Greetings from Denver!
It’s Friday morning and the sun is shining, the Canucks are on a four-game winning streak and there’s an Urban Outfitters at the mall across the street. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Thursday was a travel day for the team; we took off at noon and got to the hotel around 3 p.m. Poof, just like that, everyone went their separate ways and I didn’t see any of the team, other than coach Vigneault in the gym, for the rest of the night.
That being said, I had plenty of interaction with the guys prior to our free evening in Denver. Here are some tidbits, just for you.
-Had a good chat with Cory Schneider in line at a coffee house before getting on the bus in Calgary. He said he’s feeling a lot better and he looked it. Said he slept and slept and slept before he woke up to watch the Canucks play the Flames and, as luck wouldn’t have it, the game wasn’t televised. He listened to the call on the Team 1040.
-There was a lively card game on board Air Canucks and although I didn’t see who won, I’m assuming it was Roberto Luongo. When I turned to see what all the commotion was about, he was pumping both arms in the air while swivling his head side-to-side. Happy dance?
-Apparently yesterday was my first time flying. We went through customs in Calgary and, being a full-on genius, I had a bottle of water in my laptop bag and had my toiletry bag with me, filled with liquids and gels over 100 ml. Move over Alicia Silverstone, I’m the clueless one.
-It was Alex Burrows’ birthday yesterday and he got a nice gift from Seattle Seahawks all-pro cornerback Richard Sherman. Sherman, who was in town last Monday on a scouting mission, sent shirts for Burrows, Schneider and Pinizzotto, the three who took part in the shtick. Those three are going to look killer at the beach this summer, amiright? Wicked shirts, thanks Sherman.
-Häagen-Dazs ice cream tastes better 35,000 feet in the air. Don’t ask me why.
-Jeff Vinnick and I went to Jurassic Park 3D last night, do yourself a favour and go as well. After waiting in a huge line, we finally got into the theatre and found two seats – wait, I forget you can’t see me winking – we were the only two people in the theatre. It was an impromptu man date, whatever. Anyways, I was 10 when that flick first came out and 10-year-old Derek was in awe once again. That movie gets me every time. Then I had trouble sleeping after eating popcorn, Milk Duds and drinking a slurpee, I don’t remember that happening back in 1993. Getting old rules.
Practice day today, we’re headed to the rink shortly. I’ll check back in this afternoon if there’s anything noteworthy of note for your notes. Until then, happy Friday!
P.S. – While I agree with the masses the T-Rex making the water shake in the cup on the dash scene is the best in Jurassic Park, it’s pretty sick when Robert Muldoon, Jurassic Park’s game warden, thinks he has a raptor in his sights and is then attacked from the side. “Clever girl” is one of my favourite lines ever. Oh and every time I eat Jello I shake it on my spoon like Lex Murphy when she sees the raptor come into the main complex. I guess the truth is out now: I’m a massive Jurassic Park/dinosaur nerd. We can still be best friends, right?