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Nov. 11, 20082 p.m.
The last time I looked out my (half) window at 317 Washington St., the date started October and it was around 70 degrees. I look out this afternoon amidst some cold rain, sleet and a few flurries. My how things change in the Upper Midwest.
Let’s see, practice today … Brent Burns and Owen Nolan both skated before the team, and then continued on to practice with the team. Jacques Lemaire had the lines shuffled -- “just to give you guys something to talk about” -- you guys meaning the media. Mikko Koivu
skated between Pierre-Marc Bouchard
and Colton Gillies, while Benoit Pouliot was with Brunette and Antti Miettinen.
It seems like forever since the Wild has played a hockey game -- but, of course, forever is just three days.
Sunday was a pretty uneventful travel day, although we are still trying to find Marek Zidlicky’s suit bag. Because we flew out of the main terminal, we go through regular security and customs. The bags go down on the same belt as the rest of them, and, somehow, Zidlicky’s bag did not arrive with the team. I have called Northwest Airlines, hoping the bag arrived on a Vancouver-Minneapolis flight they had originating at a similar time, but, so far, no luck. We’ll continue working on it. On a related note, we had two bags arrive on our charter that didn’t belong to anyone -- they belonged to a guy from Plymouth, who was flying on Northwest from Vancouver to Minneapolis on Sunday.
Remember that cold rain I was talking about? Now full fledged snow. I can barely see the boat across the river.
I have a busy day tomorrow, as Nick Schultz and his wife, Jessica, are going to appear on KSTP’s Twin Cities Live between 3-4 p.m. They’ll be cooking a family favorite recipe, Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin. I’m going along and hoping for a sampling. Also, tomorrow night is our media skating party. I’m trying to scrounge up some used skates from our equipment guys. It’s my second winter in Minnesota and I really need to get some skates of my own.
Congratulations to Wild athletic therapist Don Fuller and his wife, Tina, who welcomed Alison Margaret this morning. After keeping Donny’s phone during the game for four nights over the last 10 days in case Tina went into early labor, I feel a special amount of satisfaction over little Alison’s birth.
This just in for Thursday’s game, our first home game in two full weeks believe it or not (I believe it):
baked potato beer cheese soup
roast pork loin normandy
potatoes a gratin
I’ll be back after practice tomorrow. I have to hit the store on the way home tonight to get some things for my apartment. Fortunately, I realized Saturday that I was out of shampoo at home so I just brought my shampoo from the hotel in Vancouver home!
Now that I’m back I’ll try to get to some e-mails. E-mail me at email@example.com.