Watch this video of an ice hockey rink collapasing in Námestovo, Slovakia. The roof of the rink couldn't support the weight of snow and collapsed.
Former Florida Panthers right wing, Richard Zednik, and young hockey players were training on the ice just before the accident.
I knew the news I had seen scroll across my Twitter feed would be devastating & that it would crush Woody & Wilcox's hearts.
Their man crush, Jon Matsumoto, from the Charlotte Checkers had been traded to the Florida Panthers in a deal between the Carolina Hurricanes and Panthers.
I fowarded the info to them and Wilcox replied back with "Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!"
Not an email I want to see on a Thursday morning of course.
Here's the deal for the trade that happened last night: The Canes aquired Evgenii Dadonov & AJ Jenks from Florida for Jon Matsumoto & Mattias Lindstron.
A little info on Dadonov: 22 yrs old, 5th season of pro hockey, played in 15 NHL games & 20 games with the AHL this season, drafted by the Panthers in the 3rd round in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
A little info on Jenks: 21 yrs old, in his 2nd pro season - splitting the year between the NHL, AHL, & ECHL, selected in the 4th round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
I will miss seeing Matsumoto on the ice for the Charlotte Checkers. He was a player to watch, but I also look forward to watching the new boys. Good luck to Matsumoto and good look to Dadonov and Jenks.
Woody & Wilcox, sorry I had to be the bearer of bad news.
WOOT! I am super stoked for this show!
I am giving up the chance to see The New York Rangers and my favorite hockey player, Henrik Lundqvist, in Raleigh tonight.
Music and hockey, my true loves.
Tonight, music wins.
7:45 LAST YEAR'S MEN
A regional band, I'm stoked to check out.
8:30 THE CONSTELLATIONS
If you follow me here or know me, you know I love, love, love this band. I know this band will be huge. They are fun, funky, brassy, ballsy, and sheer energy. DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW
9:30 MIDDLE CLASS RUT
As soon as "New Low" hit the airwaves, I was a fan of this band. I am finally going to get to see them!!
10:30 THE JOY FORMIDABLE
Did you see them at Foo Fighters? Well, you should have. AH-MAY-ZING
I will call myself a music lover. I appreciate all music. Classical, jazz, rock, country, and I've even got some Top 40 and Rap on my ipod. My friends come to me for musical suggestions.
If there is a guilty pleasure for me, then it is Nickelback.
ROLL YOUR EYES NOW and INSERT JOKE OF YOUR CHOICE.
I first saw Nickelback @ an Uptown Festival around 2000. I was actually waiting for Parliment Funkadelic to come on 3 hours later and since I wasn't a Widespread Panic fan, we just hung out the stage and watched the bands on it. Jack and Kristen were even on site doing a broadcast. It was before I became "The Rock Goddess." Nickelback played to about 50 people. 15 probably cared about them & the other 35 were there working or just waiting for the next band. My friend and I were impressed with them. They just rocked out a set for the 15 people that care about them and played like 50,000 people were there. A few weeks later, I picked up The State on CD. I really liked it so I went through a Canadian music site and picked up Curb and through Ebay and grabbed Hesher. Roughly 6-8 months later, Nickelback played with Three Doors Down at Tremont and the show was sold out.
Fast foward to now and Nickelback is one of the most hated yet loved bands around. Fans of their music come out in droves. People who don't like them don't want their music played at sporting games, on the radio, and so on.
Whatever it is that makes people love or hate Nickelback, the have found the formula on how to write a hit song.
My own friends will more than likely disown me after this post, but if they can have Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, etc as their guilty pleasure, then I can have Nickelback as mine but I can't even say it's guilty.
I really do like their music. The ones that aren't played on the radio like "Side of a Bullet" from All the Right Reasons written for Dimebag Darrell. The guitar is loud, crunchy, and the song is an angry rant about revenge. The State was my favorite Nickelback CD until Here and Now. This CD has great bass riffs, dirty guitars, and you know what, the band just knows how to write a f**king catchy song.
And I'm not going to lie, any song about drinking ("Bottoms Up") is good for me. Jimmy Buffett makes a liviing off of it. Trust me, I know. I own EVERY SINGLE BUFFETT ALBUM. Hell, even country stars Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band are trying to makei their marks as artists with drinking songs.
So here's my review of Here and Now:
1. This Means War
I love the bass in this song. I am a drum and bass girl. It's usually the first thing I notice and then the lyrics. It made it to my "F**k Off" playlist. My favorite song on the CD.
2. Bottoms Up
Drinking song. It's on my drinking playlist.
3. When We Stand Together
Easily, an anthem of the human race joining together to fight for something better. (Yes, even if it means banning together to fight against Nickelback)
4. Midnight Queen
Besides the sick bass in this song, I am instantly thrown back back to the dirty rock lyrics of the glam hair metal days. Double entendre galore! It's also damn catchy. Rock hit.
5. Gotta Get Me Some
A future stripper song. Great bass. Drinking, sex, and hey guess what, it's got Chad's signature chorus. This will be a rock hit.
Slow song. Lyrically, I like this song. A song about not giving up. I am putting this on my nieces playlist. Songs I would dedicate to them for when they feel like there is no one around.
7. Kiss It Goodbye
Another signature song from Nickelback. I dig the chorus, the bass, and the guitar. I like the lyrics "East coast digs the cocaine. West coast marijuana. Don't be surprised when you swallow all your pride It's tough to see through bulls**t, when it's up above your eyes."
8. Trying Not to Love You
Ballad. Many a fool will play this at their wedding or when they are trying to get the one back. I'm not a fan of Nickelback's ballads.
9. Holding on to Heaven
This might not be a ballad but this is along the vein of a Someday feel.
10. Everything I Wanna Do
I'm not a fan of this song. It's a combo of some of the above. Almost a filler song of left over parts of the other songs that were decent. I also cannot take any song that includes "K-I-S-S-I-N-G, sitting in a tree" serious. Soulja Boy(sp?) supposedly helped write this song.
11. Don't Ever Let It End
This song made me think of "Something Like That" by Tim McGraw the way the story unfolds. Top 40 will eat this song up.
On Friday, I wrote about Mummies of the World and how freaking excited I was to be going to the exhibit @ Discovery Place.
Let me tell you...IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT.
I arrived close to 2 pm and was bouncing off the walls with excitement. I know it's crazy that I could be excited to see "a bunch of dead people wrapped in cloth," but I am inquisitive by nature. I ask questions, I wonder, I ponder, and I want to know things.
I probably should have been a detective or scientist or even gone with my first dream to be an astronaut.
I didn't do any of that so exhibits like MUMMIES OF THE WORLD become my playground for my questions and creative brain.
It took me 2 hours to go through the exhibit. Don't freak out. I thought I was moving at a healthy pace through the exhibit and it really only felt like an hour. There is so much to do, read, look at, study, and so on. If you go through, make sure you read the things on the on wall, on the exhibits themselves, and do the touchscreen interactive programs too. They are so amazing and filled with so much knowledge you kind of feel like you're in your own episode of CSI.
I often found myself walking around the artifact or mummy several times. Looking at it from every angle I could and staring at it, hoping that it suddenly would tell me it's story.
Why was there nail color on one mummy but the one who was supposedly a high ranking official looked a little less cared for at burial? Why did the South Americans board their children's head? What happened to the toes of this mummy? Why did the "bog dog" die where he was found?
I still don't know the significant meaning of The Tattoo Woman's tattoos and I still don't know what The Chilean Mummy died of.
I left with more questions than answers.
I think my two favorite mummies were The Detmold Child. It's a Peruvian baby around 10 months old. It is 6,500 years old and predates King Tut by 3000 yrs and the Iceman by 1000. I was in the presence of 6,500 year old PIECE OF HISTORY!! How f'n cool is that? And if you want to know exactly how old 6,500 yrs is. The Detmold Child is carbon dated between the years of 4504 and 4457 BC. BC as in BEFORE CHRIST. My second favorite mummy was of a woman who was put to rest holding the teeth of baby. Were they her own baby teeth? Were they the teeth of one of her children? Why was she buried the way she was? There was something about that particular mummy that haunted me the most. I wanted to know her entire story but I could only know what mummyologist could give me with the technology we have. Click HERE to see a picture of her.
All in all, MUMMIES OF THE WORLD was an amazing exhibit. I might have left with more questions than answers but I also left with a bit more knowledge the past and of cultures I could only dream of.
I HIGHLY suggest going to see this exhibit. It truly is amazing and is filled with history and beauty.