Zachary Majumdar au centre avec Hockey St-Basile MAGH-2

Bravo Zachary qui a réussi son premier tour de chapeau (3 buts dans un match) ce matin lors du match de son équipe MAGH-2 (rouge) vs. St-Lambert…

Zach était particulièrement en forme pendant que Tristan, et moi, l’encourageai de nos superbes places dans les estrades a l’aréna Jean Rougeau à St-Basile-le-Grand.

Après son deuxième but Tristan est allé donner quelque conseils a Zachary, durant un changement de ligne, concernant l’idée de faire des feintes sur le gardien de St-Lambert. J’avais dis à Tristan que ça, c’est le travail de l’équipe de coaching (Patrick Germain est le directeur de coaching des équipes Pre-Novice / MAGH a Saint-Basile) mais bon, que veux tu, un frère veut toujours (sans le dire) aider son plus jeune a mieux jouer. Ca fonctionné et quelques minutes plus tard, Zachary avait réussi son 3e but.


Hats off to Zachary who had his 1st hat trick (3 goals in a game) this morning in the game between his MAGH-2 (red) team vs. the visiting St-Lambert…

Zach was particularly in shape while Tristan, and I, cheered him on from our great spots in the stands at the Jean-Rougeau Arena in St-Basile-le-Grand.

After his second goal, Tristan went to give a few tips to Zachary, while there was a line change, suggesting he try faking shots on the St-Lambert goalie. I had said to Tristan that it was the job of the coaching staff (lead by Patrick German, coaching director of the Saint-Basile pre-novice / MAGH teams) but alas… a brother always wants to help out (without admitting it) his younger sibling to play better. It worked and Zachary scored his hat trick 3rd goal a few minutes later.

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Nice quote from Mother Teresa … while watching a CBC Newsworld Cool to be Kind series story by Sunil Patel about a very successful Toronto businessman who goes out every night at 2:00 to give hot tea and sandwiches to homeless people …

Something more to (keep) teach(ing) Zachary and Tristan with the new Wii Fit and associated games ;)

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For all those looking for a great natural Christmas tree at a great price, I can heartily recommend Ikea… yes, Ikea and NO, no allen key is required to install this lovely natural pine tree. Ikea owns their own Christmas tree farms and they are managed – that is, all trees sold are replaced.

Zachary, Tristan and I were at the Boucherville Ikea around 840 EST this morning and there were MANY trees there (and few cars in the parking lot) … they had received a fresh batch that morning (or night before)… you have to go in to pay for the tree and get your $20 off $75 coupon.

That’s right – all their trees are $20 – and you get a $20 off $75 Ikea coupon valid as of January 2nd until March 2009. Well worth it.

We hauled the tree back (after having $1.00 and $1.99 breakfast plates with eggs, croissant, potatoes, sausage, bacon and/or mini-pancakes stuffed with apples) to the house. Later on, Zachary assisted in sawing off the 1/2 “ bit of the trunk and we all aligned and screwed it in the house upstairs. Their help was essential given that I’m still severely limping around following the surgery.

Now it smells lovely in here, and tomorrow we decorate it!

Pics forthcoming…

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While driving around in the car with the boys, I started singing the refrain to “Funky Cold Medina” by Tone Loc, who arguably had/has one of the funkiest raspy voices around. Well, since I’m still working on my “acute” bronchitis, my voice was a bit like his (for the wrong reasons)… anyways, the boys giggled and asked me what I was singing. We then broke in to a discussion about funky vs. hip-hop… and then they said they had almost forgotten the Beastie Boys. I reminded them about the robots in the Intergalactic video, and the b-boys rapping as pseudo-teletubbies in the other video… and their eyes lit up and both wanted to watch it here tomorrow…. :P

The most recent tour (a couple of years ago) by the Beastie Boys

Always in their casual yet tenacious style, the B-boys want to remind all eligible US voters to get out there and exercise their right. To back it up, they’ve announced a “voter awareness tour” called Get out and Vote ‘08 which kicks off in several so-called swing (critical) states including the following shows which were just announced:

October 28 Richmond, VA at Richmond Coliseum
Beastie Boys along with Sheryl Crow / Jack Johnson / Norah Jones / Santogold
(wow what a line-up)

Nov 1 St. Paul, MN at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium
Beastie Boys / Ben Harper / Tenacious D
(another nice trio of top level artists)

Nov 2 Milwaukee, WI in the U.S. Cellular Arena
Beastie Boys / Ben Harper / Crosby & Nash / Tenacious D
Again C&N with B-Boys ? Wonder if they’ll do an on-stage mashup ?

I love how Adam, Mike and Adam finished off with “we are very excited about obama. hope you all feel the same.”


Here’s the full PR:

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Tristan (with his black jersey teammates) won the St-Basile-le-Grand soccer U8 semi-finals!

Well it was perfect weather; sunny and about 22 Celsius… the field was pretty much dry and the two U8 teams were VERY closely matched with only one goal being scored by the black jerseys well into the 2nd half of the match. There was plenty of action at both ends of the field, both offensively and of course Tristan did a great job on defense.

He was most proud of his game, and the other team was a bit dejected after the game… but such is competitive sport, and it is about the fun after all.

Zach was onhand (and very happy to see me) and we cheered Tristan on – although Zachary wanted to play soccer with me :)

The final game is tomorrow morning! Bravo les gars!!

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