Lest we forget, today is the 16th anniversary of 9/11. September 11, 2001 goes down in history as one of those days you remember what you were doing when you heard the news, similar to the assassination of JFK or the death of Princess Diana, or when Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon. When the first airplane hit the World Trade Centre in Manhattan I was having breakfast just before heading downtown to work at the radio station. At first I thought maybe a small plane had strayed off course.
It’s been an interesting week in the financial world. The Bank of Canada raised its policy lending rate to 1% and, of course, the big banks didn’t wait to raise their prime lending rates as of yesterday to 3.2%. Heaven forbid they see any drop in their multi-billions worth of quarterly profits. Better to have working folks hand over more of their paycheques to have a roof over their heads.
This is Country Music Week and for the second time in 5 years, the Canadian Country Music Awards are being held in Saskatoon. The nationally televised Award Show Sunday at 5 from SaskTel Centre puts the final touch on a host of activities starting today. It’s the perfect chance to get up close to Canada’s biggest country acts. Ticketed events include The CCMA Songwriters’ Series today, tomorrow and Sunday afternoon at TCU Place, the Discovery Showcase tonight at TCU Place, the CCMA Legends Show tomorrow night, at TCU Place, and tomorrow night’s highlight event, the Rockin’ Country Cabaret at Prairieland Park starting at 9 and hosted by our own 92.9 the BULL FM.
I saw an article about annoying things customers do in restaurants according to servers. I wouldn’t make a good server because I wouldn’t have the patience to smile and take it from rude or boorish customers. One of the things some people do is order something quickly without reading the description of the item on the menu. Then when it comes out they realize it isn’t exactly what they really wanted and act like it’s the server’s fault while sending it back. Another problem arises when customers overstay their welcome.
I wrote this commentary last Thursday, August 31st. It was the final day on the radio for our now retired CJWW morning personality Rod Kitter and so was an emotional day around our building. August 31st was also the 20th anniversary of the death of the “People’s Princess”, Princess Diana. I remember turning on the TV that night in 1997 just before bedtime and the first thing I saw was the story about Diana.