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Onrait: A special thanks to the people of Pinawa, Manitoba

Jay Onrait
8/24/2010 5:11:45 PM
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Greetings from somewhere in Saskatchewan!

Not sure where exactly. We're on Highway 11 about 45 minutes south of Saskatoon. Tomorrow we will be in Outlook for stop number 6 on the Kraft Celebration Tour.

Just wanted to say a special thanks to all the people of Pinawa, Manitoba. For a little while yesterday afternoon, the weather was looking so ominous that we thought we might have to cancel the live show. If that had happened I would have been crushed. The people of Pinawa were so excited about hosting us.

As soon as we arrived we were immediately taken on an Innertube ride down the Pinawa canal. Is there anything better than floating away on a hot summer's day with occasional attempts at flipping over your television co-host? No, I don't think there is. The best part is that the Pinawa canal also features a 55 metre long suspension bridge that was filled with kids from the local hockey team with signs welcoming us to town. A really nice surprise.

Later that night, we joined the Pinawa Rowing Club. Dan "Slippery" O'Toole and I took turns with an 8-man rowing crew. We put a water skiing rope around our lifejackets and pulled a skiier out of the water. It was like Mythbusters! Thanks to all the extremely friendly members of the Rowing Club for taking the time to try to make us sea-worthy.

By the time we were ready to do the live show, the stormy weather had held off long enough for our crew to get the stage set up. The only question was: Would lightning strike Dan and I down in the middle of Little League World Series highlights?

It did not. But the crowd got pretty wet when it started to pour halfway through the show. So far, both our tour stops have had rainy weather but both times the crowds have stuck around and continued to have fun and we really appreciate it.

Now we're in the 3-0-6 area code and the weather is supposed to be better for tomorrow's show in Outlook. But even if it rains, it's not like we wont be ready for it. As Slippery said yesterday: "If you need your crops watered, just invite Jay and Dan to town"



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