For the first time in three years, the NHL AllStars was held and the Western Conference AllStars beat the East 12-9. Although the East lost, Daniel Brier (representing the Buffalo Sabres in the Eastern Conference) was voted the MVP of the game. The Hull, Quebec native had a goal and four assists, playing mostly on a line with Marian Hossa & Dany Heatley. Hossa also had four assists, just like the West’s Joe Sakic. Calgary’s Dion Phaneuf scored perhaps the longest empty-net goal in All-Star history when he banked a shot off the boards from behind his own net and the puck rolled into the vacated Eastern net. However, disappointing to the average fan, Sidney Crosby was held scoreless in this, his first ever AllStar game. Alexander Ovechkin was also quite in his Allstar debut. For the Western Conference, Minnesota’s Brian Rolston and Columbus’ Rick Nash each scored two goals and two assists. Chicago’s Martin Havlat scored two goals and an assist, while Phoenix’s Yanic Perreault netted two goals. The Coyotes’ other All-Star, defenseman Ed Jovanovski, had two assists. For the East, Boston’s Zdeno Chara scored two goals for the Eastern Conference, while Ottawa’s Dany Heatley scored a goal and two assists. Montreal’s Sheldon Souray picked up a goal and an assist and New Jersey’s Brian Rafalski had two assists.
Today I was playing songs randomly from my now huge collection of mp3s and I got stuck, out of choice, at a particular song. It is still playing in my head; and why shouldn’t it? It is a great song. Plus, I kinda played it 12 times today ;). It has temporarily dislodged To Be With You as my favourite Mr.Big song. We’ll see, but in the meantime enjoy the video and the lyrics are on the side of this page. I love it so much.
Song for the day – “Goin’ Where The Wind Blows” – MR.BIG
Happy Republic day to all Indians. What did you do today? Did you show your patriotic best? Hmm! Well I was actually surprised at the number of people out on the streets and the number of businesses that were humming with normal day activity. Hey, isn’t it actually a national public holiday? Well it didn’t seem to bother the majority of our population as most people went about their normal routines, I guess. Everywhere I looked people were bustling about. I had promised a friend that I would go with him to look at a house that was on the market. His parents & him are planning on moving & settling down in the Cochin area. They are from Thrissur but his mom has most of her family here. With his father now retired and my friend working here, it makes more sense for the move. We were supposed to go yesterday evening but my friend got caught with something at work so we kept it aside for today.
By 12 I was in his car and we headed our to Kakkanad, where the house is located. I hadn’t been to that area in a long while. We got a little lost and so we called the current owner and he guided us. It was a quaint little house, not bad at all. It does have an add appearance as the top floor does not cover the entire top of the bottom floor! The ground floor is bigger than the one above it – this was explained by the owner as it having being constructed much later. Ah, ok! The owner and his wife live alone there, their son now living in Orissa, where he is settled, and their daughter lives in a house with her husband in Fort Kochi. The parents were moving to be near their son and wanted to sell the house.
I don’t know what my friend will decide as he mulled it over quite a bit. We had coffee and thought more about the merits of the house (it seems like a dull neighbourhood, to say the least) and he spoke for 3o minutes to his parents on his mobile. Anyway we decided to get some lunch as it was almost 1:30 pm and we were hungry. So we went to have a beer and lunch – I had noodles, he had fried rice and we both ate beef. It was ok and we settled in our comfy seats and chatted about moving homes in general.
I came back home just before 4 pm and napped for a bit. It’s hard to as the carpenters are still at it. It has been so long. My younger nephew, Aditya, was there since yesterday evening and he was watching a Mr.Bean marathon on the children’s channel, Pogo. I watched a bit with him – there was Mr. Bean & Mr.Bean the animated series as well. Both are funny in their own way. Mr.Bean is Adi’s favourite tv show now, it seems. Earlier he had a fascination with Scooby doo and he would wait for it to show on tv before he ate his lunch (it was on during lunch time). That kid can eat bananas like a chimp!