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This second entry in 2014 for songs I heard for the first time that I like a lot is Sha La La (Makes Me Happy) by Al Green.

Why do I like it? Just the groove it has, I would say. Appropriate with it being a 70s song from 1974. And that’s about it, to be honest. But it was groovy enough for me to add it to my list. :-)

I hope you like it, too!

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Last November, I had the opportunity to visit the Los Angeles Fashion District (LAFD). It was a great experience that was very different from what I experienced in New York’s Fashion District (NYFD) in Manhattan. I visited both in search of fabrics and notions, not pre-made clothes that I’m not sure would better fit me or my small budget. It is in these contexts that I want to share with you what I found. And I wonder how different my perspective is from Evelina Galli who lives in LA. Evelina?

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When in New York, especially the Manhattan borough that a lot of people associate with the image of New York, sewist and fashionistas instantly gravitate to the Fashion/Garment district for fabrics and sewing related needs. I did that last time and reviewed them here. However, with image also comes price, like a brand name commands it even if the quality is no better, or worse, than another equivalent product. This is why you head outside the Fashion/Garment District for some deals, though that’s not to say there’s nothing good for quality and selection diversity there. I would actually recommend checking out some of these shops first, if you had the time. It would give you a good idea what’s available at what price, before visiting the Fashion/Garment District, if you have any concern about price when purchasing your fabrics and notions.

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If you were Canadian and alive on August 9, 1988, your life stopped at least for a little while, if not got changed entirely. I know my life got changed entirely. That was the day the Edmonton Oilers traded the greatest NHL player ever, to an American team, in the same division. It was the trade of the century, without a doubt.

Over 20 years later, ESPN produced a phenomenal documentary on that trade called Kings Ransom, as part of their fabulous 30 for 30 series of documentaries. It puts a lot of new perspective and filled in a lot of gaps to the story. Also, with time, we could follow all the story lines to their conclusions, some of which were quite surprising, from the destinies of Peter Pocklington and Bruce McNall, to Wayne himself, his marriage, and what he has done for hockey in the US, especially California area, as well as hockey in Canada and hockey as a business.

It was too bad this documentary hasn’t gotten more buzz in Canada.

Below is the documentary in 4 video clips posted by a YouTube user called HockeyWebCaster. Thanks for posting.

I hope you enjoy and recommend to others who may be interested.

I cried a lot that day when Wayne was traded. Watching this documentary, I did it again. I wonder what the guy next to me on the Air Canada flight to San Francisco thought. :-)

Canadian female figure skater Joannie Rochette has delivered a personal best short program skate in the BEST moment of the Olympics so far, by a long shot (CTV Video).

Just three days ago, on Feb 21, Joannie was getting ready for the biggest competition of her life, the Olympics on her home soil. That was when her Father had to go to the Olympic Athletes’ Village and tell her that her Mother Therese passed away suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 55 (CTV).

It would have been easy for Joannie to withdraw. However, she drew herself together and delivered a gutsy and emotional short program of her life tonight in front of a packed house of her fellow Canadians. Joannie skated a clean short program to the famous tango, La Cumparsita, by Gerardo Hernando Matos Rodriguez.

It was her first competition skate without her Mother.

The skate was excellent, earning her 71.36 points. However, considering the circumstances, is one of the greatest and inspirational skating performances you will ever see. I was in tears the whole way through just watching, right when she posed to start, never mind doing as she was! Joannie understandably burst into tears after it was over, and is still in tears now as I write 10 minutes later. So brave, yet so heart touching.

We’re all so proud of you, Joannie… almost as much as your Mother is right now.

Joannie currently sits third overall after the short program.

Best of luck Thursday night in the free skate, Joannie. We’ll all be watching and our hearts will be with you.

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Joannie Rochette has a big 6.5 point gap on fourth place Japanese Miki Ando. Mao Asada of Japan sits in second and Yu-Na Kim of South Korea is in first after just a dazzling skate. This was my first time seeing her skate and she stunned me, though did not move me anywhere near Joannie did, of course. Yu-Na Kim calls herself that way, in case you were thinking it was Kim Yu-Na. She calls herself that. It’s good enough for me!

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 6.9

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