Morning Free Association: New News for the New Old Season

I feel like we’ve been talking this to death. Waiting on the new season and the news about when that actually will happen is just such a bore, writing about the brief rumors, the tiny smidgens of news has been a chore. Is it all solved?

uh-uh

That’s right, David, the two sides have not fully come to terms on everything but there is some agreement that will allow the season to begin on January 13th with training camps starting up on January 3rd. It looks like it will be a 56 game regular season if it all plays out. All of the financial stuff was cleared up when the players made their own requests, namely a increase in the salary cap of

one million dollars

and compliance buyouts among other things. All of a sudden, the owners decided everything was fine and they set out to work on the logistics of the season.

One thing that seems (likely) to be settled is the alignment of the divisions.

East (Northeast?): Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals

Central: Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning

Pacific: Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, St Louis Blues, Vegas Golden Knights

Canada: Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Winnipeg Jets

I said likely for a reason.

For some reason the Blues are placed far out west with the Pacific division even though their natural long-term rivals are in the Central: Blackhawks and Red Wings. Apparently, the Minnesota Wild wanted to stay closer to home where everything is “Midwestern nice”.

I like the temporary divisions. It will be fun to see the Bruins play against these teams more often, especially Philly. I hope they let Gritty into the area.

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Morning all. Sugarbush officially opens today. Fingers crossed an outbreak of COVID doesn’t come along with it!

Quaider4everwash
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Good Morning!!
I am excited about the temporary, new alignment. Also, no super late games!!
So, in answer to yesterday’s query, IW – yes, i have gear on the job site. A chop saw (like a bench saw for wood, but heavy duty), my portable mig welder ( portable for two men and a hairy ass boy ), and lots of hand tools. Fortunately, i can store them on site. The rail is made of 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 square tubing. It goes around the top of the stair, turns, runs straight for a bit, then dives down the stairs, turns 180 degrees, then goes down another flight of stairs, and wraps around the corner at the bottom. Yeah, it’s a mind fuck. Challenging, but sort of fun.
Jo and i have a running discussion of expiration and best by dates on food. I contend that best by dates are a suggestion, not a mandate. Welp, i sort of scored on my own goal Tuesday. I ate some prepackaged avocado that had an October 25th best by date. Tuesday night was a rather unpleasant experience. This is my second strike. One midnight i ate some cheese from the back of the fridge that had escaped eviction after a power outage. Not looking forward to strike three.

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Also, no super late games!!

Oooh – I hadn’t considered that! A shortened season with no 2am or 3am starts sounds good to me!

Jo and i have a running discussion of expiration and best by dates on food

Just had a big deja vu over lunch when we were eating jam & cream scones about using the same knife for both the jam and the cream. Then realised it was almost certainly because we’ve had the same conversation before!

Notwithstanding your two bad experience I definitely say Best-before dates are a guide! Give it a sniff, check for mould, that oughta do. I finished off a jar of Marmite that was two years out of date during the summer. No problem!

Satan 81's Sister
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I’m also a “sell by date is a suggestion” type person. Did take a chance on some sour cream the other day and won.

Quaider4everwash
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I’m 0 for 2 lately, but retain my convictions

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Oh cool! I figured it was a stair rail, and kind of elaborate (though I was obv fixated on wood, not metalwork). Sounds pretty interesting. And a pain in the ass.

I ate some prepackaged avocado that had an October 25th best by date.

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Oh man. Not a good idea. I know there is usually some leeway with food expiration dates, but that one was WAY beyond the pale. After some moderate cases of food poisoning and less moderate cases of acid reflux, I usually don’t screw with expired food. That said, I’ve been partaking of 5-days-too-old milk – but one can pretty quickly get a feel for the condition of milk by sniff test.

Satan 81's Sister
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but one can pretty quickly get a feel for the condition of milk by sniff test.

“Does it smell like what it’s supposed to be” is a good general rule.