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Posted: 05/18/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0
Salt and pepper. Pork and beans. Spaghetti and meatballs. Bacon and eggs. Batman and Robin. Daniel and Henrik Sedin. Guns and ammo. The Saskatchewan Roughriders and penalties for too many men on the field.
The emotional point the Weather Column is trying to make here is some things were meant to go together, and no two things fit together more perfectly than (dramatic pause) the Victoria Day long weekend and a lot of rain in the forecast.
From that perspective, I have great news -- there is a very good chance we will get seriously damp over the holiday weekend that traditionally signals the start of summer in our moist, mosquito-intensive province.
If you look at Environment Canada's website, you will become seriously alarmed because, in today's outlook, along with a cute cartoon-style cloud leaking cartoon-style rain, there is also a scary cartoon-style lightning bolt.
According to the weather office, today will be cloudy with a 70 per cent chance of showers, risk of a thunderstorm in the morning and afternoon and a high of 17 C, a tad under the normal high of 20 C at this can't-wait-to-go-camping time of year.
The outlook for Sunday includes more (bad word) clouds and a 40 per cent chance of showers with a sultry high of 18 C. Here's great news for itsy-bitsy spiders: During the rest of the week, the sun will come out and dry up all the rain, or at least that's what the forecast predicts.
If you are not planning to go to the cottage to spend the weekend inside playing cribbage, there is a ton of stuff you can do in the city to take your mind of the fact you are getting wet. For starters, my new buddy Ty Micklash, a pretty cool 17-year-old student from East Kildonan Collegiate, is holding a car show today that I think you should go and take out for a spin, so to speak.
It's not your typical car show. Ty's show, which runs today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bluewave Energy (formerly Magnum Oil) at 450 Sheppard St. just off Inkster Boulevard, is in support of CancerCare Manitoba. Along with snacks and a silent auction, Nott Auto Corp. will have a tent set up featuring some of their coolest cars. Admission is $10 with all the cash going to CancerCare.
Ty had to do a Take Action project for his Grade 12 world-issues class, so he figured it was the perfect chance to help others. And do not let a little rain and a few lightning bolts deter you from heading to Coronation Park in St. Boniface (the corner of St. Mary's Road and Tache Avenue) today at noon to help local musicians celebrate World Fiddle Day. Yes, go and enjoy the music because today is the day when the world expects you to fiddle around.
If you insist on staying inside, I'm going to suggest you channel your inner geek at the Radisson Hotel during Keycon 2013, the city's annual sci-fi and fantasy convention, featuring such legends as Richard Hatch, best known for playing Capt. Apollo in the iconic '70s TV series Battlestar Galactica.
On the other hand, you might want to go shopping for a new rain jacket and rubber boots because, hey, considering the forecast, you definitely belong together.
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 18, 2013 A2
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