I have some wonderful news -- your weekend weather forecast isn't just good. It's amazing!
That's because it comes from the mind of none other than The Amazing Kreskin, the legendary mentalist whose TV show, The Amazing World of Kreskin, was required viewing for Canadian families, including mine, back in the early 1970s.
I got a chance to chat with Kreskin on Friday because the bespectacled magician/mentalist is eager to promote what he's calling the most dramatic long-range prediction of his career -- "that the United States will wage a war on native soil and will soon consider reinstating the draft."
After we exchanged pleasantries over the phone, Kreskin politely asked: "How's the weather in Winnipeg?" I seized the opening and informed him we have been suffering through the Winter that Won't Die. You will be surprised to hear Kreskin was surprised to hear that our spring refuses to be sprung.
"I'm really surprised," is what the famed mentalist told me, which is when I politely pressed him to use his special powers to reach into the great beyond and predict when our weather will finally improve.
What with being totally amazing, he was up for the task. "Let's just say -- and I can't read the thoughts of the weather -- but in 31/2 weeks, your kids can go out and play without their coats on, unless you have a UFO attack or landing and then it would change the weather," he said from his New Jersey office.
That is pretty amazing on its own, but Kreskin wasn't done. "If you're not getting better weather in 31/2 weeks, in my next appearance in Winnipeg, the first 20 tickets will be given away for free," he promised.
"If I'm wrong, you'll have to call me back and say: 'Kreskin, you gave your word!' If you call me in three weeks and say there's been a major blizzard, I'm going to come and read your thoughts to see if you're telling me the truth."
Know what's more amazing? Kreskin's outlook is identical to the one from Environment Canada, which says we're looking at a long stretch of sunshine. Today's outlook calls for sun and a high of 14 C, a tad below the normal high of 17 C at this time of year.
On Sunday, we'll see a high of 18 C and the mercury could climb into the low 20s by Monday. There's lots of amazing stuff to do this weekend, such as a Flapjack Fundraiser in support of the Winnipeg Lost Dog Alert from 8 to 10 a.m. this morning at the Grant Park Applebee's. Tickets are $10 at the door.
You can work off those flapjacks by taking part in one of the 19 or so free guided walking tours being held throughout the city as part of the annual Jane's Walk Weekend to celebrate what's special about Winnipeg. For info, just go to www.janeswalk.ca and plug in the name of your city.
I predict on Sunday many of you will work up a sweat in the Winnipeg Police Service ninth annual half marathon and two-person relay in support of Cops For Cancer (Winnipeg Iron Cops) program.
It starts at 8 a.m. just east of the Assiniboine Park footbridge, after a moment of silence to remember the Boston Marathon bombing victims.
Also on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at The Gates on Roblin, there's Books & Brunch, a fundraiser for Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library featuring me and Jila Ghomeshi talking about books we love. Tickets are $55 at the Millennium Library gift shop or by calling 204-947-0110.
I'll end by saying I tried, on your behalf, to get Kreskin to share some stock tips and reveal who will win the Stanley Cup, but he wouldn't play along. Why not? How should I know? I'm not a (bad word) mind reader!