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2013-06-24 03:17:47 PM
I don't have to go to Calgary to flog my dolphin.
 
2013-06-24 03:17:48 PM
Canada fark YEAH!
 
2013-06-24 03:18:07 PM
Canadian friend of mine told me all his cattle were washed away but then I found out he was just poutine me on.
 
2013-06-24 03:21:10 PM
i feel bad for Albertans but that headline made me laugh.
 
2013-06-24 03:22:35 PM
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2013-06-24 03:24:06 PM
Someone better put out an alert to American tourists that they might run into drunk people telling them about the Stampede.  We would not want to see the tourists afraid for their lives over this.
 
2013-06-24 03:24:35 PM
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2013-06-24 03:29:33 PM
Water Polo?
 
2013-06-24 03:33:46 PM

OtherLittleGuy: Water Polo?


The horses keep drowning
 
2013-06-24 03:36:51 PM
It'll be like the coliseum. Flood it and stage some naval battles.
 
2013-06-24 03:39:08 PM

Mr. Right: OtherLittleGuy: Water Polo?

The horses keep drowning



That right there?  That's a great line.

/subby
 
2013-06-24 03:52:38 PM

Russ1642: It'll be like the coliseum. Flood it and stage some naval battles.


Already done.

www.660news.com

The NHL hockey arena in Stampede Park was flooded up to 20 feet. The Calgary Flames rep called it an "event level total loss" during a press conference the other day. Locker rooms, kitchens, video board control room, ice-making equipment, the bottom ten rows of seats... everything. KISS, Rush and a few other big shows were supposed to set up in the 'dome over the next few weeks, and it will be a miracle if they can get her in shape for 20,000 fans, much less big stage concerts.

It's been a stressful few days for those of us anywhere near the rivers here in Calgary, but Stampede Park seemed to be the epicenter of the flooding. The city has been begging looky-loos to stay away from the areas of carnage, so I haven't seen it in person, but the endless cavalcade of TV and internet images make me wonder about how the Stampede will work this year.
 
2013-06-24 03:53:10 PM

theMagni: Mr. Right: OtherLittleGuy: Water Polo?

The horses keep drowning


That right there?  That's a great line.

/subby


I'd like to take credit but it's a line from an old M.A.S.H. episode. The rejoinder is "You should have kept their heads up!"
 
2013-06-24 03:57:45 PM
Calgary Farkers?  Paging all Calgary Farkers....everyone make it out OK?  I'm up by McKnight and JLB, so stayed plenty dry.
 
2013-06-24 04:09:29 PM
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2013-06-24 04:10:51 PM
I'm looking forward to the squid wranglin' event
 
2013-06-24 04:12:34 PM
This biggest issue for the Stampede will be power.  The Midway is a huge electricity hog, and there's so much dmaged power infrastructure that I wouldn't be surprised to see it vastly down-scaled.
The water has already pretty much subsided from the site, and the clean-up can begin.  The Dome will not be ready for any concerts, so expect some venuse changes.

There are definitely a large number of people with a lot of damage to recover from, but we didn't even come close to the type of carnage that the town of High River a few miles tot he south had.  Nearly a total loss.

Personally, I avoid Stampede like the plague.  I am the quintissential "un-Cowboy", so all the western shiat doesn't appeal to me.  I have issues with some Rodeo events and the Chuckwagon races, so I never attend those, the midway is crap if you've ever been to a decent theme park, and the crowds are ridiculous.  "Stampede Week" at my house is the week we head out to the cottage at the lake every year, and this time will be no exception.

For me, the real story of the past few days has been the different attitudes of various groups.  I am a trucking manager, and I have customers who are absolutely stupid.  They can't grasp that roads no longer exist or that certain areas are closed off.  They're so farking self-absorbed that they can't fathom that moving their box of grommets from one podunk town to another isn't the number one priority on earth.  Compare that with the general population who, for the most part, have followed instructions, moved when they were told to, and basically helped prevent a bad situation from getting even worse.  Or consider our Mayor, who has won universal praise for his calm professionalism, knowledge of the situation, common-sense approach to the problems and constant presence.  He's shown himself to be a friggin' miracle worker when it comes to coordinating all the resources.  (To be fair, he's got some pretty good people on his team, too.)

I had to leave for one night, but was back home the next day with no damage or even iany major inconveience.  So I've had the luxury of just taking it all in.  The different reactions of people with different agendas has been a fascinating thing to watch.
 
2013-06-24 04:13:48 PM

The_Fuzz: Calgary Farkers?  Paging all Calgary Farkers....everyone make it out OK?  I'm up by McKnight and JLB, so stayed plenty dry.


The army took over my street to fix the Douglasdale Substation, but that's it.  Water never got closer than a hundred yards form  my house (and about 30 feet vertically).
 
2013-06-24 04:21:09 PM

The_Fuzz: Calgary Farkers?  Paging all Calgary Farkers....everyone make it out OK?  I'm up by McKnight and JLB, so stayed plenty dry.


I was evacuated for one night and without power for about 20 hours. Closest flood water was about four blocks as the crow flies, but I was more worried about sewer backups. Didn't happen in the end.

And that's quite right about Mayor Nenshi. That dude owned the situation. I've heard some grumbling about the cops (not from me, they were excellent during my interaction), but not one bad word about the Mayor's handling of things. Big Canadian city mayors needed some good press for a change.
 
2013-06-24 04:25:33 PM
The water thankfully never got even close to me in Haysboro. I do Backup / DR work for a living though, so the next little while is going to be plenty busy.

The stampede doesn't do it for me, but I do tip my (non-cowboy) hat to the "Hell or High Water" posters about stampede.
 
2013-06-24 04:26:52 PM
TheKingOfMexico:
And that's quite right about Mayor Nenshi. That dude owned the situation. I've heard some grumbling about the cops (not from me, they were excellent during my interaction), but not one bad word about the Mayor's handling of things. Big Canadian city mayors needed some good press for a change.

I'm sure if you checked in the Calgary Sun comment section you could find a few negative words.  I'm not going to risk my IQ checking myself, mind you.

At this point I'd be surprised if anyone even tried to run against him.  It'd be like tossing money in the Bow.
 
2013-06-24 04:33:10 PM
The_Fuzz:
At this point I'd be surprised if anyone even tried to run against him.  It'd be like tossing money in the Bow.

THIS.  WIth the election coming up this fall, that's one opularity current I wouldn't want to swim against.  Besides, he's shown he's a formidable adminstrator, and that's going to be what's needed for a while.

Best line of the weekend from the Mayor, as he was winding up a 43-hour stretch without a break:  "The Calgary public library wants to reassure you they won't charge you for books damaged by flooding.  So, if you accidentally dropped a book in the tub last week, now's your chance."  Comedy gold.
 
2013-06-24 04:42:54 PM
Damn straight. This city makes me so proud.

pbs.twimg.com
 
2013-06-24 04:49:31 PM
I am already training to resume my favorite sport during Stampede week.

EPIC BINGE MARATHON DRINKING.
/One of the reasons I picked to live downtown
//Go home tomorrow
///Will make the scenic trek through Medicine Hat from Saskatoon to see some other crazy river sights along the way.
 
2013-06-24 05:11:32 PM
At least all that dirty water in the Saddle Dome will clean out the stench of last years Flames.
 
2013-06-24 05:38:36 PM

The_Fuzz: Calgary Farkers?  Paging all Calgary Farkers....everyone make it out OK?  I'm up by McKnight and JLB, so stayed plenty dry.


I'm in Killarney, so high and dry but with quick access to the beltline.  I have two families of flood refugees staying with me.  I just built a new carriage house, so it's getting put to good use.  They're both from the eastern end of the beltline (4th st/17ave area), and have not yet heard when power will be restored.

The bigger issue- We're all regulars at the Rose and Crown, which is still without power.  Ergo, we're all kinda homeless...
 
2013-06-24 05:52:35 PM

Mr.Tangent: At least all that dirty water in the Saddle Dome will clean out the stench of last years Flames.


My favourite line came from an Edmontonian that's a flood refugee- "It's gonna take a long time to clean out the Saddledome with just the one Cup".  Bastard.
 
2013-06-24 06:17:01 PM

The_Fuzz: Calgary Farkers?  Paging all Calgary Farkers....everyone make it out OK?  I'm up by McKnight and JLB, so stayed plenty dry.


Live up in Whitehorn,  but I have kids, one of them who goes to Queen E Elementary in Hillhurst.. The minute I heard that Sunnyside was evacuated, I knew the school year was over for at least her. Then they went city wide with the closures.

Most of the people I work with live south of the Bow. They all stayed home Friday. They all made it here today.

My teenager is saddest of all about Hot Wax (and Kensington in general). Bloody teenagers.

/worked Friday, but lost the chance to see the Jesus and Mary Chain at Sled Island Saturday.  Would have done the volunteer thing at McMahon today if I didn't have to run the office.
 
2013-06-24 06:19:12 PM

The_Fuzz: Calgary Farkers?  Paging all Calgary Farkers....everyone make it out OK?  I'm up by McKnight and JLB, so stayed plenty dry.


We're in Lynnwood, up the hill from the Bow, but still close enough to see the carnage in the nearby park
 
2013-06-24 06:40:45 PM

sandbar67: I'm looking forward to the squid wranglin' event


The squid and dolphins are fun, but oh, the huge manatees/
 
2013-06-24 06:52:56 PM

Highroller48: This biggest issue for the Stampede will be power.  The Midway is a huge electricity hog, and there's so much dmaged power infrastructure that I wouldn't be surprised to see it vastly down-scaled.
The water has already pretty much subsided from the site, and the clean-up can begin.  The Dome will not be ready for any concerts, so expect some venuse changes.


I think the Midway brings in a bunch of their own generators to power rides and stuff.

It will be interesting to see what they can do for the Dome. The BMO center is a big question too, there's always a ton of stuff in there, and the Big Four, and I dunno if they can clean any of it up. But I reckon they could get the grounds ready for the rodeo and the chucks, even if there's limited seating at the grandstand.

Macleod trail and the C-train tracks right by the grounds are well and totally farked, which won't get fixed any time soon, and which will make access a nightmare.
 
2013-06-24 07:07:47 PM

The_Fuzz: Calgary Farkers?  Paging all Calgary Farkers....everyone make it out OK?  I'm up by McKnight and JLB, so stayed plenty dry.


High and dry up here in MacEwan.
 
2013-06-24 07:26:19 PM
The dolphins have their own stampede in mind for this event.

cdn.head-fi.org
 
2013-06-24 11:02:47 PM

Highroller48: This biggest issue for the Stampede will be power.  The Midway is a huge electricity hog, and there's so much dmaged power infrastructure that I wouldn't be surprised to see it vastly down-scaled.


Last I checked the midway was powered completely on it's own by the North American Midway Entertainment company,  they have huge mobile generators that operate all the games and rides - I think it's been mentioned that the amount of diesel to operate them is in the 100's of thousands of gallons.  Keep in mind the midway and rides is essentially sitting on a huge parking lot.  I don't believe there are any plug-ins either.  The various buildings, Saddledome, Grandstand, Casino are all powered by EnMax - the city's power.  Based on damage to those buildings will determine if there will be power issues, but the midway/games will have zero issue - just hose it down, sweep it up and set it up.  Seriously.

/Calgarian....
 
2013-06-24 11:10:48 PM
Bowness here, evacuated for 2 days, no power til an hour ago, no water damage.

fark Nenshi right up his smarmy ass. The prick didn't bother to come home til all that was left for him was to preen and pose for the cameras.

What kind of city government has "fall back to city hall" as its only disaster plan, not stopping to think that maybe city hall might be hit by a disaster?
 
2013-06-24 11:17:13 PM
I'm in McKenzie Towne and there weren't even any power outages for me.

I agree that the show must go in, even if it's a different Stampede then we're used to. I also want a poster made of the picture the rbaron71 posted.
 
2013-06-24 11:22:32 PM
It occurred to me after I hit post that getting the south train to Erlton and the north train to Vic Park would at least get people to and from the Grounds without driving.

/As long as it's just the tracks between the two stations that are farked of course.
 
2013-06-24 11:33:50 PM

Deadguy2322: Bowness here, evacuated for 2 days, no power til an hour ago, no water damage.

fark Nenshi right up his smarmy ass. The prick didn't bother to come home til all that was left for him was to preen and pose for the cameras.

What kind of city government has "fall back to city hall" as its only disaster plan, not stopping to think that maybe city hall might be hit by a disaster?


...and there it is.  Welcome to the very lonely group of people that think Nenshi did a bad job.  What do you mean he didn't bother to come home?  As soon as it was know there was going to be a flooding problem, he came home then didn't sleep for 40 hours and has worked tirelessly to communicate in a firm, compassionate tone, with the right amount of humour.   Ask yourself, would you rather have Rob Ford running the show?  Think about that one for a minute.  Let it sink in.

As for the City's fall back plan, have you heard of the Emergency Operations Centre?  Its on the hill by rotary park, outside the flood zone where all operations have been taking place from.  I understand you may be frustrated from the evacuation, but seriously man, pull your head outa your ass and step into reality.  Air is fresher out here.  There isn't much the city has done wrong in the past few days given what they have faced.  I'm proud of the work everyone has done, from cops, to city hall, volunteers, and citizens.

As for everyone else, nice to see so many Farkers are from Calgary, might need to do a Fark when this is all cleaned up.
 
2013-06-24 11:54:15 PM

The_Fuzz: Calgary Farkers?  Paging all Calgary Farkers....everyone make it out OK?  I'm up by McKnight and JLB, so stayed plenty dry.


I live a half block from the Lindsay Park footbridge in Mission, so therefore saw some serious shiat. However, I knew that the apartment would never flood because its still too high. I guess that would only be possible if the WHOLE Saddledome was filled haha. I also own a real monkey's paw...Satan will never let it be destroyed ;).
 
2013-06-24 11:55:42 PM

The_Fuzz: Calgary Farkers?  Paging all Calgary Farkers....everyone make it out OK?  I'm up by McKnight and JLB, so stayed plenty dry.


I was nowhere near the flooding, but my sister lives in Mission.  Sounds like her place is alright though.
 
2013-06-25 12:31:17 AM

TheKingOfMexico: Russ1642: It'll be like the coliseum. Flood it and stage some naval battles.

Already done.

[www.660news.com image 500x333]

The NHL hockey arena in Stampede Park was flooded up to 20 feet. The Calgary Flames rep called it an "event level total loss" during a press conference the other day. Locker rooms, kitchens, video board control room, ice-making equipment, the bottom ten rows of seats... everything. KISS, Rush and a few other big shows were supposed to set up in the 'dome over the next few weeks, and it will be a miracle if they can get her in shape for 20,000 fans, much less big stage concerts.

It's been a stressful few days for those of us anywhere near the rivers here in Calgary, but Stampede Park seemed to be the epicenter of the flooding. The city has been begging looky-loos to stay away from the areas of carnage, so I haven't seen it in person, but the endless cavalcade of TV and internet images make me wonder about how the Stampede will work this year.


Wow are you dense or what. I make a joke about something and some derpty derp comes along and explains my own joke to me.
 
2013-06-25 12:49:31 AM

The_Fuzz: Calgary Farkers?  Paging all Calgary Farkers....everyone make it out OK?  I'm up by McKnight and JLB, so stayed plenty dry.


I've had better days. We're renting in Bowness while we build in Bridgeland. We didn't have any overland flooding, but about three feet of poopwater in the basement, where we had everything stored. Should make the move back to Bridgeland easier; everything I now own fits in my pickup.
 
2013-06-25 01:23:15 AM
Passed through Canmore Wednesday morning and Cougar Creek looked normal.  Woke up Thursday morning to realize I wasn't getting back to Calgary anytime soon. Stuck in Fairmont (which had it's own flooding issues, although minor in comparison, and nothing like they had last year).  More worried about friends in the affected areas than myself.  For my house in Haysboro to see floodwaters would mean that the reservoir would have to completely overflow its banks.  I was more worried about sewer/ groundwater backups. Came back to a city that has pitched in like no other, and a mayor that can calmly state the facts, reassure the populace and still manage to inject a little humour in the situation to make people smile.
 
2013-06-25 01:45:06 AM

The_Fuzz: Deadguy2322: ...and there it is.  Welcome to the very lonely group of people that think Nenshi did a bad job.  What do you mean he didn't bother to come home?  As soon as it was know there was going to be a flooding problem, he came home then didn't sleep for 40 hours and has worked tirelessly to communicate in a firm, compassionate tone, with the right amount of humour.   Ask yourself, would you rather have Rob Ford running the show?  Think about that one for a minute.  Let it sink in.

As for the City's fall back plan, have you heard of the Emergency Operations Centre?  Its on the hill by rotary park, outside the flood zone where all operations have been taking place from.  I understand you may be frustrated from the evacuation, but seriously man, pull your head outa your ass and step into reality.  Air is fresher out here.  There isn't much the city has done wrong in the past few days given what they have faced.  I'm proud of the work everyone has done, from cops, to city hall, volunteers, and citizens.

As for everyone else, nice to see so many Farkers are from Calgary, might need to do a Fark when this is all cleaned up.


Well said.  I've been pretty consistently impressed with how well things have gone, save for the resultant traffic issue by having memorial, McLeod, part of 16th, and centre street out of commission.  Glenmore has been a gong show, which is really the only reasonable east-west corridor from all parts of the Southwest north of the reservoir.
 
2013-06-25 02:34:28 AM
Just got home, the building across 6th av SW (by the Crack Macs) never even got evacuated.  As it turns out, not only did my building not flood, there wasn't even water anywhere close.  Sure I guess that means I left Dodge for essentially no reason but what the hell I guess.

It's good to be home!
 
2013-06-25 06:24:18 AM

Representative of the unwashed masses: Just got home, the building across 6th av SW (by the Crack Macs) never even got evacuated.  As it turns out, not only did my building not flood, there wasn't even water anywhere close.  Sure I guess that means I left Dodge for essentially no reason but what the hell I guess.

It's good to be home!


And the media has been playing that angle up.... OMG! 100,000 people evacuated!!!  But the next day 65,000 people can go right back? I get that it's serious.. 500 year flood and all that, but the hype and FUD has irritated me since this whole thing began.  Glad you lost nothing though.
 
2013-06-25 09:53:58 AM

sharphead: Representative of the unwashed masses: Just got home, the building across 6th av SW (by the Crack Macs) never even got evacuated.  As it turns out, not only did my building not flood, there wasn't even water anywhere close.  Sure I guess that means I left Dodge for essentially no reason but what the hell I guess.

It's good to be home!

And the media has been playing that angle up.... OMG! 100,000 people evacuated!!!  But the next day 65,000 people can go right back? I get that it's serious.. 500 year flood and all that, but the hype and FUD has irritated me since this whole thing began.  Glad you lost nothing though.


I don't begrudge them that, after all the evac zones were in the most populated part of the city.  Add in traffic, bridge closures, power and septic issues? Well if I were in their shoes I'd have done the same thing.
 
2013-06-25 12:42:39 PM
High degree of difficulty expected in the dolphin branding event.
 
2013-06-25 01:28:36 PM

Representative of the unwashed masses: sharphead: Representative of the unwashed masses: Just got home, the building across 6th av SW (by the Crack Macs) never even got evacuated.  As it turns out, not only did my building not flood, there wasn't even water anywhere close.  Sure I guess that means I left Dodge for essentially no reason but what the hell I guess.

It's good to be home!

And the media has been playing that angle up.... OMG! 100,000 people evacuated!!!  But the next day 65,000 people can go right back? I get that it's serious.. 500 year flood and all that, but the hype and FUD has irritated me since this whole thing began.  Glad you lost nothing though.

I don't begrudge them that, after all the evac zones were in the most populated part of the city.  Add in traffic, bridge closures, power and septic issues? Well if I were in their shoes I'd have done the same thing.


there was at least one gas leak in the area.

evacuating is definitely the right call.
 
2013-06-25 02:24:41 PM

Deadguy2322: Bowness here, evacuated for 2 days, no power til an hour ago, no water damage.

fark Nenshi right up his smarmy ass. The prick didn't bother to come home til all that was left for him was to preen and pose for the cameras.

What kind of city government has "fall back to city hall" as its only disaster plan, not stopping to think that maybe city hall might be hit by a disaster?


Know how I can tell you have no clue what you're talking about?
 
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