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Look out, it’s going to get real busy

And so the calendar has turned to February.

January was an ... interesting ... month in many respects, which I won’t get into here.

For February, the long Family Day weekend (which I still have trouble remembering is a holiday) looks like it could be a busy one in Prince George.

Feb. 12, the Sunday, will see the Prince George Iceman (hopefully) be able to hold all five of its events. Last year, they couldn’t do the skating because the ice at the Oval was unusable. About three years ago, as hard as it is to think about this after the last couple of winters, they had to cancel the whole event because it was too cold.

I remember covering the Iceman a few times when I was with the Free Press, and it was always a lot of fun. I would usually head out to Otway to get the start of the cross-country ski portion (early to get a parking spot), then head back into the Oval to get shots of the skaters. After that, it was time to head back to the office for a few minutes to download my pictures and let the camera warm up before heading over to the Aquatic Centre for the swimming.

I learned about letting the camera warm up the first year I covered the Iceman, when I went from the rather chilly outdoors to the warm, moist air of the Aquatic Centre. My glasses fogged up, which I was used to, but so did the lens of the camera, rather severely. I had to wait about 30 minutes to be able to get pictures.

Monday, Feb. 13, the Cougars host the Spokane Chiefs in an afternoon game at the CN Centre. After the game, the fans will be allowed onto the ice to cover it with art, which will then be sealed under the new sheet of ice for the Tuesday night (Valentine’s Day) game.

On the entertainment and fun front, Feb. 11 marks the end of Coldsnap and the beginning of the Francofun Festival. The Sunday of the weekend is also the Downtown Winter Carnival, a new event for the city which provides us with one more excuse to have fun during the chilly days of winter.

So I think I’m going to take it easy this weekend and get prepared for the following weekend. Of course, I don’t usually need an excuse to take it easy on the weekend, but it is nice to have one.


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