Portage la Prairie

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Tales for the Couch

Today was meant to be Marathon #031 but instead, I read the newspaper in bed. Lots of news about the Olympics. One article caught my eye with the headline "Germans deny magnet claims". Apparently there is a suspicion that the German skeleton sled have magnetic components. I suggest that we keep an eye on the German coach to see if he's holding a sheet of metal at the end of the course. The morning was spent icing the shin and catching up with emails. At noon, Reporter Heather and Cameraman Danny, from Global TV, came by and wanted to chat about how things were going. It was a bit of a sad story but there's no point in crying over spilt milk.

Meanwhile, Avatar "Marathon Martin" is 1266km away on his virtual trip across Canada. He's presently in Portage la Prairie, a town of 12,000 people in the Central Plains region of Manitoba. Avatar "Marathon Martin" is going to be there for at least a week so he will be sending back reports from the town. His first installment follows: Portage la Prairie is located approximately 70 kilometres (45 miles) west of Winnipeg and sits on the Assinboine River, which flooded the town persistently until a ditch north to Lake Manitoba (the Assiniboine River floodway) was built to divert the flood waters.The name is derived from the French word portage, which means to carry a canoe overland between waterways. In this case the "portage" was between the Assiniboine River and Lake Manitoba, over la prairie. According to Environment Canada, Portage la Prairie has the most sunny days in Canada.

Dr.Randolph Randolph's book of Animal Jokes

  • Q. What did the Poddle say to the Chiwawa?
  • A. You look a little ruff !!!!!


Quote of the Day

"Human beings are made up of flesh and blood, and a miracle fiber called courage."

George Patton

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