Hal’s Thoughts For The Week Of July 18

WINNIPEG, MB – It’s a big week for a political nerd like me. Actually, the next two weeks.

The Republican National Convention gets underway today in Cleveland. The big speaker tonight will be Donald Trump’s wife Melania. Trump himself will speak Thursday night. And then next week, it’s the Democrats’ turn in Philadelphia. Oh, that reminds me…I need to get new batteries for my TV remote so I can flip quickly between CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC.

Pokemon Go is everywhere. It just officially became available in Canada. Yet it’s already the biggest mobile game ever. The numbers are approaching Snapchat and Google Maps. But why? Experts say it’s so addictive because the game blends the real world with the virtual world, playing to certain human desires, such as a need for social connection. I don’t have a single game on my phone and I doubt this one will be the first.

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Speaking of phones, I recently got the iPhone 6 Plus. I really like it. It’s a lot bigger than my last phone. But I need it for my failing eyesight and sausage-like fingers. It’s rumored the iPhone 7 will have two cameras. See, that’s how they get us to upgrade.

The Manitoba Museum has an exhibit right now that everyone should take time to check out. Terry Fox: Running To The Heart Of Canada is said to be the best exhibition ever organized on this great Canadian. And it’s included in the price of admission to the museum. Back in 2004, when a radio stunt got me voted the 34th Greatest Canadian, Terry was my choice for #1 and he still is. Born right here in Winnipeg too. Special activities are planned at the museum for Terry Fox Day on Monday, August 1st. If you want a taste of the exhibit, go to the museum’s website where you can even hear some songs inspired by Terry and his incredible Marathon Of Hope.

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Just like my weather expert buddy Bruce Johnson said Friday right here on MyToba, it looks like we’ll finally get some sunshine and hot temps this week. Get out there and enjoy it, maybe take in a Fringe Festival show or two. Have a great week and we’ll talk again next Monday.

Hal Anderson