THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1250 – Posted on: 12-Jan-2015

Bushwakker News

Our premium white wine special for January is La Báscula Heights of The Charge (Verejo/Viura) from Spain. The red is Duck Commander Triple Threat Red (Zin/Merlot/Cab) from California. Both are $8.50 for a glass and $24.95 for a half litre.  Our guest tap now offers Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider from Cincinnati, Ohio for $9.95 a pint.

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Bushwakker Events

Jan. 12: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. The Jazz Band-Its. Over 20 members play big band jazz. A sight and sound to behold! 8:00 PM.

Jan. 14: Wednesday Night Folk. Halteras. Tex-Mex Surfaghetti. Surf music with trashy overtones. This will be one wild Wednesday! 9:00 PM.

Jan. 19: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. The Ministry of Groove. Popular act plays great 70’s jazz funk and beyond. 8:00 PM.

Jan. 21: Wednesday Night Folk. Chad Kichula. Roots Americana singer songwriter presents a special solo performance. 9:00 PM.

Jan. 24: Robbie Burns & Bushwakker Birthday Bash. Join us as we celebrate almost two and a half decades of super suds, fine pub grub and Scotland’s favourite son, Robbie Burns (256th birthday). Enjoy a Highland dancing performance from The Regina Highland Dancing Association, live Celtic reels with The Tilted Kilts and pipes and drums from The Fraser Pipe Band and Regina Police Pipes & Drums, complimentary haggis, neeps and birthday cake, the tapping of the birthday firkin, Burn’s lyrics, poems and overview from Saskatchewan playwright, Ken Mitchell, Bushwakker trivia quiz too! A great way to shake those January blahs. $5 cover charge.

Jan. 26: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. Shane & Ethan Reoch. Regina’s friendliest bluesman is joined by his son for an evening of great blues and storytelling. 8:00 PM.

Jan. 28: Wednesday Night Folk. Ryan Hicks & Sundog. Talented local act makes their Bushwakker debut. Great original material and folk covers. 9:00 PM.

Benefits of moderate alcohol consumption.

The Brewer’s Association has recently published a concise compilation of the health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption.

1. Decreased risk of weight gain among women who drink moderately compared to non-drinkers.

2. Decreased risk of hypertension.

3. Decreased risk of cardiovascular disease among men who are healthy, men who have had heart bypass surgery, women, and individuals with type II diabetes.

4. Decreased risk of diabetes.

5. Decreased list of Alzheimer’s decease.

6. Decreased risk of poor cognitive function.

7. Decreased risk of Osteoporosis.

8. Decreased risk of heart failure.

9. Increased absorption of dietary fiber.

10. Decreased of arthritic conditions.

11. Decreased risk and severity of rheumatoid arthritis.

12. Raised high-density lipoprotein (HDL) thereby lowering cholesterol.

13. Hops contain xanthohumal with anti-cancer activity in cancer cells.

And hops may fight some forms of the flu.

Many years ago a TV program, The French Paradox, informed the public about the health benefits of moderate red wine consumption and some people still think that the active ingredient in red wine is associated with the colour. Subsequent research has shown that it’s the alcohol that is the main source of health benefits and it doesn’t matter where it comes from.  However, beer has additional health benefits associated with ingredients such as hops, silicone and fiber.

Time Out.

A Saskatchewan couple, both well into their 80’s, go to a sex therapist’s office.   The doctor asks, ‘What can I do for you?’

The man says, ‘Will you watch us have sexual intercourse?’

The doctor raises both eyebrows, but he is so amazed that such an elderly couple is asking for sexual advice that he agrees.

When the couple finishes, the doctor says, ‘There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the way you have intercourse..’

He thanks them for coming, he wishes them good luck, he charges them $50 and he says good bye.

The next week, the same couple returns and asks the sex therapist to watch again. The sex therapist is a bit puzzled, but agrees.

This happens several weeks in a row

The couple makes an appointment, has intercourse with no problems, pays the doctor, then leave.

Finally, after 3 months of this routine, the doctor says, ‘I’m sorry, but I have to ask. Just what are you trying to find out?’

The man says, ‘We’re not trying to find out anything.

She’s married; so we can’t go to her house.

I’m married; and we can’t go to my house.

The Holiday Inn charges $98.

The Hilton charges $139.

We do it here for $70, and best of all…

Sask. Health pays $63 of it.

A little old man shuffled slowly into an ice cream parlor and pulled himself slowly, painfully, up onto a stool. After catching his breath he ordered a banana split.

The waitress asked kindly, “Crushed nuts?

No,” he replied, “arthritis”.

As they stopped at a cheese farm, a young guide led them through the process of cheese making, explaining that goats milk was used.

She showed the group a lovely hillside where many goats were grazing.

“These”, she explained, “are the older goats put out to pasture when they no longer produce.”

She then asked, “What do you do in America with your old goats?”

A spry old gentleman answered, “They send us on bus tours.

Phil Ball: Beer helped make her a model patient

Phil Ball  November 21, 2014

Some 50 years ago, an elderly patient of mine was living unhappily in a local nursing home. I’ll call her “Bessie.” She was a strong-minded Irish lady — an immigrant from Canada — and she wasn’t tolerating the rules of nursing home propriety.

What did she do? She would tear up her bed clothing, and then as an encore she would tear up her roommates bedding. She would walk the halls and make rude remarks to any one she encountered. The nurses would call me for some help. A tranquilizer, perhaps?

I suggested they give her a rag doll. Sometimes this would calm a female patient. They would treat this as a baby to be cuddled and protected.

No good! Bessie tore the doll’s head off, then tore off its clothing, and then tore all the stuffing out and threw it around the room.

Then I suggested they call the local Catholic priest and have him provide Bessie with some calming words. No help! Bessie dismissed the priest with words never heard in polite company.

The nurses called me again. I prescribed a gentle tranquilizer of that 50-years-ago time.

No help! Next I prescribed a block buster tranquilizer — a Mickey Finn that should have knocked out an elephant. No help! Now Bessie was taking off her clothes and walking the halls bare naked.

The climactic event came one day when Bessie in her birthday suit walked out a side door and was out in a busy street nearby directing traffic.

A nursed called me again. She was hysterical. “We’ve got to do something! Do you think that giving Bessie a daily ration of beer would help? She is always talking about Stroh’s Old Fashioned Beer?”

I remembered that Bessie used to consume a large amount of Stroh’s. This was a popular brand then. So I told the nurse, “Yes, two cans of beer daily.”

The nurse had to get the approval of a bank trustee who handled Bessie’s funds before putting “six cases of Stroh’s Beer” on the next bill. The trustee was an old German, and he approved.

So, the next day at 4 p.m., Bessie was handed a can of Stroh’s beer. She smiled and walked the halls sipping on the beer until it was gone. Then she looked for a patient’s room that was temporarily unoccupied, and quick as a wink she would sneak in the room, pull up the pillow on the bed and stuff the empty can under the pillow.

By 4:30 Bessie was back at the nurses’ station for her second beer. Same routine, walk the halls, sip-sip-sip, stuff the empty under a pillow.

And from that day forward, Bessie was a model patient! A victory for that tranquilizer called beer. Better than Valium or Thorazine or chloral hydrate! And, do you know that some nursing homes today have “happy hour” parties at 4 p.m. for those interested?

Other tranquilizers of equal value to beer are bourbon and Scotch and gin and vodka. The list is endless. Then there are famous mixed drinks with names like gimlet and French 75 and stinger. Don’t forget the famous Harvey Wallbanger cocktail, so strong that it saved a Maine lobsterman from a horrid death when his boat sank.

Finally, W.C. Fields had two double martinis for breakfast and then made the funniest shows in history, and also spoke legendary phrases of sour humor that are still recited today: “What wretched scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch?” “My first wife drove me to drink. And for that I am eternally grateful!”

Our weekend Seafood Feature is Coconut Indian Curry Mussels. $16.95

Soup & Sandwich Special is $11.95.  All hot specials are $15.95, except where noted, and include a serving of soup du jour, chopped, or Caesar salad.






Fri., Jan. 9

Pulled Pork & Bean

Focaccia Club

Sweet Chili Cocoa Rubbed Beef Tenderloin w/ 3 Bean Salad & Sweet Pea Mash. $16.95

Sat., Jan. 10


Adobo Chicken & Maple Bacon Pancakes

Steak & a Pint. $17.95

Mon., Jan. 12

Cajun Chicken Mushroom

Fresno Wrap

Roasted Garlic Chuck n’ Bacon Burger w/ Monterey Jack & Sriracha Fries

Tues., Jan. 13

Roasted Red Pepper

Potato Pizza. $13.95

Cajun Shrimp Fettuccini

Wed., Jan. 14

Hot n’ Sour

Moroccan Beef Skewers on Couscous Salad. $12.95

Sautéed Zucchini & Chorizo on Saffron Rice

Thur., Jan. 15

Cream of Cauliflower

Rice Noodle Salad w/ Ginger Sesame Chicken

Chicken & Shrimp Noodle Bowl

Fri., Jan. 16

Tomato Basil

Blackened Chicken Caesar Wrap

Chili Garlic Stuffed Chicken Thighs w/ Grilled Apple Salsa, Crispy Tortillas & Sweet Rice

Sat., Jan. 17


Scrambled Egg Enchilada

Steak & a Pint. $17.95