I realize that people may be getting tired of the whole zamboni thing, but there's one thing I did want to point out.
(Oh yes, if you missed it here is Jenn's post on last night.)
If you watch the video we linked to, you'll see that Alex watches one of the skaters go by the Zamboni, and then says something to him. I don't know what it is, but Alex is initiating with someone.
If you watch this second video that I've just posted, you can see that as the Zamboni goes by, he studies the ice at the side of the Zamboni and then turns and comments on something to the driver. The driver responds, and there is an exchange of thumbs up.
I think this is great, he spontaneously initiated a conversation with someone who was essentially a total stranger (although he was a total stranger with a cool job).
Alex frequently looks totally cool about things that he likes, but today when he came home his first words were "Alex would like to ride the zamboni tonight, please."
I hope he gets another opportunity in the future.
I'd like to add to Jenn's thanks to Canadian Tire and to the Ottawa Senators for the evening, I'm sure it will be one that Alex long remembers.