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Thursday June 20th, 2002
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Ellen drove me to YYC and I caught my flight for Pearson at 9:50. I arrived in Toronto at 5, got my car and drove to Port Carling.

Thursday..Mainly sunny. Wind becoming south 20. High 22.
Friday..Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers. Low 9. High 24.
Saturday..Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers. Low 9. High 23.
Sunday..Mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers. Low 9. High 23. 
Normals for the period..Low 8. High 21.

Friday June 21st, 2002
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I spent the day working on my article.  The boat was in the water, so I went for a spin around the lake.  For supper, Mom and I tried out one of the local restaurants, then toured Bala.  Ron, Mairin and Graham arrived late from Vancouver, around midnight.

Today..Sunny. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h. High 26.
Tonight..Clear. Wind southeast 20. Low 10.
Normals for the period..Low 8. High 21.

Saturday June 22nd, 2002
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In the morning, we drove to Toronto to a family reunion at Heather and Neal Blacks'.  After that, we all -- Ron, Mom, Mairin, Graham and Sarah -- went to visit Aunt Ev in her extended care home.  We had a good visit, then headed back north, meeting Lindsay along the way for supper.

The evening was spent playing cards.

Saturday..Sunny. Wind increasing to southeast 30. High 29.

Sunday June 23rd, 2002
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Today was spent lounging and working on the articles.  We went swimming and visited and the day passed quickly.

Sunday..Mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers. Low 10. High 26.

Monday June 24th, 2002
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Ron and his kids went to Barrie for the day then they returned and took Mairin to camp at Rosseau.  She has a job there for the summer.  Mom and I went to Bracebridge for the morning and I spent the rest of the day re-writing.  

I managed to get onto the net again.  My ISP had been down for several days and finally got going again.  I have no idea how long the website was dead, but I was without dial-up for over two days.

Today..30 percent chance of early morning showers then a mix of sun and cloud. Wind increasing to northwest 30 km/h. High 26. 
Tonight..Clear. Wind west 20 km/h. Low 12. 
Normals for the period..Low 9. High 22.

Tuesday June 25th, 2002
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       Year 2000 on this date
Six more months until Christmas

In the morning, I drove to Sudbury to see Linda.  I arrived around noon and had a good visit.  I went to Mom's for the afternoon and spent my time writing on the deck looking out on the lake..  

I returned to Linda's for supper.  Everyone else was out for the evening, so I barbequed.  Bill W. came by later on in the evening for a visit and we went back to his place looking for a screw for this laptop computer.  No luck.  I returned to Mom's for the night.

Today..Mainly sunny. Wind becoming south 20 km/h. High 29.
Tonight..Clear. Wind south 30 km/h diminishing. Low 14.
Normals for the period..Low 9. High 22.

Wednesday June 26th, 2002
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       Year 2000 on this date

In the morning, Linda called and I went over to visit.  I spent a few hours writing and also found a bolt and nut shop that could get the screws for my notebook.  They said that the parts would arrive Thursday at 9, so I planned to stay another day.  I had promised to see Linda again, in the evening, but had an hour's fun with Mom's alarm system, and that set me away behind schedule.  A lightening storm had set off one of the sensors in the afternoon and the alarm kept going off until I finally got help from the company and figured out how to reset the sensor.  By then it was after 7 PM and Linda was tired.  

I skipped the visit and went for supper with Bill & Faye at Swiss Chalet (their choice).  There I was surprised to find my niece (Linda's daughter) greeting guests.  I knew she worked at Swiss Chalet, but did not know which one, or even that she was on shift.  

We had a good meal and called it a night.

Today..Sunny. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h. High 31.
Tonight..Clear. Wind southeast 20 diminishing this evening. Low 16.
Normals for the period..Low 9. High 22.

Thursday June 27th, 2002
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       Year 2000 on this date

I went to Rastall and, sure enough, the screws were there, and they fit perfectly.  I was very relieved.  I had been afraid very time I opened the computer that something would break, but now the screws hold everything solidly together and the machine is now as good as new, except for some non-life threatening cracks in the plastic case.

I went to Linda's for coffee.  She had friends over, so I did some deskwork, then left around noon.  I spent a few hours at Mom's sitting by the Lake and then headed to the cottage.  I had planned to stop at Parry Sound to wander along the rocky Georgian Bay shore, but when I got there thunder was threatening and I proceeded on to Pine Hill.

Mom and Graham were there sitting by the fire when I got there, and after they had supper, we took the boat over to Windermere, looking for a banana split.  It's a tradition.  I didn't care to have one, but Graham and Mom shared a dish and pronounced it 'very good'..

Today..A mix of sun and cloud. Wind increasing to southwest 30 gusting 50 km/h this afternoon. High 31.
Tonight..Mainly clear. Wind southwest 20 diminishing. Low 14.
Normals for the period..Low 9. High 22.

Friday June 28th, 2002
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       Year 2000 on this date

I did a bit more writing in the morning.  I have five articles to do in the next several months.  I'm working on a wintering series for a magazine and have an interview to write up.  I tend to plan a lot, then write and re-write.  I enjoy mulling over each piece, so I try to allow lots of time.

One of the jobs I do every day is moderate BEE-L, along with several others in the US, Scotland, and Australia.  If possible, I check email at least five times a day to ensure that there are not long delays in approval, since the other moderators are not always around.  I get some respect for this unpaid task, but I also get a lot of abuse, especially when some jerk gets it into his head to try to get a rumble going.  

I don't know exactly what it is about human nature, but it seems most people -- somewhere in the back of their being -- hate peace and order and like to create an uproar from time to time, just for the sheer hell of it.  The members of BEE-L are no different; even some members who usually contribute good material try hard to go over the edge every so often.  They post helpful, reasonable articles for a long stretch, then send in something provocative that stretches the facts -- or something off topic.  When they are refused approval, they then proceed to attempt flay the moderators privately of course since we will not pass on incendiary material to the full list.   The moderators refuse to play the game, and don't even bother to reply unless the case looks like a borderline judgment call and a matter of perspective rather than a deliberate troll.  We've seen this phenomenon too often and just think, "X forgot to take his meds today."

Then they go back to being good boys again.   Often the people seem to have above average intelligence and commitment.  They just seem to snap.  It's not always guys, either.  I have seen the same pattern with several women.  

We had an incident like that recently and I had to put my foot down. I got a lot of whining from the perp, but nice letters from several other readers who appreciated my insisting on facts and my insisting caution about name dropping, particularly without documentation, and in context of speculation on a politically sensitive topic.  We allow speculation, but insist that it be clearly labeled as such and that it not be personally directed or libelous.

I called home and the supering should be done today.  Then the guys are taking the long weekend and any other personal time they want this coming week.  They all have quite a bit of overtime, so the paycheques should be large and allow for some holidaying.  

The weather in Alberta looks really good and we should be seeing some honey coming in.  When I get back we'll do clean-up and set up the extracting system.  I hope to get started around the tenth of July.  Usually there isn't much until the first of August, but some years we have had flows heavy enough to justify starting on the 7th and kept us going steadily thereafter.

Graham and I went tubing this afternoon and took Jeffrey along with us.  After tubing a while, we went to Windermere.  I sailed the windsurfer and they took Cloud 9.  I didn't have a harness, but found the sailing pleasant.

I'm getting email from Force Ten that the sailboarding club will be meeting at St Mary's this weekend and that high winds are predicted.  It sounds classic -- I like 40 KPH winds minimum for a good day and St Marys's is a lovely site.  I'm sorry to be missing all that, and the company of my good windy gypsy friends, but I'm here and that is okay too.

We returned to the cottage for burgers and turned in early.  My cousin, Don Cormack, phoned to say he will be up tomorrow.

Here are my BEE-L posts since May 1, 2002:

039758 02/05/04 04:17 30 Re: Bees not consuming extender patties?
039759 02/05/04 03:51 23 Re: BEE-L Digest - 1 May 2002 to 2 May 2002 (#2002-121)
039788 02/05/06 23:37 40 Re: Fellow Amateurs - A Lesson Learned!
039800 02/05/07 23:34 44 Re: Odd Bee Statistics
039823 02/05/09 11:15 98 Viruses and Meta Discussions
039866 02/05/13 21:30 24 Re: Russian Queens
039876 02/05/14 14:31 24 Re: Question about giong away
039885 02/05/14 21:17 43 Re: Russian Queens
040013 02/05/23 07:20 123 Re: complex mongrels
040063 02/05/29 13:08 31 Queen still in her cage
040074 02/05/30 06:57 48 Re: Small Cell Colony Update
040075 02/05/30 07:06 47 Re: Queen still in her cage
040082 02/05/30 22:08 18 Re: Queen still in her cage
040138 02/06/07 09:12 38 Re: Flooding
040139 02/06/07 09:49 80 Re: Plastic 4.9mm Foundation
040145 02/06/07 17:08 19 Re: Ants, Tall Grass and SNAKES!
040166 02/06/09 10:06 31 Re: Using Ross Rounds
040189 02/06/09 23:20 54 Re: Plastic 4.9mm Foundation - Trials
040190 02/06/09 22:46 68 Re: Plastic 4.9mm Foundation - Trials
040204 02/06/11 11:53 17 Re: Does research really want to know?
040242 02/06/13 16:00 40 Re: capensis traits found in Arizona feral colonies
040247 02/06/14 06:50 24 Re: Yellow larvae
040249 02/06/14 07:21 50 Re: capensis traits found in Arizona feral colonies
040250 02/06/14 08:00 31 Re: capensis traits found in Arizona feral colonies
040254 02/06/14 12:28 41 Re: capensis traits found in Arizona feral colonies
040259 02/06/14 23:15 115 Re: capensis traits found in Arizona feral colonies
040281 02/06/17 05:53 62 Re: capensis traits found in Arizona feral colonies
040284 02/06/17 08:34 22 Re: capensis traits found in Arizona feral colonies
040295 02/06/17 19:32 86 Re: capensis traits found in Arizona feral colonies
040337 02/06/20 06:05 27 No Capensis Found (yet) in Arizona
040354 02/06/21 10:19 16 Re: *The Truck Stop Swarm*
040372 02/06/24 12:40 20 Where's the Beef?
040377 02/06/21 17:54 58 Re: No Capensis in Arizona
040383 02/06/25 12:28 70 Re: Where's the beef?
040387 02/06/25 22:31 63 Re: Where's the beef?
040389 02/06/25 22:39 28 Re: Where's the Beef?

Today..A mix of sun and cloud. Wind increasing to west 40 km/h gusting to 60. High 26.
Tonight..Clear. Wind west 40 gusting 60 diminishing. Low 13.
Normals for the period..Low 9. High 22.

Saturday June 29th, 2002
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       Year 2000 on this date

Graham and I went to Bracebridge in the morning to do a bit of shopping.  We returned for lunch, then Don Cormack arrived and we went swimming.

We then ran over to Windermere, then up Rosseau in the boat into a part of the lake I've seldom visited.  

We had chicken for supper, played canasta and called it a day.

 

Today..Mainly sunny. Wind increasing to west 40 km/h gusting to 60. High 22.
Tonight..Clear. Wind west 40 gusting 60 diminishing. Low 8.
Normals for the period..Low 9. High 22.

Sunday June 30th, 2002
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       Year 2000 on this date

Mom drove Graham to camp and returned.  Don & I swam and went to the Lake to do a little windsurfing.  there was barely enough wind, but we spent and hour or two and returned for supper.  More canasta, and swimming, then bedtime.

Tonight..30 percent chance of evening showers or thunderstorms then clearing. Wind west 30 gusting 50 km/h diminishing to 20 overnight. Low 7.
Sunday..Sunny. Wind increasing to west 30. High 19.
Tuesday..Sunny. Low 6. High 25.
Wednesday..Sunny. Low 8. High 25.
Thursday..Sunny. Low 8. High 25.
Normals for the period..Low 9. High 22.

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