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Saturday March 10th 2018

Today Mainly sunny. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High plus 3.
Tonight Clear. Low minus 13.

I'm up at 0700.  The day is sunny and warmer and will go above zero, so melting will begin.

BG: 6.2 Weight: 207.4  BP: 116/72 Pulse: 65

It's becoming obvious I've been worried about my health lately.  I hope the doctor visit will reduce that worry.  It is totally unlike me, but the colds and various symptoms coming and going have had me wondering.   I like certainty and hate surprises.

I am going to Bentley and the ski lodge to meet Jean and family, then spend the night there.  I'll only get a few hours on the hill, but that is all I need right now.  Maybe it will get me back to being more myself.

I drove to Medicine Lodge, bought an afternoon ticket, and met up with Jean, Kenzie, and Nathan. At first, I was a bit shaky, as there are few easy runs and what there are are too short to warm up much, and I usually like to take a few long cruising runs to get back in form, but the slopes here are all on the expert end of the spectrum. However, soon was bashing down the steeps with Kenzie.  Jean was skiing with Nathan on the gentler slopes. The snow, all natural, was fantastic and there was still powder here and there.  Around three-thirty, I decided I had enough and drove to Birch Bay.

We had a late supper, hamburgers, and everyone called it a day not long after.

Yesterday's post

 Whoever controls the image and information of the past determines what and how future generations
will think; whoever controls the information and images of the present determines
how those same people will view the past.

He who controls the past commands the future. He who commands the future conquers the past.
George Orwell

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Sunday March 11th 2018

Today Fog dissipating this morning then sunny. High plus 1. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight Clear. Becoming partly cloudy this evening. Fog patches developing late this evening. Low minus 10.

I'm up at 0530. 0630 in the new time. Everyone else is asleep.  I'll be driving home today.

I had breakfast, we went for a walk, then I drove home.  Along the way, I stopped in Sylvan and bought a few things at Dollarama and Walmart, and bought some gas. From there, I drove to Princess Auto and found a few items I need for Baja Magic.

On the way home from there, I called Fen and talked to Maddie. I was at Pine Lake when Fen called and said she was going to a movie in Olds and would I like to meet here there.  The film is Bombshell, about Hedy Lamarr, a famous movie start. 

As it happens, Lamarr, with a partner, invented and patented the frequency hopping concept, or spread spectrum, an essential part of current communications protocols.  The information was not put into use until the 1950s and she never received a cent, however was honored much later for the accomplishment.

From there, we went to the Mill for supper.  I stayed a while, then drove home.

I went to bed at ten but did not fall asleep, so watched more Babylon Berlin and went to sleep again a bit after midnight.

Yesterday's post

 War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.
George Orwell

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Monday March 12th 2018

Today Fog dissipating late this morning then sunny. High zero. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight Clear. Fog patches developing late this evening. Low minus 11.

I'm up at 0730.  Daylight is increasing quickly now. This morning is is foggy so far. 

BG is 6.2. Weight: 210.0.

At Jean's we had hamburgers and then the next day, I had a sausage and egger at A&W in Sylvan, a medium buttered popcorn at the movies and a beef stew on white rice at the mill, then yoghurt and nuts at midnight. Somehow, all this boosted my weight some two pounds since last weigh-in two days ago.

These three meals were also the first red meat in quite a while. I eat very little meat lately, but do consume some fish and fowl.  I am becoming aware of how much meat is consumed in the western diet. Compared to other times and regions, it is very high, and far above our actual needs.

I see the doctor this afternoon.  I made an appointment as agreed with the locum last visit, but he is gone and I have a new one this time.  This merry-go-round of doctors has been a big problem locally.  The idea that we should all have GP who knows us and our needs is just so much hokum.  Each visit, the doctor spends the visit reading the notes and oftentimes, I know more about my health than the doctor.

I have bookkeeping to do also and if the day warms I'll start the tractor and try to clear space enough to put the van on ramps and tighten the ground wire.  Starting has been a sometimes thing, with my having to open the hood and jump the ground more than a few times lately.

I drove to town and saw the doctor. He  froze a few spots of actinic keratosis on my head, checked my prostate and renewed my prescriptions.  I had forgotten my wallet, so did not go downtown, but did drop into the lab for a urine sample before driving home.

I've had spots frozen off fairly often lately. Once last year in Three hills and once in Mexico in October, then again now.

I wear a hat if I'm out, and had figured that with repeated treatments we should get ahead of it enough that I would not have frequent occurrences, but apparently not.  I'll have to keep a closer eye on it, but that is not easy when it's on top of one's head.

It had warmed to zero when I arrived home, so I started the tractor and managed to move back and forth a bit, but the snow is too deep for that little machine -- at least until I put a lot of weight on the rear tires.  As it is, it just spins, and even with weight, I wonder.  It will take a lot to counterbalance the weight of the loader.

I invited friends for supper tomorrow and that is always a good excuse to clean house, so I began vacuuming before six and was one third done by nine. It has been a while since I did that job and I can definitely tell where I have been and where not.

I've been feeling a lot better today than some in the recent past, but the complaint of the day is a feeling like water in my right ear.  I wonder what the oddity will be tomorrow.

I'm quitting at nine and planning to watch some video.

Yesterday's post

 Politics is the choice between the lesser of two evils.
George Orwell

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Tuesday March 13th 2018

Today Mainly sunny. Fog with near zero visibility at times this morning. High minus 2 except plus 4 in a few localities. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight Increasing cloudiness this evening. Fog patches developing this evening. Low minus 9.

I'm up at seven and seem to be recovered now.

Weight 208.4. BG 5.8 BP 118/68 Pulse:66

Walking downstairs, I noticed my knees are slightly sore, due, I am sure, to the skiing Saturday.  The hill was steep and the snow was chopped powder, so the first few runs were a bit challenging until I got warmed up and back in the groove.

Like many sports, skiing does not require a a lot of muscle if you do it right, but can be very hard on muscles if you don't.

In skiing it is important to have weight over the middle of the skis, and forward for turning and maximum control but that is counter to the instinct to draw back away from the slope and to muscle the skis rather than riding them.

I suppose it is like beekeeping in that the best results come from working with the natural tendencies, rather than trying to force results.

Shifting weight back reduces pressure on the skis' control front edge surfaces that initiate turns, places weight on the tails, and increases acceleration in a straight line. So, for maximum control and to avoid accelerating straight down the hill or into the bush on the sides, one must resist the instinct to fall back and crouch over the middle of the skis.  Skiing is controlled falling and the best results come from embracing that principle.

With modern skis, when a skier projects forward and to either side, the skis arc under the skier and turn in that direction, staying under the skier. There is more to it than that, but the point is that the instinct to fall back must be overcome to ski well, and it takes me a run or two to remind my mind and muscles not to fight gravity, but surrender to it.

I made a big start last evening in my cleanup and I intend to continue the project.  I will make supper in the late afternoon. There are a few other projects needing attention, too.  I have a presentation to prepare for the Calgary Beekeepers Association meeting tomorrow night.

The answer seemed obvious to me. Monkey and banana.  Money and panda?  No way.  So, if you understand the article above, you'll understand me better, (and I am a member of the one racial group you can discriminate against freely these days without being shamed by the crowds -- white North American male).  Go figure.

Racism against whites is okay, I guess, even if our ancestors were subjected to the same oppression and abuses as any human (or animal) grouping.  I grew up in Sudbury and worked with Poles, Russians, Italians, Ukrainians, Irish, Armenians, Scots, and Jews many of whom had fled oppression or genocide before after and during the Second World War.  They were all white or would be considered white by the current crop of bigots.  No colour has the corner on nastiness -- or on suffering.

At any rate, IMO the other articles on the site are interesting also, if only because the views expressed in the ones I have read so far are congruent with my experiences in life.

I set up my main dish for supper this morning and put it in the fridge, did laundry, and continued vacuuming, albeit with less enthusiasm than yesterday.  I also had some correspondence to do periodically.

Supper is skinless chicken thighs in two cans of diced tomatoes with Italian spices, a chopped onion, half a cup of chopped celery, Five large sliced mushrooms, Crushed chilies and black pepper to taste, all in a casserole dish, to be baked in the oven at 325 for two hours or so, and served over pot barley and red rice..

It's after lunch now, and I am now tired. 

I laid down on the sofa for a few minutes and woke up an hour later, still tired.  Two cups of coffee seem to be helping me come to.

Once again, I'm finding some dinner invitees are unable to come.  Could it be this dinner idea has run its course?

Next, shovel ashes and finish vacuuming. I know I won't finish today, but can come close.  Then the supper goes into the oven at four.  It's a beautiful, sunny day, and two degrees out -- balmy --and I really should be out skiing or kiting or something, but have commitments today and tomorrow that will keep me busy mostly indoors.

Supper went into the oven at four and I cleaned house until five-thirty.  Friends came at six. There were five of us until Bert showed up around eight.  We visited until ten.

We have normally had wine with the dinner and I had some white wine in the fridge, leftover from the last dinner, so served it. My friends drink very moderately.  I didn't.

People are reluctant to have a glass if they know someone in the group has quit, I suppose not wanting to tempt, but I assured my friends it makes no difference to me. And it doesn't, surprisingly enough.  I am not tempted. 

If I consider having a drink, it is not because others are drinking.  It is now over five months and the few times I have considered the idea at all seriously was when I was feeling draggy after the viruses and wondered if it might help. My conclusion was, "Nah". It might feel good for a while but might not, and would just be worse after.

I doubt that one drink would lead to another and another and habitual drinking, but it could, I suppose.

Fatsecret wanted me to weigh in and I did.  I have not been on a diet at all and in Mexico, was eating a lot of tostados which are basically corn flour and oil -- hardly diet food, but I did weigh in.  I used the 207.4 weight of the two lowest days this week. Today was up a little and I suspect tomorrow will be up, too, the big supper and Ice cream, being responsible.

Nonetheless, I have lost more weight, but not a lot.  Seems I am holding pretty steady at a weight that is comfortable and my BG and BP are acceptable. What's to complain about?

I think I'd like to lose more, but am not much motivated.  Ideally, according to charts, I should weigh 160-180  but I never have been one to believe the current wisdom, and have lived long enough to see the axioms of the day be debunked and replaced by new ones which are again debunked. 

My thoughts?  We just don't know and there is no one rule that fits all people in all circumstances.

I booked my shuttle for the next Mexico trip next month tonight, so now the trip is set.

Tomorrow, I have to create a one-hour presentation for the Calgary beekeepers, drive to Calgary, and attend the meeting.

Carolyn had become ill during supper and went home early.  We emailed to make sure she was okay after.  Last I heard, she was still nauseous.

I went to bed late, sometime after midnight.

Yesterday's post

 Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting.
George Orwell

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Wednesday March 14th 2018

 Today Mainly sunny. Fog patches with near zero visibility at times this morning. High minus 4 except plus 3 in a few localities. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Becoming cloudy overnight. Low minus 11.

I'm up at 0825, feeling a bit groggy, but otherwise fine.

BG: 6.6 Weight 209.4. BP: 117/72 Pulse 59

I've quit using Fit to count steps since it requires me to always keep my phone on my person and there are times I should not.  Carrying the phone when working on the dinghy caused the demise of my last phone.

The day is foggy and I'm glad I don't commute to Calgary as some out here do.  It's an hour's drive in the best of conditions, but in fog, it takes longer and can be very dangerous.

I do have to go to Calgary later, though to meet Liz for supper and to speak at a meeting. My day's work is to prepare the presentation. The subject is Spring Management.

I had planned to sort magazines and take a pile of old bee mags to give away and to stop to have a passport photo taken along the way, but by the time I had finished my presentation and realised it was time to go, there was no time for the magazines. I drove to Airdrie, gassed up the van, and drove to China Rose, where I was to meet Liz at five.  It was five on the dot when I walked in the door.

I find it spooky how my subconscious or some hidden hand manages things like this.  I spent the day doing odd jobs, got up from my desk when it struck me as time to go, showered, dressed, drove fifty miles, fueled up, drove another twenty in traffic and arrived within seconds of the planned moment.

This happens to me more than I would expect if something besides my conscious mind was not guiding me.  It could be my own mind or it could be some sort of networked consciousness or even one or several of the many the traditional 'supernatural' entities or forces.  If it is my own mind, how could I anticipate so accurately the many possible events on my fairly complex route?

But, then again, small birds and even butterflies manage to travel over continents and water to destinations and back quite unerringly and without clocks or charts.  There are so many things we don't know.

We had supper at the buffet and, of course, although I did exercise some caution, I did not stick just to what I know is best for me.  The buffet was loaded with tasty items, most of which were sweetened, made with flour and vegetable oils, fried...  I ate what appealed, but I have learned not to overeat at a buffet just because I can.  I wonder how much occasional indiscretions matter.

Looking at the volume of food in a meal and considering that in relation to the tiny  amount of a drug or molds that can cause huge effects on us, I have to wonder.

Compare a plateful of food to a 25 mg pill and remember the pill is mostly inert fillers, and that often that pill may be split in two or four to achieve the proper dose -- an almost vanishing amount if placed on a plate beside a normal serving of  food for comparison.

We had things to discuss regarding the Alberta Beekeepers Commission, the new United Beekeepers of Alberta, and other matters, and after, we proceeded to the Legion where the meeting was scheduled for seven.

I was the featured speaker, and I was treated almost like a star in spite of the fact that I am retired and somewhat out of the loop. Neil gave a presentation on AFB, the business meeting was held, then I was up.  I asked how many did not have bees and in the audience of over a hundred, probably twenty hands went up.  Hmmm.

Some had taken courses, but it seems bee courses are only scheduled a few times a year.  Spring is a busy time for beekeepers, so courses tend to be in the off-season, but spring is also when people who had not thought of it before suddenly start thinking about getting bees and have few learning opportunities.

At any rate my short presentation just hit the high points to leave time for the panel discussion after and I hoped it would be meaningful to those who knew little about bees.

Here is a PDF of the talk.  The beginning is just talking points for background. The pictures follow and illustrate various points that I discussed as I showed them.  I've made much more elegant presentations, but found that searching my photo collection was quite time consuming.

We had only an hour for the talk and the panel discussion, so I ran though the talk quickly.  The talk could have taken an hour easily by itself and some of the points could each take an hour if covered in depth, but since Ron and Neil are both very smart guys who present well, I figured the audience would benefit most from the three of us fielding questions.  We set up in front and fielded questions from the audience until nine and a little beyond.

After, I drove home and snacked on yoghurt and nuts (I have to stop doing that) then went to bed a bit after midnight.

Yesterday's post

 That rifle on the wall of the labourer's cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy.
It is our job to see that it stays there.
George Orwell

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Thursday March 15th 2018

Today A mix of sun and cloud. Fog patches dissipating near noon. High minus 4 except plus 3 in a few localities. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Becoming cloudy overnight. Low minus 11.

I'm up at 0725. The day is just breaking.  Snow is predicted.

BG: 6.4 Weight: 212.4 BP:124/73. Pulse 58

My dietary indiscretions of last evening were revealed on my scale this AM.  A late night and snacking also contributed.  I noted, too, that Joe said he gained ten pounds in a week in a recent trip to Mexico.  Of course, much of these gains is water, but there has to be a message there.

I have some paperwork to do today and tonight there is a concert in Carstairs. I plan to go unless the roads get bad.  Visibility is the issue mostly, though, since I have studded snow tires.  Studded snow tires make winter driving much less worrisome, but lack of definition due to fog or driving snow are something that good traction cannot conquer.

Around nine-thirty, my phone rang and it was Don Turner, a beekeeper friend of many decades who has taken his boat from the Comox area south to the Baja in Mexico and spends the winter there.  We are both in the Sea of Cortez.  We had a long chat and he recommended going north and laying up the boat on the hard at Guaymas for a cost that is much less than what I pay in La Paz.

I have been somewhat daunted by the prospect of going that far alone over unknown waters and, for better or worse, I have taken root in La Paz. His call gave me reason to consider that option again.

Fen, Maddy and a group bring in musicians monthly at the Carstairs Roulston Museum and tonight they have a show, so at a quarter to five, I drove over, picked Maddy up and we went to the Museum to check on setup, then went to the restaurant for supper.  Fen had already eaten, but we sat together and went back together in good time for the performance. 

The act was Petunia of Petunia and the Vipers and a friend.  They were strictly acoustic, but had plenty of sound to fill the small church. The performance went from dull to fantastic and back.  In particular, the rendition of talking heads Psycho Killer and Marty Robbins Big Iron were amazing.

The roads were ice and snow covered coming home, but with studded snow tires the trip was uneventful.

At home, I began reading the diary from the beginning of January 2016.  I was kiting more back then, weighed over 225 or so, and was thinking I should quit drinking. I was also burning old bee boxes and the truck was running back then.

I was up until almost one.

Yesterday's post

 If you want to inspire confidence, give plenty of statistics.
It does not matter that they should be accurate, or even intelligible, as long as there is enough of them.
Lewis Carroll

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Friday March 16th 2018

Today A mix of sun and cloud. Fog patches dissipating near noon. High minus 4 except plus 3 in a few localities. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Becoming cloudy overnight. Low minus 11.

I'm up at 0720.  The morning is foggy and minus ten..

BG: 7.3.  BP: 114/70 Pulse 62. Weight 212.2

Weight is up, so is BG.  Why?  Eating too much and the wrong things, I suppose. I'm also not too physically active over the past several days.

Going back to January 2016 in this diary reminds me of how much I forget. I should read my own diary more.  It's pretty good if I do say so myself

I came across these articles.

I plan to go to Calgary today to renew my passport, then attend the FACS meeting in the evening.

My passport has gotten wet a few times and that may get me refused on a flight or at a border, so I have to go through the hassle of getting a new one. 

I have tried to keep it in a plastic bag, but sometimes don't and bags also can leak.  I looked online for a waterproof passport case and I would have thought there would be plenty of choice, but found none.  I looked again just now and there seem to be options.

I drove to Three Hills and had the photos taken, then drove home and discovered that the passport office closes at four.  By then, it was getting too late, so I'm planning on going Monday. I go east on Tuesday, but will not need a passport until three weeks from now.

I had a nap, then found the old starter core and drove to Airdrie, returned it, got $85 back, and then drove to The Northeast Legion for the FACS meeting.

The meeting was a small group and featured a recap of the 2017 Spring Thaw trip to Desolation Sound, with slides and video. We briefly discussed the upcoming trip in May.  So far, there doesn't seem to be a lot of interest. 

I drove home and was in bed by eleven, without snacking.

Yesterday's post

 One of the hardest things in the world is to convey a meaning accurately from one mind to another.
Lewis Carroll

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Saturday March 17th 2018

Today Cloudy. Snow beginning early this morning. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Amount 5 cm. High plus 2.
Tonight Periods of snow. Amount 2 to 4 cm. Low minus 3.

I woke up at two and could not sleep, so I got up and made an omelet and coffee.  I listened to Spanish lessons a while, then went back to bed, leaving the lessons running on my phone beside the bed.

At some point, I drifted of and next thing, it was eight or so.  I slept on, dreaming, then got up at 0930. No need for breakfast.  The lessons had run the end.

The rest of the morning went by at this desk, catching up, still.

We're having a CRA minor audit and my accounting people on the coast fouled up matters and their attempts to straighten things out have not helped much.   It seems I have to step in.

So, I have to communicate with CRA, and CRA uses fax for communication.  Either that or phone and phone calls can be confusing. 

Fax is is outdated and clumsy.  Most of us gave our fax machines away fifteen years ago and do not have a landline anymore, even if we had the device.  There is a CRA portal for electronic communication, but I have not been able to use it, so I set up a RingCentral online account and now have a fax number.  Welcome to the year 1980.

I called Friday Harbor Homeland Security about any changes to the in and out procedures from previous visits.  The question cam up at last night's meeting. Rick had followed up and called me, so I figured I should see what I could learn to add to what he found. It seems there are changes, but nothing earth-shattering.

Yesterday's post

 One of the hardest things in the world is to convey a meaning accurately from one mind to another.
Lewis Carroll

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Sunday March 18th 2018

Today Snow ending late this afternoon then cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries. Amount 2 cm. Wind north 20 km/h. High plus 1.
Tonight Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of flurries this evening. Fog patches developing overnight. Low minus 9.

It's a dull day.  I woke up at eight and my weight is 212 again.  I'm preoccupied and did not check BG and BP.  This dull, cold weather is getting to me.

Yesterday is the day that historically I have expected runoff and there is absolutely no sign that we will have melt for another ten days at least.  In fact, we got more snow overnight.

My tractor has not got the strength to do much and the snowblower, even if I had put it together again, would not do much to the hard drifts.  It is jut a  matter of waiting. 

When we do get a melt, unless it is slow, we will have flooding.  There is a lot of snow.  I may not be home at the time, so I wonder if I should worry.

 As the days grow longer, and at this time of year the change in day length and sun angle happens at the fastest rate, (right) and the effects of the sun increase rapidly.  If the nighttime temperatures are mild, the warmth lingers overnight and the snow goes faster. 

As the snow melts around it, the dust comes to the top and the dark specs accelerate the melt, so the last bit goes fast.

On Tuesday, I'm out of here, headed east to see Mom. 

The snow is knee deep to thigh deep and I took out the snowshoes.  I thought I'd go look at hives.  I made a few steps, sunk down a foot or more in the soft, wet snow and decided that snowshoeing was going to be very hard work and quit.

I think a lot of deer will die from starvation this spring.  They drag their feet when they walk (see the tracks in the background picture) and this deep snow will stop them dead.

I decided later to look at the van and could see the drive is blown in again.  I decided to drive around several times to pack the snow and make a track.  Visibility is terrible even at four in the afternoon. I made it around a few times, but almost was stuck at one point.  Studded tires and experience got me out and around again.  I'm going to have to ask Patrick to clear it again for Carolyn.

I've been feeling lousy the last few days and worse today.   I hope I get better soon and not worse.

Yesterday's post

 Alice tried another question. "What sort of people live about here?"
"In THAT direction," the Cat said, waving its right paw round, "lives a Hatter: And in THAT direction," waving the other paw, "lives a March Hare. Visit either you like: they're both mad."
"But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat: "we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad."
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn't have come here."
Lewis Carroll

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Monday March 19th 2018

Today Fog dissipating this morning then mainly cloudy. High plus 2.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Low minus 6.

I'm up at 0545 and feeling better. My weight is dropping back towards recent lows and BG is returning to my recent normals.  I don't know what hit me yesterday.

Weight: 110.2 BG: 6.5  BP: 115/71 Pulse: 60

I am planning to go to Calgary today to renew my passport -- if I can get out of the driveway.  We'll see what happened overnight when the day brightens. It is still fairly dark now at 0710.

My passport got wet several times in recent years and that faded the holograph pictures (left).  Although the passport has never been refused outright, I have had several airline people mention that it is borderline and one gate attendant had taken it to a supervisor for approval.  I certainly don't wish to be refused a flight or entry to a country, so this hassle seems to be a necessity.

I left at ten-thirty, and drove to Calgary, skipping several things I had thought to do along the way due to lack of time.

I had a lunch appointment with Zeke to sign my papers and photos for the passport application. I assumed noon, but when I arrived, he was not answering phone or texts.  I don't really know anyone else in  Calgary, at least who would be nearby and available at that time.  I figured I'd just wait and see what happened.  Either he would show or I'd think of something.

Twenty minutes later, he texted.  He had been in a meeting with phone muted.  We walked to a nearby restaurant and had Montreal Smoked Meat on rye, he signed the forms and I left.

The drove to the South Passport office was an easy twenty-five minutes on fast roads in  light traffic. I arrived, walked in and handed the papers to the clerk.  She looked them over and noticed that Zeke had not signed one of the photos.  It's a requirement and she checked with the supervisor, but it cannot be waived, so I drove all the way back, Zeke signed and I returned, all within an hour.

The rest was quick and I have a receipt to pick up the new passport on April 4th, four days before I need it for Mexico.

I drove home via the 201 and was back by five.  Days are longer and the sun is bright now at suppertime. There is some sign of the snow surface softening, but no real melting yet. (right).

I'm tired, but I have a bit to do before I go and I have to drive away from her by seven tomorrow morning to make my nine-thirty flight.

At six, I laid down for a nap and woke an hour later and it is still light out. Now to pack and do the remaining chores before going.

Tomorrow: Sudbury.  Swalwell weather looks mild for the coming week.

Sudbury looks similar.

I heard and interesting story about a battery explosion today from someone who was right there.  Apparently there was a bang and the fellow in an office next to the person who told me had a small battery for a device in his pocket and maybe some coins. His pants suddenly blew apart with a loud noise and caught fire.  His  as were his hands were seriously burned trying to put out the flames and his thigh was badly burned as well. Skin grafts will be required.

These little batteries contain a lot of power and deserve respect. Carrying them loose or with metal in contact is a trouble waiting to happen.

I did a few things, found I was too tired, set several alarms for four-thirty and went to bed at ten.

Yesterday's post

 Alice: How long is forever?
White Rabbit: Sometimes, just one second.
Lewis Carroll

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