29 August 2012
Two surprise visitors came to our luncheon today - guys I haven't seen/spoken
to in many many years. Franck Arsenault and Ken Watson stopped in on
this beautiful day and we all caught up on each others' news. Frank has
his daughters living close to Ottawa and came up from Moncton-area to visit
them. Ken Watson turns out to be a neighbour of Chuck and me, as he
and his wife are just on Union Street in the 'Burg.
We numbered 16 today which is a large number for such wonderful weather.
Unfortunately, we will miss Bev as she returns back to full-time work.
But - there are always the Lime Nights when our good pal Roly can bring her.
(Roly, note spelling and no calling me Shir>>>>>>>>,
Jim Rogers, Stan Fockner, Chuck. Me, Frank Arsenault, Moe the Finger, Roly and
Bev. Barrie and Gary, Lou. Ron C, Art B, Al Couture, Ken Watson, Don C
Lunch was large - the pork snitzel was excellent as usual. I forgot to
get the Sept. menu from the exec to add to this post. I would like to
mention that when we were ordering, Art demanded his immedly as he had an
early start to his afternoon game. Pushy golfers!!
Barrie came in wearing a very nice burgundy shirt. I asked him quite
bluntly if he bought it to match the colour of his brand-new Miata. He
was totally honest. Yes, was the answer.
Chuck and me spoke about the absolute mess happening on Rideau Street.
This is costing the tax-payer 28.9 million and won't be finished until the
Spring of 2013. What a pain! On the other hand, some of the
derelict buildings are coming down. I've heard thru the grapevine that
Rideau St is supposed to become tres posh.
We finished lunch and then were immediately ordered to get in front of the bar
for a group photo. Another pushy EL! He insisted on using Jim's
camera - lazy so and so - now Jim will have to upload it to the Old Farts
I bring this up because it broke up the lunch - however, several of us
die-hards remained to catch up on our war stories. These were shared
about the table when we all were required to be adhoc couriers with the red
bags and what we had to endure. Don beat the bunch of us with his Greek
machine gun threat. For extreme distances, Jim beat us all out with Ulan
Batoor and the local sign language. The train, Boss, the train )))
Lou joined the first round table and told us of his disappointment in his
current trailor and it's leaking problem. Doesn't sound good but I'm
sure that Jim R. will share his good fortune on that front by next week.
A Webmaster is currently being stalked for the Old Farts' site.
Volunteers? I kinda stuck my oar in there but it will depend on the
up-coming union elections. Not only is my other presidential position up
for election, but now the Retired Guild is looking for one. I promise I
will only look after DFAIT and that's it! Who knows? A younger
firebrand might be in waiting in the sidelines. I wish!!
Lou shared his laments about his trailer leaking even after his oh-so-careful
research and purchase. Jim nodded in agreement and I think they will be
speaking more on this issue at our next luncheon.
Gardening came up and Al C. is having a very interesting situ happening with
spring perrenials popping up continually. Daffodils are beating out the dandelions?
And Jim also spoke about Legacy which is apparently a free-download and
is of great use to those who want to search into their ancestry. I'm
very interested in this as I had an uncle who insisted we (the Gillettes) come
from a long line of sheep stealers in England. He is also known to be a
great embroiderer of truth. ))
This must be the longest debriefing I've ever written - perhaps I will wait 2
days the next time before doing this so I can forget half and half again of
the stuff we debated.
The only thing I want to add is that I recently had to install an
ironing-board holder and the frustration of trying to get a good anchorage
into a 90-year old door with less than a finger-sized space to insert the
screw. The problem was getting the aluminum screw to adhere to the bit.
I can tell you the air was purple but I got it done. And that door is
solid wood. I also kicked the tires on a new set of LED strip lights I
put into my exercise room. Purchased at Costco, and I'm impressed.
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