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August 28, 2007

There's no place like home

The plan was to leave Fredericton and just go as far as Quebec City on the first day, but the lure of getting home encouraged me to continue and we made it home in just one day. It took exactly thirteen hours -- including three hour long stops -- to make it. I drove the whole way, and was probably passed only a half dozen times by other cars. We were also blessed by the fastest passage through Montreal ever.

We couldn't have made it had Captain Destructo and the Mistress of Chaos not remained in their mild-mannered secret identities for most of the ride. They were terrific. I was surprised.

It was nice not to worry about the blog for a couple of weeks, but now I'm itching to get back at it. I'll slap some photos up soon, and then will get back to my role as Canada's most beloved blogger. But give me a day to unpack, mow the lawn, shop, go through the mail, and find the one cat that is still missing.

August 09, 2007

Outta here!

Well, that's it. Tomorrow my family and I head out on the open road in the Improbabus. We don't know where we'll wind up or what we'll do. We're just going to throw caution to the wind and see where the open road takes us. We may go East, we may go West, or we may even go South. A week from now we may be crossing a desert, or climbing a mountain, or lounging in front of a pool in Las Vegas. There's nothing like the excitement of the unknown.

Of course, there is a small chance that we may do what my wife has planned: drive to New Brunswick to spend a week in a cottage by the ocean, followed by attending her brother's wedding. But I'm sure I can talk her out of it.

Either way, posting will be infrequent. More so, I mean. Here's a last photo of my traveling companions, taken during a hike the other day. I'm sure they're going to be perfectly well-behaved.

Right?

May 10, 2007

The dangerous tri-border area

LGF has linked to a few stories on the tri-border area where Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil meet. It's pretty lawless, and has become host to Hezbollah and other Islamist groups. In my younger days, I did a bit of travelling and once found myself in that wretched hive of scum and villainy. I blogged about it on my old blog, Moving Target:

During my stay here, I´ve often been mute during many of the conversations going on around me. Knowing no Spanish will do that. But I still manage to have a pretty good idea what´s going on. For example, this afternoon we were driving through this city with a driver we hired back in Argentina. He was going to help us get over to Paraguay. When we parked near the bridge and started walking, I figured we were going to hike over it. Then someone pushed a helmet into my hands and pointed to the back end of a motorcycle. Wait a second, did I miss something?

The next thing I knew, I´m blowing through the crowded market and heading across the bridge in a moto-cab. This guy is dodging cars, trucks and other motorcycles and I´m hanging on to him. This is insane. We come to the border control and don´t even slow down, not that anyone seems to care. And then I was in Ciudad Del Este.

The story concludes here, and pictures can be found here (December 11, 2003).

March 15, 2007

New York's alright...

...If you like saxophones...

I was going to write a great long accounting of all we did in New York, but what's the point? We ate wonderfully, walked and shopped, and found we were far more stylish than those dowdy New York people. Everyone dressed in grey and beige, and Michelle just won't stand for that.

We both also managed to come down with a cold while we were there, but luckily New York is a good town for finding medication.

I do have to point out the highlight of our stay, and that was seeing the musical The Drowsy Chaperone. I'm not at all a fan of musicals, and generally dislike being trapped in my seat watching 'theatre', but it's been a long, long time since I was so well entertained. Anyone going to New York has to see it. Here's the trailer to get you interested:

Strangely, this show has a Canadian genesis. Somehow the creators managed to avoid the tentacles of CanCon subsidies and promotion that drain the spark out of whatever they touch.

UPDATE: I have to link to this video of one of the songs from the show being performed at the Tony's.

Ghod. Me, a Broadway musical fan. I never would have predicted it...