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Jun. 23rd, 2017 08:28 pm
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Home again, without any particular delays or problems. I think I get about 3 weeks in Ottawa this time.
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I'm on my way home, and not traveling on the weekend for a change. Sadly, the weekend weather does not look good enough for it to matter.
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I've arrived and about 2 hours early because of my cancelled flight. Best cancelled flight ever.

YOW -> YVR

Jun. 18th, 2017 04:24 pm
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It was supposed to be YOW->YYZ->YVR, but the YOW->YYZ got cancelled. I ended up re-booked for 6:30am tomorrow, but didn't like that choice... so called and am booked instead on the 5:55pm direct (instead of the 6pm departure), in a better class, with a hope of an upgrade. But, maybe stuck with a middle seat if I don't get the upgrade. Overall, I think an improvement.
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I've been thinking about how to label/identify the climbs at Lac Sam better. At Calabogie, they've been writing names on rocks placed at the base, but I don't like this -- the rocks get moved, the writing fades, etc.

So, I thought I'd try something different -- I just ordered 6 (stainless steel) dog tags, hopefully engraved, with the names of the climbs, and I'm just going to attach them to the first bolt of the climbs.

Ok, this only works for sport climbs -- but if I can identify most of the climbs, it will make finding other climbs nearby a lot easier.
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I always feel like I've won at adulting when I've put away laundry, and having paired up the socks I don't end up with any mismatched socks, or un-paired socks.
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Finally we had good enough weather, and enough not travel, that I got out climbing both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Ok, Sunday was too warm, but there was enough breeze to keep it tolerable. Also, the black flies appear to be greatly diminished, replaced, of course, by mosquitoes.

Mending

Jun. 2nd, 2017 08:13 pm
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The sewing chores I brought along for this trip are now completed! Yay!

I know, I know. I'm failing the consumer society. Anything that is a bit worn should be thrown out and replacement. I'll try to be a good consumer next week.
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The trip went mostly quite smoothly, though I did have to route around a closed highway between Dusseldorf and here -- but the GPS did that quite easily.
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I'm off on a work trip to Wuppertal, Germany -- so flying in to Dusseldorf. I've currently made it to YYZ, and have a few hours here to wait.

I did manage to sneak in a few hours of climbing this morning before my 4pm departure from Ottawa, which was sweet, as it was quite a nice day.
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I don't know if they're worse than the last few years (maybe the wet spring has made this so?), or I've just (blessedly) forgotten how bad they were. But they are just awful out there! The swarms are crazy-making. My ankles (and many other bits) itch!

obNFB: https://www.nfb.ca/film/blackfly/

Germany

May. 15th, 2017 09:50 am
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My trip to Germany on the 27th has been confirmed. I'll be there from the 28th through June 3rd, coming home on the 3rd. I get almost two weeks notice on this one -- such a luxury.
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I spent the day, with Kate and Simon, tramping and scrambling around the left wing of the cliffs at Lac Sam trying to find/organize a reasonable approach to the upper and lower sections of the cliff. I think we were successful, having marked some paths and left a couple fixed ropes up.
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Another weekend of rain, another weekend for gaming -- Saturday, my place, 1pm onward. Hope to see a few people out.

Ah-choo

May. 8th, 2017 12:09 am
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I just re-ordered and re-shelved most of my hard-cover books. They've expanded to absorb most of a third bookshelf.

And home

May. 6th, 2017 10:39 pm
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Only about 5 hours late.
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It is never a good sign when you return to the lounge. At least I've got an actual seat assignment for the next flight, rather than standby.

I wonder where my luggage is?
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Apparently Air Canada passengers connecting in Montreal (YUL) don't need to pick up their luggage any more. And, apparently Air Canada has not seen fit to post any signage to this effect, so there is only the general "you MUST pick up your luggage" signage. And, apparently, nobody along my whole travel path -- check-in, on-board, whatever, saw fit to mention this to me or in my hearing.


Or, in other words, I waited over an hour missing my next flight for luggage that was never going to arrive on the carousel.
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Homeward bound, another early early morning.
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The forecast for Sunday is rainy, so no climbing. That means the potential for board-gaming, if anyone is interested?
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