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I took over 400 photos in South Africa -- that's way too many to post. Sure, you're likely to get some good photos by taking lots and selecting the good ones, but that's a lot of looking through and selecting.

I'm down to 86 on my first pass, I think I'll let them sit another day or so, before I look at them again. I may, also, want to re-order them to match the story I want to tell in a few places. We'll see if I can figure out how to get that to work, especially after uploading.
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Like so many others, with the latest LJ terms-of-use changes I've moved my primary journal to DreamWidth. I intend to continue to leave my journal on LJ rather than deleting, and hopefully cross-posting will work, and both journals will continue in (mostly) parallel, at least for now.
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Though, posting from YYZ. I was delayed out of Frankfurt, but missing a Toronto->Ottawa flight around this time of day isn't generally a problem, and wasn't this time, I'm just booked on the next one.
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We've had 4 partial-days of climbing at Watervaalboven (mostly due to dodging weather), but they've been good days, and we've hit several different cliffs. This area does have a huge amount of rock -- multiple cliff-lines in generally fairly close proximity to each other, and the rock is seems quite solid -- quartzite. I can see why it may be claimed as the top sport-climbing destination in South Africa, and possibly Africa.

In Africa

Mar. 24th, 2017 04:22 pm
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I arrived yesterday, met Mike at the airport, drove to where we're climbing (Watervaalboven), and climbed 1/2 a day. Then another 1/2 day today before a storm came through and we left the crag.
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Of my massive readership here on LJ (I still have three of you, right?), I expect most will recognise that LHR is London-Heathrow, but I don't expect JNB to be quite so well known. It is Johannesburg, South Africa -- I am off to South Africa for a couple weeks (well, minus travel time, about 10 days) of rock climbing. It will be my first visit to South Africa, and to Africa as a whole, and I'm pretty excited about this.

I am meeting Mike Grainger there, who is from Kitchener, and with whom I've done a couple previous climbing trips -- though somewhat closer to home, generally being the US south-west. Unlike many of the people I've done climbing trips with, he has done most of the organizing for this one, which has made the prep far more relaxed for me.

While I am gone, I will move cubicles and floors at work, have my room-mate leave and a new room-mate move in. Definitely a busy trip. :)
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Another visit to Ottawa, another gaming day. Going for this coming Saturday, usual plan, gaming from 1pm onward with a break for dinner.

RSVPs appreciated.

Home again

Mar. 12th, 2017 01:13 pm
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I actually did get home last night, but almost immediately headed out for dinner and gaming with iron_phoenix. Gaming ended up coming back here, rather than to his place. We played Tzol'kin, and it ended up being a 1/4 pt win (on a score of around 100 pts) -- so really close.
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I feel like I've done this flight before, recently even.

The gate-area at Logan is more crowded today than I've ever seen it -- it is a little seperate section of 3 or 4 gates only used by Air Canada, and I'm used to it being pretty quiet. Not today. Dunno why, though.
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After a short visit to Ottawa, I'm off to Massachusetts again. Raynham, MA. Also, after the time-shift back from Pacific time, this is not just early, but way-too-early.

And home

Mar. 4th, 2017 03:22 pm
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For about 14 hours. One of my shorter visits. :)

YVR -> YOW

Mar. 4th, 2017 08:25 am
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I'm homeward bound from skiing, but not home for long -- about 16 hours in Ottawa before I fly out to Boston again.

Arrived!

Feb. 26th, 2017 11:10 pm
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I've arrived in Whistler and am safely ensconced in our little loft apartment.
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I'm off to Whistler, BC, for a (short) week of skiing, and some board-gaming, with redrunn.
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I'm sure I was busy. :)

Thursday evening was a date with Kathleen. Friday evening was a dance lesson, then a rescue lift-home for Kathleen.

Saturday was board-gaming part 1. I lost at Brass then Eminent Domain. Kathleen joined us for dinner, then we played a couple learning-turns of Indonesia, followed by a re-start, followed by the about 2/3s of a game of Indonesia. I think I was in a pretty good place, despite a lower cash holding than others.

Sunday was quieter, with afternoon errands -- buying some work clothes, triggered by forgetting a couple shirts in the hotel in Grand Rapids. Then dinner at Spicy Legend with Mike and Suzanne. It was really good, but really spicy -- and that was just at "medium". I can definitely recommend the special roast fish, with cumin -- though, the medium is pretty intense. The flavour, though, was deep, rich, and excellent.

And, today, 7 people for gaming in the afternoon -- a 4-player (including me) game of Village (me) and a game of Caylus happened. Then we went to the Pho Bo Ga King for dinner. Now a quiet evening.

A good long-weekend.
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I just realized I didn't really post this, but there'll be family day gaming, too.

My place 1pm onward.
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I'm in town for a Saturday! So, board-games this Saturday! Yay!

Usual plan, afternoon & evening from 1pm onward with a dinner break. Not a school night, so evening could run late.


Hm... Monday (20th) is family day, too. Maybe gaming then, too, if there is interest?
dagibbs: (biker_me)
But, there was still gaming. So all was not lost.
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And for two weeks this time! Longest time yet this year!
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A work trip to Raynham, MA has been confirmed for the week of March 6-10th. So, my life continues to be very travel heavy:

Currently in Grand Rapids, MI.
Fly home this Saturday.
Home for two weeks.
Sun, Feb 26th fly to Vancouver, drive to Whistler. (skiing)
Sat, Mar 4th fly home.
Sun, Mar 5th fly to Boston, drive to Raynham.
Sat, Mar 11th fly home.
Home for 10 days.
Tue, Mar 21st fly to Johannesburg, South Africa (climbing)
Mon, Mar 27th fly from Johannesburg to Cape Town (more climbing)
Tue, Apr 4th, arrive home from Cape Town, South Africa

I currently have no idea what happens after that point. :)

(Looking long term, likely some time in New Hampshire near the end of August, then Squamish for Labour Day & early September.)
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