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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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Lots of delays through Chicago, so I got in to the hotel sometime around 3am last night/this morning. Ugh. And, instead of a normal car, I've got a Jeep. :(
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I think this is my first Dreamwidth travel post! Off for a business trip, actually to Gardena, for the week.
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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.
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