November 3rd

Got to the point of packing too much into each day and not writing on here at all…..spent all summer riding the bike, and doing “Tuesday night” rides with a pack for experience. Had an old fellow stop and admire my old Honda….told me it was a “vintage” bike. Kinda made me think more of it!

Sent the plans to the builder down south and am getting all in place to construct “Casa Gall” in the new year. hard to do over the ‘net, but it’s getting there. Booked the flights south, and got the car lined up. I laughed when I got the tax bill for the property…..the equivalent of $6.00  :)

Set the final date of work, and winding down to finish up early in the new year. Just enjoying each day til then….not worrying about too much.

Father got back from Cuba this week, and will go again in January for a few months during the winter. Good for his soul, I think.

Hired a man to research the Polish side of the family….will see where that goes. (to Poland, obviously!)  LOL….

More to come later.

On My Own

Went to Leamington on Saturday. Saw workers harvesting Burley tobacco near Erieau. Looked like Cuba for a minute. Almost a lost farming practice in this country. Smoke barns all stoked up with sawdust and wood to cure the leaf. I wonder if the product is still sent to Montreal to manufacture cigars……or sent overseas. Had to marvel at the expansion of the glass houses in “Tomato Town”. The south coastline was calm, and almost always in view along route # 3.

I feel kind of “lost” this weekend, as everyone I know is “somewhere else”…..I hope they are safe and sound….

Currently making plans for my “13 weeks off” next year. (in the last year of work, you get 13 weeks all together as sort of a pre-retirement holiday). Several options are becoming apparent, just gotta figure out which one to take. My vehicle will be up for a change, as well….maybe a new Ford Ranger pickup, don’t know yet. (and possibly a Harley Davidson “nightster”)….

Amanda is moving back to London for a few months to save some money and will commute to Toronto to finish up her schooling. It will be nice to be able to see her more often, and “hang out”.

Thinking of Joe Mustos today for some reason.  Been a couple of years since he died.

Friday was Hogies last day at work. I will miss that guy. Good sense of humour, and an honest and reliable friend. We took him to lunch at the Church Key, and the Honourable Skow paid for everything. I feel guilty on that account as he seems to constantly do that. Good people all around.

M/C is in the shop getting the brakes done and a tune up, so I hope to ride again after Monday. I suggested to Mo that we go to Point Pelee in the fall for a jaunt. The Monarch butterflies gather at the point in October prior to the flight to Mexico. Something to see, I am told.

Paul Marrinan got a new job, and will be leaving the office next week. Another guy I will miss. I was feeling “down” this week as a result of these guys going, both of them are great guys. the guys replacing them are reputed to be ok as well, so I guess a change occurs inevitably… to see the bright side.

The last few weeks have been somewhat anxious for me, and I don’t know why. I guess the fact that next year brings  a massive change in my life might be partly the answer.

Life is so short…. and full of trepidation. I try to pull the “ripe leafs”, and make the best of each day as it comes to me.  Always will.

Will winter ever end?

Wednesday brought a very nice surprise to all that work at the courts. A judge’s position was filled by one of the most capable people that I know. A refreshing change from the usual political patronage and plum position handouts. I commend the Attorney General Chris Bentley for making the bold and correct decision to appoint John Skowronski to the post. In the few years that I have been friends with John, I have witnessed time and again good judgement, compassion and genuine interest in people that cross his path each and every day.  He is one GENUINE person, true to his word, and a man of solid work ethic and integrity. I trust him completely in every facet of his work. Now, with him in a judicial position, I know that the bench just became a little richer. A little more civil, and perhaps a little less stoic. A HUGE loss for the Crown’s office. Nothing but congratulations for his achievement from anyone I have spoken to… 

Friday brought Peter Downing back from Costa Rica. Seems he had a nice trip, and saw places that I haven’t. Just got to talk with him briefly, but except for a few bats in the bedroom…..all was well. Silly bugger got himself married on the beach while he was there. Congrats, Pete! ( and Stephanie). 

Mo and I went to Port Dover and stayed at her sister’s place on the weekend. Went to a performance at the Lighthouse Theatre which was a scream. It was a performance by “lookalike” artists….Ray Charles, Rod Stewart and Neil Diamond. Fantastic sounds, and a lot of fun. A bunch of the “old gals” in the town were up on stage with “Rod Stewart”, bringing fits of laughter from the audience. Really a neat theatre, and only a block from where we stayed. Lotsa fun…..

What’s with all the extra snow? I was hoping that it was over, and now more yet…

My dad came back from Cuba and is in the middle of getting a new apartment set up here as a base, busy indeed. Soon gladys will be here as well and back to working for the summer. Time seems to be flying by…

Getting ready to take the M/C course at Fanshawe College in May. Something I thought I would never do…more on that later.