Brings a trip to the BMW dealer, and perhaps a “test ride”. Also a coffee outing with my dad, as I haven’t seen him in a while. 

I am “crazy” happy right now….Can’t say why. :)  A phone call can do wonders!

Mike’s birthday today in Ottawa, sent him some coin…..just “yesterday” I can remember him about 5 yrs old….. sure miss that time in my life, kinda sorry I was working shifts, and missed a lot of his “growing up”. Water under the bridge…..

Planning my trip to Costa Rica in February. The plane fares are incredibly low right now. Should book in the next few days. then, just a matter of getting a place, and the other things like a vehicle and stuff…. 

My friend Peter Downing and his family will be in Costa Rica in February as well, so I will be sure to connect with him when I am there. He and I are “in a race” to see who gets to their “place in the sun” first!  LOL….

We both have been bitten by the “bug” that is CR…..hard to describe to someone that has not been there.

I think that I will also try to connect with a “blog buddy” when I get there. Jen from “a new life in costa rica” puts out a quality blog for sure! I would like to meet her and her family, and “trade stories” as it were. 

Read a story today where a lady was killed in Mexico. She had a blog, and recently met a young man and blogged about it. Apparently, police there arrested a young man and charged him with murder. Just goes to show that the internet….although neat and vast, can also be a magnet for weird people as well. Gotta keep vigilant, and always “go with your gut” when you meet people. That’s the cop in me coming out…..  :) 

Amanda should be back in town tomorrow….would like to get together with her for a bit. Miss that kid!  

Thank God for my friends in life….specifically Matt and John S. today. they are both good guys!

Sent my info off to the MTO via Fanshawe College yesterday, as the “Drive Centers” are on strike. Should get my licence updated to the M2 level…..

Also, ran into a friend who applied to “Westjet” and got a part time job, and she advised me that there are jobs available for guys like me after retirement….with free and/or cheap flights as a bonus. Will look into that. Thanks, Maria!

Anyway….enough said.

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.