Monday, February 8, 2010

I'm home!

Arrived home this morning - the bus trip from Winnipeg went quickly and arrived early no less. There weren't many of us on the bus either.

Had a very cold walk yesterday in Winnipeg...brrrr...still shivering. It's cold here too. Unfortunately it's back to the real world and not a plane back to the warmth...or warmER weather I should say.

I will be unpacking shortly - I am sure my clothes will get out of the suitcase themselves and march single file to the laundry hamper. I managed to "freshen" up a few things but that was it.

What a trip...very busy and tiring but fun. Met some fantastic people along the way. And some not so fantastic.

The bus driver between Kansas City and Sioux Falls, SD was for want of a better word..a prick. A little prick at that...I think he had small man syndrome. Not only was he officious and bossy but he was downright rude - we were verbally abused and yelled at the entire time. He treated us all like we were scum and beneath him. Once I have my marbles back (hopefully tomorrow) I intend to write a letter to Jefferson Lines with a complaint. I guess it won't be the first time he's been reported.

Will post some photos on here when my mind returns too as well as going into more depth on this trip.

Now I am home until late May when I head to Cape Breton for our annual CVF convention. After that who knows....lots of ideas.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Hi y'all from Alabama


I'm in Montgomery, Alabama right now doing the 11 km walk. Stopped in at the library to check email, etc.

Next up is the State Capital...I plan to tour it as I do all of them. The downtown here is DEAD - apparently they used to have a beautiful downtown but now it is a ghost town in the evening. Last night I went to a barbeque place for ribs and chicken. I will have lunch about 2 p.m. which will be dinner as well....Note: went to the State Capital and there was a demonstration on so couldn't tour the building. I had lunch - a meat and two veg - typical southern fare. Pot roast unlike any I've ever seen....turnip greens, fried green tomatoes and corn bread. It tasted better than it looked.

Went to the Rosa Parks musuem yesterday which was wonderful...she is the woman who refused to give up her seat to a white man and sparked the beginning of the civil rights era.

Had my last southern breakfast this morning...grits, scrambled eggs, biscuits. I am developing a taste for grits!!!

People are so friendly here....really do have a soft spot for Alabama.

My room was beautiful - they upgraded me to a suite no less. King bed, two TV's, little kitchenette - I wanted to move in! All for $64!!!

Found out our room in New Orleans is haunted - guess a light switched off by itself during the night which freak Pat out. Me I was too busy snoring my head off. Anyway more on that later....I will type more about this trip when I get home and can settle down on the computer with a cup of coffee and relax.

Off on the hound to Oklahoma City this afternoon at 5 p.m. Then back to Canada on Saturday night. Hope to get on the 'net Thursday in OKC but you never know....

Bye y'all!!!

Monday, February 1, 2010

N'awlins Who Dat!!!




Have had a blast here. Saw two parades...the one yesterday was men wearing dresses...honouring Buddy D.....guess he said if the Saints ever went to the Super Bowl he'd wear a dress and parade across New Orleans. Sadly he passed away a few years back so football fans did this in his honour. It was a hoot...some really outdid themselves!!!! Make up, high heels - it was hilarious! The one Saturday night was a pre Mardi Gras parade with all sorts of characters and wonderful music.

New Orleans is a naughty place and I love it!

We did a horse and carriage tour on Saturday afternoon and I could barely understood a word the fella said as he talked so fast and with his thick Louisiana accent. He was a sweetie though and the horse's name was "Sugar". (in case anyone wants to know...) I took video and have replayed it since and still can't understand what he was saying!!

We shared a half muffelata - a sandwich in a huge bun with different kinds of meat, cheese and an olive sauce. Now I hate olives but this was good. I'd had one on my previous trip to New Orleans so I told Pat I had to have another one. This time I enjoyed it so much more. It sucks to be in New Orleans when you are sick...that was me in 2004.

Hit the French Quarter Saturday night and had a couple of hurricanes (drinks with a huge amount of rum in) and saw some live music and boogied a bit as well. Particularly enjoyed the piano bar as well.

Went to Baton Rouge to do the 10km walk today - once was enough.....

Will miss it here - what a crazy place - it beats Vegas as a fun place to go - there is no comparison really. The people here are really special too. I always seem to come here when it's wild - in 04 it was New Years plus the Sugar Bowl or something - they had a team in and now of course the Saints are in the Super Bowl (Who Dat!!!!)

It's been chilly though.....thank goodness we figured out how to work the heater in our room - we nearly froze to death the first night. .

Back to the land of ice and snow at the weekend.

"Sweet Home Alabama" tomorrow!!