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:: My Winnipeg trip is coming to an end. I’ve had a nice time, despite the scorching temperatures, high humidity, and the occasional torrential monsoon-like downpour. I have had good visits with close friends, comparing notes, bbq’ing burgers, and sharing laughs and stories. For the most part, I’ve tried to forget about work and other things in Edmonton. Tony and his daughter Claire opened their home to me, where I stayed for a few nights. I’ve spent time with my parents, who are always good to me and make me feel welcome in their home. We went for dim sum last Sunday, and will do so again tomorrow morning.

Steve, Mike and I also visited Chester Cuthbert, legendary Winnipeg book collector, at whose home many of us congregated regularly in the mid-1970s. A mutual love of science fiction had brought us together, resulting in lasting friendships to this day. Chester will be 93 this year, and remains in good health and spirit. He hasn’t eaten lunch since the 1920s or so, which could be the key to a long and healthy life.

I return on Monday morning, have a band practice scheduled for Tuesday, a play on Wednesday (after which I hope to meet this guy and tell him how much I enjoy his work), and on Thursday afternoon, my cousin Joanne and her family drop by from Winnipeg for a four-day visit before heading off to Drumheller and the Royal Tyrell Museum (which I have never visited since moving to Alberta in 1978…my bad.) Theoretically, life should slow down a bit afterwards, but I have my doubts.

I will not return to Edmonton rested. I’ve stayed up late watching episodes of The Wire, and it’s been difficult to get much rest in this heat, even with air conditioning.

I’m giving consideration to withdrawing from blogging on PBD for a short time, similar to what Heavy G did last year. I’ve been maintaining two blogs since March 2003; perhaps it’s time for a bit of a break.

One Response to “Update”

  1. Dave Panchyk Says:

    Happy Birthday, mate. Hope you had a grand time in Winnipeg.

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