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Archive for November 2007

We (finally) made it!

November 23, 2007 @ 00:07 By: gordon Category: Travelling

After spending a couple more hours in the Air Canada lounge, we finally boarded our flight and were wheels up around 1430 — about 3.5 hours after our scheduled departure time.  The flight itself was uneventful and we landed on the north runway at Pearson.  Unfortunately, this meant that we had to taxi to the other side of the airport, which itself took about 15 or 20 minutes.  But, we finally arrived at the gate and quickly made our way to the taxi queue.  We caught a taxi to our hotel and checked in about four hours later than we had planned.  After dropping our stuff in our hotel rooms, we headed to the regional office and did what we came to do.  We finally called it a day around 8:30pm and headed back to the hotel for dinner.

Hopefully, our flight back to Ottawa Friday evening will be less eventful than this one was.

Waiting at YOW

November 22, 2007 @ 11:54 By: gordon Category: Travelling, Weather

img00007.jpgI’m heading to Toronto with my boss today to visit our regional office and observe collection of a survey. Because we’re only going to be there today and tomorrow, we decided to fly to maximize the time we could spend in the office.

Naturally, the weather in both Ottawa and Toronto is terrible and flights are delayed at both airports.

The aviation weather observations in Ottawa are:

METAR CYOW 221600Z 01013KT 1SM -SN DRSN VV006 M05/M05 A2979 RESN RMK SN8 /S03/ SLP093=

SPECI CYOW 221627Z 36014KT 1/2SM R07/2600FT/N R32/2600FT/N SN DRSN VV005 M05/ RMK SN8=

The observations at Toronto Pearson are:

METAR CYYZ 221600Z CCA 36017G22KT 1SM R33L/P6000FT/N R33R/5000FT/U -SN BKN009 OVC021 M03/M05 A2984 RMK SN4SF2SC2 SLP111=

Basically, it’s snowing, windy and the visibility sucks.

TAF CYOW 221440Z 221512 36015KT 1/2SM SN VV003 TEMPO 1516 2SM -SN
FM1600Z 36012KT 1SM -SN OVC005 TEMPO 1621 2SM -SN OVC008
FM2100Z 34012KT 6SM -SN SCT008 OVC020 TEMPO 2103 3SM -SN OVC008
FM0300Z 31012KT P6SM OVC025

TAF CYYZ 221440Z 221512 01015G25KT 1/2SM SN OVC004 TEMPO 1516 1SM -SN
FM1600Z 01015G25KT 1SM -SN OVC004 TEMPO 1617 2SM -SN OVC008
FM1700Z 01015KT 2SM -SN OVC007 TEMPO 1721 5SM -SN OVC010
FM2100Z 33012KT 6SM -SHSN SCT008 OVC012 TEMPO 2123 2SM -SHSN
FM2300Z 34012KT P6SM BKN030 TEMPO 2301 4SM -SHSN OVC020

And it’s going to be like this for a while.

At least we’re sitting in the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, so there’s food and drink.

Sun, sand and surf

November 17, 2007 @ 19:04 By: gordon Category: Travelling

I realized a week ago that I hadn’t taken any significant time off work since the week of Ken and Margaret’s wedding at the end of June so I booked this week off work and started looking for somewhere to go. Saturday evening, I finally settled on Miami Beach and made all the arrangements. Tuesday morning, I headed to the airport and a few hours later landed in sunny Miami. Collecting my luggage, I hopped in a taxi and about an hour later I was checked into my hotel and lying on the beach. (In fact, I spent most of the daylight hours from then until noon today (Saturday) doing pretty much the same thing.)

There are two things about my stay in Miami Beach that really surprised me: the amount of construction and the amount of french I heard being spoken.

The demolition and construction of hotels seems to be the biggest past-time in Miami Beach. Walking along the boardwalk, I must have seen at least a dozen hotels in some state construction or demolition. I looked for the hotel I stayed in last time I visited Miami Beach, but all I came across was the foundation of a new luxury hotel-to-be. Looking across at the skyline of Miami, you can see lots of cranes silhouetted against the sky.

Walking around, I heard a surprising amount of french being spoken. It’s surprising because in Miami Beach I would expect to hear a lot of spanish, and while there is a fair bit of spanish being spoken, the language that caught my ear most often was french.  I also heard a fair bit of german.  From time to time I even heard a bit of english, usually with a British accent.

There are some pictures available in my gallery.

Remembrance Day

November 11, 2007 @ 08:00 By: gordon Category: Current affairs, General

poppy-sm.jpgPlease stop for a minute this morning and remember those who have died so that the rest of us have our peace and freedom. Without them the world be a much different place than it is today.

To them and their families I say thank you.