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A Day in the (Canadian) Life
Lots of good memories from a fairly long day on the road over the border. My old tablet was serious misbehaving, though, so only a couple of pictures made it through:(

I got into Canada a little before 1. Making good time until I discovered how their road crews handle the salting process:

(1) Take up all three lanes of the QEW, side by side;
(2) Drop load of salt;
(3) Maintain constant speed of about 30 kph

Needless to say, this led to multiple vehicles gnashing their teeth, and at least one idiot Ontario-plated driver blinding me with slush while cutting me off in hopes of getting around the block.  Missed me by that much before he realised it wasn't getting him anywhere. They finally broke ranks after 10 km or so (Kermit helpfully converts into metric and back with the touch of a button), and I wound up only a bit late for the scheduled 13:45 arrival of thanatos_kalos....

and still beat her by several minutes, Customs and all.  With her having no fixed plans and the Pearson garage burning money at a $27 per hour rate, we decided to head into town for a bit- a good choice, since I'd accidentally parked in a handicapped spot (signed only on the pavement when my eyes hadn't yet adjusted to the dark in there).

Since Mel's probably seen more traditional museums than I ever will in my life, we settled on the Hockey Hall of Fame... and after getting amazingly lost in the underground city, finally found the entree and spent an hour or so among the legends and hardware.

The only pictures that came out, of one of each:

RJ

RJ was inducted two years ago. I can't believe they didn't mention Mayday, Jimmy Hoffa or where mama hides the cookies.

As for hardware, we headed for the top:

Cuppa

As close as anyone from Buffalo's gonna get to that Cup anytime soon.

Lunch-ish fare (for her) followed, at a place I remember more from stops in Boston: Marche (or is it Movenpick?) They've gone digital with the concept, but the drill is still the same: you get a passport and get a choice of dozens of stations from fresh fruit to cook-to-order things of all sorts, handing over your passport at each one (cyberclicks now replacing the former stamps-on-paper), and then pay on exit.  Mel enjoyed the calamari, which I presume is imported daily from Joe Louis Arena;)

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Several detours later, we were back on the Gardiner at 5:00- bad move- and I crossed the east-west axis of the city twice in the next two hours. West, returning Mel to the eternal pit of departures, than east by a very slow route to get to la_rainette's home on the other side of the DVP.

The three of us met up with them three years ago around this time, but it was good to see the brood again. They shared the French Epiphany tradition of gallette des rois- a cheesecakey dessert with a figurine baked in. Their version places one of their two girls hiding under the dining room table (both getting almost too tall now to do it) and blindly calling out the recipient of each slice. The winner (Cathy herself, in this case) is crowned with a sparkly paper tiara that comes with the cake. They've been collecting the figurines from past years, and they make quite a picture, which the stupid tablet, of course, refused to preserve:P

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A much quicker Gardiner drive brought me home in just under two hours.  Most of the delay in that was a 10 p.m. run on the two open border control stations by minivans needing full-cavity inspections ahead of me.  I apparently looked much less suspicious and was cleared through quickly.  And now another 150 mile trip awaits, either later today or ass-early tomorrow. As W.C. Fields might have said if he'd been Canadian:

On the whole, I'd rather be on the Danforth.
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warriorsavant From: warriorsavant Date: January 14th, 2015 02:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Glad you enjoyed our fair country, even if you were in (ptui) Toronto.

Edited at 2015-01-14 02:49 am (UTC)
greenquotebook From: greenquotebook Date: January 16th, 2015 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
But the two most important pics came out. :)
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