There was a bit of excitement for the boy captain on Sunday as he attended his first car rally in a couple of years with the prompting of his main squeeze. Her father was involved in a significant rollover of several times forward and once sideways with the rally car and although not seriously injured, there were some tense moments for the family. Within two runs the fiancé of the lad's girlfriend asks mister to accompany him in the race as his partner (after witnessing the crash) has opted out. "Of course" is the expected answer from such an adrenaline junkie as this. What would you expect from someone who learned to ride their bike at an early age by pedalling as fast as he could to stay upright until he ran into a tree? He is, as I type, raking irish moss and staying overnight in a low rent motel about 90 minutes from here. Discussion of the graduation for the girlfriend and if he had a pair of dress pants elicited quite a face. Sigh.
The days off were busy as we had our western guests for a return visit and invited friends so eight of us for supper. The life partner grilled scallops and steak on the BBQ and we had several salads and brown bread, then chocolate cake with cream cheese chocolate icing and blueberry pie with ice cream. I am still full today. Mind you, I'm a bit off my feed today as one of the guests made some pretty mean margaritas with the Don Juan tequila I brought back from Mexico a couple of years ago. They taste even better mixed in a gravy boat if you don't have a shaker. But they don't sit well on top of the aforementioned menu. I did manage to see the guests off, do three loads of laundry, catch some rays, read the paper and walk the dog and am finally back to myself this evening.
Had an online chat with the western daughter today as she was being driven out to the industrial work site. She's enjoying her new position as the money is better, safety is more of a priority, she's only a few shifts away from being paid as a second year electrical apprentice and she's learning lots. Although she assures me that she's strong, she's still pretty feminine and attractive to work in such rugged conditions. This is a good position until at least going back to school in the winter for advancement. Also had an online chat with the teacher daughter who is looking forward to a new school year with grade six french immersion. The relaxed days of summer will morph into a very different schedule in a few weeks. As well, I had a phone call from the nursing student daughter who will be starting her final year of studies shortly as well. But not before she and the boyfriend head off to....Iceland for about 10 days. They've rented a camper after finding a great sale on airfare and are all set to go. Isn't that what starving students do?
Well, time to pack the lunch for tomorrow. Hard to find a lunch kit big enough to hold 12 hrs worth of food but then again it requires getting time to actually eat it doesn't it?