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Back from Montreal

Terry and I took her two adult children to Montreal for a Christmas with the family. The visit was to last only about a week, with Terry staying a bit with her family, and I bringing Mark and Katherine home on Dec 31. But, that was not to be.

Terry's mother was not well. We had Christmas dinner "out", to spare her some anxiety with the elaborate preparations for an 18-person meal, and there were a couple of less-elaborate "at home dinners".

Candy making

This week, I unearthed the chocolate moulds and chocolate wafers from where they had been stored in the basement. Most of the chocolate had spoilt, the surface turning a powdery white, but enough remained to try my hand at making chocolates again.

Poems

Rare Monster
There once was a cordial troll,
Who's words were as black as his soul.
"Gimme!" he cried.
Extortion he tried,
And he dug himself into a hole.
In October
Spider's winter nest
Fake Butter drips o'er the web
"Clean up on aisle three!"

Doing something useful

Recently, I become interested in a new project: The Village Telco. The Village Telco project intends to bring low-cost telephony to the second and third world through the use of Open Source software and hardware. The project has already passed one of it's milestones by creating a cheap, wireless VoIP appliance (the Mesh Potato) from open software and open hardware.

Nathan Charles Pitcher in hospital

I've just been informed that my father, Nathan Charles Pitcher, has been admitted to the ICU at Dartmouth General Hospital with breathing problems.

He is currently sedated, and has been intubated on a respirator. The doctors are trying to determine what has put him into respiratory difficulty, and intend to slowly "wean" him off of the respirator.

More news as I get it.

Retired, at last

Well, I did it. I retired from TD Bank after 31 years, 1 month and five days of continuous employment.

Now, I can spend my time as I like; travelling, reading, working on my hobbies, going back to school.

Wish me luck.

Travelling again

OK, so I haven't said much in the past few months, but I've been travelling again.

First off, in November, my partner and I took a week and went to an all-inclusive in Cuba.

Next, I went to visit my cousin in BC over Christmas.

Finally, my partner invited me on a Jazz cruise in January.

More on all that later

An Evolutionary Step

Ok, so it isn't as radical as all that. Today (October 15, 2007) I formally announced my intended retirement date. In four months, on February 15, 2008, I will have retired from TD Bank after 31 years of service.

Wish me luck

Changes at Pitcher Digital Freehold

I'm making some changes around here - the first of which is that I'm going public

Learning to Fly

Over the weekend, I finally got my first true flying lesson.

I've been taking "ground school" for almost a month now, but every "hands on" lesson I book gets cancelled due to weather. Well, I finally lucked out, and the weather was good for this weekend.

Both the instructor and I did the pre-flight walkaround, and the preflight checklist. I taxied (poorly), and he handled the take off. This lesson was "Attitudes and Movements": learning how to make the machine go in the right direction once you get into the air. I practiced 10 and 20 degree climbs, 5 and 10 degree descents, and 10, 20 and 30 degree turns. We climbed to 1300 feet, then up to 4000 feet, circled around the practice area several times, and finally (a half hour later) descended to 1200 feet for the landing.

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