Still plagued by travel woes

I survived my trip last week to southern Ontario—but barely!
My plane was very late leaving Winnipeg and when I arrived in Toronto and rushed to my next flight, I saw my plane backing away from the terminal.
You would have thought they could have waited a few more minutes. After all, I wasn’t the only one trying to make that connection.
That wasn’t the worst part, though. They put us all up in a motel in Toronto, so we were herded off like a bunch of cattle to the appropriate customer service area.
Customer service was not all that warm and fuzzy, and seemed to be as disgusted as the travellers. I asked about my luggage and was told I could retrieve it downstairs.
Once I received my motel voucher, I was off to claim my luggage—only to find out they were not going to allow me to do so. The not-so-friendly person told me that I didn’t need my luggage and that it would be at my destination after my flight in the morning.
I told them I would like to have my clothes. They told me that I didn’t need them and tossed me an overnight kit with some stinky shampoo and lotion in it (it lacked clean clothes and pj’s).
Oh well, I headed to my motel for my three hours of sleep since I had to be back at the airport in a few short hours.
Fortunately, the next day was better and after I finished my business, I made the journey back to Winnipeg on a much smoother flight.
I often have told people that I shouldn’t travel. It doesn’t matter winter or summer, I seem to find a way to have some delay or hold-up.
I plan to be home now for a while, so I’m looking for some nice dry haying weather.
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A huge thank you to everyone who attended and hosted our crop tour last Thursday. It was great to see a wonderful turnout of people and I’m pleased with the numerous e-mails I received from those expressing what a great day they had.
Thank you to Larry Lamb, Wayne Kooistra, Bernie Zimmerman, Delton Martin, and Donald Martin for hosting us. Lunch also was wonderful (even though the weather was causing us some concern) and I would like to thank Mark, Bernice, and Fisher for putting that all together for us.
And a big thank you to Rainy River Resources for sponsoring this wonderful lunch–and the great friendship the partnership between the company and local agriculture community has created.
Thanks so much, as well, to everyone for attending my open house at the Emo Agricultural Research Station–it always makes us feel so good to have people come and look at our work.
This year we not only had our friends and neighbours, but we had guests from Minnesota and Manitoba.
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The district said good-bye on Monday to wonderful man—Carson McQuaker, who passed away last week.
He leaves behind a wonderful family who all are active in our community.
Carson was one of the original founders/builders of the Stratton sales barn. As far as I can remember, he only ever missed attending one sale–when he was in the hospital.
We all enjoyed his visits at the barn, and we tried to take the time to stop and have a coffee (smoke) break with him.
We will miss those coffee breaks.

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