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This is too good not to re-blog. Thanks to my profound and silent friend IzaakMak from I want ice water.
Every now and then my ever suffering partner Darlene gets a wistful look in her eyes and asks if our nephew Eric can stay over for some quality time with his Auntie Darlene and Uncle Bob. I can hardly ever say no to her requests partly because she loves Eric to pieces, but also because even I have to admit that hanging out with a 6 year old can be pretty cool also.
This time however we had a plan for something extra-special to do with our little buddy. The Manitoba Museum is currently displaying Dinosaurs Unearthed, a interactive and robotic showcase that displays the latest thoughts on the lives of dinosaurs millions of years ago. For a 43 year old man-child and a 6 year old this was a must do event.
Being Spring Break for the schools here in Canada, coupled with it being Good Friday we planned on going early to avoid the insane crowds that the day off would inevitability bring. The first thing we could hardly avoid as we approached the Manitoba Museum from Main Street was the life sized robotic Tyrannosaurus Rex standing guard outside the main entrance to the building. I thought this was going to spell trouble at first as Eric seemed a bit freaked out by the moving T-Rex and the way it growled and howled at us.
Of all the corners in Baltimore City, Helen chose my Hampden corner for turning tricks. She was tall, wore a sports bra and rocked a fancy, champagne blonde 80's-esque hairstyle.
She yelled at inanimate objects and one time was behind me in line at Rite Aid when I dropped my wallet. She picked it up for me, introduced herself and said she had my back.
I wrote a post very similar to this one in theme actually a few years ago minus the sex in the car thing about a homeless man who lived in Osborne Village in Winnipeg. This post about the prostitute made me think about him. Thank you, La La for making me remember how lucky we really are. My post can be found in the html link here. http://bahbs.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/the-ghost-of-osborne-street/
I know that for most of my southern friends my yearly Festival du Voyageur posts are loved. This weekend past Darlene and I took in all that Festival had to offer. From the fiddle music, and meals packed with Bannock, spit pea soup and fresh ham.
The wood fires to warms your bones against the cold, and of course historical re-enactments of life in the 1700′s when this part of Canada was settled. Any of you who are also using WordPress may have been having trouble with the recient updates in adding pictures.
- Winnipeggers brave cold, snow and wind for Festival du Voyageur (metronews.ca)
- Louis Riel celebrated at Festival du Voyageur (cbc.ca)
- Festival du Voyageur wraps up its 44th year (cbc.ca)
- Louis Riel celebrated at Festival du Voyageur (updatednews.ca)
- Manitoba introduces bilingual license plates (metronews.ca)
As many of you know all ready Winnipeg is in the grips of a terrible winter storm. With winds howling out of the north-west at breakneck speeds and the snow sure to come pounding in tonight by the bucket-load. The temperature is set to drop from the balmy -2 Celsius we have been enjoying (T-Shirt Weather) to a skin freezes in under a minute -25 to -30 next week.
Strangely though, and those of you who know me will think this odd, I don’t give a rats ass. Because by this time tomorrow I should be en-route to the Mayan Riviera, Mexico. Buried to my knees in sand, surf and senoritas, (Shhh, don’t tell Dar) for a family wedding that they had the good sense to book in the middle of our coldest season here in Winnipeg.
We are planning all types of activities; they include laying on a hot beach, drinking beer on a hot beach, drinking margaritas on a hot beach, drinking tequila on a hot beach and finally passing out on a hot beach. Hopefully being found by a kind staff member and escorted back to my room with an IV drip to avoid the impending hangover.
But I jest, we actually do have all types of excursions planned exploring the Mayan runes, trying the indigenous cuisine (street food), and exploring the cenotes (caves in the Yucatán). We also hope to go zip lining and maybe catch a catamaran to the island of Cozumel.
That is if winter lets us out of Winnipeg. We do indeed have a large storm bearing down on us at the moment but by all accounts it should clear by morning. Fingers crossed, expect some tales of grand adventure from my very first trip to a sunny destination!
Adiós mis amigos, te veo pronto. Ariba Ariba!