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Captain's Log, star date 2004.06.17

JNL

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Well here I am at michaelskis' apartment with Cardinal... wasn't meant to be here but they lost my bag (still haven't got it yet) so ended up here...

Flights were okay. Temperature here is nice. Have stopped at a a couple of wineries.

America is weird. People drive on the wrong side of the road ;)

Cardinal says hi :)
 

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Glad to hear you got to the US ok. Are you feeling better?

I'm happy that one of your first experiences with the US is in Michigan (I'm a Michigander by birth, but in self-imposed exile in Chicago for the last 2 years)

have fun in SW Michigan, and make sure they take you for a swim in Lake Michigan - The Great Lakes are beautiful and the greatest and most precious resource in this part of North America. (you listening Milwaukee? ;-) )
 

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Wow... so mini laefest is already underway, eh? Or winefest that is. Well hope you have fun in N. America... let us know what you think :)
 

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Glad you made it here safely and in better health. Do all of your Kiwi friends find it weird that you're in Michigan during your first visit to the States instead of San Francisco, New York City, Washington, D.C., or Dollywood ;-)
 

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They say the sight of the American Whale jumping up the falls of Niagara is teh experience of a lifetime ;-) (Benjamin Franklin as US Ambassador to France)

Welcome to the US of A JNL. Hope your belated trip is still wonderful and memorable.
 

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JNL said:
America is weird. People drive on the wrong side of the road ;)
So much for letting you borrow my car, so you can try your hand at the 401 in Toronto.



 

The One

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A side trip

Maybe you can make a side trip to North Dakota? I hear Fargo is fantastic this time of year.... :-D
 

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JNL said:
Well here I am at michaelskis' apartment with Cardinal... wasn't meant to be here but they lost my bag (still haven't got it yet) so ended up here...
Get out while you still can ;-)
 

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JNL said:
Well here I am at michaelskis' apartment with Cardinal... wasn't meant to be here but they lost my bag (still haven't got it yet) so ended up here...

Flights were okay. Temperature here is nice. Have stopped at a a couple of wineries.
OK, now I a really sorry my typographical error ever coined the term "laefest"
 

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Hey JNL - glad you got there eventually. Have a lager or three on me.
 

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Rem said:
Hey JNL - glad you got there eventually. Have a lager or three on me.
Not Bud or Miller, though. Stick to our craft beers, of which there are too many to mention.
 

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I thought Maister was going to post these... but he has his vacation on his mind.


No, your not lost, you’re here...


Maister wanted to show them where [evil voice] WAL MART [/evil voice] is going to be.


Now that the captain knows what this town looks like (see map on wall!) they are ready to find her luggage.
 

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Just because you are at work

what's with the ties? :p ;-) B-)
I rarely wear one - can't conform to the Man on everything.
 

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JNA said:
Just because you are at work

what's with the ties? :p ;-) B-)
I rarely wear one - can't conform to the Man on everything.
It is required because we need to look "professional"

Even on days that we can wear jeans (once or twice a year) we still have to wear ties! I don't mind it though....
 

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michaelskis said:
It is required because we need to look "professional"

Even on days that we can wear jeans (once or twice a year) we still have to wear ties! I don't mind it though....
Ha, ha, sucker. It's casual Friday and I'm stylie styling it in jeans and a pair of Birkenstocks. Yeah, it's good. [/ot]

Did JNL get the grand tour of K-zoo or did she and Cardinal immediatly take off for Toronto after you picked her up from the Airport?
 
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michaelskis said:
It is required because we need to look "professional"

Even on days that we can wear jeans (once or twice a year) we still have to wear ties! I don't mind it though....
Really? Are you supposed to wear a tie with jeans? I have no idea???

Glad you guys had a fun, albeit short, time!!
 

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Welcome to our country and that other one, Canadia, or whatever its called. :) I'm glad you're not sick anymore.

Typical planners - showing off their maps to the girls. ;-)
 

Michele Zone

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Break out the Photoshop!
Yes, perhaps a bridal gown for The Captain and tux's for all the guys, just to see which one would make a nice bauble for her arm.:cool:

(EDIT: Or maybe she can wear the tux and all the guys can be photoshopped into bridal gowns, a la the E-bay guy who was selling his ex-wife's wedding gown. That would be even funnier.

Before I am stoned, let me say that I have enjoyed my time in Cyburbia and I will miss everyone after I am run out of town. :-D :p )
 

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Michele Zone said:
Before I am stoned, let me say that I have enjoyed my time in Cyburbia and I will miss everyone after I am run out of town. :-D :p )
Oh, you like the ganga, huh? :p
 

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biscuit said:
Did JNL get the grand tour of K-zoo or did she and Cardinal immediatly take off for Toronto after you picked her up from the Airport?
Well, Cardinal picked JNL up from the Air Port on Wed night, and her and Cardinal stopped by for a few hours to visit Master and I, before getting her luggage and driving the rest of the way. So, I don't think that they got to see much if any of K-zoo. JNL will just have to come back at some point to visit.
 

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michaelskis said:
....stopped by for a few hours to visit Master and I, before getting her luggage and driving the rest of the way...
So they are in transit to Toronto? Via Buffalo?
 

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They are already in TO, arrived last night realtively late. Doing site seeing part 1 today and part 2 is tomorrow.

I'll be seeing them in about 3 hours. I won't be showing them any maps though, only the bottom of beer bottles.
 

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donk said:
I won't be showing them any maps though, only the bottom of beer bottles.
donk, I'm leaving work in about 10 mins. I can't tell you how much I needed that laugh! thanks, thanks, thanks.
 

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donk said:
I won't be showing them any maps though, only the bottom of beer bottles.
What a great way to look at the world. ;-)
The closest I can come to that is through a Diet IBC Root Beer. :-D
 

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Chet said:
Break out the Photoshop!
Damn....I'm not at work today (just got home from a GIS workshop).... ;-)

There's always Monday.....muahahahah.... :-D
 

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JNL said:
Ha ha.. :-D

Wish you picked a more flattering photo though :p
I am sure the "shoppers" would be happy to oblige if you are willing to provide one.

Enjoy your trip. :)
 

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Glad to hear you have left the "Island of Lost Luggage". And that you are currently tooling about with fellow Cyburbians. Don't forget to keep a log/notches on your belt of all the Cybs you meet. I only know 4. Guess I need to travel more!
 

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Seabishop said:
Typical planners - showing off their maps to the girls. ;-)
Sorry, doesn't do any thing for me

Zoning Goddess said:
Glad to hear you have left the "Island of Lost Luggage". And that you are currently tooling about with fellow Cyburbians. Don't forget to keep a log/notches on your belt of all the Cybs you meet. I only know 4. Guess I need to travel more!
Are you counting yourself??????????
 
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I just got in teh door from dropping JNL off at Pearson International Airport, her plane is probably taxiing and getting ready for take off as I type.

The weekend was a huge success, special thanks to Tranplanner and the Mrs. for having us all stay at their place.

As for the alefest, I did my part and drank 9 that I'd never had before.

As for site seeing, i don't have the digital images, but we did make sure she saw a walmart, a tim hortons and the other important things in Toronto.
 

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donk said:
As for site seeing, i don't have the digital images, but we did make sure she saw a walmart, a tim hortons and the other important things in Toronto.
I'll upload mine later. My digital camera seemed to wash out any image in the Kensington Market area, but everything outside of that neighborhood turned out well. A preview. That's Cardinal hiding behind the pole.
 

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Part two, Unfortunately, I wasn't able to capture her Planderella imitation a minute or two before. :D
 

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It was a real treat to meet JNL, Tranplanner, Mrs. Tranplanner, Donk, Dan, Michaelskis, Maister, and the duck these last few days. They are all great people, as you would expect from Cyburbia. I'll be posting some photos when I get home tonight.
 

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Dan said:
Part two, Unfortunately, I wasn't able to capture her Planderella imitation a minute or two before. :D
I did!



I'll post more pics later - I think they deserve a separate thread. It was great to meet everyone, Mrs. Tranplanner and I had a blast this past weekend!
 

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Tranplanner what sort of pub did you take her to? I am very concerned about the pictures on the wall behind JNL's head. ;-) The corruption has begun.
 

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Rem -
JNL was enlightened by being taken to a Tim Horton's.
 

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Rem said:
Tranplanner what sort of pub did you take her to? I am very concerned about the pictures on the wall behind JNL's head. ;-) The corruption has begun.
Begun? I'd say it was pretty much complete before she even showed up on my doorstep ;-)

The painting behind our weary traveller is a take-off of an old master (forget which one). A naked man and woman are having a glass of Stella Artois together. They had postcards of this - JNL took one...not sure if that's the one she sent to her parents ;-)
 

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Beer, pictures of naked folk, beer, postcards of naked folk, beer. So that is what a Laefest is all about. No wonder people go to extraordinary lengths to attend.

I got an email from JNL this morning. She seems to have been warmly received by Cyburbanites on both sides of the border. She is also over the sniffles she had in Toronto and is loving London.
 

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Rem said:
Beer, pictures of naked folk, beer, postcards of naked folk, beer. So that is what a Laefest is all about. No wonder people go to extraordinary lengths to attend.
Er, shouldn't that say "extraordinary distances"? :-D
 
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