America, A Once Proud Nation (Four Nights in Hotlanta)

As we met new people, our declaration of being Canadian was usually followed by apologetic faces on their part. I mean, we're the Canucks; we're the ones supposed to be apologizing. The female partner of one couple we met said, "Why are you here? You must hate us." We don't hate the US. As one who studies Canadian - American interactions pointed out, Canadians often make fun of Americans as we get smothered by their presence being we are such a smaller country. One Canadian comedian wrote a piece about, after Orange was first elected, how Canada was at the same bar and trying to convince the US it had too much to drink and now better get home to face its spouse. (I've been unable to find the link and will edit this if I do). Let's be [Read more...]

Haphazard US Airways

Let's start at the very beginning...a very good place to start... Dateline, June 2013 I sat in Billy Bishop terminal just prior to boarding a Porter Airlines flight from Toronto to Newark, New Jersey...this is where our adventure begins. An email from US Airways arrived to say that my connection from Newark to Charlotte, North Carolina was overbooked. I had time before required at my final destination so I phone and offer to voluntarily switch to another flight. Thus, I avoid flying with US Airways that trip as they switch me to Delta with a flight voucher for my next trip. At the time, seemed like a great idea with our plans to travel to Atlanta in October of 2013 and London in March of 2014. Dateline December 2013 For [Read more...]

Evolution and Other Stranded Plans for World Domination

As I hit the post button we are about to board our US Airways flight to Philadelphia for our connection to London before our drive with Molly and Michael to Bristol. We have been warned that Molly's car is small, so hoping @MrsStranded and I packed light enough. Oh, right...knew I forgot to mention...I have been packed since Sunday. Was a bit over excited about all that was happening. That plus the fact of having no time with being busy with my teen daughters on Monday and a class that @MrsStranded and I take on Tuesday. Normal stuff, you know. Wait, I forgot to explain something else. Dammit. What did I forget? Oh yes, from now on @strandedGF shall be forever known as @MrsStranded. Evolution, my friends... Did I not mention the [Read more...]