Summer storm season

It’s summer, which means hot humid weather, lazy days trying to stay cool and plenty of sunshine. Summer also means it’s hurricane season. So, while I’m out enjoying the summer weather and hanging out at the beach, I’m also keeping an eye on the weather (along with everyone else). Fortunately with hurricanes you always get a lot of advance notice, so there’s plenty of time to prepare.

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Family reunions

Back from my trip to Jackson, AL for my wife’s family reunion. It was an interesting time. Got to meet lots of her relatives, and collected a lot of information for building the family tree. It’s pretty extensive, and some of the information I got led to some surprising connections. I’ve got enough to keep me researching for at least several months now. Added a couple hundred more names to the family tree database.
Jackson, AL was bigger than my wife and in-laws led me to think, although it was still pretty small. It’s a nice area, lots of woods and green things that contrast sharply with the reddish brown soil in the area. I’ll have to ask my geologist brother about that.

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Doing good things

Today I made my 46th blood donation. Maybe 48th, could be 50th. The number is a little fuzzy because I’ve forgotten how many donations I made while I was back home in Canada. I’m pretty sure it was 34. I remember being pretty close to getting the pin for 35 donations.
I’ve been a regular blood donor since about 1989 or so, with the exception of the three years I lived in Detroit. That was just because there wasn’t a conveniently located donor center that I could find.
I go every 8 weeks (6x a year) and donate a pint of my AB+ blood. The people at the donor clinic love me because I’m AB+ and I have large veins. It gives me a good feeling to know that I’m helping someone out. And I get pop and cookies in return. Doesn’t get much better than that if you ask me.
Have you donated blood recently? at all? If not, why not? you really should. What have you got to lose except a pint of blood that can be used by someone else?

On the move

Well, we’ve finally decided to take the plunge and make the move to Raleigh, NC. It meant turning down a very tempting offer to stay, but I think in the long run everything will work out. Moving is always a pain in the butt, but I’m looking forward to being up there once we get settled in.

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Birthday to Canada! Living in the US for the past 7 years, I’ve missed the Canada Day celebrations. Canadians aren’t really known for being overly expressive in their patriotism and we’re not big flag wavers like Americans are. But on July 1st of each year, everybody who admits to being Canadian does so proudly and loudly. And usually with much beer and partying.