It's a lovely winter morning in Toronto and I'm booked on AC498 to Montreal at 15:30 where I'll meet Greg and drive to Shawinigan for a long weekend. He is picking me up in Montreal instead of Quebec because he's dropping David Hogg and family at the Montreal airport. The Hogg family have had a rough time in that Peter (the father) passed away recently and his wife has been in the hospital for two months. David is Greg's high school friend that has remained constant and a realty for thirty-five years now. The other two who made the group, 'Sci Guys' are Chris living in British Columbia and Meek who lives in Toronto.
I believe I'll see Ben and Sarah this weekend as well, but not Nathan, who at seventeen years is also living and schooling in Montreal.
I called Lyft at 12:30 and the ride was there in two minutes. The driver hardly said hello and had me at the airport in twenty minutes; I was through security by 13:20 and a beer and hook up with the MacAir at 13:35. Pretty good stuff I'd say even with the one of two moving sidewalks out of commission. I'm traveling very light today with a few gifts for the boys and one each for Marie-Lou and Sarah-Lena, but it's still a pain in my back down around the hip area.
Terryl just called from Barrie where she and the girls are partying with Claire Walker for the day just for fun; she asked if I'd say hi to everyone for her. Terryl made sure that I had a lunch and my kit packed with the various OTC's and Prescription Drugs that make up my routine; she really tries her best to stay on top of all of this, and so do I, not so much on the OTC's but as regular as clockwork on the rest. All of this is made more important because the husband of Leah, one of Terryl's great friends, just passed away after complications following a routine Hernia Surgery caused his death. We sat with Leah for two hours yesterday to give her some needed company, and one of the things she talked about was always reminding her Richard to take his pills and get his shots to ward off pneumonia and other illnesses that will invade the elderly more often than the young. Pneumonia was the culprit after the surgery, and he'd not had the shot.
At the airport this afternoon there is a steady filing of people passing by me on their way to the gates and I'm about ready to do the same.