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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

I am back home after a very long day. the processed pancakes and the manufactured "sausage" (meat pattie) made for a barely tolerable start to the day. I couldn't complain though for it was included in the price of the stay.

The taxi ride to the centre was far more expensive than I had expected. it is a 25 Km trip and set me back $50 CAD. coming home, I got a hire car for $350CAD that I will use until I fly out of Seatac airport on wednesday morning. it is a big old Ford Taurus. the kind of car they should have retired in the sixties, but have let just keep on going. the seats are like sitting on grandma's sofa, and the buttons and dials look like an EH holden's.

I have met some really nice people today. Dick Jennens is a the IFR training manager. his job is almost exactly like mine, and as we talked away the morning, the parallels between his world and mine were uncanny.
He handed me over to Wade Flynn for some background on Abinitio training, a tour of the simulators and a quick peek into the operations room.
Tomorrow, I will meet with Adrian Miller, who will take me through the IFR refresher programme. everyone has been very helpful and interested in my tour. Many ask how to enroll.

the papers and news here are full of the amount of rain, which has destabilized the mountains, flooded the rivers, caused massive avalanches and stranded and trapped many skiers and snow boarders in inner BC. Several people are missing.

I would love to trade just one day of rain with them. it has been pelting since I arrived, except for the 10 minutes I seized to run to the bottle shop to buy an apple, some jerky and some beer for dinner. Carbohydrates, protein and greens (red Apple)?
The rain is so heavy that the taxi kept sliding in the puddles, at 110k on a highway with 100m visibility. I asked the taxi driver if this was common and he just laughed. "All January" he said.

the girl who hired me my car has never been out of Vancouver....nope, not ever. she must be at least 25 years old.
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