Sunday, February 21, 2010

School, Work and Vacation

Reader warning: this post is full of Al's personal crap and has little to do with writing...he is merely filling in time until the start of the Canada vs USA hockey game...may the force be with them! Umm...'them' being the ones with the maple leaf on the jersey.

I had fully intended on fleshing out a story idea when my son was swimming yesterday morning, but my sister came along to watch and we ended up chatting for an hour. Of course, any chance at procrastination is alright by me. Speaking of procrastination, my son is working on a school project that has to be finished prior to us leaving on holidays in 11 days.

It's one of those large scale--post on Bristol board--historical projects that is to reflect your local culture and heritage. His project is about the collapse of the northern cod fishery here in Newfoundland in 1992 and how the moratorium declared by the Canadian government that year affected the lives of over 22,ooo fishers and plant workers in more than 400 coastal communities. He has collected information from the Internet and library books but still awaits information from his uncle who works at the DFO (Department of Fisheries and Oceans) before he can finalize the information and paste it up on the board. He will also have to present this to the class a day or two before our holiday.

About the holiday...we will be off on a cruise through the southern Caribbean. At this point, you're all probably thinking "Wow! That Davidson dude must be loaded to go on a cruise." Not so. We have been saving for the proverbial 'trip of a lifetime' holiday for about 5 years (and are still going into debt on this one). It started out as going to Orlando to visit Mickey, but as the boy grew older he didn't seem interested. Besides, roller coasters make me Yak...as Sean became interested in sea cadets, and the idea of being in the navy (if he graduates high school), he suggested the idea of a cruise. We picked this particular one as it departs out of Bayonne, New Jersey and we can fly direct to Newark from here.

Due to the unpredictable nature of the weather both here and in New Jersey, we are flying out three days early and staying in Manhattan (cha-ching, that's the sound of the cost of this trip increasing alarmingly). If any of my faithful readers have ideas or hints on getting around downtown...I'm all ears! Have any of you been to a great attraction there, or perhaps a good (ie. not too expensive) restaurant? Al wants to know! A passing thought on this: If any of you are in the New York area the first week of March and care to meet with us, drop me an email and we can try to arrange a place/time to meet. I want to fit as much in as possible as I don't get off of this island very often!

At this point of my monologue you are probably saying. "Al's crazy and ranting, and what the hell's he going to do with his big, black dog!" Good question. As it turns out, a caravan of gypsies * have been camping in the nearby woods. Since the snow is low, I am allowing them to pitch tents in my back yard (but they must leave the dog's running track open so he can continue to sprint about the yard after taking a poo). That being said, they may camp in the yard and use the main floor washroom, and watch the family room TV only on Oscar night. And they can eat some of my lesser favourite food products from the freezer. But I have left explicit instructions for them to keep their grubby hands off the liquor cabinet. Do you think they will follow the house rules?

*Being Canadian, I am again compelled to apologise to anyone of the gypsy persuasion that I may have insulted during to posting of this blog. I speak my mind, and apologise a lot.

12 comments:

Debbie said...

We've been to New York and used the subway. Loved the experience! Had pizza, walked Times Square and a bit of Central Park. Went to the United Nations. Saw Ground Zero. All in one very long day.

katey said...

I've been to Manhattan a few times in the last year, but I never have any idea where I am because I just follow my friend around and let her take me to concerts. Everything we did there was fairly cheap though-- except for drinks at the bar. Always costs a fortune in any city though, I reckon.

Does sound like the trip of a lifetime. I love a good trip!

K.C. Shaw said...

I've never been to New York (the city or the state) so I'm no help there, but the cruise sounds amazing! I hope you have a great time and come back tanned and rested. :)

Jarmara Falconer said...

I can't help you with any of your questions as I live in England. Our travellers of the Caravan kind have site they can go to and my yard (garden) is only big enough for one caravan.
I hope you have a great holiday and show us non travellers lots of wonderful pictures.

Anton Gully said...

Commiserations Al...

Cathy Olliffe said...

I have no trip information to add but I LAUGHED my ASS off at your tirade at the end...!!!

Elspeth Antonelli said...

I'm dripping with envy from reading about your planned trip and I have a dim view of human nature most of the time. Not much help, I'm afraid.

And I don't want to talk about that hockey game...

Natalie L. Sin said...

Enjoy New York! Let me know if you ever decide to hit the Midwest ; ) Things are cheaper here, all the museums and the zoo in MO are free!

Karen from Mentor said...

I just plotted the trajectory and you'll be flying right over my house. I just put a red dot on the roof.... make sure you wave.

Danielle Ferries said...

New York and the Carribean! Am very envious.

Alan W. Davidson said...

Debbie, if we can cover half that I'll be happy...

Katey, I'll keep my fingers crossed that all goes smoothly. I wish I had a NY friend to drive me around.

KC, I'll try to be tanned. Rested...we'll see. We don't get that hot a sun here, so I'm sure that I'll burn like an overcooked pig at a luau (yes, loo-owl).

Jarmara, Our back garden is not very large either, so the race track for the grey hound is very short. I hope to bring back lots of photos (if my wife lets me use the camera).

Anton, thanks for the commiserations...I'm officially in mourning.

Cathy, I am here for your amusement ;)

Elspeth, I here you about the game. I'm thinking that getting a medal of any colour will be a challenge now.

Natalie, I will add the midwest to my list of places to visit. We don't have a zoo here...

Karen, Thanks. I shall wave...to the pilot to signal him to empty the latrines at 35,000ft. Wonder if we can hit the red dot...?

Danielle, but you have so many hot little places to visit so close at hand. I hope to visit NZ and OZ one day (I have cousins in both locations). Mind you, the prices may make it necessary to sell the boy into servitude.

Laura Eno said...

I love cruising! I'm sure you'll have a fabulous time. Here's a tip: take the stairs instead of the elevator everywhere onboard ship. It helps to work off the huge eating fest that you get sucked into. :)