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Pray for me... I'm connecting at O'Hare...

Heading off to my annual Canadian trip shortly. Don't burn the Internet down while I'm gone!
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I am in Toronto, my adopted home. I cannot tell you how different it feels being up here. Besides the temperatures, the strong Canadian dollar ($1.02 US last time I checked), and the whole more relaxed nature of things, it feels like home. One day, I shall move here.

Wednesday: the flight from IAH-CLE was uneventful. The flight from CLE-BUF (35 minutes normally) was delayed leaving because the plane was late arriving from LOU. Then we were stuck on the runway in CLE for most of an hour because of a mechanical problem. We finally arrived in BUF an hour late. My Priceline'd rental car was supposed to be a full size. It was more than that -- I got a freakin' Ford Expedition for $30 for a one-day rental.

So I drove the behemoth to Niagara Falls NY for some sightseeing on the American side of the Falls. Pictures will ensue when I have access to a card reader.

I then drove down to Springville, a quiet small town about 20 miles south of Buffalo, and stayed the night.

Thursday: Got up and drove the backroads back to BUF, where [livejournal.com profile] fapiece and [livejournal.com profile] ladycrim were going to pick me up on their way up from where [livejournal.com profile] fapiece picked up [livejournal.com profile] ladycrim from her flight from SJO. I arrived at the designated pickup point just as they were pulling up. We crossed the border with no difficulties, ate at Harvey's, and stopped at an ABM for me to get my Canadian cash.

We made it to downtown Toronto in plenty of time for the 3:30 ticket line opening for Are You Smarter than a Canadian 5th Grader?, and met up with [livejournal.com profile] adc14 and [livejournal.com profile] ejumean at the CBC. Unfortunately, the previous taping was running long (and they had 500 kids in the audience!), and the crew had no idea when we would be let in to the studio, and no idea whether we would get to be in on an actual episode or just pickups (tapings of audience reactions etc.), so we were given options to see The Hour with George Stromboulopoulous or the Thursday rehearsal for Air Farce Live. We decided to stick with 5th Grader and went to the snack shop to snack, to the CBC Shop to shop, and the CBC Museum to muse.

Eventually back to the taping ticket line, where it had grown out the door onto Wellington Street. We did make it in to the studio, and it turns out we only got to do pickups. The kids look like a good bunch of Grade 5s. We got to see Colin briefly afterwards. I hadn't seen him in 9 years, and he looks awfully distinguished in a full suit and tie, with his now silver hair (and less of it!).

I told Colin he was one of my inspirations to get into improv. He said "I'm sorry." :)

Afterward, we had planned to go to the top of the CN Tower, but fog would have kept us from seeing anything. So it was off to [livejournal.com profile] adc14's for gabbiness and playing Scene It?.

Yesterday was spent hanging out, relaxing, and waiting for [livejournal.com profile] lynnita and [livejournal.com profile] jeffyb1. Dinner was at a fairly decent Mexican restaurant, The Willow, and the first show at the Bad Dog Theatre.

[livejournal.com profile] jaala will join us today at Eaton Centre, and we'll be off to go shopping in 90 minutes. I guess I should make sure everyone else is up.
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It may be tomorrow: The loonie is now at 98.6ยข US.

So much for picking up any bargains in Toronto in two weeks (two weeks!)
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Sam the Record Man is closing at the end of June.

I can't say I'm terribly surprised, considering all the competition in the area: HMV practically next door and now Best Buy around the corner. But Sam's is a tradition. I could always count on finding something there that I couldn't find anywhere else.
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Hey, y'all... Just checking in from Toronto. We're having a blast (as usual). Second City tonight, as well as another show at the Bad Dog. Have spent too much money on stuff so far.

The rest of the group is waiting on me to go to lunch, so will log out now.

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