On hold…

…as we wait for an internet connection. Your call is important to us. Really.

We’ve just got back to Calgary, and you know how it is in the big city compared to living in more isolated locations. Yes, big city life and all the conveniences, like reliable internet, functioning remotes to parkade doors, no lineups in supermarkets due to a high level of staffing, and happy, happy people. (Apparently, I’ve forgotten how to drive, at least that’s what fellow urban road users appear to think. Maybe that chap in the shiny red pickup was waving a fond hello?) All invisible modern problems, but my goodness, being back in the city might have raised my resting heart rate just a touch.

I’m missing this

As I’m in cheerful rant mode, I’ll continue. I’m writing this on my phone out and about, and since the paragraph above took about 3 hours, and I can barely read the screen, this will have to be brief. Please excuse any typos, but no need to excuse the incoherence – it’s all good, and I’m quite enjoying myself.

Yup, been chasing my tail, but I do believe my call is important, and being on hold is so much fun, and, and

Hopefully, the photos I’ve included are reasonable – again, it’s hard to see when viewing on the small screen, at least for my tired old eyes. Plus, I’m on high alert due to being in an urban setting full of fashionable young people, and I’m sure they’re all looking at me, wondering what he’s doing, sitting in the corner and muttering at his phone. Have I mentioned my inner city induced paranoia? (Calm down, PlaidCamper, you’re in Calgary, not exactly high on any list of no go areas!)

“Yeah man, totally calm down…”

I’m going to have to stop now, this is too exhausting and I might have outstayed my welcome in this cafe – how long can one cup of coffee last before having to order another? I will quickly mention we enjoyed our road trip from Ucluelet to Calgary, and it was very pleasant to be driving through big mountain spaces. We’re planning a weekend in Canmore soon, a favourite mountain town, so I will write about that in the near future, once a sense of calm and the internet at home have been restored. Might need to decaffeinate as well…

This looks promising! Should be open just after we get back – might be needing a West Coast pale ale by then!

Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful weekend!

PS Hoping this gets posted on Friday morning as usual, and very much hoping we’re online somewhere over the weekend, and I can get caught up on all your posts I’ve not seen the past few days.

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14 thoughts on “On hold…”

  1. Ugh the city, sometimes that is how I feel about the nearby town that I shop in, a mere population of 12,000 and it keeps growing! Recently we spent 4 days in an isolated area (Lassen Volcanic Park) even the tourists drove nice and slow because I think that being do concentrated on nature, it is a natural instinct. Good post by the way. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Margaret! It’s been a bit of an adjustment being back in the city, but I think I’m getting the hang of it! Just as I do, I’ll be heading back to the coast for some peace and quiet (and for work!)
      I hope you’re having a great weekend.


    1. Thanks, Jane! My favourite view in Ucluelet is when there’s a touch of fog over the bay but it’s still clear on the near side. As for Scout, she’s a bit calmer these days and seems happy to have her picture taken. She probably would chew on old snakeskin if she found some…
      I hope your weekend is going well!


  2. Loved the big city humor, foggy harbor photo and the beer appears to be a perfect choice for being back in the city! Wonderful to read everyone is waving a happy hello to you on your return and you might need to increase trips to the brewpubs instead of coffee shops to help lessen the caffeine and reduce the paranoia (now thanks to one word, paranoia, I have the lyrics to Destroyer by The Kinks playing nonstop in my head)! We were trapped in a parking garage in Detroit once and thankfully we found a person to open the gates before we had to make a daring exit. Luckily there are wonderful thoughts of beach walks with Scout and great beer at the new brewery (opening December???) to help you through big city life!! Hope you guys are having a wonderful trip!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, the drivers have been so happy and relaxed here…
      Being trapped in a parking garage in Detroit should be the start of a story, or a movie, with a dark and comic tone.
      The new brewery is scheduled for the fall, so your suggestion it’ll be December is probably about right!
      We’re adjusting to the city, but I’m not trying too hard as the coast – and work – beckons in September. There was heavy snow in Calgary a few Septembers back, and it made for a strange return to school. No chance of that back in Ucluelet!
      I hope your weekend is going well. Spurs got away with it at Man City…

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    1. Thanks, Kelly! Just letting off a little steam, and perhaps being a bit unfair – Calgary is a pretty nice city as cities go, certainly easier to be in than other places we’ve lived. That said, I’ll be happy enough to head back to the coast!
      I hope your week is going well.


      1. I am well enough, I have have had a busy summer 20 blog posts in my daft to catch up on and still a few more adventures before the snow arrives . I will have to write the winter away. Cheers friend


  3. Yeah, I can totally understand PC … I feel the same way after only a few hours in the city. Hope you’ve adjusted and recovered. Must admit I’ve written a few blog posts from my phone. Think I’m getting lazy in my old age! Have a good week 😊


    1. Thanks, Miriam! My adjustment and recovery is temporary – I need to function here for another week or so and then head back. Calgary can breathe a sigh of relief that the old curmudgeon has moved on!
      Hats off that you can compose and post on a phone, you must have excellent eyesight and/or a great optician. And patience!
      Hope your week is going well.

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  4. Hope you’re reconnected fully by now & well-adjusted to those “invisible modern problems.” I know how they go, having just spent another 5 days in & around Providence, with a lovely retreat to Block Island, similar in a way to your own return to Ucluelet & its wonderful brewery & coastal ambience. Thanks, PC, for another good one!


    1. Thanks, Walt! It’s a bit sad I found myself annoyed and struggling by a lack of home wifi. A modern day dependency…
      Sounds like you were properly connected and happily tuned out on Block Island. Just looked it up, and it appears to be a fascinating place for natural and social history.
      I hope you’re having a good week.


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