from Steve & Deborah
|Deborah and I have had another good year. My shop program is still funded and running, and with the election of our new Liberal government, it will probably survive. Now that I've spent two years preparing myself for a promotion to vice-principal when the shop was threatened with closure, I'm very ambivalent about leaving the job I love for a new challenge, but I have passed all the coursework and the interviews, and I'm on the list of personnel approved to be placed in any openings, most likely next September. Maybe I don't want to feel I've wasted the time and money it took to become qualified for promotion; maybe I really am ready for a change. I can't decide.|
| We had a great summer. We lost
some of the photos in our new digital camera, but through
the magic of html I can link you to websites for some of the
places we visited, instead. After my final course
finished in mid-July, we hooked up the Boler, loaded Maxie
in the back seat of the Marquis, and drove to Vancouver
Island. On the way we stopped at Sudbury's Science
North, the Panorama
Amethyst Mine, the Agawa Canyon
and the Bushplane
in Sault Ste. Marie, and the Prairie Bolerama in
| Deborah loves Vancouver Island. She
wants to retire there. We're still a decade away, but
already thinking about it. I'm lobbying for a southern
destination with warmer water, but she wants to buy me a dry
suit so I'll agree to dive in that frigid northern Pacific
ocean instead. We drove all over the island, exploring
and visiting some of my old stomping grounds.
We sailed for a day with Jim and Anne Watts out of Victoria, and I dove in Nanaimo and Victoria, among 6 foot wolf eels, great anemones and other underwater creatures.
The lovely house above belongs to the Conradi's, who have moved to their new home on a hillside on Salt Spring Island. They had a pig named Curly living in their basement when they arrived.
We photographed this herd of mountain sheep on Highway 1A coming out of the Rockies, and we saw lots of wildlife: wolves, bears, elk, etc.
We also sailed a great deal this year. We took
the cruising trophy for the second year in a row at the July
annual C&C Regatta. The Redline is in the process of being
sold, and we have a smaller (more trailer-able) CS 22 that we
intend to sail in the North Channel next summer for several
weeks. The North Channel is said to be as beautiful as the
Greek Isles; many people who cruise the Caribbean every winter
come back to cruise the North Channel in the summers.
| Maxie had a skin cancer removed from
her leg. She's still acting like a puppy, but she's
nine and a half, which is getting on for a Great Dane, and
she has some smaller lumps here and there. Kitty
Lemieux is still her affectionate, playful self.
Deborah and I are in good health, and hope that you are all happy and healthy too. We wish you all happiness and good fortune for the coming year.
Steve & Deborah
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