On the Road for a bit

For those of you wondering where their precious crack is, I’m sorry to inform you that you’ll be deprived of it while I’m on the road travelling from Calgary to Montreal. Normally this wouldn’t take very long, except that Carisa and I are planning on taking the train, which takes quite a bit more time than the plane. It’s also a mini vacation, a chance to unplug from the Internet for a few days to recharge my batteries. The Internet is going to be spotty anyways, so there isn’t much I can do about it.

I figure a bunch of you have some catching up to do with shows anyways. In the summer time, it seems as though people want to spend more time enjoying the weather than being cooped up in their house listening to my nonsense. Montreal, here we come!

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Comments (9)

  • avatar

    joe dixon

    I think he could have squeezed in the word, ‘anyways’. A few more times.

  • avatar

    Jacob Fortin

    I took one of them out

  • avatar

    N

    Hey man… I need some crack!

  • avatar

    WCLPeter

    Kudos on the vacation, everyone deserves one and its good to see you not burning yourself out and taking time to recharge.

    But, umm… aren’t trains kind of expensive? And not in the “Holy Shit Its Fucking Expensive” expensive but more like the “You’d Better Be Seriously Fucking Afraid Of Heights To Spend Three Fucking Plus Grand On This Express.” kind of expensive?

    I’ve always wanted to take the train out west and back but I always get to the final ticket price and its always, “I want to take a trip, not buy the fucking train!” I end up driving because even after fuel, meals, and lodging I *still* have at a tonne of money left over.

    What made you take the plunge?

    As an aside for all you fellow Canadians. If you [in the sense of anyone reading this and not just Jacob] ever get the chance, take a month off work and drive out to Victoria Island in BC. Don’t think twice, just do it. We live in a beautiful country with a diverse society and you owe it to yourselves to see and experience it at least once before you die. I’ve done it twice now in the last five years and plan on doing it again next year; I’ve seen something different each time (though I just LOVE “The Forks” in Winnipeg, Downtown Saskatoon, and The West Edmonton Mall, I just had to stop in all three places both coming and going during both trips).

    Pete…

  • avatar

    WCLPeter

    Sorry, realized after I posted that my advice at the end of the post was “East Coast” centric.

    Seriously though I think the sentiment remains, go cross country. I went to PEI in the spring during Lobster season, damn was it ever good. If you like lobster you haven’t lived ’till you’ve had one directly off the boat and on your plate in the same day.

    Also if you’re traveling through New Brunswick look for a burger joint called Relish in Oromocto, best damn burgers I’ve had in a while.

    Though perhaps you guys can help me, I’m still trying to find a place that sells Pacific Lobster in BC. I’ve always wanted to try one because its all tail and I love tail meat much more than the claw, but everywhere I went they only sold Atlantic lobster.

    Pete…

  • avatar

    Jacob Fortin

    Trip was actually really inexpensive, the same price as taking the plane (Via rail has crazy-good specials if you book long in advance). We did it for two reasons: 1) To chose a mode of transportation with a lower environmental impact (travelling lifestyle demands we try at least to accommodate for this). 2) It’s like a hotel on wheels. Travelling can be stressful, so we wanted to try something a lot more relaxed.

  • avatar

    WCLPeter

    So how far ahead are we talking to get the crazy good specials? I checked and even a month or two ahead of time we’re still looking at about 2,100, in those coffins they call upper berths no less, for a round trip on the thing. The only thing that even gets it close to air fare is economy, at about 1,200, and there is simply no way I’m going economy!

    Now you might consider it “relaxing” but I’m no where near masochistic enough to spend three plus days in what amounts to a slightly more comfortable airline seat at an 85 degree angle trying to sleep, not when I can book a flight with WestJet two to three months in advance for about 650.00 and keep the other 1,450.00 for spending money on my trip. :-D

    As for the environmental aspect, take the plane and donate the difference you’d save from the train to those organizations that plant trees! Can you just imagine the billboard — “This forest was made possible through a generous donation by The Good Atheist” with a picture of the “smug cartoon guy” * right next to it.

    Pete…

    * “smug cartoon guy” was discussed here:

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2011/07/13/welcome-to-patheos/#comment-250864276

  • avatar

    Daniel

    need…crack…must…have…crack…hurry…back

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