Monday, November 19, 2007

They promised me there'd be a Chinook

And once again, as seems to happen more frequently than I would like, it's a Junior Ricardipus's birthday and I'm traveling. But this time, it's JR#1 turning seven and I'm in Calgary. That's Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Where it's cold. At this time of year.

Ok, ok, it's not actually as cold as you might think - barely colder than where I live, which is just north of Toronto, more or less. And like last time I was in this airport, it's possible to see the Rocky Mountains from the airport, when the cloud and fog lift. It would still take you a few hours to drive there, though... they're big, they're on the horizon, and they're still far, far away.


So, this city... say it with me: COW-GLA-REE. Emphasis on the bovine. This ain't your old-world Cagliari namesake, folks. They have airport greeters in stetsons. Really. However, it's comforting that the airport hotel is just as boring as all other airport hotels, at least the ones I've experienced. As fun as the proverbial barrel of monkeys. Viz:


I also am scared by this. Perhaps it's time I got some sleep.

21 comments:

rpg said...

A... Chinook.

Somehow, from context, I don't think mean what I
mean

rpg said...

"I don't think YOU mean". . .

Oh, and *second*.

Ricardipus said...

No, not the frickin' helicopter, the wind.

3rd.

rpg said...

Cut down on the beans.

4th.

Rik said...

Cow-gla-ree? Surely you mean Cow-ga-ree? As in the city of the winter Olympics?

And chinook's a wind? Blimey, you learn something new every day. As for the picture, yes it's scary.

#Debi said...

Funny, the 1st thing I thought of was the heli as well. Then I thought of the First Nations tribe. Never thought about a wind. What rpg said about the beans.

Wonderferret said...

I thought it was a fish and the state fish of Alaska.

VIIth

john.g. said...

VIIIth, I thought you meant CAL- GA- RY?

Wonderferret said...

Mybe he means Kalgoorlie ?

Ricardipus said...

wonderferret - that's a salmon.

John - let's say it together one more time:

COW
GLA
REE.

It has a lovely airport.

That is all.

zoe said...

what's happened to your face? at least it's not a pic of you dying of boredom in an airplane.

i thought it was CALGAREE, but that might be something else.

try taking a laxative before next posing for a photo.

rpg said...

Kimberley. She's rilly rilly tall.

The Wrath of Dawn said...

Cowglaree? Did you see my daughter?

Ricardipus said...

Dawn - no, I never left the airport hotel. Well, not unless going to the airport counts.

Zoe - it is the same place. Oh, and thanks for looking out for me, but that facial expression was sleep-deprivation-induced. Had nowt to do with the GI tract at all.

Bob said...

I'm rubbish at French but I'd hazard a guess at 'synciteotrofoblat' or something...

I know someone who's scared of cows.

XVth

Kelly Malloy said...

That is too bad that you have to be away on his b-day! Hopefully you can do something special when you get back!

Ricardipus said...

Note to readers - Bob's comment will make no sense whatsoever, unless you go and read *her* comments. We're funny that way.

Kelly - ta - I was around for his party, but left in the evening. There was much wailing and moaning and gnashing of teeth, apparently.

Bob said...

It's just that I feel weird writing on my own comments for some reason.
But I usually make no sense wherever I write stuff anyway...

Ricardipus said...

Sorry Bob, you're not making any sense.

:)

Bob said...

Exactement!

And I looked it up on Wikipedia and apparently it's 'syncytiotrophoblaste' in French...not very exciting at all... :(

The Wrath of Dawn said...

Post, damnit! Like I ...

Oh.

Wait.

Never mind.