Monthly Archives: September 2013

Suicidal Raccoon

Last weekend, I drove from Ottawa down to Ohio for a family event.  It was a long drive, but good to see family and to do some shopping. My cousin’s son was baptized and I’m one of the godparents, so that made the trip extra-special!

However, on the drive back, about 45 minutes south of Ottawa, a raccoon decided to end it all and ran out in front of my car on the highway.  I was going about 60mph/100kph and I tried to swerve, but I couldn’t entirely miss the raccoon and I hit it.  The raccoon seemed to die on impact and it also damaged the front of my car.  Fortunately, a very nice couple stopped about 10 minutes later to make sure that I was ok, and the guy was a mechanic so he took a quick look at the car to see if anything critical was damaged.  Shortly after that, a police officer showed up and made a report so that I can file with my insurance company.  The car was drivable, so I drove back to Ottawa and then called the insurance company to start the claims process.  Fingers crossed that things will go smoothly, but so far things seem to be moving along and I’ll try to get the car in to a shop in the next few days so that they can start the process of getting it all fixed again.

I’m taking this week off and this wasn’t exactly how I’d planned to spend the week, but at least the damage was relatively minor and I didn’t hit a moose!

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Montreal

Last week, I had to be in Montreal for meetings and went up a couple of days early on my own dime to sightsee.  And, I have to say, that Montreal is awesome.  Montreal is a much larger city than Ottawa and it’s got a lot to see and do.  One of my friends from Juarez, whom I’ll call “J” on here, just got to Montreal for her next assignment and I met up with her and we spent a lot of time sightseeing, wandering, and exploring Montreal.  We went down to Old Montreal, out to the Botanical Gardens, and wandered around Montreal’s massive underground shopping areas.  Montreal has a great Metro system that makes it easy to get around and a lot of the downtown area and Old Montreal is pretty compact, so it’s easy to walk and wander around.

Without further ado, here are some pictures from my trip:

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