Sssh, don't tell her but I think Mother Nature goofed up this week as I had four absolutely gorgeous days for my days off of work this past week from Wednesday right through to Saturday. Beautiful blue skies, moderately warm temperatures, and not a lick of humidity. It was New England at its finest and I enjoyed every single minute of it. A repeat performance on my next set of days off would be just lovely especially as I'll be spending those days in Canada. It would be quite nice to see Niagara Falls with water just falling over and not falling down!
Friday evening the girls and I went up to my hometown of Canterbury to attend a concert that was being held at the Town Hall by the 102nd Army National Guard Band. It being the Fourth of July weekend I was really looking forward to some toe-tapping march music and maybe even a nice rendition of "Stars and Stripes Forever". Sadly that was not the case as the band started out with a set of 60's music followed by a pop song or two before they did a short medley of military anthems. I was kind of surprised that they had singers and somewhat disappointed that after that medley of military anthems the rest of the evening was devoted to their jazz band. I guess they were good but when you're expecting Sousa and you get Goodman it's just not the same thing. Oh well, at least it was a good chance to see a lot of the family.
Speaking of family, we had picked up my mother on our way to the concert and as we were sitting outside listening to the band which was playing inside (it was too crowded and loud inside but beautiful outside) my mom told me that I was going to be having some company in Middletown. Being a bit confused I said "huh?" and was told that my oldest brother and his wife have also decided to be buried at the Connecticut State Veterans' Cemetery - the one that I wrote about a couple weeks ago - which is located in Middletown. My brother - like myself - joined the Air Force shortly after high school and also served during a time of absolutely no campaigns or wars so his benefits are also limited just like mine. He told my mother that he thought he'd take advantage of his death benefits also so it looks like I won't be the only Orlomoski in Middletown. Imagine that! It's nice to know that I'm not the only one in the family doing some pre-planning, too. Gee, I wonder if we'll be in the same section? Not that I'll ever find out, of course, as your section isn't assigned until after you die. Bummer.
As for pre-planning for my upcoming trip to Canada, I managed to do most of my packing ahead of time and will only need to toss in a few last-minute things before we leave on Tuesday evening. The original plan was to leave Wednesday morning but after thinking about it I decided to cut the driving down a little by traveling as far as Schenectady, New York on Tuesday evening - about three hours away. I'll be leaving work a little early to do that but am making up the hours by going in early on Monday so it all balances out. With any luck that will put us in Toronto around mid-afternoon or early evening on Wednesday provided we don't run into any snags crossing the border or anything. From the looks of it Toronto is a pretty big city so I just hope I don't get there during whatever their rush hour is!
Once we do cross the border it's going to be cellphone silence as there is no way I'm going to pay International Roaming Charges of .79 cents a minute if I can at all help it. Apparently incoming texts are free but for me to text out it costs .50 cents a piece so unless I pick up a WiFi hot spot somewhere we'll be running silent. Why it'll be just like the old days before cellphones and Facebook and Twitter!
I hope that everyone here in the States is enjoying the long Fourth of July holiday weekend and that my Canadian friends enjoyed Canada Day this past Friday. Speaking of Canadian friends, I should be meeting one of them on this upcoming trip and I am beyond excited as she's a total sweetheart and just like me when it comes to history and cemeteries and ghosts! I haven't met a blogger I haven't liked yet and I'd be more than willing to bet that this blogger is going to be just as wonderful in person as she is virtually as she's one very sweet PEA!
Now go - stay safe, have fun, and don't eat too many hot dogs! And if you do, please don't call 911 to complain about your bellyache!