D'Arcy from Winnipeg
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The 5 Day Weekend that Felt Like 2

Monday, September 4, 2006 6:58 PM

Long weekends are vastly deceiving. I cashed in an extra two days of holidays on Thursday and Friday of last week, to join up with the 3 day long weekend to make 5 days of non-working goodness. But here I am, Monday night, feeling like those 5 days have flown by, or I've jumped through a wormhole and came out 5 days later, or something like that.

Day 1 - 2: North Dakota Bound
We took a drive down to Grand Forks, ND on Thursday, staying overnight and coming back on Friday. The exchange rate is really good right now, so we took the opportunity to sample the fine American shopping experience. Americans have some awesome perks that we don't north of the border:

- Diet Pepsi Jazz
- Parmesan/Garlic Old Dutch Chips
- Cartoon Network (DESTROYS Teletoon or whatever we get up here)
- 120 KM/h speed limits
- Super Target (that store just rules)
- Mexican restaurants

Seriously though, the US needs to incorporate one and two dollar coins...this whole $1 bill thing blows.

Day 3: Recoup Day
It was a Saturday, which meant grocery shopping, cleaning, napping, etc.

Day 4 - 5: Football, Football, Football
Winnipeg got TROUNCED by Saskatchewan (Just as I predicted). I watched the game with some friends who are Bomber fans...good times, good times.

Calgary fed Edmonton their latest loss of the season (Just as I predicted). And Damon Allen achieved history by having the most passing yards in professional football while helping his team destroy Hamilton. They better put him up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame...awesome athlete.

You can slide in WoW, Madden 2007, and some books I'm reading in between there. Back to the grind tomorrow though.



# re: The 5 Day Weekend that Felt Like 2

If you wan't faster travel you can just come to Alberta. I drove over a thousand kilometers this weekend and the flow of traffic on the divided highway portions was about 125 km/h. I was trying to be good, but getting passed by a truck with a 35 foot long camper trailer is just freaking embarassing. 9/4/2006 7:10 PM | The Igloo Coder

# re: The 5 Day Weekend that Felt Like 2

I thought the posted speed limits out west were 120 km/h? At least that's what I remember the last time I drove to Calgary. As for the Diet Pepsi Jazz come out east .... we've got a ton of the stuff as my wife has just acquired a taste for it. 9/4/2006 7:37 PM | Jason Row

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I'm jealous that you got to go to Target and eat authentic Mexican food! Mmmm...what I wouldn't give for a good chimichanga right now. =P~~ 9/4/2006 8:04 PM | Mrs Loquacious

# re: The 5 Day Weekend that Felt Like 2

Jason: It's faster in Alberta I think, but not in Manitoba. Still 100km/h. They're talking about raising it to 110 (oooooo), but nothing solid yet.

Mrs. L: not just Target, SUPER Target! Awesome store, way better than Walmart.

D 9/5/2006 7:32 AM | D'Arcy from Winnipeg

# re: The 5 Day Weekend that Felt Like 2

The posted speed here is 110 on divided highways. The Alberta Autobahn (any of those divided highways) is usually flowing around 120-130 though. 9/5/2006 10:36 AM | The Igloo Coder

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We've got 110 on our new superhighway that allows all the tourists to quickly past through NB on their way to Quebec or Nova Scotia. Just watch out for the moose, they do a bit more damage then a prarie dog when your car hits one. 9/7/2006 6:31 AM | Jason Row

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