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Vacation: Deck, wrestling, deck, cottage, deck


http://yfrog.com/kj51eaj

I don't know the last time I took three weeks off for summer vacation. It's possible I never have.

We spent most of the first week stripping the deck. Or, more accurately, trying to strip the deck. That'll get a full post in the future.

I went to wrestling for the first time in a while, with local radio superstar and former pro wrestler Griff "Griff" 'Barry Hatchet' Henderson, and Glen from another station. Some of the action was just godawful terrible. Some of it was a whole lot of fun. Check some of the other pictures I took via the Yfrog link above. Thanks to Griff for inviting me out again. I always come home with my voice wrecked.

If you're trying to reach me over the next week, you can try my cell or blackberry (my work email address, for those who have it), as I'll be at the cottage! We've rented a cottage in Nova Scotia to get the hell away from the deck stripping. It should be a nice getaway.

After that, more deck stripping! And driveway paving! And tree pruning! All of which will, we expect, empty our finances but leave us with less to curse about in the winter. Well, the driveway anyway. At this pace, we'll still be working on the deck until November.

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  1. Sounds great. I always wanted to go to Nova Scotia for a vacation. It is a very beautiful place to relax.

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