Date: December, 2003
A very merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all family
In late March of this year, I was contacted by one of
my old bosses at Methanex, the plant where I had worked for 22 years.
I was asked if I was interested in going back to the plant for a two-year
contract? Naturally I said yes. I seemed that at the time there was
a world shortage of methanol. Methanex wanted to run the plant until
the completed construction in 2005 of two new plants in Chile and Trinidad.
So on April 3 I left the deli in Gloria's capable hand's, and with 65
other previous employees started back at the plant. The plan was to
re-start the plant within two months. I had been shutdown since June
Strange how a disease likes SARS can quickly change the
outlook of things. When Methanex first planned to open the plant, SARS
was not in the picture. When China stopped all movement of goods and
services within its borders, one of our biggest customers suddenly disappeared.
Then the price of natural gas went through the roof. Gas is a feedstock
for making methanol. So the decision was made to postpone the start-up
date for the plant by another couple of months. The postponements kept
coming, until finally we were told to hold off any further work until
a meeting of the board in late September. In October we were told the
plant would not be starting and we were to mothball it again. We were
all given three months notice effective October 15, so our last day
will be January 15.
I have no complaints; someone else paid me for almost
12 months. It's the employees that left other positions I feel sorry
On the brighter side our deli "Deli Heights" is very
busy. Gloria has done wonders to increase the catering business, and
bookings for Christmas parties are up from last year. Our Saturday afternoon
English High Teas are also a roaring success, especially with the ladies.
Gloria keeps me out of trouble on Saturdays, letting me work the front
counter. I have also been busy updating the web pages for the deli,
so if you have nothing better to do while browsing the web, please look
for them at www.deli-heights.ca
Christmas will be spent in Calgary this year at Cora's,
Gloria's sister's place. We are both looking forward to the time off.
On the genealogical side, if your family has had any
changes over the past few years, I would like to know about them for
our family tree. Please be sure to include all names, dates and places.
You can either email me or send a letter. If you would prefer to email
me, I can send you a simple form that details the information you need
I did manage to golf on Thursday at men's league this
year. It's starting to sound like a broken record, but I managed another
hole-in-one, my fourth. :-)
Gloria and myself wish you and all the members of your
family a safe and happy time for the holidays and the very best for
the coming New Year.
With love and best wishes. Merry Christmas and a very
Happy New Year.
Best wishes from Allan and Gloria.
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