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2004 Christmas Newsletter



Date: December, 2004

A very merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all family and friends.

January 14th was my last day back at Methanex. We had signed a two-year contract, which would have suited me to a tee. However, the SARS outbreak in the spring and summer of 2003 and high natural gas prices, put paid to Methanex's hopes of starting the plant back up. So it was back to the Deli for me, and that is where I worked for most of the year.

Elsie Jacober. Gloria's mum, passed away on August 12th. Elsie had been ill for some time, but she kept rallying around. The night she died, we received a call from the nurses at the seniors home where Elsie was staying. The call came at 11:00 PM and at 12:15 AM Elsie passed away. Elsie was a fighter and kept up her spirits right till the end. The funeral was attended by a great many of Elsie's family, friends, old work mates and bosses. The funeral home had to use the garage as a spill over area for people to attend the service. She was buried with her late husband, Henry, in the family plot in Redcliff, Alberta. This photograph of Elsie was taken on her 80th birthday in 2001.

Edgar. Gloria's brother has been staying with us since his mother died. He was a great help to her in the house and at keeping her company. Edgar has been helping out at our Deli with deliveries and assisting with customers. For those that do not know Edgar, he was involved in a car accident that left him somewhat diminished from the person he used to be. He still has his sense of humor and works like a trooper, even at home.

In September I started a new position with an oil service company, Technicoil Corporation, as their Asset Manager. They have no inventory management system or way of tracking what assets and materials they have, so I have been hired on a full time basis to set up a warehouse and install a computerized materials system. It has been a challenge, as the oilfield business uses tools, equipment and terminology different than the petrochemical field I was in for many years.

We have been really busy at the Deli this year; our catering business has grown considerably, thanks to Gloria's expert touch in the kitchen. We have catered to many more business meetings, weddings and parties than in previous years. Gloria has cooked over 40 turkeys this month and says she is definitely not having turkey for our Christmas dinner!

Gloria and I are going away for Christmas this year. We are off to San Diego. We had thought about New York, but it gets just as cold there as it does in southern Alberta in the winter, so we decided to go where it is warmer. We are staying at the Town and Country Resort It's not far from Tijuana, Mexico, so Gloria may get her wish about not eating turkey, and may have to settle for a Caseda instead J. This will be our first holiday since 2001, so as far as we are concerned it is well deserved. We fly down on December 22nd and return on the 27th. I'm low man on the totem pole, so I have to be back at work for the days between Christmas and New Year. We have the Deli up for sale. Gloria is looking at new challenges and I'm busy with my own job. We are hoping that early in the New Year we can both start to slow down and will have sold the business. Life is too short to keep working seven days a week.

Peace On Earth

With love and best wishes. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

Best wishes from Allan and Gloria.

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