Date: December, 2004
A very merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all family
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
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.
With love and best wishes. Merry Christmas and a very
Happy New Year.
Best wishes from Allan and Gloria.
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