Date: December, 2010
A very merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all family
New Years Day we entertained Gerry and Elaine Dufresne
at the condo in Desert Hot Springs. Gloria made a baked ham and for
dessert we had chocolate cake.
January 2 we purchased our tickets to the Palm Springs
film festival starting on the 5th to the 18th.
January 4 we went to see the movie Avatar at the iMax
in 3D. We gave is a 10/10 Our first movie of the year and a great one
January 8 we attended our first of six films at the Palm
Springs Film Festival. We saw the premier of Harry Brown at the Camelot
theater, starring Michael Caine. Michael Caine stars as Harry Brown,
a version of Jason Bourne with a pension card. We rated this movie an
January 10 we went to see our second film. This was the
documentary the Wildest
Dream, narrated by Liam Neeson. A documentary about George Mallory
who attempted to climb Mount Everest in 1924. Many believed he succeeded,
but he died in the attempt. His body was found on Everest 75 years later.
It is still there. This documentary was also shown at the Camelot. A
January 12 we saw the movie Glorious
39 is a suspenseful movie set in wartime Britain an 8.5/10 Jan 13
Chameleon. A thriller with dark humor. 9/10.
January 13 we attended our fourth movie Chameleon. A thriller
with dark humor. 9/10.
January 15 we watched two movies. First The Eclipse a
supernatural movie starring Aidan Quinn. Worth seeing 8/10. The second
show was a local movie that had been filmed in and around the Palm Springs
area. It was called Shoot The Hero. This film was not worth rating.
We, and others left after less than 30 minutes
22 January we had a great afternoon. The
Picasso exhibit was priceless, the movie Hurt Locker was a 9/10
and a must see, and the burger and beer at the Elephant
Bar was very good. We sat at the bar next to a couple from Calgary.
23 January we went Silver Rock Resort in La Quinta to
watch the Bob
Hope Classic We followed Mike Weir around with a whole bunch of
other Canadians. From the stands on the 18th hole. Mike Weir approaching
the green. While sitting in the stands, we spoke to a couple from Medicine
Hat we knew.
25 January I took this photograph
at the top of Clubhouse Boulevard looking toward the mountains on the
west. You can see where the snow line stopped at during the recent storm
we had in the Palm Springs and Desert Hot Spring area. This was the
from the Condo after the 4 day storm
January 31 Gloria and myself went to the Indio
Southwest Art Festival, and spent a couple of hours walking and
seeing some great art, but if you have to ask "how much" you can't afford
On February 4 I received information that a
photograph of mine, that I had taken in 1988, was published in the
Whistler Question, a newspaper in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada.
They had contacted me a few days earlier to ask if this was my photograph
and if they could have permission to publish it? I said yes. They were
doing an article on Steve Podborski, one of the Crazy Canuks who were
involved in the 1988 Olympic Torch Relay. My son, Gary, had run the
last mile to Medicine Hat City Hall carrying the torch. I had taken
several photographs of Gary and Steve Podborski and had published them
to my blog, The Scahill Pages as well as my Facebook account, and this
is how they had found this image.
Gloria's aunt, Olga Lutz died 5 February 2010 - This
is a link to the guest book. This
is a link to Olga's obituary. Unfortunately we were unable to attend
as we were in Palm Springs.
Friday February 12 We met friends from Medicine Hat for
dinner at Jackalope
Ranch Restaurant Indio.
13 February we attended the Greek
Festival in Palm Desert. We spoke to an author of a Greek cookbook
and had it signed by her. She gave us some tips on publishing our cookbook
and wished us good luck.
February 16 we spent the day at the Date
Festival and Shields Date Farm in Indio. I had my first Date Shake
and boy was it filling. We also purchased a cookbook from Shields Date
Farm on cooking with dates, and yes it has a recipe on how to make a
Weekend of February 18 to 20 we spent with condo neighbor's
from Medicine Hat, Ray and Jackie White. We golfed, went out for
a Mexican meal and had lots of laughs.
28 February We watched the Olympic
hockey gold medal game. What a day. The bar was full of hockey fans
from the US and Canada. We were in the lead and the the roar from the
US fans when they tied was deafening. We started the overtime with chants
of Go Canada Go and we did not have long to wait... a great afternoon
March I had a wonderful, wonderful day. Golf, great food, thanks
to Gloria. Homemade birthday cake (carrot and pistachio) loads of swag,
and even better yet, lots of good company. Thanks to all who sent messages.
6 March we went out for dinner to Billy
Reed's in Palm Springs, with friends from the condo.
11 March Gloria and myself spent the whole afternoon having
lunch with friends from Medicine Hat, followed by the movie The Ghost
Writer and last, but not least, dinner
with Don at his condo.
March 15 we left the condo
in Desert Hot Springs to return home. The first day we stayed overnight
in St. George, Utah. The second day I drove the most distance in one
day ever, 1054km. We stayed in Dillon, Montana and the next day we crossed
the border at noon and were home by 2:30 PM on 17 March. The total distance
was close to 2500 kilometers.
April 3 I would like to thank the 40 some family and friends
who got together for Easter and some belated birthday cake. Gloria organized
a surprise party for me and a great time was had by all. Thank you everyone
for the great cards and gifts, especially Cora who made the wonderful
with photo's of my family on it. Thanks Allan,
April 29 I received a phone call from an ex boss at Methanex.
He asked if I could come to the plant the next day for a coffee. I said
sure. So, on May 17th I commenced a three month contract with Methanex
to review the inventory and determine what inventory parts are needed
to be purchased or repaired if the plant reopens.
On May 18th Gloria and I celebrated our 36th
wedding anniversary. We went out for dinner to Original Joe's Restaurant
here in Medicine Hat, a place we had not tried. Although Original Joe's
seems a bit noisy because of the open plan, we enjoyed our meal and
June 12 we attended the funeral of Veree
Monaghan. Veree was 47 years of age and the wife of Doug Monaghan.
I worked with Doug for several years at Methanex.
In July Gloria changed jobs at Costco. She moved from
the demonstration company, PWD, to Bloomstar, the flower sellers at
Costco. Gloria prefers this job as she is her own boss and has much
more freedom to "move around".
August 15 I renewed my contract with Methanex for another
Also in August we
repainted the upstairs, removed the carpet and had solid wood floors
9 September we found out that the plant has been given
the go ahead to
restart in April 2011
September 18 our family celebrated the the 50th
wedding anniversary of Lorraine and Vern Makus. Lorraine is Gloria's
sister. Lorraine and Vern asked if I would be the photographer for the
event and I gladly obliged.
October was a busy month. Firstly I became a Methanex
employee again, committing to working 2 years and after that we will
see. Conducted lots of interviews for the positions in the warehouse
and we chose two very capable people both from Flint.
Also in in October we put a new
porch on the front of the house, thanks to Craig. Next year, we
will rebuild the back deck and make it larger.
It's hard to believe that 12 months ago, we were in southern
California for 5 months. Already we have received messages from friends
saying "we have just passed your condo". Oh well, only another
701 more sleeps...
In November I purchased my very first smart phone. I bought
the new LG Optimus Windows 7 phone. It's very slick and I really like
the interface. I sold my old Motorola flip phone for $50.00, and I'd
had it for 2 years.
December 10 Methanex held their Christmas
party at the Stamped Grounds restaurant. Let's hope that this is
the first of many for the newly reopened plant
Eve was spent with family at the home of Kenny and Stephanie Jacober
and Allen and Marlene Jacober and family. Good food, great company and
lots of laughs.
morning we had Kiana, our adopted grandaughter and Kelly her mother
over for present opening and breakfast. We were joined later by Brenda.
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
Love and best wishes from Allan and Gloria.
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