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Happy Father's Day!

Monday, June 18, 2007

I'm a day late in posting, but the weekend was a blur of activity. On Saturday, we took the babe to his first movie, which he enjoyed because there were prolific amounts of popcorn to be had. The movie itself was irrelevant, but our older son and Mr. C really enjoyed it. After the movie, we went to the worst restaurant in Halifax. We didn't know it was the worst, otherwise we wouldn't have gone there, but we both had good memories of this place from a few decades ago. Obviously the past few decades have not been kind to it. Mr. C and I both went to bed that night expecting to be awoken with food poisoning (which we didn't, thankfully). They have a "Feedback" form on their web site. Do you think I should fill it out? If so, my feedback would go something like this:

Dear Management,
The entrance to your establishment smells of urine, my babe's highchair was covered in the filth from former babes, beetles fell from the ceiling above our table (seriously), the waitress could not differentiate between apple juice and milk (which was sour), our bill was incorrectly totalled (not once, but twice, resulting in a 10% discount, so thank you for that...)and my shoes stuck to the floors of the bathroom (which I was afraid to look too closely at). Needless to say, you have some work to do before we return again. Please do not send any coupons as a favour. We will return after you have undergone substantial renovations.

On Father's Day, we took the Great Canadian Railway through the countryside to Truro. Travelling by train in Canada is a big deal; not like Europe, where it is a rather common thing to do. It was the Babe's first trip on a train, and I thought he would explode from the excitement. In the car, asleep on the drive back home again, he was muttering "train...train...TRAIN" in his dreams. Good things always have to come to an end. Why is that, anyway?

What good things did you do?

  1. Blogger Pat Paulk said:

    Great Father's day!! I definitely think you should fill it out.

  1. Blogger Maryam in Marrakesh said:

    Send that letter!!!! You would be doing them SUCH a favor really....!

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Pat and Maryam:
    I barely need my arm touched, let alone twisted: I sent the letter. I agree that maybe I am doing them a favour. I will let you know if I get any response!

  1. Blogger Rositta said:

    I'll have to remember that restaurant next time I come to Halifax. The reason Europeans take the train more than Canadians is simply the distances. I have often thought of taking the train to B.C. but the thought of so many days confined stops me. I used to take the train in the early 80's from Montreal to Toronto frequently but in those days I was young and spent my time in the "bar car", lots of fun that was...ciao Cathy

  1. Blogger Devil Mood said:

    Oh no, what a disaster of a restaurant. And the worst part is all those good memories you had, shattered in a second :(
    You just don't do that to people, you don't destroy their dreams like that :(
    Hey, I'm listening to Feist - the Limit to your love. It's nice :) I love trains! Glad the kids had a good time.

  1. Blogger blackcrag said:

    Good things come to an end so other good things can start.

    The wee bairn certainly looks like he's enjoying the train.

  1. Blogger Dr. Deb said:

    Gret photos. You have such a keen camera eye.

  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    Dear Cathy,
    I am so glad you sent in that comment...I am not sure I could have even stayed there or paid for the food.

    Love your pictures. The train sounds like bunches of fun. Glad you had a good day.

    I really enjoyed the day with my dad.


  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    You're right; the distance makes train travel more prohibitive, but I think as a society we have gotten accustomed to getting things fast, eating fast, getting palces fast. We need to slow down! I am not travelling by plane this year and I really feel the difference personally. Hopefully the environment will take notice as well :)

    Feist is awesome! I am listening to Cat Power this morning.

    Sometimes I don't want new things to start; I am quite content to remain in the good moments!

    Dr. Deb;
    Thanks; you made me smile :)

    We had a great day: I am glad to hear that you had a nice day with your dad as well. His photo is wonderful.

  1. Blogger barb said:

    Cathy -
    Glad you and the boys could ahve such a great time on Father's Day! And I can vouch for the once-upon-a-time better quality of the restaurant; it was quite a nice place to eat when I lived in Halifax, many moons ago. Too bad they've let it go so badly.

    I agree with you on the train thing. Planes are faster but just don't let you see the country in the same way. Perhaps we just need to slow down our expectations a bit, for everyone's sake.

  1. Blogger Clare said:

    Great photos Cathy and glad you had such a good Fathers Day.

  1. Blogger madelyn said:

    Great photo's as always -
    you could start a business in portraits!


  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    Cathy I am so glad you sent in that comment! I hope you get feedback..One thing about me if I don't like service etc, You can count on me to complain..Many times I have had free deserts. Or discounts because of this. Sounds like you had a wonderful Fathers day despite the restaurant.

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