Our visit with my brother’s family in Seattle went by in a whirl. After some Holiday partying, shopping, and what felt like tons of eating, we returned via Trailways bus. The bus trip back wasn’t quite as comfortable as the train we took down, but it was fine, and certainly beat the expense of a rental car or the tiring drive and potentially long wait at the border. I’m hoping that we can do a repeat trip some time soon, or perhaps they can visit us here again.
If felt good to be back, and both Pam and I noticed that it was great to see familiar landmarks as the bus started to get near to town.
One More Surprise Stat
Since New Year’s Day fell on a weekend day (Sunday), many people in the US and Canada apparently felt cheated out of a holiday. So in some back room, someone placed a check (or an x) in a box, and lo and behold: Monday is another statutory holiday (a ‘stat’ for short). I didn’t know this. In fact, I got up at the usual time, took the bus in to work and found the door to the office locked (and no answer to knocks or phone calls; I could even hear all the phones ringing!)
So, I had lunch with Matt (who is back from his visit to Lubbock with Oana) and got caught up. Later, Pam and I did some grocery shopping, so we’re much better prepared for the week. An extra final vacation day, even if somewhat unexpected, was appreciated.