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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 27th, 2007 7:42pm (Oct 27th 2007)
     
    Hey Diane, I meant to ask you about the ferry! Is it weird getting a ferry to get home? How long does it take and what's the journey like?

    I have a 20 minute drive to work (30 when the traffic's heavy) or I can get a bus that takes 55 minutes and is usually packed with school or college kids, and people coughing and sneezing (especially this time of year).
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2007 12:20am (Oct 28th 2007)
     
    Ah the bus. Externally environmentally friendly and yet so unfriendly to your internal person :)

    Ferry riding, hmmm. For me it means about 45 minutes from my office to a ferry line with a wait anywhere from zero (a timing miracle) to 90 minutes. Rarely more. The ferry comes every 30 minutes - until 9 pm, then its hourly. So I MIGHT drive too fast to it when I think I'm going to miss the 8:30 pm. My dog LOVES sniffing the pigeons under the ferry dock - so she prays that we get there about 10 after the most recent one has gone on its way. :) Once on the ferry - I sleep in my car, like most of the regulars, while the tourists get out and go upstairs to look at the water and the islands. That makes them interesting and me a bore. Same thing in reverse going from my house to the boat. That's the story. Although every now and then something changes. Occassionally a bomb threat. (The police often have a dog sniffing our cars while we wait in the lot - Holly likes that a lot.) Once, very sadly, a suicide - the man sped down the hill in his van and right off the dock. I didn't see that happen thank god - but friends got caught up in an endless wait that day :( Also, big changes during tourist season - when many more people come and many many of them can't tell what the ferry workers mystery signals mean. LOL. Well, look at that - I had a lot to say about the ferry!!!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2007 9:35am (Oct 28th 2007)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Diane - what a wonderful description, it's amazing and I really got a bit of insight into your life - I wish I could do the same in return... It was like reading a really good section from a book, it made me want to find out more :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2007 3:48pm (Oct 28th 2007)
     
    Didn't the ferry crash into the dock a couple of years ago or something like that? I remember there being something in our news a couple of years ago. Unless that wasn't your ferry! I'm always fascinated when I visit other places at the difference between locals and tourists - obviously they're easy to spot on the ferry!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2007 5:54pm (Oct 28th 2007)
     
    Gosh Neil - thanks for that. I was a bit embarrassed at how much I wrote when I was done. When I think about all you though, I know what you mean. I'd love to hear snippets of your everyday lives :)

    Kate - while our ferry does periodically hit the dock (and once recently it meant about a day before we could get off island that way) I don't think its ever made the international news. The one that DID make the news was in British Columbia, just north of me-does that sound familar?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 29th, 2007 4:14pm (Oct 29th 2007)
     
    Not sure - I'll have to scout around the British news web sites and see if I can find it.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 30th, 2007 9:06am (Oct 30th 2007)
     
    It was the Staten Island ferry in October 2003 - was that not yours then? I'm hopeless at geography!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 30th, 2007 6:47pm (Oct 30th 2007)
     
    Staten Island! That's near New York (other side of the country-around 3,000 miles from me.) I don't remember that particular crash at all. Of course I can barely remember yesterday so...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 30th, 2007 6:51pm (Oct 30th 2007)
     
    That's explains why I was always bottom of the class in geography!!! :D
    Everything else I got top marks but never have cracked getting from A to B! Where did you say you live?

    It was a terrible crash - apparently 10 people died and quite a few injured. Thankfully such things seem to be rare.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 30th, 2007 7:05pm (Oct 30th 2007) edited
     
    Hmmmm. The 10 people dying; I think I remember that. Even injuries are really rare with a US ferry.

    I live in Washington State, just below the border of the western most part of Canada, on an island which we proudly state (true or not) is the longest island in the continental US - called Whidbey (very near Seattle-where I work some of the time.) Just south of Washington is Oregon State, and just south of that the ever popular California. South of that - Mexico.

    You should come for a visit - that's the best way to sort it all out ! :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 30th, 2007 9:37pm (Oct 30th 2007)
     
    Thanks Diane - I'll look your island up on Google tomorrow and read up a little and improve my geography knowledge! I also get your log-on now!

    My husband really wants to go to Canada (to watch hockey!) whereas I'd want to do the bear / seal / whale watching so at some point we'll probably work out a compromise and go watch hockey!! :) I have a problem with the Canadians culling seals - every now and then we get TV adverts from animal protection folk telling us not to go there until it stops.

    My son wants to go to either the USA or Canada to buy some hockey equipment - he's a netminder and its really hard to get anything over here and the prices are sky high. In the long run it would probably work out cheaper to fly across the pond and buy it all!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 31st, 2007 4:02am (Oct 31st 2007)
     
    Kate: Here's the plan then - Whidbey is only about 3 hours from Vancouver, BC. Its all on the coast of the Pacific (Ocean) so land in Seattle, visit me (for a tour), have a day of whale watching just up the coast from me (so you'd have to time your trip with their migration) and then head on up to Vancouver for some games and hockey stuff. How does that sound? Actually, buy the hockey stuf here - since the value of the dollar is at an all-time low!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 31st, 2007 9:01pm (Oct 31st 2007)
     
    That sounds like an excellent plan!!!! My husband is a Colorado fan, and the eldest follows Ottowa so I always hoped I could coincide with one of their games whenever we get around to sorting it out.

    If we can get there soon we should be able to get bargains with the dollar-pound rate, its just a case of finding the right shops!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 1st, 2007 7:15pm (Nov 1st 2007)
     
    Do the US and Canada teams play each other then? Colorado is a long way from Canada. Ottawa is on the other side of the continent from Vancouver (and, more importantly, me.) But I'm sure they play in Vancouver...

    Seattle has some great discount sports stores. "Netminder" that's a goalie, I just realized. Yah, he could get that stuff here.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 1st, 2007 7:26pm (Nov 1st 2007)
     
    I think they have 2 conferences - east and west - and play between themselves, then across conference. They'd spend all their time travelling otherwise I suppose!

    Sorry yes, netminder, goalie, or idiot - they all suit the man that willingly stands in front of the net while someone shoots pucks!