Dorval Island Reconnaisance
Let's see, what happened this weekend? Friday I went to bed early so
that I could get up early to drive my aunt to open her cottage on Dorval
Island. Saturday was spent driving there, checking things out and
visiting neighbours for about an hour and then driving back to Ottawa.
Fine driving weather too on Saturday, sunny and not too hot or cold.
Quebec traffic was weird, with lots of people driving under the speed
limit. Yup, 90km/h in 100km/h zones. One bunch even passed me (I was
going 110) and then dropped to 90 in front of me. Coincidently we
passed a police car shortly after, giving a ticket to a pulled over
driver. I noticed two police cars with pulled over people on the way
there. Guess there must be a crackdown on speeders this weekend.
Why did we stay only an hour? The rotten bathroom floor repairs were in
progress at the cottage, with a trail of brown dust tracked from the
bathroom, through the kitchen, to the outside door. Apparently the wind
from the lake blows under the house and blows the rotten wood brown dust
around when the wood is cut. There was a stack of face masks on the
stove, the repair guy (actually a retired engineer neighbour) isn't
stupid. There was just a big hole in the floor with a pipe sticking out
of it where the toilet used to be. The water was also not hooked up to
the house, and even if it was, it wouldn't work because the supply pipe
had sheared off furthur on. That's because the house had shifted a bit
more over winter, making the gap in the kitchen floor increase to 1.5cm
from 1cm and that corner of the house tilt even more. Yup, a fine old
Sunday Archaeological Digs
Sunday was spent shovelling dirt, this time excavations revealed the
first step in an underground stone stair, but no sign of the great wall.
I hope to get a bit of C programming done this afternoon too, and maybe
finish up the January issue of Dr. Dobbs.
Copyright © 1996 by Alexander G. M. Smith.