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High-Speed Internet Has Taken Over the World

Here I am, at my hotel in Winnipeg, using the free internet access. For no reason other than to let you know that I can, really, since I have nothing to say.


1. I want to say nice things about Winnipeg. Does it count if I say that all the people I’ve met from here are really nice? Because the parts of the actual city I’ve seen so far are less positive. The buildings look poorly cared-for and dingy, there seems to be a fairly substantial homeless population for a medium-sized city, and the shopping was not fabulous. I’ll remind myself firmly at every opportunity that all I’ve seen are a few blocks of the downtown core.

2. Wow, they tell you the prairies are flat, but when I saw Winnipeg on the horizon through the airplane window at midnight last night, all the lights lit up in an orderly grid as smooth and regular as graph paper, it hit me: The prairies are really flat. I’ve seen tables with more surface irregularities.

3. Sometimes, a “complimentary breakfast” means a full breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant. Take that, Crappy Ottawa Hotel.

4. Google “sleep number beds.” It’s hard to describe and I don’t know what I think of them yet.

5. I miss my baby.

I went home last night for two hours before leaving for my flight, and I cried. It was so hard to leave my little girl, who was being her most adorable self ever, engaged in earnest conversation with her Elmo puppet (once again, the part was played by my hand). She likes to play a game with ‘him’ that goes like this:

Frances: ELMO!


Frances: Elmo!

Elmo: Frances!

Frances: Hello, Elmo!

Elmo: Hello, Frances!

Frances: (whispers) elmo

Elmo: (whispers) frances

Frances: giggles

And if Elmo didn’t suddenly and inexplicably develop a raging case of narcolepsy, it would have gone on all night.

We also tickled, and played tag (I handicap myself by crawling), and she helped me pack my needlework supplies. I got myself a few hugs and kisses, and then the taxi came and I had to go, and that’s where the crying started. Mine, not Frances’s. To all reports, she has been fine without me; I called just after our afternoon sessions ended and she was her normal cheery self on the phone.

My very exciting plans for tonight include:

1. Start needlework project
2. Read book
3. Consume diet beverage and candy bar purchased in hotel lobby
4. Prepare Frances gifts for Frances by pre-opening them and getting rid of all those pesky child-proof fastener things
5. Don’t cry

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