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July 16 Evening Update

First thing first!  Make a bookmark to this page so you don't have to click through page one and page two to get here.

Okay, let's play where am I.... First clue....

(This is a very muddy car)

Clue #2


Clue #3

If you haven't guessed, I'm in Yellownknife, NWT visiting Will Vickers. I left Edmonton at noon Tuesday and arrived here at 6:30 p.m.Wednesday. Before I left I asked John and Heather how much of the highway was paved from Edmonton to Yellowknife, a trip of 1584 km. I can report now that all but 120 km is paved. The last 100 km into Yellownkife is a gravel highway and for a gravel highway is a B+. The other 20 unpaved kilometers is an area I like to call "construction". When this "construction" piece of highway is done, the first 1484 of the 1584 km will be a magnificent engineered piece of highway. The landscape is bland, so the engineers didn't didn't have to work too hard at being magnificent. There are no mountains here. The Mackenzie river looked much like the Yukon river at Dawson city. There was a ferry 320 km from Yellowknife that had a simliar capacity to the one in Dawson city.

Okay, back to the construction part of the highway. Will warned me about the last 100 km of the highway and that there had been a lot of rain lately. I had driven well over 1300 km on this great highway and figured how bad can the next 284 km be. It had been raining for the last 24 hours so I was a little concerned. I passed a sign that said construction ahead, flagman ahead, be prepared to stop. I had to stop. It was probably 25 minutes that I was stopped before I noticed the oncoming traffic coming again, and it was 5 minutes before the oncoming stream was done. In that half hour, I figured it was a good time to clean the black coffee off the inside of my back window that had splashed as I emptied the contents of a 3 week old Tim Horton's coffee out my window while travelling 100 km somewhere in British Columbia weeks ago.

My line of traffic started and I followed. The pavement ended. The mud started. It was bad. I looked at my sandals and said the last thing you want is to get stuck. The sprint is good in the snow and should be good in the mud. The sprint can only be beaten in the snow if it gets hung up. Five hundred feet after the pavement ended, there was a 50 foot section with two wheel ruts, deep ones, too deep for the sprint to make it through. I had to go to one side to get on top of it. I never made it and I was stuck. The car was completely hung up. I got out and walked 20 metres to the 18 wheeler stopped behind me. He had a radio but said he couldn't contact the construction crew. Anyway, in about two or three minutes, a couple of trucks from the road crew stopped by and pushed me through. I continued and there was more mud. I knew I had the construction crew behind me if I needed them. There were at least three other 50 to 100 foot sections that I was sure I would get stuck. The trick is to have one wheel on the hump in the middle of the road. If you slide off, you're history. Luckily, I made it through that last 20 km of "construction" and continued to Yellowknife.

Earlier in the week, Sunday afternoon, Jo Ann Kingston Reichers came over to John and Heather's home for a couple of hours. She is in the middle of her move to Ontario (yes, simply Ontario is the best way to describe it). I hope to see her more over the summer of '97.

Monday afternoon was an afternoon of pure joy..... patio overlooking the North Saskatchewan river, sun, clear skies, good company (John and Heather - the kids were at birthday party), and good conversation. We were having such a good time we even decided to have a beer! Sometime during this classic summertime moment, I thought about going to Yellowknife. I had had a few beer by this time and figured the thought would pass in a few hours. It waned a little (Why the hell do you want to go to Yellownknife), but never passed (because I've never been there, and Yellowknife is the only place on the mainland of Canada I've never been).

My plan is to leave Yellownife Sunday morning. It is now 2:00 a.m Wenesday. Time to go to bed.

The Mail Bag

From Liz Hanson (QMBA97) in Toronto

From: Date: Sun, 13 Jul 1997 22:08:33 -0700 X-Mailer: Mozilla 2.02 (Win95; I; 16bit) To: Subject: greetings TK X-URL: index.html/

Hi TK,

How's the trip. Are you collecting UI yet.

Come visit us in TO.

Later Liz

My comments: Don't wear your keyboard out with those long e-mails, Liz. In response to your questions - 1. Can you read 2. No.

From Floyd d'Entremont in Newcastle, New Brunswick

X-Sender: X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Light Version 1.5.2 To: From: (sigmund) Subject: The incredible journey Date: Tue, 15 Jul 1997 09:08:44 -0300

Thomas, Sorry for the lack of mail. From the amount of mail going to your website, you shouldn't be lonely. In fact, I can't believe so many gainfully employed, married people are so interested in the chronicles of a homeless, jobless, freeloading bachelor such as yourself. Jealousy, I guess... I've been very busy building an addition onto our house. When you were here last and tripping and banging all over the furniture, we decided to expand (like you did). We now have an L-shaped bungalow. You'll have to come back to see it rather than me describe it. Sounds like you had a nice time in Denver. Ifound out what happened to those raccoons you were so concerned about: The LAPD, The FBI, and the CIA are all trying to prove that they are the best at apprehending criminals. The President decided to give them all a test. He releases a rabbit into a forest and has each of them try to catch it. The CIA goes in. They place animal informants throughout the forest. They question all plant and mineral witnesses. After three months of extensive investigations they conclude that rabbits do not exist. Then the FBI goes in. After two weeks with no leads they burn the forest, killing everything in it, including the rabbit, and they make no apologies. The rabbit had it coming. Then the LAPD goes in. They come out two hours later with a badly beaten raccoon. The raccoon is yelling: "Okay! Okay! I'm a rabbit! I'm a rabbit!"

Be careful in LA, Tom...I haven't checked your site for over a week so I had better update myself soon or there will be too much.

A joke you can appreciate: Two guys of limited intelligence were on a ship that sank in the middle of the ocean. They managed to inflate a rubber life raft and grab a box of provisions before their ship slipped under the surface.

After floating under the blazing sun for 6 days, they ran out of food and water. On the 10th day, bleary eyed and half dead from heat, thirst and starvation, they spotted a small object floating toward them in the water.

As it drew near, they were ecstatic to find that it was an old oil lamp (the kind that genies live in). They grabbed the lamp and rubbed it.

Out popped a tired old genie who said, "OK, so you freed me from the stupid lamp, but hey, I've been doing this 3-wishes thing for a while now and quite frankly, I'm burned out. You guys only get 1 wish and then I'm outta here! Make it a good one!"

The first guy, without thinking, blurted out, "give us all the beer we can drink for the rest of our lives!"

"Fine," said the genie, and he instantly turned the entire ocean to beer.

"Great move, Einstein!" said the second guy, slapping the first guy on the side of his head. "Now we're gonna have to piss in the boat!"


Floyd/Lynn/Jillian d'Entremont

My comments: Excellent follow up on the raccoons!!! Thanks again for the great barbecue on May 20th, 3 days before the official start of the roadtrip.

From Will Vickers in Yellownknife, NWT

Date: Tue, 15 Jul 1997 12:35:20 -0834 From: Will Vickers <> X-Mailer: Mozilla 2.01 (Macintosh; I; 68K) To: Subject: The Rebel X-URL: road2.html

Tom Got your message. When do you expect to get here? Buy fly dope incase you get a flat tire along the Mackenize highway. The road is supposed to be good.High Level, the halfway point between Edmonton and Yellowknife.It's 3 hours or so to Indian Cabins.From there it's an hour and a half to the border.(I think)When you get to Enterprise turn left to Fort Providence. Remember to turn off to Fort Providence or you'll end up in Fort Simpson.Watch out for Wood Buffalo as well.

Call me when you get to down. I live on 62 morrison drive.(Old town) I'm busy putting on top soil on my new lawn......It's nice to know that you will pay off your rent in hard labour!!!! cheers

I'm off to the Baffin Isalnd (Panq.) on Wednesday...23rd

My comments: Good Luck with the top soil. The roadtrip has a clear and established policy with respect to lawn and garden chores - I supervise only.

From John Kingston in Edmonton

From: John Kingston <> To: 'Tom Kingston' <> Subject: Just Your Answering Service Date: Tue, 15 Jul 1997 18:24:36 -0600


A Mr Tim Winn has phoned you a couple of times. Martha indicated that you would phone him when you got back from Edmonton. Since you are on your way elsewhere, you may want to email him.

My comments: Taken care of, thanks John.

From Heather Slauenwhite in Victoria, BC

X-Sender: X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Light Version 1.5.2 Date: Tue, 15 Jul 1997 17:43:34 -0700 To: (threeisl) From: heather slauenwhite <> Subject: Re: HOWDY!!

hi tom!

just thought i would say hello - i've been following your progress on the web page - gripping! i just got an email from al and he tells me that you will be hosting a bar-b-q in our honour when we arrive in calgary next month...i don't eat squirrel by the way! speaking of bar-b-q's, i'm glad you realized how much of your daily updates concern food...i get hungry reading just reading. well i guess that's all. just wanted to say hi and offer some encouragement on your job search. take care, heather

ps. al told me the canada day party was a bridge social... sounds like he's doing some great cultural "bridging" ... he's quite the statesman eh?!

My comments: No Capitals... Hmmm... I see this with other people too.... must be a new political thing to do... Good to hear from you, again. And yes, I am toying with the idea of a grande finale roadtrip barbecue in late August.

From Will Vickers

X-Sender: Date: Wed, 16 Jul 1997 07:26:10 -0834 To: From: (will vickers) Subject: Re: repap

Tom , Make sure you gas up in fort providence.The roads are slippery and very muddy. It hasn't stopped raining . Cold beer waiting for you. 

And I almost forgot, here's a picture of Will Vickers in his living room....

Will is going to Pangnertung on Baffin Island next week for two weeks to look at Polar Bears. He will be camping the whole time.

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July 22 Evening Update

Hello again from Calgary, Alberta. I arrived back in Calgary this afternoon. I spent last night in Edmonton with John Kingston. It has been six days since I updated the web page, a record. I guess the best place to start is where I left off.

Thursday was my first full day in Yellowknife. Will's home is on Latham Island in Yellowknife. On Thursday morning and afternoon, Will worked on his lawn. He asked me to help several times and several times I told him I was on vacation. Thursday evening I had dinner at Linda and Seamus Henry's home. I remember them from Clinton Creek, Yukon, a place I lived from 1971 to 1978. Clinton Creek no longer exists (it was a mining town). It was located 60 miles northwest of Dawson City. I have great memories of fishing, hunting, hockey and other sports while living there. I first moved there when I was 10 years old. When I first moved there Linda was a personnel supervisor and Seamus was the butcher. They met in Clinton Creek and were married in 1973 I think. Their first son was born in Clinton Creek. He is now 21 years old. They have five children and all were home for dinner on Thursday night. Seamus is now an MLA for the NWT, an election he won by only four votes. Seamus is also quite the businessman. Linda mentioned that he has something like eight different businesses that he owns or manages. It was great to see them again and get all the news on other Clintonites. Here is a picture of Linda and Seamus.

On Friday, Will and I took toured around Yellowknife. In the afternoon Will and two of his friends, Tony and Sandra, and I went kayaking on Great Slave Lake. I flipped over and lost my sunglasses. It does take awhile to get used to a kayak. We were invited to supper at Tony and Sandra's after kayaking. We had barbecued ribs, potatoes, and salad.

Saturday, Will planted his lawn. He worked pretty hard that day. Saturday afternoon I visited friends I haven't seen since 1982, Mark and Barb Needham and family. They were camping at a nearby campground. I met their two children, Allison, 12, and Douglas, 10. They are really nice kids. We had a great visit. Mark Needham and my brother, John, are great friends. I met Mark through John. We had barbecued hamburgers. Mark and Barb seem to enjoy Yellowknife and have no plans to leave in the near future.

On Saturday evening, Will and I went to a going away get together for Tony and Sandra. Tony has been in Yellowknife for over 15 years and Sandra has been there for around four years. They are moving to Saskatchewan. I met several of Will's other friends there. Will has a very nice circle of friends in Yellowknife. He loves the north and plans to stay there.

Sunday morning I said goodbye to Will and began the trek back to Calgary. The weather while I was in Yellowknife was warm and sunny so I expected the "construction" part of the road would be okay. It was and I sailed right through to High Level, Alberta, where I spent Sunday night. Monday night I arrived In Edmonton and this morning I left Edmonton for Calgary.

Here is a picture of my sister Martha taken this evening.

And pictures of Laura (Martha and Mark's daughter, my niece) and I taken 10 days ago.

The Mail Bag

From Mike Hannan in Toronto

X-Sender: X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Pro Version 2.2 (32) Date: Thu, 17 Jul 1997 18:01:09 -0400 To: From: Michael Hannan <> Subject: Yellowknife, cool


Yellowknife; cool man... that's interesting.

Next stop... Baffin Island

Gotta love that Sprint.


From Alan Thomas

From: "Thomas, Allan" <> To: "''" <> Subject: RE: Yellowknife Date: Thu, 17 Jul 1997 21:53:49 -0600 X-Mailer: Microsoft Exchange Server Internet Mail Connector Version 4.0.994.63

Unbelievable! When is that sprint going to die anyways?

Alan Thomas

My comments: Never

From Rob Martini in Toronto

Original-Encoded-Information-Types: IA5-Text Priority: normal Disclose-Recipients: Prohibited Alternate-Recipient: Allowed Date: Fri, 18 Jul 1997 12:19:55 -0500 From: Martini Roberto <> To: "(threeisl)" <> (Return requested) Subject: RE: Test

I certainly have! I wanted to print it out because it looks like such an interesting novel but right now I'm at a client's site and at 28.8kbaud(?) it would probably take forever. You can count on me hooking up this weekend though. And I'll probably have some smart-ass remarks to make. I hope your spelling and grammar are up to snuff or you may find some nice big RED circles on your home page with the letters "SP" or "VS" (verb splice - don't worry, I'm the worst offender) beside them.

Yellowknife? I bet the polar bears are pretty nervous these days!

I wish you all the best and I look forward to talking with you about your adventures. Rob

From John Vickers in White Rock, BC

X-Mailer: Prodigy Internet GW(v0.9beta) - ae01dm04sc03 From: ( JOHN F VICKERS) Date: Fri, 18 Jul 1997 18:33:43, -0500 To: Subject: Salutatoins


As he sat back in his igloo, Timmy Tuckaluck was curious. "Squirrel Man, what makes you think you can improve the traveling capacity of our dog sled teams for the upcoming Iditerod race?" he queried.

The Squirrel Man paused, removing his furry hat of intricately woven tiny pelts. "I have acquired great respect for all animals during recent travels across the continent - particularly the squirrel. While in Alberta in search of food, I lived in a park allowing me to study their ways - eating habits, shrills, even found out how they mated. The squirrel is such a simple creature, yet so complex….", he said, his voice trailing off as he gazed down at the small tail puffs protruding from the lining of his warm boots.

"What's that have to do with our dog sled teams?" asked the big Eskimo as he reached into his pocket for yet another chew of raw meat - listening to his visitor's rational was beginning to require a lot of stamina.

"Well", the Squirrel Man continued, "the sled teams pose an interesting case study and my recent MBA has allowed me to evaluate your time efficiency in getting to the finish line - did you know that by reducing dog rations, you lighten the load of the sleds and maximize travel time?"

"Never thought of it" said Tuckaluck.

"Did you also know that squirrel meat is light and offers a high percentage of protein?" the Squirrel Man continued.

"No, I didn't", Tuckaluck replied.

"Well, I was sprawled out on the ground daydreaming under a tree in Calgary one afternoon and I realized that without any trees around, squirrels are a difficult commodity in these parts - and then it hit me", he said,.

The Squirrel Man unfolded a weathered Maxwell House can label with a diagram on the back. "Look here - I have it all planned out. I have friends who live in all major park areas in and around Calgary, and they already have signed up to be field specialists in charge of product apprenhension. We figure six to eight hundred squirrels should do the job for you."

Tuckaluck grinned excitedly. "You are a genius Squirrel Man!" he said.

"I can't take all the credit - it's a team approach. Bugsy, Turtle, and the other staff back in Calgary are really the ones who'll make it happen. " Squirrel Man smiled with the sudden realization he had finally found employment. He'd showem at Netscape!

Congrats on making it up there Tom!!!!


From Will Vickers in Yellowknife, NWT

Date: Mon, 21 Jul 1997 18:42:54 -0834 From: Will Vickers <> X-Mailer: Mozilla 2.01 (Macintosh; I; 68K) To: Subject: On The Road Again! X-URL: road3.html

Yeh Tommy! How was the trip down? It's been 30~C since you left. HOT HOT HOT! I watered the lawn 7 times yesterday.....I Hate it.

From Norine Tousingnant in Kingston, Ontario

Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 22:22:00 -0400 From: Norine Tousignant <> Reply-To: Organization: MBA for Science & Technology X-Mailer: Mozilla 3.0 (Win95; I) To: Subject: Hey there!

Hey TK,

Where the heck are ya! It's July 22 and I called up your site (I was wondering how long it would take you to run out of space on qlink) and it's not been updated since approx. July 16.

Your homepage(s) looks great. If you had only put that much effort into your MBA - you would have breeeeeezed through it!!! Not that you did bad (just-in-case any prospective employers are reading this!) -- but we're talking TOP 90 percentile!

Glad to see that you're have such a good time. Last year was a lot of hard work (not to mention being the only student to loose a job while getting their MBA).

Sorry to see that you missed the first meeting of the 0.4% club. BUT, I don't think that it can be a official meeting without you there!

Cheers and take care Norine

My comments: You mean to tell me that I wasn't in the top 90 percentile 

From Alan Thomas

From: "Thomas, Allan" <> To: "''" <> Subject: Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 18:28:02 -0600 X-Mailer: Microsoft Exchange Server Internet Mail Connector Version 4.0.994.63

Hey TK,

You're becoming famous around the world now (well not really). I was talking to someone who works here and she has a sister who lives in Yellowknife. She wants you to phone her sister (who's name is Kerry @ 920-4748) and tell her that Kim (from KL) says hello. I asked her if she's single, but she's getting married soon. Sorry TK, I tried!

She also said you have to the Gold Range for the Saturday Jam. As I haven't seen an update in some time, I would imagine you've left Yellowknife, but if not, here you go.

Au revoir, say hi to Will Vickers for me!

Alan Thomas

My comments: Will, take care of that phone call for me

August 04 Evening Update

Hi again, I'm back! I guess it has been awhile, about 12 days I think. I fear the roadtrip web page might soon be coming to an end. It is a little difficult to keep a roadtrip page exciting when there hasn't been any roadtripping lately. I am in Calgary as I was on July 22nd. The sprint has had many small trips, the longest of which might be to downtown Calgary or Tim Horton's for coffee, but no expeditions to far away places like Boulder, Yellowkinfe, or L.A.

I first arrived in Calgary a month ago. Media reports suggest that Calgary is the best place in Canada to look for employment. It probably is, but the phone isn't ringing off the hook. I have an interview scheduled tomorrow and another one next week. I have been reasonably serious about the job search, but I haven't been killing myself. I hope to find suitable employment by October 1st. If I don't have a job by then, with my experience and education, I'll probably go behind the barn and shoot myself.

Ten days ago, I saw my first Queen's MBA student since I graduated. Tim Winn and I went out on Friday night. We decided to meet on the east steps of the YMCA in Eau Claire market at 6:00 p.m. It was an ideal day for some patio drinking but all of the patios were full with the Friday after work crowd. Those damn people with jobs! See what working for aliving can do for the inner core of cities. If people weren't working in Calgary, you'd have no problem finding a patio on a Friday afternoon. Tim and I settled for an indoor bar. Tim is doing well. He seems to be adjusting well to Calgary. After a couple of beers, Tim and I moved over to the Hard Rock Cafe for some food. It wasn't a late night and I drove Tim home. He has a home. I don't. I stopped in for awhile to see his home. Tim drove from Kingston to Calgary through northern Ontario so we exchanged stories of the dangers of encountering moose and buffalo on the highways. It takes a special breed to brave the trek to the West.

A week ago, Martha, Mark, and Laura left for a 2-1/2 week vacation to the East coast. Mark is originally from Halifax and both Martha and he usually go home in the summer. That means I have a place to myself for 2-1/2 weeks (actually, there's only a week and a half left). It's almost like not being homeless. I have a good set up here. I have set my desktop computer up in the family room. I have a remote for the stereo and a remote for the TV. That means I can surf, watch TV, and listen to tunes simultaneously, at times even all three of them together. I had the exact same set up before I went to school. It's been quite a long time since I had my own home.

The same day that Martha and Mark left, Anne Marie (my sister) and I went to Calgary folksong festival to see Blue Rodeo at Princess Island Park in downtown Calgary. It was a great summer day. Anne Marie and I got there early, about 11:00 a.m. and staked out our ground with a blanket and two beach chairs (very short lawn chairs). We staked our claim very carefully. We found a shady spot close to the stage and close to the beer gardens. We listened to a number of bands that day including ____ Zydeco and the Cha Cha Chas. They sounded like the band that Joe Weissler played in Boulder the night we both got quite a glow on. Blue Rodeo started at 1:30 and played for only an hour. They were great!! Anne Marie and I stayed until 8 o'clock that night.... a great summer day!!

Last week I worked on my comparative analysis between Nova and TransCanada Pipelines available here.

The Mail Bag

From Tim Creasy in Toronto

From: "Creasy, Tim" To: 'TK' <> Subject: Are you still alive? Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 18:57:00 -0400 Encoding: 10 TEXT X-Mailer: Microsoft Mail V3.0

It has been almost a week since the last update TK.....did you and your go-cart get swallowed by a large mud filled pot hole?

Shelley and I are heading out to your end of the continent (NS...I know, not NB but anything east of Montreal is east coast to us...)

I expect to see an update before I leave on Friday.


My comments: Did you cross the "fixed link"?

From Kevin MacCafferty in Timmins?

From: Kevin_McCafferty@qmbaln02.QueensU.Ca X-Lotus-FromDomain: QMBA To: Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 22:01:19 -0400 Subject: Big Shooter

Kevin McCafferty@QMBA 07/24/97 10:01 PM

Hey Guy...

Where the @$#^^ are you? Ever since I left Queen's in late June, I have been avoiding the TK's roadtrip page. At 14.4, it just takes too long to get up (sort of like some body part after too much whiskey).

I am writing for a purpose though, and that purpose is to provide you with the following tidbit of information:

Peter MacDonald has a job -- Griffiths/McBurney).

Anyhow, got to go. I'm about to land in beautiful, mosquito infrested Timmins ON. Now only a short dog sled ride, and I'll be in Smooth Rock Falls.

Later, Smooth. 

From Aldo Forgione (a roommate from my Western days) in Toronto

Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 18:42:14 +0000 From: ACE <> X-Mailer: Mozilla 3.0 (Win95; I) To: Subject: ROAD TRIP WHEREABOUTS??


My comments: Every time I receive an e-mail from you, it's all in capital letters. Why?

From my Dad in Newcastle, New Brunswick

X-Sender: (Unverified) X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Light Version 3.0.1 (32) Date: Tue, 29 Jul 1997 09:46:21 -0300 To: From: (redoak) Subject: Re: [Fwd: Re: Hello Terry!] Cc:,

Bethy, Caroline and Emily are still in Saint John and expected here in the Dear Old Miramichi on Thursday. Stephanie arrived back from Saint John last Saturday evening.

Martha, Mark and Laura Arrived in Halifax Sunday night, ares expected here either today or tomorrow.

Patricia, Dennis, Little Dennis, Seamus, Christine and Brenden are expected Thursday.

Suzanne and Howard are expected Friday evening.

I of cource am the one who usually stays close to home and will be here suffering through some scotch, beer many barbaques, many hugs and squeezes from all especially Emily.

Wish all were here to suffer along with us.

See Ya George 

From Peter MacDonald (QMBA '97) in Toronto

From: "peter macdonald" <> To: <> Subject: Hello! Date: Tue, 29 Jul 1997 17:57:31 -0400 X-MSMail-Priority: Normal X-Mailer: Microsoft Internet Mail 4.70.1161

T.K., my new email address is

I suppose you know by now that Repap is issuing new shares at a very low price. Of course, that will allow someone to easily obtain control of the company (I believe that the paper quoted something like 88%?). The paper also stated how ironic it is that Repap will experience such a dilution in share capital. In the past, the debt issue was chosen over an equity issue because Repap did not want to dilute its share value.

You may now wonder whether the new majority owner will sell off all the assets, or keep some and try to turn the remaining company around. George Petty must be a broken man (emotionally, not financial of course).

Anyway, I must complement you on the site. Well done!

Keep me up-to-date on your progress, Peter.

From Jayson Besserer (my nephew, Anne Marie's son) in Edmonton, Alberta

From: John Kingston <> To: "''" <> Subject: just hi Date: Tue, 29 Jul 1997 20:27:47 -0600 X-Mailer: Microsoft Internet E-mail/MAPI - Encoding: 9 TEXT

HI Tommy, this is your nephew Jayson from Calgary dropping you a line from Jon and Heathers place. Neat page, and what an adventure. I'd like to do it someday. By the way I am now 18 and going into 2nd year theology at Alberta Bible College. That's right, someone your related to will someday be a minister. Doesn't that scare you! I'm in Edmonton this week because I am a teacher at a day camp here. I am actually doing 8 weeks of camps and VBS's for a full scholarship to my school. It' sgood to here somebodys life is as exciting as mine. (just kidding) Hey, I'm on the road for two months but as soon as I'm off I will see you in Calgary. Peace!

My comments: looking forward to seeing you, Jay.

A Joke from Tom Fournier

A couple are going about their morning routine, preparing to meet another day. The wife goes into the washroom. As she opens the door she is greeted by a loud screech. "Honey!" she calls out. "Can you fix this door, you know maybe plane it where it sticks or something?"

"What the hell do I look like ...a carpenter?" he answers. "Call someone and get it fixed!"

She goes to turn on the light and sees the bulb flicker on and off. "Honey!" she calls out. "Can you fix this light, maybe there is a loose connection or something?"

"What the hell do I look like ... an electrician?" he answers. "Call someone and get it fixed!"

She finishes her business and then washes her hands. As she turns off the tap she notices a persistant drip. "Honey!" she calls out. "Can you fix this tap, maybe it needs a new washer or something?"

"What the hell do I look like ... a plumber?" he answers. "Call someone and get it fixed!"

He goes off to work and returns later that day. The husband gets changed and then goes into the washroom. The door opens smoothly without a sound. Wow! He turns on the light, there is not a flicker. He quickly turns the tap on and off. The drip is gone!

"Honey!" he calls out. "Hey everything is fixed! Who did you get to do all of the repairs?"

"Well Fred next door is home on holidays." she replies. "He is quite the handy-man, he was able to repair everything."

The husband ponders this for a moment and then asks, "Gees, how much did he charge?"

"Oh he didn't charge anything, he offered me a choice. I could have sex with him or bake him a cake."

"Well what did you do?" the husband asked.

"What the hell do I look like ... a baker?" she replied.

From Bill Bull (QMBA '97) in Detroit, after receiving notice of my Nova /TransCanada report

From: To: <> Subject: Re: July '97 report Date: Fri, 1 Aug 1997 12:51:04 -0400


I don't care about this shit. I'd rather see a message from you. Nice and personal like. Anyhow, what's going on? Talk to you later.

My comments: You will accept my e-mail and you will like, or pretend to like, my reports!!!

From Anne Walsh in Newcastle, New Brunswick

Date: Sat, 2 Aug 1997 00:13:39 -0400 (EDT) X-Sender: X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Light Version 1.5.4 (16) To: From: Anne Walsh <> Subject:

tom i got your e-mail today so of course i checked your web site. after about an hour my eyeballs started to bleed so i skimmed for awhile.I see that donald and tanya are still alive and kicking. the last time i saw them was at a two day ball party back in september at a camp in trout brook they were leaving them and planning to tent their way to BC. after my teeth stopped chattering at the thought of those freezing cold nights i wished them well . i'm glad to see they didn't freeze somewhere in alberta. i think your method of travel is much saner. mooching and munching your way around the continent is definately the way to go. ill toast you and your adventure tomorrow night at the baie du vin summer survival beer garden. with an alpine ..of course ! keep the updates comming anne

My comments: At least someone on that street has the right approach to "moochin and munchin" (Anne lives on the same street as my father and mother)

From John Morrison in Kingston, Ontario

From: John Morrison <> To: "''" <> Subject: More road tales ? ... Date: Sun, 3 Aug 1997 20:32:02 -0400 X-Mailer: Microsoft Exchange Server Internet Mail Connector Version 4.0.993.5

> "My comments: Will, take care of that phone call for me"

Is this the end of the road, the final "My comments:", or am I just stuck behind a brain-dead proxy server that refuses to get an updated copy of the "saga".

So, Tom, I came to T.O. to talk about a job, and left my 9:00 a.m. interview at 10 o'clock that night. Been on that pace for the last 3 weeks, and I have been looking forward to another installment of the road trip to remind me that there is still a world out there.

Hope Calgary (?) is treating you well, although you might be anywhere by now. Hope things are going well, and that you have found lawn-cutting "supervisor" work.

Cheers, John Morrison

From Louis Gagnon (Finance Prof) in Kingston, Ontario (my letter is below)

X-Sender: X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Light Version 3.0.1 (32) Date: Sun, 03 Aug 1997 22:11:21 -0400 To: (threeisl) From: Louis Gagnon <> Subject: Re: July '97 report

Hey Tom:

Nice to hear from you wherever you are now. I visited your site. Pretty impressive. Are you really on the road? It seems to me that you are doing an awful lot of work on your computer for someone who is travelling. You could just be somewhere down east uploading pictures and and text to your site between TV ads. Please, send me something (a post card maybe) to convince me!

Pretty good returns on your investment picks. I guess you have a way of catching big fish.

All the best to you and have a safe return,


PS: I'm back at Queen's now so don't hesitate to drop by on your way back and I will show you some of the fish that I have caught recently. LG

At 10:34 8/1/97 -0600, you wrote: >Bonjour Monsieur Gagnon, > >Have you noticed that the two stocks I profiled in April, then trading >around $50, are now trading at $75- $80? > >I'm on a massive roadtrip. Check out >index.html > >Three Islands Investments is pleased to announce our July '97 report > >Nova Corporation, Calgary, AB (NVA,tse) > > and > >TransCanada Pipelines Limited, Calgary, AB (TCP,tse) > >available at > > >Three Islands Investments is an electronic investment analyst. We analyze >pairs of companies using the ratios from the 1993 Canadian Securities Course. > >Hope all is well, > >Tom Kingston

My comments: Nice line about "catching big fish" :-)

August 20 Evening Update

Well.... hello again after 16 days. I am still in Calgary, although I went to Sandpoint, Idaho this weekend. Anne Marie and I drove to Sandpoint to visit Bethy (my sister) and Terry (my brother-in-law), Carolyn (my niece), Emily (my niece), John, Heather, Stephanie, and Leslie (the Edmonton crowd from early July). We camped all weekend. It was the first time on the roadtrip that I camped and slept in my sleeping bag and tent that I bought in London, Ontario in late May. It was the first time in 10 years that I saw my sister Bethy. It was the first time I met my niece Emily and the first time in four years that I saw Terry. Here are a few pictures.

This picture was taken the first night as the kids roasted marshmallows over the fire. The lawn chair came out striking well didn't it!

(l to r - Leslie, Emily, Carolyn, and Stephanie)

(l to r - Emily, Carolyn, Leslie, and Stephanie)



(l to r - Emily, Carolyn, Stephanie, and Leslie)

And here's a picture of everybody

(l to r back Heather, Anne Marie, Bethy, John, me)

(l to r front - Emily, Caroline, Stephanie, Leslie)

The camping trip was a lot of fun. The weather was great. No rain. We went to the Sandpoint beach in the afternoons and sat around the campfire in the evenings and drank red wine. Anne Marie and I also picked up my father's old computer from Terry and Bethy who had picked it up on their vacation in New Bruswick last month. I set the computer up at Anne Marie's when we arrived back in Calgary and I am pleased to report the computer is working just fine.

I also saw Donald Cole in the last couple of weeks. He left Vancouver and spent a week in Calgary. He is on his way to Ottawa for work.

I also saw Ron Hankiewich (QMBA '97) last week. Ron and his wife Katie, and I had lunch. Ron seems to be doing well. Ron is moving to Edmonton.

Martha, Mark, and Laura returned from their vacation last week so my 3 week stint of having their house to myself is now over. They had a great vacation visiting eastern Canada.

In terms of the job search, I have yet to find one, but the job search continues. I am planning to go to Vancouver for two weeks in September in order to broaden my search area to include Vancouver.

The Mail Bag

I have received some e-mail in the last 16 days but none specifically related to the roadtrip webpage. I guess I lost a lot of fans because of the infrequent updates lately.

August 24 Evening Update

Hi! This is a short update to include two e-mails I received to the roadtrip webpage. They are both particularly good e-mails. Also, Al Thomas and Heather Slauenwhite arrived in Calgary tonight and will be here for a couple of days. I saw them for an hour this evening... will be seeing them more in the next couple of days.

From John Morisson in Kingston, Ontario

From: John Morrison <> To: "''" <> Subject: Road Trip, Road Trip ... Date: Fri, 22 Aug 1997 15:01:06 -0400 X-Mailer: Microsoft Exchange Server Internet Mail Connector Version 4.0.993.5

> I am planning to go to Vancouver for two weeks in September > in order to broaden my search area to include Vancouver.

The cries go up ... "Road Trip. Road Trip. More stories to entertain us desk-bound types".

By the way, I agree ... the lawn chair did come out quite nicely.

Cheers, John

My comments: At least one fan is still alive.

From John Kingston in Edmonton, Alberta

From: John Kingston <> To: 'Tom Kingston' <> Cc: 'Anne Marie Kingston' <>, 'Terry and Beth' <> Subject: a new web site in only 30 seconds Date: Sun, 24 Aug 1997 16:49:20 -0600 X-Mailer: Microsoft Internet E-mail/MAPI - Encoding: 46 TEXT


I took to heart our discussion wrt to web site content and delivery. I decided take your content and deliver it in a better way. The amazing thing is that it only took 30 seconds - honest I timed it!

Here is the link to my web site:

There is only one city that is "active" ; appropriately that city is Kingston. Place your mouse over the city name on the map and the cursor will change to a "hand" icon. Click and you will go to a page descrbing what you did or did not do in Kingston. I realize a WWW warrior like yourself does not need explicit instructions but the folks on the CC list may need it.

Comments from all are welcome. I don't gaurentee I will like them, though! One thing I am interested in knowing is how fast the map loads. For me of course it is very fast. The image size is about 4 times as large as the picture of Mom, Dad and Tom. However, you pages were long and contained many pictures and therefore takes a long time to load the page.

On the lighter side...... Here is a joke for you:

Reaching the end of the job interview, the Human Resources person asked the young MBA fresh out of Queens, "And what starting salary were you looking for?".

The candidate responded confidently, "In the neighborhood of $125,000 a year, depending on the benefits package."

The HR person said, "Well, what would you say to a benefits package of 5-weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every two years-say a red Corvette?"

The graduate sat up, mouth agape and said, "Wow! Are you kidding?" And the interviewer responded, "Of course ... but you started it!"

My comments: (1)I don't think the joke is funny at all.(2) There is quite a story to John redoing my webpage. Suffice it to say, I think your improvements are lousy. Now, John, keep in mind that I have placed a link to your webpage. I trust you will not abuse this privilege.

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