February 8, 2008

Of Lapplanders and Laundry

I'm back. Internet was splotchy, and I couldn't blog. Actually, it was my brain that kept disconnecting, but it's easier to blame Swedish/Norwegian/Danish technology.

Had an awesome time traipsing around the top of the world in two very cool Volvos, eating odd things, wearing clothing that usually makes me laugh at other people, and saying things like 'hey, there's another reindeer!' and 'please, not fish again'.

It was truly an amazing place. We were throwing cars around a frozen lake, taking road trips around fjords, and generally having a blast. Thank you, Volvo.

Everyone back home survived, though I came home to Marc limping ('I twisted my ankle taking laundry downstairs' - sure). I was greeted with hugs and laundry, as always, and one cat loving me and one not quite sure who I was.

My Monday column filled up my inbox like crazy. Stupid new educational legislation created by the Education Minister and handed down by the Halton Board (meaning, in my mind, not stopped by the Board, frankly), has people hopping mad. I heard from dozens of parents, teachers, former teachers and even students. I had one letter disagreeing with me, and everything else was as angry as my original piece. No due dates? No deadlines? Are they kidding? Oh, and 'they're doing it everywhere'? You know what? Our entire education system is a total mess. The fact the crap has all settled at the same level everywhere hardly inspires confidence.

Enough bitching. I have deadlines to meet and laundry to do.

I'll check in later...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome back! Glad you didn't fall down a fee-yord.

February 08, 2008 8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lorraine, you drove both in adverse conditions, the Volvo and Land Rover, now I want to know how they would do in stop and go traffic, in city life, the mileage they would give... I know they are nice but for the price??? Where is Al Gore when there are people driving these vehicles???

I just had to bug...welcome back...

February 08, 2008 4:33 PM  
Blogger DJW said...

Now you have a problem...

...you will never again be able to say, "Doing a little laundry never hurt anyone."

Welcome back!


February 08, 2008 9:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lorraine, which one are you buying?... which one do you recommend or are they both pretty well equal? just interested...

February 10, 2008 11:51 AM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

They're really different cars, actually. We were driving two Volvos, the S80, a 4 door sedan, luxury etc. and a XC70, the AWD wagon. The Landrovers are built for hanging-by-your-fingertips adventure, but also feel great in the city. The Volvo wagon is a great car that people should definitely consider for getting out of the over-sized SUVs that I love to hate so much. It does everything most people need it to do, even off road. The S80 is a really nice car. Handles like a sportscar, but definitely a sedan.

I'll state the obvious: I'm getting the fun of playing in some very expensive vehicles. These are built for slivers of the market, but the technology eventually ends up benefitting even those of us who don't get to own them.

Landrover had a new concept car at the auto show which was a beaut. Really sleek, and many environmentally friendly components. Again, big bucks, but big changes in a direction that is mattering more every year.

Speaking of falling into a fjord (commenter #1), we were driving along a very steep section of the road, and noticed a large section that had no guardrail. 'Hmmmmm,' I said. 'That seems like a really dangerous spot not to have a guardrail.'. As I said it, we noticed a small wooden cross with someone's name on it. Seems Sven Somebody must have barrelled down his driveway and over into the fjord. They drive like nutters.

February 10, 2008 12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lorraine, thanks for the info...nice to drive the cars of the "elite" and not have to lay out a penny isn't it? The only way to go...

February 11, 2008 11:42 AM  

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