What a wonderful day!  Despite the hazy weather, my mother and I decided to fly to Toronto for a little scenic tour of the city.  We took off from St. Catharines at 9:25 this morning.  We couldn’t even see Toronto until we were practically in it, due to the haze.  I requested flight following from around Grimsby until I was passed off to City Centre.  We entered the city at 2000 feet.  Check out the updated photos in my Odessa gallery, and you’ll get a good idea of how poopy the weather was.  Still, when we were flying by the CN Tower, it was just amazing!  I can’t wait to go back on a clearer day.  The flight back was a little bumpy so I headed out over the water (which is typically smoother air).  My mother gets quite tense when it’s not a smooth ride!  Just as we were coming in for a landing back at St. Catharines, we heard a Hercules aircraft call the tower and stated he would be doing some fly overs.  We took a few pictures as it flew over, but the zoom on our cameras just didn’t cut it for distance.  Thus, I decided to buy a new camera.  Actually, I’ve been researching them for a week or so now.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted a superzoom or SLR.  

Jan and I went to Tim Hortons for a greatly needed coffee and treat.  Afterwords, we went to Best Buy to check out their cameras.  I found the one I was looking for – a Canon PowerShot SX10.  I was informed by the sales clerk that they were sold out.  She said she would go check their system to see if another Best Buy had one in stock.  While she did that, I did something very naughty.  I phoned Future Shop!  Unfortunately, she returned while I was on the phone with Future Shop’s digital camera department.  Bob was tellling me they had three left and asked if I wanted him to set one aside for me.  He also let me know the price, which was a little less than Best Buy.  I hung up the phone and apologized profusely to the Best Buy clerk.  She was so nice about it and actually said she was going to suggest checking out Future Shop.  I thanked her for her time, then Jan and I left and drove over to Fairview Mall.  Bob greeted us as we walked up to the digital camera section.  I remember speaking to him a few months ago when I was purchasing a battery charger.  He explained all of the features on the Canon and also the comparable Nikon version.  Although Nikon had 24X zoom and the Canon had 20X, I still decided to go for the Canon.  I felt so bad for what I did to the clerk at Best Buy, then I was hit with guilt for poor Bob.  He explained the extended warranties available and I kept saying I would have to think about it.  I’m usually not one to purchase extra warranties.  Well, soon after Jan and I walked out of the store (and I mean within two minutes!), we had talked me into purchasing the four year warranty.  I walked back into the store and loudly said “Oh Bob!  We’re back!”  I told him I was going to purchase the warranty and he informed me I would have to go through Customer Service.  I felt so bad, as I thought he could just quickly ring it through.  Anyway, he walked us over and stood there with us until the clerk was available.  I felt really bad for being a pain in the butt, but I’m sure all parties involved will find it in their hearts to forgive me.  Future Shop rocks!  http://www.futureshop.ca/home.asp  Actually, I have purchased most of my electronics here, from my computers and laptops, cameras, printers, speakers, CD players, receivers, etc.

I’m just going to finish up this entry, then head over to the Cat Quarters to play with the kitties.  I’m going to stop in at Rick Dykstra’s office to see if they will still be holding the community BBQ tonight, or if it will be canceled due to the weather.

Today’s symptoms: I just had a slight headache this morning.  I certainly feel quite a bit better today than I have over the last couple of weeks.  Things are looking up!

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