vacation started out as a time to get away and spend with my friend
Sarrah. I arranged with her to stay at her place during my vacation
and she was going to take me site seeing. I planned my time so
that I was with her for her birthday. I verified with her that
the dates were okay before I made my reservations and arranged
to meet up with some of the Canadian rotary guys. I flew out of
my home city around 7:50AM and arrived in Toronto, Ontario around
6:30PM and waited at the airport for Sarrah. After about 2.5 hours
of waiting and her not answering her cell phone I gave up on her.
I called a shuttle for a hotel and decided to sleep there for
hotel had a business center so I posted on the RX-7 Forum that
I was in Toronto without a place to stay. I knew I had a place
to stay Saturday night since a guy named Mark posted that people
could crash it his place after the rotary get together if they
needed to. I spent the night in the hotel and woke up around 10AM
and took a shower and got ready for the day. Around 11:30AM I
got a call from Mark saying he could pick me up for the rotary
get together. I was relieved since check out time was noon.
picked me up and we went to his place to drop off my luggage,
then went and met the local rotary guys. The local guys are really
cool and down to earth, even the FD guys. We hung out and ate
lunch and then went to a big arcade and the guys played a lot
of the interactive games for a few hours. After that we ended
up back at Mark's place. We ordered pizza and Mark treated. Plus
most people drank a little bit to get ready to go out to a club
that Mark used to frequent. A few of the underage folks went home
and the rest of us went out to Lime Lite. It is a cool club with
three levels and different music on each level. One thing about
Canada that I am not used to is paying for my sodas. I do not
drink and in California they offer free sodas for the designated
drivers. So when I go to a bar or a club I never have to pay for
anything except maybe a cover charge.
the club we went back to Mark's place (since a few people we going
to crash there) and played Dreamcast for a bit. The next morning
we woke up around noon or so. A guy named Will was who made a
big impression on me. He spoke French and had a strong accent
that I noticed. It was interesting to hear him speak and the terms
he used that were different from what I was used to in California.
After people left Mark and I kind of hung out and did not do much.
It was nice to be able to just relax after having such a stressful
past couple days.
morning Mark had to go to court for a moving violation he had
got a few weeks prior. It was interesting to see the courthouse
and speak with a few people that were waiting with us. We then
went over to A-spec to get his oil changed and talk with some
is a cool shop that is to big for there shop. They are building
a nice FD with a big twin turbo setup. They do not plan to compete
with the car, just drive around in a really nice and powerful
FD for a little advertisement of what the shop is capable of.
The plan on running a Haltech in the car, so hopefully I will
be hearing from them in the future for help. They are looking
for a used dyno and I could not locate one for them, so if you
know of one for sale please email me so I can tell them.
night I went out with Mark and Chris and saw some of the sites.
We went and ate at a New York type place and then went over to
the skydome. They took me around to some of the other great places
to see like the tallest free standing (as opposed to a non-freestanding)
building, and some of the new buildings that had been built. Most
everything is downtown and easily accessible on foot. I can tell
you this, it was darn cold there!
next day Mark and I had planned to go to Niagara Falls. This ended
up not working out since it was raining really bad. It is normally
a 1.5 hour drive from Mark's house and with rain it would make
the drive even worse. We ended up going to the video store and
renting a couple movies on DVD.
night we watched the movies and also watched Junkyard Wars on
TLC. It was a good show to watch since I was American and he was
Canadian. Of course it was an episode were there were three teams
competing, Americans, British, and Russians. So there was a little
rivalry going on with him going for the Brits. Naturally the all
might Americans prevailed and I was very happy. After that two
hour special we played a little Metropolitan Street Racer. Every
race was extremely close and Mark really could not come close
to the amazing techniques I had (not really, but I do not want
to say I lost 95% of the time).
last day I was there I slept in and Mark and I played some more
MSR and then I was off to the airport. He dropped me off and I
was already to go home. The only problem was my flight was cancelled
since there was ice on the runway at Dallas/Fort Worth (Texas).
The lady at the airline found me another flight that was going
into DFW, but was scheduled to arrive 30 minutes later. Not a
problem since I originally had 70 minutes between flights. I flew
out of Toronto on an Air Canada flight, which I really liked.
The seats were roomy and the service was great. We ended up landing
later than scheduled so I missed my flight. I did not think it
was a big deal, so I went over and tried to get on the next flight.
The only problem was the next flight was departing the next morning
on a completely different airline. So I planned to stay in the
airport that night and save some money. I called my mother and
told her what was going on (especially since she was supposed
to pick me up) and she offered to pay for a hotel room for me.
That was good, I could get a decent nights rest since I was supposed
to work the next day. I figured while I was in Dallas I would
look up Steve Kan (an FD guy that has been featured in a couple
magazines and runs 9s). I called him and left a message on his
machine to try and call me. The only problem was I called him
from the airport and then left to go to the hotel. He did call
back, but I did not get the call or knew he called. I spent the
night in the hotel and then woke up the next morning around 5:30AM
to catch my 7AM flight. I flew into St. Louis and then had an
eight hour lay-over. Not a big deal, I wondered this huge airport
and read a little bit. I found out that from one end of the airport
to the other end was just over 1 mile. I walked it off and boy
was it a long walk. Obviously I had nothing better to do. I did
however end up on an earlier flight that arrived in San Francisco
at 4:45PM. I took that flight because I was at least closer to
home and out of the bad weather. I ended up flying out of SFO
at 7PM and that was on a two prop plane. Three seats across the
plane and around 14 seats deep. It was a good flight and air time
was around 30 minutes. When I finally landed I was very happy
to be home.
want to make sure I thank Mark for his extreme generosity in letting
me sleep at his house. I hope he knows I am very grateful to him
and he will always have a place to stay if he is ever in the Sacramento
area. Thank you again Mark.