Day 32, 33, 34, 35: A Busy Respite in our Home Town

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We breezed into Winnipeg in preperation for that night's party at a bar in St.Boniface, hosted by Jay Kilgour and organizers Noah Hughes (Kelty's best pal at Notre Dame) and my old bud Paul Sweatman. They had thoughtfully set up a live band, food and all the invitees. It was moving to see so many familiar faces in support of us and our cause and we mingled and danced while the donations rolled in. Just a word on the Sweatman family's loyalty: Wynn Sweatman, Teddie, Paul,Scotty, Margie and Allan all turned up at the party and Gin's book reading and were so loving and generous. My old pals, Jake Mac Donald, John Kilgour, Clint Harvey, Jim White, and Jim Richardson, just to mention a few, and some of Gin's old buds, Claire Powell and family, Suzie Dowler, Cathy Applebee, Shelagh Hare, Leney Richardson, and so many others turned out. Sorry for those names I didn't mention: you were there too and we appreciate your presence. You guys are zero cool - we are proud to be counted as your friends. You keep our spokes spinnin'.

The next morning was an early and live (deadly combo after a party in your honour) interview on CTV at their downtown studios. Apparently we pulled it off and soon we whisked away to set up for a rally at the CMHA HQ on Portage Ave. The turnout was great and afterwards we had a review of CHMA Winnipeg's operations and a tour of their facility. Any time off was spent mostly with our parents, although my poor momsie (90),was recuperating in the hospital.

Friday was another busy one, with a meeting with the mayor Sam Katz, followed by a TSN radio interview. Nice of all the media to fit us in as it was not only UCF's debut in Winnipeg, but on Sunday the Manitoba Marathon. That evening 40-60 congregated at McNalley's Books for a reading, handled exquisitedly by Gin's sister Catherine. Did I mention Choosing Hope is McNally's second best selling book? I know Gin was very proud to have her parents, Bob and Rea Spear along with her aunt and uncle, Donna and Bill Parish in the front row. They both have generously donated and Bob is in his element, bringing us snacks and treats for the road.

Saturday was as close to a day off as we got, highlighted by a early golf game (nice 78 Gibby), followed by a couple of icy barley's and a sangie. A visit to momsie, and back to Paul (Gibby) and Catherine's for Father's Day laughs and presents rounded out the day. The feature drink of the day quenched our thirst on this 85 degree afternoon. The Desert Dawg recipe: fill a scotch glass with ice, pour in enough tequila to kill yourself and back it off a little-3oz. lime juice, a cap full of Triple Sec to take out the bite, squeeze in a lime wedge. If you've got any spring wood ticks on you they'll be dead in 10 minutes.

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