March morphed into April as it will when you are working six or seven days a week at a refinery turnaround as they call their maintenance shutdowns. They had us all sign something that we would not write about them so I won't. Even about the good stuff and there is a lot of that.
I was in Regina the entire month. Juanita made it back to Meadow Lake a couple of times for birthdays and so on. Our granddaughter, Sonja, came down for a few days to stay with us and attend the Fan Expo Regina event. Juanita drove her back to Meadow Lake after the event and then carried on to Edmonton to help with the grandkids there for a couple of weeks while Nick is working a turnaround (see above) at a refinery there.
Majestics' Car Show
The Majestics Car Club of Regina held their 49th annual car show in April. I attended along with a number of co-workers. Well, with just two, but there were several others we met while there. Juanita was away that weekend which worked out well. She prefers to sit in the parking lot and read to paying the admittance fee to look at cars she couldn't care less about. I, on the other hand, enjoyed myself, taking 153 pictures and handing out a pocketful of curved illusion tracts while my more social co-workers walked around together and visited.
There were lots of cars that brought back memories and some that educated about aspects of automobile history. I'll write about one in particular below.
A Valiant Effort
There are no end of nostalgic moments one can relive by walking through a car show.
I flew into Pitt Meadow airport one time on a private plane. The pilot told me that the Pitt Meadows airport up the Fraser Valley from Vancouver, had the most take-offs and landings of any airport in Canada. It gained this by having a year-round flying season and a large number of student pilots doing touch and go's (goes?) - to practice their take-offs and landings.
I had telexed my girlfriend, at the time, of the time of my arrival and she had come to meet me. On the way to her car she handed me the keys and said "you drive!" I got in, started the engine and pushed the windshield washer button to clean the dust from the windshield. Windshield washer fluid sprayed onto the window and the wipers went back and forth a few times and stopped. She exclaimed, "how did you do that!" I submit into evidence in her defence the above picture of a Valiant dashboard showing that the washer button was unlabelled.