I was up very early this morning and mum and dad took me to the airport. It will be a while before I see them again.
My flight to Ottawa stopped in Winnipeg, a city that I changed planes in once in 1994 and the airport doesn't seem to have changed a bit in that time. Naturally I did pushups there but they weren't really worth showing here. On Facebook maybe.
Upon arriving in Ottawa I took a taxi straight to campaign HQ and in short order I found myself out doorknocking with the candidate. It was good to get out and do something. This is a guy I went to university with. At the time I also wanted to go into politics myself but decided against it. PP is really cut out for it though and was very diligent in his campaigning. Much more so than most candidates I've worked with. There was very little time wasting on his part. The campaign was very focussed and disciplined and had plenty of volunteers. It struck me as being a model campaign in a lot of ways. No backbiting or pettiness (or at least none that I could see and none that got in the way of the whole point of the campaign.)
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So between knocking on doors and putting up signs, it was a productive afternoon. Dinner meant a brief break in the campaign and was follwed by more evening doorknocking until the sun went down. Then PP gave me a lift to my night's accommodation. I'm in a backpackers tonight and it looks perfectly nice.
Also, a potential visit to the national campaign HQ may be in the works while I'm here. PP is going to contact them and see what can be done.
it's a good thing that I had a lot to do today to keep me occupied. I was starting to get a bit stir crazy. There is often a bit of a let down after a very good time filled with new experiences, and spending a few days playing it very safe with the family after my adventures with JAQ last weekend was very much a shock to the system. Being with the family felt a bit like playing it safe mixed with being far from home. Corresponding with friends like JAQ and others has kept the happiness levels up these past few days, and I think I will be up for some new adventures over the next few days.
Also, I am looking at getting involved in Skype to be able to keep in touch with far away friends better, but I'm not tech savvy enough to know my way around it.