Weekend HSS`s and great company! (Part 1)
- Hi Gang,
Last weekend was especially enjoyable for me and my wife, Marthe
(Stamperdream). We had the great pleasure of sharing a wonderful 3
days of hobby shop stops (HSS) and planning for our travels together
this summer and next spring with Terry and Helen Sutfin.
The chronicle of our adventures will be too long for one message so
you can expect a series of reports, each one highlighting a HSS with
references to pictures of each stop. Hopefully, this first message
will serve to whet your appetites for the rest.
Day 1, Friday pm at the airport...
Terry was in the East to visit family in New York and decided to rent
a car and join us for a Spring weekend in Toronto. Our agreed
meeting place was at the passenger pick-up ramp of the arrivals area
of Terminal 2, Peason International Airport. Why? parking rates
downtown are usurious! so we planned on dropping off Terry's rental
at the long term lot.
As we drove up to the "Absolutely No Parking on Penalty of
Death...passenger pick-up area, column 3" under the scowling regard
of the 2 traffic cops policing the area, we scanned anxiously the
dozens of faces pouring out of the exits at the appointed time for
our rendez-vous. We were about to be waved on our way by the closest
unfriendly cop when we heard a greeting from Terry. He was on the
opposite side of the ramp where he had managed to park his rental for
the weekend for nothing! As he came up to join us, he asked if we
minded another passenger in the car, pointing to a person standing
beside a column nearby. Marthe, my wife, started shouting, if not
screaming, and laughing with joy. Our mystery passenger was none
other than Helen Sutfin! She had decided spontaneously that morning,
to hop in a plane and join her hubby and us for the weekend! Thank
goodness for frequent flyer points and flight coupons!
Well, we made so much noise laughing and hugging that 2 traffic cops
came over blowing whistles to quell the mini riot taking place on
their beat. Once the bags were in the car and the seat belts in
place, we headed to Applebee's Family restaurant in order to pacify
the gods of travellers...as some of you might recall, we had been
marooned in Redding, CA for 3 days last summer where we ate all of
our meals at Applebees! No sense in taking any chances!
Of course, once we were safely insalled at our table with tall
glasses of presweetened Canadian ice-tea Helen wanted to know what
the agenda was...
1. HSS`s planned for the weekend: Westend Toronto Trains, John's
Hobbies, Georges Trains, Den of Trains and Panther Hobbies.
2. Finalize plans for our upcoming extraordinary adventure at the
2001 National Train Show in St. Louis, MO in July.
3. Discuss the logistics and set milestones for our planned trip to
Sinsheim, Germany in March 2002 for Faszination Modellbau.
4. Play with the Val Ease Central and identify fixes needed for
Our next stop would be Westend Toronto Trains Saturday morning at
11am. Stay tuned for part 2...