I’d like to blame it on Covid-19, on two and a half years of restrictions and lockdowns, but maybe I’m just getting old.
There was a time when the six hour drive from Toronto to Montreal was no big deal, when a four and a half hour drive to Ottawa to pick up a jumpsuit at Hudson’s Bay seemed reasonable, and a five hour round trip to see Dracula in Stratford—seven times—made perfect sense.
That time is long gone.
Since March of 2020, my car has barely been out of the garage. Between Amazon, Instacart, and Uber Eats I never have to leave the house—and I don’t.
Now, that restrictions are a thing of the past and shops, restaurants, and theatres are open again. Now, that there are people and places to visit, and drives to take—it’s too late.
There’s a new phrase in my life these days, one I’d never thought I’d say…
It’s too far.
How did this happen? When did I start worrying about things like traffic and walking to my car after dark?
Knowing absolutely nothing about what the Royal Canadian Navy does, the image that comes to mind is something like this…
But it’s not all Arctic waters and icebergs; the Navy gets around—all the way around to the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Sierra Leone.
On a three-month diplomatic tour, the crews of HMCS Goose Bay and HMCS Moncton were invited to visit the Chimpanzee Sanctuary. The invitation came with a request, “You wouldn’t happen to have any extra rope that you’re not using?”