Pack in as much as possible

A courier arrived at my house yesterday afternoon and knocked on my door. At the time, I was at Centre Mall grabbing lunch with some coworkers. Since I wasn’t around to answer the door, the courier left a notice informing me that there was a package that I had to sign for. I didn’t get that notice until I got home around 6:30pm. Once I get the notice, I usually phone in to the postal office and ask if the courier has returned with my package. Sometimes the notice says that it’s available after a certain time but when I get there they tell me that they don’t have it. As a precaution I always call in to inquire about my package just in case it’s not there when I get there.

The package that was waiting for me was my Canadian passport. I’ve been worrying about this piece of document for the past couple of weeks. I was very anxious to buy my plane ticket to Hong Kong but I didn’t want to buy it without ensuring that I had my passport. I could risk it and book the plane ticket right away but what if they take too long to process my application and I my the flight by a day? I didn’t want to take that chance so I was patient and waited a bit longer.

Exactly two weeks after the day I submitted my application, my passport arrived. I was on the phone with my girlfriend and she didn’t want to get off the phone until she knew for sure that it was the passport that I would be picking up from the postal office. Shopper’s Drugmart wasn’t that far away from my house so I walked over but I kept my girlfriend on the line. I plugged in an earphone so I wouldn’t have to hold the phone because it was really cold out. I could have taken the car but the walk isn’t that long.

When I got into the store, I told my girlfriend that I’ll have to be quiet for a bit because I didn’t want people to think I’m talking to myself. I stopped by the postal office and picked up my package. When I got outside, I tore open the envelope to see its content, one Canadian passport.

I was relieved and excited at the same time. Now I can finally book my plane ticket to Hong Kong. I couldn’t wait a second longer. My vacation time has been submitted at work and I’ve received the approval to have those days off. I’ve worked all those overtime and I’ve submitted those as well. I’m hoping that the overtime will be enough to cover my plane ticket and some spending money.

Flight Itinerary

As you can see, I’m heading out on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 from Pearson. It’s going to be an early flight so I have to get there pretty early to catch it. I’ll have to leave Hamilton very early because the airport recommends that I check in two hours before my flight leaves. It’s going to be a very tiring morning.

The flight from Toronto to Vancouver is only a couple of hours. If my schedule flight is delayed, I still have time to catch an alternative flight as long as that flight arrives in Vancouver before the flight to Hong Kong takes off. I’ll be on the plane for a pretty long time so I hope the seats are comfortable. I was able to select my seat so I selected the window seat. I’ll have my camera with me so I’m going to be taking pictures out that window. It’s been a very long time since I was last on a plane. The last time I was on a plane, I didn’t get to see much of the view because I had my head in a vomit bag most of the time. This time around, I hope that I’m not affected by the turbulence or anything. I would like the flight to go as smoothly as possible.

In light of recent events, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about life in general. I hardly did anything when I was younger and I missed out on a lot of things. Given the opportunity to travel, I didn’t take it because I didn’t feel like it. Now I see that there’s so much left to do. My friend that passed away a few days ago was a young soul but I believe that he did a lot more living that what I’ve done. Some of us take things for granted thinking that it’s not a big deal but we’re wrong. Everything is a big deal no matter how insignificant it is. No more, will I let an opportunity to live life to its fullest slip by. I’m going to explore this life by seeing what’s out there.

2 replies on “Pack in as much as possible”

  1. Hey Don, I hope you have fun in Hong Kong say “hi” to Jenn for me. Have a safe flight bro. and make sure you have a lotta fun there to lol. Don’t forget to bring some things home 😀

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