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April 21, 2011

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Posted by Derek Lundy

Derek Lundy

And it’s over. We had School and public library events yesterday in Oliver, south of Penticton, and all had good turnouts. It has been an excellent tour. And what could be better than making three new and good friends? The day’s highlight was a stop at Ticklebury’s ice cream joint near Oliver where a “Double” ice cream cone consists of four big scoops stacked up like myocardial-infarction bombs. (Then there’s the “Large.”) George was unusually restrained and ordered a “Children’s,” which has only two such scoops. We haven’t been able to help but notice his proclivity for prodigious food consumption - pretty much anything will do if it isn’t actually moving. George is from Oliver, of course, and, as we walked around, it was truly heartwarming to see so many people come up to him and ask him to repay the loans. Bryan the Boss fell asleep at the wheel only a couple of times, which was a huge improvement. We all feel that Bryan has real potential if he applies himself. Julie’s evening meal included both spaghetti and mashed potatoes, a combination this writer, wise in the ways of the world, has never seen before. And in a final bizarre development, Bryan dropped me off at the Oliver library, where a suspicious librarian wouldn’t hand over the washroom key, and implied that I was a vagrant. I spent two hours there in some discomfort from urinary urgency working on my next book. In the meantime, the Boss and Julie drove down to Osoyoos, visited famous Spotted Lake and other tourist sights and had a helluva good time. Today, as I said before, but it bears repeating, we head back to Vancouver to pick up our winning prizes. So long.

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