Greenest of Them All

When we finally arrived at the Outpost, Dave convinced me to ask Heb if we could smoke.  Heb got a twinkle in his eyes and bellowed, "Not around the propane tanks!"  And then giggled and giggled and said he didn't care.

So, around the middle of the season or so we asked for a Chesterfield King.  Well, Heb looked to his side and sighed, and then turned and said, "Only this once," doling out a cigarette each.  We were valiant, and unfazed as he snapped his zippo to light them.  But we could barely keep our faces from turning green as he watched our first couple of drags.  He turned away, I am sure satisfied that that would never happen again.  Dave and I tried, but I am positive neither of us finished those foul thick-tarred smokes.

              Bill Seeley, 10/26/99

 

Shenanigans in Winnipeg

The CP train was much more opulent than its sister line.  We had a lounge car and since we had been re-routed meals were compliments of the CN line in the white-napkin dining car (not the snack shack car). We also were allowed full run as first-class passengers.  Peter was a brave guide through all of this, steering us clear of mischief at every turn.  While in Winnipeg we stayed at the luxurious Fort Gary Hotel, actually one of the grande dammes of the era of railroad travel.  A fat lot of good it did us.  We were fed by CN at the Union Station cafeteria.  But we did get to chase each other down the hotel hallways with lit cans of aerosol deodorant.  Ah, the days of environmental ignorance.

        Bill Seeley, 10/26/99

 

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