A few bloggers inquired about the attempted break-in which happened a couple weeks ago. Here you go! Monday (10/27) afternoon around 2:00pm, a rock was thrown through our basement door window. A grapefruit sized hole in the window was discovered by yours truly Monday night, thankfully before stepping on all the shattered glass.
The rough time estimate is known because my neighbor saw the crook walk into our backyard. He didn’t think much of it since we have a landscaping crew that mows our lawn every couple weeks. The crook wasn’t able to get inside our house since the deadbolt requires a key which I don’t leave the key in the deadbolt for obvious reasons. We dodged a huge bullet this time, but we aren’t taking any chances. Last week we had ADT install a home alarm system. The peace of mind is well worth it, especially with a 15 month old child running around the house and our light traveling.
The day following the break-in attempt, I boarded a plane for Toronto. My mission during this trip was to record an informational training video for a large automaker. I was given a 16 page script. There was no need to memorize the script, but I also didn’t think I’d record the entire 16 pages on one take. Wow, was that ever interesting. You bet, I felt like a local news anchor or Will Ferrell. That’s not an easy gig to say the least. Clearly annunciating directions, not losing your place while reading the script, and making love to the camera… not easy tasks for a curly haired guy who typically spends his working hours behind a computer and not a camera.
Did I mention my 16 pages were in French? Oh, yeah. I read the script in French for my Quebecois peeps. I haven’t had butterflies in my belly that bad since my high school swimming days. Thankfully I held my own and nobody posed any live questions during Friday’s “live” broadcast. Phew!
To date, my most recent work trip to Toronto was my most enjoyable work travel ever. I had to work on Wednesday and Friday, but had Thursday completely free. I did what any guy would do with a day completely unbooked, I shopped. I bought some new shoes,a new sweater, a new shirt, and a new French/English dictionary. During my off day, I also hung out with the GTA‘s best teacher, Essentially Me. We walked around, had lunch, chatted about public schools in Canada, bloggers, and tried to visit a museum (oops, too late for that one), browsed books, and walked some more.
Hanging out with my co-workers was also really nice. Sometimes you learn more than you’d like to know, but you finally get to see a different light. This is what I enjoy about business travel. Sitting in my cubicle, I tend to put up “I’m busy” facade. When you’re on the road, the facade is removed and you can relax. I’ll admit the 8-10 drinks I consumed Tuesday night over the course of seven hours made things rather pleasant. Vive le courage liquide!