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Accidentally Sneaking into the Hockey Hall of Fame

We had just arrived in Toronto that day and, as usual, Angelle had booked an awesome hotel.  We were staying at the Hotel Victoria which is about the best location we could want in Toronto.  After supper at a local restaurant about a block away I suggested that we take a look at the Hockey Hall of Fame.  I did not think that it would be open but I just wanted to see the building and get an idea of where we would go when we visited it the next day.  To our surprise the front door was open so we went in.  Angelle pointed at the champagne glasses but I thought they must just be complimentary water because how could they afford to give out champagne to all the visitors.  There was no one at the door so I thought it must be free to enter.
We walked around a bit and noticed a photographer by the Stanley Cup.  He said that he was just packing up but he would be happy to use our camera to take a picture of us standing by the Stanley Cup.  How could we say no to that?  We got our picture and …

Hoey the Truck

Growing up I spent about a third of my time on the farm with my Gramma, Grampa, and Uncle Hoey.  How did he get the name Hoey?  When I was very little I tried to say "Uncle Harold" but what came out was "Hoey, Hoey, Hoey" so that was my Uncle's new name.
As I grew older I was able to help out on the farm shovelling wheat and eventually driving the grain truck.  In Harvest I would drive the truck out to the combine, load up with wheat, and drive it back to the farm yard.  I backed up to the auger which carried the wheat up to the top of the grain bin.  It was a bit tricky and if I did not back up just right it would take longer to unload and delay the entire operation.  At night Gramma brought the half ton truck out so that she could shine the headlights on the area where I was backing up.  This was in addition to all of the other things that Gramma did on the farm.  I tried to sneak into the yard so that Gramma would not hear me and she would be able to get so…