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Luggage back-log at YVR by Lounge Trekker on 31 December 2008 8:21pm
 
So as if the days-long wait caused by repeat snowstorms wasn't bad enough, there was a computer failure causing a huge backlog of luggage to be left behind.

Makes me think that when I travel, I'm not bringing anything but a carry on, a book and my iPod. I'll just buy local disposable clothing when I get where I'm going. Makes sense, really. I don't want to go anywhere colder than Canada, and when I get there...I'll just kick off my muckluks and trash my macinaw and toque. And I will be at the height of fashion wherever I am!

Homeward Trekker

 
Re: Luggage back-log at YVR by mrsthing on 31 December 2008 9:02pm
 
We only do carry-ons when we travel. It saves so much time! It's annoying, yes, but worth it.
 
Re: Luggage back-log at YVR by Ken Dunn on 3 January 2009 8:41am
 
LT, I can see mucklucks are footwear but what are macinaw and toque?
 
Re: Luggage back-log at YVR by kazzzz on 3 January 2009 9:01am
 
I'm off the the airport in a couple of hours to collect Jess and her boyfriend from their Queensland holiday. 11.15pm arrival, by the time they get their bags and I get them home and then me home I reckon it will be 1.30am. I'm yawning already!
 
Re: Luggage back-log at YVR by Lounge Trekker on 3 January 2009 5:08pm
 
Hey Ken! I hope this year is as good or better for you than the last. A macinaw is a woven wool jacket usually with a tartenesque pattern and they are always red. I looked on Wikipedia but found nothing. It was something I learned in my childhood. I no longer live where a mac is needed to work, walk or linger outside. These are heavy woolen articles good for cold temperatures. A togue is a woolen hat that is pulled tight over your head, again for cole weather. I have toques I rarely use now and a mackinaw stashed away in storage but the muckluks are an Inuit snow boot with soft soles.

Winter is brief where I live now. I was situated in an interior location that gets real winter.

Warmed-up Trekker
 
Re: Luggage back-log at YVR by peripatetically on 3 January 2009 6:34pm
 
When I was in Yuogslavia many moons ago, I met a fella at a hotel bar who spoke English. he was a fireman living with the Inuit eskimos in n o man's land. He was on a world tour alone. He ahd lots ot time and money becasue his job was in a lonley desolate place and he needed to get away. But he loved it there and was due to return to his job for an indeterminate amount of time. He fell in love with a native Inuit. I am trying to recall the name of his town. Pete, it's famous, maybe you can jog my memory? It's pretty far north. We exchanged pins and his had a little tent and emblem from the Inuit culture on it. I hated saying good night that evening. His life was really interesting, plus I relished hearing the English language again. HAHAHAHA.
 
Re: Luggage back-log at YVR by ArabiaJane on 3 January 2009 7:05pm
 
Hey, you forgot the pronunciation on that one. Mackinaw is pronounced exactly as it looks, with the stress on the first syllable. However, toque is pronounced 'took', like that past simple of 'take'.

There's a great song about loggers, with the word 'mackinaw' in it. Something about stirring coffee with your thumb.

Cheers,
ArabiaJane (also Canadian)
 
Re: Luggage back-log at YVR by peripatetically on 3 January 2009 7:12pm
 
Seems to me there's a song about lumberjacks too, with a reference to high heels.
 
Re: Luggage back-log at YVR by Lounge Trekker on 3 January 2009 8:35pm
 
Sorry to have forgotten that, Jane. Toque - Tuke (as in duke).

Yeah, a mackinaw was an important article of clothing if you worked outside at all in the winter months.

You could be thinking of Iqualuit (Frobisher Bay), the administrative centre of Nunavut, Canada's northernmost territory. I, being the cynic I am, think this territory was separated from Northwest Territiries for political reasons and monetary gain by select Canadians or Americans, not for the cultural benefit to Inuit people.

Lounge Snowman
 
Re: Luggage back-log at YVR by peripatetically on 3 January 2009 10:51pm
 
No, that wasn't it. I'll keep thinking.
 
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