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Camera arrives home!

| Faithful readers will recall that at the end of the recent cruise, my trusty camera had gone missing, and a call to the hotel failed to result in its being found.

Encouraged by discovering how much it would cost to replace it with the current model, I re-doubled my efforts to reconstruct the last evening in Vancouver in hopes of remembering what might have happened to it. Aha!

When we returned from our day of sightseeing, I changed to go out to dinner, and when I took the camera off my belt, I must have laid it on the bed, whence it must have fallen and gone under the bed. With this new insight, I sent a note to the hotel: "I would really appreciate it if you could make one final check, particularly under the bed closest to the bathroom. It is a small Panasonic / LUMIX camera in a black leather case. If you find it, I will gladly pay the cost to ship it to me." A short time later, I received a reply: "The camera is found!"

Since then I have been tracking its progress on the Canada Post website:

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I confess that all this information was a little unsettling. For example, Why did it take 22 hours between leaving Canada and arriving in a foreign country, presumably the USA? And why after arriving in a foreign country did it arrive in a foreign country again 3 hours later? My friend David helpfully pointed out that the package was "trucked across the border" and "arrived in Seattle or Seattle Airport" some three hours later. Makes sense. I was delighted yesterday to note that the parcel was now "at the delivery office in the destination country." And I was even more delighted this morning to see the USPS truck pull up in front of my house! The parcel was duly handed over upon my signature.

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Welcome back to Daddy! I eagerly opened the parcel, and like Russian dolls, the box inside. There, nestled in Kleenex swaddling, was my camera, none the worse for its excellent international adventure. Now all I have to do is go through the 118 pictures on its disk for apt illustrations for the cruise stories.

And I have to say, if you're ever in need of a hotel room near the Vancouver airport, I heartily recommend Accent Inn for its location, its clean and affordable rooms, and above all for its friendly, kind, and helpful staff!

Last updated on Apr 13, 2018

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