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:: Thursday, October 27, 2005 ::

the bushes were moving
misc: After dark, I drove to get some groceries. I stopped at a T junction before turning onto a side street near the Carling Heights community centre. I saw a long row of bushes moving in a rythmic wave like pattern. No street lights so I wasn't 100%, but I was pretty sure that there was no 30 foot long hedge in that spot. I slowly made the turn and found it wasn't a hedge. It was a platoon of soldiers in full combat gear including rucksacks doing pushups on the grass at the side of the road. Not something you see too often around here.

It took me back more than ten years to when I was a Trooper and later a Corporal in the Queen's York Rangers and doing PT like this on parade nights. On a Wednesday evening going down to Fort York and getting outside and leopard crawling through the dirt or doing some sort of endurance workout in the cold fall air. I wasn't as in shape as now and it was a lot tougher.

Motto of the Rangers - an armoured reconnaissance regiment whose lineage can be traced back to the same origins of the US Army Rangers - was Celer et Audax -Swift and Bold. Something's you don't forget. And I also have not forgot what it was like to wear the uniform of my country.

Sounds stupid, but in some small way it's good that there are still good people -both men and women - out there doing that sort of stuff and putting the time in.

Carpe Diem

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