BCP063 - Calgary (Calgary Tower)
Yeah, I was getting nervous when Mr. Speedy was taking so long and I wanted to find his cell phone to call his Parade back at the hotel. I mean, how exactly was I going to explain searching through the pockets of a lifeless body (with flared nostrils) in the back seat of a van I didn't own illegally parked downtown in a city in which I don't reside?
Who should come strolling by to offer help but Mayor Dave Bronconnier (born on October 7, 1962). He introduced himself as a third generation Calgarian (his great grandmother was born in Calgary in 1895), who grew up in the southwest community of Glenbrook and attended Viscount Bennett High School.
"Really?" I said. "Really" he responded.
Before asking me what was going on, Dave mentioned that he enrolled at the University of Calgary but left after a short while to pursue work opportunities. He later worked for the City of Calgary Electric System and for Alberta Government Telephones and then in 1983 started a small construction company. In 1987, Dave and his business partner founded First General Services. The company specializes exclusively in insurance restoration and fire damage repairs and now employs 15 people.
"I've got a buddy who's essence floated to the top of the Tower to find a survery marker. It's part of a game."
"Oh. Geocaching! I love it! My screen name is 'cowtownmayor1'. Don't you just hate all the frickin' micros around here? And puzzle micros at that. And why is it so hard for folk around here to cover the damn regular caches back up? Anyways, I prefer Edmonton's caches...now those are quality. Yeah BCP063 is a toughie, unless you've got pull."
"Pull. You mean you've actually seen the cap?"
"Seen it. Touched it. Logged it. Here, email these numbers to OFTH to log the find." (He whipped out his PDA and showed me the numbers.)
"I'm worried that my buddy is taking so long. And that he won't recombobulate if he doesn't return soon."
"Sucked out his nose, was he?"
"Let's wait one more minute before we call my aides for help."
Thankfully, Mr. Speedy floated down right after, recombobulated like the dickens, and confirmed the numbers that Bronconnier gave me. We said our goodbyes ("See you on the trails!" he said) and we continued on to BCP064. TFTBCP! (Joint raid find #24)