I was raised in Ontario but have called Calgary, Alberta my home since 1973. Over the years, there have been numerous trips back east for family visits (often with 4 kids and a dog) as well as several trips into the US for holidays.
In 1991, I took up the game of pool and every May, would either fly or drive to Las Vegas to play in the International Pool Championships. In 1995, I also became a referee at this tournament which meant 10 day stretches in Vegas. Now it was a volunteer working holiday.
In 2001, my husband was unable to go with me, so my business partner suggested I take a few extra days and travel with a lady (Doreen) I've been acquainted with for years through the pool league. Each year she would use her holidays and make a touring trip to different areas while enroute to Vegas.
With some trepidation, we got together and agreed to give it a try. Eighteen days with a relative stranger could be disastrous but at least 10 of them were apart at the Riviera where I reffed. Plans were made, maps were plotted and even our friends gave us nicknames...... Thelma and Louise - without the guns.