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Buster Predicted the 7.2 Quake in Mexico on Sunday

On Saturday evening our dog, Buster, was acting very strange. Near bedtime, he was barking, running around in the house, and very easily startled. He kept wanting to go outside, barking at the door (something that is VERY rare for him at night). When we let him outside, he would just sit on the step and stare at the door – not like him at all. Lyndsay put him on the bed with us, normally he would just lay at our feet. Instead he kept coming and trying to sleep on our pillows and nuzzle up to us. It was all very strange. I dozed off and then Lyndsay woke me up, worried that something was going to happen, like an earthquake. We have seen many shows where people claim that their pets have acted strange before an earthquake, or other disaster. That night nothing happened. In the morning, I even went online to see if anything had happened anywhere, and nothing. Then this morning I found out that an earthquake ad in fact struck! A 7.2 Earthquake struck Mexico at 3:40 Sunday afternoon. Here is the CNN report. Now I am not certain that Animals do in fact have the ability to predict earthquakes – maybe they do, maybe they don’t, I don’t know, but this does make me wonder. We’ll find out next time he acts all weird.

Lyndsay Just Won A Trip To Barbados!

Through a local radio station we were fortunate enough to win an all inclusive trip to the Almond Village Resort and Spa in Barbados, to See Bryan Adams. This trip couldn't have come at a better time as Lyndsay just graduated from her grueling career as a UVIC student! We Are Going To Barbados!!! It was a quiet Thursday morning. I had just gotten out of the shower and was getting ready for work. I walked into the bedroom and Lyndsay was frantically dialing away on the phone. I asked what was up, and she said she "They are taking callers for the Brian Adams thing. Get the cell." So I went out into the kitchen and grabbed the cell phone and began dialing along with her. They were looking for Caller #107. When the alarm went off she heard that they were at number 94, so she thought she'd give it a try. Several minutes had passed since we started dialing and we were sure they must have reached #107. I thought I would try it one more time then give up, as I heard the busy signal on my phone, Lyndsay's started ringing. The phone must have rang at least 8-10 times, we were thinking about hanging up - after all, if it wasn't being answered, it must be because they had their caller. At the other end she heard someone say "Hello" with no indication that she had even dialed the right number. Confused, Lyndsay repeated, "hi." The man at the other end quickly announced, "107.3" so Lyndsay knew she had the right number. "Am I too late?" Lyndsay asked. The man responded, "Hang on I'll check" and put her on hold. We were both quite confused with what was going on. Then in the earpiece Lyndsay heard the phone click, and the radio start playing through. She heard the DJ say, "I've got caller 107 on the line." Lyndsay thought, "I'M ON THE LINE!!" He than asked, "Who's This?" Lyndsay, now shaking and excited said "Lyndsay Biggs, er, Van Achte" (forgetting that we were married -- almost a year ago!). Chris Kalhoon, The Morning DJ at 107.3, Kool FM, asked her a series of questions, most of which were answered with screams of excitement. Before she was even off the phone, I think I had called everyone we know on the cell to tell them what had happened as it's a slightly different experience to a quick booking with, say, Britannia Hotels and letting someone know they'll need to feed your cats. For the next hour at least, both of us were shaking with excitement - Lyndsay considerably more than I. Sitting on the couch, I called work to let them know I would be late that morning. We had realized that neither of us had passports, and the trip was in less than a month! That morning we scrambled around town to get photos done, picked up the forms and sent them off to be processed. They arrived 10 days before our trip. It was funny. About a week before the trip I had said to my boss that I would need some last minute time off work as I was going to win a trip to Barbados. (I say these sort of things to him whenever I plan on winning something). He laughed as usual, and said, sure you can have the time off. You can imagine the look on his face when he found out we actually won! Sure it wasn't me, but Lyndsay is close enough! We had wanted to go to either Cuba or the Dominica Republic to celebrate Lyndsay's Graduation from UVIC, but realized that there was no way we could afford it. This win came at exactly the right time! A week after Lyndsay finished school, right during the window of time off - it couldn't have worked out better. Work for me was busy, and needing the time off made the week prior to the trip a stressful and VERY busy one, but well worth it. (Thanks to all the guys at work for covering for me while I'm away!, and Thanks 107.3 Kool FM!!! for the trip!!)

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