It is May 1. I leave for Prince George, BC on May 31. That places today within the same month as leaving time. Wow. It seemed like it was so far away when I signed up, and now it is almost here.
I have been getting prepared and am almost ready. I have to get a few minor items and pack everything, but it should be easy. I am really looking forward to getting started.
May 1 has another meaning for any Formula One racing fan. On this day, 20 years ago, Ayrton Senna was killed in a one car accident in Imola, Italy, while being chased by the young Michael Schumacher. It was truly a turning point in the series as the fastest driver ever was gone forever while the new dominant driver was just making his start. I attended a F1 race there in 1981, the first annual San Marino Grand Prix.
It was a strange day for me too. A few days before, I had a retina tear in my right eye. I luckily went for treatment at a fine office where they sealed the tear with a laser, a procedure where they essentially welded the retina to the back of the eye with the heat from the laser. It was a fearful moment for me, especially because the night before the race, I thought the retina might be detaching. I called my doctor and he set up an appointment with another opthalmologist to look at the eye. The appointment was at a time halfway through the race. I was sitting there thinking that the accident was a bad one, but without knowing the result. Luckily for me, my eye was ok and has been ever since. Unluckily, we lost the fastest driver the world has ever known.