I was in the Ottawa area on the weekend, Oxford Mills and Merrickville to be precise, for my friend, Claude's surprise 50th birthday party. Our Mainstreet Restaurant host Mike and his kids whipped up the soiree for wife/mom Claude. Claude's family made the 8 hour drive from Chicoutami, PG, while Jim and I had journeys that were half that. The locals were even less challenged for travel time. It was a great time, and Claude was surprised. Lots of laughter, tears and a bit of "parlez vous" filled the hall. Yeehaw!! Bonne fete, Claude!!!