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Nice to see some frankness about MJ.

QJ is an icon, but full of himself and all over the place though. Like a Pisces I guess he would say? Just jamming? Not a big Beatles fan but to diss them like that (other than the Ringo story).... is he jealous of McCartneys's billion or what? Dude is a solid bass player and composer who has persevered for decades.

someguyfromcanada  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 7, 2018

Not surprisingly, It is pretty hard to track down information about some former members of Saddam Hussein's Iraqi regime. But I tried this week.

Since the Gulf War I have occasionally thought about a girl I went to university with. We sat next to each other in a few classes and started talking one day after I saw her being dropped off in a stretch limo. She wore a headscarf but was completely Western. Her father was a diplomat and she had gone to primary school in London when he was posted there, then high school in D.C. and Ottawa for university where he was the Ambassador.

We became fairly close even though we never saw each other off campus. We spent time together a few days a week for a couple of years.

Obviously her father must have been a trusted member of Saddam's inner circle. But I believe he defected with his family in London after the Gulf War. I have found absolutely no information about the family after this. Were they granted political asylum in London? Or elsewhere? Did he have millions stashed somewhere? What happened to my friend? I will never know.

someguyfromcanada  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 7, 2018

Ski holidays are the best holidays IMO. The physical exhilaration, the views, the feeling of zipping down a mountain, the apres ski... it is perfect for me. It also gives one the opportunity to sit in a snow bank and take in the experience of being in a place like your picture.

Lessons are the way to go no matter how long you have been skiing or how good you are. I take 2 half day lessons on the first 2 days of every trip and I am a double black diamond skier who has been doing it for 40 years.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denis_Urubko

> In 2006, he won the Elbrus Speed Climbing competition which he did by setting a new speed record, climbing from Azau station to the summit in 3 hours, 55 minutes and 58 seconds (record beaten in 2010 by Andrzej Bargiel). This climb represents a vertical rise of almost 3,250 metres or more than 10,600 feet and thus a speed of more than 800 vertical metres (2,600 vertical feet) an hour. He summited almost 40 minutes ahead of the next finisher.

He is 44 years old.

I have the Beef Bourguignon from Julie and Julia bookmarked. It is quite different than Julia's original recipe. I have made Confit Biyaldi several times and his recreation is pretty much the same as in Ratatouille. Really easy to make as well.

someguyfromcanada  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: GO FUND YOURSELF

An acquaintance of mine had a daughter that suffered from cancer her entire life and died in her early 20s. Horrible, long-term situation. About 2 years before she died her boyfriend raised $50,000 to help her during another round of treatment.

Excellent cause? The first priority listed was getting her a new Jeep. Her mother was an RN at a hospital that probably made a decent salary and had health care for her. Her Dad was a financial planner, who played for 12 years in the NHL, with excellent benefits and money.

I can"t believe anyone donated to that campaign. I have enormous sympathy for people like the bartender cited but far too often I see people posting and getting rewarded for idiotic reasons.

p.s. Was anyone else in that campaign to donate to cancer boy Lucas and the thank you that went out to thousands was a group message without BCCs? What a shitstorm that was.

Spring water is delicious and worth every penny depending on circumstances.. If you live near a spring, it is free. If you do not, you have to pay for it. Just like oranges, avocados or anything else. If you like avocado toast and want to take a nice selfie for FB or IG, then it might be worth $100 for you.

Personally, I enjoy a litre of chilled tap water a day. Unless I am near a spring. Or Flint, Mich.

In Ontario, water bottlers pay $503.71 for every million litres of groundwater they take. The labels alone probably cost more. Ridiculous profit margin when there is a completely safe tap system that is already being publicly maintained.

p.s. One of my pet peeves is when wait staff try to poor shame me into upgrading to bottled or sparkling water as opposed to mere "tap water". If I feel that I sometimes ask if their taps are dirty, because I do not want to eat here if your taps are dirty.

Nice kick in the butt. My dumb excuse has been that I use paypal for almost everything on-line and I have been too lazy to walk the 100 feet to get my wallet. ugh

910 day user /$20 = c. $0.02 p.d.

someguyfromcanada  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 20, 2017

It was right though a bit too blunt. Bob is a good hearted guy but all he wants to do with his life is to have a steady union job, own a house and afford a classic car as his one extravagance. He has never left the country and probably has only been to big city less that a dozen times, maybe for a Bon Jovi concert or something similar. A perfect example of the Delta people Orwell described in 1984; the menial laborers who are perfect;y happy doing what they do and can not understand why anyone would want to even have the responsibility of being the manager at the factory.

We got several inches of nice light snow today so I was out playing in it today! Have a great weekend and happy holidays.

someguyfromcanada  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 20, 2017

Have tried the split and Nordic. It is pretty good but skinny, Great in couloirs though.

Prefer super soft boots on a board and super hard on skis. With no socks for some reason. lol.

Too bad I am going South Americas this winter or I would join you.

someguyfromcanada  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 20, 2017

What hill? Soft boots?

I had only maybe 20 days on a board when I went out west for a road trip with some pro boarders. Started at Nakiska, then Banff. Lake Louise. Marmot, Fernie, Cranbrook, etc. And the highlight was a couple of days heliskiing with Weigle. I thought it would be a learning experience but I could just not keep up so switched to skis. Except when in knee or waist high pow. But generally everyone had to wait for me to flub my way down.

No need for any fear in deep powder as long as you avoid the rocks! It is a whole new beautiful world.

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