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Cause we're all in this together / Re: Come to our Farewell Party!
« on: February 08, 2015, 08:46:59 PM »
I was a latecomer and, although I bailed for social media, do appreciate the community that formed here. The way we all came together when Croggie left us. How bereft we were without skdadl. Losing Tony, although I confess that was more Facebook than B&R. I had a few personal falling outs with some of the former regulars but I also made real life friends with others.

B&R had a great run. Thank you Debra.  :applause

Canada / Re: Walkable Communities
« on: February 28, 2013, 06:51:52 PM »
Montreal is a leader in converting churches, monasteries, convents etc. The more the merrier, say I. I would llike to think that the property taxes are being paid now, which helps lighten the load for all. I would also like to think that the architectural details are, if not kept, being sold and used elsewhere. I highly doubt that which can be preserved is being destroyed altho I sure as shite wouldn't want a bleeding martyr mural on my bedroom wall. There's much less architectural interest in Toronto churches than in Montreal churches because (1) the churches are not as old (2) not as ornate (3) were not the be-all and end-all of peoples' lives and, ergo, the recipients of much of their hard-earned money.

As for the Walk Score web site it is flawed in that it is dependent on crowd-sourced updating that only gets laboriously verified and added every year or so. I have tried repeatedly to fix mine and it still carries coffee shops that don't exist and refuses to acknowledge drugstores that do. Etc. The transit score is fine because, I suppose, that comes from the TTC.

Incidentally, Walk Score rates Toronto ahead of Montreal. I don't buy that, not for a second.

Broad Shoulders / Re: Taking care of yourself
« on: February 28, 2013, 06:42:52 PM »
How is your finger?

Banter / Re: How windy was it?
« on: February 28, 2013, 06:39:01 PM »
My dining room window face SE and that's where the wind (and rain) were coming from. I took a direct hit. Two bath towels full by morning

North Africa and the Middle East / Re: Israeli Apartheid
« on: February 13, 2013, 11:50:16 PM »
I'm not going to spell it out but when a Zionist goes on about dual citizenship, he tickles the ironies.

Narrow Shoulders / Re: Eyes
« on: February 13, 2013, 11:47:50 PM »
Hope your eyes have improved Toe.

I went for an eye exam. Need new glasses. Resisting bifocals because I only need distance glasses when I am driving on the highway.

Weather / Re: January 2013 Hope Springs Eternal
« on: January 11, 2013, 06:28:33 PM »
Lagatta, I am sure you can get one at the CLSC.

Weather / Re: January 2013 Hope Springs Eternal
« on: January 10, 2013, 06:19:52 PM »
Yup, this about described what I had going on around me over Xmas ...

Simultaneously, the country is seeing a large and early outbreak of norovirus, the “cruise ship flu” or “stomach flu,” said Dr. Aron J. Hall of the C.D.C.’s viral gastroenterology branch. It includes a new strain, which first appeared in Australia and is known as the Sydney 2012 variant.       
 This week, Maine’s health department said that state was seeing a large spike in cases. Cities across Canada reported norovirus outbreaks so serious that hospitals were shutting down whole wards for disinfection because patients were getting infected after moving into the rooms of those who had just recovered. The classic symptoms of norovirus are “explosive” diarrhea and “projectile” vomiting, which can send infectious particles flying yards away.

It's not too late to get a flu shot to prevent that other strain going around.

Weather / Re: January 2013 Hope Springs Eternal
« on: January 08, 2013, 06:25:19 PM »
I am dying from the heat in my condo. It's radiant heat, in the ceilings, electrical. So basically, I have to keep mine up high so the dear little old couple above me doesn't freeze to death. I have it set at 72F. If it were just me, it would be 68 tops. I am happy the guy below me keeps his fairly low but I still have to leave windows open. I have one in the kitchen, one in my bedroom, and a helluva wind blowing across the apartment.

Weather / Re: January - New Beginnings
« on: January 08, 2013, 06:20:42 PM »
Boom Boom we have a Jan 2013 thread going.

I don't know how you can stand it there.  :hug

Weather / Re: Dancing away December's blues
« on: January 08, 2013, 12:03:54 PM »
 8) Ah do believe we are in January.

Politics / Re: Stephen Harper's Maj Gov 2011
« on: January 06, 2013, 01:46:34 AM »
It's like Sun readers. The so-called paper for the people is all about afflicting the afflicted and yet they love it.

Broad Shoulders / Re: On being a happy warrior
« on: January 06, 2013, 01:45:02 AM »

The Arts / Re: seen any films recently?
« on: January 06, 2013, 01:41:46 AM »
I stopped eating fish after I read "The World is Blue" and interviewed the author, Sylvia Earle.


I asked her if she eats "seafood" and she said only certain mollusks .. i.s. farmed mussels.

Broad Shoulders / Re: On being a happy warrior
« on: December 31, 2012, 10:41:44 PM »
As good a place as any to park this ...

It's been a crappo Christmas. Family illness, my Mom taking a turn for the worse and my taking the momentous decision to end a relationship I should never have really been in for more than a summer, let alone for 6+ years. Stuck in Montreal, worried about breaking something while trudging through record snowfall detritus while walking J. It just goes on and on.

Totally burned and bummed out.

And yet I know it can get worse, health, finances, more.

So I will be grateful for what is good and look ahead hopefully to 2013, ready to keep fighting for what I know to be right is the best way I can, confident that the friends I have here (and elsewhere) feel the same.

Happy New Year. Venceremos.

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