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MySmallWorldof4

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Does anyone know what kind of tree on the left of the photo is? It's been one of my favourites since I was a kid and first visited the lower mainland, as we don't have these elsewhere in BC!
I could be smart and say “green” because the rest of Canada’s trees are white right now, but I won’t. ;):hilarious: I actually have no clue. Would love to know though. Maybe you answered further down.
 

Disney Analyst

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I could be smart and say “green” because the rest of Canada’s trees are white right now, but I won’t. ;):hilarious: I actually have no clue. Would love to know though. Maybe you answered further down.
It is the Araucaria araucana, but we call them "Monkey Puzzle Trees". By no means native to us, but lots of them planted around here for some reason.

 

donaldtoo

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This week's winner of the klutz of the week award goes to ME. I have a gash on the top of my forearm:hilarious: In happier news today's cooking is finished and I have the leeks to go with tomorrow night's dinner on the stove:joyfull: In even happier news Mount Laundry is conquered as in currently not even one sock is unwashed(that will change in a few hours:banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead::brb: Best news of all Basin and wine time blocked out:inlove::inlove::inlove::angelic:
Enjoy, and hope your arm heals quickly...!!! :)
I’m enjoyin’ beer time right now...!!!!! :hilarious:

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FutureCEO

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Canada is VERY big, with very different climates across the country (much like the States). So Toronto/Montreal will often be buried in snow and -25C in the winter, where we are a sunny or rainy 7C in the winter here in Vancouver. The coldest we get is -5 to -10 maybe, rarely. We did have one week of a lot of snow, which cripples the city as no one on the coast is used to it or can handle it. Much like when it rains in California.
Can I come to Canada? To live though.
 

Rista1313

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The worst part of it is that it is very misleading. I am living on social security and regular withdrawals from my retirement savings. I do not owe any taxes, have not had deductions made and therefore have no refund coming. Yet, because I take a payment from my 401 (which I have to now because of my age) I cannot file the short form and that same free, free, free, free company wants $40.00 to file the federal tax and another $40.00 to file the state tax. So $80.00 to free file a zero tax obligation. I have a bigger project going on right now but sometime next month or early April I will fill out the manual forms and mail them in.
freetaxusa.com my friend. Free for federal, $12.99 per state. And they efile it for you.
 

Gabe1

Ivory Tower Squabble EST 2011. WINDMILL SURVIVOR
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Blurg. I live in teeny tiny Hamlet Illinois. A town that has barely creeped out of the 19th century into the 20th, lets not consider the 21st century cause our love of barns precludes all that.

I have a love hate relationship with my town I have lived in now for the vast majority of my life. I hope not to die here though. A town of mostly pro’s but has some serious con’s being only 8000 residents strong.

Sadly this evening I learned our family practitioner of our town has retired. He didn’t share his decision until he closed. Can’t blame him. We are a small town and the majority of us all called him Doc. My kids knew no other. Their idea of a Doctor. He knew us and our kids. We were not a file or a chart. Our children both went through the same schools and sport etc cause in a town of 8000 of course one would when one raises his family where he practices. So very 19th Century! He was completely Harvard educated, we had the best of the best.

I’m heartbroken while wishing him a fabulous retirement that is deserved.

Ahhhhhhh
 

Gabe1

Ivory Tower Squabble EST 2011. WINDMILL SURVIVOR
Premium Member
Yes, the do come from all walks of life, but these two were from the upper crust. Had money and a whole easy life ahead of them. Because they were both under 18, I don't know how many years they got, but because of the degree of awful this was and because they showed no remorse at all, I hope they got life. Whatever future life they actually had, I'm sure money softened the blow and they being alive came up better then the guy who was just trying to make a living for his family and ended up dead. After all these years, I don't think I have ever lost my anger about it.

Maybe I need some of this....
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people of our age all remember Mary Jo. Kennedy’s campaign worker that was pregnant. Left with him and found alone in the passenger seat Of the car at the bottom of the lake. Baby and her dead from drowning. Upper crust is an interesting rite.
 
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