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Well now, that’s me told. All good, amigo. We’re just two civil (North) Americans having a civil (North) American debate about North America’s past, present, and future. I’m gonna go out on a limb and say the PTA now wants us to clear the gymnasium for an upcoming spelling bee… or cookie bake off.

Cheers!


Hey - I  love your posts -- they are always unique.



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Lol, appreciate it, Dave.  I try to entertain without alienating myself (or irritating others) too much, but where’s the fun in that.

BTW, here’s something that’ll put a bounce in your Southern California sunny, mild late evening walk…

This is the actual Government of Canada weather forecast for my neck o’ the woods tonight:

“Periods of light snow ending after midnight then clearing. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 35. Wind chill minus 34 this evening and minus 45 overnight. Frostbite in minutes.”

When they say frostbite in minutes, they’re serious. Two minutes outside with an exposed face feels like you’ve been bitch-slapped for ten minutes solid = not fun. Take care for now...


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Lol, appreciate it, Dave.  I try to entertain without alienating myself (or irritating others) too much, but where’s the fun in that.

BTW, here’s something that’ll put a bounce in your Southern California sunny, mild weather late night walk…

This is the actual Government of Canada weather forecast for my neck o’ the woods tonight:

“Periods of light snow ending after midnight then clearing. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 35. Wind chill minus 34 this evening and minus 45 overnight. Frostbite in minutes.”

When they say frostbite in minutes, they’re serious. Two minutes outside with an exposed face feels like you’ve been bitch-slapped for ten minutes solid = not fun. Take care for now...


SOUNDS MISERABLE!


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This is the actual Government of Canada weather forecast for my neck o’ the woods tonight:


You're Canadian?? That explains everything!

I'm in the Vancouver area, where we recently had twenty minutes of slushy drizzle and called it our first snow day of the year.

Not much has changed around here. We're in a strict lockdown and not supposed to do social visits; at the same time we're allowed to go to gyms and bars and stores and etc. Social gatherings, sports, etc. are prohibited in public places but you can see 'em happening in every public place you drive by. The early times of the pandemic, when new information and new restrictions would really change the way the city looked from month to month, have given way to a long-standing, boring new normal where everything basically looks the same as it did pre-pandemic except that everyone's in masks.

I dunno. The grocery store's less tense than it once was. People seem to be adjusting -- and, of course, the ones that never cared, still don't care. Every now and then I see some angry man getting on public transit, unmasked, with his chest puffed out and a dare in his eye. We all just look the other way until he shuffles off into the night.


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SOUNDS MISERABLE!


Lol, it is, and it isn’t. People that live here for most of their life kind of wear it like a badge of honor; that being, no matter where you go in the world, regardless of the season… it’s always shorts and t-shirt weather!

I’m gonna try and capture one of those ‘throw a bucket of hot water into the air and watch it crystalize to dust before it hits the ground’ videos tonight, lol… we’ll see.



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You're Canadian?? That explains everything!

I'm in the Vancouver area, where we recently had twenty minutes of slushy drizzle and called it our first snow day of the year.

Not much has changed around here. We're in a strict lockdown and not supposed to do social visits; at the same time we're allowed to go to gyms and bars and stores and etc. Social gatherings, sports, etc. are prohibited in public places but you can see 'em happening in every public place you drive by. The early times of the pandemic, when new information and new restrictions would really change the way the city looked from month to month, have given way to a long-standing, boring new normal where everything basically looks the same as it did pre-pandemic except that everyone's in masks.

I dunno. The grocery store's less tense than it once was. People seem to be adjusting -- and, of course, the ones that never cared, still don't care. Every now and then I see some angry man getting on public transit, unmasked, with his chest puffed out and a dare in his eye. We all just look the other way until he shuffles off into the night.


Hey Chris, you bet, fellow Canuck! Yes, I’m in Manitoba. Winnipeg for the winters, and near Gimli on Lake Winnipeg for the summers. I lived in North Vancouver back in the day (3rd and Chesterfield area), we’re talking ‘92 to ‘94. Great fun bar scene back then, it was fun and different for us cause that’s when the explosion of the Seattle Sound (Grunge) spilled into every corner of the Pacific Northwest before going viral. That new music vibe was a great way to come down from all the 80s Metal we were addicted to and thought would never die. Alas, as Bret Michaels from Poison once said; “Who would have thought tucking your spandex tights into your cowboy boots would ever go out of style… but it did.”

I absolutely loved the weather and the scenery (in Vancouver) and would probably be there to this day, but alas, trying to buy a home was way out of scope for me, even back then the real-estate market in Vancouver and North/West Van was ‘nucking futs’ and way overpriced (mortgage prime loans were at 10% back then as well); we moved back to the prairies to buy (a house), even then, at 10% prime on the prairies you didn’t get much bang for your buck, but way more than the west coast.

Today, with rates at, like… 1 or 2% for a mortgage, first home buyers are able to get a frugal little McMansions on the prairies for next to nothing, the only caveat for owning a big home on the prairies: you have to freeze your ass off for at least 4 to 6 months out of the year, but the summers are hot and humid, so… meh, bit of a give and take.

I spent a few years in Edmonton as well, almost identical to Winnipeg in terms of seasons, but Winnipeg definitely has nicer summers.

Anyway, yeah, pretty much everything you mentioned about the social lockdown scene over in your neck of the woods is the same here -- don’t do this, but that’s OK; can’t buy a birthday card cause it’s a non-essential item, but a Valentine’s Day card is OK because, well… it’s almost Valentine’s Day. I think, at this point the people who make up the rules are just fucking with us for fun and amusement, seeing how much we’ll put up with before we snap, which… ain’t too far along.

Anyway, thanks for the shout out, amigo! Cheers for now…


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Hey Chris, you bet, fellow Canuck! Yes, I’m in Manitoba. Winnipeg for the winters, and near Gimli on Lake Winnipeg for the summers. I lived in North Vancouver back in the day (3rd and Chesterfield area), we’re talking ‘92 to ‘94. Great fun bar scene back then, it was fun and different for us cause that’s when the explosion of the Seattle Sound (Grunge) spilled into every corner of the Pacific Northwest before going viral. That new music vibe was a great way to come down from all the 80s Metal we were addicted to and thought would never die. Alas, as Bret Michaels from Poison once said; “Who would have thought tucking your spandex tights into your cowboy boots would ever go out of style… but it did.”

I absolutely loved the weather and the scenery (in Vancouver) and would probably be there to this day, but alas, trying to buy a home was way out of scope for me, even back then the real-estate market in Vancouver and North/West Van was ‘nucking futs’ and way overpriced (mortgage prime loans were at 10% back then as well); we moved back to the prairies to buy (a house), even then, at 10% prime on the prairies you didn’t get much bang for your buck, but way more than the west coast.


Aw man, I'm jealous. Born in '88 -- I feel like I missed the last gasps of interesting culture in so many places. The land is beautiful here but the city is losing its last exciting places by the fistful (as the Donnelly Group takes over every pub in the city and turns it to shit). Starting to look like the pandemic might even finish The Rio, the last indie theatre we have that plays cult and "lowbrow" stuff as well as prestige art movies. But who knows, when I visited New York it just made me feel like I missed everything there too. And yes, we'll be leaving Vancouver when it's time to buy a home, just like anyone else who isn't made of solid gold.

I haven't been through much of the prairies but we absolutely intend a trip to Winnipeg one day. For one thing, so many great filmmakers out there! I recently caught Tapeworm and have been laughing about it since.


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This fits right in with what Mark said. A bit long, but still interesting.

https://www.thestreet.com/phildavis/news/a-game-designers-analysis-of-qanon


Pia, came here to say that I really enjoyed reading this, so thanks for posting it!


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Aw man, I'm jealous. Born in '88 -- I feel like I missed the last gasps of interesting culture in so many places…

I haven't been through much of the prairies but we absolutely intend a trip to Winnipeg one day…


Yeah, ‘80s and ‘90s were definitely curious times, the ‘70s were weird in their own way too; but I was just a kid then. Times sure did feel a lot less stressful in those years though, no boogeyman lurking around every corner… so to speak. Vancouver was really laid back.

I remember vividly though when things were about to change, literally. For a few months I worked at a little hole in the wall Greek takeout up by English Bay, and one evening… in about summer ’93 a bus went buy with a big sign on its side that said something to the extent of: “Join the ‘The World Wide Web’, over 3 million people now online!”

And I remember thinking; “World Wide Web…? What the f*ck is that?!” Seriously, that’s how new that shit was back then… so weird when I think about it now. Anyway, yeah, the prairies are really nice to visit in the summer or fall, other than that… enter at your own risk, lol.


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Has the pandemic changed peoples views on how they live and how they want to live post-pandemic?

Pre-pandemic I was an accountant working 5 days a week in an office for 8.5 hours a day (with travel time I am out of the house 10 hours day). I was studying for my ACCA qualification to become a chartered accountant (which would take another 5 years realistically)

The pandemic meant I worked from home a lot, and still do at the moment (but will be going back to 5 days in the office later in the year), and I love it... Kids wake me up early, we watch a movie with breakfast before I pop upstairs for morning work, occasionally coming down for tea breaks with the kids.
Lunch would be spent in the garden on nice days (my garden has never looked so good) or spent playing wit the kids or getting household chores done so they don;t just pile up to be done at the weekend. I even spent a lot of my lunchtime renovating the Kitchen and other parts of the house.
When work finishes I'm already at home so I can help make the dinner, play with the kids (By the time I get home from the office I am literally stuffing food in my face and then putting the kids to bed)
I even got myself an allotment (I am assuming this is a British thing? anyway, Brits generally have small gardens so if we want to grow more fruit and veg we can get an allotment which is a designated piece of land for such things) and I take the kids down there now on my lunch or before/after work and they love it.

Work-life balance is bloody amazing now!! but it will end soon... and I hate the thought of going back to full-time office work and missing out on all this stuff.

So I have stopped studying for my qualification, I no longer want to be a chartered accountant. I can make decent money at the level I am currently at. Time spent studying will now be spent on writing (Picture books and scripts) with the aim of making money that way (I am aware this is likely to fail, but if/when I reach a ripe old age I want to be able to look back and think "At least I gave it a go" instead of wondering what could have been)

I look out at the world (well, I look at the world on my TV and computer screen) and wonder why I have to anchor myself to this small town simply because the office I work at is nearby. Working all week during my best years waiting for the weekend, asking permission for time-off so I can spend two weeks a year elsewhere.
I'm going to request that I work a mix of home and office going forward, if it's declined then I'll find somewhere that does offer it, but ultimately, I want to make my own money so I am free to just live my life.

Guess I am just getting stuff off my chest, if you read that then thank you lol Has the pandemic made anyone else reevaluate and change directions in their life?


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That's brilliant, Matt. It was a pleasure to read that Covid actually enabled you to reassess your life and work and that it's had positive effects on your lifestyle and what you want out of your life in the future.

Good for you!


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Thanks. I do feel guilty that I have had a good pandemic when obviously a lot of people haven't.

But yea, it was kinda a kick up the butt to try and do things I want to do and realize there is another way to live than the traditional 9-5.



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Matt,

Loved what you wrote and identify with it a lot. Prior to the pandemic I was commuting to an office 5 days a week and I think, honestly, I think it was killing me. The anxiety for one plus all the pollution of working in a city.

Then I had to fit in the gym, time with the kids/wife, jobs around the house and then, and only then, a few hours over the weekend for writing.

My anxiety levels are so much more manageable working from home, plus I’ve more time for EVERYTHING. I’ve never written so much! Sure, I’m worried about the pandemic, I’m upset about the way western politics is going etc. but it’s a different kind of anxiety and I can manage it.

My work says they are going to try to get some of us back in the office in June on a rotary system. I am dreading it and I too hope they will allow a couple of days working from home a week as part of the norm. If not, yeah, I’m going to look for a job that does.


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For a good portion of the year I worked from home and, thankfully, stayed gainfully employed. Starting in January, I've started working on-site (mega-project) one week on and three weeks at home. Now that the cases here in AZ (once the worlds hot-spot) have dropped dramatically, we're starting to bring back contractors and ramping up. I'll probably be back to 40+ hours on-site starting in May. I'm lucky that my new manager wants to put us on a 4x10 schedule so we don't have to drive 90 minutes each way but 4 days a week.

Going in for my 2nd COVID shot a week from today!

What I'll miss: getting up late; being able to run/cycle every day; minimizing the miles on my car; filling my car once a month; having breakfast, lunch and dinner at home every day; and being with my wife and daughter all day.

What I'm looking forward to: socializing with my peers; seeing progress; and...? Hmmm...that's it?! I think I'll go for a run.
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Is COVID still a thing?

All jokes aside, we are pretty damn lucky here in Australia, this thing affects me in exactly zero ways. My life is, and has been back to normal for quite some time now. I never stopped working or even going into work.

At its absolute worst it was a slight inconvenience.

Hopefully the rest of the world can be a a similar position sooner rather than later.


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you guys are lucky. turkey is managed very poorly in this process. the number of cases is very high. the number of deaths never goes down. They thought they would protect people with the Chinese vaccine. those who are vaccinated die.

the process started like a nightmare for me. the bad continues. While other countries are slowly escaping, we have no hope at all.
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Like Warren, Covid had very little negative impact on my life as well. My wife and i are self employed - we run a home daycare. all of the parents of our kids have "essential" jobs... so we were open and filled all year. so even when things were locked down... we were busy which was nice.  the government handing out free funny money was just a bonus for us.  

A couple of the parents did get Covid along the way but none of us or the kids got it.
Also being in daycare allowed us to get vaccinated already.

i'm a bit of a homebody and a germaphobe so the masks and lockdown weren't an issue at all for me.

i used the extra time to refocus on my guitar playing.  

all in all... i consider myself fortunate.
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