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Re: Little things that make you happy
« Reply #7340 on: December 13, 2017, 05:23:29 pm »
I decided not to buy bindings on pro-deal for the kid's new skis - most pro-deal pricing is so close to retail that with shipping it's the same anyway.  We deal with a nice indie ski shop here in town, really like the staff and the owner is a cool young woman that's really done a lot to build her business.

She was in the store when I went to buy the bindings, and we got chatting.  She knows my daughter, and when she found out the bindings were for her, she ran to the back, got the model above the one I was buying, and sold it to me for the same price as the one I'd chosen - a difference of about $80.

Shout out for Alex Messinis and Sundance Ski in Edmonton.  Always had great service there and have always come away happy.

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Re: Little things that make you happy
« Reply #7341 on: December 14, 2017, 07:54:18 am »
My oldest had a role in the school play, caught it last night & he did awesome!! Proud Dad here!!



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Re: Little things that make you happy
« Reply #7342 on: December 14, 2017, 09:13:47 am »
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Re: Little things that make you happy
« Reply #7343 on: December 14, 2017, 09:38:12 am »
That's awesome Gurgie. Congratulations to the both of you.  :thumbup:
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Re: Little things that make you happy
« Reply #7344 on: December 14, 2017, 09:52:02 am »
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Re: Little things that make you happy
« Reply #7345 on: December 14, 2017, 11:09:15 am »
Thanks guys, it's his 3rd year being involved with the play, started in grade 7 and he was a prop/set guy, then last year he had a role as a zombie with a few lines & this year he had a bigger role as the sheriff with more lines. He did really well, they all did!! Rehearsals twice a week for a couple of months & they were pretty polished.

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Re: Little things that make you happy
« Reply #7346 on: December 14, 2017, 01:37:04 pm »
My youngest should've done that.  He had the big role back in gr 7 or 8, maybe it was both, memorized all his lines.  Refused to even work with us to go over them.  "You wait until you see it."  He's got a knack for it...sucks that the schools we have here are so small by the time he got to gr 9 there really wasn't anything for him (they do a musical every 2 yrs, but he's not a singer).  He's fine with it, but it def gives you a proud parent moment when you see something your kid has worked at and then excels at it.  So  :thumbup: :thumbup:, job well done.  ;)  I don't doubt that the experience will help in the long run (of life).

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Re: Little things that make you happy
« Reply #7347 on: December 14, 2017, 04:26:06 pm »
My oldest had a role in the school play, caught it last night & he did awesome!! Proud Dad here!!

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Nice.  We had a school concert to go to as well.  Was kind of disappointed that many of the kids weren't on stage, but were standing on the same level as the audience, so it was difficult to see my daughter. 

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Re: Little things that make you happy
« Reply #7348 on: December 15, 2017, 10:43:29 pm »
Kudos to your son!
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Re: Little things that make you happy
« Reply #7349 on: December 15, 2017, 10:45:46 pm »
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Re: Little things that make you happy
« Reply #7350 on: December 16, 2017, 07:41:31 am »
Didn't think it was appropriate to post this after Jamie's news in the angry/upset thread.

Helped a friend by changing over her wheels for winter, was adamant about coming back for a retorque. Offered to go to her. She drove to Toronto and back a week later, and last night noticed some minor shaking while driving a short distance. Didn't tell me about it. This morning the shaking got worse so she pulled over - her front passenger side wheel was still "on" but 4/5 lugnuts missing.

Could have been so much worse, but I know I did nothing wrong - the lugnuts were rusty as :censor: and i knew they'd loosen, which is why I mentioned the retorque 4 times.

... She's being really good about it and still wants me to help her in the spring, but I'm pissed at myself for not showing up at her house and retorquing when I had a chance. Not my responsibility, but this is a matter between friends, not legality.
Update from the mechanic ($531 later - she wouldn't let me cover or contribute):

The lugbolts were actually all still in place... But the tops were sheared off.

Apparently, the spindle broke, which caused the lugbolts to shear.  That's why the wheel never came off.  Replaced at all 4 corners with used parts, new steel wheel at the failed corner, and alignment. IMO, the $500 was a really decent price. The mechanic also assured my friend that I did nothing wrong.

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Re: Little things that make you happy
« Reply #7351 on: December 16, 2017, 11:03:10 am »
The dramatic rise in self-confidence of my daughter after having lived away from home for not even two months.  Not that she had issues previously, but her new found "spring in her step" is amazing to see, and her ideas about life and career have moved even farther from "mainstream."  She's found her "tribe" and they're showing her that she's not a unique oddball that has lost her way.  It's not only living independently, but it's where she's living that's made such a difference.

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Re: Little things that make you happy
« Reply #7352 on: December 16, 2017, 11:38:40 am »
Healthy men frequently die after shoveling snow...so I have a snowblower for health precautions!   ;D

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I can tell when my HR is elevated and I can safely say it's never been very high when shoveling snow.  The article is confused about a healthy person really is.   I don't find even shoveling the largest dumps all that taxing.
I agree.  Warmed up by carefully doing the path before the drive. Alert for any signs, shortness of breath etc.  Most important I think is that I don't attempt to hurry.  I know what I can do and I am aware that the rate at which I can shovel is much lower than it was even 12 years ago when I retired..I accept that.  My doc says that I am healthy for a 72 year old sedentary  overweight guy who takes no exercise and eats all the wrong stuff.

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Re: Little things that make you happy
« Reply #7353 on: December 16, 2017, 04:09:59 pm »
Awesome - it's always nice to find your "tribe," especially if you've always been a bit of an outsider.

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Re: Little things that make you happy
« Reply #7354 on: December 16, 2017, 11:16:17 pm »
Awesome - it's always nice to find your "tribe," especially if you've always been a bit of an outsider.

Yeah, she's always been a bit of a square peg in a round hole.  It's never really bothered her, but finding an entire community of people that feel like she does about leading an unconventional and adventurous life has been great.

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Re: Little things that make you happy
« Reply #7355 on: December 17, 2017, 12:24:06 pm »
Someone came to look at the 6 yesterday, sent me a $500 etransfer deposit.  Going to have it certified on tuesday.  Agreed on $14k.  Buyout is $14,734.  So I avoid making 11 months of lease payments, and another year of insurance, and worrying about a place to park it. 

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Re: Little things that make you happy
« Reply #7356 on: December 17, 2017, 12:37:15 pm »
Someone came to look at the 6 yesterday, sent me a $500 etransfer deposit.  Going to have it certified on tuesday.  Agreed on $14k.  Buyout is $14,734.  So I avoid making 11 months of lease payments, and another year of insurance, and worrying about a place to park it.

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Re: Little things that make you happy
« Reply #7357 on: December 17, 2017, 01:08:05 pm »
Someone came to look at the 6 yesterday, sent me a $500 etransfer deposit.  Going to have it certified on tuesday.  Agreed on $14k.  Buyout is $14,734.  So I avoid making 11 months of lease payments, and another year of insurance, and worrying about a place to park it.
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Re: Little things that make you happy
« Reply #7358 on: December 17, 2017, 01:13:14 pm »
Buick, of course, what else?

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Re: Little things that make you happy
« Reply #7359 on: December 17, 2017, 01:30:50 pm »
Someone came to look at the 6 yesterday, sent me a $500 etransfer deposit.  Going to have it certified on tuesday.  Agreed on $14k.  Buyout is $14,734.  So I avoid making 11 months of lease payments, and another year of insurance, and worrying about a place to park it.
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So who is on the hook for those 11 payments? Is that the buyout amount as of now or when the lease comes up?
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