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  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    I have been a fan of competence reality shows to a small extent, with the exception of Time Team which I still rewatch on a regular basis (Mick Aston was awesome) because I really like it. Pretty much without exception,...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Our shipment to export positions generally meant the grain was unloaded at a terminal for ocean going ships but much of our trade to the US and Mexico was direct to the mills and, afaik, those mills had track right...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Back when I was still working at the, now defunct, Canadian Wheat Board, it was common (up to several per times per week) to see 100+ car trains of grain headed to export positions (each aluminum hopper could hold up...
  • Commented on Normal service will be resumed eventually
    I am sorry for you loss. Losing the people you love is never easy. I went through this a few years back with my parents dying within two years of each other. I remember talking to my mom about my...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    A bit of perspective about living and driving in fly over country (I would reckon that Winnipeg qualifies). Distances are measured in hours. Generally anything under 16 hours in be done in a single stint. i.e. Winnipeg to Calgary is...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    A friend of mine, who was originally from Port Dover Ontario, goes by his middle name and has done so since he was a child. Apparently not only was his father named Archie, but so were a few kids at...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    What province were you in? I suspect there were different rates for different provinces. I think I remember that Alberta, when they were rolling around in oil money, was paying people to return any empty bottles. It may have been...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    When I was growing up in Winnipeg, the deposit on a $0.10 soft drink was an additional $0.02. Kids would scour the streets in their neighborhoods for empty bottles because penny candy was a thing (depending on the type of...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    "too wet to grow rice" Would this include wild rice? I don't know much about the yield for acre/hectare but I know it has been commercially harvested from "rice lakes" in Manitoba since at least the 1970s and I suspect...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    On an unrelated note, I used to comment here under Maruad but I gave up my LJ account awhile back and my attempt at renaming my Yahoo account nickname seems to have not worked....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    The other fly in the ointment is the lack of suitable soils. The chernozemic soils in the Canadian prairies do not extend into the northern portion of the prairie provinces. Other than some small stretches of soil near Hudson Bay,...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    A lot of the anti-Liberal feelings in Alberta stems from the National Energy Program, which many Albertans blame for a down turn in oil prices which in turn led to lay-offs which led to many Albertans losing their homes. It...
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