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Reference Desk / Re: Questions about Abbreviations (non-weather)
« on: June 22, 2017, 12:03:05 am »
Especially on those three day jaunts to sea and back again specials  ::) ;D

It reminds me of my brother-in-law. The stairs to the second floor in his house took a right angle turn half way up. There was a small landing there. He complained about getting to the landing and then realizing that he had forgotten what he was going up the stairs to get. "However," he said, "that was nothing. Eventually I got to the point, when I reached the landing to catch my breath, I couldn't remember if I was going up or down!"

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Reference Desk / Re: Questions about Abbreviations (non-weather)
« on: June 21, 2017, 05:08:05 pm »
 ;D ;D ;D

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Dockside Cafe / Re: Chat
« on: June 18, 2017, 07:11:51 pm »
 :) Thank you!

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Forget the radio. What about dinner?!

Exactly. I'm glad someone else has a sense of priorities!  ;D

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Dockside Cafe / Re: Chat
« on: June 16, 2017, 05:38:06 pm »
 :'( :'( :'(

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I remember my mum always handed a few bob to the coal men - they earnt very little, worked so hard, and breathed that gritty dust in all day long. As nana used to say - not many of them make old bones. So Bert did quite well to get to 90  but I bet his back was a misery to live with, bless him.

He was a blessing, as was his son who had been a house painter. Bill, the son, had been disabled by a fall. When I went to look at their suite, Bill told asked me what I did. I told him that I was learning to be a weather forecaster. He told me that his contribution to Canada was to make my stay so productive that I would be the best forecaster in the country. "Right now there aren't any good ones," he said. He told me if I didn't study, or if I were rowdy in any way that Albert would toss me out on my ear.  ;D ;D ;D

Albert came out, and he was so bent over that in order to talk to me he had to fall backwards against the wall so his back would be vertical and he could look me in the eye. "Ya, I'll toss ya out!"  he said.

Naturally, with landlords like that, I just had to stay there.  ;)

Every day after my classes, Bill gave me a beer and made me recite the events of the day to him and Albert. And, every Saturday morning I had to sit with the two of them and watch the World Wrestling Federation and have two beers.

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And very dirty!!! Several times I have seen mention of sacks of coal.

When I was on my meteorologist's course back in 1971, I rented a suite in Bill and Albert's house. Bill was in his fifties, and Albert was his father, and close to 90. Albert used to deliver sacks of coal with a horse and wagon around Toronto in the twenties and thirties. He was very bent over from years of carrying all those sacks of coal.

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Dockside Cafe / Re: Chat
« on: June 09, 2017, 05:54:24 pm »
Here's an interesting link my son sent me. It shows the monthly changes in the earth's mean temperature.   :'(

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Dockside Cafe / Re: Chat
« on: June 04, 2017, 01:46:21 am »
Wife and I are 'Migrating North with the Grey Nomads'

Hopefully back in a couple of months.
Will watch the forum and do what WRs I can fit in.

Have fun, Stuart. I look forward to a chat and some photos when you return. This time next week we will be heading south to visit daughter, son-in-law and grandson in California for a month. Just mere steps away from Mark Zuckerberg and his Facebook campus. Still not a user though...  ;D

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Dockside Cafe / Re: Dockside Gallery
« on: June 04, 2017, 12:28:27 am »
He'll never notice if I borrow A gazetteer of whalers' place names for the Bering Strait region and the Western Arctic.

That would be most helpful. I think a sign of OW addiction would be paying $102 for 30 days access!  ;D

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Dockside Cafe / Re: Whatcha listening to?
« on: June 02, 2017, 01:21:50 am »
It was 50 years ago today.  Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band. What else could it be!

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Dockside Cafe / Re: Chat
« on: June 01, 2017, 05:44:43 pm »
Happy Birthday, Helen!!!

May you enjoy many more!

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The Science: What You're Doing This For / Re: Notes from the Field
« on: May 31, 2017, 10:59:12 pm »
Get those measurements while you can, Kevin! Great photo. I look forward to more when you get to a place with internet!  :)

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Dockside Cafe / Re: Chat
« on: May 30, 2017, 08:37:25 pm »
 :) :) :) :) :)

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