50 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 8-6-18

  1. Good evening Jo.
    Good morning Aj and everyone else.
    Looks like some sort of animal, but I gather that it’s a bird and a stump.

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  2. There is a kind of dark green sheen to the heron’s wings.

    Today is a holiday, called the Civic holiday, here. It is roughly the equivalent of the UK’s August Bank holiday. It is also dreadfully hot and humid. It went up to about 90 yesterday and the humidity makes the air feel like a damp blanket around one’s face. We are hoping for a storm to break the humidity at the end of the day.

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  3. We spent the afternoon at the beach house where we sought refuge last October, our first trip back. Two Adorables were simply happy to be there. The adults were the ones remembering that night!

    The fires out here continue to rage. It’s terrible further north and now the Ranch Fire of the Mendocino Complex is into the national forest. It’s all trees north to Redding. 😦

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  4. Lovely green heron!

    A visually nearly identical bird, from South America I think, is called the green-backed heron, which would be a better name for our species. I’m finally seeing this little bird regularly myself. I’d seen it maybe four times in my life until I found the little pond down the street from our new place, and so far I haven’t missed seeing a green heron (and seeing as many as four) when I’ve walked down there. The great blue doesn’t always show up (and only one at a time when it does), but the green always comes within half an hour of my being there, if it isn’t there already.

    And this morning I saw a swimming beaver down there! I’ve seen a beaver only once before, and I didn’t know at the time it was a beaver. (Not a very good look at it, and I hadn’t yet found out how to tell the difference between beavers and muskrats when you can’t see the tail, and I hadn’t seen muskrats often enough to say “That isn’t a muskrat.”) This time I knew “Beaver!” and it was pretty cool and I got some fairly decent shots. I have yet to see a beaver’s tail, but oh well.

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  5. I overheard Tiny Niece talking to her mother as she was getting up this morning. She mentioned my name and then said something that sounded like, “She’s beautiful.” I wasn’t sure she was still talking about me, but Second confirmed she was. A little later, after Tiny Niece was dressed, she knocked on my door (her parents have trained her to knock and ask to come in). When she came in, she looked up at my dollhouse and sighed, “It’s so pretty.” Then she asked to play with my dollhouse. You think she was buttering me up all the time, so I would say yes? Sadly (to her), she had to go down for breakfast before she could play.

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  6. I’m tired — but since my cold symptoms seem to be mostly gone now — I’m just going in to work where at least there’s some A/C. It seems like I haven’t felt well ever since I was bitten up so much by those horrible bugs. The heat this summer hasn’t helped. I feel low energy, like I’m dragging. If I don’t snap out of it soon I will probably have to just go back in to my doctor. No pain, just really blah and “off” somehow.

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  7. Tiny Niece sounds like such a darling. How old is she now?

    We’ve been having the heat and oppressive humidity here, too. This week is supposed to be a bad one again, with a few days of rain or thunderstorms. Sometimes those storms bring a break in humidity, but other times merely raise it. This week the storms are expected to merely add to the humidity. So thankful for my air conditioning.

    We do not have central air, but we have “sleeve” air conditioners that go into holes made in the walls (with frames around them) – three downstairs (my bedroom, the living room, and Chickadee’s/the cats’ bedroom), and two upstairs which don’t work (one in the kitchen and one in the living room). Fortunately for Nightingale, she doesn’t feel the heat as much as I do, but if it is too yucky up there, they can spend time downstairs, and even sleep down here if they want.

    Chickadee’s/the cats’ bedroom (that is the room where the cats’ litterbox, food, and water are) is right off the dining room, which is connected to the kitchen, so that is the one that cools those rooms. The kitchen can still get pretty warm, though, especially when we are cooking, since it is farthest from the ac.

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  8. DJ – I’m sure you will find this suggestion horrible, as you try to keep your house looking like the time period and style it was originally built in, but. . .As I mentioned above, our air conditioners are neither central air nor window units, but are the sleeve type often used in apartments. Would you consider having one, or possibly two, put in, maybe somewhere somewhat discreet, like the back or side of the house? You suffer each summer, and I think our difficulty with the heat gets worse as we get older.

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  9. Or she could move to Winchester. We have trees for air conditioning. Usually the house stays cool enough if we spend a lot of time outside and just come in for a few minutes, enjoying the cool before going back out.

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  10. The Youngest’s purchased one of those standing unit air conditioners that has a fitting to place in a window. It worked so well for them (they rent the top floor of a house) that they got one for my parents this year. My father has put it in the basement, which is always the coolest part of the house, and turned on the fan from the furnace. I can’t say it is the most effective set up. The Seconds and I have our rooms on the second floor, and heat rises, while even with the fan on, the cold air from the air conditioner gets around very little; besides, in the winter, when the furnace is on, very little of the heat makes it up to the second floor, so that it is always quite cool. Thankfully, the Seconds have a window air conditioning unit in their room and they leave the door open, so if I leave my door open and angle my fan right, it can be kept bearable.

    Kizzie, Tiny Niece recently completed her second year. She has her moments – she burst into tears and wailed about not wanting to eat breakfast when she was balked in her effort to play with my dollhouse – but she is a very loving child to those in her small circle, often spontaneously running over and giving hugs when we enter a room where she is. She is not only very tall for her age, looking more like she is approaching four, but, like all my siblings’ eldest children, who were all girls, she is very advanced in her language development. It is so interesting hearing her develop not only a larger vocabulary and proper grammar and syntax, but also acquiring the subtler forms of language use. She used simile correctly the other day. Her little brother, Sixth Nephew, was sitting on his mother’s lap during supper, and as he has reached the sixth month mark and can begin eating and is also teething, he was given a cucumber slice to see what he would make of it. Tiny Niece, sitting beside him in her high chair looked at Sixth clutching the cucumber in both hands and gnawing on it with his gums, and she said, “He looks like a chipmunk eating some food.” Several weeks ago, when we went to the lake, we had seen a chipmunk eating some scraps we had thrown away, and she saw the similarity in posture between how the chipmunk grasped his food and how her little brother grasped his. She loves stories and nursery rhymes and songs, and will often quote lines from them. Her mother has begun to read Farmer Boy to her and she seems to be able to listen to and follow it – it reminds me of how Eldest In-law began reading The Lord of the Rings to Eldest Niece when she was about four.

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  11. As a child, Nightingale was quite tall for her age, and her son is quite tall for his age.

    Opposite of that. . .My friend Ruthie’s youngest daughter was a tiny peanut from birth. A pediatrician threatened to diagnose her with failure to thrive, which would have brought in DCF (Dept. of Children and Families). But although Caroline was tiny, and not gaining as much weight as doctor thought she should, she was healthy in every other way.

    At age four, she was only about 20 pounds, but a happy, healthy little girl.

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  12. Kizzie, are those the ductless AC units for rooms? I’ve looked at those, it’s a possibility though they’re not exactly inexpensive. But you’re right, I think at some point I’ll need to figure something out, my house gets (and stays) way too hot and my body is getting more and more heat intolerant.

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  13. Kizzie, Tiny’s little brother, Sixth, is already the size of a year old – his mother has trouble keeping him in clothes, he is growing out of them so fast. But Second is the tallest of the siblings, and Second In-law towers over six feet, so it is not surprising their children are so tall. But it is striking to see the contrast between Tiny and her cousin that was born a nearly the same time, Fifth Nephew. Fifth is shorter than his older sisters were at the same age, and quite slightly built. He also seems to have a slight speech impediment, possibly the remains of a tongue tie that was corrected, as he begins anything he says with an ‘n’ sound, but he is healthy and normal in intelligence – he can be mischievous, and his older sisters, who play imaginative games involving complicated set ups, greet his approach to their game set up with voluble alarm. His younger brother, Seventh, also seems to be slight in build (he also presents a sharp contrast in size to his cousin who is two months older), and I remember their father, Youngest In-law, was quite slight as a young boy.

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  14. DJ – I guess so. They go into the “sleeves” (holes in the wall), so that their back ends stick out of the house.

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  15. DJ & Kizzie, the flexible duct on the unit that my parents have goes to the outside, but through a window space (either a casement or sash window) with a plastic panel that cane be adjusted to fill in the open space around the duct. The unit itself is freestanding, with wheels, about the size of a dehumidifier.

    Come to think of it, a Californian like DJ might not know what a dehumidifier is 😉

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  16. We usually don’t get much humidity, ours is more of d dry heat — although this summer has brought much higher humidity than we’re used to.

    Fellow reporter from Canada says he and his wife and contemplating a move to (maybe) Nova Scotia in the semi-near future, he thinks. Back to Canada, at any rate. They just purchased a portable A/C on wheels from Amazon so I told him to let me know how they like it.

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  17. Recently I mentioned that I have a few conservative Facebook friends who seem determined to prove that liberals are right about conservatives being hard-hearted and uncompassionate. Something I’ve noticed is that sometimes they throw out the word “snowflake” at anyone they think are soft in any way.

    Don’t think a fellow human being (even if they are a liberal) should be called a piece of excrement? Then you’re a snowflake. Make a little plea for some grace or understanding in a situation? Yup – you’re a snowflake. Makes me cringe. 😦

    Another friend recently shared a thing saying that we Americans had fought hard to build a good life in our country, so immigrants should just go home and work on building a good life in their own countries. (And no, it did not specify illegal immigrants.) I pointed out that most of our ancestors came over here to build good lives for themselves and their descendants. He seemed to think that “Americans” were always born here, although I know he knows better.

    This is the kind of thing that I’ve referred to when I’ve said that too many people share things that give them a visceral reaction, without realizing that they are really not logical or true.

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  18. Kizzie, yes, I’ve seen that as well. Cringe-worthy. And we need to remember we are Christians, followers of Christ, first and foremost — wherever that may take us politically, it comes with an attitude and an outlook that is peculiar to a ‘peculiar’ (in the world’s eyes) people.

    OK, in the meantime, how about spear awnings over my south facing windows where so much of the heat comes in? They have a spanish look & I can’t imagine they’d be that hugely expensive, though they do block much of the solar heat. Color is widely variable, from solids to stripes.

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  19. DJ, Nova Scotia is a lovely place to live.

    Kizzie, I have an aunt, who is conservative but not Christian, who shares memes on FB that constantly make me cringe, they are so strident and harsh. But the stream of shares is so constant that I feel she is reading these memes and then immediately clicking share without stopping to think or investigate if the meme is accurate. That is what the creators of those memes intend you to do.

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  20. We just enjoyed yet another thunderstorm…they predicted hail and we had none…thankful for that!
    Dj I really like the awnings. My parent’s home had awnings over the windows. Even as a 7 year old I appreciated the beauty of them. Dad took them down much to my horror. It lost the cottage homey look for me. He tore out the stone bbq out in the corner of the yard, took out the peach tree, and eventually tore down the Sears one car shiplapped garage which was so quaint. How I wish he would have left everything original.

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  21. Co-worker says homes are affordable in Nova Scotia and it’s not particularly crowded and the weather is good, kind of California-like he says. I’m not sure what part of Canada they’re from but they’re trying now to find a spot that’s not too cold in winter or too hot in summer.

    I think the awnings will look really cute on my house plus will help cut that southern sunlight (and also protect the wood/paint around those windows going forward, too!).

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  22. Those awnings would be great and help a lot, Dj. A friend who lives near Perth got them for all of her west facing windows aand it changed things up. The ones she got were not cheap, but she works at home and they were aa wise investment.

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  23. Sadly, some of those harsh-sounding conservatives I mentioned above are fellow Christians. 😦

    What prompted my comment about that is that I am in a “discussion” on one of those friends’ posts (although this lady is not a Christian). I can’t believe I am having to defend myself for objecting to anyone being called a “POS”. In this case, it was LeBron James. I don’t have an opinion one way or the other about him, which I made clear, but that kind of language is so hateful. Although I didn’t express my comment that way, I did say I don’t like seeing anybody referred to that way. My friend hasn’t used the snowflake against me, but her other comments seem to be saying the same thing.

    I should know better than to comment on this particular lady’s posts, as she and most of her friends are pretty harsh conservatives. It was one of her friends who once called me a libtard, which had me laughing all day. (And it wasn’t even a particularly liberal stance I was taking.)

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  24. This was from a couple weeks ago but it’s the same story this week again:

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/l-a-s-not-just-sizzling-its-sultry-why-californias-july-heat-wave-is-so-weird/

    L.A.’s Not Just Sizzling, It’s Sultry: Why California’s July Heat Wave Is So Weird
    An unusually early—and humid—heat wave has set all-time records

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    Last weekend, residents of Los Angeles and other areas of coastal California could be forgiven for thinking they had overslept like Rip van Winkle and woken up in the heat of September or, over the last few days, that they had suddenly been transported to humid Miami.

    The disorienting weather has been the result of a combination of an unusually early, record-setting heat wave, monsoon conditions over the Southwest and the mountainous local topography. The heat has taxed the electrical grid, leaving thousands without power; endangered human health; and kicked off a flurry of wildfire activity. “It’s been quite the week,” says Daniel Swain, an atmospheric scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles.

    … The early timing of this heat wave means temperatures got an additional boost, thanks to longer summer days and the season’s more intense sunlight. On July 6 the temperature in Riverside topped out at 118 degrees F; Escondido hit 112; Long Beach Airport peaked at 109, and downtown Los Angeles reached 108.

    But searing daytime highs were not the only feature of the unusual heat wave. As temperatures stayed sultry throughout the night, they posed a threat to human health because the body is less able to recover from the heat of the day. Overnight low temperatures have generally been in the mid-70s to the low 80s F—more typical of daytime high temperatures for this time of year. Swain recalls one night at the peak of the heat wave when the temperature in western Los Angeles was still 100 at midnight, “which is really kind of wild.”

    … residents have been plagued by another oddity for the area: humidity. Walking to work on Tuesday, Swain says he was sweating through his clothes despite the early hour and relatively cloudy conditions and notes the humidity was “on par with Miami.” The moisture is flowing in from the active annual Southwest monsoon centered over Arizona. “You’d never get this in the autumn,” he says, because the monsoon isn’t around then. The humidity also adds to the potential health burden from the heat wave because it makes temperatures feel hotter in a region where many lack air-conditioning. “Things just aren’t designed for these kinds of heat waves,” he adds. …
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  25. Among the more convicting commandments (which we’ve been going through in our Sunday sermons) is the 9th; it’s been painful as I just look back over my last few days:

    From the Westminster divines:

    Shorter Catechism
    𝒬 78. What is forbidden in the ninth commandment?

    𝒜. The ninth commandment forbiddeth whatsoever is prejudicial to truth, or injurious to our own, or our neighbor’s, good name.

    Larger Catechism
    𝒬 145. What are the sins forbidden in the ninth commandment?

    𝒜. The sins forbidden in the ninth commandment are, all prejudicing the truth, and the good name of our neighbors, as well as our own,especially in public judicature; giving false evidence, suborning false witnesses, wittingly appearing and pleading for an evil cause, outfacing and overbearing the truth; passing unjust sentence,calling evil good, and good evil; rewarding the wicked according to the work of the righteous, and the righteous according to the work of the wicked; forgery, concealing the truth, undue silence in a just cause, and holding our peace when iniquity calleth for either a reproof from ourselves, or complaint to others; speaking the truth unseasonably, or maliciously to a wrong end, or perverting it to a wrong meaning, or in doubtful and equivocal expressions, to the prejudice of truth or justice; speaking untruth, lying,slandering, backbiting, detracting, talebearing,whispering, scoffing, reviling, rash, harsh, and partial censuring; misconstructing intentions, words, and actions;flattering, vainglorious boasting; thinking or speaking too highly or too meanly of ourselves or others; denying the gifts and graces of God; aggravating smaller faults; hiding, excusing, or extenuating of sins, when called to a free confession; unnecessary discovering of infirmities; raising false rumors, receiving and countenancing evil reports, and stopping our ears against just defense; evil suspicion; envying or grieving at the deserved credit of any,endeavoring or desiring to impair it, rejoicing in their disgrace and infamy; scornful contempt, fond admiration; breach of lawful promises; neglecting such things as are of good report, and practicing, or not avoiding ourselves, or not hindering what we can in others, such things as procure an ill name.
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    And, the flip side:

    Shorter Catechism
    𝒬 77. What is required in the ninth commandment?

    𝒜. The ninth commandment requireth the maintaining and promoting of truth between man and man, and of our own and our neighbor’s good name, especially in witness bearing.

    Larger Catechism
    𝒬 144. What are the duties required in the ninth commandment?

    𝒜. The duties required in the ninth commandment are, the preserving and promoting of truth between man and man, and the good name of our neighbor, as well as our own; appearing and standing for the truth; and from the heart, sincerely, freely, clearly,and fully, speaking the truth, and only the truth, in matters of judgment and justice, and in all other things whatsoever; a charitable esteem of our neighbors; loving, desiring, and rejoicing in their good name; sorrowing for, and covering of their infirmities; freely acknowledging of their gifts and graces, defending their innocency; a ready receiving of a good report, and unwillingness to admit of an evil report, concerning them; discouraging talebearers, flatterers, and slanderers; love and care of our own good name, and defending it when need requireth; keeping of lawful promises; studying and practicing of whatsoever things are true, honest, lovely, and of good report.

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  26. Yep. And after what’s happening north of us, we may all have trouble getting insured again.

    Right now the #MendocinoComplexFire is mostly roaring through Mendocino National Forest, which is all trees. Clear Lake, the lake, has now burned about 2/3 around the lake.

    Only 33% contained after 10 days of massive fighting. They have nearly 4K firefighters on it now. Temperatures in the high 90s and no rain in sight.

    At least today in Ukiah, they’re lighting backfires on Cow Mountain–the park nearest our former home. That’s progress, I hope.

    They’ve had four major fires in Lake County in four years. A number of people who were burned out of Santa Rosa moved to Lake County–the only “affordable” housing within 100 miles of San Francisco–only to be burned out again.

    I don’t know what’s going to happen, but we closely examined that Tubbs fire map–because it almost duplicated the same fire that went through in 1964. Both times fire came within 6 blocks of our house.

    On that same street six blocks away, a new neighbor mowed his lawn Saturday afternoon in 90 degree weather–and caught his lot on fire.

    My Nixle alert did not sound. We did not hear fire trucks. The fire trucks passed our house within two blocks to rush to that fire, which they mercifully put out. We’re all uneasy.

    Several insurers have announced they won’t write new policies. We’ll see what happens.

    So far, ours has been reassuring.

    Meanwhile at the Statehouse, they’re preparing to sue P,G.& E. to pay for everything. Who pays? Ultimately rate payers–because how can a utility be allowed to go bankrupt?

    What can God be up to?

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  27. DJ, Nova Scotia is not California-like. On paper, the province might seem to have the warmest average temperatures in Canada, but in practical terms, it has much the same kind of winters as here in Southern Ontario. My father, who is Nova Scotian born and bred, remembers skating on frozen ponds in his youth, and the snow plow coming up their road regularly, just the same as our childhood. The place with a Canadian reputation for the mildest winters in Canada is the West Coast of British Columbia (or B.C., as it is called). But Vancouver, B.C. is notoriously damp, as B.C. has temperate rain forests up its Pacific coastline. Second was observing the other day that the west coast of a continental mass is always warmer than its east coast. Baffin Island in Nunavut, which is towards the eastern part of Canada, is on the same latitude as Norway, and even has fjords like Norway, but Baffin Island is much colder and has very little vegetation, while Norway is rich in forests. Nova Scotia is on the eastern coast of Canada, and although it is on the same latitude as France and Spain, which are on the western coast of the Eurasian continental mass, it has a much colder climate than those two countries. Nor’easters formed from hurricanes and tropicals storms coming up the eastern seaboard from the Caribbean meeting colder air from the arctic, turn into blizzards and ice storms when they reach Nova Scotia. One way or another, Nova Scotia gets plenty of snow. A couple of years ago in 2016-2017, the province was practically buried, with over 150 inches of snow during that winter – the pictures my relatives there shared of snow walls along roadsides towering above passing cars would be intimidating for those looking for California mildness.

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  28. then I misheard 🙂 I doubt anything’s very California-like in Canada, but he was saying there are some areas that have less snow and more of a summer vibe that can be more comfortable. Yeah, I already know where Nova Scotia is 🙂

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  29. Or cheap compared to here.

    And population isn’t crazy, apparently if it weren’t for the immigrants coming lately the population would actually be going down. Because I guess it’s so California-like cold. Or whatever.

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  30. So, the way I understand it, Nova Scotia is the next California, that is bizarre Who would have thought it? Climate change I suppose.

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  31. The real reason that Nova Scotia has the warmest average temperatures of any province in Canada, is that unlike nine of the other eleven provinces, it does not extend greatly north. Southwestern B.C. is warmer than Nova Scotia, but the coastline of B.C. extends up to Alaska, and its northern border to the territory of the Yukon. Alberta and Saskatchewan extend to the Northwest Territories, Manitoba extends north to Nunavut Quebec extends north to Laborador, which is part of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Ontario doesn’t go quite as far north because of Hudson’s Bay, but northern Ontario is plenty cold enough. Little Prince Edward Island is close to Nova Scotia, but off its northern shore (Cape Breton Island, which forms the northernmost tip of Nova Scotia, is a little further north than P.E.I, and has a reputation for being cold in winter), and the only province really comparable to Nova Scotia in terms of placement is New Brunswick, which is directly northeast of Maine. So, the southern parts of all those provinces are roughly equal to Nova Scotia in terms of winters, but their temperature averages are skewed because of their sparsely inhabited northern parts.

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  32. DJ, yes, houses are cheaper in Nova Scotia, unless you want to live directly on the shore, as much of that premium property has been bought up by wealthy Europeans for their holiday homes. People move west from the eastern provinces, because since the collapse of the east coast fisheries (due in large part to heavy trawlers from Europe destroying the spawning beds of the cod) there has been high unemployment in the maritime provinces. Vancouver B.C., on the other hand, has a real estate problem. Houses there start at about $1,000,000, partly due to wealthy Asians buying property there. That makes rent ridiculously expensive, so that one can be working a steady job with decent wages and still be homeless in Vancouver.

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  33. Well there’s mumsee making fun of me and California again 😔

    Still sweltering here and we have another fire going now, this one in Orange County just south of us.

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