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  • Birthday 27/02/1954

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    Mike
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  1. The illegitimate love child of a Bricklin and a Concorde.
  2. Back in the period of 2000 - 2006 when I was working in Calgary I would quite regularly do the drive from my home base in White Rock BC, in the outer 'burbs of Vancouver, to where I was staying in Calgary. The door to door distance was about 990 km with a personal best time of a little under 9 1/2 hours. I couldn't do it non-stop due to fuel supply so it would be a 1, 2, or 3 stop drive depending on traffic, available time or how hungry I was. The longest stretch I did literally non-stop was on one westbound trip where I brimmed the Europa tanks in Golden BC and didn't stop again until I was sputtering into a gas station in Langley BC. Google Maps shows the road distance between the two stations as 664 km with an estimated time of roughly 7 hr 50 min. I don't recall my time from that trip but it was somewhat quicker than the Google estimate. That was back in the good old days when my bladder fill rate was still more or less the same as the fuel tank drain rate.
  3. Thanks for the suggestion, it's not a bad idea. On the other hand, I tend to put myself in situations where my enthusiasm exceeds my skill level so I would probably find a way to half-kill myself anyway. 😵
  4. This is just my opportunity to vent a bit over a real First World problem for which I have noone to blame but myself. Went out this morning for the second of my twice-weekly hockey games. All went well until I had to really hustle back to cover on defence, got my skates tangled up, took a fall and bounced my fool head on the ice. Even with a helmet on, four inches of ice on a concrete base is an unforgiving surface to smack one's head on so I now have some concussion symptoms. That is bad enough but I did the same thing in January so two concussions (albeit mild) in a little over two months is something to think about. And I know that I won't get far in this world if I have to rely on my looks or athletic prowess. My plan has been to keep playing where I am for a couple of more years until I hit 70 and then evaluate whether to quit playing or look for a slower league to play in. Now I'm pissed that I might have put myself in that situation ahead of schedule. Like I said, just venting.
  5. Restoration of seized or frozen assets would be nice, but I suspect that throwing in immunity from prosecution would seal the deal if it comes to that point.
  6. The mods might consider moving this to the "Fuel Prices" thread. It often seems to be the main reason why the oil companies jack up fuel prices. DBE 101 - Dog Balls Economics
  7. Wise man. I'm exhausted just thinking of the other alternative.
  8. Ideally,it would be a menage a trois with the Corps d' Esprit. It appears that neither of us can count. That Corps d' Esprit could provide a menage a quatre.
  9. My inner 14 year-old, who often comes up with amusing ideas that are totally lacking in common sense or judgement, has a thought about these cameras. What you should do is find a spot to park a noisy Evora (or similar) near the microphone. Keep the car idling and bring it up to full throttle whenever a Tesla drives by the camera. That will give some interesting statistics.
  10. So is that Flat 6 or Deep Six ?
  11. Or, to adapt another very old joke Q: What do you call 1000 Porsches at the bottom of the sea? A: A good start.
  12. That's a good news update, delighted to hear it. Now it's best wishes for continued progress and the recovery process.
  13. Starting? 😜 I think the issue is more that the rest of us are trying to figure out how someone with the apparent common sense of a sea urchin could manage to paddle a kayak in the first place. Or is it possible that he tried to start a fire onboard to keep warm and discovered the truth in the old adage that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.
  14. I have long wondered about popular culture's fascination with the prospect of a zombie apocalypse. It seems to me that if zombies eat brains, most people are safe. Present company excluded, of course.
  15. Well at least it didn't go over his head.
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