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  1. 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.  

  2. 21 hours ago, DanR said:

    Wonder how much his cronies would want to turn him in?

    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.

  3. 39 minutes ago, yeller77 said:

    Yup. The old joke about why does a dog lick himself?





    Because he can...

    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

  4. 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.

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  5. The 340R was not certified for road use in Canada although it can be brought into the country now. Our equivalent of the US rule is more liberal as cars can be freely imported once they are 15 years old. After that it is a matter of getting the car compliant with provincial requirements to pass an inspection in order to be approved for road use. So it should be possible to bring a 340R in now.

    Having said that, I am aware that Bell & Covill has a 340R listed for sale now. It looks good on the website and the price is quite reasonable by the standards of the current market in Canada. When concerted to CDN$ the price is not much more than what a couple of Vancouver dealers have listed Elise for in the past few months. Transport, duties and taxes would probably increase the landed cost by 30% or so but still within the realm of reasonable.

    The problem I have with it is the hidden cost - if another Lotus follows me home now I really should factor in the cost of the divorce. 

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  6. I certainly agree with that objective, but not necessarily the method of achieving it. There can be some circumstances when you need to slow someone down if they are oblivious to a specific hazard but I have often seen other drivers take foolish and reckless risks to get around slower traffic.

    Just this past weekend I was on a road trip through BC and saw at least three instances of impatient twits making extremely risky passes to get by other vehicles that weren't going fast enough to suit them. Two of the instances were people wanting to drive too fast for the conditions but the third was triggered by someone who was going slowly and doggedly refusing to let anyone past. Luckily, none of these episodes ended in disaster either through sheer dumb luck or good judgement by oncoming drivers

    It seems that we have significantly different opinions on reacting to faster traffic.


  7. 38 minutes ago, Barrykearley said:

    Read again - “when I see an Audi trying to mate my towbar”

    subtle I might have been - but there’s a clue !

    I don't see how that helps. Ok, the Audi is being a knucklehead and tailgating you - so let them by and keep an eye out to avoid their debris field instead of holding them up and perhaps triggering real road rage

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