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JMB
Vancouver
Retired from hospital pharmacy
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Merry Christmas to you and your daughters, Tom.
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Testing, testing, testing.
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2013 on Housekeeping request at The Last Ditch
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I'm sorry your Philadelphia sojourn was so messed up. I really loved that city with all the independence hype and of course the very splendid Rodin Museum which wasn't on your agenda. When I visited the Declaration of Independence in Washington DC I was strangely moved by the whole experience and Philadelphia was a similar experience for me. You sound quite nostalgic now the journey is over. What an achievement! Those wide open roads were built for Speranza and I'm sure she enjoyed every moment of it too. Especially the admiration!
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One wonders if you will ever wear your collection of Tshirts again when you get back to the UK. But perhaps you'll have acquired an American attitude on this trip. Tradition be damned! I love the American "why not" attitude in the face of 'You can't do that", because some outdated "tradition" dictates one can't.
Toggle Commented Jun 14, 2013 on Victory or death at The Last Ditch
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Thank goodness. California will keep for another visit, perhaps not with Speranza but there will be lots of muscle cars for hire next time. I hope that's not an insult to Speranza, comparing her to a muscle car, although we all know she is in a higher class.
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I hope you appreciate that I photoshopped the garbage can out of that photo! The OS moved it out of the way for one photo but put it back before I took this one. Shakes her head. He doesn't do photography but he does garbage quite well.
Toggle Commented Jun 5, 2013 on Timing issues at The Last Ditch
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Those places look familiar! A lovely day indeed. It was good to see you again and show you a few of the highlights of this lovely city, my adopted home. Bon voyage.
Toggle Commented Jun 5, 2013 on A Canadian interlude at The Last Ditch
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That "island" made by your route lines is actually known as the Cascade Loop minus a tiny bit on the coast and a very well known tourist drive. You can google it. I've never driven it but it is said to be very beautiful. I think taking the longer route would probably be more scenic. Maybe it won't be more scenic than where you have been but it will certainly be spectacular. You'll go past Mount Baker and Lake Chelan and the North Cascade Highway sounds very scenic. Frankly I would ask the locals when you get to Wenatchee, they'll be better able to give you advice than me. Don't worry about time, as long as you get to Vancouver in time for dinner. Planned for around 6.30pm give or take. :) Crossing the border can be a tedious delay as the Canadians return from their cross border weekend shopping sprees, but hopefully it will go smoothly.
Toggle Commented Jun 1, 2013 on Advice please? at The Last Ditch
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Yes. Yellowstone :) is amazing and it is a huge park! Do you still see signs of the huge bush fires of 1988? We certainly did when we were there. I can't imagine how horrible it was and devastating to the wildlife.
Toggle Commented May 30, 2013 on Ganging Agley in Yellowstone at The Last Ditch
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This "shambles" does not sound like you at all. But yes I think Yellowstone is worth another day. In fact we spent a week there a few years ago. Besides the geyser area which is fascinating, the wildlife is amazing and along with Yosemite and the Grand Canyon is one of the finest national parks in the USA.
Toggle Commented May 29, 2013 on Ganging Agley in Yellowstone at The Last Ditch
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You're suffering the reverse of what we people from newer places find when we go to the UK and Europe. We are overwhelmed by the depth of history there while in the New World you have to search hard for historical moments which just seem like yesterday. It takes some adjusting but the finds are none the less interesting and enjoyable. It gets "worse" the farther west you go. But then there's always the scenery! And the people!
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Laughs. I'm glad to see that common sense prevailed over "snootiness". Enjoy!
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Personally I have been wondering why you just didn't go buy a US loaded Garmin or some such for this trip as soon as you arrived. I don't think they are that cumbersome, although I have a fancy built in GPS myself so have only seen other people's in action. Being "snooty" about it is cutting off your nose to spite your face you know! :) I do believe that navigating by map is more efficient with two people in the car and driving by the signs has not proved effective for you, once at least.
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You were lost? Misleading sign? Those dratted androids!
Toggle Commented May 14, 2013 on Onwards to Iowa at The Last Ditch
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That credit card nonsense is incredible. I have a US credit card issued by a Canadian bank and have used it for years. Last year I was unable to use it to buy Metro tickets at the railway station because of this so-called security implementation. To give the employee credit, he phoned the higher ups and had it changed so I could use the card the next day. There are some generic numbers you can punch in for those with non US credit cards but my bank had not been added until he instigated it.
Toggle Commented May 12, 2013 on On the source at The Last Ditch
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My last two cars have been Fords! The first lasted 16 years and I really like the latest one. The model I have was Car of the Year in the USA. Of course like all newer cars it is very low to the ground and you have to be very careful of concrete buffers etc. I'm sure you have this "problem" too. We can't all have Ferraris!
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Laughs. I knew you should fill the tiny boot/trunk with sacks of money to pay the speeding fines although no doubt they take credit cards nowadays.
Toggle Commented May 3, 2013 on Bar Harbor ME to Burlington VT at The Last Ditch
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Americans are chatty!!!! You may have some English reserve but you are pretty chatty yourself. It's going to be an interesting trip.
Toggle Commented May 1, 2013 on Looking for a New England at The Last Ditch
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I have always found the people of New York city to be far more friendly than I had ever imagined before I first went there, save the ticket booth people on the subway. I'm very glad you can use machines now to buy them! But I doubt you could not ask for a better place to take practise your photography skills. Fingers crossed for Speranza's liberation. They probably want to keep her and admire her as long as they can!
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2013 on Out and about in NYC at The Last Ditch
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@ Pep. Thank you for your unhelpful and absurd comment.
One of these Canadian friends is delighted to hear that you will be able to cross the border to the frozen North. Well it won't be frozen then of course. I love the mug and of course hope to be a recipient of the above souvenir. :)
Toggle Commented Feb 1, 2013 on US Tour souvenirs at The Last Ditch
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And they can't even blame autocorrect run amok!
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Well actually I live in a country with socialized medicine, although doctors are independent contractors with the government I think you could say. They do bargain for their fee structure and it is totally paid for by taxes. Fortunately they are not surly, arrogant or authoritarian, despite it. Perhaps Canadians are different in character from their UK peers. Since many UK physicians work in both in the NHS and privately do they undergo personality change and act differently with their NHS patients as opposed to their interactions with their private patients? Now that would not be a physician I would like to have treating me, in either system.
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You can only have competition when there is an excess of supply. In the medical profession that just doesn't exist in many places. When there is a shortage you are lucky to get "service" of any kind. And that especially applies when you need a specialist. Long waits for an appointment are often involved. Where I live you are now lucky to find a personal physician as your general practitioner. Older doctors are retiring and younger doctors seem to prefer to work with walk in clinics which are burgeoning everywhere. I think doctors want to be like everyone else and just do their shift and have a more balanced life. You just don't get to pick and choose between the adequate and the inadequate for medical care in this day and age.
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Just a comment on the point you made about Chinese students outperforming other groups in the education system in Great Britain. Living in a city where the Chinese population is 1 in 5, I can attest to the fact that they do succeed very well in the education system here too and also tend to outperform other groups. But I believe it has more to do with the fact that the Chinese value education more highly and make sure that their children work hard and give them every opportunity for extra work. They have high expectations of their children and the children respect and wish to please their parents. They are encouraged to take courses at summer school and they also are the ones who take advantage of private tutoring schools. Assuming, as you do, that they are not genetically a superior race, I think the bottom line is simply that they work harder because of these cultural values. What will be interesting to see is whether this will continue in future generations or will they succumb to the more generally laid back North American attitude towards education. Or in your country, succumb to the "Logic of the Left" as you so succinctly put it.
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