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« Reply #570 on: January 20, 2019, 07:09:57 am »
Real winter now.  -28 C windchill. 

Probably will only happen another once or twice this year if at all, but we have a sewage backup.  Very bad timing as the landlord is awol, old and likely broke.
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« Reply #571 on: January 20, 2019, 12:44:26 pm »
People in small towns love to smoke.  See above - Letterkenny.

It seems like there is something class-related going on.   In days gone by perhaps everybody smoked so there wasn't a distinction to be made.  But to me, it seems like the people who smoke tend to be those on the lower income or lower education end of things.  The minions, as well as a lot of tradesmen I've worked with in the past-- tradesmen aren't low income, of course, and are quite educated in their own way, but in terms of fancy book larnin' they're not like the college people I've worked with who have all disdained smoking.

Among my co-workers, all the minions smoke, while among the technical people only Boring Stories Bob smokes, and BSB is old enough that he might have started back when everybody smoked just because everybody smoked.  In previous jobs, things were divided along the same lines... the laborers and waitresses and strippers who were in college or had aspirations of going to college didn't smoke, the ones whose aspirations only extended as far as next weekend's party were smokers. 

There's something paradoxic about this, in that cigarettes are expensive and yet it seems like the people who buy them most are the ones who can less afford them.

I don't know if my observations run along the same lines as other peoples, or if there's any hard research on the subject of who smokes correlated against education and income levels.  But to me it seems like there's something going on.

Speculating, I'm thinking maybe impulse control.  People who want quick gratification smoke, maybe. People who want to earn money sooner, party on the weekend, that sort of thing. People who think longer term don't smoke.  I dunno.  There's something there, but I'm having a hard time putting a finger on exactly what it is.



Kim City is the third largest in BC.

Well, I'm not sure of the specifics, but it's definitely a little bigger than Letterkenny. Last week I heard that the Kim City Airport has overtaken Victoria's and is now the 10th busiest airport in Canada.

Never had an office job, went from wrenching them to flying them. Congrats on the raise.

Thanks! :)    This is actually my first office job too. I have had an office previously, but this is my first job where both myself and all of my co-workers work in the same building all the time, so this is quite new to me.  I am sort of an observer of people, so I find the dynamics fascinating.  If there were beings of higher intelligence observing humans to understand our ways, office work environments would be a great ant-farm for them to study.

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« Reply #572 on: January 21, 2019, 06:11:27 am »
Frozen pipes this morning :(

Never had to deal with that before.  Mama and Easy are asleep... today is going to suck.
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« Reply #573 on: January 21, 2019, 06:13:24 am »
It seems like there is something class-related going on.   In days gone by perhaps everybody smoked so there wasn't a distinction to be made.  But to me, it seems like the people who smoke tend to be those on the lower income or lower education end of things.  The minions, as well as a lot of tradesmen I've worked with in the past-- tradesmen aren't low income, of course, and are quite educated in their own way, but in terms of fancy book larnin' they're not like the college people I've worked with who have all disdained smoking.
 

7 months since I smoked.  I don't consider myself 'quit' though...
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« Reply #574 on: January 21, 2019, 09:53:30 am »
When we lived in an old house in downtown Ottawa there were nights when we had to leave some taps running to keep the pipes from freezing.  Never had that problem when we lived in Edmonton, even though it gets much colder. I'm not sure what the difference is.

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« Reply #575 on: January 21, 2019, 11:24:31 am »
Frozen pipes for some reason has become more common in Winnipeg the past few years. The worst part, as I understand,  is it can be a real problem to thaw them out. In some cases, they've had to wait till June.
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« Reply #576 on: January 21, 2019, 11:38:15 am »
7 months since I smoked.  I don't consider myself 'quit' though...

Keep that thought. I quit a couple of times for up to a year and went back. When i finally did quit, it was a several years before I actually considered myself "quit".
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« Reply #577 on: January 21, 2019, 12:26:52 pm »
I was listening to the radio one day and there was an interview with an addiction specialist doctor who was saying it was a good idea to reward ones self after you have made reasonable success at kicking a bad habit. Two days of no smoking or bottle tipping isn't quite enough, "reasonable" being the operative word. I had been thinking about buying a laptop, which were a little pricey those days, but then I realized I was well into year 4 without a smoke. I did a quick calculation on how many bucks I hadn't spent on smokes, then headed off downtown, bought that laptop, and still had a pretty good wad left over. Heading for year 20, maybe I should plan another trip downtown, or beyond.   

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« Reply #578 on: January 21, 2019, 03:12:59 pm »
There are no rewards... well... one but my vows won't allow it.

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« Reply #579 on: January 21, 2019, 03:25:39 pm »
I hadn't taken any vows back then, and I found the girls more fun in the no smoking sections of bars and planes, so I guess I had more than one incentive. The real rewards are the health benefits that keep on giving.

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« Reply #580 on: January 21, 2019, 11:24:45 pm »
I tried out a new skincare product yesterday and I guess I got a little carried away with all that exfoliating and microdermabrasion, because when I woke up today my cheeks and nose were all rosy.  I felt pretty ridiculous, but everybody just asked if I'd been skiing.  Since I don't ski I told them that I'd gotten wind-burned while I was hiking on saturday, even though that's a total lie.   

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« Reply #581 on: January 21, 2019, 11:36:51 pm »
I studied karate for a few years and early on I learned about Tiger Balm, a salve that is good for soothing aching muscles while you get in shape. It comes in different strengths. I bought the red one. (strongest). One of the exercises we spent time on was full front and side leg splits. Needless to say your groins get a bit sore. A word of advice: don't come home from karate class, spread Tiger Balm on your groins, and go to bed. You will be awoken before too long.
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« Reply #582 on: January 22, 2019, 05:54:37 am »
Ok.  Pipes burst yesterday.  It's a big warmer at -14 but no power.  We have shut off the water.

The great thing about full-time is "work from home" option, which I'm stretching to day 2.

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« Reply #583 on: January 22, 2019, 06:38:19 am »
Don't they insulate water pipes in Toronto?

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« Reply #584 on: January 22, 2019, 03:22:45 pm »
Ok.  Pipes burst yesterday.  It's a big warmer at -14 but no power.  We have shut off the water.

The great thing about full-time is "work from home" option, which I'm stretching to day 2.

That sucks. Just you or neighbours as well? Above or below ground?
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