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Bob Sp

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    North of the river, Saskatchewan
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    VSO restoration, helicopterism, black powder, wildfires, archaism.

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  1. Isn't this a little early for April 1?
  2. Yup. . . Popeye had spinach and Olive Oil.
  3. VDA is right on the money. The airplane cabin is pressurized to usually be equivalent to an altitude of 5000 to 7000 feet above sea level (never more than 9,999 feet) regardless of the altitude of the airplane. Airliners frequently cruise above 30,000 above sea level. Here is a not so trivial fact. Under those cabin conditions, one drink can go straight to your head. At the equivalent of 8,000 feet in the air, one drink can hit you like two on the ground. Your blood alcohol level is the same, but your body is metabolising things differently, intensifying the effects.
  4. All baggage compartments are not created equal, but most modern jets have heated and pressurized baggage compartments. That is why they will accept dogs in kennel crates and put them in the baggage compartments. The circumstances where your baggage really is subjected to the extremes is during winter when the loaded baggage cart is lef outside, especially waiting for a connecting flight or just waiting to be loaded. The other challenge to your baggage is the long conveyor systems used at large airports with their chutes and slides. Your baggage can end up being slammed around in there. Animals are kept inside, loaded last, unloaded first and taken immediately into shelter. Maybe there is an option to have instruments treated the same way? (The Image of a violin case in a dog suit pops into my mind!) And, yes I did this sort of work in the '80's.
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    I found out that USPS works especially well for small parcels coming to Canada from the US if you ask to have it sent US 1st Class Parcel Post. This designation is not available in Canada (where parcels cant be 1st class), When a US first class parcel hits Canada Post it continues on in the system as 1st class! Nice! And as you say it rarely gets hit with fees when it is small.
  6. The amplified violin is already showing us sounds that haven't been in the forefront before. "As good as" is subjective. The baroque violin is different from the modern acoustic and very different from the electric. Gut strings are different from synthetic or metal. Evolutionary? - I don't think so. Exploratory? - definitely. Good, better, best? - your choice.
  7. There are places that are doing resin compounds that may contain a certain percentage of real ivory. I believe that this is showing up on knife handles and pistol grips - maybe some instrument parts?
  8. One more sleep! And we are above normal! That sounds good in more ways than I intended....
  9. Sounds lovely and we may be there in another 6 to 8 weeks. I forgot to mention that the windchill this morning is -40 degrees.
  10. Never mind! In another 48 hours it will be headed above freezing (with the associated mess). Good thing too since it is 30 degrees below freezing this morning! Cheers,
  11. Opinion = a personal and subjective viewpoint, with or without basis in fact, knowledge or reality. There is an obligation to repect a person's right to have an opinion, however this does not extend to an obligation to respect that opinion. An opinion is the result of a personal perception and it must be remembered that illusions & delusions are personal perceptions. And what Violadamore said .
  12. Believe it or not this picture is entitled "The Resurrectionists at Work". And I'll never get this out of my head for hours =
  13. Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Bowmore.
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