Yes, I noticed the vastly differing terrain. With the mountains and
ocean and winds and variety of temperature/climate zones, it's bound
to be interesting... Of course, there is the old (reputedly Chinese)
series of curses to consider:
1- May you live in interesting times.
2 - May you come to the attention of those in authority.
3 - May you find what you are looking for.
If that is the case, I am truly doomed. <g>
Was thinking it was more than that, but exporting beats importing.
As with all things in life. It was intended mostly as humor. :-\
But it really is a serious issue - being trapped in a snow drift till
spring could be hazardous to your health. And those evil mooses...
Uh, oh - first it was East vs. West, now it's Canadian SPF wars.
I think I read something about that a while ago - Some mention was
made of a Canadian invasion to promote regime change. <g>
I don't know if they are actually dominant now, but the areas I
mentioned have a lot of Asians. Burnaby and Richmond have many Chinese
immigrants, and Surrey and South Vancouver have a lot of East Indians.
You'll not need to learn Cantonese or Hindi, but the subculture is
rich in Asiatic languages, shops, restaurants, etc.
Yes. You can buy additional coverage beyond the mandatory basic stuff
from ICBC (Insurance Corporation of BC), or through a private company,
but the basic is all ICBC.
Still legal, I'm afraid.
Dave Broadfoot said it best.
Yer east hates yer west, and yer west hates yer east, and the only
thing holding the country together is that everyone hates yer Tronna.*
*"Tronna" - Toronto.
I see someone else has pointed out that there are two Lee Valley Tool
outlets there. I only know of the one in South Vancouver. Go early,
unless you want to have to buy low numbers from the scalpers. :-)
Speaking of which, I finally made it to the new downtown Tronna store on
Saturday and was astounded to see that aside from me, there were only 2
or 3 other customers in the store. I've seen a fair number of them,
including Vancouver, London, other Tronna, and the various incarnations
in Ottawa, and I've never seen that few people on a Saturday afternoon.
Buying low numbers from scalpers is the norm. Kinda sad, I sure hope it
picks up a bit.
Did you check the official web sites thoroughly enough to find out if
you will be able to move to Canada? Under what category can you
apply? Skilled Worker? Investor? Have you done a self-evaluation to
make sure you have enough points?
I do a self-evaluation every morning - it's a sad thing to behold. <g>
As for the skills aspect, I've been a mechanic, plumber, electrician,
computer programmer (ASM/C/JAVA), web designer, electronics
technician, digital design, shop manager, pseudo lawyer and general
all around pain in the arse.
And if all else fails, I'll marry a native.
I've read all your posts in this thread, and you sound like quite a
lively character who could make his way anywhere on this Earth. But
will all due respect, you should be paying more attention to the
requirements of formal immigration than to the rules governing amateur
radio. You will have to satisfy Citizenship and Immigration Canada,
and if you can't muster up enough points, you won't get in. Right
now, the bar is quite low - 67 points. A few years ago it was (I
think) 75. If you are between 67 and 75 points you should get an
application in right away if this is what you want to do, because the
visa posts are swamped with applications, and the waiting times are
being measured in years. The pass mark is certain to be raised again.
Another place you might try for more information - britishexpats.com.
There are some Canada-specific discussion forums there. Good luck.
I suspect there were a few of those as well...
Hell, for that matter, there is a crop of those here - along with the
damned ugliest, redneck females I have ever seen.
But I do believe I can tell the difference between a 32 year old
female and a perv in drag...
Been to SF, LA, NY, the border towns of TX/Mexico and grew up in
Atlanta. I've seen Rupaul perform at Weekends, he/she/it being one of
the more famous mid-town drag queens from Atlanta. The younger sister
was a bartender downtown for many years. There are a lot of trans
types here, and have been since I was a kid.
Besides, a man would have great difficulty emulating the petite women
I prefer. But, at last resort, there is always the Crocodile Dundee
method. Grab 'em in the crotch to confirm that, at least, they aren't
sporting the equipment... ;-)
Had an idiot friend who, many years ago, picked up a hooker downtown.
Turned out to be a drag queen - tried to cut off what little manhood
he possessed with a razor blade. Not quite sure how he escaped
intact, but in retrospect, it is unfortunate that he did.
Yea, dumb old Rick sure turned out to be one sorry-ass tool.
And since this is _well_ off topic, I'll stop now... :-)
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