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  1. LOL, that's too funny, Fred! You know what they say - never assume, because it makes an ass out of u and me!
  2. Yes, I think he was using the servants as an excuse for why his apartment was such a disaster. And definitely, he had some serious issues to let it get to such a state. Sup, that's very kind of you! I'm not sure people in N. America will begin to hire servants. It's never been part of the culture here, except with the very wealthy, though with most households having both parents working, nannies are fairly common. However, with the high price of housing in N. America, many can't afford nannies or servants. When my parents bought a new house in Toronto in 1963, it cost $21,000, and they paid it off in 3 years. Currently the average price for a house in Toronto is 1,128,000 and it will take decades to pay off the mortgage. So many people now are living one missed mortgage payment or rental payment away from finding themselves homeless. The cost of living has far outstripped the rise in wages for all but the wealthy. Most young people today realize that they will likely never be able to afford to buy a house.
  3. We had a Hindu tenant in the apartment building my husband used to own. He said that when he was living in India, if he blew his nose, he'd just drop the tissue on the floor, and one of their servants would pick it up. His apartment was the worst disaster my husband had ever seen in his 35 years of owning the building. There was not a square inch of floor that wasn't covered with debris, mainly newspapers. He lost his first wife and two children in the Air India crash, caused by a radical Sikh faction planting a bomb on the plane, and I strongly supect that's what caused him to not care about the state the apartment was in. It was unbelievable - you'd be sorting through newspapers and other rubbish, and you'd find a beautiful silk scarf. He would also take the change out of his pocket, and throw THAT on the floor of the bedroom his children used when they came to visit. (He was separated from his second wife.) I picked up over $200 in coins off the floor of that room! That was a real head-scratcher, as he was having trouble finding a job that made use of his education and experience, and was working as a parking lot attendant for the City of Toronto. You'd think he'd value every nickel and dime he earned, with a low-paying job like that! We've never been so glad to have a tenant leave - we'd actually been looking into how we could evict him, due to the state the apartment was in.
  4. That's great, Fred! My dad also taught me how to polish shoes, and of course, sewing on buttons was part of what my mother taught me along with using her sewing machine.
  5. LOL, Fred! Yes, we're bilingual in Canada too, when it comes to metric and Imperial. Gas is in litres, but I ask for a pint at the pub. Beer is sold in cans and bottles by the millilitre, though. The mish-mash of different measures is really pretty crazy. I have a set of open ended/box wrenches in both systems, as you never know for sure what system the machine you're fixing is going to have. For some reason 10 m.m. wrenches and sockets tend to vanish. I once bought a set of 6 sockets at Canadian Tire, only to find some bozo had replace the 10 m.m. (the only one I REALLY needed!) with a 1/2 in. socket, then returned the set to the store!! Oh, was I steamed! Fortunately C.T. was really good about exchanging the set.
  6. They really need to bring back Home Ec. and shop classes - only make them co-ed!! Girls need to learn how to used tools, and guys need to learn to cook and sew! I am ever so grateful to my father for teaching me basic carpentry skills. He also showed me simple car maintenance tasks, like changing tires, checking tire pressure and the engine oil, etc. When I blew a tire one day on the Don Valley Parkway, in early rush hour traffic, I was able to get the car safely to the side of the road, and change the tire myself. No one stopped to help me, either. The one casualty that day was the hubcap, which popped off when the tire blew, and was never seen again. Thanks, Dad!
  7. Eggs are still sold by the dozen here in Canuck land. Here's how Canadians measure things. This isn't a joke - it's quite true!! I have no idea what my weight is in kilograms, or what my height is in centimeters, I still measure things in cups and spoonfuls when baking, and my oven measures heat in degrees F... Edit: the chart makes one mistake. The grocery store sells meat by the kilogram, but since a kg. is 2.2 lbs. it's pretty easy to guesstimate the weight in pounds. Most food and beverage packaging is metric, too.
  8. You might want to put your fancy heated satellite dish out of the reach of the neighbourhood cats!
  9. My mom bought me a small hand-cranked sewing machine when I was a kid. It wasn't a music box - it was meant to actually WORK! I made a few things with it, and this resulted in her teaching me to use HER full sized electric machine! Although I never fell in love with sewing, I did make some of my own clothes in my pre-teens and teens. It was a very useful skill to have.
  10. Nice work! But did you consider replacing the zippers with elastic so this wouldn't happen again? Or has she learned her lesson about what zippers are for?
  11. Yes, we're not really clear on what you are asking for here. Maybe a picture would help?
  12. TomE, I'm sure you'll appreciate this cartoon! One day, I got into a conversation with a man who was setting up the sound system for a college dance. It turned out he'd been a farrier, and had trained to do orthopedic shoeing on horses that had hoof problems or injuries. With the horses often being in pain, it was a high risk job. He finally had to quit, because his insurance company was charging him so much for health and accident insurance, due to the risky nature of the work.
  13. Dad joke...lol. Another llama Dad joke... The one L lama, he's a priest The two L llama, he's a beast And I will bet my silk pyjama There isn't any three L lllama. -- O. Nash, And a local fire chief with a good sense of humour responded that a three 'L' llama was a really big fire.... Honestly, this one's so old it creaks! I remember hearing it when i was a kid! :D
  14. Very nice! Farriers are very important people that do a job that can be quite dangerous. They need all the protection they can get!
  15. Canadians have government medical coverage too. The most expensive part of my cancer treatment was the parking at the hospital. I even caught a break on that, as they made the parking free during the COVID pandemic! Prescriptions were covered too, as I'm a senior, though the pharmacy charges a small dispensing fee.
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