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September 22, 2011 – Comments (6)

Egads, what is the market doing?  I keep thinking I'm going to get back into the market, but sheesh, I haven't had time to hardly look at the headlines let alone any stocks. 

I'm in Yellowknife this week for a math inservice; head home tomorrow, only an 8-10 hour drive and then I get to go in this weekend to see what kind of mess my classes are in from being away for the week.

I can't believe how cheap big flat screen TVs have become.  I picked up a 46 inch one for about $600.  

It is beautiful here this week.  It is full fall around here, all the leaves have turned.  The people are saying that they are really noticing the season changes.  Typically people say it seems like there are two seasons, it goes straight from summer to winter.  One teacher here was say that last year this time her kids made a snowman that didn't melt until April.  She is considerably further north then I am.  She was also saying there is only about a week that they can actually play in the snow with the things that are common to the south.  It gets so cold the snow doesn't stick together to make snowballs or snowmen.  It is like a feathery dust that just blows away even from walking through it.  She said they'd been in full fall for 3 weeks, which is a treat over the straight to winter. I take this noticeable change in seasons as a result of global warming.  Somewhere I was reading that it is changing the wind patterns so more cold air is being blown south, so winters everywhere are not necessarily going to be warmer with global warming, that increased cold wind from the north will make winters more extreme in a lot of places.  They say the temperature of the planet is up by about 1 degree C over the past 100 years, but it is up about 8 degrees in the north, so that is pretty extreme.

On the drive up I saw a couple "evergreens" starting to turn colours.  The first time I saw that I thought the trees were dying and I was wondering what killed them.  I didn't know that in the north there are some varieties that lose their needles every year.  I'm hoping on the drive back I see some that are full yellow so I can get a few pictures.

Anyway, I was thinking in about another week things might settle down enough that I can actually look at the market, but that is actually the beginning of having to submit reports and by the time that's done it is report card time.  Well, I'm still not in a rush so I'll get to it when I get to it.

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#1) On September 22, 2011 at 9:57 AM, dwot (67.31) wrote:

I wonder if the drop in oil will help gas prices around here.  $113 to fill my tank at the one gas station on the way here.  And get this, the distance between gas stations, I filled before I left, and also packed two 5 gallon cans of gas.  I didn't use them, but my gauge was saying empty in 12 km when I got to the only gas station on the route... 

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#2) On September 22, 2011 at 11:00 AM, OneLegged (< 20) wrote:

Those are larch trees.  In your neck of the woods (no pun) they are probably called Tamarack.

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#3) On September 22, 2011 at 7:27 PM, dwot (67.31) wrote:

Yeah, tamarack is the name for them.  I didn't remember enough to recall the name, but enough to recognize it.

Yesterday I took a picture from the dock and I watch a float plane land with a fairly hard landing, the same dock the float plane that killed the pilots and one passenger hit this afternoon...  Then I ran into a fellow who said he trained the one pilot that is now gone...

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/float-plane-crash-in-yellowknife-kills-two/article2176426/

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#4) On September 22, 2011 at 7:55 PM, dwot (67.31) wrote:

Actually, it hit the condo across the street, in the same block, http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2011/09/22/north-plane-house.html

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#5) On September 22, 2011 at 7:58 PM, dwot (67.31) wrote:

That's actually steel siding on the condo in the picture, we went over and banged on it because we were curious about it.  It is actually a pretty distinctive looking condo...

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#6) On September 22, 2011 at 8:06 PM, dwot (67.31) wrote:

I wonder if that's the float plane I was on last summer when I went to the tundra science camp.

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