Re: [OM] Dark Dark Darkroom

Subject: Re: [OM] Dark Dark Darkroom
From: Jan Steinman <Jan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 2 May 2017 08:38:49 -0700
> From: Ken Norton <ken@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> Jan wrote:
>> Let me know if you need any help. Immigration has gotten tougher these days. 
>> I run an ?underground railroad? of sorts.
>> (Of course, if you have legal right to live here, you don?t need any help.)
> I'm not sure that it would be a good idea to repatriate the 28/2, Jan.

Gawd, I miss that lens… sold it in a fit of cleaning after moving to 4/3rds. 
“Not going to need any of my old wides,” I widesly thought...

> the only area that I
> would really go out of my way to move to "without purpose" would be
> the Vancouver region

Ugh. The Chinese and East Indians have made the real-estate crazy there. The 
AVERAGE detached house is well over a million, and condos are going for nearly 
as much. Bidding wars are driving closing prices up 10% more over asking 
prices. They slapped a 15% foreign ownership tax on, but the foreigners simply 
moved on to drive up prices in Victoria. This disease has not spread to minor 
islands yet, but it will after Victoria slaps a foreign owner tax on, Any Day 

This won’t have a happy ending.

> Although, your little island is
> more of an Annex or Appendage, far removed from Ottawa.

Yea, there’s even a Vermont-like movement for Vancouver Island (and minor 
islands) to secede. They meet, start working on a constitution, start drinking 
beer, then forget what they were meeting about. It is the bastion of socialism 
in BC, though, like it or not.

> it's [not] my life-long dream to live in Ottawa, but If that is
> where the cool job is…

“Did my time” in Ottawa for a “cool job” in the 80s. It’s not so bad if you can 
bring yourself to get into the whole winter scene and national politics. Take 
up cross-country skiing and ice skating. It is so cool to go skating on the 
Rideau and see bureaucrats in three-piece suits and briefcases, skating to work 
in the morning. The Gatineaus are lovely, and you’re never far from wilderness. 
They close the parkway to cars on Sunday; only cyclists and runners allowed.

(Historical note: they put the capital there before the war of 1812, to hide it 
from the Americans. Some general invaded Canada, and searched in vain for 
months for the capital to capture, finally retreating when winter set in.)

PS: are my quote characters turning into question marks in the direct mail? 
They do in the digest. Any way around that?

:::: Jan Steinman, EcoReality Co-op ::::

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