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Passing Thoughts on OccupyVancouver Camp While Headed To Work on a Saturday

This is the scene on my way to work this past Saturday. I had hoped to not drive in to work because I end up paying an arm and a leg for parking everytime I go downtown, and also because its hard to take my
whole family with me to the office any day of the week. This photo is taken at the corner of Hornby and West Georgia Street, outside of the Vancouver Art Gallery in Vancouver, BC. I have nothing against the
OccupyVancouver movement but seeing the tent city made me think if the answer is to simply go to work. I definitely don't know enough about the movement but it's what crossed
my mind as I headed in to work with my family in tow this past weekend.


Why Are Some Companies So Averse To Email Exchanges?

I just had a failed relationship with a potential residential mortgage broker. I just don't understand why the Senior Mortgage Analyst I was
dealing with refuses to correspond via email and insists on phone
conversations. I like email exchanges because it let's me document all
the different options I'm entertaining with my upcoming mortgage
renewal. It let's me put everything down into a spreadsheet for
analysis, and is a great record-keeping method. I didn't have issues
with my previous broker, who didn't mind answering my questions
regarding specific calculations and amortization periods, all via

I complained about this asking to get the Analyst's supervisor
involved to get my questions in the emails answered, and guess what
happens. That's right - the supervisor 'calls' me. She said that they
have been in business for 20 years and that their preference is to
conduct their transactions over the phone instead of email. What about

Go When Nature Calls But Be Respectful

How do you cleanup the Surrey, BC image when you get people like this
relieving themselves in a high-traffic and public place. It's in broad
daylight nonetheless. I'm in the strip of asian stores by the Central
City skytrain station and this was happening in front of me while I
was parked outside King Wood Market.I suppose people will treat the area as a giant pisshole if it looks
like a dump. We simply have to keep the place cleaner and I'm sure
people will react differently, maybe treat the place with more
respect.My 2 cents.

Rondriso Farm in Cloverdale is run by Very Nice People

People are naturally good, especially Farmer Ron and his crew at
Rondriso Farm, who found my lost camera in pumpkin
patch.A week ago on October 13th, my little pumpkin had a school field trip
to a farm to learn about cows and ride a truck to the pumpkin patch.
We had a lot of fun, and probably a little too much because my wife
dropped our camera filled with hundreds of photos saved on a 4GB
memory card. We took turns looking for it but it was next to
impossible, like searching for a needle in a haystack (or pumpkin
patch for that matter). We eventually gave up and Farmer Ron said that
they sometimes do turn up when his crew goes and clears up the patch.
I thought it was a lost cause, until I got the call from Ron
yesterday. Sweet. A family friend found it buried in the soil, so I
was surprised it even turned up. I guess we must have trampled over it
while making a sweep of the patch field.Farmer Ron and his crew are one of the good guys.(Rondriso Farm, 8390 172nd Street, Surrey, B…