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    Agreed. Vancouver is an international haven for...

    Agreed. Vancouver is an international haven for money laundering and Toronto is the epicentre of a G7 country... Calgary is neither and has a near-zero chance of becoming either.

    For a certain...
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    Yesterday Safeway in Aspen had prime rib on...

    Yesterday Safeway in Aspen had prime rib on special for $8.99/lb through Wed.
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    As someone who's constantly fitting 6-7-8 people...

    As someone who's constantly fitting 6-7-8 people in a vehicle all the time, I disagree strongly.

    We're essentially a household of 7 (4 kids + MIL). We mostly had MB GL/GLS' through 3 kids, but...
  4. I would say the vast majority fall into the...

    I would say the vast majority fall into the latter category. Aside from the odd exception, the only reason "normal" people think there's a former category is due to delusions of their own abilities...
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    I have a car-centric auction platform sitting on...

    I have a car-centric auction platform sitting on the shelf doing nothing... Wonder if it's time to dust it off? Hmmm....
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    It makes me happy to see you write this... I was...

    It makes me happy to see you write this... I was worried for a while when you kept spelling "full size SUV" X-7... It's spelled G-L-S ;)
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    Some of this seems so strange to me... In this...

    Some of this seems so strange to me... In this thread, you have guys that will post inquiries to research the most minute details of a minor purchase, but one poor experience with a cleaner and it's...
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    We have a few friends that are in Ramsay... They...

    We have a few friends that are in Ramsay... They bought a while ago with the hope of imminent gentrification, but have since had kids and are getting tired of the, um, issues.

    Personally, I'd...
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    Poll: It's cute those west of 85th people get to...

    It's cute those west of 85th people get to participate in the Aspen group.
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    I'm with you on that OCD... You're also...

    I'm with you on that OCD...

    You're also generally at a point of diminishing returns... While one might make a slightly better oven and another might make a slightly better refrigerator, I would...
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    Poll: To be fair, I also thought all lawyers were trial...

    To be fair, I also thought all lawyers were trial lawyers like you'd see on TV and all engineers were CAD monkeys... I was so sheltered.

    Now my 8yo daughter wants to practice math so she can be...
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    Poll: Preach on, brotha :clap: Something that's...

    Preach on, brotha :clap:

    Something that's always stuck with me - I had a pretty modest upbringing, but always did well academically. One of my best friends in high school came from one of the...
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    Poll: My wife has quite a few friends in the CBE and...

    My wife has quite a few friends in the CBE and CSSD... Before we even had kids, we knew we didn't want our kids anywhere near those organizations. :rofl:
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    Poll: My wife graduated from Masters. We have friends...

    My wife graduated from Masters. We have friends that send their kids there currently and other friends that previously sent their kids there (and now go to our school). Our kids go to a different...
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    Asset prices are gaining momentum again after...

    Asset prices are gaining momentum again after taking a breather, or in some cases, pulling back.

    There was an enormous amount of money just injected into the world economy while most of the world...
  16. Poll: Nope... we're almost there. Gas or...

    Nope... we're almost there.

    Gas or wood-burning?

    I'd only had gas fireplaces since moving away from home, and rarely used any of them... I think one time for any of the fireplaces in the...
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    As someone that took that extra step, I can...

    As someone that took that extra step, I can concur this is accurate. By #4, there are processes in place, the others are older and (slightly) more self-sufficient (i.e. no diapers) and frankly, you...
  18. Poll: What's the difference these days?

    What's the difference these days?
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    The SWRR decimated some otherwise really...

    The SWRR decimated some otherwise really appealing real estate out in that area... We had sights set on a little pocket for a redevelopment but will wait until the road is built to decide. In the...
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    New GMs (Escalade/Yukon) & Fords...

    New GMs (Escalade/Yukon) & Fords (Navi/Expedition) both have independent rear suspension, so the floor is flat and cargo load height isn't as bad... Plus GM has finally nixed the column shifter, so...
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    You keep saying that. Don't do anything stupid....

    You keep saying that. Don't do anything stupid. The GLS is the correct choice in that segment.
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    In addition to the cost, you have to worry about...

    In addition to the cost, you have to worry about availability of parts. So, yes the bill sucks, but so does having your $1mm hypercar laid up with no certainty to when the parts will be available to...
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    Just one time is too many

    Just one time is too many
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    It's been listed again -...

    It's been listed again - https://www.realtor.ca/real-estate/22550766/5120-nesbitt-road-nw-calgary-north-haven
  25. The F355 Spider sold for a marker-correct price....

    The F355 Spider sold for a marker-correct price. A friend in Toronto just sold his '99 F1 to a dealer for a bit more in US$, but it was a great car and I would have my doubts about the black car......
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    Might be a little longer - forecast says above...

    Might be a little longer - forecast says above zero for the next 10 days or so...
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    About 3 dozen picketers outside of Sheldon Chumir...

    About 3 dozen picketers outside of Sheldon Chumir around lunch today as well.
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    "Doesn't want to"... "Can't"... Whichever :D

    "Doesn't want to"... "Can't"... Whichever :D
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    Those performance specs are are pretty awesome. ...

    Those performance specs are are pretty awesome.

    Man, I just wish it didn't look stupid.
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    That livery is cool, I'll give you that. ...

    That livery is cool, I'll give you that.

    Shame about the rest of the car... As said before, way too FCA-ish.

    I was talking to a friend yesterday and this will be the first BS car he's not...
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    I promise I won't get into this again, but...

    I promise I won't get into this again, but $300psf is definitely way high for that house. Not to mention that building at that price would make these guys the world's worst house-flippers.
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    fyp

    fyp
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    And that whole societal expectation was entirely...

    And that whole societal expectation was entirely manufactured by DeBeers and their Madmen geniuses.
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    This probably isn't a popular idea around here,...

    This probably isn't a popular idea around here, but I know several (older) guys that have upgraded their wife's ring. Generally they got engaged when they were younger / poorer and have since done...
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    Yeah, we're kind of talking about two different...

    Yeah, we're kind of talking about two different things... First of all, this all stemmed from comment about the reno cost in Huntington (?) being ~$300/ft... Whatever your definition of high end and...
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    Fixed what? Where are you getting $300 as an...

    Fixed what? Where are you getting $300 as an "average"?

    If you're building custom (forget about even renovating), $300 psf has always got you a really good product in Calgary and more so in the...
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    Exactly. Cheaper (but nice looking) flooring,...

    Exactly. Cheaper (but nice looking) flooring, cabinets, counter tops, fixtures... Lipstick on a pig.

    Also bear in mind that $300 psf is a healthy amount for high end, new construction.
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    There's no way that's $300k worth of...

    There's no way that's $300k worth of improvements. Besides, based on the ask, that would make for a really terrible ROI.
  39. TFX would be my first call. Thorsons is also...

    TFX would be my first call.

    Thorsons is also excellent. There are some less conventional options as well... Let me know if speed is paramount.
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    You're definitely right that there are no...

    You're definitely right that there are no certainties in life!

    As you said, the best you can do is make a rational decision based on the plans that you do have. It's a difficult balancing act to...
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