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  1. I was flying back home from Kansas City via...

    I was flying back home from Kansas City via Houston with United this past April and a delay in Kansas City (mechanical issue - it was one of those incidents when we all boarded the plane, an issue...
  2. I was collecting Aeroplan miles for over a decade...

    I was collecting Aeroplan miles for over a decade before finally making the switch over to United Mileage Plus in 2017. Never had status with Aeroplan but I attained Silver status last year (18...
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    I've used TD Waterhouse for nearly 20 years...

    I've used TD Waterhouse for nearly 20 years without any major issues, although I've certainly moved away from active trading. TD has added quite a few new features to their trading platform in the...
  4. Tough for me to choose just one! For instance, I...

    Tough for me to choose just one! For instance, I tracked myself visiting 105 different places across 15 countries in 2018 alone. If I had to choose one, it was probably visiting the Argentine side of...
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    I wouldn't want to drive in Lebanon either - I've...

    I wouldn't want to drive in Lebanon either - I've driven all over the USA and Canada and that's perfectly fine for me, but the one other country I've driven in (the UK) was super stressful, mainly...
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    I didn't use and ATMs when I was in Lebanon in...

    I didn't use and ATMs when I was in Lebanon in April 2016 but I noticed that USD dollars were readily accepted everywhere. Credit cards were also widely accepted - I just used a no fx fee credit card...
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    Poll: I've been to all three in the past 5 years, and...

    I've been to all three in the past 5 years, and am going to Japan and Brazil again later this year.

    I always say that Japan isn't any more expensive than western Europe, in fact for comparison I'd...
  8. Sticky: Hello Jordan, May I please see sales for Mount...

    Hello Jordan,

    May I please see sales for Mount Pleasant, Capitol Hill and Tuxedo for the past year? Thank you.
  9. Thread: Panama

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    I was only in Panama City for 2 nights in June...

    I was only in Panama City for 2 nights in June 2014. Visited the Miraflores Locks and saw a vessel called Csav Brasilia heading through the canal. There's a nice viewing area there along with a multi...
  10. Thread: Iran

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    I consider myself to be fairly well travelled,...

    I consider myself to be fairly well travelled, and after having visited over 50 countries, Iran is still my favourite country to visit, by far. The only thing that's keeping me away at the moment are...
  11. Assessment went up 16.75%, property tax bill is...

    Assessment went up 16.75%, property tax bill is up 16.16%. All my neighbours had their assessments go way up too, so I think my neighbourhood (Mount Pleasant) is one of the worst hit areas for...
  12. When you say Spokane do you mean Vancouver,...

    When you say Spokane do you mean Vancouver, Washington? It's a bit of a detour to head north over the Columbia into Washington for that, assuming that you're driving the quickest route from Calgary...
  13. I fly in/out of YYC at least once a month and...

    I fly in/out of YYC at least once a month and will be setting a new personal record for longest flight at the end of this month. Up to now the longest flight I've taken was San Francisco to Hong...
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    There are a ton of toll roads in Ireland - the...

    There are a ton of toll roads in Ireland - the only places I've been to where I think I've see more toll roads are Japan (pretty much every highway is tolled) and Singapore (with the ERP). I did day...
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    There is free cancellation for car rental...

    There is free cancellation for car rental bookings made on Expedia. Go ahead and book now, and keep checking back every few days or so. I often see rental prices fall about 4 to 2 weeks out. For...
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    I've brought food through a few times (most...

    I've brought food through a few times (most recently for the awful Westjet YYC-LGW flight) but have always consumed it on board.

    Somewhat off topic, but nearly all flight safety videos are posted...
  17. I like what has been said so far, so I will just...

    I like what has been said so far, so I will just add the following:
    - I've always filled up the rental car myself. Check fuel prices online before filling up, because I've noticed in many cities...
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    The $50 vouchers expire 12 months from the end of...

    The $50 vouchers expire 12 months from the end of the month that they're issued (so a year and a bit). The vouchers are not issued until after the travel has taken place (presumably this is so that...
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    I almost always book flights through third party...

    I almost always book flights through third party websites (typically Expedia, but sometimes Flighthub and Flight Network as well). When I book through a third party website I always get a...
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    Plan looks solid. The general rule is to always...

    Plan looks solid. The general rule is to always enter and leave a foreign country using the same passport. Of course, not all countries check passports upon exit (some examples being Canada, the USA,...
  21. Poll: I've resorted to Hotwire when I see bookings on...

    I've resorted to Hotwire when I see bookings on third party websites (usually Expedia, Trivago, or Booking for me) to be too high. Granted, Hotwire is not always cheaper, and their fees (added to the...
  22. Poll: I try to keep things under $100 a night,...

    I try to keep things under $100 a night, especially if I am travelling alone (as is the case for about 8 weeks a year). Clean 2* hotel (with private bathroom) or better in a decent location is all I...
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    Personally the only part of China I'm keen on...

    Personally the only part of China I'm keen on revisiting is Hong Kong, the highlights of which can been seen in 3 days or so. I was in Japan for just over a week in December 2014 (Tokyo/Yokohama,...
  24. Poll: Agree with this sentiment. I take over 30 flights...

    Agree with this sentiment. I take over 30 flights a year and it's uncommon for the person in front of me to recline. It has happened, but nowhere near the frequency that the poll results suggest.
    ...
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    I booked a flight on British Airways...

    I booked a flight on British Airways recently...in addition to "Sir" they had quite a few other titles to choose from :D ...was very tempted to choose the title "Lord" for myself :rofl:
    ...
  26. It's Jason Kenney who is pushing for and...

    It's Jason Kenney who is pushing for and trumpeting these instances when citizenship is revoked (undoubtedly made a priority because an election is in progress). I wouldn't trust Kenney's judgement...
  27. Technically it is true that hydro (once it is...

    Technically it is true that hydro (once it is built) is the lowest cost, large scale electricity generation source there is -- and Quebec (Churchill Falls)/British Columbia have Alberta beat there....
  28. The "second class" citizenship is not only...

    The "second class" citizenship is not only applicable to those who were born outside of Canada, but also includes those who were born here if they have or are eligible for another citizenship. (see...
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    You also need to negotiate hard (i.e. offer no...

    You also need to negotiate hard (i.e. offer no more than 50% of the initially offered price) if visiting the grand bazaar or spice bazaar in Istanbul. The shopkeepers are pretty crafty and can speak...
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    Not a fan of Istanbul. I travel extensively and I...

    Not a fan of Istanbul. I travel extensively and I encountered more scams in Istanbul than anywhere else. At least they're fairly obvious - here's a good one that caused me to laugh out loud the first...
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    Natural gas-fired combined cycle plants (e.g....

    Natural gas-fired combined cycle plants (e.g. Sundance 7/8/9, Heartland, Genesee 4/5) were already on the books to replace baseload coal-fired plants -- now we might just see timelines accelerated....
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    Rip Victor :( :cry:

    Rip Victor :( :cry:
  33. Person who posted the original Facebook comment...

    Person who posted the original Facebook comment added the following about an hour ago, claiming that he did verify the balance on the gift card in the store before purchasing it.
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    Yeah, it's like how Ben Affleck put it here :D ...

    Yeah, it's like how Ben Affleck put it here :D

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    "A piker asks how much vacation time you get in the first year. Vacation time? [...] You want vacation time? Go teach third grade...
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    Looking at the history using Google Street View...

    Looking at the history using Google Street View it looks like this one:

    http://www.torode.com/property/17th-avenue-center/
  36. Ha, I've seen every episode of that show and that...

    Ha, I've seen every episode of that show and that guy was what I immediately thought of when I first heard this story. It's actually REALLY tame compared to the original Australian version or an...
  37. Poll: Apparently the same thing happened at my previous...

    Apparently the same thing happened at my previous workplace in (after I took my current job). An employee showed up for work on Monday like any other day, but that's only because the company was...
  38. Poll: Bit surprised to hear of the extension. My...

    Bit surprised to hear of the extension. My experience (back in 2008) was that I was forced out the door (with the same insincere "thank you for your consideration" from somebody in HR who didn't know...
  39. Poll: That's one of the reasons why I found the movie...

    That's one of the reasons why I found the movie Margin Call to be such an accurate portrayal of the corporate world -- the mass layoff scene right at the start of the film is spot on...

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    I'm pretty certain that there are no highways in...

    I'm pretty certain that there are no highways in Nunavut (meaning that you can't drive between the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, or Manitoba and Nunavut). If I am not mistaken, most of the...
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