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Vince Klortho
Just joined, hoping to meet new Canadian friends

 

Vince Klortho

I am an American living in Seattle who is planning on moving to BC's Lower Mainland quite soon. My reasons are many, but include a number of frustrations with the state of affairs in the U.S., including the politics (duh!), the economy and the culture. Plus, I'm at a point in my life that I would just like to give something new a try.

I've been following Canadian politics via CBC Radio One on Sirius for the better part of two years now, so I know all about the possibly upcoming election. I really do hope you guys unseat Harper. While he's far from a Bush clone, he's blatantly in bed with the oil and gas interests from Alberta.

Well, that's my story and I'm stickin' to it.

Hope to hear from you folks.

Cueball Cueball's picture

You will like Vancouver. Seatle is a great place too.

[ 01 October 2007: Message edited by: Cueball ]

oldgoat

Hi Vince and welcome. Nice blog ya got there. Nice cat too, assuming that that is indeed your cat.

Why not go whole hog and move to Toronto?

Unionist

Hogtown, I get it, oink oink.

Anyway, please don't mislead Vince - Toronto isn't in Canada. It's in the Universe.

Michelle

Indeed! The very centre of it! [img]wink.gif" border="0[/img]

(I really should remove that location line from my profile. It's meant to be ironic, but sometimes people don't get that.)

Welcome, Vince!

[ 02 October 2007: Message edited by: Michelle ]

oldgoat

Oh now I've gone and offended people. Ok, I know all you little people out in the regions like to feel important too. That's why we occasionally get Peter Mansbridge really drunk and make him go out and stand in front of cows and ice bergs and stuff.

Anyway Vince, if you want the serenity of living in a truely refined world class kultural kapitol, move to Toronto. If drinking Molsons Canadian out of the back of a van in a hockey arena parking lot is more your thing then we've got lots of that too. It's all good and it's all Canadian.

ETA: Maybe on your way if you have time you could swing by New Jersey and pick up Josh.

[ 02 October 2007: Message edited by: oldgoat ]

Unionist

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Originally posted by Michelle:
[b](I really should remove that location line from my profile. It's meant to be ironic, but sometimes people don't get that.)[/b]

Don't fret, Michelle.

In the centre of the universe - like the eye of the storm - nothing ever happens.

Maysie Maysie's picture

Welcome Vince! How's Gozor and the Gate Keeper? That was one of the foundational movies of my teenaged life, btw. [img]smile.gif" border="0[/img]

Maysie Maysie's picture

One of my favourite lines: "If someone asks you if you're a god, you say YES!"

The Wizard of S...

"You've never been out of college! You don't know what it's like out there! I've worked in the private sector. They expect results."

Maysie Maysie's picture

"Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!"

Alexandra Kitty

Hello, Vince. Nice to meet you. [img]smile.gif" border="0[/img]

Vince Klortho

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Originally posted by oldgoat:
[b]Hi Vince and welcome.[/b]

Thank you, and thank you all for the very warm welcome I've received.

[b]Nice blog ya got there.[/b]

Thank you. You must be my second or so viewer.

[b]Nice cat too, assuming that that is indeed your cat.[/b]

That is indeed my beloved Tessa. And the photo was taken by yours truly with my beloved Nikon D70.

[b]Why not go whole hog and move to Toronto?[/b]

I'd like to stick close to Seattle for awhile. One, my mom is there and she has MS. Two, I'm still close in case my best laid plans go awry and I have to return to Bushland. I might consider making it my final destination, though, once I get PR status firmed up.

Although with the way the real estate market is, I might have to consider moving to someplace not as "sexy" as Vancouver or Toronto if I ever want to buy a house. I've heard Halifax is nice.


Vince Klortho

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Originally posted by bigcitygal:
[b]Welcome Vince! How's Gozor and the Gate Keeper? That was one of the foundational movies of my teenaged life, btw. [img]smile.gif" border="0[/img] [/b]

I am Vince. Vince Klortho, Keymaster of Gozer. Volguus Zildrohar, Lord of the Sebouillia. Are you the gatekeeper?

It was one of mine, too. Growing up, I would get horrific ear infections that would keep me out of school for weeks at a time. I must have watched that movie (recorded off of an HBO free weekend with a cutting-edge device known as a VCR) a few hundred times. I can still recite most of the script.

Vince Klortho

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Originally posted by bigcitygal:
[b]"Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!"[/b]

Don't worry, everybody has three mortgages nowadays.

Prescient words, eh?

Vince Klortho

Thank you all for the warm welcome I've received. I'm glad I joined and again hope I meet some new Canadian friends and learn more about Canada.

There is, however, one exception to the above. I receive a hate-filled jeremiad email from someone calling himself Jay Allan. He suggested that I move to Vancouver Island with the rest of the "ultra-left-wing moonbats." He also held forth at length about how I will NEVER, EVER find a job when I move.

I thought about his little missive, and said to myself, "is this true?"

In keeping with the theme of my handle, I can only answer one way.

"Yes, it's true. This man has no dick."

This, of course, is by far the most memorable line from that movie that so defined my 1980s upbringing. The line that my mother, an ultra-religious God-fearing woman, thought was "absolute filth" and "perversion."

Michelle

Seriously? Did you receive that by private message on babble, or by e-mail? If by private message, I'll be happy to deal with it. Our PM function is not to be used to send abusive messages to others.

munroe

Gee, I work full-time and live in Metro Vancouver. I know many lefties who work and live in Metro Vancouver. Did your "correspondent tell you that the only federal seat the conservatives have in the City of Vancouver is held by a turncoat liberal?

I will give the Island credit - the people there are generally more progressive.

Must be the water.

[ 03 October 2007: Message edited by: munroe ]

Vince Klortho

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Originally posted by Michelle:
[b]Seriously? Did you receive that by private message on babble, or by e-mail? If by private message, I'll be happy to deal with it. Our PM function is not to be used to send abusive messages to others.[/b]

By email, to the gmail address listed on my blog, which he also made a number of disparaging comments about.

I don't expect you to do anything, I just wanted to have an excuse to use that Ghostbusters line. [img]wink.gif" border="0[/img]

Vince Klortho

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Originally posted by munroe:
[b]Gee, I work full-time and live in Metro Vancouver. I know many lefties who work and live in Metro Vancouver. Did your "correspondent tell you that the only federal seat the conservatives have in the City of Vancouver is held by a turncoat liberal?[/b]

That would be David Emerson, eh? The guy who was elected as a liberal and vowed to be "Stephen Harper's worst nightmare." He is now Minister of Trade or somesuch?

[b]I will give the Island credit - the people there are generally more progressive.[/b]

True, Vancouver is governed by the pro-business "Non-Partisan Association."

Must be the water.

[ 03 October 2007: Message edited by: munroe ][/QB]


Stargazer

Hello Vince! I covet your camera. I so want a Nikon D40X.

[ 03 October 2007: Message edited by: Stargazer ]

Vince Klortho

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Originally posted by Stargazer:
[b]Hello Vince! I covet your camera. I so want a Nikon D40X.

[ 03 October 2007: Message edited by: Stargazer ][/b]


My advice? Spend the bucks and get a D200 or at least a D80.

Michelle

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Originally posted by Vince Klortho:
[b]By email, to the gmail address listed on my blog, which he also made a number of disparaging comments about.[/b]

Oh good! I was going to say, that would really suck to join a discussion forum and receive abusive mail from a member HERE right off the bat! [img]smile.gif" border="0[/img]

Maysie Maysie's picture

For some reason I just remembered this:

Murray as Venkman: "(laughing) Remember the time you tried to drill a hole through your head?"

Ramis as Egon: "That would have worked if you hadn't stopped me"

Great to have you here, Vince.

Cueball Cueball's picture

quote:


Originally posted by Vince Klortho:
[b]Thank you all for the warm welcome I've received. I'm glad I joined and again hope I meet some new Canadian friends and learn more about Canada.

There is, however, one exception to the above. I receive a hate-filled jeremiad email from someone calling himself Jay Allan. He suggested that I move to Vancouver Island with the rest of the "ultra-left-wing moonbats." He also held forth at length about how I will NEVER, EVER find a job when I move.

I thought about his little missive, and said to myself, "is this true?"

In keeping with the theme of my handle, I can only answer one way.

"Yes, it's true. This man has no dick."

This, of course, is by far the most memorable line from that movie that so defined my 1980s upbringing. The line that my mother, an ultra-religious God-fearing woman, thought was "absolute filth" and "perversion."[/b]


Can you post the full text of the original. It would be interesting to compare writing styles with known troll, just for my amusement.

Vansterdam Kid

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Originally posted by Vince Klortho :

True, Vancouver is governed by the pro-business "Non-Partisan Association."

Must be the water.


I have that same theory. Water makes you progressive. Because even in Vancouver the closer to the water you are the more progressive people are, in general. For instance people in the northern half of the city, closer to the Burrard Inlet mostly voted for the progressive COPE/Vision Vancouver combination. And while I know the Fraser River is along the southern boundary of Vancouver, Rivers don't count in my theory, as such the NPA'ers were elected by the people in the hinterlands south of King Edward Avenue.

Oh and Vince, no don't move to Toronto instead. While we have the rain, they have the cold and snow. And since Seattle is the same as Vancouver, you know you wouldn't want to miss the the next six months of wet darkness.

[ 04 October 2007: Message edited by: Vansterdam Kid ]

Jabberwock

Welcome to Vancouver- where is the blog everyone is talking about? [img]smile.gif" border="0[/img]
ETA Doh- found it

[ 04 October 2007: Message edited by: Jabberwock ]

Fidel

Vince, if I was to do something as drastic as that, I'd think about moving to another continent altogether. We've got political stooges and corporate executive types up here working hand in hand with U.S. politicians and powerful transnational corporations over the years to Americanize Canada, and I don't mean in the best sense of the term. It'd be a shame for you to get settled in Canada and realize a few years down the road that you didn't really leave the U.S.

munroe

Fidel is right and wrong. You have the welcome. Be with us and be part of us. Stop the imperialist nonsense - we are NOT the US and certainly NOT Bush's amerika.

Vince Klortho

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Originally posted by Cueball:
[b]

Can you post the full text of the original. It would be interesting to compare writing styles with known troll, just for my amusement.[/b]


Here it is, in full:

Hi,

Read your intro on Rabble-Babble.

If you believe that Harper is in bed with Alberta's oil and gas
economy then you obviously have no idea that British Columbia's
economy is also based on our natural resources, such as oil and gas?

If you think you will be happier living in Vancouver than in Seattle,
here's some advice: Try Vancouver Island instead. It is commonly
known as the Vietnam deserters haven. It was the liberal Eastern
poobah from Quebec, Trudeau, who welcomed thousands upon thousands of
these now ultra-left-wing moonbats into Canada, changing forever the
politics of my province, British Columbia.

So. If you believe that jobs are plentiful for para-legals in
Vancouver -- No. Especially without experience (BC-Canada). Of
course there are many laboring jobs available.

Insofar as you have a problem with B.C.'s economic base and with our
Prime Minister perhaps you should remain just where you are. After
all, you have a choice of voting for real left-wingnuts --- Hillary
and 'I did not have sexual relations with THAT woman" -- BILL.!

You are very welcome.

J.

ps. what we do not need in Vancouver is another left-wing,
anti-everything, whiner from the U.S. -- or anywhere.

Fidel

See what I mean, Vince? We've got our very own lunatic right-wing fringe pretty much running the show for the majority of us up here, too.

Jabberwock

And we DO need more of you! [img]biggrin.gif" border="0[/img]

FYI, the job market is red hot right now and I see postings for paralegal jobs all the time. Oh and my brother is a lawyer so let me know if you want him to ask around.

Vince Klortho

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Originally posted by Jabberwock:
[b]And we DO need more of you! [img]biggrin.gif" border="0[/img]

FYI, the job market is red hot right now and I see postings for paralegal jobs all the time. Oh and my brother is a lawyer so let me know if you want him to ask around.[/b]


Check your PMs. I would be extremely grateful if you could help me out.

Vince Klortho

quote:


Originally posted by Fidel:
[b]See what I mean, Vince? We've got our very own lunatic right-wing fringe pretty much running the show for the majority of us up here, too.[/b]

Oh yes, I know very well that the U.S. does not have an absolute monopoly on right-wingnuts. Preston Manning and Stockwell Day come to mind right off the bat, as does Ralph Klein.

That being the case, the middle of the Canadian political spectrum is far to the left of the U.S. one. Harper would be a moderate Democrat in the States, and the NDP wouldn't be viable anywhere.

Abortion, gay marriage and the death penalty are three extremely hot button issues in the States. Elections are won and lost here based on where candidates are on those issues. By contrast, Canada hasn't had the death penalty since the 1960s for even military offences and AFAIK abortion was legalized about then too. Harpo had a free vote on the gay marriage issue to get the Stockwell Day wing of the Tories to STFU and they did.

We haven't even started talking about health care yet. Even Ralphie wanted to come up with ways to reduce wait times. By contrast, none of the U.S. presidential candidates have any kind of reform on their agenda, even in the face of dire need for immediate changes.

I think a lot of non-Americans don't realize that progressive places like San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, New York, etc. are not the whole of America. Sadly, Tulsa, Oklahoma is more representative of the way most Americans (don't) think. And that's why I've decided to give the True North Strong and Free a try.

Fidel

Suit yourself, Vince. I do know what you mean about the U.S. being further to the right politically. Yes, the U.S. is home to the last bastion of far right conservatism, a powerful right-wing lobby. We have Washington-style lobbyists in Ottawa since Brian Baloney too though. And your hawks are having to resort to stealing FPTP elections since 2000. That's pretty low. Come to Canada then, Vince. The more the merrier.

Wilf Day

Some great lines in this thread I overlooked while the election was on.

quote:

Originally posted by oldgoat:
[b]Ok, I know all you little people out in the regions like to feel important too.[/b]

What do Toronto and Montreal have in common? Both of them call the rest of their province "the regions" and feel quite flummoxed when anyone gently points out that Toronto and Montreal are regions too.

quote:

Originally posted by unionist:
[b]Toronto isn't in Canada. It's in the Universe.[/b]

As opposed to Montreal which thinks it IS the universe, and sometimes wonders who invited all those other stars in.

quote:

Originally posted by bigcitygal:
[b]One of my favourite lines: "If someone asks you if you're a god, you say YES!"[/b]

One of my daughter's favourite buttons, with a Jesus-head picture, says under it "The birth of a boy who thinks he's God is an everyday event."