Thursday, June 11, 2015

HAVING TO move to new apartment

After  14  years in  this  apartment  time  to  move,  time  to downsize,  stuff  we  tend  to  collect. 

The  owners  of  the  house  now  want  the  entire  house,  for  family  etc.

Well  time  to  move  up  to  a  brighter  apartment;  this  one  has  served  me  well  for  14  years,  comfortable  yes,  but  not  the  brightest  for  large  windows,  so  going  for  something  that  will give  me  more  sunshine  is  a  good  thing.

Met  a  retired  lady  17  years  ago  when  I  first  came  to  Calgary,  who  told  me  she  specifically  retired  in  Calgary  from  another  part  of  Canada.  I  asked  her  the  reasons  for  so  choosing  Calgary.  "Well,"  she  said,  "I  wanted  to  live  in  the  town  with  the  most  sunshine,  and  going  on  the  Internet,  it  was  Calgary,  top  of  the  list  in  Canada  for  most  yearly  sunshine."

I  told  her  I  did  not  know  that,  and  I  was  actually  surprised  to  hear  it.

So  Calgary  has  lots  of  sunshine;  so  an  apartment  with  more  sunlight  will  be  great.

Talking  about  Calgary,  there  is  another  noted  stat  I  came  to  know  about  5  years  ago  -  Calgary  is  the  "hail"  capital  of  the  world  -  yes  the  world   not  just  Canada  or  North  America,  but  the  hail  capital  of  the  world.  The  "insurance"  companies  pay  flying  "specialty"  companies  to  seed  the  clouds!!

Yes  they  go  up  and  seed  the  clouds  with  whatever,  so  it  does  not  hail.  Now  and  again  they  miss  the  signs,  and  down  comes  the  hail,  causing  great  damage  to  homes  and  cars. But by  and  large  we  get  very  little  hail,  because  they  are  busy  seeding  the  clouds!

So  Calgary  is  famous  for  more  than  the  biggest  money  winning  Rodeo  in  the  world  -  the  Calgary  Stampede  -  which starts  July  3  for  10  days;  they  come  from  all  around  the  world  to  see  the  Stampede  Rodeo  and  of  course  the  great  Canadian  Rockies  only  one  hour  west  of  the  city.

You  in  the  USA,  the  Canadian  dollar  is  a  good  price  for  you,  about  80  cents  compared  to  the  USA  dollar,  hence  a  real  good  time  to  come  and  visit  us  up  here;  many  great  places  of  beauty  and  wonder.
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