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RE: Venus Bright and Strange Tonight

If it the early evening, it is probably the star 'Sirius' which is the brightest star in the sky after the Sun. Compare it to Venus, which like all planets do NOT twinkle unless the atmosphere is very turbulent or the planet is very close to the horizon. Venus , Jupiter and at time Mars, are all brighter then the brightest star.
Orion 01/15/17 10:25am Around the Campfire
RE: Dirty Silverware at a Restaurant. What would you do?

You could always do something like Graham Chapman did here. You tube link, sketch starts after 20 secs.
Orion 01/13/17 04:04pm Around the Campfire
RE: Warming Up Your Car in the Cold Just Harms the Engine

Sometimes it's hard to know if what we read, what we hear is pure science anymore, unadulterated as it should be, from factors such as ...grants, careers, university politics, interest group and/or big money influence, etc. Yes that is true in some cases, some one's crackpot theory for example. But there does come a point when study after study shows the same result. This is the case in the two examples above, I have heard these results for many years. It's fair enough, though, if you say, "I'm going to do it anyway"
Orion 01/12/17 01:39pm Around the Campfire
RE: Warming Up Your Car in the Cold Just Harms the Engine

This is kind of like the discussion on Regular vs. Premium Gas. No matter what the science shows, guys will come on here huffing and puffing refuting careful and detailed research! :)
Orion 01/11/17 04:49pm Around the Campfire
Great war movie.

We caught a great war movie the other night on Netflix, the 'Siege of Jadotville'. Fairly low budget, little or no CGI, some good attempts at realism, correct weapons, planes etc, just a lot of good action and an amazing, based on fact, story. No Americans in it though! here is the trailer Link to youtube
Orion 01/10/17 07:24am Around the Campfire
RE: what are you reading now ?

'Made in America- the story of English in America' by Bill Bryson. I recently discovered this author and just love his travel books, especially the ones to the UK. He is an American living in the UK and can be very funny!
Orion 01/09/17 03:18pm Around the Campfire
RE: Do you keep original tires on rv when going to Alaska?

is it worth looking at Costco? Good question , Gary. I remember reading somewhere years ago, that Costco Tires were classed as 'Club Tires' and had a shorter tread life. They were the same grade that manufacturers put on their new vehicles. This applied to Michelin tires, but could have been applicable to other brands, as when I mentioned this to my Mazda dealer, they said they had noticed that original tires had always worn out faster than their replacements. I have never been able to find that info since.
Orion 01/04/17 05:46pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Shaving soap

I've been shaving in the shower for years now, with a disposable razor. I used to use various shaving gels and foams, but then found that my wife's hair conditioner works even better! I just have to make sure that I rinse it off really well though, as I don't want to smell like a fancy boy!
Orion 12/21/16 07:09am Around the Campfire
RE: Glacier Skywalk -- Jasper ???

I've never been to it, but if you look at a map, it is nowhere near the glacier. The reviews are very mixed if you look them up on a site like Trip Advisor.
Orion 12/13/16 03:47pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Banff & Jasper June 1, ---- Canada Day Holiday?

July 1st is Canada Day.
Orion 12/06/16 10:07pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: The Real Boundaries of US Metropolises

I found the article interesting, especially the large unnamed area centred around Montana. A few years ago, we were driving cross country on the northern route, Hwy 2. We stopped in a small town for the night, and was chatting with some of the locals. We were talking about cities and I asked them what was their closest BIG city,and they mentioned a few nearby small cities. I said they were all small and I said big cities with skyscrapers etc. A few then mentioned Seattle and Denver, bt these are both quite distant. So then I realised the closest big city was Calgary, so I mentioned it. "Where's that" they all said, I said "Calgary Alberta?" Never heard of it, they all echoed! So in that regard, the map is correct, that whole area has no dominant metropolis.
Orion 12/06/16 02:14pm Around the Campfire
RE: Toughest Tongue Twister

I'm rather partial to the old Welsh repetitive one. "All day long she sits and shines, sits and shines, sits and shines," "All day long she shines and sits, shines and sits, shines and sits" ..........
Orion 12/06/16 11:37am Around the Campfire
RE: In Defense of Fahrenheit

I can go both ways with most measurements, but still prefer F over C as it's a finer scale, and except for one year, have always lived in 0-100F areas. I also don't like the silly L per 100km scale of fuel consumption as the HIGHER the number, the worse it is. I also have no idea how big is a Hectare!
Orion 12/04/16 03:07pm Around the Campfire
RE: Discover Card in Canada

I wonder if the difference is that our Debit Cards do NOT have the Visa or Master Card symbol on them?
Orion 11/24/16 06:23pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Veterans Day

Just came back from the Remembrance Day ceremony at our local town hall. Many people there, poppies (A Commonwealth thing, not done in the US, should be! ) Last Post (like your 'Taps' ) Two minutes silence, and we even sang 'God Save the Queen' which is very unusual in Canada these days. I never served, but I think of my Dad, China, India WW2,30 years total, and my Granddad, Boer War, Boxer Rebellion etc. Always quite emotional for me.
Orion 11/11/16 01:10pm Around the Campfire
RE: Sign your getting older

Old people calling you 'sir'!
Orion 11/02/16 01:04pm Around the Campfire
RE: To Alaska by ferry from Washington State?

You also don't pay any tax if you buy gold bullion in Canada!
Orion 11/01/16 01:30pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Canadians driving in USA

This and that show is just dum Oh, the irony! :)
Orion 10/16/16 09:01pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Alberta through BC/Advice needed

The flattest route, although parts of it can be quite boring, is to drive Hwy 5 from Jasper to Kamloops and then Hwy 1 to Vancouver. Use your transmission to slow you down on the hills rather than your brakes, which should be used sparingly to avoid overheating and fading. You do need winter tires in BC, but the minimum requirement is for tires to be marked M+S, which most? truck tires already are? You do however, need full snow tires, marked with the 'Mountain & Snowflake' on the Icefields Parkway between Lake Louise and Jasper.
Orion 10/05/16 09:15am Roads and Routes
RE: 59 years ago today: Sputnik

The most amazing part of this story is that like so many others, I remember going outside and watching with amazement as the little Sputnik moved across the sky. What we all didn't know at the time, is that it wasn't Sputnik we were seeing, but the final (3rd?) stage of the rocket that launched it! This rocket was about 2nd magnitude, or about as bright as the stars in the Big Dipper, but Sputnik itself was just below 6th magnitude, or barely visible to the naked eye, and following a few minutes behind! I always remained a big fan of space exploration and even managed a trip from the UK to watch the launch of Apollo X1 from the Cape, just 12 years later!
Orion 10/04/16 04:23pm Around the Campfire
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