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Old Jan 31, 2024, 6:54 am
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Originally Posted by YOWgary
I'm home for the next 5-6 weeks, anyone ready for a YOW Winter-DO?

It might be -12 that day, it might be +5, you'll just have to show up and see!
I'm only home for a handful of days here and there between now and the end of April. Doing a YOW-do while I am stuck in Europe or Asia seems cruel as, you know, I would RatherBeInYOW ;-) But who knows maybe it will line up!

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Old Jan 31, 2024, 10:25 am
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Originally Posted by YOWgary
I'm also home for the next 5-6 weeks, anyone ready for a YOW Winter-DO?

It might be -12 that day, it might be +5, you'll just have to show up and see!
Sounds like the YYC Do, except on Eastern Time.
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Old Jan 31, 2024, 10:34 am
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Originally Posted by RatherBeInYOW
I'm only home for a handful of days here and there between now and the end of April. Doing a YOW-do while I am stuck in Europe or Asia seems cruel as, you know, I would RatherBeInYOW ;-) But who knows maybe it will line up!
Naturally, I start travelling a lot again towards the middle / end of April.

No reason there couldn't also be a locals nano-DO.
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Old Feb 1, 2024, 5:51 pm
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For some reason, a Vegas area restaurant review made me think of this year's Forum Lounge OP.

When's the microDO? I'll be there this and next weekend.

//though [MENTION=883658]codfather[/MENTION]'s plane may need some fuel stops.
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Old Feb 1, 2024, 6:04 pm
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Originally Posted by expert7700
For some reason, a Vegas area restaurant review made me think of this year's Forum Lounge OP.

When's the microDO? I'll be there this and next weekend.

//though [MENTION=883658]codfather[/MENTION]'s plane may need some fuel stops.
I was having fun rewriting some of this in my head. For example:

Unassuming Charm Meets British Newfie Flair

Or should that be PAL?

Okay, maybe I can only stretch this so far. I guess I'm not completely over COVID yet.
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Old Feb 3, 2024, 5:03 pm
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I Guess Canadians are "Special"

Every so often, I am reminded that online retailers must think people are really stupid. Especially those of us who can see the US border from their house and have a mailbox down there. Here's today's egregious example thanks to an unnamed global media company.

The seminal album Band on the Run by Paul McCartney and Wings turns 50 this year, and there's a interesting re-release that's been getting decent reviews. So, why not continue to feed my vinyl addiction?

Well, I could buy this release (with free shipping) on their US store:



Or, I could buy exactly the same release (with shipping extra) on their Canadian store:



With an implied exchange rate of 2.76 CAD to USD, the only word that comes to mind is rapacious. Sheesh!
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Old Feb 3, 2024, 5:07 pm
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Originally Posted by Bohemian1
Every so often, I am reminded that online retailers must think people are really stupid. Especially those of us who can see the US border from their house and have a mailbox down there. Here's today's egregious example thanks to an unnamed global media company.

The seminal album Band on the Run by Paul McCartney and Wings turns 50 this year, and there's a interesting re-release that's been getting decent reviews. So, why not continue to feed my vinyl addiction?

Well, I could buy this release (with free shipping) on their US store:


Or, I could buy exactly the same release (with shipping extra) on their Canadian store:


With an implied exchange rate of 2.76 CAD to USD, the only word that comes to mind is rapacious. Sheesh!
Is this only due to retailers simply charging whatever they want, or does this also have something to do with taxation and import duties?
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Old Feb 3, 2024, 5:54 pm
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Originally Posted by songsc
Is this only due to retailers simply charging whatever they want, or does this also have something to do with taxation and import duties?
An interesting thought, but No.

The duty on vinyl records is zero, and both prices are shown before tax (which would be 5% GST).
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Old Feb 3, 2024, 5:55 pm
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Originally Posted by Bohemian1
An interesting thought, but No.

The duty on vinyl records is zero, and both prices are shown before tax (which would be 5% GST).
Sounds like you should take a trip to Smuggler's to buy it in the US.
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Old Feb 3, 2024, 6:27 pm
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Originally Posted by canadiancow
Sounds like you should take a trip to Smuggler's to buy it in the US.
Yes. No.

Yes to Smuggler's. No, I'll just get the album sent to my US address.
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Old Feb 5, 2024, 12:51 am
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Reading in the AS forum, SFO and surrounding area is a mess right now. Hopefully those that live in the bay area are okay.
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Old Feb 7, 2024, 1:01 pm
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I guess it's time for a reminder that the lounge thread is for things that aren't about AC. A number of recent posts have been moved to a new 2025 status progress thread and the status qualification overview thread.

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Old Feb 7, 2024, 2:03 pm
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I know there are a few Lego fans here. A few Bricklink sets are open for preorders and one is sold out already.

https://www.bricklink.com/v3/designer-program/main.page
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Old Feb 7, 2024, 2:45 pm
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Originally Posted by YOWgary
I'm home for the next 5-6 weeks, anyone ready for a YOW Winter-DO?
Originally Posted by nomadic.relief
I vote for either of the first 2 weekends of March for YOW Do! I know, I know, doesn't meet the cow's needs. I'm just throwing it out there.
How would anybody feel about Saturday March 2?
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Old Feb 7, 2024, 3:22 pm
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Originally Posted by YOWgary
How would anybody feel about Saturday March 2?
I'll be out of the country that day, but don't consider me special.


Maybe a new thread if your semi serious?
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