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Got a long lesson in using the new format CareerMine today.  This is what I found about mining jobs for engineers in Vancouver. First up is a job with Robertson GeoConsultants (RGC).  Probably no secret that I work for RGC.  Not full time.  I take off as much time as I want to so that I can blog and visit kids and grandkids.  In fact I will be off on Wednesday to the kids in California and then a month in Spain with my son and his family in a house on the beach.  OK, I like the rain in Vancouver as much as anybody—kind of sensuous and clean, what with the lights sparkling and the streets shining.  But time in southern California and southern Spain are not to be deprecated. (more…)

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Monday night we went to the tents at Bard on the Beach to see Shakespeare’s Opera presented by students from the University of British Columbia. First a tail-gate meal in amongst the trees of chicken, bread, and wine.  Just the right stuff to put you in the mood for opera.  And we were not disappointed. The students are all magnificent singers and we revel in the thought that there is such talent out there to take the place of older singers.  Opera proceeds with confidence into the future when you hear these young singers. (more…)

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On a cold winter’s night I watched Verdi’s La Forza Del Destino.  Verdi was agnostic, yet this opera is suffused with Christian themes. (more…)

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From the sublime to the ridiculous:  from a grungy apartment far east on Kingsway to I Vespri Siciliani.   From the way the poor live to the way the privileged luxuriate. (more…)

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Old men still love, although we seldom succeed.  That is the inevitable message of today’s Met HD broadcast of Verdi’s Falstaff.  I reflected all the opera on this year’s affair now gone to Quebec, maybe to return next year?  How can age impede the impulses of the young? (more…)

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Verdi’s Attila on Bose

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Skipped work a little early today and went and bought the Bose Home Theater system: five small speakers, a small subwoofer, and an elegant receiver.  Not cheap, but so good-looking, easy to install, and the sound! (more…)

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Estate planning is on our minds.  This past week a senior colleague spent long periods with his lawyers debating how to dispose of his estate: if I go first then….If my wife goes first then…..What complex solutions they devised.  For there are four houses and four kids plus nine grandkids.  Who gets what and how to avoid punitive taxes all round? (more…)

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