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Loonie Takes Flight

September 21st, 2007  · stk

For the first time in 31 years, the Canadian Loonie opened today, on par against the U.S. dollar. The Loonie has gained 17% in value this year! Find out why and what it means for both Canadians and Americans.

Canadian Dollar at Par with a U.S. Buck

For the first time since 1976, the Canadian dollar opened today's trading valued on par with the United States dollar. One Canadian dollar is equivalent to one U.S. dollar.

Wow!

The Canadian dollar has been soaring against the U.S. dollar in recent years and more dramatically so, in recent months. A decline in the U.S. currency is cited as the main reason for the recent and dramatic rise of the loonie's value.

The loonie has steadily gained ground against the U.S. dollar, starting from its all-time low of $0.62, which it hit in early 2002.

For more about the flight of the loonie ... read on.

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Can You Keep A Secret?

September 20th, 2007  · Rachel

Rachel reviews "Can You Keep a Secret?", a novel written by Sophie Kinsella.

(Fiction)Review of "Can You Keep A Secret?" a novel by Sophie Kinsella

Emma Corrigan of Sophie Kinsella's "Can You Keep a Secret?" has lots of secrets. Some are big, some are small, some are more private thoughts censored from selected people, and some are absolute whoppers that nobody should know. But, in a state of panic, thinking that she is going to die as her plane violently plummets and jerks in turbulence, Emma reveals her secrets, big and small, to the man sitting in the seat next to her. "...coffee at work is the most disgusting stuff you've ever drunk, absolute poison"; "... [I] put 'Maths GCSE grade A on my CV, when I really got a C "; "... took me to all these jazz concerts and I pretended to enjoy them to be polite, so now he thinks I love jazz ...".

Fifty minutes later, when the plane is safely landed on the tarmac, Emma has revealed all her secrets about her colleagues, family, friends, love-life and dreams. While she is embarrassed that she has been blabbering nonstop about her knickers, G-spot and such, the following Monday she is mortified when she is confronted by the stranger from the plane: Jack Harper, the CEO and multi-millionaire of the company for which she works. As Jack spends the week working out of the office, Emma's disclosed secrets resurface into an assortment of awkward predicaments, as he has an excellent memory for the details.

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Seattle Bicycle Tour

September 18th, 2007  · stk

Scott & Rachel took their 3 1/2 year-old daughter on her 3rd self-supported bicycle touring adventure. They cycled from Yellow Point to Seattle and back (350 miles or so). Read about their 10-day journey. (Completed through Day 4)

338 Miles, 5 Ferries & 10 Days of Sunshine

Early this month, we enjoyed a 10-day bicycle loop adventure. We started from our home in Yellow Point, just south of Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island and rode to Seattle Washington (via Victoria) and then back, along the Washington coast. Along the way, we took a few ferry boats, which helped break up the riding for our 3-and-a-half year-old daughter.

It was Alex's third cycle-tour! (For a 3 year-old, that's pretty good!)

We experienced 10 days of glorious Indian Summer weather, we camped out, we visited with friends in Victoria, West Seattle, Redmond and Bellingham, we had an unlikely encounter with an old PCT friend, and we even managed to cycle a fair distance.

Join us for the tour! See photos, maps and read the daily log. Learn which routes made for good cycling, where we'd visit again, why Washington State is bicycle-friendly and more about the logistics of cycling with a kid, riding ferries and cycling western Washington, Vancouver Island and the Vancouver lower-mainland.

It's going to take a while to unfold this story, so I'll have to do it in pieces.

(This should aid the night cleaning crew, as it'll chop the diatribe into small enough chunks that they should have plenty of time to mop the floors and empty the trash cans). :p

Journal complete through: Day 4


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