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    "...researchers claim that the cats appeared to...

    "...researchers claim that the cats appeared to be less stressed during the exams when played the cat-specific music, compared with both classical music and silence."

    De-stressing music for cats....
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    ^^^ FKNA. That is downtown stoke.

    ^^^ FKNA. That is downtown stoke.
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    We finally got a base lodge at the local powder...

    We finally got a base lodge at the local powder stash. There was excellent soup on the Coleman stove but I forgot to take a picture of it.

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    North of the border, the low angle hardwoods were...

    North of the border, the low angle hardwoods were pretty sweet today. Sadly, the forecast is grim and it will likely all go to shite by tomorrow. This is truly a winter of moments.

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    News story about a very lucky and badass kitty...

    News story about a very lucky and badass kitty that fends off three coyotes and lives to meow about it. Maybe I should have posted this in the "This Week in Canada" thread:

    Cat fights off three...
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    Wrong Charlevoix, that is the 'Mercan version in...

    Wrong Charlevoix, that is the 'Mercan version in Michigan. ML is in the Quebecois version: https://www.tourisme-charlevoix.com/en/

    Nice to see some snow down in VT, may have to make the trek down...
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    Thanks, I try to channel it on every ski day. ...

    Thanks, I try to channel it on every ski day.

    It occured that I had a good one sentence in my signature:

    "Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to your...
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    Hear, hear, my good man.

    Hear, hear, my good man.
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    Two that are somewhat related: “Strange...

    Two that are somewhat related:

    “Strange enlightenments are vouchsafed to those who seek the higher places.”

    ― Flann O'Brien, The Third Policeman

    “Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing...
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    No doubt, their boat was built in 2008, three...

    No doubt, their boat was built in 2008, three years after the Scallywag 100. Imagine if someone dropped the the coin to build one these 100 footers today, it would be way ahead. I've been following...
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    Here is an interesting article about an American...

    Here is an interesting article about an American couple getting their cruising yacht ready for this race. Beautiful boat:
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    Here is a nice Ford wagon, could be a '56. My...

    Here is a nice Ford wagon, could be a '56. My wife saw this beauty in Matanzas, Cuba, earlier this year:

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    Things went from near zero to hero today up here...

    Things went from near zero to hero today up here in Onterrible.

    Standing in the driveway, not on skis. I measured 30 cm later (11.34").

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    The woods were good. I've been testing out...
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    This week in Canada, it turns out that the white...

    This week in Canada, it turns out that the white salad-hating cat of many memes is actually a cat from Ottawa named Smudge:
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    This week in Canada, raccoons are getting drunk:...

    This week in Canada, raccoons are getting drunk:

    'Drunk' raccoons seen stumbling around Stittsville

    I observed this effect on a flock of robins once. They ate some over-ripe berries off a tree...
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    ML, not able to see your image. The Mad is a...

    ML, not able to see your image. The Mad is a really pretty river.
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    I have two pairs of those snowshoes, made by...

    I have two pairs of those snowshoes, made by Snocraft in Maine but same style. Bought for $25 a pair for a surplus store about 20 years ago, got the same 10th Mtn story. I use them regularly, they...
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    No need to be defensive, I am honestly a bit...

    No need to be defensive, I am honestly a bit jealous of the opportunity and resources you have to build your vision. Both houses are stunning and beautifully executed, and the look of the Darnesville...
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    Yeah, I get it, if you can afford it, why not go...

    Yeah, I get it, if you can afford it, why not go for the square footage that makes sense and fits your needs at the time. But in the end, make it the size that works for you. I love the look of your...
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    Great thread, just stumbled on it. The Iceman...

    Great thread, just stumbled on it. The Iceman houses are very nice but a little big. This is my current favourite house. Lots of space for a couple and their stuff. Were I to have it built, would...
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    A bit late to the Bourdain experience, still on...

    A bit late to the Bourdain experience, still on season 6 of Parts Unknown. This just popped up in the NYT, worth a read and I look forward to watching it when we get there:

    https://nyti.ms/2X1yWBV
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    A little late, but I laughed. Tele ho.

    A little late, but I laughed.

    Tele ho.
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    Very true and we had that discussion afterwards....

    Very true and we had that discussion afterwards. When we ski in more remote, twiggy places, we wear helmets. When we ski well maintained, mellow, short glades like this one, we don't. Perhaps we...
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    Chargering around today we were reminded of a...

    Chargering around today we were reminded of a lesson: deep snow does not make all the nasties go away. Skiing on a slope that we have maintained diligently for almost 10 years, a hidden hazard...
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    Thanks ML and Jackstraw, will pass along the...

    Thanks ML and Jackstraw, will pass along the condolences. He was part of a posse of several families that skis together most weekends. They are hard to keep up with in the trees.
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    Very sad indeed. Bruce was a good friend of my...

    Very sad indeed. Bruce was a good friend of my brother's, and a long-time Jay Peak regular, his family has a house near Montgomery. A very good skier and one of the colourful instigators of the...
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    Yeah, those Gremlins are particularly quirky in...

    Yeah, those Gremlins are particularly quirky in the winter.

    https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2731/4368868329_c13f4ebb98_b.jpgAMC Gremlin by Blue387, on Flickr
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    Sometimes you need the pole plant to verify that...

    Sometimes you need the pole plant to verify that there is a skier in there. Photo by Paul Morrison

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    I am sure that I am more antique than you,...

    I am sure that I am more antique than you, Bottleman.
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    Hey man, we have mountains here, they're just...

    Hey man, we have mountains here, they're just older and really worn down. :ski:
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    Another one from the Instagramming snowboarder in...

    Another one from the Instagramming snowboarder in our crew. NELSAPing under the oldest t-bar still standing in North America (or so I'm told):

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    It is even going off in the northwestnortheast of...

    It is even going off in the northwestnortheast of Ontario right now. Being on the injury list, I have to take some pleasure in posting friend's stoke from today. Sharp eyes will note the 90s vintage...
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    Fucking pipes are frozen. That's all I've got....

    Fucking pipes are frozen. That's all I've got. The stoke here makes it better, thanks.
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    This is why I want to go to Japan. Wonderful story and beautifully told. Thanks.
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    You are a better man than I. Visited the...

    You are a better man than I.

    Visited the Teleboard demo tent at Jay some years ago, stared at the thing for a long time, and drawing on all my life experience including being a telemark...
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    The snowstorm or the Teleboard?

    The snowstorm or the Teleboard?
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    You might be skiing on Mt. Elephantus, given that...

    You might be skiing on Mt. Elephantus, given that view.
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    Happening this week at a winter carnival in...

    Happening this week at a winter carnival in Bracebridge, Ontario:

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    If you are Canadian, no explanation should be needed.
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    Fantatic shots above, especially ISBD's. Our...

    Fantatic shots above, especially ISBD's. Our little Utah is not so much the snow dog he used to be, but at 15.5 years old he is hanging in here with random bursts of energy.

    My wife is away, so...
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    Lard 'tunderin Jaysus, byes.

    Lard 'tunderin Jaysus, byes.
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    This week in Newfoundland: Rogue snowmobile...

    This week in Newfoundland:

    Rogue snowmobile escapes husband, smashes through house and lands on wife.

    Full tale here.
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    What a tough time. Our little guy is 15, stone...

    What a tough time. Our little guy is 15, stone deaf and often forgets why he went outside. Today he pissed on the carpet when I took him to work, even after a good walk beforehand. Then again he...
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    Apetor is back, what a nut:


    https://youtu.be/_6IsFPRoslY
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    George is my new hero. I'll bet some of you...

    George is my new hero. I'll bet some of you Banff/Canmore folks know him:

    87-year-old skier still races and has a basement packed full of every pair of skis he's owned
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    Woohoo, we be skiing in the northwestnortheast: ...

    Woohoo, we be skiing in the northwestnortheast:

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    A little farther north and west than J, I live in...

    A little farther north and west than J, I live in Ontario. We get tremendous lake effect snow until Georgian Bay freezes over. Night skiing at an ungroomed pitch at the local ski bump, very nice boot...
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    My driveway this morning: 258845 Had to go...

    My driveway this morning:

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    Had to go to work after the plow arrived, but you know what, night skiing is pretty fun:

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    Guy from my town steals three snowmobiles, goes...

    Guy from my town steals three snowmobiles, goes off the road in a snowstorm, makes getaway in stolen canoe. What a country we liven in!

    OPP arrest fleeing driver in stolen canoe
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    OK, well, here is the answer to my own question,...

    OK, well, here is the answer to my own question, from Steve Wright on FB:
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    In other news, one of my astute relatives has...

    In other news, one of my astute relatives has noticed a disturbing update to the Jay Peak trail map. The much beloved run Powerline has been renamed. The upper section is now called "601" and the...
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