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    Hi. My handle is CShark, short for CarpetShark. Little quiz: anyone know what a Carpetshark is ?

    I am a med lab tech, with more years under my belt than I care to admit. Currently working in a federal lab, focussing on virology, immunology, a little chem and bacti as well. My hobbies are varied: British history, pre-history are probably my biggest passion, after playing and watching hockey. I've been programming since the days of the Vic20 (if you know what that is, you are showing your age!), and sell some of my software for extra 'pocket money'. I built myself an 8 inch Newtonian many years ago,(grinding the mirror as well) to get into astronomy.

    You must think I am a MAJOR geek, but I can redeem myself a little. Played in a top-40 band for a number of years, lead guitar, then bass. When my kids came along, quit the band to teach guitar, as I worked in a private lab during the day, then thursday through sunday nights, was on the road...never home.

    Moved from Ottawa to the east coast back in the 90's. Love it here: had the year's first lobster feed last night!!!

    Looking forward to being a regular here. This is the first forum that has most of the 'topics' I have an interest in, as well as it seems to be moderated well.

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    Here's what I found on Wikipedia:

    Carpet sharks in pop culture:
    * Used as derogatory term for lesbians

    Real classy.....

    either that or you think carpet sharks (the animals) are cool....

    OR (and I think it's this one!) judging by your avatar, you LOVE ferrets!

    anyway...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CShark
    Little quiz: anyone know what a Carpetshark is ?
    You got into forums while staying home minding the baby. A form of rugrat?
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    Its good to have more canadian biologists
    sorry I was gone so long, there are just to many undereducated people here I did not want to add to the problem but I am going to anyway
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    Its good to have more valuable human beings .
    "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe". - Carl Sagan
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    Thanks guys. ...Lesbians eh...never thought of that one. A carpetshark is a ferret, aka fuzzies. I have had three, two of which have passed on. The name probably originated from their apperance as they run across a floor: their backs tend to go up when excited. So Super, you are correct in your guess (the avatar kinda helped...).

    Hey Kenny, where you from ?
    Ch'town here.
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    It says on my location
    sorry I was gone so long, there are just to many undereducated people here I did not want to add to the problem but I am going to anyway
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenny Klassen
    It says on my location
    DOH! (slapping myself in the head). For some reason I assumed it was a fictitious name (Quesnel) sorry!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CShark
    Quote Originally Posted by Kenny Klassen
    It says on my location
    DOH! (slapping myself in the head). For some reason I assumed it was a fictitious name (Quesnel) sorry!
    More Canadians >.> lol
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    More Canadians over here than I thought, hey? What a-boot that?

    I know, lame, whatever. I would much rather visit Canada than the US though. :wink:

    Welcome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KALSTER
    More Canadians over here than I thought, hey? What a-boot that?

    I know, lame, whatever. I would much rather visit Canada than the US though. :wink:

    Welcome!
    It's "eh" not "hey" lol, it's derived from the French "Hein" .
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    Quote Originally Posted by i_feel_tiredsleepy
    Quote Originally Posted by KALSTER
    More Canadians over here than I thought, hey? What a-boot that?

    I know, lame, whatever. I would much rather visit Canada than the US though. :wink:

    Welcome!
    It's "eh" not "hey" lol, it's derived from the French "Hein" .
    Good to know
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    Is it true that Canadians keep their doors unlocked at night?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Selene
    Is it true that Canadians keep their doors unlocked at night?
    I wouldn't keep my door unlocked ever, we've been robbed a couple times even with our doors locked lol.
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    Hello from a bandwagon jumping Penguins fan. Which team are you rooting for now that the Canadian teams are all eliminated?

    Here's what I found about carpet sharks on Wikipedia.
    The order Orectolobiformes, also collectively known as the carpet sharks because many members have carpet-like patterned markings, includes a number of familiar types of sharks, such as the nurse sharks and whale shark, as well as some unusual species, such as the blind shark.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold14370
    Hello from a bandwagon jumping Penguins fan. Which team are you rooting for now that the Canadian teams are all eliminated?
    Ha, it was always gonna be Penguins or Redwings, I was at game 5 of Flyers-Canadiens and it made me sick, I'm done with hockey until next season lol.

    Also, Montrealers never root for any Canadian team except for the Montreal Canadiens. It's tradition .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Selene
    Is it true that Canadians keep their doors unlocked at night?
    Depends where you live. I have not locked my door or my cars in 12 years, but then again am not in a large city.
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    Quote Originally Posted by i_feel_tiredsleepy
    Quote Originally Posted by Harold14370
    Hello from a bandwagon jumping Penguins fan. Which team are you rooting for now that the Canadian teams are all eliminated?
    Ha, it was always gonna be Penguins or Redwings, I was at game 5 of Flyers-Canadiens and it made me sick, I'm done with hockey until next season lol.

    Also, Montrealers never root for any Canadian team except for the Montreal Canadiens. It's tradition .
    I knew you looked intelligent! Don't worry, for a team that was supposed to finish 13th, and ended up 1st, our Habs have a great future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold14370
    Hello from a bandwagon jumping Penguins fan. Which team are you rooting for now that the Canadian teams are all eliminated?

    Here's what I found about carpet sharks on Wikipedia.
    The order Orectolobiformes, also collectively known as the carpet sharks because many members have carpet-like patterned markings, includes a number of familiar types of sharks, such as the nurse sharks and whale shark, as well as some unusual species, such as the blind shark.
    Cool! Didn't know about the shark-shark (just the carpet variety).
    As a Canadiens fan, my only hope is that a terrible accident befalls both teams in the finals and they have to cancel the cup....not much chance, eh ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CShark

    Cool! Didn't know about the shark-shark (just the carpet variety).
    As a Canadiens fan, my only hope is that a terrible accident befalls both teams in the finals and they have to cancel the cup....not much chance, eh ?
    Unfortunately, the cup hasn't been home in 15 years, we miss it, we deserve it.

    Common we have streets named after Lord Stanley in Montreal >.<
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    Quote Originally Posted by i_feel_tiredsleepy
    Unfortunately, the cup hasn't been home in 15 years, we miss it, we deserve it.

    Common we have streets named after Lord Stanley in Montreal >.<
    Well, of course here in Pittsburgh, we worship at the altar of the Steelers, but there is a rabid core of hockey fans. We even have a couple of home grown NHL players -Ryan Malone, and R. J. Umberger of the hated Philthadelphia team. I am really enjoying the playoffs. Hockey is a great game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold14370
    Quote Originally Posted by i_feel_tiredsleepy
    Unfortunately, the cup hasn't been home in 15 years, we miss it, we deserve it.

    Common we have streets named after Lord Stanley in Montreal >.<
    Well, of course here in Pittsburgh, we worship at the altar of the Steelers, but there is a rabid core of hockey fans. We even have a couple of home grown NHL players -Ryan Malone, and R. J. Umberger of the hated Philthadelphia team. I am really enjoying the playoffs. Hockey is a great game.

    Up till 1993, the longest wait between cups for we Hab fans was 7 years. I grew up with my team winning 16 cups, 4 in a row twice, etc. This last 15 years has been unbearable, BUT I feel the drought may be over in 2009 or 2010.

    I too despise the flyers: the only team I have no respect for. none.
    Sooo...in a backhanded sort of way I am saying I hope the Pens win.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CShark

    Up till 1993, the longest wait between cups for we Hab fans was 7 years. I grew up with my team winning 16 cups, 4 in a row twice, etc. This last 15 years has been unbearable, BUT I feel the drought may be over in 2009 or 2010.

    I too despise the flyers: the only team I have no respect for. none.
    Sooo...in a backhanded sort of way I am saying I hope the Pens win.
    Next season is the 100 year anniversary of the Habs, a win in 2009 is destiny .
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    Quote Originally Posted by i_feel_tiredsleepy
    Next season is the 100 year anniversary of the Habs, a win in 2009 is destiny .
    I like the way you think my friend :-D
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    Quote Originally Posted by Selene
    Is it true that Canadians keep their doors unlocked at night?
    It is cute,really?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Selene
    Is it true that Canadians keep their doors unlocked at night?
    I keep one door locked because my dog can open it unlocked and the neighbors and mail people don't apriceate that. My car driver's car door has been left open since it seised to automaticly lock but I can't talk for the whole contry (I know some of the spellings wrong but it was my best guess and I think it leggiable)
    sorry I was gone so long, there are just to many undereducated people here I did not want to add to the problem but I am going to anyway
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    Kenny, t'es Francais ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CShark
    Quote Originally Posted by Selene
    Is it true that Canadians keep their doors unlocked at night?
    Depends where you live. I have not locked my door or my cars in 12 years, but then again am not in a large city.
    Well then i think I will have to move to Canada!

    If i kept my front door unlocked for one second the whole house would be gone!

    Where is the best place to live?

    I fancy the coast :-D
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    Quote Originally Posted by CShark
    Kenny, t'es Francais ?
    There are no French people in British Columbia >.> lol
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    My city has a french emeragane(sp) school and there are a few french communities in B.C. but no my french education ended in grade 11 3 semesters ago and I was not very good at it in the frist place.
    sorry I was gone so long, there are just to many undereducated people here I did not want to add to the problem but I am going to anyway
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    Quote Originally Posted by Selene
    Quote Originally Posted by CShark
    Quote Originally Posted by Selene
    Is it true that Canadians keep their doors unlocked at night?
    Depends where you live. I have not locked my door or my cars in 12 years, but then again am not in a large city.
    Well then i think I will have to move to Canada!

    If i kept my front door unlocked for one second the whole house would be gone!

    Where is the best place to live?

    I fancy the coast :-D
    Hi Selene I've lived right across our country, except the west coast, which if you can afford it, would be a good choice. Otherwise, choose t'other coast, where I happen to be
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    ...or, judging by recent years, the North Coast might be nice in summer soon enough.


    My Westcoast city Vancouver, is too expensive now. Average house costs $950,000 Canadian/American. Put that in perspective: local ferry corporation is selling off some old but still running vessels, 360-car capacity, for an expected $500,000 each. That's right for the cost of two 10,000 ton, 130 meter, 9,000 horsepower ships, you can purchase one small lot somewhere in Greater Vancouver.
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    I thought UK house prices were bad, but thats much worse.
    Chance favours the prepared mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bit4bit
    I thought UK house prices were bad, but thats much worse.
    Depends. In London they're asking that much for flats!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sunshinewarrior
    Quote Originally Posted by bit4bit
    I thought UK house prices were bad, but thats much worse.
    Depends. In London they're asking that much for flats!

    The prices in Vancouver are near the top in Canada. Where I am, on Prince Edward Island, a small bungalow will go for about 100,000. Of course, in real estate, it's all location, location, location.

    A friend of ours has a house in Staines, which is much smaller than what I live in; yet the British home is worth five times what mine is! I don't know how people afford a home now a days......
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