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#386568 - 12/04/12 10:38 AM Re: Canadians, what is wrong with you? [Re: Murph]
DL30 Offline
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Registered: 05/31/02
Posts: 102
Loc: San Carlos, IL
Originally Posted By: Murph
Well, as long as you researched one of our thirteen provinces and territories, I'm sure you got it right.

And you wonder why we film things like this..........
Rick Mercer -- Talking to Americans.


Your link is broken. You may also want to check your personal link to tongue-in-cheek humor - I think it may be shorting. I apologize if I ruffled your feathers.
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#386569 - 12/04/12 10:49 AM Re: Canadians, what is wrong with you? [Re: DL30]
SBrown Offline
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Registered: 11/16/10
Posts: 812
Loc: Victoria,BC
This is a funny post because we just had to replace our hot water heater and I've never heard about leasing them before. I've lived in three provinces and never known anyone to do that.
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#386573 - 12/04/12 12:14 PM Re: Canadians, what is wrong with you? [Re: DL30]
Murph Offline
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Registered: 10/05/06
Posts: 6780
Loc: PEI, Canada
Here is the correct link.
The correct link of "Humorous" American feather ruffling material.

DL, anyone who knows my 'tongue in cheek humor' would know that it was indeed in friendly jest, not in response to a good feather ruffling. Perhaps if the link had been correct, you might have seen where I was running with it.

It is pretty much an undisputed fact that due to the majority of popular TV & movie content originating from the US that Canadians are much more familiar with the geography and culture of Americans than vice versa. It's not a bad thing, it's just the way it is.

Like the Canadian celeb in the link above, I choose to deal with this by applying lighthearted humor vs. getting bent all out of shape over such trivialities. Sorry you took it the wrong way. You are welcome in my Igloo any day of the week and now that we have legalized VCRs we can demo my Axioms with style.
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#386577 - 12/04/12 12:23 PM Re: Canadians, what is wrong with you? [Re: DL30]
tomtuttle Online   happy
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Registered: 06/20/03
Posts: 8280
Loc: Tacoma
That's hilarious.

I learned quite a lot. That whole "Canadian Hour" thing really clears some stuff up.

Oh, and Congratulations, eh?
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#386585 - 12/04/12 12:58 PM Re: Canadians, what is wrong with you? [Re: DL30]
Ken.C Offline
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Registered: 05/03/03
Posts: 17755
Loc: NoVA
<shamefully holds up hand>

I had to google to be sure that Ottawa was the capital of Canada.

And I misspelled capital. And Ottawa. Just now.

I have no honor.
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#386586 - 12/04/12 01:03 PM Re: Canadians, what is wrong with you? [Re: DL30]
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Registered: 08/05/09
Posts: 5820
Loc: Some random location
Is Canada on the map yet?

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#386587 - 12/04/12 01:10 PM Re: Canadians, what is wrong with you? [Re: CatBrat]
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See you guys later, I'm going golfing. grin
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#386588 - 12/04/12 01:18 PM Re: Canadians, what is wrong with you? [Re: real80sman]
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Registered: 05/13/02
Posts: 4801
Loc: western canada
Originally Posted By: real80sman

1) Our water is incredibly hard. Even with a softener, most tanks only last 8 to 10 years. The company I work for changes out ~10 per week, and 90% of them are of this vintage.

2) Crap is more expensive here. A quality 50 gallon, natural gas, power vented tank, would cost around $2300 PLUS TAX to have installed. Once the government gets paid, that's $2600 out of pocket.

Indeed.
We've been lucky that ours has lasted almost 15 years so far (i never realized the install date on the heater until i checked earlier this year).
Not all people rent though. You can buy water heaters for $500-$800 but as Real80s said, they typically last 5-10 years depending.

A quality one that we are looking to buy is near $2k.

FYI, there are several companies that do this kind of work/service (renting water heaters). DirectEnergy is but one.
I have a friend who is an exec in a company called Planet Energy that also does this as part of their business although i'm not sure if they are winding that down or not.
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#386593 - 12/04/12 01:46 PM Re: Canadians, what is wrong with you? [Re: DL30]
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Registered: 02/05/06
Posts: 6387
Loc: Fredericksburg, Virginia
Reminds me of the days of land line phones. Initially they were rented, and then the day came when you could go buy a phone at a store instead and drop the rental charge. Still, there were lots of grannies and other non-DIY crowd folks who continued (maybe continue even still?) to pay $8-10 a month for a phone they could buy for not much more than that.
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#386598 - 12/04/12 02:44 PM Re: Canadians, what is wrong with you? [Re: medic8r]
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Registered: 10/05/06
Posts: 6780
Loc: PEI, Canada
Originally Posted By: medic8r
Reminds me of the days of land line phones. Initially they were rented, and then the day came when you could go buy a phone at a store instead and drop the rental charge. Still, there were lots of grannies and other non-DIY crowd folks who continued (maybe continue even still?) to pay $8-10 a month for a phone they could buy for not much more than that.


You are correct Doc. Officially, we no longer rent phone sets. However, there are customers who flatly refuse to do it any other way so we still have them on the books as a rental and you are right, they are most often the elderly. At least they get a free phone if it stops working, but you are correct. It is not smart $ wise.

Actually, we still had people up to 10 or 15 years ago who absolutely refused to get off their party line because it was cheaper. We ended up just moving them to private lines and charging the older smaller rate. I doubt any of those are still on the books anymore as old age probably thinned that herd.

I know this because I had to go visit one older gentleman who kept escalating his complaint that he didn't know when he should answer anymore because he no longer had a unique ring pattern. It took all my patience to eventually explain to him how he should answer 'every' time because his neighbors no longer shared his line.
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