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  1. Thank you for attempting to raise my awareness. My comment to CJM91 was sincere and meant as a compliment. "It shows." As in, I can tell this person listens a lot in the consideration, respect and contribution evident in their posts. I value reading this persons thoughtful and considerate posts very much (as they are already aware of). My post was meant as nothing else. Thank you for your seemingly tireless commitment to correct my short comings and challenge my character, splitpin. I appreciate your intentions. But I've learned what you have to teach. And I'd prefer now to learn from the many kind and generous other professionals on this site. Thank you again (very much), all the same. Take good care. HB ps... apologies for this off topic post. On topic it is from here on in.
  2. Did you watch / read them or just post them? Ever read your posts? Fires in Kelowna: "Politicians are like diapers. They should be changed often. For the same reason." Fires in Kelowna: "But what about us Engineers?? Lets go eat Valiums together Plumber." Photo's from the Field: "I (We) miss you TQN. We stand alone." etc... etc... etc... Thanks splitpin. I've learned valuable lessons in following your lead. I'll pass. Take care. ________________ On Topic: just wondering if is VIH participating in the Kelowna fires, and if not, which companies are.
  3. Thank you for your generosity in offering this kind and constructive criticism. Your love makes the world a better place.
  4. "as the PMA ones wouldn't pull the skin off a cold rice pudding." Wrench Concrete Poetry: A+
  5. Pilot found. Was married last week. Sincere condolences to family, friends & colleagues.
  6. Helicopter crash near Creston Pilot has not been found Erin Loxam | Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 9:48 pm CRESTON (NEWS1130) - An area of swamps and dense brush near Creston is being scoured by search and rescue crews after a helicopter went down this afternoon. The 35-year-old pilot from Kelowna has not been found. RCMP were informed by a flight school just after 4:00 p.m. one of their students had not arrived as expected and soon afterwards a witness reported a possible helicopter crash in the Kootenay River, between Kootenay and Duck Lake. The pilot's family has been contacted, but mounties are not releasing the individual's name. __________ http://bc.rcmp.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNode...mp;languageId=1
  7. So sorry for your loss, L3. I do hope you are compensated appropriately. ps... *please keep best thoughts for the crew still missing from Quebec (friends of ISE DA BY).* pps... Best keep on topic. My welt wounds still haven't healed completely...
  8. Please forgive the trivial nature of content elsewhere, By. I personally have had a very (very) heavy heart with regards to this thread & have simply not known what to post. While waiting for good news, best thoughts. Very best thoughts. xo.
  9. Glenrosa: More than 11,000 residents evacuated. Another 6,000 residents of the Bear Creek, Shannon Woods, West Kelowna Estates, Crystal Springs and Brookhaven neighbourhoods remain on alert (Monday). The most dangerous fire started Saturday afternoon in Glenrosa and spread quickly... was about four square kilometres in size (Monday morning). Crews were able to get heavy machinery into one section and excavate a partial fireguard on Sunday, leaving the fire about 40 per cent contained (Monday morning), said Bojahra. Fire crews planned to continuing attacking that fire on the ground (Monday), but expected to be hampered by the smoke and difficult terrain. Rose Valley and Terrace Mountain fires: Near the Rose Valley Dam: 1.5 square kilometres in size on Monday morning. The fire was threatening homes in the area, which were under an evacuation order, and the area was affected by road closures. Fire officials said they have put fire retardant around 90 per cent of that blaze, but the steep terrain made it too dangerous to fight the fire from the ground, and the swirling wind and smoke made it difficult for helicopters and air tankers to battle it from the air. A third fire at Terrace Mountain, near Fintry, grew rapidly overnight to 8.5 square kilometres as it jumped a creek and spread to the south (Monday morning). That fire was very dangerous and was only being fought from the air because of the rough terrain, but it was not immediately threatening any structures or the community of Fintry. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/...st-fire020.html
  10. Hey, you're singing a nice song !! Good beat, easy to dance to. I give it a 10.
  11. Hey L3, The risk is higher. Simply because this is the second major fire to rip through Kelowna in this decade. Regardless whether a large percentage of the fuel has been burned or not. I can see your point, but to the insurance company, apparent decrease in fuel is irrelevant. *Premiums increase in anticipation of potential future loss.* It would be kind of like if an earth quake hit twice in an area (ie: San Francisco), and seismologists assured the public that the tectonic plates would not shift for another 1000 years... insurance companies would still consider that area high risk as the potential or "chance" is greater, simply because of the immediate history (physical proof) of the area. I don't know what the fine print might have been on those home insurance policies. Unfortunately, many people don't read through every stipulation on their insurance policies. I do know that "insurance" is a business, and if there are loop holes that they can use in claims they will. Not necessarily because they are the bad guy/scammer/interested in getting rich (my Dad sure didn't get rich). But because they are sticking to what they are selling. Because they are a business (sometimes even a small family business). Unfortunately because a vast majority of the population share WTF was that!!! sentiments: re: "It's all insured, there's no rush to put anything out," insurance companies can often be a bit 'hard ball,' so to speak. Because often many people see it as an opportunity to get more than they had before. Opportunity for work, opportunity for more stuff (because hey, the insurance company doesn't know if you had a mac book pro or the basic model... and they don't know if you had an ipod or a walkman... So why not upgrade? You can thank this mentality for raising your premiums as well... It's important to be very (VERY) aware of what you are purchasing and that you are well informed and get the exact coverage that you want. It's also very important to be proactive in finding an insurance broker that you can trust, and who has your best interest at heart. They do exist. Bit of a chore, but it's a great idea to document (video if possible) all valuables. Have jewelry appraised, and just document everything of value. Keep documentation in a safe deposit box. If you have receipts from anything expensive (like computers, electronics etc...) put them in their too. The more the better. *Video document EVERYTHING. *Save ALL of receipts. *Put them in a safe deposit box. *Read your policy. (home, car, life) *Find a broker that has your best interest at heart. Watched a bit of footage last night on the news. Very grateful too all those in a position to help. & very best thoughts to all involved. xo.
  12. Unfortunately all residence can expect home insurance premiums to increase as well, as they are now officially considered a high risk area. Whether claims are made or not. xo to your Niece & grand-niece, Elvis. And everyone else involved.
  13. 15 min ago: "The Ministry of Forests estimates the Glenrosa fire at 350 hectares with 210 Ministry of Forests and District of West Kelowna fire fighters on the ground supported by 10 helicopters and three air tankers." http://chbcnews.ca/index.php?name=News&amp...e&sid=17961
  14. .ʍǝıʌ ɟo ʇuıod ɹǝɥʇouɐ ɯoɹɟ ɯǝɥʇ ƃuıǝǝs ʎq sɯǝןqoɹd ɹnoʎ ǝʌןos
  15. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCftkirSpHE...feature=related xoxo.
  16. I know you asked for a professional to reply. But the thing is, you're right, Bill is a (VERY) busy man. And therefore has no time to be on this site. And yet he is THE man to talk to about anything regarding crashes. And since he is a very good friend of mine, I can see this gap in the industry, and I have that information, why is it improper of me to post ? And why is it uncivilized to ask him questions? I can honestly say he'd rather be bothered by your questions and have you spread them word for word (re: hearsay) than not. Because (bottom line) he'd rather see less fatalities. Because death isn't civil. Sir, I know don't have a license, or hours (yet). And I do understand there is a certain way to go about things in this industry. Start young, go to school, beat your way through a hangar with a broom for a few (possibly several) years, take all the lashings and mud, bad weather, questionable food, bugs, time away from family as you can... Join the Army, or Navy. Watch friends die. Try not to die... And do the best possible job you can, make it home alive, and provide for your family. Then, and only then, once you have over 10,000h, you can post on the forum with anything worth while to contribute. The art industry is very often equally Elitist. People excluding people to protect what they love. I get it. I'm doing it backwards. I contacted Bill first. I went to the TSB hangar first. And I asked the questions, you're asking 50 years later, first. I'm not dumb. I'm very fond of your industry. And if I can contribute in a positive way to it along the way in my research, I will. Bill's my first teacher. Connecting the gap between what he teaches me and what I learn here seems important. No disrespect meant, to you or anyone else here, Sir. Ever. That's all I have to say. Because I don't want you to blow a heart gasket. And I don't want to P-off the Queen of the Hive any more than I already have.
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