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Who ARE we ???

SARAH
December 8th, 2007, 03:32 PM
Just to have a clue :nancy.drew: . If you'd rather not tell, then don't :cool:

Me (since I'm starting this) 48 years young (till February anyway) born in Norway, dad Norwegian, mom French, one brother. All of them are in Bergerac, France. Me, moved around quite a bit, currently near Montreal (QC) west side of the city - probably for good :lovestruck: :cloud9: 2 dogs, 2 cats, all rescues. Working from home with fitness and weight training.

Next?

:grouphug:

Added info: divorced twice, remarrying anyway (some never learn); moved 30 times (yikes), two kids boy 21 and girl 17, two step-kida girl 18 and boy 15. Parents 71 and 76 both thankfully in great shape! 2 S-I-Ls and a B-I-L and great M-&-F-I-L (the best, or is it mine who are the best? According to Lewis anyway, they are).

14+kitties
December 8th, 2007, 03:57 PM
Wow!! Neat thread!! Could take awhile!!!!
Born in Hanover, On, in '55. Moved more times than I care to say. 3 sisters (1 deceased 2 years) 1 brother. Mom is 81 and fighting cancer for the fourth time, Dad passed in 1977. I am divorced but now living with the love of my life on 19 acres and an old farm house. No marriage plans. 3 kids - 34, 28, and 24 - all gainfully employed! 2 "step sons" 16 and 17 2 dogs, 16 or so kitties, 2 lovebirds, fishies. Heritage is Scottish and Irish (good mix). Operate small nursery from home.

Byrd
December 8th, 2007, 04:02 PM
I'm 33, February baby also. My dad imported from Holland when he was 19 and my mom was born here, my parents went to Holland in May of 1973 for a month and then in February or 1974 along came me, so I was 'made' in Holland, but born here... does that give me dual citizenship? I look like my dad, a clone really. I've had an akward growing up as I'm a late in life baby, my parents were 41 and 45 when I was born and my sisters were 22, 20, and 18, I have a nephew who's 33 and it trickles down to age 25, there are 5 nephews, 2 nieces total, I also have 7 great nieces and nephews. My father passed in 1997 from cancer, and my mom just had her 75th birthday two weeks ago!

I'm following in my mom's footsteps and am married to an import, who hasn't actually imported yet. I always say that I couldn't find a good man in Canada so I have to import one. He's Egyptian, and we got married on October 16th of this year after 'dating' for a year-and-a-half.

I'm mom to Willow a red-tri Aussie who's into Flyball big time. She's a lovable critter who came to me at six weeks of age on Christmas Eve of 2004, she was a gift from my ex. We broke all the pets.ca 'rules' with her, but she's well worth it.

How's that?

want4rain
December 8th, 2007, 08:20 PM
i was all the ages before 27, i was a single mom to my little girl for 4 years. ive lived all along the east coast and a bit to the west. ive been a waitress, a security guard and a house sitter. i couldnt tell you where my family hails from other than that my grand dad on my moms side, his whole family is from Poland. other than that.... Heinz 57. a fair bit of Native American but from several different fronts.

im now a wife to the coolest guy ever. a mother to ANOTHER rug rat! and the proud -if struggling- caretaker to 4 cats and 1 very large dog. im a stay at home mom with a hobby job at a nursery in a gym. ive discovered an interest in crocheting, wood working, healthy eating (skinned and furried) but my real passion is in fish keeping.

im still not sure what i want to do for the rest of my life. i have a few ideas but no time to pursue them.

-ashley

luckypenny
December 8th, 2007, 09:25 PM
I'm a decade older than you want4rain and I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up :laughing: . Background in Social Work but managing a family business for many years now.

Mother of two awesome young men, 11 & 17. Married for 1 1/2 years, divorced, living common-law with my sometimes better half :lovestruck: for 15 years now. 3 dogs, also all rescues...Lucky, Penny, and Ava (who is our foster but loved as if she was our own).

My dad is Italian/Croatian, my mom is Slovenian. I was born here in Montreal, Quebec. 1 full brother (40), 1 half sister (20), 2 step sisters (34 & 36) and 1 step brother (13). I won't bore you with the details :laughing: . Rough background but am forever grateful and humbled with what's been handed to me in life.

want4rain
December 8th, 2007, 10:38 PM
Rough background but am forever grateful and humbled with what's been handed to me in life.

Ramen sistah

-ash

krdahmer
December 8th, 2007, 10:52 PM
This is cool, it's so nice to know you guys better!

Me, born and raised in tourist trap Niagara Falls, so I know the really pretty places... sans le tourists! And boy do I ever cross border shop! I am a child of the 70's but somehow got stuck in the 80's... musically for sure anyhow! The casino here sucked out 6 years of my life.... hoping that somehow is reversed like your lungs when you quit smoking. Got married in October of '02 to a truckin man, so I am home alone a LOT (I did not go back to work, and don't plan to)! But my six beautiful kitties make it impossible for me to feel lonely. He's a great guy and I'm proud of my choice in partner. He takes really good care of us all. :lovestruck:
My parents are mid-60's and in better shape than me (kinda embarassing actually, for me anyhow:rolleyes:)... and I have one little brother who has seemingly grown up overnight and now has a son of his own, my adorable nephew who will be 1 in January. He works as a muckety muck at PCL. Oh and my s.i.l is a chef!!! Yummy! I have a very strong family and we stay close. My grandfather will be 90 in Apr... and I lost my grandma to cancer in '04. My m.i.l and f.i.l are just great, I really think I was lucky there, absolutely no horror in law stories there, and although I have 2 b.i.l, we barely speak to them (long stories).
I've only moved 6 times in my life and never more than 10 minutes from where I started.
And I love where I live, I think the change in seasons does us good and makes us tougher... and although you would think that living here the awe of the falls would wear off, but for me it never does, I am excited to see it every time I pass over the bridge to the states. And FYI it is the most beautiful and fairy tale like in February, if you can stand the cold... the mist covers everything around it in a sheet of ice and with all the lights it's so magical down there.

clm
December 8th, 2007, 11:06 PM
Here goes, 48 years old. Been married for 24 to the same great guy.
Born and raised in Toronto, to Ontario born parents. Dad from Toronto, mom from North of Peterborough.
One sister who is a year and a bit younger than me.
One niece and one nephew.
No children of our own.
Have worked for the same company for 28 years.
2 dogs, 4 cats, I cockatiel, 7 fancy goldfish in a 100g aquarium and 10 koi in a 4,000 gallon pond.

Cindy

Winston
December 8th, 2007, 11:21 PM
Well here goes! I am 40 years old..living common law....my man and I have been together for 24 yrs!! ( yikes! yes I met him at 16!) We have no children..just our big baby boy Winston and our 2 precious cats Tabitha and Bomber...My family is mostly from Nova Scotia..I have 2 brothers and 1 sister..1 beautiful niece and 1 nephew..

My Dad passed in '99 but Mom is still alive...Really no extended family..no that close growing up! I probably wouldn't know them if I ran into them..

Hubby works full time in a Management position and I work in Information Technology for the Govt..

We had our own Pizzeria for 1o years but gave that up because it was killing us!! It was sad because it was an excellent pizzeria with the true Italian style pizza cooked on the stone oven! and we had some great customers! BUT the hours being self employed are horrendous and we gave up when they came out with "4 for 1"..

I love animals of all kind! gardening, baking and helping rescue animals in need! I do alot of fundraising type things for German Shepherd Rescue.

Hows that for a quick life story!

Cindy

Byrd
December 9th, 2007, 11:34 AM
It really is amazing to see how many of us don't have kids.

wdawson
December 9th, 2007, 11:51 AM
It really is amazing to see how many of us don't have kids.

want mine.....teens are a pain:laughing:

Frenchy
December 9th, 2007, 12:10 PM
want mine.....teens are a pain:laughing:

:laughing:

I'm 37 yr old , living alone with my 2 goldens, 2 cats , 1 long term foster Nelly and foster "flavor of the month" Ben :D Both of my parents are from around Montreal, I was born and raise in Verdun (minutes from Montreal , it became a "welfare" city in the 80's) 1 brother who's 13 years older than me , sister is 7 years older (guess my mom was pretty lazy :laughing:) one niece and one nephew. My father died of cancer when I was 13 yr old , leaving me alone with my mom that I kinda had to take care of , brother and sister were already moved out but my sister helped my mom a lot. Only knew one of my grandparents , granny nanny died when I was 5. The others died before I was born.
We were kind of poor so my situation today isn't news to me , I guess that's why I can handle many things by myself. That's why sometimes , I don't have too much sympathy for people who complain with their mouths full :o

Been working for the same company since I was 18 yr old, so 19 years this year.

14+kitties
December 9th, 2007, 12:23 PM
We were kind of poor so my situation today isn't news to me , I guess that's why I can handle many things by myself. That's why sometimes , I don't have too much sympathy for people who complain with their mouths full

My sentiments exactly Frenchy!!! I was raised the same pretty much. But life is what you make it and we always find money to feed one more stray.

Frenchy
December 9th, 2007, 12:25 PM
and we always find money to feed one more stray.

yes , I always find money to get one more lump remove :laughing:

Byrd
December 9th, 2007, 12:26 PM
want mine.....teens are a pain:laughing:

Um... no, I'll stick to the furkid thank you very much!


Frenchy, I agree about the complaining with mouths full thing. I really get pissed when the doctors I work with, who make in a week what we make in a year, complain about money! :rolleyes: It royally ticks me off! :frustrated: If they only knew what it was like to live on this side of the fence.

Frenchy
December 9th, 2007, 12:30 PM
I really get pissed when the doctors I work with,

:sorry: :offtopic: I don't know what's their situation in Ontario (on an average , how much are they making over there?) but here in Quebec they make about $100 000 per year , I feel it's not a lot compared to the U.S. doctors , some people didn't do half of the schooling and make more than that :eek:

sugarcatmom
December 9th, 2007, 12:30 PM
It really is amazing to see how many of us don't have kids.

No kids here either. I be 38, married 5 yrs to my soul mate, Zack, (we've been together for 10) who loves animals as much as me. Wouldn't have been interested in him if he didn't! We also love to travel and knew we were a match made in heaven when we took our first big trip together (2 months in South Africa) and got along great the whole time. We both prefer a child-free lifestyle ;).

I was born in Calgary to a German mom and Canadian/Irish dad. Lived here most of my life except for a year in Houston, TX and a year in Lagos, Nigeria as a kid (dad worked in oil & gas - as I do now).

I am currently the guardian of one very demanding kitty, Aztec. He turned my life inside out and upside down when he was diagnosed with diabetes 3 weeks before I got married. We had a tough go of it for the first couple of years but he's doing amazing right now and our bond is freaky strong. Strange as it may sound, I'm actually thankful for his 'condition' and all that he's taught me about obligate carnivores and the importance of a good diet. Gone are the days of just plunking down an endless bowl of dry food.

Unfortunately, my knowledge didn't come soon enough to save Aztec's brother, Egypt, who died of severe IBD complications 3 yrs ago. I still agonize over what I could have done differently, and my obsession with feline nutrition is no doubt my attempt to make amends.

Oh, and hubby and I are digital video artists on the side. Haven't quit our day jobs yet, but maybe one day . . . .

Byrd
December 9th, 2007, 12:55 PM
:sorry: :offtopic: I don't know what's their situation in Ontario (on an average , how much are they making over there?) but here in Quebec they make about $100 000 per year , I feel it's not a lot compared to the U.S. doctors , some people didn't do half of the schooling and make more than that :eek:

As I said "make in a week what I make in a year". I work in Opthalmology, so the doctors do surgery and such, they make well over $400,000 a year. That's the cap, but the ones I work for have a special allowance that allows them to go over the cap because one does Lasik and plastics and the other is the only one around that is still taking on glaucoma patients. I do the billing and we're looking at thousands a day. I know that their education is more, they have to pay student loans forever, and overhead, etc, but still, that's $400,000+ compared to $25,000! Seriously, I really don't think they should be complaining about money to us. :shrug:

Frenchy
December 9th, 2007, 12:57 PM
they make well over $400,000 a year.

:eek: then I totally agree with you !

Rottielover
December 9th, 2007, 12:59 PM
i AM A SINGLE MOM OF A GORGEOUS LITTLE GIRL, i AM 32 YEARS OLD. born IN Toronto, MOVED TO MONTREAL WHEN i WAS 6 WEEKS OLD. My sister died just before I was born, hence the readiness to move.
I have always had an absentee dad, so I am used to the situation I am in.
I have always loved animals as far as I could remember. I was 2 when my mom snuck in my first cat, at 10 I called my mom telling she had to run home, cat was really ill needed a vet. My mom says thanks to me I saved him.
I have always preferred animals to people.
I am trying to cope being a mom, but many days I find it harder than I could handle.
I have 2 brothers, one married ( to an Italian) other with handicap, 3 nephews. And lot of extended family from his wifes side.
The only person I get along well with in my family is my mom. With out her I would be lost.

JanM
December 9th, 2007, 02:01 PM
What a neat thread! I'm 62 yrs old, widowed and so thankful to my Goldens and Shadow for helping me through my husband's death! I was born in Kenora and have lived in many different places, like Winnipeg, Toronto, Moosonee, Sioux Lookout, Dryden, Sydney, Australia (for just 3 or 4 months), and now Vancouver Island. I've travelled a fair bit - England a couple of times, Greece (love it there!), Hawaii - Fiji - New Zealand (on the ship while travelling to Australia) - so I've had a pretty wonderful life! My bro lives in Edmonton and my sister in PEI - we get together once a year in Edmonton.
I'm the only one in the family who has become involved with animals - horses were a huge part of my life as a kid, then, after a 30-year absence from them, I got back into riding. I gave up riding when we moved to Vancouver Island but the future may bring horses back into my life..

14+kitties
December 9th, 2007, 02:16 PM
i AM A SINGLE MOM OF A GORGEOUS LITTLE GIRL, i AM 32 YEARS OLD. born IN Toronto, MOVED TO MONTREAL WHEN i WAS 6 WEEKS OLD. My sister died just before I was born, hence the readiness to move.
I have always had an absentee dad, so I am used to the situation I am in.
I have always loved animals as far as I could remember. I was 2 when my mom snuck in my first cat, at 10 I called my mom telling she had to run home, cat was really ill needed a vet. My mom says thanks to me I saved him.
I have always preferred animals to people.
I am trying to cope being a mom, but many days I find it harder than I could handle.
I have 2 brothers, one married ( to an Italian) other with handicap, 3 nephews. And lot of extended family from his wifes side.
The only person I get along well with in my family is my mom. With out her I would be lost.

Rottie.....hang in there!!! It has never been easy raising kids and especially on your own. I had 3 and ran a child care for 17 years. Had between 8 and 12in my house all the time. It is probably one of the most rewarding "jobs" you will ever have. I was a single mom for quite some time, both before and after my marriage. If you ever feel the need to unload you are quite welcome to PM me. :grouphug: from me and the "furkids"

Boubou
December 9th, 2007, 10:09 PM
This is fun.....Ok, here's mine...

I'm a 39 year old (:eek:yikes!! when did THAT happen?) mother of two human babies (12 and 14) and 11 four-legged ones who has lived on the south shore of Montreal my whole life. When my kids were 3 and 4, their Dad left for 'greener pastures', and although I deeply resented him at first, I put those feelings aside for the sake of the children and to this day, we are good friends. Heck, we even took a Walt Disney trip to California together!! My mom is from England and my dad was a fisherman from a small town in Shippagan, New Brunswick. I have one sister and a brother who is an avid hunter and fisherman, so there is obviously ALOT of conflict there. I was very fortunate to find my passion early in life and by the age of 21, opened up a small business in pet grooming with my sister who is also my best friend. I knew from a young age that I had to do something with animals, I just had to be with them everyday. I am a strong advocate for animal rights and wish I had more time to devote to animal rescue, but I do what I can.....

I think that's it....anyone else??:o

Love4himies
December 10th, 2007, 08:10 AM
I am 45 physically, but feel 25 mentally. Love life, think it is great because all my family has their health. My parents are still alive and I just lost my last grandmother this year. I have one younger brother, and a sister who passed away when she was 23 and a daughter from a previous marriage who is 23 and living on her own :thumbs up. I live a beautiful wooded, small subdivision in the 1000 island area and am fortunate to have deer, fox, wild turkeys, coyotes to view in my yard and many birds.

My parents grew up very poor, but through the military, my dad managed to get his master's degree in engineering, so they lived a comfortable life, but never wasted any money. I was born in Chatham, NB and have lived in Courtney BC, Winnipeg, Kingston, Germany (twice), Edmonton so I have seen most of Canada.

I work in an office (accountant), but should have an occupation with animals and working outside. Can't stand being cooped up inside. When I get depressed I look at Rick C's pictures and they calm me. I would love to ensure all animals outside get fed and are kept warm.

Mahealani770
December 10th, 2007, 08:20 AM
Hey Sarah! Are you marrying our elusive "LewisW" who is daddy to Dani? We've been wondering where he's been! Now we know! lol
Tell him we were just talking about him the other day and how we miss seeing his input on the board. I hope Dani is doing well! :goodvibes:
Please tell him that Mahealani said hi...thanks!
Mahealani

Ford Girl
December 10th, 2007, 02:00 PM
Hi, I am going to be 30 on December 30th!! I am married to my college honey, been together 11 years, married just over 2, no kids except my fur babies, we are working on that tho. :D I live in Calgary, been here 9 years, originally from northern ON (close to where Otter lives actually - went to high school in Otters town) my DH is from New Brunswick. My sister (now 31) and I grew up with a single mom, my brother (now 21) was born when I was 9. The man I called Dad died when I was 17 tragically, my biological dad died in late October of this year, 2007. Mom's currently married and happy, to a great guy. I lived thru hard times, family issues, you name it, I think it's made me stronger then I would have ever been otherewise.

My man and I met in Collage, I have a teaching degree, he has a forestry degree, neither one of us use it. But we are happy, we own a home and do tones of recreational things such as camping, 4x4ing, quading and spend plenty of time in the garage. I can count on one hand how many fights we've had in 11 years. :lovestruck: It was love on the third date when we moved in together.

I am organized, a planner, I love to entertain guests and plan events, I liked the 80's - mainly movies and music, I need a good balance of alone time to stay happy, I am not a material girl.

That's me in a nut shell. It doesn't get any more "normal" then that does it? LOL!!

Dogastrophe
December 10th, 2007, 02:37 PM
Coles Notes version:

I'm on the downside of the run to 40, married 11 years, been together 18 (highschool sweetheart). No kids, none planned, although practicing is fun :D.

Maritimer through and though - Born in New Brunswick, spent 7 years in PEI, then back to NB for a while, now in NS. Have a degree in Forest Engineering and MBA. Plant manager for a wood siding company so sort of use both degrees.

ancientgirl
December 10th, 2007, 03:23 PM
Cool thread.

I'm 40 years old. Born in Cuba. Came to the US at 2 years old. My mother came with my brother and I, and my father was not allowed to leave the Island for almost one year. He finally was able to come to the US just 2 weeks shy of all flights out of the island being closed. I lived in Illinois and Michigan until I was 14, then we moved to Miami.

Never been married, but came close at 22, and so glad that never happened. I lived for 3.5 years with an alcoholic. Moved out of my dads house to be with him, but he turned out to be a lazy bum. He left me a month before Hurricane Andrew, which I was in the middle of.

I lived with my aunt after that, since my dad's wife at the time hated me. My mother died when I was 16, of complications due to breast cancer and leukemia.

I have one brother, 5 years older than me who remarried about 3 years ago to a very nice woman. He has two kids, a girl and a boy.

I've lived alone now for almost 10 years. I had dreams when I was young of having a lovely house, being married and having several children by this time in my life, but I guess life has different plans for me.

I like my job most of the time and am lucky to have a really cool boss.

I have been allergic to cats since my teens, and recently thanks to some mighty fine medication, have shared my space with 4 really cool cats!

Seeing as I don't think I have the patience for human babies at this point in my life, I'm going to stick with the furry kind. :D

That's me in a nutshell.

jesse's mommy
December 10th, 2007, 03:29 PM
My turn, my turn. I'm 32 years old until March. Born in Bristol, Pennsylvania (outside Philadelphia). Grew up in Levittown, Pa, went to college in Pittsburgh, Pa. Eventually got a job with Kellogg's outside of Philadelphia ended up transferring to Ocean City Maryland. Stayed there for two and a half years and transferred again to Orlando Florida. I have been with my fiance for six and a half years and we were best friends for about a year before we started dating. No kids, not sure yet if I want any. I sometimes feel like I have two children between my fiance and my dog. :evil:

SARAH
December 10th, 2007, 03:36 PM
This is fun.....Ok, here's mine...

I'm a 39 year old (:eek:yikes!! when did THAT happen?)

:laughing: I know what you mean, I keep saying I'm 48 going on 19, LOL

I am 45 physically, but feel 25 mentally.

And one more, isn't it great?

Hey Sarah! Are you marrying our elusive "LewisW" who is daddy to Dani? We've been wondering where he's been! Now we know! lol
Tell him we were just talking about him the other day and how we miss seeing his input on the board. I hope Dani is doing well! :goodvibes:
Please tell him that Mahealani said hi...thanks!
Mahealani

Pics of Dani in the Spoutnik new pics thread ;) and yes, Lewis and I are getting married on the 20th (as in 10 days from right now!)

Coles Notes version:

I'm on the downside of the run to 40, married 11 years, been together 18 (highschool sweetheart). No kids, none planned, although practicing is fun :D.


For sure :thumbs up

phoozles
December 10th, 2007, 03:54 PM
Let's see - I'm 29 years old (and probably will be for the next few years) and dating/living with a guy 4 years younger, but he's super smart, so we don't notice it. My dad was born in Italy, grew up in Scotland and then moved to Ontario, so he's got a crazy Italian/Scottish/Canadian accent - he pretty much sounds like a foreigner no matter what country he's in! :) He's celebrating his 65th birthday this weekend.

I have a twin brother and a sister that is two years and two days older than the two of us (needless to say, birthdays feel like Christmas in my family). We were born in the GTA.

Got a BA in English which ended up being useless, and ended up going back to school for radio. I've worked on radio stations in Guelph, ON, Fort McMurray AB and now back here in Ontario. Fort McMurray was COLD!

No kids - just two furry lil' kitties who mean the world to me. Oh, and my little niece and nephew work well as surrogate kids, because I can leave at the end of the day. :)

Oh, and I collect giraffes against my will.

krdahmer
December 10th, 2007, 03:56 PM
I've lived alone now for almost 10 years. I had dreams when I was young of having a lovely house, being married and having several children by this time in my life, but I guess life has different plans for me.


Hallelujah on that one! Funny how that just happens eh.:o And wow what an exciting childhood, must be why you are so well rounded and generous now. :)


Oh and btw, forgot to mention that my Grandfather was actually born in Belgium, came here with is family and farmed out west for a bit then came to Ontario and raised his children on a tobacco farm. My mom's dad owned a dealership and sold Packards. They met in highschool. Oh and the coolest of my family stories is that my Grandfather and his younger brother married my Grandmother and her younger sister on the same day.

onster
December 11th, 2007, 10:48 AM
Great thread! So interesting to read about the members...I feel like such a baby now though, lol.

I'm 21, in my last yr of undergrad, studying sci. I was born in Cairo, Egypt on the bday of my mother, who, btw, was born on a train. Not only was it her bday, but it was also Eid (like being born on Xmas). My mother is from Cairo, but has roots in the villages while my dad is from the villages. He came from a poor farming family, has 9 brothers and sisters many of whom didn't go to school so he could. His determination in life inspires me and his successes make me so proud. To this day he will send me email and the man who self-taught himself english (think putting stickers on the microwave, popcorn = arabic word etc) will have me, private international school go-er, look up words in the dictionary.

Anyway, I digress. I spent the first week of life soaking up the sun on the beaches of Alexendria - my mom always loved the sea. Afterwhich we went back to Saudi Arabia (my dad was already working there when he married my mom) where we lived through the gulf-war. I remember coming upstairs in between bombings to get dinner, crying to my mother to have saddam "do his last attack already" (there was a certian amount a day) so we could go to bed (otherwise we'd be woken up to wear our gas masks). I also remember hiding behind the curtains while my brothers played cards so that if someone came for us ( I was 4!), they wouldnt find me.

We left Saudi when I was 5 because my mother was sick of not being allowed to drive (yes ladies cant drive there!). So, my dad, despite being one of the top CEOs of a company he built from the ground up ( and which is to this day one of the biggest in the region), quit his job and our family of 6 (my lil bro was born in saudi, so he is egyptian-saudi-canadian) moved to Cairo.

A week later he got a job offer in Abu Dhabi, the UAE so we moved there till I was in grade 9. We then immigrated to Canada becuase my eldest brother was going to university here and my mother couldn't bare to send him off alone.

7 years later here I am, a proud Egyptian- Canadian, wondering where life will take me next. All I know for sure is right about now I would sure love to bask on that Alexandrian beach ;).

Oh and here is a picture from Saudi...makes me feel like I'm a war-vet! Im the one with the funky one :)

SARAH
December 11th, 2007, 10:57 AM
Wow onster, that's some story. I was in Dubai during the first Iran/Irak war, and my dad's Norwegian bank wanted us to leave and go back to Europe at once. We didn't, there was no activity around the Emirates at all. I guess the Sadam war made more noise, it was closer to the Gulf really.

Good thing about the Emirates: women can drive, work, wear almost any clothing they want (ok, no bikinis in town, but that's just common sense anyway!)

:grouphug:

Frenchy
December 11th, 2007, 11:08 AM
Cool thread.

I'm 40 years old.

I always thought you were 22-23 years old !!! :p

onster
December 11th, 2007, 11:12 AM
yeah, the emirates is a nice place. Unfortunately though there's alot of underground corruption, prostitution, drugs, bribery etc. Not that no country doesn't have that but somedays I think some ppl are so in awe of the glamour that is dubai that they think it is perfect. Still, it was nice to live there, but I dont think Id like to move back...what I love abou Canada is that no one is seen as 'less-than', in the UAE u best not piss off a local or you might find urself deported. I think its again because my dad had his own company, so we got the "and who are u, u egyptian, to have a company here?" and local companies getting bids etc just cuz ppl didnt want to upset them....also not being able to own anything cuz ure not local.

I always say that Id rather live in egypt...sure its quite crappy there, but at least everyone is treated the same and I dont feel 2nd class.

Have to say Canada's been good to me overall...apart from my first week in the country when, while exploring my neighbourhood with my parents, some ppl drove by and yelled "go back to ure camel". :wall:

onster
December 11th, 2007, 11:14 AM
lol, frenchy..I always thought she was in her 20's too!

ancientgirl
December 11th, 2007, 11:31 AM
I always thought you were 22-23 years old !!! :p

In my mind I'm 25 :D

Frenchy
December 11th, 2007, 11:36 AM
lol, frenchy..I always thought she was in her 20's too!

See ancientgirl ? You "type" younger than your age :laughing:

want4rain
December 11th, 2007, 12:05 PM
piff.... im duped of all!! ive seen her picture and thought she was in her 20's!!!! :laughing:

-ashley

ancientgirl
December 11th, 2007, 12:07 PM
If only that transferred into real life. Actually, I'm usually told I look like I'm in my early 30's, which is cool.

I sometimes feel like I recently graduated high school. Sometimes I wake up and can't believe so much time has past and I'm this age, living in my cute apartment with 4 very extraordinary roommates. :D

ancientgirl
December 11th, 2007, 12:09 PM
piff.... im duped of all!! ive seen her picture and thought she was in her 20's!!!! :laughing:

-ashley

you mean to tell me I could have lied about my age here too!:wall:

want4rain
December 11th, 2007, 01:07 PM
you mean to tell me I could have lied about my age here too!:wall:

you lie somewhere abotu your age?!?! :laughing:

-ash

ancientgirl
December 11th, 2007, 01:16 PM
LOL, heck yes I lie. But sometimes I actually like to see the looks on people's faces when I do tell them I'm 40 and they don't believe me. It makes me feel good:D

SARAH
December 11th, 2007, 02:55 PM
yeah, the emirates is a nice place. Unfortunately though there's alot of underground corruption, prostitution, drugs, bribery etc.

Have to say Canada's been good to me overall...apart from my first week in the country when, while exploring my neighbourhood with my parents, some ppl drove by and yelled "go back to ure camel". :wall:

Hmm, nothing like that when I lived there, sure the locals were "kings" but none of the sleezy stuff going on. No tourists either, so I guess that's part of the problem.

"Go back to your camel? If it wasn't so sad it would be funny! How woould they know you came from a camle-country anyway!?

LOL, heck yes I lie. But sometimes I actually like to see the looks on people's faces when I do tell them I'm 40 and they don't believe me. It makes me feel good:D


I know, I get the same thing at 48. Love it !! :D

onster
December 11th, 2007, 03:44 PM
so, what's ure secret Sarah & ancientgirl??? lol, maybe if i start now I can be just like u guys :P.


lol and yeah i always wondered how they fig'd we came from a country with camels...i attributed it to my mom's hijab (head scarf) so i guess muslim = middle east = camel. Nothing beats some of the questions I get when I say im from egypt "Omg!!! Do the mummies like walk around and stuff? that must be spooooky!" umm.yes. I kid u not.

As for the sleazy stuff, like I said underground u can go for yrs blisfully unaware. The last straw for my dad was when we moved to canada and he was still living there, they realized he was a 'bachelor' and he'd get visits right to his appartment from ladies offering their 'services'...sort of like 'ding-dong'...my dad opens the door and lady who is wearing a full on black Ibaya flashes him, and he lived in the upscale part of town!!! Also, within the business world many of his associates would offer him stays at hotels with umm the company of women..to make a business deal go easier :). As for the drug thing, they actually have drug dealing huge mafia gangs ( a friend got mixed up and was threatened with his life). Like i said tho, this stuff exists everywhere...I just get annoyed when ppl say OMG u came from the UAE?? and U left??? and came to canada??? Dubai, wow, dubai is a paradise!!

SARAH
December 11th, 2007, 05:05 PM
Mummies walking the streets? That's so funny (ridiculous)! Just like the Yanks coming to Norway and asking where the polar bears are, totally bewildered. They are persuaded that the animals roam the streets there! (There are no polar bears on mainland Norway at all, never was!)

My secret? If there is one, it's a positive attitude and a very basic approach to make-up/skin care: Oil of Olay in the summer (the original) and Nivea when it's cold (the old-fashioned thick, fatty one), and occasionally some light foundation, rarely powder other than a little blush. Eyes yes, and lips, but otherwise not much unless we're going out.

Moderate use of the sun - or rather, I start as early in the spring as possible without freezing in the process, and build up a tan slowly and gradually. Never more than an hour non stop in the sun itself in the summer, just staying in the shade will get me enough light for the vitamin D to be made by my body.

And good, helathy nutrition. No junk food, little or no alcohol, 2-3 deserts/month, no sodas, no coffee. Add weight training and a little cardio (as little as I can get away with, I don't like it!) and love!

The picture was taken October 19th 2007 (I'll be 49 on February 6th)

dmc123
December 11th, 2007, 05:43 PM
My turn now....hope it isn't too late....

I am Diane, 45 years old. I have never been married and no human kids. I have lived in North Carolina since 1985. Was born in Michigan and lived all over the south east United States prior to 85.

My best friend Diana lives with me, she's from upstate New York, moved here in 1999. We take care of all these critters together.

My Dad and step-mom live in my town. My mom died back in 1982. I have 2 older sisters and 2 older brothers, 5 nieces, 2 nephews, 3 great-nephews and one more due in February. We are all spread out, but all in the SE USA.

I bought a little bungalow type house back in 1989 that is all mine - old but mine.

I work in Information Technology as a PC/Network Technician. Been there for 10 1/2 yrs so far.

And I too, love this thread! Thanks for starting it SARAH.

Diane

joeysmama
December 11th, 2007, 05:54 PM
Okay I'll play. I don't have anything all that exciting but here it is.

I'm 50 years old. I love being the big 5-0. My birthday is November 30th so it sort of kicks off the Christmas season for me. I like that.

I have been married to Tom for 26 years. So we've been a couple for nearly 29 and that means we've been married for more years than we haven't. We have two great kids, a boy who's 25, graduated college a year and a half ago and works for a computer networking company which means he gets to travel a good deal. And we have a daughter who's a senior in college, a dancer and she goes to school near Boston. Last semester she did her internship (practice job) at the Boston Ballet. She loved loved loved that.

I had cancer once, but I got better.:thumbs up That was nearly 8 years ago.

Tom quit his job a few years ago :eek: to start his own pension consulting firm. That's been an adventure but we haven't starved so it's all good.

I'm very busy in our church with Women's Ministry and Sunday School.

I have a part time job working on line for Marilu Henner (the actress from Taxi and Evening Shade) I'm an administrator on her website so I work from home which is really nice. (I used to be a teacher but my hearing is poor and is getting worse all the time so I really can't teach anymore.) It means I'm on the computer a lot so I check in with pets.ca all the time but don't always have time to post. And the job motivates me to stay in shape so I eat well and work out a lot.

My mom is still alive--almost 85 and still pretty busy and active. My dad passed away in 1992 and I still miss him sooo much !! Every year I take out a Christmas ornament he gave me and I have a good cry and then I put it in the china cabinet where no one can touch it.

And we have Cooper our very spoiled little doggie who had the good fortune to land smack dab in the middle of our empty nest so the daddy and I spoil him rotten and treat him like a baby. 2 hours waiting in line to see Santa--can you believe it ???? :laughing: But he was having fun and the money went to St. Hubert's animal shelter.

That's it -- told you I was boring !! I'm Italian. Tom's Polish. We live kind of close to New York city. I was there today. That was fun.

I tried to post pictures but I couldn't.:frustrated: So instead of you seeing what we really look like -- you can take my word for it that people always mistake me for Heidi Klum and Tom is a dead ringer for Brad Pitt. :laughing::laughing::laughing:

krdahmer
December 11th, 2007, 08:36 PM
Wow Sarah... would not have put you past your mid-thirties! And thats a great idea, faces to names!

Here is me, in Virginia this spring just after my 31st bday. ( I just got my hair did! :rolleyes::laughing:)

Frenchy
December 11th, 2007, 08:48 PM
Here is me, in Virginia this spring just after my 31st bday. ( I just got my hair did! :rolleyes::laughing:)

You look totally different from what I thought ! Nice to meet you !

Stacer
December 11th, 2007, 09:07 PM
My turn. I haven't been on here as much in the last few months, so I'm not acquainted with everybody that's posting regularly now.

I'm 29 (30 in April :yell:), married for 2 years, no kids...yet. We're both forestry graduates (I noticed some other forestry types here). I work for the City of Toronto doing ecological restoration, I'm an eco geek, environmentalist, tree hugger. Hubby works for a conservation authority doing private land tree planting, helping farmers to plant trees on their land. We're trying to live a low impact life and we have dreams of building a sustainable strawbale home with all the fine eco trimmings.:D We've got 2 cats that are the centre of our lives, and plan on getting a dog or 2 when we move out of our apartment and into a house.
I've lived in Ontario for all of my life, but have travelled to almost all the provinces in this great country. I've lived in Toronto for almost 5 years and surprisingly I like living here. It's a really great city. That's me in a nutshell.