November 2017

Found 7 blog entries for November 2017.



I've never met my condo manager but I imagine she looks exactly like Gollum, hugging our condo bylaws in a cave and repeating 'my precious' all day long.

Every interaction I have with Gollum is trite and aggravating. I shouldn't like her. But I do.

All condos have a condo board made up of owners. I like to imagine that my condo board is comprised of Hobbits living at the far end of the complex.

I worry about everything inside my walls. The Hobbits take care of those walls and everything outside.

The Hobbits (should) meet regularly to ensure the buildings, grounds, parkades, and everything else the condo owns is taken care of. They (should) be watching the condo's finances and spending our condo fees wisely. They (should) make sure the reserve

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Buying a home is exciting. It's also hella frustrating and requires way more effort than anyone anticipates. You're spending hundreds of thousands of dollars, so it makes sense that it takes more gumption than walking into HMV, taking a tape off the shelf, paying with your allowance, and popping it into your walkman.

We see this scenario all the time: 

You’ve done everything right. We met for coffee. We discussed your must-haves, your make you happy's, and your brick walls. You're in an auto email search. You're determined to find the perfect home. Anything less than the best is a felony.

Now we've seen a handful homes that enticed you with great pictures online. But in real life, they’ve all been dives. Even the one on A1A Beachfront Avenue.

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I sat beside a horrible human being on a flight last week. As horrible as Justin Bieber. I'm not exaggerating. Of course, it was in the USA, Houston to Orlando.

I was in the middle seat. She was in the aisle.



The first thing she did was kneel on her seat, pushing her 50+-year-old breast into my neck while she violently adjusted that little thing that blows air on you, repeating the elegant phrase 'come on bitch'. The blower thing was obviously working just fine. So maybe that was directed at me.

Her awful personness continued throughout the flight. She went to the bathroom for at least half an hour while the line grew. When she came back to her seat she sat down with such gumption that she gave me a commendable body check, were we playing hockey

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Arthur called me out of the blue on a Tuesday. He got my name from Mike at Worry Free Mortgage. He had a mortgage pre-approval and was ready to buy a condo. Extremely ready. If you could buy a condo at Walmart, he would have picked one up that day.

But it's not that easy to buy a home quickly.

We arranged three showings on Thursday morning. The first one was perfect. We canceled the other showings and wrote an offer. Arthur planned to take possession and move in two weeks.

Then things got tricky.

Every real estate purchase requires a deposit. But Arthur planned to use RSPs for his downpayment. Converting your RSPs into liquid cash for a down payment takes time. Sometimes weeks. Arthur rushed to the bank.

We were able to negotiate a low

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The Foat Partners have helped a lot of great people relocate to Calgary. In July they’ll be going to Stampede parties and, because Calgarians are a predictable lot, will be asked the same questions repeatedly. It didn’t take long for us to come up with a blueprint of exactly how most of your Stampede conversations will go with co-workers, new friends, and random friendlies.

We created this simple guide to prepare you for exactly what your Stampede conversations entail.

Here's our first hack: don't give yourself away as an outsider, it's Cal-gree, not Cal-Gary. Two and a half syllables, not three. You're welcome.

The first question you’ll always be asked is ‘What part of the city did you move into?’


Part = quadrant. Calgary is divided into 4

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I keep telling myself that summer isn’t over yet! 

Okay... maybe I'm holding on a little too tight and it's time to face reality. But there's is still at least one weekend left to fire up the grill and cook something delicious. 

Here are my top 5 things to grill up from the Calgary Farmers' Market

To make your life even easier, I’ve added an accompanying spice from the Silk Road Spice Merchant. Pick your meat, grab a spice, get some wine/beer (more on that later) then soak up what's left of fall. Sounds like a good weekend to me.

5. Elk Steak From Bauer Meats

Even though we live so close to the mountains, most of us have never really tried game meats. Elk steaks are my personal favorite game meat. More lean, but just as flavorful as beef.

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It was raining again one Sunday in August. So my family tried out the new Remington YMCA in Quarry Park. A few days later we got a family membership. We've been there almost every day since.  Here's why...

The Pool Is Awesome

'Daddy, can we go to the pool tomorrow?' I've been asked this before bed, at breakfast and dinner, while we're watching the Olympics, and as we're leaving the pool. The kid's pool is perfect for small children. Absolutely perfect. There's a shallow pool with an epic play structure, water toys, and spraying water everywhere. There's also a larger kids pool that's WARM. They can splash and play in one pool, then put life jackets on and swim in the larger pool. All without freezing.



Childminding is Really Affordable

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