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Weather: More harsh weather

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Another cold spell, or rather more deep freeze. Temperature as I type this (Thursday 15 January) is -23 Celsius. With wind chill factor, it feels like -32, with risk of frost bite.When I was leaving work, there was this frost on the inside of the car's windshield. This is very annoying. Had to scrape it off with an old CD that I keep in the glove box for this purpose. I had this happen to me two years ago. It is on days which are very cold, and very sunny.

Vanishing ways - Cooking in Egypt

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Some traditions or customs just vanish over time. Once you are 30 years or more, you start to see this for yourself, reminiscing over how things were like when you grew up, vs. how they are now.These are examples of societies evolving right before your eyes.Let take a few examples from Egypt, related to cooking for example.

Really cold weather, then lots of snow!

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Well, the deep freeze cold snap is gone, but today I was surprised to see how much snow was on the drive way! At 3 pm, there was just some snow blowing around. At 9 pm, when we went out to shovel it, there was like 30 cm accumulated! The forecast was only for 5 cm, but this is usually the case (on my drive way, there is 4-5X what the forecast said). Even our neighbor across the street was asking her son : "When did all this snow fall!". Quite surprising.As for the cold snap, even long time Canadians complained that it was cold!More snow is forecast for the next few days, and then another cold snap is expected mid week!

Humor: Moving to Canada

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This is something I found on net a while back. With the weather we have been getting lately, it seems appropriate to revive it. I edited it slightly, and removed some expletives.July 1 - Moved to Canada. I am so excited. It's so beautiful here. The scenery is great, the trees are so tall. Can't hardly wait to see them with snow covering them. Oct. 14 - Canada. It is the most beautiful place on earth. The leaves have turned all colors and shades of red and orange. Went for a ride through the beautiful countryside and saw some deer. They are so graceful. Certainly they are the most wonderful animals on earth. This must be paradise. I love it here.

Ancestry - Maternal Side

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My maternal granfather is Youssef Mohamed Abou Youssef.

Ancestry

The Abou Youssef Family are originally from North West Africa (Morocco? مغاربة), but settled in Alexandria, Egypt centuries ago. The name Abou in the family name was used by families of Moroccoan origin (e.g. Abou Hussein, ...etc.).

This particular branch of Abou Youssef were from Moharram Bey محرم بك district in Alexandria. Other Abou Youssefs lived in the Anfoushi الأنفوشي district of Alexandria. There is an apocryphal story in the family claiming that they are from a village called Dayrout ديروط near Rosetta رشيد.

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