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By Katherine Kiang
KaTsZoNe Newsletters > KaTsZoNe - Issue 110 - Out with the Cold Air; In with the Warm Air!

1 Mar 2014

Hi everyone,

Hope you're all doing well!  Welcome to this episode of KaTsZoNe!

Let me start with a brief recap of the past two months.  Since the beginning of this year, Larry and I have been to two auto shows and two motorcycle shows!  It's been a ton of fun!  The trip coming home from Detroit was not balmy and fun, but, I am glad we did go and that we arrived home in one piece! 

This winter has seemed far too cold and too long!  Looks like the groundhogs were right with their prediction of six more weeks of winter even though we hated hearing it!  For Toronto, it's been the coldest winter in 20 years.  I've heard people say, we've been spoiled by milder winters and that this winter is like when they were a kid.  Well, I hope these people do not reveal their address because they may be getting some hate mail, as though they were the groundhogs!  Have those people compared our winter to the Yukon and Alaska?  Is it normal for Toronto to be colder than the Arctic or the planet Mars?  Let me just say, "Bah humbug"!  I'm just looking forward to Spring and warmer weather!  I can't wait for the snow to BE GONE!!! 

For those who love winter, I'm sure they're very happy about this winter!  If you love skiing and skating then this is perfect for you!  For me, I went on indoor "mall tours" going from Oshawa to Oakville!  My friend, Jaimie, said that I was like a 1980's pop star going on mall tours!  Well, since the Wintery Olympics in Sochi were on, I would call myself an indoor sportsman rather than an '80s pop star.  I was mall hopping - going to about two malls a day for a few days!  As I've said almost 10 years ago in the first episode of KaTsZoNe, SHOPPING is the next Olympic event! The best part was finding some good sales!  And, I also bought some Olympic mittens for family, Larry and myself, and a Team Canada Olympic jacket from HBC.  It felt good to commemorate the Olympics and to find a bit of joy in winter!  So proud of the Canadian athletes and all athletes who did their best to represent their countries!  I am trying not to pump up the pride too much, but, hey, our Canadian Women's and Men's Olympic Hockey Teams both winning Gold had the whole country beaming with pride!  We're so thrilled for all the athletes for giving their best!  We should all find our passions and do our personal best in life!

For the past decade, when March rolls around that means it's time for the mining convention that I attend almost every year!  This year the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre between March 2nd and 5th.  As a Core member of PDAC, I can get a good discount to an All Access pass which includes Investors Exchange talks and exhibition, trade show, and some technical sessions.  I look forward to seeing people who have attended this convention for all of these years whom I met at the convention.  This weekend I will have to brush up on mining "lingo" before I go to the convention so I can actually speak somewhat intelligently enough to the speakers, CEOs, geologists, other investors, and professionals who have booths and exhibits.  In the past, I've invested in companies after meeting and hearing from people who worked in the companies which had a display or offered a presentation at the Convention.  The CEOs and investor relations representative can be very passionate and smooth talking people, but when I can read a geologist's face, it's like seeing the face of truth!  The other "lingo" to brush up on is used for schmoozing at presentations aka cocktail parties.  Invitations will usually come while at the convention.  These presentations often take place at the InterContinental Hotel and at the Royal York Hotel.  I already have one invitation at the Royal York from someone I know who works for a mining company! 

If you're wondering what I am interested in the mining convention, it's usually the presentations by exceptional newsletter writers, corporate presentations, trade show, speaking to company representatives, and learning more about metals and minerals!  I look forward to meeting people from all over the world!  The PDAC Convention is the largest Convention in the world of it's kind!  I certainly do not have to travel far to attend!  I'm glad I do not have to fight for a hotel room because it is one of the busiest times of the year in Toronto!

I hope March gets warmer soon!  I look forward to all the snow going away!  Those of you with kids I hope you will enjoy the March break.  I think we all need a March break after this winter!

Take care and all the best!


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