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Phone Interview

I should have left Canada long time ago 'cause what has happened to me in last four years, I don't think has ever happened to anyone else! Today is the forth anniversary of my arrival in Calgary and here's what happened: A lady from CNH left a message for the second time indicating needs me to give her a call regarding the position (QA Engineer) I applied online. I called her back and she set a phone interview for today at noon with another lady from quality department, presumably. I talked and talked to supervisor and superintendent to get today off but didn't work. I told them that need to renew my car registration and insurance. What he suggested is to leave at 11:30 AM and back for the third shift. So I did and sat in the car waiting for her call while it was snowing! Besides I spent most of my evening time yesterday to get ready for the interview. I prepared a short history of SAIPA and what I did in paint shop and press shop of the said company and how I ap

Aboriginals

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There are three groups of aboriginal people in Canada : First Nations , Inuits and Mites . The first group are the people who live all across the country from east to west including Cree people. Inuits are the people who live far up north in Canada and Greenland . Greenland belongs to Denmark and is very close to Canada in north. A few month ago, when I was in Toronto , the two countries had an issue over a very small piece of rock(!) called Hans island . The last categorized aboriginals are Mites . These are people who their ancestors are French fur trades and English traders. My buddy, Al is a Mete but got a German family name, Schumacher , meaning shoe-maker. He says his real names is something else and he changed it to Al because didn't wanna get shot by Cowboys! (Photo: I took this photo that shows first nation people, probably chiefs as they dress like that, in Stampede parade in summer of '04 when we went there with dear Mom)

CNH

I applied for a Quality Assurance Engineer position in Saskatoon on Nov.20 and when I was calling Telus to cancel a service of mine noticed that have a voicemail and that was them. They called me on Nov.23 which was two days ago and me, the idiot(!) didn't notice that! Seems CNH is a company in agricultural equipment industry. I'll call them tomorrow and if nobody answers, Mon. will be the time. I also started playing chess through Yahoo and today when playing with a Latino guy who even was not able to speak English (and I finally beat him) Farbod appeared and we chatted for a few min. He is in San Jose now. He moved there right after he finished his degree in University of Waterloo . I should call him and ask about more detail. It's a good base in case I wanna travel to the States . Also my aunt called exactly at the same time I was talking to Farbob through the net and playing chess! Last time I was talking to her, was the time he was with his son in Denmark,

Contradiction

Two different news in vehicle industry hit me today. The first one says GM will close many facilities in North America which results in 173,000 job cut including its plant in Oshawa . There has been news about huge loss of the three giant vehicle manufacturer of the US , Ford , GM and Chrysler in last few month, partly because of high gasoline price. Meanwhile Chrysler confirmed a new $768 million investment in its Canadian facilities including Windsor , expanding a paint shop in there. So what does these two different stories indicate is what I have no clue!

The Tongue

There's a proverb ... well may be it's not a proverb, just a saying ... in Persian which goes: The red tongue makes the green head demolished. That's the best translation I can get! And that's what happens often to me. I can't keep my tongue from saying unpleasant things and automatically ruin everything. I guess that's why I'm in a situation like this at this age! And the problem is once someone is born like that, it's very hard or almost impossible to be changed. Besides that's like an inherent quality in a troublemaker like me who often makes trouble for himself as well through using his very red tongue! As I'm getting close the 4th anniversary of my immigration, I've decided what to do for rest of my life. First I get rid of this goddamn monthly payment of car and in order to do that I don't pay insurance then I save a few thousands of bucks. If I get a job, I'll be fine. If not I try to go back to school or home, either one.

Jarhead

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Jar is a cylindrical vessel with no handle and Jarhead is someone whose head is as empty as a jar, presumably. US Marines are called jarhead and as said in the movie, it's because they are dumb people who don't think and have to just follow the orders. I went to the movie last night with P. M. , the genius (!) and that was not what I expected. The movie was a combination of Full Metal Jacket , Platoon , Saving Private Ryan and may be a few more war movies. Doesn't present anything new but a few desert scenes and strong coarse language. The film is not considered a comedy but you can laugh time to time your head off. That's the only good thing about the movie as you don't find it in the previous said ones. (Photo: Jamie Foxx is seen here through a gas mask while directing the soldiers in a anti-chemical drill)

Metropolitan

We went to Metropolitan for the second consecutive night and what a night! After we had our workout in Talisman and then our dinner at Thai Tai , we went there and there was a line and had to wait for about 40 min. ! As we were closing to where the bouncer watches people I heard a fighting and a bottle of bear flew, hit the ground and and was smashed! The big guy claimed up to separate the fighters prob. and went back in a few Sec. while grabbing a Canadian guy in her late 30s. The guy didn't look good and sober. I was a little surprised because the bouncer just escorted him to the main door and left him out! I was expecting more. Then we got in and P. M. went to the stage immediately! I started warming me up with a pint of Kokanee Gold and watching around: There was a Canadian woman who were dancing so sexily and also a cute oriental girl. When I finished my second pint went on the stage and asked P. M. if he drinks anything and he said no! But gave me a $20 bill and I got

Tired of This Stupid!

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Last night after working out in Talisman and having a good supper in a 24 hour downtown restaurant (Formerly Husky 24 hour restaurant), me and P. M. went to Metropolitan Bar and Grill as that's his favorite hang out place. There's no admission fee and that's why he likes it. Like every time I go out with this ass, he proves that he's a real jerk and a complete moron! First he was late about 20 min. Then we went for supper and took her truck (from work) and he was so worried for being caught or having an accident. Then we went to the bar and as soon as we reached the line he said he had to take off his pullover and disappeared for about 10 min.! I was in the line and 2 Canadian guys were behind me. One of them was really big. I mean huge. With a shaved head. We finally got in and P. M. went on the stage immediately. I stood at the deck and ordered my favorite drink and started watching around. A few girls, once, came close to me and they were kind of watching m

Operation Flashpoint

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Operation Flashpoint is one incredible PC game that can not be compared to any other one and I, myself, although haven't tried many games but are so addicted to and interested in this one. The game is so real that you feel like you're actually fighting. The other good point is most of the time, there's a different game. I mean depends on the situation, you gotta fight in a different situation. I must confess that unfortunately I used to spend too much time on this but not recently. I just give you examples: Once I was hiding in the bushes from a tank and it was so close to me that I heard the engine although I was not able to see that. I slipped forward to see where it is and saw it's long cannon tube right over my head. I was so scared that I slipped back suddenly and sighed! Another time I was running and noticed a soldier is coming to me I hit the ground and threw a grenade while hold me rifle ready to shoot him if the grenade didn't work on him. I saw him

The Greatest Canadian

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Last year, CBC had an announcement indicating that the greatest Canadian is goin' to be selected by people. I followed the nominees and their story but not completely. I, too, forgot to vote as I was willing to. Today I just searched for the result and this is what I found:   Top 10 greatest Canadian 1- Tommy Douglas 2- Terry Fox 3- Pierre Elliott Trudeau 4- Sir Frederick Banting 5- David Suzuki 6- Lester B. Pearson 7- Don Cherry 8- Sir John A. MacDonald 9- Alexander Graham Bell 10- Wayne Gretzky I know all of them except for the 1st and the 4th. But my information is limited. You can read the complete profile of each by clicking on the name but this is what I know:   2- Terry Fox was diagnosed cancer and after that he started raising money (by running) for cancer research until the day he died.   3- Pierre Trudeau was one of the famous prime minister of Canada and that's all I know! I guess his photo is in one of the bills.  

A Friend Indeed is a Friend in Need

As I close to the fifth year that I've been living in Canada, I more and more notice that a good friend, a good companion could change my life or at least help me a certain ways. A quick look at the people that I hang out with or I used to just shows me that none of them are my type and I only see them because I have to. Sociability is a need and ignoring that will definitely causes problems and obstacle in life, although having a bad one might cause serious damages too! Lets review the people here: 1- P. M. : He's a very nice guy and much younger than me, may be 10 years but he's very slow! He's really slow! 2- Keiv . M. He just moved to Canada and we went out 2 times. God! This guy is a complete ass! Once I went to his place and he said he was fasting. Before we went out and after he broke his fast he prayed and then we went to a bar and drank beer!! Make up your mind you idiot! What the f**k is that you're doin '? He's also very nervous. Doesn't

Flashback (4): Tonisia

When I used to be a tenant in D. H. 's house in Calgary 's NE, where is a poor neighborhood, I saw too many different crazy people! One of the tenant's of him who used to live there for a short period of time was a young Jamaican girl called Tonisia . According to D. H. she was brought over by Ali and Montel and I think they were going to f**k her like what they did with all Black girls. She was a pretty young girl in her early 20s and had a Black boyfriend (Or as D. H. used to call him, her f**cker!) who was a married guy! He argued with the guys several times because he was worried about his rent and also was jealous at them and the girl as they almost used to f**k whoever they want and he got nobody! The girl was not home most of the time as far as I remember and used to sleep in her boyfriend's. I just saw him once and talked to her for a few min. at breakfast table. When I asked her what she did, she said she was a hair stylist. But I knew that she just s

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

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I was studying for my CQE exam. (frankly I'm not doing well!) and reached Maslow 's theory. This American psychologist believes that every person has a series of needs in his or her life which have an order of priority. They are: Basic physical needs. For example food, water, sleep and sex. Safety and security. Need to feel secured and free from threats. Economic or job security are examples. Belonging and love. need to be belong, accepted and give and receive love. Esteem. to be regarded with respect and be recognized. Self-actualization. need for personal fulfillment. To fulfill one's potential and the best one can be. People are mostly deprived of the said vital needs in countries which don't matter here what they are! The important point is a lower-level must be relatively satisfied before a higher level need can emerge and the lower-level always have some influence. Also when a level is reached sufficiently, it loses its motivating power and next highe