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Back to APEGGA

I failed the damn National Professional Practice Examination of APEGGA two years ago in a Nov. day. I was so frustrated and agitated which abandoned everything and never thought about that until a few weeks ago. The exam is not really hard to pass. Just too many things to remember. I got 6 out of 10 and that was kind of 6 which wasn’t 65% , the passing score. Last Fri., I just was notified that they finally answered to my request of membership re-activation and application to re-write the exam. I’m writing it in Nov. But it took more than 3 weeks to get it pushed forward and costs me more than $250 . I’m determined to pass it this time and have already started.

How Beautiful Your Life Could Go?

I didn’t go to my regular exercises today and just came back from D. H. ’s. You listen to this ‘cause that might sound interesting to you: I’ve already written about my first friend and also landlord, the Bangladeshi guy, D. H. but the D. H.  I met today is different from the guy he used to be. If you consider his feature and look and the way his house is arranged, he’s still the same guy: stuff all over the place, unwashed dishes in the sink, dirty floor and so on. Regardless of all that fact he’s the same generous and nice guy he used to be. He was nice and generous even when he was totally broke and lived based on his few tenants’ rent. But the guy is rich now. He’s sold his property back home and is involved in car dealership and property business now. He told me that he’d been to Japan 4 times so far. He goes there to buy used cars and import them to Canada . He’s not allowed to import less then 15-year-old cars but he says BMW and Mercedes cars with less than 60 K on them

An Inconvenient Truth

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This summer has been a very crazy one so far! We see a storm every 3 or 4 days here. Wind is howling now and sliding windows are rocking. So do trees. You’ll be in trouble if you go outside for jugging or cycling. The temperature went up to more than 39˚ C in parts of B. C. few days ago! Calgary felt 30˚ C at the most but the worst things are the thunder and hail storms. I have a weather forecast center warning system installed in my computer which is connected to Environment Canada through Internet and gives you everything like temperature, wind speed, dew point, pressure, humidity and so on. It’s called CFCN @ Work , provided by CFCN network. When there’s a weather warning, a window pops up and shows you a map of province of Alberta with the effected areas distinguished by current metrological warning. Then another window (this one is like a menu bar) appears and gives you the detail name of the towns and cities which the warning apply to them. It’s a very good device b

Accent

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I was shopping at a Safeway and when I got in line to check out, I noticed two young guys in front of me. First I thought they are kind of rednecks who hate everyone who’s not Caucasian . But then one of them let me go before him and I was surprised. His friend started a friendly talk with me and then I thought they might be gay and as it’s Fri. night they are looking for some fun! Then the guy notified me that he sees an accent in my speaking and asks where I am from. I encouraged him to make a guess but he couldn’t tell. I explained Persian language to him and its root. I gave him, obviously, a short version. I shortly after found out that they are French and from Quebec . The other guy was barely able to speak English but the one whom I was talking to, was good. He said that he had found kind of accent similar to theirs in my voice. So simply they thought they had found a French guy and tried to be friendly! I've heard that French people of Canada are more friendly. T

Invitation

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I received the invitation letter to oath ceremony from CIC finally today. That took almost 6 months ! I have to attend the ceremony in Aug.24. I was gonna give them a call in Aug.07 as that would be the day which 6 months has passed the day I wrote the citizenship test. The funny thing is it's stated if I wouldn't be there to take the oath, I either had to apply again or convinced the judge that I've had a good reason! Another thing which sounds like a joke to me is that I can have a holy book as an optional choice when I'm swearing to the Queen ! I have no idea how many people have made that swear, got their citizenship and then received the Canadian passport and misused it but using a holy book to make a false declaration is really funny. ... let's be more possitive and look at the bright side of the things! (Photo: Ahmad Khadr, a Canadian citizen(!) who then became known as a very old and close friend of Osama Bin Laden, was killed in action almost 3 ye

Protein

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I found a very useful article in the last issue of Impact Magazine which I picked in Talisman . I, first, became familiar with the magazine once I was in Mountain Equipment Co-op about 3 years ago, I guess. The article talks about protein and I summarize what’s the most useful part here for anyone who’s interested and I encourage you to go through and finish it ‘cause it really helps: A number of bodily functions and substances are dependent on protein in our daily diet or more specifically amino acids which they are comprised. How the body works in that matter is the body digest them and then they are shipped off to different parts to be used. So basically lack of protein will cause serious problems for the body, mostly because amino acids do what’s described herein after. Amino acids repair muscles and connective tissues (tendons as far as I know), supporting the nervous and immune system (It’s very likely to get sick soon if you don’t feed your body with enough protein), cr

A Very Dirty Toilet

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That stupid clash between Lebanon and Israel still is going on and seems there's no near end to that. I really give a shit what happens to Lebanon or Israel . Let them kill each other to the last person. My concern is Canada where I am in at the moment and exerted too much effort to get in here, legally, and still am struggling. That's all because I wanted to be away from all that fundamentalism, fanaticism and third world country culture. I wanted a peaceful and nice place to live and enjoy everything I like. But in the past 2 years this side of the globe, the supposedly very cold part, have been turned to the biggest and filthiest public toilet in the world. There was a time that the country mostly accepted educated people and in case people who was really in need of a higher standard of living. People who were not very different in culture and was easy for them to adopt themselves to North American type of life. But now the door is opened and everyone is coming in

The Crazy Diamond Isn't Shining Anymore

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I was doing my exercises in Talsiman yesterday and in a short break, grabbed an issue of Time . There’s always a page at the beginning called Milestones which says about what happens to people: arrests, deaths, retirements, etc. What caught my eyes was the death of Syd Barrett , the founder of Pink Floyd . He died in Cambridge , England at the age of 60 . Barrett left the band 3 years later because of mental instability which had been caused by using LSD . He wrote most of the early noble songs of the band. Another interesting and also sad thing I learnt today is Pink Floyd actually sang songs Wish You Were Here and Shine On You Crazy Diamond for their former member and buddy, the brilliant Syd . It’s not known why his death is just disclosed while he died in July.07 or 11 . He just released two solo albums after he left the band and withdrew music industry and lived a simple life which barely confronted the fans and journalists. Pink Floyd made sure he receives the royalt

Ralph in Calgary?!

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I went to the ESSO snack shop nearby to buy newspaper in the morning and someone got my attention, getting in: The man looks like Ralph Klein , premier of Alberta . But that's not him. Here? in Calgary ? alone? having casual cloths on? Driving on old ordinary car which everyone affords? Buying things from a snack shop? With no gurad or companion? But that was him! When he was started talking to the clerks, I recognized his voice which I've listened to it from the media several times. Even the storekeepers were surprised. I asked them if he lives here in Calgary and they affirmed. But how does he do his duties? His office must be in Edmonton . Just doesn't make sence. I wish I could talk to him. Even if that was a short simple question. He looks an interesting guy to me. He's planned to be retired soon under the pressure of the opposition and that would be prob. in late '07. Budget surplus as the rising price of oil made his government to send a $400 cheque t

The Initial Outcomes

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The recent conflict between Israel and Lebanon (actually Hezbollah of Lebanon ) has brought many concerns round the world. First of all Israeli officials say this is a whole show to deflect world's attention from Iran 's nuclear plan. Secondly a big concern for Lebanese-Canadians who criticize the Government for not only the late response to the disaster, but also for supporting Israel in what's being done to Lebanon by them. The point here is no mater how long people live in here, they still belong themselves to where they were born, mostly. You find rarely who's not thinking of his origin unless he or she is born here and that's a different story. But it's different in Arabs . Once I was told by a close friend of a Lebanese Arab that their kids are sent back home shortly after they are born here (or in any other country than their ancestors') and are able to travel that far. And it's done just to keep them in the environment and society

The Licence

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I went to Stampede today for the second time this year. This time just by myself. P. M. 's gone to Edmonton with his family to see her sister as it's her birthday one of these days. Ali G. 's mom has come over from B. C. and he's busy with her and the other friends are just as useless as a Picasso painting! (Believe it or not I just made that one up! Not bad. Yeah?) It was not very busy as I expected to be. May be because I got there around 12:00 and that might consider early for people who spend their time out usually until 02:00 AM! I parked in Spiller Road and went up the hills of Union Cemetery to see whether or not I have a good view of Stampede Park for some photos. I only took one from Downtown and went down to 25 Ave. That was a good spot with great eye on Stampede Park , Saddledome and chuckwagon race track (If I can say!) but the seats were all empty. I later found out that races and rodeo usually begins in the afternoon. Then I went to a Canad

Jehovah Witness (2)

I was cleaning Ali G. ’s truck last Sat. when I was moving out and noticed a Canadian woman and her little daughter are approaching. The woman was in her, I'd say, mid 40s, prob. a little younger (You never know how old these poeople are!) The little kid was about 10. She said hi and we started talking and just shortly after, I noticed that she’s one of the people who are out to find new members for her faith! She was a Jehovah witness! We talked a little bit and she handed me a few issues of a magazine which I later left them all in Ali G. ’s truck and never even opened them! Actually I wanted to read them to see what that crap is they claim, especially because I brough up the problem they have with blood transfusion and one of those magazines has a full coverage in that regard. Simply put what she was saying was quite funny. I try to bring some of them here as don’t remember all. I have too many damn things in my head and this blog is actually a device for me to keep the valua

Alfa’s Back

I was checking my e-mails in a CPL branch last Sat. and noticed that Alfa ’s back home. That was a bit sad because that’s a story of someone being defeated. But that, I guess, is his own fault partially. He was not able to write a simple letter and not able to talk fluently after more than 4 years living in the States . Alfa received his Bachelor and Masters both from Polytechnic and then applied from different universities of the US for his Ph. D. Then he got there, to a university in Massachusetts but surprisingly and for unknown reason to me, he had to do another Masters instead! Then he worked for a company for a short time (I don’t know how long) and according to what he told me on the phone when called me a few months ago, he had a fight with his manager and had to quit! (Possibly got kicked out!) When he called me he asked if he could stay with me for a short time so he can get back to the US after that, I agreed obviously although I was not in a situation to harbor an

Stampede 2006

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Sat. (July.08.06): As I missed Fri.’s Parade, I decided to go to Stampede today. So when P. M. called in the morning, I made an appointment and we met somewhere in Downtown after I was done with my exercises in Talisman . But before I get to this year’s Stampede ’s story, I’d like to write a bit about my car. I was so depressed over having my car broken and my Fri. was completely ruined. I was waiting for the mechanic’s call and after one attempt, he finally called me at about 01:00 PM and asked me to be there before 14:00! I rushed to Chinook C-train Station and pushed myself in one of the cars. The train was full of Stampede fans! When I got there the guy charged me $206 ! A $110 for the starter and a $85 for labour! Can you believe that? But I didn't have a choice. The car now starts in a blink of an eye and I was handed in a certificate for that starter which guarantees its life for a full year or 20,000 KM. This year’s Stampede is much more crowded than the previou

Damn Old Car!

As I'm back on track I'd like to say what happened to me in last weekend which had been planned one month earlier and was partly ruined! Fri. (July.07.06): I had planned to watch Stampede Parade this year, almost 6 months ago but I went to gym the night before and when I woke up in the morning I felt so exhausted to go all the way to Downtown, Fri. morning. Then I decided to go a CPL branch to get connected and see what’s happening. I was at 17 th and 5 th St., where there’s a Shell gas station and after I paid for the gasoline I bought, the damn car didn ’t start! 17 th Ave. was very busy, full of girls and guys with Cowboy hats and jeans and boots hanging around in the bar or just walking. I asked a Canadian guy to give me a boost and God! some of these guys are so amazing and helpful and it’s kind of surprising in the city called Redneck City and in Stampede time! But the guy parked his giant truck beside my car and we borrowed another guy’s booster cable and tri

The Three Essentials

I just reconnected to Internet a few min. ago. This service is provided by Shaw . So far so good. It was really hard living with no connection. I went to CPL two times but there's no privacy in there. People are like students at the bench in a classroom. I need Internet for online banking, writing to friends, reading my favorite news, job searching, purchasing and many more. And obviously you can't do them all in a lib. Not because of lack of privacy but your time is limited there (you get only 1 hour a day) the system is slow, etc. I believe that there are three essentials here that life without them will be a misery: A reliable car, a mobile phone with considerable air time and a fast bug-free Internet service. Even a house is not as important as the said ones. You can rent a nice place. But wait a sec. I forgot something! May be I should say the four vitals! The forth is a good partner! Am I right? No priority is assumed for the first three ones.

Elderly People

I usually see very old people who follow their routines like younger ones here. They drive, do shopping, go to the restaurants and other public places and simply put, they live their life. But at times it’s drastically harmful to me to see an old lady is challenging to get a pack of pope out of the shelf or taking his bag of grocery to his vehicle. Elderly people even have their own residential properties. I don’t think they feel really happy in there but that’s how they live and that’s how their parents and ancestor used to live. Children barely visit their parents after they leave home unless it’s Christmas , New Year or any other occasion like that. But honestly people age here later than people in Asia , Africa or Latin America . I guess it’s all about the style of life. I may get to that later. Today (Thu. It's after midnight now!) I was to Chinook Mall to do a little shopping for my new damn ugly rented apartment and noticed an old lady stepped out of Shopper's Drug

Moved

My moving story takes a whole lot of time to be narrated. And it's quite an interesting one as well, like most of the things happen to me! I'm writing this from Keiv 's desktop at his condo apartment which has been bought a few weeks ago for almost $270,000 . House prices has jumped up recently in Calgary as a result of booming economy of province of Alberta . Keiv 's is a two bedroom, two bedroom in a condo complex. It has a large bedroom with a built-in bathroom and one small bedroom. You could buy this for $150,000 almost a year ago! I'm not connected at home now and have to find a good deal. keiv got a nice HP desktop with an amazing flat thin monitor. This is what happened: Fri.: I directly went to Okotoks after I finished work to borrow Ali G. ’s truck. He was not home when I got there and found out that he’s at the golf course practicing! I went there and waited for almost half an hour for him to finish the balls, unwillingly! Then we went back to