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Paradise Valley (Squamish area, British Columbia)

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I decided to have a ride today so I inflated the front tire and hit the road. Just ride around a little and then got to the gravel road that once got closed to it when I was goin' to landfill. It's called Paradise Valley . It was an easy ride at the beginning, wide road, quite. Then it got narrower and narrower and then sloped up. I got somewhere that it was so rocky and I had to climb up with my bike on shoulder. I went up and up and seemed there's no end. There were no one around but I saw a few SUVs parked so it proved that people come up here to enjoy the beautiful nature. That's the only vehicle could be driven here. The interesting thing is I saw many properties on my way and the road was so scenic with the river at my left and the railroad at top right. I didn't have my camera on me but that was a good experience and will take it in the second ride. Anyhow after minutes of climbing up, I faced slope down and there was a beautiful lake and few people aroun

Superman or What?

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I always thought that I'm a very strong man, both spiritually and physically. That's why I call me The Tough Guy . But believe it or not A. J. is the man whom should be honored with that title. I don't think I've ever seen someone like him:Patient, very patient actually, hard working, jack of all trades, handy man and what else does he need to be? Once he kept all us till 10:00 PM and that was a Sat. night. I can't keep up with him although he's much older than me, almost 13 years, I think. In the other hand he works like a horse to feed his big family and of course pose in the community. But I easily can tell that he's under constant mental pressure. I have seen two beautiful behaviour performed by him. He had a very nice fight with a cabinet maker who postponed his orders. He asked another trade, a blind maker to act as a customer while we get to the workshop from the back door. As soon as he got to the shop form front we, I, A. J. , his young son and hi

The Future is not Friendly

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I talked to Alfa , my friend on the phone last Sun. He's doing OK in MA. but was complaining about the uncertainty of future specially because of the job insecurity. He said that in a seminar he had been told that employees should be watching stock markets and as soon as a shaking business move is seen, they should prepare themselves for a lay off and termination. He's conservative. I have been fucking around all these years. Most of the money I used to make has been gone to grocery stores and restaurants and the rest to rent, monthly payments, movies, DVDs and all other stuff. I never seriously thought of future because I always thought that I would get my dream job and I'd be fine and that has never happened. Then I got the job which I thought gives me a good opp ortunity to pay off my debts and save a few thousand bucks but that didn't last and I lost almost everything. I have this job now, a very challenging and demanding one. The one that takes at least 10 hours

Stawamus Cheif

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I climbed up a big rock in Squamish called Chief Stawamus . What a beauty! I didn't climbed it technically, obviously. I just hiked it. But that was challenging too, specially if you have an old pair of runners on. I went to Wal -Mart in the morning to buy an extra roll of film, and what a good idea, and the girl over there told me that I would be OK with them but I was not! I slipped a few times and tripped a few more but didn't get hurt. I went all the way to the third peak and Puff! that took a lot out of me because I haven't done much of exercise in last month and also have not had a hike in last 6 years ! Basically the muscles you use in different sports are different and if you're a good runner, there's no guarantee that you're a climber or anything else as well. Anyway that was a beautiful hike and I took a different way on my way back and paid a visit to  Shannon Falls . When I was back to Squamish to see Jasmine , she was surprised that I made i

Papillon

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I rented Papillon a few months ago and watched the uncensored version after may be more than 23 years! I don't know. I remember that I caught it with a cousin of mine whom I used to hang out with until the university years and then I bought the book and read it several times. I never knew that I feel I'm a character in Papillon 's true story, one day, If not Dega , then the Papillon . He, I believe, fought all his life long for what he wanted: Freedom. And I guess he gained it after years of struggle. He settled down, had a family and even the movie maker interviewed and consulted him. But the difference between me and him is I probably don't know what the fuck I want in my life yet! What I wanted a few years ago was immigration, fought for it and gained it. Then the real struggle started right after that: Getting a good career, what I really deserve. And that never fucking happened, not even now after more than 5 years . I'm getting older and older and seems n

No TV!

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I couldn't get the TV going when I tried it the other day. All I need is CBC and a local channel or two, for example, CTV or CityTV but it didn't work as I said. So I can't watch The National and Hockey Night in Canada while the Stanley Cup Finals just started yesterday. Vancouver is one of the 16 teams of the playoff this year and that's all because of their goalie but I'm not following them. I'm still an Albertan ! Edmonton , one of the two teams that did the playoff last year is not among the 16 teams! Neither the champion, Colorado ! But Calgary made it as the last team of the west, the eighth! Even lower than Minnesota which usually loses to the Flames . Today they played the first game of the first round against Detroit and lost 1-4. I couldn't watch it. I was not able even if I was still in Calgary unless I would go to a bar. May be I should get a cable. It sucks! (Photo: This image shows Phaneuf, the tough guy of Calgary, is being taken by r

Souvlaki

It has been a long time that I haven't posted anything. It's mostly because I'm very busy and when I finish the work there's only time for ... well ... nothing! Second of all this new computer, the laptop, prevents me form typing too much. But I decided to write something out of too many thing that I've faced so far in this part of Canada . Today A. J. came over and I was stripping out and he asked me to get a blower as he wanted to clean one of the sun decks. Today was aloso the concrete day for Zenith Road project. So I also rented a vibrator and returned home. We cleaned the roofs and the sun deck a little bit and then he said: Let's go and see what those guys are doing. We had a lunch today and when we reached there the concrete machine, the mixer and the pump was already there. I really don't know what would happen if we weren't there. I only know that everything had been screwed up. We were a big help to the former-framer guy. He only had two per