Saturday, December 31, 2011

Flashback (22): Dog Restraint

There's nothing special goin' these days. I decided to tell one story about the time I did Law Enforcement in a municipal level. We were on our regular patrol that night and I don't recall when it was but could be between 10:00 and 10:30 when we received a call from the dispatch asking us to check on this address to assist the officers with a dog issue. We were not too far from the place. As soon as we got there one officer came out and briefed us quickly. There was a guy inside that was goin' to be taken by the officers but his dog in the bedroom, a Bulldog, was a problem. They did not want to leave the dog in the premise, I guess. It was me and M. W. on duty that night. I knew that he had no previous experience and training for situations like this and officers were counting on me. So after the drunk guy was taken out, and that was for a domestic disturbance or something like that the plot was this. I and M. W. went to the bedroom where the dog was, each of us holding a snare and then three officers, one with a baton, the other one armed with a Tazer and the last one with a firearm following us! It sounded stupid because if the dog jumped at any of us M. W. and me had a lesser chance of getting away without an injury but the send us ahead of themselves because they thought we were trained for situations like that and could get the dog under control with no harm and trouble. So I stepped forward and nudged it. The dog was at the other corner of the small bedroom. I asked M. W. to approach it from the other side so we could corner it and finish the job. The dog looked a bit confused and as we got closer seemed was looking for a path to escape. I had no other choice by jumping over the bed to get closer to him and did that while M. W. was getting a little closer and made it impossible for the animal to run from that side. I extended my arms and get the snare close to its head and before it could do much I grabbed him from the throat and locked him by pulling the cord. It was a strong dog, as I said a bulldog so started to fighting but I had it under control. We walked back to the van. M. W. opened the door and we released him in the small cage and transformed it to the pound. M. W. told me that I had done a perfect job but listen to what the fucking supervisor of us said the next day after we reported what we had done: We do not deal with vicious dogs!

Monday, December 26, 2011

No Real Christmas

Christmas this year was no close to a real Christmas everybody wanted: A brown Christmas. I went for my running of 21 min. today and felt no chill, almost 5 °C or so. Yesterday was the same and the day before that was just a little windy. We went to Nose Hill Park and hiked for about 01:30 and just wind bothered a little on the top.
As of shopping, I bought nothing. I didn't need anything. But I assume the major stores were as busy as a Boxing Day should be. We wanted to get a new TV and then decided not to. I've been hanging around the same old Sony from 2003. Of course it's no Flat or LED, LCD or shit like that but it shows and that's all I need. At times I watch my DVDs on my PC's screen, an advanced HP.
(Photo: Downtown Calgary from Nose Hill Environmental Park in 24-Dec-11. Not much snow can be seen. This year is forecasted to have the coldest winter in the last 10 years in Canada. Nothing has been seen so far but a few cold days way before Christmas)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Good Party

We had the company's Christmas Party last night in a nice hotel. It was a good one. We arrived there at about 06:15 shortly after it had been started and that was because I had called a cab for 06:00. I did not expect the cap to be on time because I had called several times but it was prompt. We started with drinks and talked to a few colleagues. And fortunately did not have to sit at the dinner table with jackholes! Cocktail was good and food good as well. The quantity and quality was good both but there was nothing extraordinary. If they really wanted to serve some good food there should have been a whole roasted lamb or pig, a few bowls of Lobster, Crab and Shrimp and a dish of Roast Beef. There actually was a piece of Roast Beef served by a chef and tried a little and was not bad but not hot enough. Drinks were available and I had too much before the dinner and after too! And there was dancing afterwards and that was good too.
We left at around 12:00 because the night before I had not slept more than 3.5 hours. Got a cab and quickly got home. The hangover was so bad that woke me up 2 times but eventually I woke up around 11:00 in the morning!
(Photo: The dessert table. Variety was good and quilt a little more than average. I tried different things and liked the cheesecake)

Thursday, December 08, 2011

The Bird is Down

It was just last Sun. when I read that an unmanned American airplane, the kind that is used for reconnaissance had been landed by Iranian forces almost with no damage inside Iranian borders! That sounded very interesting. Americans, now humiliated to the utmost degree, have gone silence ever since. Denial, mostly has been their only expression so far. The next step would probably be saying that the bird is missing!
There are facts about all of the governments, the ones which applies to all of them. All of the governments hide the truth! And don't say it is for national security or any similar nonsense like that. Especially not this one. Islamic Republic government is all about lies. But this one I gotta say I like what they did. The US era has ended. They are in trouble in every field. They fell behind on most fields. They are so stupid that they can not simply admit that their bird is down and in Iranians hands! You lost it. OK! Admit it already! You are not always the best! You might have been the best in making automobile in early 1900 with Ford but now many Japanese automakers have already caught up with you and passed! So as in military. Americans may still have F-35 and other shit but ... This is so silly of Americans and that is because they are so embarrassed and humiliated!
(Photo: This photo taken from the official government TV station in Iran shows the RQ-170 unmanned plane that Iranian forces landed it down almost unharmed a few days ago)

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Peace Bridge

This story of Peace Bridge was brought to attention in our weekly educational discussion meeting, I believe it was almost 2 months ago or so. I was aware of the delays but did not know the reason. One of the colleagues mentioned the problems with the welds, the welds which have been performed in Spain! Can you believe that!? We have so many manufacturers in Canada and so many more in the neighboring United States and we have to order a Spanish company to manufacture a bridge for us!! This is the ultimate stupidity! Someone may ask why the hell the City needs this bridge in the first place? There are several ones that pedestrians and cyclists can use. The City could use this $25 million in a much better way.
I guess Mayor Nenshi wanted to build something that later on reminds people of him!
(Photo: Peace Bridge is put over the Bow River but has not been open to the public yet. It happened a little than 1 week ago)

Thursday, December 01, 2011


These pictures you see here, these three and I'm hoping they are big and clear enough, show a great coordination that I indirectly witnessed in a manufacturing facility. Three cranes and one overhead crane worked together in such a smooth and nice way and transferred a heavy and lengthy unit to an eighteen-wheeler. I really enjoyed watching that. No accident, no waste of time. Just a perfect job.