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My Continuous Battle with Insurance Companies

There are big struggles in (North) American way of life (not that I'm living that life to the most at the moment!) which applies to almost everyone. Many may not be much affected by them but it's hard to believe so. In the meantime these issues exists at the other corners of the world, more or less with differences. They are: 1- Mortgage (Rent is less sever than that) 2- Health Services. 3- Damn Insurance. 4- ... Insurance has been so far the most challenging for me and who knows how many times I have had problems with different insurance companies so far. The last one that I'm telling it here is the auto insurance. I had been trying to get a better deal until last month that I found this broker. The company I had purchased insurance from and more specifically the agent was very rigid. It was Our Way or Highwa y policy. I had the insurance for a whole year and then when I asked to have a little break on the second term, the second term, I didn't see much fl

Guacamole

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We just recently experienced one of the dirtiest tricks of food industry again: preservatives. F. F. made an incredibly delicious small bowl of Guacamole and I had a quarter of it with bread. So delighting. I covered it and kept it in the refrigerator.  The next day it was turned kind of gray! The taste has not been changed so I finished so I finished the rest with another piece (it's usually eaten with Tortilla ) of bread but sure it did not as good looking as day one. If you go to supermarkets you see packs of Guacamole which sees made with some 90% Avocado and as long as you look at it and doesn't matter how long you keep it, it will have it's bright green colour. The fact is first of all they make it out of old, really soft and almost mushy Avocado s, the ones which have been left and not sold for whatever reason. Then they add different preservatives to prevent it from discolouration. And then of course they add some colour to it. There you have the great colo

Cultural Discrepancies (4): Eating Habits

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People eat differently here from how I used to eat. I better say the Caucasian people eat differently. The foreigners  mostly, most of the time keep their original eating habits and cuisines. Breakfast is an important meal here and while people eat out mostly, breakfast, I assume is the meal that most of the time is eaten outside. There is no single day you pass a Tim Horton's , McDonald's , Starbucks or any other coffee chain or fast food without a line of people waiting for their coffee and breakfast sandwich or something else. And they are mostly  Caucasians  and the people of other generations who are born here plus at times cab drivers who have nowhere else to eat and have nothing else cheaper than this to eat!  I used to go to McDonald's  regularly eating the full of fat, carbohydrate and cholesterol breakfast sandwich but know that I have less activity and also more aware of the harm these sandwiches so, I barely go, may be once a month or even less.  Unlike

Disappointing Experience With Ralph Klein Park

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I had heard about Ralph Klein Park before going there this morning but I gotta say: It was a very disappointing trip to the south east side of the City . I always admired Ralph Klein although I didn't know him very much and had very little experience with him but it was interesting to me to have a park named after somebody who was alive at the time. So I decided to go this morning to see what it was about.  First off this park is far away from any neighbourhood so I really see no reason why the City should spend money to build a park where all the surrounding is industrial places. The other problem is the City of Calgary website says that the park is closed Mondays and holidays but the gate was wide open. I don't think anybody could steal anything but there are always sick people who could cause damage. There was only one SUV parked in the park and I didn't see anyone around.  The construction of the park is not finished yet. I saw what looked liked Bobcats and

Moving for New Customers

I saw this woman's advertisement a few times, back to the time I resided in British Columbia in the local papers advertising for the service she provided. She indicated each time that she was leaving the country and I guess for that reason she was giving break in her service price. It was kind of strange because once someone is here in Canada  especially the one who had a miserable life in his or her original country, they barely want to leave unless they go to Australia , the US or somewhere in Europe . The first one rarely happens and for the second one the person should be really lucky to get a better position in there to go and Europe is only the destination for the western European s, for example German s who are going back to their own country. Other than the mentioned ones, people barely go back to their hometown of the original country unless their situation is really bad or they have made good money so they go and retire over there. It is common within African guys he

Tracing Back the Steps

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I told myself to go and find the route that I used to take to go to South   Glenmore Park back to 2003 every weekend, today. I used to ride my now stolen mountain bike from 17A St. to the park even in cold winter days. So I drive to road that is parallel to Glenmore Dr. and park there. For information it is adjacent to the close-by Golf course(!) So I parked there and passed over  Glenmore from the overpass and then I tried to remember where I used to go. So step by step and gradually I followed the Glenmore Pathway parallel to the beautiful   Earl Grey Golf Club and after about 25 minutes may be I was there. The closer I got, the more familiar my surrounding looked like. I realized that the reservoir does not have as much water as it used to, or may be it was just a feeling. I just took a few photos and ran the way back to the vehicle which only took 10 minutes.  From left Pahlavi II, the King of Iran, Houari Boumedianne the then Algerian Foreign Minister and one of the b

Passed the APEGA NPPE

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I had this doomed N. P. P. E. last Apr. and to the date I had read those damn books and sample questions and talked to a few people because I certainly didn't want to fail again . I had made a stupid mistake by not writing right after the failing time and had to compensate.  So went to the session early and sat and waited. The usual instruction was given and the usual assholes came and went and needed guidance like grade 5 kids. As soon as I opened the question book and read the first one I realised that I would experience something different from what I had expected. I'm not allowed to reveal the questions and I'm not going to do that but I had busted my hump over complicated topics such as Tort Law , Bonds , Contracts , Common Contract Issues , Insurance , Lien , Claims and other subjects similar to those but most of the questions had come from Safety , Ethics , Environment , Registration , Practice and similar subjects, the ones that I had barely studied! So I

Data Collection

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I was studying the CQE sample examination as part of my preparation for the ASQ CQE exam. and this is the 3rd time I attempt writing it since I failed for the second time in 2006 and I have lost two payments without even writing it, the last two times(!), when I came across this question: An important aspect of data collection is that the data collector should: a- Know how the data are to be used. b- Use a stratified sampling plan. c- Use a control chart to analyse data. d- Determine the dispersion of the data. I quickly analysed the answers and decided to have answers b and c out and then thought of a and b. At the time to my understanding the data collector does not need to know how the data are to be used because they simply are a tool(!) for the others to use, analyse and process it and probably issue the result. So I chose answer b. I learnt though that answer a is actually the correct one! The rationale behind that is simply if the data collector knows how t

Oblivion Strikes Your Vision and Imagination

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I went to see Oblivion tonight. It was a long 2-hour movie and I got lost as it was ending! Story is one weakness of the movie. Normally if there is a sole actor or actress who performs in most of the scenes, it makes the movie a bit tedious because you see him or her and all! Rather than that as I said I got lost at the end because the music got over the dialogues. The scenes, the visual, special and sound effects were all amazing and the guys have really worked on it but there were a few scenes that while watching you could say that you had seen it. For example the scene that the three drones were chasing the Jack Harper , kind of reminded me of that chase scene in Star Wars , don't know which episode but everyone who has see all of the Start Wars movies, knows what I am talking about or that scene where Harper goes down the hole and sees those eyes reminded me of the creatures in the original Star Wars (1977) with robes and when he is shown handcuffed to a chair and the li

The Old Refinery Park

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I was at work the other day reading Alberta Oil magazine. Short but interesting articles. In one it is referred to The Old Refinery Park . So I decided to explore it today! Apparently Imperial Oil built a refinery in Calgary back in early 20s which was operative until the 70s. I have not yet found why it was put out of service after that but it could be due to being old technology and also environmental problems because I read about the neighbourhood's complaint and their lawsuit back in 2003 in CBC website. The construction of Imperial Oil Refinery in Calgary in early 1920s. The silo like building at the other side of the river is or may be was another Calgry lndmark which I remeber they wanted to tear it down as well, may be a Molson brewing facility or something like that. I am not quite sure but will find out and post. Photo courtesy of Glenbow archives. The site is located at the east side of Bow River , parallel to Deerfoot Trail and I had not been in that ar

Awesome Pranks For Workplace: 3- The Prequel, The Found

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I thought of a prequel to the previous two stories that I have said would be great to use them. This actually completes the others and makes a perfect fun. I still am looking for an opportunity to do this but the first step is to find a job because without a job, there will be no fun! Anyhow this is the part one the trilogy(!) called The Found : You find a job and instead of giving your one or two weeks notice you ask for a leave of absence or vacation. A leave of absence for a family emergency would work because no company gives a vacation without enough being notified long enough before the scheduled date. You then go to your new job and start regularly, after a few weeks, depending on the length of vacation or leave, your partner in the scenario gives a call and states that you just have been found in a car wreckage, a result of a bad accident and you are the only survivor. You are in a Coma and no information, including ID has been found on you rather the information which le

The Pond

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I decided to have a walk last night as I had spent most of the day at home and at the damn desk doing nothing positive with my time but watching clips and other shit(!) but I wanted to go when it was cool, having a 22 ̊ C temperature most of the day! So I checked Weather Network and I realized that sunset would be around 21:03. I left home shortly after that and headed to Nose Hill . It was getting dark in the park and that's the time that people mostly or all start leaving except the silly ones who just park in the parking lots and sit in the vehicle! I never understood why someone would drive all the way to a countryside, a national park or a park like Nose Hill and just sit the fuck down in the fucking vehicle! Anyways as I was walking up the hill from the east entrance and going toward sun, I heard waterfowl bird's noise and also probably frogs singing continuously! It was strange because I knew there was no stream, lake or pond in the park but I changed my path m

Awesome Pranks for Workplace: 2- The Deceased.

I wrote about the good prank that I will probably perform it at my work, if everything is available. This one is the sequel(!) to it. In fact it could be performed independently but will be more fun if done shortly after the first one, or may be not shortly. I think if the people were given enough time to almost get out of the shock of the first one, the second strike would have a better effect. This one is pretty simple and I'm not going to list everything. You are now dead and you have this time a close friend of a family member who comes to the office and talks about the H. R. guys informing them of your death. He or she will have to get a permission to have a some kind of shrine at your work station(!) You know with flowers, candles and a photo of you with a black ribbon put on the right top corner(!) and of course a memory book or something like that! That should remain for a specific period of time and it should be said that it is a tradition and since providing specifi

Let's Not Meet Tomorrow!

I was at work today when the telephone rang in the morning. There was a lady on the other side of the line, a recruiter. The opening question, unlike the last time was why I wanted to leave the current job. I didn't tell her that this job is like spending 8 hours in an stinking public toilet. I simply said that the Project I was involved in was about to finish and I was looking for a new position, adding that I had realized that it was a tough market. She confirmed that it was a tough market and added that she would like to meet with me in her office tomorrow. I didn't mind that so we set up the time. Then somehow we got to this point that I told her that I had previously had two interviews but none resulted in a job offer. She asked me what companies they had been. I didn't mind telling her that I had this interview and it turned out that she was hiring for that position too! Damn! It appears that the company had not been able to find candidate so they contacted thes