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The Difference Between Good and Bad Employee

I worked hard for more than a year and half on this damn project and dealt with every fucking fool inside and outside  the company with the hope that: 1- I could get my contract extended and become an employee. 2- The concepts of Quality and roles of Quality Department is known and understood to everyone so I can apply the theories I had learnt or the ones that I was in process or learning. 3- I would have job satisfaction. The motherfucker ignorant who is my superior officer, at the beginning helped me a bit but then appointed someone else with no knowledge and experience as someone that now I have to listen to in the new project! I gained the first goal but know I am so fucking bored with this new assignment that in the past two weeks alone I just simply passed on the works without even looking at them! I thought to myself what the difference would be? They only kept me because 3 people had quit and 1 had been kicked out . They did not keep me because I know things better

Accuracy and Inaccuracy of Hollywood Movies

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There is always discussions in the media about the accuracy of the movies that Hollywood makes. At times the critics claim that the filmmaker altered that part from the book or exaggerated this part from what had happened just to have better impression on the audience. I share my experience in that regard: 1- Papillon - 1973. Papillon has been always one of my top favorites. I watched a censored version years ago in the old country and then bought the book. Here I rented the DVD in 2006 when Blockbuster still existed and eventually bought it a few months ago. What attracted me the most was not only the great performance of Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman but also the efforts that the real character of movie Henri Charriere made to free himself. After all these year, the news is very disappointing: The story is completely fabricated and Henri Charriere might have even been somebody else! There are big questions in the movie as how he survived all of the miseries

A Night in Flooded Calgary

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I wanted to have a walk in Downtown to see what was going on after 2 days so I left home at around 22:45 hours. I first wanted to get on the train but I was not sure if the train was in service. Besides that I wanted to have a walk because I have had so much during the day.  So the west side of the downtown was almost OK and the closer I got to the east the darker it got. Police cruisers were seen here and there with the officers watching for the opportunists, the fucking looters.  When I got to Eau Clare Market I the entire area was blacked out and I am not sure if residents were in their  apartments or not. There was a police car parked at a corner and I guess as soon as they saw me they directed their light at me. I quickly rouse my hands and started walking the other direction but the car started coming to me so I turned around and walked toward them. After greeting they asked me what I was doing there. I told them that I was checking to see what was going on. Then he aske

Good Beef

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When we went to Innisfail , we also wanted to get Pea s and Organic Beef . Pea s, we were told that would come up in July but Beef was available. A heard of cattle was grazing in the little woods nearby, in the farm. We tried to get close to them but they seemed not very friendly and ran away. We expected to get fresh, not-frozen Beef but what they had at the times was in their freezer and looked OK so we got two pack. We fixed the first one, the Rib s a few weeks back and the bigger piece just last night and it was really good. It, as can be seen in the above photo, is a big piece, mostly meat, not much bone and we paid some $18 for it. It makes four meals if it's eaten with side items. It's an oven roast piece but this is how we cooked it: I made a few holes at both sides and filled them with cloves of Garlic . Then chopped two medium Onion s in our pressure cooker, added salt, pepper and a little bit of herbs and secured it. When the steam came up and I turned the

Flood in Calgary: Night 2

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The second day of flood alert has passed peacefully but there are still road closures in the City . I wanted to go for jogging and considering the situation I thought I'd be better go to Nosehill but then I reconsidered going to the Bow River Path. So I crossed the river over the Louise Bridge and parked somewhere at the north side of closed Memorial Dr. and went to the path. parts of the path at both sides of the river were still under the water but I managed to run for a few minutes. In the afternoon we had a stroll around the east side of Downtown . Most of the roads were closed and most of businesses or may be all were closed as well. There was no electricity for the traffic lights and I assume for the residential and commercial buildings as well. We checked both Safeway and the Company of Over-rated Pirates . They were fairly empty of customers for a Sat. afternoon. Some of the sections in Co-oP were half empty meaning they had not received their supply. We were

Flood in Calgary

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The amount of rain in Alberta this year has been significantly increased compare to the all previous years that I can recall. It started even before we went to Innisfail . I wanted to have a post and say how it looked like B. C. here but postponed it until all the rainfall resulted in flood.  So at work today more than 80 per cent of the people were missing. The level of water both at Bow River and Elbow River was so high that the City ordered mandatory evacuation in many neibourhoods around the two rivers. I got a chance to walk by Bow River shortly after 01:00 PM yesterday (Fri.) and it was amazing how fast and up the river was. Memorial Dr. , Crowchild Tr. and many other roads to the Downtown were shut and the C-Train service was cancelled. I guess we are among a few Downtown neighbourhoods which were not included in the evacuation plan.  High River I heard has been even worse and in the City again it is said that the Saddledome and the entire Stampede Park has b

Strange Coinsedences

I had an interview today. It was with a recruiting agency. I explained my situation and talked about myself until the person got the chance to introduce the hiring company to me! It appears that is the same company that I will have an  interview with next week! The is a different position though. However I am not sure whether I have applied for that job or not. The recruiter was very optimist but I know this guys will grill me when I go there. I will give my best though to get out of this shit. The compensation package that was discussed is attractive and the position is staff but even if that happens and I join, I have intention to spend the rest of my life in that city. The very same thing happened a little while back. A few differences.I applied for a job and received a call from the company and in a week after I had been turned down, I received another call from a placing agency in regards to the same job! Now I will have to see what's going to happen. Everything should be cl

My Over-Drinking Experiment

There has been hundreds of thousands if not millions of books, articles, commercials, etc about the affect of alcohol on different parts of body but I would like to share this experience of mine. We had this sort of meeting in this fine classy hotel which started according to the schedule at about 16:00 hours on one of the working days of last week. (no matter how little information I give, you simply can go to the hotel's schedule and find out every little about it) The opening day for us was the bar. So I walked up and I got a beer, one of the unusual ones because I couldn't tell by looking at the bottle what brand it was. So I had that and obviously the event was going on! We had a few more minutes to go to a speech. I tired a few pieces of appetisers which were good and took another trip to the bar. This time I ordered Whiskey on rock. The guy two container. He had a sort of funny looking small scoop which would be used every time he wanted to fill my glass. I don'

A Suggestion for Workplaces

I was thinking of this fella and his obnoxious behaviour on daily basis. I have called him Screamer . He is a repulsive turd, I would like to call him that as well! He erupts at least a few times a day. You're sitting and everywhere is quiet. everybody is busy with what he or she is doing and all of a sudden you here someone scream! It probably reminds you of that commercial for Alien where it goes: In space no one hears you scream !  Anyways my suggestion is to slip him a mickey early in the morning right after he arrives at the office! If the proper dose is used, it should keep him calm all day long, possibly to the afternoon. Now the question is should it be done with his consent or without because I know people who actually take downers to be able to work. Some people drink alcohol just to make it easy on them. The later would consider illegal but how about the first? If it is supervised and a medical professional confirms that, the guy does not even have to  know it. It co

D-Day

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Last Thu., June.06 was the 69th anniversary of D-Day , the day that allied forces landed in northern France and started an invasion which led to the defeat of Germany a year later. Allied forces at the time consisted American s, British and Canadian s, mainly. Unlike what I had expected there was nothing on the news or no especial ceremony in the country. American s entered the war simply seeking opportunities and they got that later. Their gift to Europeans was Marshal Plan . Based on that plan the US provided a total of $13 Billion in terms of economic and financial help to the European countries which their economy had been destroyed as a result of the long WWII . Many call this as the most unselfish act of helping but there is no doubt that the US benefited from a lot by simply accessing the European markets for years even after the plan was ended! In military terminology the letter D simply stands for Day and D is the day of an operation. The days which come af

Edgar Farms, Innisfail

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We had planned to go to Innisfail in central Alberta to see an Asparagus farm and we did it yesterday. The weather has been miserable in the past 2 weeks, I would say, continuously pissing but we wanted to go anyways especially because I checked Weather Network and realized that unlike Calgary , Innisfail was only cloudy with chances of light rain in the afternoon. So we left the city around 11:00 hours with the hope to reach there by 12:00 or 12:15 hours at the most. It was rainy, cloudy, sunny every few kilometers of the Queen Elizabeth Highway but it was so beautiful too. It around 12:05 we finally exited the highway from number 365 but I guess I took the next road by mistake and  that cost us at least extra half an hour! That's why having a G. P. S. is very good for the road trips. Anyhow we got there when there was a light rain and we paid the admission which I had known from their website but later was a bit unfair but I'm not too concerned about that. The

Incredible Gas Price

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I was going through the news the other day and I realized that the price of Crude had been dropped. The tumble in China 's manufacturing sector had been blamed for it. I don't know what is that these guys are going to use as an excuse to either soar the price or bring it all the way down to the basement! But then I went out and I was about to pass out! The damn price of gasoline, I realized, had been up, significantly. Just a few weeks back we notice a $0.99 per litre but  ¢129.9 and even more than  ¢131 is outrageous!  The Oil market in Alberta is completely messed up. This Bubble Effect which actually is caused as a result of lack of transportation equipment, more specifically pipeline, has caused a significant deficit for the Province and many of the oil and energy companies, I heard, have started laying off many of their employees. There is absolutely nobody who questions these giant companies as while their major product price has gone down, why their other p