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The Second Citizenship(!)

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The Lady was eventually given this opportunity to attend the Citizenship Ceremony yesterday and I of course accompanied her and joined other in the same ceremony after more than 7 years . This was held in the same building that I took my Oath but in a bigger room with more people, I guess a total of 100 . The judge, a beard short gentleman with a big smile managed the ceremony very well and said very nice things that I for a moment got emotional. He said: ... Many of you escaped from war or corrupt societies ... and I thought of ourselves who came a rich country which its own people destroyed it and still doing it! The people I tried to warn them years before leaving and never listened and now are in a much bigger trouble compare to the days that I was continuously giving them warnings about the danger of a religious government.  Nevertheless it was a nice ceremony and even a few kids who were crying at times didn't bother me although the judge's assistant had to menti

Quebec and Crimea

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Two subjects have been the world's topic in the past three weeks: Crimea peninsula in Ukraine and Province of Quebec . Russia said that it was concerned about the welfare of the Russian majority in that southern part of Ukraine and deployed troops. Then there was an election for which the West condemned it and claimed it had been done under the Russian's pressure. Crimea eventually got separated from Ukraine and Russia immediately gave sovereignty to it. Here in home the Quebec separatist showed concern about the so-called non- Quebec people, mostly the student and said the future of Quebec should not be determined by these people. There is no doubt that Bloc Quebec is an extremist party, in my opinion. Their behavior has shown that since the new leader has been selected. For example a few months ago the Government of that province had this plan to ban the people from wearing religious symbols while they are at work, such as health professionals. Something we k

The Problem of Housing

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Housing has become a real problem in Calgary and other nearby communities lately. Chestermere and Okotoks are among them, if not any others each dealing with different issues. I never had this in mind to purchase a property. Many did years ago and I assume they profited. Some might have lost money. The fist apartment that I rented in Calgary , a 1 bedroom with a big storage room, balcony and roofed parking in Downtown area, more specifically 17A St. was $475 . I do not think you can rent a place like that, no matter how old even close to double that cost these days! That was back in 2002 I guess and then it was increased to $500 when I moved out. It was not a great place but was OK.  Today the amount we pay for this dump is incredible but I also now we cannot rent any place cheaper unless we sacrifice something, most important of all the distance to work.  There was a time that riding a bus or train was not a big issue but now it's just stupid specially if the commu

Rat's Nest Cave

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It had been a long time since I wanted to see Rat's Nest Cave near Canmore until it finally happened today morning. I was at there location just before you enter the town at about 09:15 AM and I was the first of small group of 7, including the guide. There was a hike of about half an hour to the entrance to the cave which was not bad although it was a bit cold, almost -13̊ C and not windy. They have a little shelter up there so you can put the helmet and other safety gears on. Inside the cave was pleasant in terms of temperature but breathing was bit hard. It's not so bad that you have difficulty but there's lots of dust in the air and I wonder why. Inside the cave mostly wet and that's what makes it strange to understand the suspended particles in the air.  You have to crawl or walk with your head down for most of the part and use harness and clip yourself to the ropes which is fairly easy. The fun part starts when you have to rappel yourself down. That was my

Workplace Stories (13): The Cell

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One of the issues I have with this damn stupid job of mine is that I have to be sited at the desk for a long time. It didn't use to be like this but the work is a bit slow now and that's what I don't like. I get a chance to get out of the building everyday at noon. I normally have a walk of 15 to 20 minutes if the weather allows.  The other day I was going to the other floor and there was this little space between the door and the L part of the corridor which is hidden from the main entrance to the floor. I thought to myself that I could walk form where the view is blocked to the wall and come back and repeat this for minutes! There is 6 steps from the corner to the wall. It reminded me of when Papillon was in solitary confinement! He was trying to keep his health so he did push ups and walks. I'm basically in the same situation here: I'm trapped in the company. Haven't found any other jobs and I needs daily exercises!  (Photo: The distance between where

Workplace Stories (12): Food Aroma

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Beeps of Microwave machines and aroma of different dishes are the two things you start feeling them between the hours of 11:30 and 01:30 all the working days of the weeks in our workplace. For some, who are as weak and silly of kindergarten kids, if the food is a bit late, I guess, they pass out. Many go out to mostly grab a bit and eat it at their desk. From Subway  to Tim Horton's sandwiches and any other ready food sold in the nearby businesses. I usually eat after the crazy rush is over and I never use Microwave as most of the time I have salad or fruit or simply a cup of coffee and a piece of chocolate.   It's hard at times to resist all the good smell; East Indian food with all the aroma, Chinese , Hot Sausage ad all other sorts of the food that the companies know what they have to add to them to make them more attractive and of course deadly! However I most of the time resist. Better to say all the time I resist. The other day I was a bit tempted to get a Chicke

Crowchild Twin Arenas

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We attended the last session of Ice Skating at U of C last week. Overall it was a much better experience compare to two years ago when I first did this course. Although the previous instructor helped me to stay on my feet and learn the basics but she was not as caring, friendly and helpful as the one this year. We were told that there was another place that we could try to practice and that's how we came to know about the Crowchild Twin Arena , where we spent over an hour yesterday. We arrived a few minutes early to gear up and similar to most places in Canada it didn't seem to be any control. We paid a Townie for the two of us and entered. It was a well-maintained ice. People gradually came and it got busy and busier by minute but it was OK. Lots of Chinese were there and apparently it's close to one of the neighborhoods they accumulate themselves, many kids and to be quite honest I was impressed by the way some of this China people were maneuvering!  Everythi

Cosco: A Complete Waste of Time

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I had been to Cosco in British Columbia a few times but never to an Alberta location until yesterday. Never had membership even back to the British Columbi a days and always accompanied someone. After seeing it once I realized what stinking dump it was but The Lady wanted to get something so she borrowed her friend's card and we went there. I guess it had been probably 6 years since the last time I was in a Cosco . The place was packed and even more crowded than my previous experiences. We had to park at the end of the lot. No biggy though, we were let in because the cards are not compared to the holders. Who cares if it's me or my buddy going to the store as long as someone had paid the damn membership fee?! The store starts with some electronic stuff such as cameras and laptop but seriously who the idiot buys a camera from a whole seller unless he is super knowledgeable about them!? There's no one to answer your questions if you have any. Some of the staff don

Facts about Alberta Oil Sands

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There are a few facts about the Oil Sands projects of Alberta that I found them very intriguing and would like to share them here: 1-       First of all Oil Sand  is really not oil. I mean if you look at this substance from chemical point of view the formula is different. They modify or technically speaking upgrade it in a processing plant to, I think, be more like or close enough what is called oil or conventional oil in the industry. That is one reason it is called Synthetic Oil . Whether it could be used in the same manner as conventional oil or not, I don’t know that for sure because it is being traded in the market at the moment and the producers are looking to expand their market, although I doubt they can do that, at the same time the price of bitumen is way lower than conventional oil considering the ordinary way of measurement in the industry, barrel. I don’t have the most updated prices in my hands but a 28% difference is what I have noticed while the same report in

Old Stuff

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I bought my TV in 2003 it was, I guess. I somehow ended up in the a & b Sound in Downtown where the old Bank of Montreal building is located and got a installment deal. I don't remember but I guess it was through a Citi Mastercard that I kept until 2011 or 2012 when Cit transferred all of the accounts to CIBC .  As I said I don't remember much about the deal but I guess a brand new 20" SONY Trinitron in those years cost me a bit more than $450 which I paid in 2 or three installments. I remember the night that I was picking up the television I had rented a car and the guys told me to get it from the back door in the alley. So I went there and I saw a television set on the street, without a box or anything! A fucking nasty Black guy was there or I guess I approach him inside and told him that I wanted a new set in a box with everything and he showed surprise and asked if that was I wanted! I don't know to this date what sort of fucking game that was beca

Oscar 2014: The Start of a Very Disturbing Week

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I'm happy this damn week is over. It was so cold that even me, who never complains about the weather was frustrated. We only could go out once and that was to the Oval last night and of course an indoor event. The temperature barely went up -15 ºC and that is without windchill! Today it started to warm up and now at this hour has reached - 2 ºC so far. The next week is supposed to be pleasant although you never know in Calgary !  The only thing we did rather than our skating, which will be ended next week, was watching the Oscars on last Sun. which was good. I normally do not spend time on this but wanted to see what Oscar any of the two movies that I had watched would receive. I watched Captain Philips and Gravity and the second one won a few Oscars but not the major ones. 12 Years A Slave and Dallas Buyers Club swept the major ones. I didn't watch any of them and will probably will not watch them because I don't like the stories. A movie about slavery i

Prisoners of the Cold War

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It has been extremely cold in the past three days that I could barely go out. I tried to start the engine of the car in the morning of Sat. and for the first time I realizes it had difficulty to run! The temperature has plunged to below -30 º C with windchill at times even close to -40 º C in Calgary and around. It's impossible to walk without proper clothing and actually it's dangerous. I didn't go anywhere on Sat. but on Sun. I walked from 10th Ave. to 8th Ave. and walked toward north and it was unbearable even when I was going back, because of the wind.  The streets were empty. So were the shopping center. Maybe people don't dare even driving or taking the public transit. They are all the prisoners of this war that we are having with the cold. This is the coldest winter that I've ever experience since 2001 . However there are people here who have lived longer an claimed that had seen worse winter. I guess they might have changed their statement after

Workplace Stories (11): Field of Vision

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The amount of work has been decreased significantly since last Dec. and as I explained earlier we're all waiting for a blow to sweep us off all. It's hasn't happened yet but it might happen soon. That's what we're hoping. It becomes really boring at times and I'm in the same state that I was when I started there originally especially yesterday that I had skated the night before and had a little cold so what I did all day long was yawning, sneezing and also gluing my eyes to the screen! Then I said let's see what a human's field of vision is because from where I'm sitting I need to check at time the two assholes that might step in the office and it will ugly if they find me reading something unrelated to work. That's something I do at times.  So looking at the above sketch my position in the office is the one on the very left with a dickhead on my right and two assholes across from the narrow corridor. The one on the right is who checks les