Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Last Day

I went for a little jogging, the last day in this fucked up year(!) of 2015, to Stanley Park and saw a few guys turning part of Elbow River to an outdoor rink! It was not very cold and that made me wonder how the guys dared skating so freely and smoothly on the frozen river! 
I went and came back and by the time I was on Rideau Bridge again, they were almost done and even put their hockey nets on the ice! 
I have been feeling relatively down lately although my sleep has become normal since The Lady has come back. This is mainly due to being unemployment and the weather of course. The weather is always like this at this time of the year but now with being at home most of the day and wasting time, it feels bad. 
(Photo: This is taken from Rideau pedestrian bridge over Elbow Valley looking east. It is taken with this shity, stupid camera of my mobile phone(!) or maybe I don't know how to use it but for a fact I knew it has only 5 Mega pixels! One of the guys is shoveling the snow to the sides)

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Workplace Stories (22): Ass kissers and Retards

I'm not brilliant but I give this right to myself to say that there were lots of ass-kissers and retards in the previous job of mine that they were there simply because they had supporters from the country of their origin or they were excellent ass-kissers while being at the same time, retards! People who barely spoke English or knew the basics of engineering or manufacturing! People who whatever they did was simply routine that the learnt in the company! 
I met my Newlywed the other day and he named few of them whom have also been laid off! That was a big surprise to me:

1) There was this piece of shit, liar from somewhere in South America who worked for the company for over 7 years. He was simply there because his wife, I heard, was from the same country as the manager's and he also had studied in the country. This guy did not have the slightest clue of his surrounding and was a laughing stuck! Everyone was making fun of him and talked behind his back saying who stupid he was. I had a bad argument with him once as I was sick of his bullshit.

2) Then there was this fat-fuck, ugly, whore who probably was over 350 lb. and had nothing to do but talking on her phone while doing some stupid administrative stuff. This stupid moron was acting like she was a beauty queen living in a 8 bedroom mansion but once told me that they owed 3 years worth of income tax! You can imagine what kind of people these are! This one sounded almost impossible to me because first of all she was from the same country as the top management, secondly she was a woman and she was away for more than 1.5 years for maternity leave and had no difficulty returning! But seems no one is immune. Her husband used to worked there and I heard once that he either was forced to leave or let go.

3) Then there was another fat-fuck, whose his pants was always hanging of off his hips! With a big belly, shaved head and glasses he looked mostly like one of those security guards that you see at times in malls. I never spoke to him but he always wanted to show that he was a big weight! He was a big lump of fat and he was overweight. He didn't have to prove that! He flirted a lot with a Caucasian girl in his department and I don't know if it got him anywhere but I heard he even left the city after he lost his job!

The above three were among the other three, including me that I know have been let go. Many who has recently lost their job, have left the city, maybe even the province. I'm here and I don't know how long I can survive but we'll see.
(Photo: These cards are excellent! They have for almost topic. I should send this one to a few of these motherfucker ass kissers who remained in the company!)

Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Ride of Boxing Day

I was supposed to join The Chef today to enjoy a turkey that normally he receives at the end of each year for New Year but a bastard fucking piece of shit cheapskate Pakistani coworker of his, apparently has taken the turkey for himself! I mean seriously am I being rude here or Pakistanis are probably the nastiest creatures in the entire universe?! So the program was canceled and probably will be held tomorrow. The fucking bastard told The Chef today that he had purchased a turkey instead and would give it to him tomorrow! 
Nevertheless I called The Hope to see whether or not he's back from his trip. He is. We decided to meet in Crowfoot Shopping area where there are a few cafes. I wanted to surprise him so I got on my bicycle and left around 16:50. The temperature was around -11º C at the time, of course without considering windchill. If we added that it would go down to -18º C or something. I took Bow River Pathway and headed west. It was not bad but it got dark and because of too much snow I got tired. I had gone to the building gymnasium earlier today so I was a bit tired of that. I checked Google Map before leaving and took notes but when I reached John Hextall Bridge instead of turning to 52nd St. I kept going. Shortly after that I realized that it had not been a good decision but I found a sign directing to Bowness Park. My destination was Nosehill Dr. because I knew it would take me directly to the shopping area and I knew it was close to the park so I decided to go there and make a decision. Luckily the skating rink and its fire pits were available so the first think I did was I warmed myself up and saved my finger toes! 
I asked one fella the way to the shopping area but he suggested to go to Market Mall and go from there! I called The Hope to see whether he would come over there or not but he said that he had not changed his storage insurance to regular insurance after he came back and it would be risky, I checked with another fella who was there with his son or maybe grandson for skating and he was great. He took out his phone and found the route for me via Google Map
I then took 85 St. and from there got myself to Nosehill Dr. This part was the toughest because I had to walk the bicycle! It was going up a hill, apparently Nosehill which starts from the banks of Bow River and ends at Crowchild Tr.! From there everything felt easy and we met in his favorite coffee chain! 
On the way back I realized that I did not have much energy left to pedal all the way home and it was late. I rode the bicycle and took LRT from Crowfoot station to Sunnyside and pedal the short distance to home. This route apparently is only 17 Km but beat the hell of me but was not a bad exercise. I wish I just had started earlier. 
(Photo: When I got back home I was tired and no appetite! Not hungry at all. So what I did was just ate the Papaya that The Lady had bought a few days ago and a handful of peanuts. In the coffee shop I had only a small Americano which by my surprise was very good. Maybe that what I should order when we go to this coffee chain but it's expensive. Just two damn hot drink, and I'm not being a cheapskate cost $6.72!)

Friday, December 25, 2015

A White Christmas

After all those miserable weeks of mild weather, finally a cold week and few mm of snow was seen in the city and around! I haven't left the city for more than a month of so mainly because of this shit situation of unemployment but the snow and ice shall be good for the people who enjoy that by skiing, snow-boarding and probably outdoor skating and hockey. We haven't even been out to skating for a while now! Nevertheless a white Christmas is always better than a brown one, no doubt. The temperature today was around -17 °C, a true Canadian temperature for winter. The Lady had this plan to go down to the US, to see a few family members so we headed to the airport last night. The roads were slippery and congested by traffic. When we reached there by a few minutes of delay and I dropped her, I went and parked nearby to see if she needs something so I can go immediately.
After almost half an hour I called her and realized that the bastards of Air Canada had not let her board!
Apparently the new rules requires the passengers to be in the airport way earlier than before. She was very upset and frustrated but nothing could be done but re-booking another flight for today morning and paying more! We went back home and had a disappointing dinner(!) as nothing had been prepared and slept. In the morning again I drove her to the airport and she, this time, was able to board.
Not a good shot but a nice Christmas lighting with Downtown Calgary in the back. Calgary Tower stands at right but I can't name the towers from this far. 
She said that she had been asked were she was going and apparently now the passengers to the US have to indicate the address of the place they are going to, whether it is a hotel, a family member's or a friend's, something that the Japanese have been doing for years! I realized that once I was planning to go there. Although it has not happened yet but I gathered good information and I'm hoping that I'm able to do that one day before I'm too old!
These new rules for travelling to the US, which is good, apparently is because of the recent terrorist attacks by originally motherfucker Pakistanis. I don't know how it would affect someone's travel similar to me, I mean a lone male with a non-Caucasian look and a backpack, because that's how I normally travel but despite the delay, when I called her and she didn't answer, I checked the airport's website and realized that she had flown but in a few minutes the telephone rang and there she was. The plane was still on the runway! Apparently there was a problem due to the weather or something else. I finally felt relief when she called form the south of the border. I assume there was a total of 1 hour delay or so. 
(Photo: A giant Christmas tree is erected in front of Sunridge Mall. I took it on the way back from the airport. There were barely anybody around and the temperature was around -16 °C, not considering the windchill. Luckily a local 7-11 store was open and I got a coffee before reaching home. All other stores were closed)

Monday, December 21, 2015

Asking Too Much, Giving Too Little

There's a common belief within engineering and professional community that working in manufacturing sector brings not much in to your account while taking too much out of you at work.  I have seen many of the job postings with lists of qualification and responsibilities and at time one might think: Who the hell has all these certificates and qualifications!? Apparently there are people who hold these positions and also not to forget that there are so many dickheads in all these stupid so-called EPC, or whatever the fuck their names is, companies.
With that in mind and also knowing that the economy is doing very badly and that's basically because there's not much in Canada(!) to work with, I have to grasp whatever is available before being forced, automatically, to apply for any job such as Superstore's and similar(!) and run out of money! For that reason I agreed to go to this interview session, to this brand new building somewhere in the outskirts of the city to discuss this manufacturing position lower than what was originally posted and I had applied for!
So I'm there, half an hour early and don't know what to do! I pass the place, park somewhere and sit in the car and do a little snow cleaning on the roof, bumpers and even inside! Then I go there almost 8 min. before the meeting time. There I'm greeted by this lady that I had talked to on the phone and after a few minutes was directed to the interview room when an Oriental woman was waiting for us! I was not very surprised but not very pleased either but I have to say that it didn't go very badly. These days every Tom, Dick and Harry has a stupid profile in this stupid website called Linkedin and I was able to find this Oriental person there but what I did not realized at the time was that she was female, not that it would have made a difference but it's all good to have as much information as possible before going to an interview. She was asking too many questions and I had to make up stories for a few of them. I would say probably more than half of my answers were made up right on the spot! I'm not how convincing they were but I know there are not many individuals who have this talent! I know there are many individuals who can tell lies from truth, though! Overall I don't know what result I will get but I tried my best. Eventually after 1 hour the HR woman almost stopped the Oriental one! It's a pity that after all of these years of working now I have to sit in an interview with an Oriental woman who has difficulty speaking English and her all experience in world is limited to a few years she has spent in this company but I have no many options open to me.
If I get this job, I will stick to it tightly because I need to have a change in my life at this stage.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Taco with Thanksgiving Turkey Leftover

We got a Taco kit from Old El Paso last week. It was a Beef Taco kit which includes soft tacos, meat seasoning and Guacamole seasoning. We had some Turkey from our Thanksgiving left which The Lady had kept them in the freezer ever since. She thawed them and mixed them with the seasoning. Then added the Guacamole seasoning to the mashed Avocado, heated the Turkey and added some cut vegetables. In the meantime I warmed up the Tacos in a frying pan. I'm not a fan of White Flour bread of any kind. It actually is not good for me and I have been advised against consuming that and we always but Whole Grain bake products and eat moderately but no Whole Grain Taco was available and we wanted just to stick to the kit. 
The Lady also made some Salsa by simply adding diced Tomato and Cilantro to another seasoning we had and the result was just amazing! Turkey Taco with Salsa and Guacamole and cut vegetables. I guess I probably had 6! I forgot to say that we added grated hot and spicy Mozzarella. The availability of the Turkey prevented us from going to supermarket and buying Beef. This came very handy and it's a good idea for the people who always have a problem making Thanksgiving Turkey and complain that they don't know what to do with the leftovers! 
(Photo: In this picture all of the food is seen but the turkey. It's still on the stove being heated up, mixed with the seasoning. I couldn't wait for that and I had a Taco with the vegetable!)

Friday, December 18, 2015

A Good Week of Alberta Winter

The temperature finally went down enough to make me able to have a good sleep at nights! A few centimeters of snow, although not enough but is enough for hundreds of accidents at this busy shopping time of the year! I found a new outdoor skating rink close to our place but it has been so cold that I haven't dared trying it yet. I went to for a walk and jog to Stanley Park today but it was so cold that I only did a Power Walk. When I get back to the vehicle I couldn't even feel my fingers! It was almost -14 º C without considering the windchill! 
The weather forecast indicates a bit warmer week ahead, nothing above zero though. I will give that rink a try and also will have to try my camera which has just come back from repair. This is subject of another separate post, after I try the camera.
(Photo: I took this photo this morning from the inside of the vehicle looking out of the driver's window! It was around  -14 º C without windchill but not much snow. I wipe them off quickly)

Saturday, December 12, 2015

A Recent Screening

There are still a few jobs posted here and there and regardless the fact that the unemployment rate has gone up, employers announcer their work-force needs in the related websites. I had a job application back in the last days of Nov. and received a message in that regard stating a screening through phone would be conducted! The company is located here in the city; so it was a little bit of surprise as why I am not being invited to their location. Being only screening by HR, it's no surprise that screening could also be done via telephone. I guess in that way the HR person can easily take down notes and the candidate is saved form a trip. 
I received the called at the exact specified time and the questions were started by the usual Why did you apply for this job?! and went on not very bad but at one point near the end, the person indicated that I would be recommended for a different position rather than the one I had originally applied but in the same field of course. It was a little bit of surprise for me but being out of work for over 2 months now and the condition of the employer, I accepted to consider that, although I was a little hesitant inside without showing it. The recommended position is lower in organization chart than the one I applied but what the hell. I need to get myself out of this hole. The person indicated, and I knew it, that the work would not start until the new year and of course I will have to attend the interview with their technical people and pass it. It doesn't seem to be very hard but doesn't look easy too. I send a message immediately after I received the new position's job description and announced my interest. I have to see when I am called for the interview. 

Friday, December 11, 2015

Food Bank

I never reveal anybody's identity here in this blog and if anyone is introduced, a nickname is selected and assigned to him or her but this time I won't even use a nickname. One of my buddies decided to check the Food Bank out and an arrangement was made through that last week. I accompanied him to assist with the stuff, which is specifically called hamper in there, as well as having a new experience. 
Upon our arrival a gentleman in his late 50's probably great us and offered a candy. It was almost 10:00 AM and I had not eaten anything since last night's dinner. So that felt very good. Food Bank is basically ran by a big number of volunteers. Many of them are men and women in their 50's and 60's who freely dedicate themselves to the organization. There are younger people there as well but every one is nice and smiling. You have no idea how this affect a poor hungry person and even a regular person who reaches up to them. 
We stood in a line which was not very long. I guess we spent around 15 min. or so and we were directed to registration booths where they check IDs and compare them to the information they had received. Then the people are directed to The Pantry and there are two types of food provided to them: There are foods in the bags and boxes which are ready and there are items that people are asked and give to. That was my first experience and I was overwhelmed by how this system works. Part of the items are the ones that are about to expire. There's no fruit and not much vegetables. The majority of the items are what poor people eat just to feel full: Potato Chips, Bread, lots of them, different types of canned food, including meet and vegetables. Lots and lots of juice and milk, cheese and everything that you can imagine. They say this is a portion of a month but you can eat all of that and still have some left. After pick up there are even people who help you to push your cart to your vehicle! But let's see who goes to Food Bank? There were people from all backgrounds: Caucasians, head-covered women, Blacks, Orientals, Hispanics, all in shabby cloths, the poor people and their features showed they didn't have a very happy life! I feel bad for the most but what was amazing is the way they got help. This is an amazing part of Western culture. One might say: Oh these are all old and bad food. They would have been thrown out, had they not been distributed between these people. This is not true. There are many good food items that I had them in my kitchen cabinets and they had months to expire. In addition to that these amazing people who help others without expecting anything. How about that? You never see something like that in countries such as Pakistan, Turkey, Iran, Jordan and similar who claim to have the best religion and culture! This is the true meaning of a humanitarian act. Thank you all. 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Don't Install Windows 10

For weeks this message appeared on my desktop to upgrade my operating system to Windows 10 for free. Finally I agreed to that and upgrade was performed. The result: Shit! 
First of the its appearance is ugly. More importantly I am now unable to uninstall or install programs. My Internetcalls has problem and I decided to uninstall and re-install but a stupid message appeared on the screen and denied that. My chess is gone and I'm no longer able to play! I guess they are going to provide that as an App that the interested people must buy! 
The quality of the photographs the system shows, when you open them, looks very low! I don't know how this one could happen because I use the same monitor, same hardware, same everything, except that the stupid Microsoft has changed something, probably, that I don't know what it is. 
I know normally it takes a few weeks or at times month to the user to get used to the new system but there are issues that have nothing to do with time. Remember Waterworld? In a scene Kevin Costner is in conversation and he goes: Nothing's free in Waterworld! This is in response to the guy who claims something is available for free. If it is free, I'm sure they have a reason behind that. In this case they're probably using you as a lab rat! Speaking of free I took a friend to Food Bank and probably have to have a post in that regard later. 
By the way, although there are many criticism toward Waterworld, I like that movie. Sure it has issue but what movie doesn't? I like its theme song very much.
(Photo: Late Dennis Hopper, on right and Kevin Kostner in a scene of Waterworld, one of my all time favorites. This scene, however has nothing to do with the expression Nothing's free in Waterworld!)

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Disgusting and Disturbing Winter

It is Dec.09 and the temperature barely has gone below -6º C except for a few days. There's no rain and snow and you look everywhere around and you this disturbing brown colour sours your eyes, except of course at night that the lights of dwellings and some businesses illuminate. 
I once saw people skating at Olympic Plaza two weeks ago, it was I think but I barely think that the ice is good and other outdoor rinks are suitable for skating, to mention, Prince's Island Park and Bowness Park.
But the question is why the winter is remarkably mild? They say it is because of global warming, a result of too much greenhouse gas emission. Who emits this much green gases to have such a significant affect on the weather that the average temperature of winter in December in Calgary now has gone down to around 4º C?! They say countries such as China and India are the most contributors to greenhouse gas emotions and I guess two weeks ago they had a global conference on climate in Paris. Why would China and India emit so much of greenhouse gases? Isn't that because people in North America, Europe and everywhere else are bombed by advertisements 24 hours a day, 356 days a year to buy more and more?!
That conference and other conferences of similar nature is not the solution. As long as Americans  and Canadians want to drive their big SUVs and trucks and consume different products excessively and fly here and their for their all-inclusive vacations, the problem will remain. British Columbia, if I'm not mistaken, has already introduced Carbon Tax and Alberta, I heard, will soon. Alberta also is planning to shut down coal-burning electricity producing plants which as a result will increase the electricity bill. These are good steps but not enough. By the way I have to study a little bit about this Carbon Tax when I got time and post about it. It was not this bad last year and I'm shocked that in only a year the impact can be such. All the businesses who would benefit from cold weather are now suffering! Imagine the amount of warm clothing and jackets which could be sold. Skiing I bet can not be done to the same quality that was normally been enjoyed. You barely require heat for your home and your car does not require more gas because many still are able to walk a few blocks to get to a bus or train station.
(Photo: This image might not completely speaks for itself but December in Calgary and generally in Alberta have always looked much colder. Here there's barely any snow on the ground and this is the first in the past 3 weeks maybe! Less than 1 cm!)

Monday, December 07, 2015

Lowest of Loonie

In the string of good news that I have heard in the past month or so, this one was added on the top of it: Canadian dollar hit its lower since 2004! It was traded for US $0.74! At the same time and it looks they have hands to hand with crude because a barrel of WTI was traded for US $38.05
So it is true that 2016 doesn't look much better. There's a saying in Persian which goes: A good year has its pleasant signs shoeing in spring! and that is because Persian year starts in spring and it literally means that if your spring is pleasant then your year most likely will be good as well. 
I'm just chilling at this moment! There's not much to do. I'm working on another certificate which I will write about later when it finishes. There are not many jobs available to apply. The last position I applied was in Toronto and I never heard anything from them since. It was the 29th of Nov. Rather than that I do a little bit of exercise, cooking and cleaning at home and waste the rest! 
I still do have this plan of going to the US for a hike, most likely in one of the first 3 months of the new year but I need to check with Alfa to see whether he can met with me or not. I wonder what the exchange rate will be at that time. Perhaps I should postpone it to early fall, Sep.
(Photo: With Canadian dollar losing all his power, I wonder what those asshole cross border shoppers would do now? You are pretty much fucked up losers!)

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Pre-Christmas in NE Calgary

This weekend I went to The Chef's place in NE as he needed me to help him again. I rode his bicycle all the white to Whitehorn Station and from there got on the train to Westwinds and again rode the bike. He wanted to go to a clinic for his injury and I drove him. It was waste of time as he was told that he should have seen the physician who did the surgery on his injured knee. 
Then he had some banking to do and I took him to two different banks. NE Calgary as most of the people know is a community of refugees and foreign workers. The majority of the population of the neighbourhoods comprises of Punjabis, Afghans, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Hindus, Filipinos, Africans and all foreigners who have sought Canada as a refugee asylum. 
Since it's closing to Christmas time, most of businesses and of course most of Christians households put up a Christmas tree. While barely anyone celebrates Christmas in NE, businesses do their routine similar to the other branches at the other neighbourhoods of the city. East Indians whom were named just a few lines above are very attached to their roots. They believe their cloths are the best, their foods are tastier, their religion is what guides human beings to salvation and in a nutshell everything from and by them is the best. The only question here is if everything by or from them is the best, why the hell are they here in Canada?! Why the hell couldn't they do something with the country of the origin to make it the best and make Canadians to beg to go there?! That's the question shall be asked from one of them one day and I will. 
The Chef had a major grocery shopping so we went to a Safeway and did his shopping. I, as usual enjoyed earning Air Miles and got the stamps that now Safeway give out for some glassed you can get them later in 2016. Then he insisted to go to an East Indian restaurant in the neighbourhood. We went to this nasty place called Hot Plate. Rundown restaurant with broken furniture and trash almost everywhere! I had expected that because it is a Pakistani restaurant and who's dirties and more unsanitary that a Pakistani in the world?! May be Indian or Afghan! After all they are all the same! Anyways,I only went there because The Chef wanted and he was paying. We sat and then a kid came and took our order. The restaurant had their customers and they are all of course Pakistani. We waited for probably 20 min. and the food arrived. Mine was a mixture of bones and hot spices boiled in water and vegetables. Tasted good but there was as much as a tablespoon meat in the whole dish! The Chef's was something of a different taste. They brought three piece of bread. The breads, of course had been baked out of white floor but I ate them as they were baked very well. Basically you come out of the restaurant because you had lots of bread and hot spice and they tend to make you full but don't provide nutrition to your body! When we came out The Chef's complaint started! He is always like that. He says we shall do something and we do and after that he complaints and regrets! 
I took him home after that and because I had too much I walked to the train station and took the train home. 
(Photo: An East Indian man, probably a Pakistani is seen in a bank in NE Calgary wearing his traditional cloths and cap. A Christmas tree is put up in there with wrapped gifts underneath. I bet they are used to this scene but I'm not sure whether they take an offence of not!) 

Thursday, December 03, 2015

12 Years of Air Miles

Points and rewards are part of shopping culture in West. There's barely any business without points, flyers, discounts, rewards, promotions and stuff like that. They wouldn't survive. 
Air Miles is one of the most popular, probably because you can collect points which turns to free plane tickets to everywhere you like! Very tempting. Ha? How much actually do you have to spend to collect enough for a flight. 
A few weeks ago I received an e-mail from Air Miles indicating that it was the 12th anniversary of collecting points with them. 12 years since Nov-11-2003 and how many points have I collected so far? 3795 only! It is a little more than 316 points a year and considering that I collected most of my points from grocery shopping at Safeway supermarket, the main source of point, and every $20 you spend, turns to 1 point, it means that have spent a little more than $15 a year there! 
The fact is nobody gives you free tickets for free. There are other companies and businesses that they give you points when you purchase their goods or retain their services but they are not really helpful. Rona is one of them but I'm not in construction or renovation business. Sport Chek used to participate but then they pulled out. It  was at least a store I would go every few months! There are a few others including Shell gas station but they give you points for every $20 gasoline you purchase, I guess and Shell is the most expensive gas station in the business according to CBC
We do not do most of our grocery and cleaning needs shopping at Safeway. For not a long time that I lived in Squamish, there was no Safeway in the town and then I moved to Coquitlam and Surrey under not such a good financial situation and we did most of our shopping at the local Superstore (Super asshole) with my roommate and by myself. Same thing we did when we were in White Rock. We were shopping mostly at PriceSmart or Save on Foods because they were the closest supermarkets to us. 
Then moving back to Calgary now we mostly shop at Superstore because that is were The Lady gets her points and can quickly turn them to grocery stuff! We go to Co-Op and Safeway at time but not as frequent as Superstore and we purchase not as much. 
I checked Air Miles website briefly and I guess what I have earned so far would be good for a one-way ticket to somewhere in the middle of the US or eastern Canada! Good Luck with that!
(Photo: Shell gas station, although the most expensive gasoline in the city according to the CBC, is part of Air Miles program which encourages me to purchase from them most of the time!)

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

The Chance Got Bigger

I went to the CAF office to write the examination which had been booked for me. I was the only one who wrote an examination of any kind today, not that it was significant or anything. It was stressed several times that I would not be allowed to disclose the test materials so of course I am not but I was a little bit shocked as how the exam had been arranged. 
The exam was computer based, similar to probably all CAF exams today. Compare to 9 years ago when I had my first application out, CAF has advanced technologically which is good. There was only one subject on the test which became tougher to answer as the test progressed from its first level to the last. The whole session took about hour and half and I was a little nervous and at the end I was not very hopeful. That was due the problem that appeared to me as soon as I sat myself down and started the test! We had a couple of good vegetable pizzas from a local Pizza 73 yesterday and it was tasty in a manner that we gobbled all slices but two in less than 15 minutes probably!
If The Lady had not have to save to slices for her today's lunch, we would have eaten the other two up! Then we had a little exercise in the apartment gymnasium and for dinner we barely had anything as we were completely full! 
On the way to the CAF office I got a medium cup of coffee from a McDonald's and finished it before reaching my destination. Coffee, I don't know whether it has the same effect on every one else or not, has always been a helper to me to go to washroom shortly after I drink it! So when I sat at the desk and set the headphone, the pressure started! I tried to focus on the exam and answer the damn questions as soon as possible because it is a timed test. I succeeded but I guess I ran out of time and left a couple unanswered! When the exam was finished I was asked to wait in the main area. I took a short trip to the washroom but that only helped to get rid of the liquids! 
Then I was called back to the office section and say shortly with a Captain. He was a gentleman in his mid. to late 50's, may be a little older who congratulate me on passing the exam! I was happy and then he explained to me how I would proceed to the next levels which would be medical examination and interview. He added that hiring was closed for this year and everything, and he counted the available positions, would be available in March and indicated that I would most likely not hear anything from CAF until then. " You have the same chance as the others " he added which was a encouraging but that is the truth. I left then and headed home. As I was getting closer and closer the pressure was escalating! As soon as I stepped in, I rushed to the restroom! 
So there is still a chance and I have passed another obstacle but two main ones are left, if they contact me. In fact the main one would be the interview because I'm sure I'd have no medical issue.
(Photo: This seems to be the logo of the Royal Canadian Navy. Ready, Affirmative, Ready!)

Sunday, November 29, 2015

14 Years

Today marks the 14th anniversary of my arrival in Canada. This weblog, partially of course explains what has happened in this period. However I have selected a song, which I found a weeks ago from one of my all-time favorite bands, Guns and Roses. This a very beautiful song and is very unrated, called 14 years. You can watch a clip of it on Youtube. Here is the lyrics:

I try and feel the sunshine,
You bring the rain
You try and hold me down
With your complains
You cry and moan and complain
You whine a tear
Up to my neck in sorrow
The touch you bring
You just don't step
Inside to, to 14 years
So hard to keep
My own head
That's why I say
You know
I've been the beggar
I've played the thief
I was the dog
They all tried to beat

But it has been
14 years of silence
It's been 14 years of pain It's been
14 years that are gone forever
And I'll never have again

Your stupid girlfriends tell you
That I'm to blame
Well they are all used up- has-beens
Out of the game
This time I'll have
The last word
You hear what I say
I tried to see it your way
It won't work today
You don't just step
Inside to, to 14 years
So hard to keep
My own head
That's what I say
You know
I've been the dealer
Hangin' on your street
I was the dog
They all tried to beat

But it has been
14 years of silence
It's been 14 years of pain It's been
14 years that are gone forever
And I'll never have again

Bullshit and contemplation
Gossip's their trade
If they knew half the real truth
What would they say
Well I'm past the point of concern
It's time to play
These last 4 years of madness
Sure put me straight
You don't get back 14 years
In just one day
So hard to keep
My own head
Just go away
You know
Just like a hooker she said nothin's for free
Oh I tried to see it your way
I tried to see it your way

It's obvious that like most of Guns and Roses songs, this one also shall be about one of the band member's girlfriend as I know many of them are about Axl Rose's. This one might be about one of the Izzy's and he sound mad but mine is not about any girlfriend there are parts which are similar! I'm pissed at all the bastards who denied a job because of who I was not what I knew or capable of doing particularly the motherfuckers in the past 4 years or so, as the song states. Part of the things happened was my own fault. The majority was my own fault but this is who I am! Perhaps there are still chances to rise like Phoenix!
(Photo: This still shows Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin singing 14 years in Indiana in 1991 when the band was at its highest level of popularity)

Thursday, November 26, 2015

IMRI is No Better Than ISIS

These recent terrorist attacks in France and Africa by ISIS affiliated groups and all the commotion in the world, from downing the Russian Su-24 by Turkey to low price of crude which has affected many economies, has distracted the world's attention from the barbarism of Islamic Murderers Republic of Iran (IMRI). In fact what the governments of the IMRI have done in the past 30 years or so is no better than what Taliban, Al-Qaeda and ISIS have been doing but why is that Iran's government has been punished to the same extent at the other extremist group have, so far? Maybe they have but the pressure is of course felt by the people not the government. The aim might be to pressure the people in the manner to make them rise against the government. Something like that happen a few years ago but because it was not well-organized and there was no leadership, led to nothing.
Here is a list of great things that the Murderers of Islamic Republic has done in the past three decades:

1- Murdering all of their opposition leaders all around Europe. The first 2 decades of existence of IMRI was very busy with sending terrorist groups to Germany, France, the US and other corners of the world to eliminate the opposition leaders such as former prime ministers, leaders of minority groups, activists and such.

2- Sending terrorists to nearby countries such as Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Libya and others to establish terrorism cells which are still active today.

3- Killing of of Jews in Argentina

4- Lengthening Iran-Iraq War beyond Khoram-Shahr liberation which led to millions of dollars more damages and hundreds of thousands more causalities from the both sides. 

5- Oppressing minority groups in the country such as Jews, Sunnis, Armenians, Arabs and others and depriving them of their basic rights which has resulted of many of them leaving the country after generations of living peacefully with others. 

I pity the ones who think that changing a president could change the system. Everything is ruled by the Supreme Leader in the country and the rest are only puppets of him. The country will never see signs of progress, happiness, freedom and good life as long as Islamic Murderers Republic rules. 
(Photo: A cartoon compares the murderers of ISIS who behead their opposition and the murderers of Islamic Republic who hang whoever stands for his or her rights)

Monday, November 23, 2015

Fitbit Flex not for Biking

The Chef called me this morning and said that needed my help. I didn't want to drive so I got on the train and headed NE. He only wanted me to buy a few things for him. On the way back I decided to ride his bike back as I consider it a good exercise. Since I had talked to him earlier, he agreed and I got on the bike and headed back south. Although I had not ridden a bike for a long time and I didn't have comfortable outfit, I was OK. The challenge was where I had to first cross Deerfoot Tr. and then Bow River! I got myself on a pathway parallel to both and then used an underpass to go to the west side of Deerfoot. It took me a while until I realized I had made a mistake! The pathway would run parallel to Deerfoot to reach Peigan Tr.! I noticed instead of closing to Downtown, I was departing from it, going south! Ithen turned back and went all the way to 17th Ave. SW and continued toward west. There I realized it would have been much easier, had I taken that route earlier. I cross both Deerfoot Tr. and Bow River and passed Fort Calgary and got myself to Downtown. By the time I reached home it was 16:52 and considering I had left The Chef's place in NE at 14:25, I had been on the road for almost 02:30 h., pedaling! This is considered a good exercise because according to the map it's some 22 Km ride and considering the part that I went and returned, I guess I traveled at least 25 km but this stupid Fitbit Flex doesn't show it was my daily exercise! When I checked the website for this information I read that only Fitbit Surge is designed to calculate the energy spend and the distance traveled in a bike trip. Fitbit Flex is basically useless. So today while I could be on the top of my group, I remained as the 9th! Does that make me change my Fitbit tracker? Not now! Maybe not even later although I liked biking after this long time. 
(Photo: The pathway parallel to Deerfoot Tr. looking south. Deerfoot Tr. is on my right. This reminded me of the time I used to live with Microbe in the nearby neighbourhood)

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Why Paris?!

In the past few days after Islamic Terrorist Attacks to Paris I was thinking to myself, asking this question that why Paris out of these many cities in the world? I know other European countries have let Muslims in as well. Germany has about 5 million Turks but they are not extremists. We never heard of any Turk being a terrorist or fundamentalist. They have Muslims of other nations as well but never heard of any act of terrorism in Germany against Germans although the Islamic Murderers Republic of Iran assassinated many of their opposition leaders in Germany back in 80's and 90's which a completely different story and does not concern Westerners!
The US has plenty East Indians: Hindus, Pakistanis, Punjabi, etc. They are all fine but Pakistanis but maybe MI5 or other similar British services have a close eye on them although I have heard of Muslims whom have gained the control of their neighbourhood and want to enforce Islamic law in the country!
Scandinavian countries have Muslims of different background and I don't know how bad their status is. In Denmark I know a population of Kurdish people live. When I was in Copenhagen two young Kurdish boy helped me when I was lost. My childhood friend, Sol, lives in Sweden but I have never had a chance to have a talk with him. I should contact to see what he says in this regard. A few years ago there was a terrorist attack in Norway but that was taken place by a Norwegian guy whom presumably had gone mad! Belgium and Holland are no good. They both have fucked up, crazy, maniacs from African Muslim countries who almost could do anything you can imagine.
France has the same problem as the last two countries I have mentioned here. France in fact has the biggest Muslim population in all European countries and they are from these nasty shitlands. France's role in Iran-Iraq War is never forgotten. France was one of the biggest of not the biggest suppliers of weapons, ammunition and such to Iraq during the eight-year devastating war. Delivery of Super Etendard plane assumed to be a major breakthrough for Iraqi Air Force although they were loaned at the time. With no intention to derail from the main subject France has been the asylum for a large population of Muslims from former French colonies such as Algeria and a few others. They all live in a Ghetto neighbourhood of Paris, well not all and left isolated. While I have no sympathy for these Barbarian brutal murders, I put the blame partially on French people as well. They screwed these people for years and years and when the era was over, they let them in! Of course those people never forgot what France had done to their ancestors and when they were let in the country, they were kept aside and many of them were never given a chance that a French person would be given. The frustration and anger built up for years. These are people with strange culture and restrict religious beliefs such as Niqab, prohibition of out-of-marriage sex, domination of male in the family which are all in contradiction with French culture. They would never be changed and then the revenge is planned. Attacks on civilians and innocent people whom are enjoying a meal in a restaurant or a beverage in a cafe. I hope it won't get worse but it's far from over because there are millions in Europe who have the same ideas and beliefs of these killers of Paris who slaughtered  innocent civilians.
(Photo: German troops entered Paris in June-14-1940, Adolf Hitler ordered not to damage Paris. He, I guess admire its beauty and did a little tour of the city and took a shot in front of Eiffel Tower. I chose this photo to indicate that Germans captured the city but did nothing to the civilians and the city itself, of course regardless the continuous conflict they had with resistance group. These ISIS people have been living there or near and use every opportunity to harm people and ruin the city)

Friday, November 20, 2015

How Does Alberta Health Services Spend?

I took my buddy, The Chef to an Alberta Health Services clinic as he has been injured recently at work, as I mentioned earlier and while he was being treated inside and I was waiting I thought I should charge my telephone's battery. Sockets are usually available in public places such as cafes these days but when look around I realized the the outlets are covered with a sort of plastic cover and locked! A telephone is available in the hallway of the clinic but in case you need to respond to a family member's call and you're out of battery you can not charge it! 
An adjacent cafe, I guess a Good Earth probably provides an alternative to this but I had to wait out until The Chef would come out. With thousands of dollars every month a big clinic such as that spends on utility bills, I don't think it hurts much to let people use the electricity a little. On the second thought why don't you provide charging stations and bill the customers for their usage per Watt? You made the service of A. H. S. free and now you're facing problems. Charge them for the electricity they're using so you gain some back! On the other hand the whole coverage and locking could be for some protection or something else. I didn't ask and I don't think there had been anyone available to respond, had I asked.
(Photo: An electricity outlet in an A. H. S. clinic is covered and locked. That cable is going to a vending machine standing nearby)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Alberta Health Services Promotes Healthy Eating!

I took my friend, The Chef to an Alberta Health Services clinic as he has been injured at work and when he went in, I was waiting in the main hallway and noticed a vending machine that you see in many places. A machine which sells all sorts of Cancer causing and other types of diseases-causing(!) snacks. Real smart and real mature A. H. S. this really proves that you are nothing but a bunch of mindless, greedy, piece of amphibious shit, particularly the province's Health Minister whoever that pinhead is. This is a very good system: instead of promoting good and healthy food, this A. H. S. assholes feed people with all sorts of oil, salt and additives and when they get sick, they try to treat them. They don't get well because they have taken so much of these craps to A. H. S. requests more budget for their research and they probably get it. As well they keep their jobs and salaries high! What a disgusting people you A. H. S. top managers are. You have more disadvantage for this province than any other criminal who is active.
(Photo: A vending machine full of potato chips, candy bar and other sickening snacks is sitting in an A. H. C. clinic)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Finally A Real Calgary Winter

We finally got the taste of winter in Calgary today. It was not such a deep snow but it was closed and the roads where slippery. I probably spent 15 minutes or so to clean the car off of snow. All the windows and the windshield were covered with frozen snow. It was only -5 ºC but with windchill it felt much colder. I regardless went for jogging around 09:00 alongside Elbow River. There were not many joggers or walkers but the cold was perfectly bearable for Nov. I ran slowly for about 23 min. but I think it would not have been more than 20 min., had I not ran slowly. I usually run better in cold. Warm and sunny weather makes me tired fast. I was jogging a bit slower than usual due to the icy pathway. On the way back home the car slid and I hit the curb! I was lucky that no car was parked at that corner. I might have dented the front right rim. I didn't even bother checking! 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A Trip to Iraq

The Lady often calls her Mom to check on her and see how she's doing. Last week she called a couple of times and her Dad said that she was not available! Finally at the third call she was told that her Mom has traveled to Iraq to see the holy shrines! She had told The Lady that she would be going and she advised her against that with all the conflict in Iraq and terrorism but she is an persistent old lady! For many Iranians the holy cities in Iraq are like their dreamland. They must visit them at least once in their life. I guess my Grandma took my father to Iraq some 60 years ago when he was a little kid, to see the holy shrine of Imam Hussein in city of Karbala. I have to check that whomever is left from the family!
In my personal opinion it was such a brave action from an old lady in her late 70's to do that. In The Lady's stupidity! Karbala as the holiest city in Iraq have been targeted a few times by Sunni militia and suicide attackers, I guess. This conflict of Shia and Sunni in Islam seems never ending. It's said that ISIS mostly comprises Sunnis but we know they have even Westerner fucked up fools among them. Some Sunnis are against ISIS. This in fact make the whole conflict more confusing for an outsider, particularly a Westerner who knows nothing all these different sect. Kurdish people who fight ISIS are mostly or maybe even all Sunnis as well! Many Sunnis don't even believe that Shia people are Muslim and if I want to write about this, I would be writing pages without stopping! During Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh region, Iran, a mostly Shia country supported Armenia a Christian country against A majority Sunni country of Azerbaijan! So you can imagine how fucked up things are.
Anyways my mother-in-law also traveled to Najaf, another holy city in south and Samara in north. I guess the most dangerous part must have been going to Samara which is not too far from ISIS forces. She's back now. The Lady was very mad at her and told me that she had a big fight with he over the phone as why she had done such a irresponsible act. I would talk to her to ask about the places she travel to. I guess her trip took a week of a little longer. 
(Photo: This map shows the major towns and cities of Iraq and who controls them. ISF stands for Iraqi Security Forces, ISIS is know to everyone, Peshmerga is Kurdish armed forces and ISW is no army or armed unit. These are areas under study by the institute who has published this map. The map and the area under control different groups are changing but no significant change has been seen in the past few months or so unless exchange of a few small towns and villages between different groups)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Nasty-Mart (Wal-Disgusting-Mart)

With me being tossed out of worked, our life style has been changed in the past month. Now I don't go buying stuff and when it comes to buy something, essential needs, we'll go to Superstore or Nasty-Mart more often compare to other supermarkets such as Safeway and Co-op
There's no doubt that a company such as Nasty-Mart has had a huge negative impact in North America's market. Thousands of people who could have been small business owners, are out of job simply because dirty Nasty-Mart purchases the same item that they make or produce much cheaper. For example in a little town which could have as many as 10 little stores, now there's a Nasty-Mart providing every crap from disgusting cancer-causing potato chips to other sicking stuff such as canned vegetables and processed meat. These stores are normally managed by a guy who basically knows primary school stuff and English. The staff consists of table-cloth worn African or Arab refugees, stinking cheap East Indians and some silly Caucasian guys who either have nobody to recommend them for better paid jobs, are very dumb or have done something wrong that better-paid jobs for some reason, won't hire them. A regular employee of Nasty-Mart normally earns up to maybe $12 an hour. Of course night shift or more experienced guys make a little bit more. 
We were in a local Nasty-Mart yesterday and the surprise was although it was weekend the place was not so crowded that we finished everything in probably less than 20 min. Basically the only stuff we buy there, most of the time is fruits and vegetables. When I was waiting for the lady to come out because she was waiting for the dumb cashier to find the code for some vegetables I realized this sign beside customer service section which was referring to the available positions. 
This type of job is actually not bad for a disgusting, ugly, stupid Filipino who otherwise had to work as a prostitute so when she sees 10% discount on merchandise and Be the Spark won't think twice before joining! The fact is the majority of this disgusting animals do nothing. They pretend they're busy but they hang out at a corner and talk their annoying language and if you asked them a question they either pretend they are dumber than they look so you regret asking the question or give you a meaningless answer! 
I looked at a few of the stupid positions that Nasty-Mart has posted with the hope I would never have to take any of them:

1) Cashier. This one is fine and there are many nice, polite and courteous cashiers in the store which is a surprise to me. At the same time there are a few lazy disgusting human-like animals as well. 

2) Store Standards. I wondered what this position might be but luckily I didn't have to ask anyone because I would have probably not received a meaningful answer! The answer was in a parenthesis in front of the position: Cart-Pusher!! This poor guy has to walk all they around the store, mainly parking lot to collect the cart that silly, lazy, stupid, human-like animals leave wherever they feel, after they are done shopping and they call that Store Standards!! What a fucking piece of shit these top managers and executives of Nasty-Mart are! 

3) Overnight stockers. This perhaps is the best job in Nasty-Mart. You work at night which is quiet and don't have to deal with customers. Your wage a little bit higher, I guess, because you have you work nights, maybe not and that's about it.

4) Overnight Lead Maintenance. This one sounds very promising but of you look at the next job, you probably feel cheated and disappointed! 

5) Day Maintenance. By looking at this position the first thing comes to mind is a technician or journeyman who makes some $20 an hour or so but stop day dreaming! The real job is written in parentheses: Janitor!!!! What a piece of shit considers janitor as a maintenance guy!? Being a maintenance guy requires experience and expertise while being a janitor needs nothing. How disgusting you can be to to mislead people with this stupid wording you select for your disgusting jobs you offer?!
(Photo: A sign in customer service of disgusting local Nasty-Mart advertises a few top salary positions of all time by using the work SPARK!)

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Heart Check

I had a little problem with my heart a few times and it was my own fault, I know. One morning I woke up and I felt a bad pain on my left shoulder, left side of the chest, upper part and my left palm a little bit. It gradually went away but then I went to a clinic. There a woman physician recommended me to go to an urgent care center. In there unlike usual, I didn't have to wait long. They took blood samples, did cardiology and other examinations. Everything was normal. 
I was then introduced to a specialist and luckily I didn't have to wait very long there either. The first test there was an exercise on a treadmill. I wasn't expecting that to be tough but at one point my heart rate went up to 151 and it was a little bit scary! Even thinking of that know gives me chills! The green colour of display at the time turned red when the rate went up from 148 to 151! And then they did a type of Ultrasonic Test. Before all that another heart reading report was taken and I finally met the specialist. He said there was nothing to worry about and I have a healthy heart! He didn't recommend anything and only suggested to be relaxed! I don't know how I can be relaxed now that I have been kicked out of job for the past month but what can I do? I do job searching and I also am doing an online course. Wouldn't this be enough?

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A Celebration by Asshole Hypocrites

I always have been of the opinion that one of the worst human beings, if you can call it(!) a human being would be a hypocrite and there are plenty of them around. This recent rejection of Keystone XL Pipeline project is a good example how big of hypocrite the US government is. Adding this to their other attribute, being assholes, make them greater than ever! It could be a response to election of J. Trudeau to the Prime Minister as The Liberals had always their differences with the Americans. Or it could be a proof that they are simply hypocrites! 
The US always condemns Iran for aiding Hezbollah in Lebanon since they fight against Israel. For years and years the Americans supported, funded and aided the so-called Mujaheddin in Afghanistan in their ridiculous war against the Soviets, the very same people who majority of them turned later Taliban and similar. That support of Iran is wrong but support of the Americans is or better to say, was fine because now Afghanistan has been turned to a rubble! For years and years Americans aided the South Vietnamese and eventually sent soldiers there. That support was wrong but sending Russian troops to Syria is wrong simply because they are guarding the regime that the US does not favour! A referendum in Crimea which resulted in being part of Russian Federation was considered illegal and unacceptable but the same referendum in a small area called Kosovo which resulted in separation from Serbia is considered a democratic act and legal! 
So this is what Americans are, well not all of them of course. Only their government! In the past few years they were concerned about the environmental impacts of Keystone XL Pipeline project and denied that for different reasons while themselves are responsible for many environmentally damaging acts that if someone wanted to count, would not end soon! Just as an example recycling programs which are very normal and common across Canada, do not simply exist in the US! Beverage bottles, cans, jars and cartons is one of them. I heard that in Las Vegas which could be considered one of the most beverage consuming cities of America there is no recycling program in place. The Lady traveled to Chicago to visit her siblings a few months back and in their she had been told that they did not have any recycling system in place for beverage containers! The US is probably one of the biggest consumers of gasoline with so many SUVs and trucks running here and there every day, not to mention thousands of flights from this corner of the country to the other corner and what has been done to reduce the environmental affects of billions of liters of gasoline consumed every months? Perhaps very little and now they are concerned about a pipeline which is taking crude from Alberta to Gulf of Mexico! I'm not a big fan of the pipeline or for it in a way that I would devote myself to it but I simply dislike hypocrites who happen to be assholes as well! 
(Photo: A gathering of assholes possibly people have nothing to do(!), in front of White House to thank Obama for rejecting the Keystone XL Pipeline project. I remember seeing same kind of smile on a monkey face after it was given a banana which had been taken form a chimpanzee!)

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Too Good to Be True

There are a total of 14 positions that I have applied so far in the past month that I am out of my job. It's just the fact that there are not many jobs available and there are way too many applicants. Or perhaps I'm not very qualified or over-qualified or maybe the available jobs are filled within the companies and through family members and friend. The last one is a big yes. 
So I applied for this job in British Columbia and today I was going to go out and my telephone rang. There was this guy who wanted to talk to me in regards to the position I had applied. It was not a bad conversation but to me it sounded a bit too good to be true, although nothing happened. What he said was that he would talk to his manager and they would probably get back to me for another interview. What surprises me a little bit is that the job had been applied probably less than 24 hours ago and unless they are desperately looking for a replacement, they wouldn't contacted me that fast. He also asked a question which is normally not asked in the first interview, I guess, and that was about the salary. I told him that as long as my salary was in the normal range of the industry, I would be fine with that. The amount he mentioned is of course way better than what I used to get but then the position is a higher one in the organization chart. I don't want to get ahead of myself and I know it will be a challenge but not a challenge that I would not be able to handle. If it doesn't happen, well then I will go back to career hunting.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Cargill's Nightmare

I worked for Cargill Meat Solutions for a little over 4 years and a half. That was my first job in Canada and the pay was not bad particularly because there was lots of overtime available at the time. I don't think it's as good. I remember because of the high market demand we worked 6 days a week for over 2 years and a half and other than that most of the time if I wanted to stay for over time it was possible. I should also add that I got seriously injured a few times due to the hardness of the jobs. I was treated by physicians and physiotherapist and eventually was fine. 
My relationship with the supervisors and superintendents was not so good though. While I joked with many and laughed, they really didn't like many, the majority of them. They suspended many a few times and I remember one time I was suspended indefinitely! The union helped me a lot and although there were bastards who disliked me as well, they kept me on the job until I resigned myself. That was more than 9 years ago! I guess if someone is really looking to see who I am he can contact them to see who quit his or her job 9 years ago. They would have a list and then they can narrow that down! 
Anyways with that in mind I just wanted to say that I had a kind of nightmare about Cargill the night before. I was there and I guess I was working as a cleaner and the entire time, the entire night it was in my dream! I don't recall much detail because if I don't right down the dream right after I wake up, most of it gets faded in my memory but that was it!
I hope it doesn't get to the point that I have to work for them again. It's not the physical pain that I'm worried about. It's just this sense of going backward, frustration and humiliation that keeps me back. Not to mention that they would probably never hire me again because I'm sure the majority of the supervisors and superintendents are still there and they can easily remember how much trouble I used to give there when I was there. Something that I'm not proud of.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Another Blow to Alberta's Devastated Economy

The relationship between the US and Canada was not the best years ago back to 2002 and 2003 when The Liberals were in power and led by Jean Chretien. Canada did not participate in Iraq's the US led collision attack. For that the US-Canada relationship was cold. Other factors were involved as well. When the Conservatives led by Harper came to the office, Canada become the best friend of the US all of a sudden, better than ever I would say. Israeli officials would often visit Ottawa, Iran's embassy was shut down, all sorts of things that the US would appreciate was done by Canada. Nevertheless the big problem of transportation of Alberta's crude to south, Gulf of Mexico, through Keystone has never been resolved despite the good relationship between the two countries. Obama believes that what is being said about creating jobs in the US and other aspects are not entirely true and the project does not have those many benefits that are said. Hilary Clinton a candidate for the 2016 presidency of the US has announced this a few months ago that if she was elected, she would not support that project either. 
So Albertans, including myself, sorry for all of you! Low oil price has already done lots of damage to the economy and lots of revenue is gone. This decision made yesterday would, with no doubt, has affects on the economy of the province and the country as well. I guess I have to go back to those $12-$13 an hour jobs that I did them for years! 
(Photo: A pile of pipes which is supposed to use to complete the Keystone Pipeline to take Alberta's Oil Sand crude to Gulf of Mexico's refineries are sitting idle somewhere in North Dakota)

Friday, November 06, 2015

Liberal's Rediculious and Stupid Show

The Stupid Liberal Thoughtless Party of Canada started their ridiculous show right at the beginning by introducing a Sikh as Defense Minister!!!!! Appointing a Sikh, a person from a community that their ridiculous, selfish, gender bias culture is known around the world, obviously to the people who keep their eyes open, is a stupid gesture that this ridiculous Government has shown so far. 
I remember the time I used to live in Surrey, British Columbia a town a good population of it are Punjabi Sikhs and see their odd behaviour in a country which is supposed not to give any preference to anyone of any race, colour or background. If you're in Surrey and you're not Sikh and go to businesses that are ran by Sikhs, don't expect any service! They show their animosity very clearly and simply ignore you. Slogans such as Sikh is Unique is seen in the back of vehicles without any shame or regret! A good portion of gang is British Columbia is from Sikh community. They are in drug dealing and all sorts of illegal activities. Do not forget that the Air India bombing in the 80's that killed all those innocent people and eventually no one was charged! 
I'm not saying that other people with other background do not have similar issues. I'm simply saying that the Sikhs are probably the worst. 
One of the things that they say about this fella is he has had three tours of Afghanistan!!! So freaking what?! What does that make him now? If I go to a casino three times a week, does that make me a good gambler? If I go to a local gym and run three times a week, does that make me a good runner who could win New York Marathon?! It might help a little bit but it does not necessarily prove a thing! This guy was a soldier and then was promoted and asked to go to Afghanistan. As a soldier he had to follow the orders and he did. Everyone else would have done that. I would have done that. So what does that make him? A hero?!
We all know by looking back and referring to history that Sikhs has always been a good ass-kissers of the British and Canada still is under the Queen's rule although may not be the same way as 1800's. The British created all sorts of stupid sects and religions in Indian Sub-continent and western Asia to differentiate between people. weaken them and then rule them. Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims has been fighting and killing each others for years in that region. Indian Sub-continent has shredded to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, etc so people fight each other, not their common enemy. Who known how many reports of domestic violence is seen every months in Sikh community? Is this guy different? Of course not. I bet he rules at home as tough as he rules at his unit. The stupid Liberals just putting up a show saying Oh! look at us we are so diverse! They practically are trying to save votes for themselves from some specific foreigners! We love the people who beat their wives and know themselves as unique and better than anyone so we selected three of the community! I really hope this piece of dung and his stupid cabinet screws big time and gets humiliated.
(Photo: No you're not mistaken! This is not Amritsar! This photo is taken in capital of Canada, Ottawa and this is the new Defense Minster! I wonder what is that he's going to defend? Sikh culture? Just looking at his face freaks me out)

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Shameless People

Look at these disgusting pigs!! Apparently they are so happy that now their $150,000+ salaries are guarantied and they don't care about anything else! In the country that people lose their jobs on daily basis they shall be happy because they are settled at least for a few next years. All the expenses covered and regular deposits every two weeks. Shameless people!
And shame on those idiots who were talking about change! Lets see how this change, if ever occurred, would affect them! Handing the country to a guy just because his father was once a Prime Minister a few decades ago makes sense! Just the same way that importing more than 25,000 Syrian will make sense soon! 
I know some sensitive drunkard, weed smokers might like my criticism but hey that's me. if you don't fucking like it, you don't have to read it. Go to your local bar and drink yourself to death! 
(Photo; This is selected from today's ceremony in Ottawa when the new Government sworn in. I don't know who these guys are, I don't want to know and I don't care. I just despise them. I dislike them for the fact that they seem so careless and all they hug is the glory they feel they are part of. I hope they fail in a way they can not ever stand on their feet again)

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Stupid Complaint by Stupid Person

There this news yesterday that a waitress who works for Bier Market was unhappy with the uniform she had to wear and went public about it!!! This stupid low-life was probably is frustrated with something else and now is trying to vent off and get others attention so others say what a brave girl! If she has no talent and brain, at least she is brave and stands up for her rights! According to this moron the uniform is too short and sleeveless! One of the stupidest complaint that I've ever heard in Canada. In this country the majority of women use every possible opportunity to show their body! In summer sometimes you feel you should not go to public, crowded places! Girls mostly are in shorts and sleeveless T-shirts and flip-flops! Even in winter they mostly wear Yoga pants and similar outfits that shows their butts and thighs! Why all of a sudden a bar girl complains about her uniform?! 
There's no doubt that the bar has this idea of attracting more customers but isn't this the whole idea of going to a bar in Western culture?! You go for a drink or two and you meet people. relationships, many of them, start from bars and other social drinking places. Some end the next morning, some in a few months or year. It's for bar girls and patron. So you stupid, you think you've accomplished something significant in your life when they showed you on TV?! You know go to your boyfriend and watch that clip on The National together a few times and feel proud that you have defeated a big business?! Is that what it is moron?! Well you defeated nothing. You just contradicted yourself and opposed to the very basics of your own culture! And don't give me that cliche crap of violation of human rights and such. It has nothing to do with that. Your rights basically is violated when you come to this world because you're a slave to Capitalism. They give you a little room to maneuver and clip to be shown on TV but they eventually own you and move you the way they want but let me stop right here because I bet you wouldn't understand. Go back to your job! 
(Photo: This stand taken probably from the clip shown on national TV shows the hero of human rights in Canada and the only functioning brain in law business at left!)

Monday, November 02, 2015

TSD and Others

I did the TSD (Trait Self Descriptive) questionnaire of CAF today. It was an easy but interesting computer based type of test. I'm trying to reactivate my CAF application and that was the second step. A lady from the recruiting staff talked to me after that and indicated that my references were not good. At first I thought she meant that the references had not provided good feedback but then I learnt that they were not considered good references by CAF standards. They normally shall be from past instructors, supervisors, mentors, pastors and such people. I have to change them then.
Then she mentioned that I would have to write an exam which to her it was hard and I would receive more forms to fill out.
CAF and jobs such as that normally have a long process. All I have to do now is to wait while I'm applying for other positions. I think she said something such as I would have to write the examination for the job I have applied in March but I could be wrong because here I found what she was saying a bit different from the way people normally pronounce as March. There were another form to fill out and that was for drugs. There was a long list two-sided and I realized a few of the applicants were struggling with that. We were on this day a total of maybe 8 at the most. One of them couldn't help it and showed his dislike for me. I was talking to another one telling him that instead of paying for the expensive parking in Downtown, he could have parked outside the city center area, parked for free and taken the train. The guy just jumped in and said that he would have spent $8 to find the free spot! I ignored his offensive tone and said that he would have been able to find a free spot in a very short time. I also learnt through one of the guys that Basic Training is held for 32 weeks which equals to almost 8 months. I guess that's good to have 8 months of paid training but it's pending my acceptance to the forces! 
(Photo: CAF logo has symbols representing the army, the navy and the air force)

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Mt. Ware

I had a conversation with The Hope after we finished our easy hike of Bull Creek Hills to see whether he wants to do another hike before leaving the country for his trip to Down Under. He first said that he would like to do another one. Then he said he preferred to go bicycling and then he came back and said he would join me for another hike! I was going to say to him he should have made his mind but then I thought: What the hell! He brings the car. He drives and he's a good companion. So I don't care if he's moody!
Our plan was to go to Mt. Ware first and then he said he would want to see whether there was anything else available! I gave him the chance to check the other local hikes and then he came back with this message that he would go to Mt. Ware! So we set up everything for that! Gosh! It's just a pain in the butt to deal with someone who cannot make his or her mind up! I had The Lady as someone constantly changes her mind. Now this guy has been added too!  
We headed south toward Turner Valley in the morning and I have to add that I was not able to convince him to start earlier than 07:00 AM although he told me that he had woken up at 04:00 and was not able to go back to sleep! On the way from Turner Valley to Sheep River Provincial Park we were lucky that he missed a baby Deer on the road! He's generally not a good driver but this time luck was with us otherwise our trip would have been changed to a tragedy. Then when we entered the park shortly after the daylight was upon us we saw a pick up truck that as soon as we approached he put up his lights. A guy from Alberta Parks approached us and said that he was looking for hunters. We told him that we were going hiking up Mt. Ware and he said goodbye to us. I don't think Alberta Parks takes a good care of the Alberta parks because when we were out doing our hike of Bull Creek Hills we heard noises several times that to me sounded like someone was shooting rounds. Also when we went to Ghost Valley area, on the way back, we saw a guy with shotgun and the bastard gave us a fake smile but unfortunately we were not able to report the motherfucker. 
You have a 20 minutes of scrambling on a pile of lose rocks before you summit Mt. Ware. Some of the rocks are covered with a type of beautiful green moss
Finding the trail-head this time was not very hard. We drove to the end of a gravel road and parked in Gorge Creek trail parking lot. No one else was there at the time and I guess we started our hike around 08:30 or so. We simply headed west on the trail, parallel to the creek. It's a nice area but lack of snow and rail will have a significant affect in the wildlife and vegetation, if this goes the same for the next few months. It's now Nov.-01 and we have not had even one snowfall! After walking for a while on the easy trail we headed north this time to get ourselves to the foothills of Mt. Ware. Here The Hope believed we had been distracted from the main trail so we cut in to the trees and walked back toward east for a while until The Hope said that we were on the main trail! He has bought this application that apparently has many trail available to us and we can simply follow it although I have done all of the hikes without any map or tracker! 
The last half an hour of the hike or so was interesting. We had to climb up a pile of lose rocks to get ourselves to the summit. Before that we we walked up the mountain to get ourselves to the ridge on the east side. The view to the vest is nice and on your east or better northeast you have city of Calgary easily available to your view. North and south do not provide much. We had a short break, took a few photos and headed back down the mountain. 
A small pool of water in Gorge Creek from top o the trail looks like. It would have been of course much nicer, Had we seen it in early summer or late spring
There was nothing special on the way back to the parking lot. We saw a type of flightless bird, similar to what I had seen on The Wedge but he messed up the photo and I had sent my camera to Canon in Ontario so there's not a clean and nice shot of that available! No one was seen on the trail the entire time and just half an hour to the parking lot a light rain started but it stopped as soon as we reached the car. Generally Mt. Ware is considered a very easy hike with its half an hour just being fun. Gorge Creek is nice but nothing significant that wows you. Maybe its nicer when it has more water in it. Sheep River Provincial Park is not taken care of as good as other Kananaskis area parks maybe because its smaller and does not have as many trails as the other parks and not many businesses such as restaurants and cafes are available close to it. The only place that you can sit for a beverage or meal would be in Turner Valley or Black Diamond and I don't really know what is available in these two small towns but I know they are not as fancy as Canmore. Longview is a bit further and has a few famous restaurants and cafes but I haven't check those ones either. We headed back to the city directly after that. We sat for a latte in The Hope's favorite coffee shop Starbucks. I didn't particularly liked it. It was some $3.45 for a small cup. Maybe I should have added some raw sugar but generally I don't believe paying more than $3 for a small cup every time you want to have a coffee would be a good idea unless you have an income as much as The Hope's! 
(Photo: This was taken by my buddy on the summit of Mt. Ware looking west with Blue Rock Mountain in the back. You can see me behind the summit cairn with my back turned to the camera, taking pictures with my Sony Cypershot)