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Arizona Road Trip (6): Town of Chinle

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Chinle (a Native name) at the northeastern corner of State of Arizona , close to New Mexico border is a small town with the majority of the population Native people from Navajo Nation . The said nation apparently is divided to different tribes but I didn't investigate further. There are a few things that have made this neighbourhood a town and those are franchised businesses, hotels and fast food restaurants and one supermarket. The main reason people would go to Chinle is either visiting Canyon De Chelly National Monument or going to New Mexico . This is a dirty town with rundown dwellings, garbage all over the streets, old cars and old buildings. There's no light at night but the building lights. I wonder if that is very hard to provide especially that it is not a big city. A view of the gift shop at Holiday Inn of Chinle or as they like to call it Trading Post back to the days that Native people traded their hand-crafted items with what Europeans offered. The st

Arizona Road Trip (5): Canyon De Chelly National Monument

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As soon as I entered the small town of Chinle I directly followed the GPS and headed toward the destination: Canyon De Chelly National Monument . It didn't take me long to get to the parking lot of its visitor information center and I got in. I guess if I remember correctly all of the US Forest Service people in there were Native people, possibly from Navajo Nation whom are the people of the area. After a little chat with the lady, I learnt through her how to get to south rim and drive through to see whatever was available. I did a little shopping in their gift shop. Prices are a bit high especially for someone like me who has an exchange rate of $1.29 for his or her currency but that's the case through all the US nowadays and was the case throughout the entire trip. That was why I refrained from over-spending. Whatever I spent was just for essentials and I guess I will have a post for just what my expenses were which I truly believe not many can travel like that. 

More on the American Sniper: Pure Hoex

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I heard a few things about this Kyle guy after I watched American Sniper . I decide to do more research on him to see who really he was. As I indicated in the movie related post, I was not very impressed by the movie. There were two reasons that I wanted to watch it: 1- It's made by Clint Eastwood . 2- It's about Iraq War . Unlike many I was not and am still not that sorry for Iraqi s and what happened to their country. 8 years of my childhood and teenage years were spent during Iran-Iraq War, a devastating which was started by Iraqi forces invading Iran in Sep. of 1980 . I believe that there was no tie between Iraq and Al-Qaeda not for the same reason that mostly believe. Al-Qaeda was established by American s when they wanted to help the so-called Afghan Mujaheddin to fight the Soviet s. But weapons of mass destruction were at the very stages of development by Iraq years before t he US invaded. So I was not unhappy that Iraq's infrastructure was destroy

Higher Cost of Food

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I did a little grocery shopping the other day in a Safeway supermarket. The following is what I bought: 1- A dozen Egg s, $2.99 2- Monterey Jack Cheese , .0.0825 Kg, $9.99 3- Jar of Olive s, $10.42 4- Four Gala Apple s, $3.08 5- A bag of 4 Lbs. Orange , $3.99 The total cost was $30.47 and you see that I have not purchased any meat, vegetable or Topical fruit, Chocolate or packed snack, and  Ice Cream or novelties. I used to buy Lucerne Yogurt  from Safeway too: $2.5 for each cup, different types and of course I never eat disgusting sugary so-called fruit Yogurt but the bastards has increased the price of those to $3.18 for each cup. So I said fuck it! They previously had this excuse that the transportation cost is. Now that the price of Crude has gone below $50 and gasoline is sold for a little over $0.93 per liter , I don't know what their excuse is! This time for fruits and vegetables which come from the US they might say the US dollar is stronge

Arizona Road Trip (4): Sedona to Chinle, Long and Scary(!)

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The drive to Chilne in the northeastern part of the state was scary, long and exhausting. If the car had been broken, I would have been in the world of shit, particularly after Flagstaff . From Sedona to Flagstaff I was on the same Inter-State highway (I-17) and kept myself to the rightest(!) possible. Having the previous experience now(!) and being day, it was much easier to drive.   I had a short stop at Flagstaff to go to restroom at a Mobil gas station and huge liqueur store. Then drove east and then north and northeast started. Roads were so remote and empty that you could drive for minutes without seeing a single car. No service and only Native people houses on the land as it is all Navajo Nation Reservation . I was scared to death about gasoline as the gauge was showing half-empty (One might want to say half-full!) until I reached this place called Burnside and bought more than 3 gallons of gasoline (that's how they measure) from this Chevron gas station.   Fro

Arizona Road Trip (3): Sedona and Surrounding

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I woke up early morning and went down for a breakfast. The hotel is nice and quiet but I didn't sleep very well as my bed had been changed. Breakfast was OK. Nothing special. There were plenty but sub-par. You know American food: The quantity is always high but quality is not. They had cold boiled egg(!) toast, disgusting white floor bagel which not only sticks to your teeth but your inner wall of stomach! Coffee was not bad, Jelly and peanut butter as well as Orange Juice and Yogurt in cup. All in artificial best way of them! There are plenty of nice places that you can eat in (At least they look nice from outside!) but I stuck with the breakfast that I have paid for! Then I checked with the information center just across from the hotel to see what else is available around. The guy gave me a few good tips but when I asked him about Canyon De Challey National Monument he said he had never been there. So head out and then I could see the real Sedona as the night prior to t

Arizona Road Trip (2): Race to Sedona(!)

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Immediately after I left Lost Dutchman State Park , I set up my GPS for Views Inn in Sedona and headed north. In fact I first headed west to Phoenix and from there to north. It was a very scary drive. First off people drive like maniacs and the speed limit is 65 miles/hour and gets to 75 miles/hour at some spots. I drove 60 mile per hour at the most and I was not  comfortable ! There are not basically many rest areas on the road or you have to get completely out of the highway and I was worried for both my check-in and getting lost. Some damn hotels clearly say in their booking  information  that they would not let you in past certain hours. When we went to Newfoundland  last year it took longer than usual from Placentia to Twillingate . We stopped at Terra Nova National Park on our way and at Gander for dinner. It was a very difficult drive from Gander to Twillingate  due to poor lighting of the road, unfamiliarity with the area (our first time to NL , like this is my fir

Arizona Road Trip (1): Lost Dutchman State Park

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I finally started my Arizona  trip in the early morning of Sun. Unlike what I was thinking, A TSA agent stamped my passport just after a few questions. The plane was shit. Small seat and no roam for arms and legs. The entire time of the trip they served two beverages which had been predicted. Food was available for purchase but there was no entertainment system. I guess that's because you can do whatever you want to do with your computer during a certain time of the trip, In fact you could rent an iPad for $10 ! I have to mention that I'm referring to Air Canada . Last time I flew with this airline it was Oct. of last year and the entertainment system was still available. Nevertheless the real shit happened when we finally landed. I was very tired and frustrated both because of the damn seat (I was in between, the bastards as soon as they saw my name and realized I was not Caucasian did that) and I was bored and hungry. We landed and it appeared that we had parked in the

Workplace Stories (18): Newlywed At Large(!)

I wrote how we got embarrassed in the previous about work. Newlywed was completely vanished from the face of Earth after that. I didn't see he until after two days one of the other guys, whom I would like to use the Mirchi for him, told him that he had presumably left for his native land because his father was in critical condition. He added that he didn't completely the story although he had been told by the Engineering Manager . He simply stated that an emergency trip would have been not been planned for more than a week while this guy is gone for three! Mirchi is a rival of Newlywed although they show friendly faces to each other. They talk behind each others back. Newlywed mocks Mirchi and says he once went to his native Pakistan and married a girl in a week! The whole dating, engagement and wedding took a week he says! While I'm not surprised and these things are common in East , he could have been exaggerating!  Anyways I tried Newlywed 's number the v

Workplace Stories (17): Pathetic Losers

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We had this visit to one fabricator a few days ago, planned for us 1 week ahead. I was happy that I could get the fuck out of the damn office and experience something. Our schedule stated clearly 16:00 as the time of meeting so we got there 5 min. earlier. We realized upon arrival that the bastards from the Client side had ditched us! According to the fabricator guys they had met them more than 5 hours earlier, had done all of the documentation and left.  We were both so upset and pissed off! They treated us like crap and basically said indirectly that we didn't exist! I couldn't help it and said a few nasty thing about the fucking assholes and we left after half an hour. We got back to the office and told the story to The Screamer and of course added more and more and exaggerated but not very much! He happily agreed and promised to discuss that with the fucking Client . Newlywed as well was upset and frustrated and I pilled on. We didn't talk after we returned b

Another Skating Course Finished

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I would have attended the last session of our Skating course next Thu.. If I have not had this trip planned. So today was my last. It was a very fun time and we both enjoyed a lot and we learnt a lot as well. Our instructor, as usual was a Caucasian young girl and she was good, but not as good as the previous level's. No complaint though. This sport requires lots of practice similar to other ones and it is much harder to keep the practice going because its facilities are limited and expensive but this year we were quite active.  We went to Olympic Plaza several times as well Crowchild Twin Arenas . I even went to Carburn Park and Bowness Park each once at least and we had a very fun day in the Oval on Family Day . If everything goes well I would either register for Level 3 or Speed Skating . The later requires a suit and different skates but I'll see how everything goes. (Photo: This sort of sculpture is erected by Olympic Oval and I had not seen it clearly until

No to Fitbit Charge

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We know that the giant companies in West continuously are thinking of different ways to see how they can make money by introducing new products and services that the majority of people do not necessarily need them. A good example of it is Apple which introduces a new handset every six month or so. Not that I ever have purchased or will ever posses one! That being said, I checked the Windows Store in  Chinook Center  a few days ago and realized they have this promotion for Fitbit products which you can get up to $50 when you replace your device with a new one. I wanted to change my Flex  and get a Charge considering that Charge calculates the elevation and related consumed energy. So I checked with one of the guys and he said if I had brought the charging cable, he would have given me $15 discount on the new device, a Charge that I had wanted to buy. A few days passed and this time I went there with the wristband and charging cable, both. First they were not very willing

Easy Hike to Kananaskis Ice Cave

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I had this Ice Cave in Kananaskis in my schedule, the unwritten one(!) for a bit of a time and wanted to go in the last week of Feb. but a snowfall warning stopped me. I knew the hike would be easy but considering the steepness of the path and considerable plunge of the temperature I postponed it until this weekend. I was still not sure whether or not I wanted to go last night but finally set my Fitbit 's silent alarm on 05:55 and woke up on time.  I felt beaten and I sat on the chair in the living room for about 10 min. I knew I would have gone back to sleep, had I headed to the bedroom but at the same time I knew I needed exercise. I eventually headed out at about 06:30 or something but not being mentally ready for the trip I missed my coffee stop and had to go back to get one. Then I thought maybe I should go to the south of the city and just do a little walking in a park but that sounded boring to me so I turned back and before hitting Highway 8 I felt I needed something

Preheat in Welding and Similar Situations

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I have written about this earlier but when I was in the engineering school, taking my first, I would call them technical courses, I was a bit terrified of the possible mistake I could do and mess up the whole production line mid-through the course. This fear later on went away. I don’t know how but maybe I didn't pay enough attention to the courses and failed a few! I really don’t remember and it doesn't matter now.   Then starting work in the industry, I soon realized that most of the nonsense we studies in those years were only theory. No one, literally no one ever or barely utilizes them in the work and they were only good to pass hours in the classroom, pass the examinations and get the damn bachelor’s degree. Of course high-tech industry uses them but how many companies we have around the world and how many educated people we have in those companies who are really in to that.   With that in mind I was reading the newly issued CSA Standard W59-13 , that part abo