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Cirque Peak, Not a Bad Hike

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I and The Hope had this discussion as what hike we should do this weekend and although he's a little bit, maybe more than a bit(!), crazy, I wanted to go with him. This time he said he was about to rent out his house, sell his car and go back to the old country(!) and for that reason he could not bring his car! Fair enough. I drive mine this time, I said. After all he has driven his BMW X1 every time we went for a hike and I think he felt a little abused, maybe! Then we got into my vehicle and hit Highway # 1 to get ourselves to Icefield Parkway and do Cirque Peak hike and he goes: I forgot my wallet! I knew right away that it was a plan. He probably thought he had spent too much every time we went out and now wanted me to compensate!  Anyways we left his place in NW part of the city at about 07:35 and by the time I pulled into the parking lot for the hike, it was almost 10:00. We geared up quickly and the place was almost full. Icefield Parkway is a beautiful road and

Foxcatcher, Difficult to Watch

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It was mid-2014 when I first noticed that Foxcatcher would be released soon and wanted to see it immediately. I didn't know anything about what had happened to David Schultz , a member of USA Wrestling team unless being murdered back in early 1996 . I resided in the old country at the time and was a wrestling enthusiast. Competing in 74 Kg class in the university, I once was among the 1st two people but never got the chance to compete nationally. Even if I had, I would not have gotten anywhere because the stupid system allowed national and Olympic champions to enter a university without passing entrance exam or checking their high school grades and we had to compete against them! Imagine you're an engineering student who has to work hard to pass the damn examination and you get a chance to work-out 3 times, sometimes only 2 times a week and then at the national university student championship you would have to compete against a recent Olympic medalist!!! Stupid as fuck

Summer, After All!

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I went for jugging today shortly before noon. It was warm but not intolerably hot. People were out in hundreds but it was not disturbing crowded, at least not were I was jogging! After more than 10 days of rain, cloud, hail and storm, it became summer a few days ago. It even went up to 28 Degrees C one day but didn't bother me much. I had set my alarm for 05:00 and wanted to go for hiking to Kananaskis but I couldn't. I was too tired due to lack of enough sleep. It's been 3 weeks now, I guess. In addition to tiredness and laziness, this fucking job searching is making me very uncomfortable. I haven't gotten anything and it doesn't look like it will improve soon. I'm not going to the field of job searching. I have started going to our local gym as well. One of the bars was missing almost 2 months ago and I was not able to do biceps. I noticed just the other day that it had been put back. I did 4 sets and also other exercises. My hope is to get in better phys

Outcry over Air Miles

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There are a number of reward programs in the country. From the Optimum Card of Shoppers Dug Mart to McDonald's beverage sticker. The one that people like a lot is Air Miles . I've been a collector for a long time now but didn't collect many points for a long time. There was a time that lived in Squamish and there is no Safeway or other major retailer, to offer Air Miles points, except for Rona that I never shopped there for myself. So in that period I earned basically nothing. Then I moved to the Lower Mainland and lived from Coquitlam , Surrey , White Rock and then Surrey again and barely went to Safeway . When I returned to Alberta although we mostly went to Superstore for our grocery shopping, we occasionally went to Safeway and in addition to that I purchased gasoline mostly from Shell . I accumulated a total of 3960 points, I guess. There was this in the news a few weeks ago that whatever Air Miles you have collected in the past year, if not used by

Another Kick in the Butt by the Gogernment

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I had an interview for a Government position a few days ago. This was coincided with the time that maintenance guys were in the unit! I had to leave and sit in the car to answer the questions! I came to this conclusion that Government jobs are toughest to get. In addition to their lengthy process and numerous stages that you have to pass, normally dealing with the people who perform the interviews or coordinate the examinations in tough! Some of them are real bastards and if they realize, which is very easy to happens, that you're from the part of the world that they don't like, they make sure that you don't get the job at all and create every possible obstacle for you.  This sun of the bitch who interviewed me for a short 15 min., I guess, could even talk properly, motherfucker! He sounded like one of these Eastern European assholes that poured to this country after the Balkan War and others who allegedly ran away from Communism . At times he was not even able to

A Whole Wet Week

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It's has been raining off and on since last Sat. What a pleasure for Stampede goers! I think neither the tourists nor the business owners in Stampede and Calgary in general are very happy! They say rain is OK but the majority of the activities take place outside and when dogs and cats are coming down, you can't even walk, not to mention that none of the rides would be enjoyable, nor the food would be available. I don't care about this. I went to Stampede with The Lady last year and we had a good time. I would probably not go for the next 5 years or so if I'm still here! The wet weather also has taken away any chance to hike or scramble within 200 Km from Calgary ! Would not be fun if went in a foggy and rainy day. I've done it before and didn't like it much. These tiny flowers are so nice that I couldn't help taking a photographing them although I only had taken my small camera with me.  I decided to have a walk in the afternoon because I was

Good First Aid Course

I decided to renew my First Aid certificate a few weeks ago and checked Canadian Red Cross website. I was then referred to Titan Health & Safety , an educational small group which operates in a small community center and I registered for the course. I didn't check any other organization. So I can't say whether their price is reasonable or not but apart from a few small flaws, which you can find in any instructor, their course was pretty good. We were as many as maybe 25 to 30 people from different age groups and backgrounds and there were two instructors: A British woman and a Canadian guy. Making silly jokes, which are not funny mostly, maybe not to me(!), is part of education here in Canada and I guess they do that to make the course and teaching less boring but the problem is if you don't chose your wording wisely, it's sometimes ridiculous instead of funny!  I hardly remember the first time that I took this course that was in Brit'SHIT' Columbia

A Rare Environmental Phonemena

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Canada is the country of different environmental phenomena which I had not seen them before my immigration: Blizzard, freezing rain, summer hail storm and maybe more. This one that I'm telling is not among them but interesting. The Lady told me that she had seen snow on her way to work around 19th St. NW in summer, a few years ago. I didn't believe her! Not that I thought she was laying. I thought she had mistaken something else with snow until I finally saw that last year! She was right! Snow on the grounds in July and there hasn't been any snowfall!  This year I got the chance to shot it. I was in that vicinity and I will tell what for on the weekend of July the 2nd and 3rd and I saw it and realized why it happens: The snow is on the ground and there's a pile covered by a tall tree's shadow. During the day the sun rarely shines on it and doesn't melt it. At night it goes down to 13 or even single digit and melting stops. It might be gone by now becaus

McDonald's Goat Burger

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I went to see The Chef this past weekend mainly because I was almost out of money and in the past 2 trips we had together I had paid for everything and he just enjoyed! He also wanted me to print the photos of the trip for him but I didn't because I certainly don't want to pay and not get paid later! I always call him and he rarely does. So when I called on Fri. he said he would be busy because he has a tenant to come and settle down. He added that he would call me later. I was doing LPI practice on Sat. and heard the telephone ringing. That was him asking me to join. So I saddled up and rode my bike to him. It's very boring and tiring to go all the way to his place because it's almost 22 km ! So this time I rode to Whitehorn Station , which used to be the last LRT station in Calgary when I first came to Calgary , took the train to Westwind Station and then rode again to his place.  We had a little chat and then we went to a nearby London Drugs and in there h

Alan Kane in MEC

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I was in the MEC the other day, just killing time and looking around as didn't have anything else to do(!) and while in books section a little note caught my eye about presence of Alan Kane , a well-known scrambler and hiker in western Canada in MEC on Fri. His book Scrambling in Canadian Rockies was also available there for $34 and even me who never pays for stuff like this and relies on available information in the web, wants to buy it. In fact if I was not unemployed, I wouldn't mind paying that much for a book which guides me through trails to reach summits. It is very goof particularly for me who like to hike solo.  I won a little money this week as a result of my contributions to a volunteer work I do. I thought the best thing I can do with that money is buy a few books or similar valuable things that every time I use them, it reminds me of my volunteer work. Alan Kane 's book could be one of them.  Anyways today I went to MEC to see him. I was expecting

The Winner and a New Interview

For someone who has been out of work for 9 months now, even a little good news lifts his spirit. It was exactly 9 months ago that the bastards called me to the office and gave me the kick in the butt! Nevertheless I received an e-mail from the manager of the volunteer job I do yesterday indicating that I had won the monthly prize for my contributions to the organization as a volunteer. There is a little money involved here but the fact is the spiritual lift of that is very important. Just a few minutes before reading the e-mail, I had a chat with a lady from the same organization for another volunteer work which is more time-consuming and more serious. If I get that, that would be awesome and I have something even bigger in my resume. Then I had a short telephone interview for a Federal Government job this afternoon. This one is a hell of a job, if I can get it. The start was very disappointing. The minute he started talking I realized that he was not Caucasian . He sounded mor

Five Years Driving Abstract

There were days that I was writing because I didn't have much else to do. Or was not in the mode of doing anything else, perhaps! I  of course had things to do but instead of doing them, building a structure for my life, I didn't do them and wrote in this weblog! Then there was a time that I could make my life a bit easier but constructing a solid structure, late 2012, early 2013 and even 2014 but disagreement between me and The Lady prevented that. It's the history now but at times I'm writing here because I'm too tired and don't want to do anything else. Writing helps me to focus on something else than the things that I've done all day long and can't do them anymore.  This short story is one of them. I had to get my 5-year driver's abstract for one of these positions that I had applied. It cost me some $28 and then I found out the only infraction I have had was the U-turn that I made once near Chinook Center and it appeared to be the time th

A Good Bike Ride Around the City

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The Hope is a moody and disorganized person. Not in appearance though! He's neat and well-dressed but when it comes to our common activities which is getting together for a coffee, hiking or this past one, cycling, he's always late or changes the plan in the last minute. That's what I hate the most but at the moment there's no one else to go hiking with. So I have to stick to this one! My guess is he's become this person because of all the jet lags that he has suffered in the past 10 to 15 years! I'm not joking! Sleep deprivation has serious affects on brain. It makes people impatient, nervous, you name it. I know he has sleeping problem. Just don't know how sever it is. Having that said we planned for this 60 Km cycling in the city through its pathway system today and he was supposed to meet me at Peace Bridge at about 12:20. I'm there at the time and he's not. I called him at 12:21(!) and he says that he's on his way! In the meantime I

(The Easy Hike of) Table Mountain

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I and The Hope finally agreed on our hike after a long discussion a few days ago in a coffee shop. The Hope accepted to go to Pincher Creek area and hike up Table Mountain simply because it was considered a moderate hike. I believe now after we finished it, except for a short part, it is an easy one. Perhaps that's why they consider it moderate! He was supposed to pick me up at 07:00 as he never agrees to getting up early and I had accepted just get the free ride but he was half an hour late. Strike one! We headed south on Highway # 2 and then Highway # 3 and then in Pincher Creek we stopped for a coffee which got turned to have a Pancake as well, in the local A&W ! We had already stopped once for gasoline. So Strike 3! Eat your damn breakfast enough and fill up the fucking tank the night before so you don't have to waste time on the road!  We finally reached the trail-head near Beaver Mine Lake at around 11:00 and started the hike at 11:20, I guess it was! Th