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44 Years in Canada!

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The Brave called me and asked me if I could help him a few days ago. I said I would. He wanted to buy a piece of furniture and wanted me to help him load it to his truck and move it to his new house. We went to the address and the negotiation started. He was offering $90 less than the original price! The guy didn't accept and we left shortly after! Even his wife came to check on the damn table! Two people, driving two cars and eventually get nothing. You could go to a furniture store together (the worst being IKEA ) and pick up whatever you want easily. Mostly reasonably priced. Even if you couldn't,  many of them offer installment purchasing options! He then invited me to his house and we had a little chat there. His wife served us some Green Tea . Quite good. That was where I found that he has been living in the country for the past 44 years ! It's someone's age! We had a little lunch which was not bad and then we headed to another house as he wanted to pick up a

Back to Jogging

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I had not jogged for nearly 2 months . In Christmas time I once went to Bow River Pathway , where I usually jog and after I felt a sever pain in the back of my right knee, where, I guess, a major tendon is located. That was not the first time but felt really bad in a way that I could barely walk. So I went to a clinic, or perhaps I should say that I went to an emergency clinic, where I'm not going to name here because one bastard female nurse turned me down months ago! Quite surprisingly they admitted me and a physician examined me. I think they even took an X-Ray photo and then he gave me a paper for some Ultrasonic or something similar test, which I have not done it up until now yet!  Anyways I told myself that I've been lazy in the past two month. I need to do some jogging and running. So I checked the weather and it showed damn cold: -16 ℃ and considering the damn windchill around -21℃ ! I said to myself that it was probably not a very pleasant environment to run

The Brave's Brave Move!

I've written about The Brave , my first landlord and almost a friend. He helped me a lot when I came to Canada but misled me as well. He was a mess at the time. Out of work, his wife had left her with two kids and other problems. Today he's a different man. Almost done with his divorce and married again. He's been remarried for nearly 8 years now(!) and has two kids, one boy and one girl from his Oriental wife! It makes sense. The guy didn't want to stay single for the rest of his life and remarried. Many men do that. It's understandable so far. What surprised me was his move to a new house, almost 2.5 times the price of the house that I was staying with him, 3 times bigger and in a much nicer neighbourhood! He says the house worth some $850,000 and the newly issued city assessment (appraisal) shows its value over $1,000,000 ! The second part must just be exaggeration but I saw the house and it well worth the value he says he has to pay.  He told me several ye

HMV is Following a&b Sound's Steps

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I went to an HMV store a few weeks ago and bought two Coldplay CD s: A Rush of Blood to The Head , an old one and Mylo Xloto a newer album. I had bought the first one in a case of 2 and in live format, both years ago, I don't remember when and where. One of them was all the videos of the album. It was stolen from my car in summer of 2015 . In the store the guy told me that I had to renew my reward card called Pure which I had gotten probably in 2014 or so. I refused. Spending $20  on two CDs seemed extravagant for someone like me who has been out of work for over a year! The only reason I bought those two albums is the reward I had received earlier for my volunteer work. Just a little while after I refused to pay for the renewal of Pure reward card it was announced that HMV is going out of business and they soon will close all of their stores across the country! Strange that now where do we turn to buy our favorite movies and musics!? It reminded me of a&b Sound whic

Basic Officer Training Qualification: Sandbag Lifting

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I spend some time in the building gymnasium Basic Officer Training Qualification Test , if, I repeat if, I get the call from CAF . I recently bought two 18 Kg bags of play sand in order to practice the sand bag lift exercise of the qualification. In this exercise two 20 Kg sandbags are put on the floor within the distance of 1.25 m . The participant has to lift each bag to the height of 1 m. , leave it (or better to say drop it) and then moves (or better to say leaps sideways) to the next one and does the same. He or she has to repeat that 30 times and be able to finish in 03:30 min. , maximum. as well as outdoors with the hope that I can prepare myself for the I called The Chef  once to come and help me. Unfortunately I had not been able to get durable bags and used tot bags! I put the plastic 18 Kg. bags in the tots and The Chef timed me. I just did that as a test to see how I can handle it. According to The Chef I finished the practice in about 02:20 min. or so but I k

A Bad Day in Banff National Park

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After months of staying home and mostly doing nothing and wasting time, this past Fri. I decided to have a hike in Banff National Park . Bad Mistake! That's how it started and continued! The first mistake was selecting the hour. I normally leave home at about 05:30 AM and that's on weekends when most of the people are sleeping. This time I left at around 06:30 when many were going to work or simply hitting Highway # 1 for any reason including skiing! By the time I got my coffee and entered the highway it was past 07:00 and lots of traffic and stupid, careless drivers on the road(!) including a bastard who pushed me toward Stony Trail and cost me at least 15 min. especially because of slippery roads and the stupid not-updated GPS ! The road was not bad but then another problem showed its nasty face: I needed to go to bathroom very badly after the coffee! Coffee always does it for me and it has always been a step in my hiking trips! I have to go to bathroom after or during dr

The Forth Time Being The Best!

This month I was waiting for the message to come and tell us volunteers to do for Feb. There was no message until the 9th which is very unusual. So I contacted the manager and he replied back the next day and said that he had been too busy to send the instructive message out. When it came I realized that I had been selected as the one who has contributed the most and I had been recognized for that for the 4th time and the 3rd consecutive month!  While this is very encouraging and pleasing at the same time, the fact that the other participants are busy with their career and personal life should not be overlooked! I have no job and no personal life at the moment(!) and in the months of Dec. and Jan. which people are busy with Christmas , New Year and vacations I dedicated the most with Jan. being the highest in number of contributions. I'm pretty sure that if other participants or better to say volunteers cared as much as I do, the result would be different but at the same time

A Lair Has Short Memory

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The other day I was in a supermarket for a snack and I was reading ingredients of a number of popular ones. All full of disgusting chemicals and preservatives which I've written about previously. This Triscuit I like a little because it has less shit compare to other products. However I checked one particular flavour for the amount of sugar and realized that it says it doesn't have any. Zero grams! Good! Then when I looked at the ingredients part sugar is seen there. One might say that the amount of sugar is so low that it's insignificant enough to be mentioned but what if someone has problem with the least amount of sugar? I'm not diabetic but I like to see what I'm eating. Besides many types of starch foods (or for a fact all of them!) turn to sugar in body. Pasta, potato, rice, etc. So you always have to watch the amount of sugar you're taking. Whether these guys are liars or simply made a mistake, I must say I'd classify them under the second group.

Extreme but Beautiful Cold

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This year we are experiencing the true winter of Alberta! It got really cold again in the past few days and today around noon I decided to take a walk beside Bow River . I don't know whether it was extreme cold, laziness or what that made me go back to the car only after 30 min.! In the evening though I told to myself that I should get out. Sitting at the damn table and doing just a little is not good. Besides I exercise at the gymnasium every other day. Then I should walk or jog every other days of the week. I got out and that was not too bad. only -23 ℃ ! An Overpass on Memorial and Downtown in the background. Although sunny and beautiful but it was brutally cold. You can tell by looking at the smoke coming up from the high-rises. For some though this is a time for some jogging fun. I've become lazy and haven't done that for a while or maybe focusing on another type of exercise!  I guess I was able to walk for nearly 1.5 hour because first there was no wind an

Bad Pills

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There was lots about the people who died from drug overdose in Dec., many in British Columbia which is notorious for its drug users! I personally saw a jackass near Gateway Station in Surrey who took out a needle and was going to inject shit into himself last summer! I guess in Alberta we have the same story maybe not with that intensity.  With that being said I met The Chef last weekend near a Canadian Tire . He wanted to buy a few things. He had a problem with The Brave 's home, I don't know he did it unintentionally while he was drunk or not, but a pipe blew and the basement got flooded. So he was there on time and I noticed that he was unusually tired and couldn't even speak! He also went on the poor cashier who was a Filipino woman. He's normally very nice to people, smiles, greets, etc. He returned the Canadian Tire money with such a displeasure! Then on the way back to the house and when I noticed her red eyes I asked her if he had drunken any alcohol

Failure After Failure!

I received another message from a provincial government in regards to a position that I had applied back in December of last year: Denied! I was hopeful about this one because they needed a number of people and as well I think I did well in the assignment they sent to me. Apparently I was wrong! Now the only position left is the CAF 's which I'm supposed to start in March but even that one is not guaranteed until I pass all the training stages which I think there will be at least four stages!