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A Walk Around Saint Jean Sur Richelieu

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I normally do not use Wi-Fi for Internet  on my phone because I don't like small screens but I'm sitting in a McDonald's in the town, waiting for my $1.94 medium coffee to cool off! I walked from the garrison in a chilly, windy 4 ℃ (around 0 perhaps with windchill). It took between 50 min. and one hour and having a bad cold and coughing chest didn't make it a pleasant walk but it was better than sitting in Subway or the cubical! I'm going for a little shopping in a few min. but I probably take a cab, although I might not be able to get one! When we were going to P. E. T. Airport in Montreal I called a cab but it came we got to another one which the driver was not able to find his customer. (Photo: It's a big two-story McDonald's in the town, the only one rather than the one inside Wal-Mart. The entire second floor was almost empty. Richelieu River at the east side)

CFLRS Notes (6): The Abusers

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It didn't take long to me to learn that there is a good percentage of the recruits who actually come to CFLRS for things rather than being part of CAF ! Yes! It might sound strange but the following a few categories of those individuals: 1) Collect cheques from the Federal Government , spend the money on computer, strippers, prostitutes, alcohol, weed and other drugs and go back home because they never saw that much money (as much as $1200 per months) in their life and probably that would be as much as they make, if they found a job. 2) Find a mate (girlfriend/boyfriend). Fuck her/him for a while. Stay with her/him for a while to see if it taste good after that while or not and go from there. 3) Find a way to file for VR (Voluntary Release) and possibly combine that with do-nothing-for-as-long-as-possible and if they're smart enough, (in their philosophy of living!), get permanent disability fund. There might be other reasons but these are the three main ones. 

CFLRS Notes (5): FORCE Test

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Many, including me, thought if they passed FORCE Test , everything else would be as easy as a piece of cake! Wrong! Big time! FORCE Test is important and everyone had to pass it in order to get to the training sequence but not as important as it might seem because the times which should be beaten is easily accessible by most of the recruits with average fitness level. Many were extremely nervous before the test but I was as cool as cucumber(!) because I was 100% certain I would pass it easily.  Look at one of the tests: Sandbag lift. The recruit has to lift a bag of 20 Kg to the height of 1 m., drop it, jumps sideways to right (or to left, if started from right) lift another one to the same height and then drop it. The recruit has to repeat this 30 times (15 each side) in 03:30 min. I did that in 01:32 min. !  I did not do badly in the next station either but in the third one I felt tired and in the last exercise, after I was told timing didn't matter, I got slow and the t

CFLRS Notes (4): Farnham Leadership Skills and Ability Test

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Our platoon was driven to Farnham , a nearby village and training center for an obstacle challenge or something like that. I don't really remember the term they use for that but what the recruits do is they are divided to groups of 5 or 6 with a leader and they have a limited time to pass an obstacle. This should be led by the team leader. They then evaluate his communication, leadership and other skills of him or her. This is a nice challenge that I had not been exposed to previously.  Surprisingly mine was the toughest: A detonated bridge which only had a few pillars of it left! We had to use pieces of wood, cut in different length and make small bridges between pillars to get ourselves to the other side of the river. Parts of the said pillars are painted red and cannot be touched. I only got 3 out of 5 on that while it could be much better but as I said, and it's according to everyone, the Blown-up Bridge is the most difficult one. Anyways we had some marching after e

Five Rivers Restaurant

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I'm back to Calgary for a few days and hanging out with The Chef as well as The Brave . One day we were wondering where we should go for lunch and we decided to try Five Rivers restaurant in Falconridge neighbourhood of NE close to The Chef 's place. This restaurant used to be a Pizza Hut  when I first came to Calgary but I assume due to the increase in population of foreigners (who mostly don't eat Western food), mostly from Indian sub-continent, Pizza Hut decided to give up the location. Pizza Hut is now operating on a corner and only as a take-out place but it's busy and making a good business, I believe.  Anyways we were there for a buffet and we realized that it would cost $12 each. The food is mostly vegetables, either in form of cut and ready to mix for salad or cooked in East Indian traditional way. The Chef attacked the counter(!) as soon as we got in and I got some too. I normally stick to vegetables when I go to East Indian restaurants beca

CFLRS Notes (3): Food and Drinks

The recruits have three rations every day at CFLRS . Eating is prohibited in the pods (rest area in general) and is only allowed in the break areas during training hours. There's a Subway that many hang out there after hours when they want to try something different and be connected to Internet . Breakfast is good. It contains freshly cracked fried Egg , Bacon (which is not freshly made and I've never tried!), baked Beans (which looks like has come out of a can. I tried once and didn't like as somehow was under-cooked), Pork Sausage (similar to what you get in Denny's . They are tasty but not good for you! I, at times, try one), boiled Egg , Oatmeal , different types of fake Jam s(!), different types of breads and bagels and of course Tea , Coffee and artificial(!) fruit Juice s and other horrible, disgusting drinks! Lunch and dinner are quite similar and there's only two words to describe them for what you get: Disgusting and horrible! The food is old a

CFLRS Notes (2): Daily Rutine

Daily routines in CFLRS are not easy. At least that's how I look at it. Wake up is at 05:00 hours but if you really want to get your things done, you either have to wake up between 04:15 and 04:30 or don't sleep at all! I remember that I slept only 20 min. one night but still was not able to get the things done completely! I guess the average sleep hours in the garrison does not go over 2.5 to 3 hours at its best! The first 4 weeks are crucial. It gets better after that. Breakfast starts at 05:30 hours and there's always a damn long line when you get there and you barely can breath. Lunch is at around 11:00 hours, if I remember correctly. Same story. Sometimes easier. I will write about the quality of food separably but it's funny that getting to the restaurant (Or as it's called in the garrison, the kitchen[!]) requires going up a set of stairs and then going down another set of stairs! Everything is designed to have some sort of discomfort for the recruits! Th

CFLRS Notes (1): Arrival

I finally got to fly to Montreal in early Mar. but due to lack of access to Internet I post the stories of my BMOQ with a month delay and for a few days. It's obvious that I have no intention to reveal anything that must not be known to the public. With that being said the sickos who intend to harm me by finding secrets revealed by me, I have to say: I'm not sorry to disappoint you! Anyways we arrived at Pierre E. Trudeau International Airport in Montreal in the evening. I don't know what time it was because it's been a month since that night but I know we only had the time to walk across the airport to get ourselves at the gathering point where other recruits were supposed to meet to get on a bus and get to the garrison.  The trip to the training center was no fun. One hour on a packed bus on Quebec roads to Saint Jean Sur Richelieu .  After a few preliminary things we were directed to a room with mats on the floor and we were ordered to open our baggage for i