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Demanding Cheapskates!

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A sort of gathering took place at work a few days ago. At the same time managers had a meeting. My assumption was that their meeting was to find a solution to the mess they are in, now! A major supplier has announced that they would not provide their products to the company any more. That probably means the loss of a number of customers although they are saying that they would replace the product with similar and better ones. Anyways the company is nice enough to provide food to the employees when such occasions takes place but the employees want more! What happened was that everyone was fed on the meeting/presentation day. That must have cost a lot to the company. The food was just low quality food that you mostly find in restaurants in Canada , everywhere! To start  Caesar Salad is the most common type of salad in Canada because it's very easy to make and it's cheap(!) and it's not good for you, as a salad is supposed to be, it's actually bad for your health! T

Feb. '19 Demonstrates the Real Canadian Winter

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It's now proven that this winter is what a real Canadian winter is supposed to be: Really cold, strong wind, off and on snow, temperature barely going up -15 ℃ ( 5 ℉ ), slushy, icy and slippery roads, lots of accidents on roads, you name it! This has started in the last week of Jan. and is still going on. What's interesting is the people who are born here or have been living here for years! They still get themselves into accidents! How don't you understand the winter driving condition after living your whole life here?! That baffles me! (Photo: As much as I understand the cold, I was quite surprised to see these two magpies sheltering under an arch while walking by an apartment complex) 

The Course

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In order to start this position that I have been after for more than a year(!) now, I needed to pass a sort of course which was not hard but included assignments that must have been submitted based on a schedule. I missed a few and that was due to tiredness, not that they were hard to do or anything similar to do that. The instructors, then came after me and asked me what the hell was going on. I told them about this stupid job of mine but he didn't buy it. I finished the course with not a very bad result. They even asked me to write a test and I did that too. No problem. Now I'm at this stage that have to go to the training center and a handbook has given to me to prepare myself. That includes the items that I have to purchase to be able to do my training there in the academy. I'm not even going to spend a Dime until I get the final green light which I haven't received it. With all this shit job and ridiculous salary, not to mention the as*holes that I have to d

The Farm Boy

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A new guy joined us in late 2018. A crazy one! And when I say crazy, I really mean it. I didn't realize that at the beginning. I ignored a few stupid jokes of him and then a unreasonable complaints and inappropriate behaviors. Until I came to the point that one day he gave me finger after almost charged at me. I went to the supervisor and told him the story. Not that I wanted to do that but I had to, especially in this situation that I'm in, and I will write about it later, perhaps in the next week, I can't afford to go through anything as stupid as a psycho Farm Boy ! The supervisor asked me if I wanted to have a three-way conversation and I said no. I for no reason wanted to be in a room with that idiot and listening to his nonsense! I had listened enough!  The supervisor, unwillingly, then called The Farm boy and he, while approaching yelled: This guy doesn't follow any work-place rules! Why I said the supervisor was reluctant to call the guy is because they'

The Second Week of Extreme Cold

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The extreme Arctic cold in Calgary , and most of Alberta , has entered its second week now. I, most of the time didn't have any problem. Nor with my clothing, neither with the car. Yesterday was really bad though! I went out early and it was -29℃ without windchill ( -20.2 ℉ ). I started the engine. Boom! One twist and that was it. The car made a bad sound but started without any issue but I was really cold! Then in the damn coffee shop I was cold as well and even two large cups of coffee didn't help. Walking outside was just out of question unless you had at least three layers of thick cloths.  I spent the rest of the day at home! I guess that's what most of the people did. Today morning though was not as bad. It's amazing how a few degrees of Celsius make a difference. I got out at about 08:55 and the roads were so quiet! Even the disgusting McDonald's which is a hangout for homeless, drug addicts, mentally challenged poor people and similar was not busy!

The New Canada Food Guide

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The new Canada Food Guide was released in Jan. and the first reaction to that was a fuss from parts of agriculture industry(!), a usual Canadian reaction to an event, I would call it! Canadian s, the majority of them, from what I have experienced in the past 15 years or so, get excited very quickly for the things that my reaction to them would be NOTHING ! An example of that would be my friend's. A. F. , reaction to me passing an interview with a Provincial Government subsidiary organization a few years ago. He thought I would be going all the way and would get the job. He asked me if I was excited?!! I answered why I would have been to be excited!! It was not that I was in the back of a truck behind a Dshk ( ДШК)   waiting to shoot at ISIS  positions!! I knew that more steps needed to be passed to get to the position. I only had passed 2 stages at the moment. I later were thrown out from the list of the candidates simply because a reference had not confirmed me to be a go

This Cold is no Joke!

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After spending a little time outside yesterday, just for shopping and grabbing a coffee, I decided to have a walk outside today in the afternoon. I hate wearing anything underneath my jeans but a pair of underwear but this time I wore a pair of running pants as well! I put on my Heated Jacket , two pairs of gloves, a toque and a hat over it and I thought I would be fine. Wrong! I couldn't stay out for more than, probably 10 minutes and waling didn't help either! I got the hell back in the car and drove back to home! Temperature in the afternoon was around -27 ℃ and considering windchill about -34℃ ( -16.6 ℉ and -29.2   ℉ respectively!). It was no joke! Frostbite occurs in the matter of a minute they say. Gotta be really careful. (Photo: The valley that Bow River is going through in western part of Calgary with the sky jump of Canada Olympic Park in the back. I intended to have a walk in the area. It was finished only after 10 minutes!)

The Beautiful Winter of Alberta

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The adorable winter of Alberta finally arrived this week. The temperature is going down significantly and now it's near -20 ℃ (for American s I should say it's -4℉ ). It started in east and now it's arrived here. I was out in the morning as I had a physiotherapy appointment and it was intense but not so bad if you have enough. I'm going out for a little shopping and would like to see what the reaction of people is. This is what the forecast says. It's going to be a beautiful week. All the temperatures are in Centigrade Alphonse e-mailed me a few days ago from California and asked me to be careful! What a nice fella! Mon. would be interesting! I have to be at work fairly early, as usual, and I wonder how the traffic as well as the business would be.  (Photo: A row of snow-covered threes at the banks of Elbow River cannot say how cold it is but certainly shows the beauty of the winter. Unfortunately I'm busy these days and do not have much chance t