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An Interview Credit for Newlywed

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My last interview, which was the second one since I started career hunting again in late June , was very short and over the phone again. Newlywed had asked me to apply because he said that most of the fellas had left since the project is near ending. A project that is about to finish is basically is like an old ship in the 15th century one they were sinking! They say even the mice would leave when they sensed the ship's doom(!) but for me it would be a good job to finish a project at the site. I would be working probably for at least 1 year and the income would not be too bad but he said that he would interview other applicants and I would be notified through their HR , possibly by the next.  Newlywed has been working there for nearly 3 years now, I believe, and even has purchased an apartment in Toronto where he flies to and from when he is at work. The other asshole never called me back. He was supposed to set an interview for me in Edmonton . I forgot to send him a tha

Flashback (33): Kefir

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Sometimes I miss The Lady a lot. My life took a very steep nose dive after she left and I haven't been able to get back on my knees. It's been more than 3 years now! I guess that's what usually happens to idiots! I drove her out and I hope now she has the life that she always wanted. I really hope. One thing I have to add is that I should not have gotten marries in the first place and that was her insisting and now I ended up here and she suffered a lot.  Now thinking of her I wanted to bring the story of what she like in the last 6 months or so that we lived together. She somehow got familiar with Kefir and bought some from a guy and started making it at home every night and enjoyed. I don't remember why she was interested but that was OK to me and at times I has some and enjoyed as well.  She then asked me to advertise for the extra she made and sell it! I did! I would put an advertisement and then would deliver to people. On bike, driving, you name. The

The " Entertaining " Chef

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The Chef has been given as long as, I think a month, to fix his heart problem. He has been trying to get a hold of the surgeon to make appointment but has not been successful. What we did was we called the clinic several times and we got no answer back. We then decided to have a coffee in a McDonald's and The Chef got a tea because coffee is not good for him! He has this bad habit of looking to almost everyone's eyes when he or she walks by and this has gotten him to trouble a few times but I know why he is doing that. He, most of the time is lonely and tries to get attention of others and since not everyone likes him(!) people at time might react in a way he does not like it. So we were just hanging out in a McDonald's and I while I was sipping to my coffee realized that The Chef is exchanging eye contacts with someone behind me. I paid not much attention and I was hopeful that the fella leaves since an exit door was there. It took a few seconds until The Chef

Mt. Tyrwhitt Hike/Scramble

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I was so tired when I came home yesterday that I couldn't even barely sat at the desk! I didn't even showered for 4 freaking hours! I felt like that a punch of people have been kicking me all around for an hour or so! Even know I have aches at parts of my body! It's because I did a fairly hard hike after almost 6 months: Mt. Tyrwhitt in Kananaskis . I downloaded it's GPX track, from a website, first to my computer and then to my phone. GPX Viewer then was installed both in the computer and telephone and boom! I realized I have a GPS Tracker ! I always wanted to buy one and never saw anything for less than $400 but here I have one which costs me $0 . I tried that on streets and it was working! I woke up, with difficulty, at 04:50 and headed to Kananaskis Country . Mt. Tyrwhitt 's trail-head is located at Highwood Pass which is considered as the highest paved road in Canada with the elevation of 2206 m ( 7239 ft. ) above sea level.  The arch is located

Medical Business

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I went to one of the major medical centers in Calgary last week when I took The Chef for his heart procedure and immediately after arriving at the neighbourhood, what I saw reminded me of the an episode of Seinfeld called The Heart Attack . It was not because we were there as a result of The Chef 's recent heart attack. It was because of the point made in the episode and I certainly believe it. They are building a multi-story, concrete huge building there and have already called it Calgary Cancer Center ! But how is this building a reminder of that episode? In the episode, George , Jerry and Kramer are meeting a Kramer 's friend who claims to be a holistic healer. The healer is portrayed by Stephen Tobolowsky who by the way is one of the most fantastic characters in the sitcom. Just to add he also had a scene in Basic Instinct and although he has a completely different role there, he was as fantastic in there. During the conversation he goes: To the medical system

Back to the Certificate

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Now that I'm back to dryland (dry in terms of income!), I thought I should do something positive with my time, rather than just looking for jobs. I contacted the organization that I had once registered for a course to do a certificate and ask them if I could continue it. I had left it unfinished in late 2017 ! Surprisingly they agreed! No doubt that I have paid more than $2300 and will have to pay a bit more to be certified but they simply could say no. It's not bad but it's not easy though. I have started from the beginning instead of following the 51% that I have accomplished. I have noticed changed both to the course and the material but changes are mostly good. At the same time I have errors which I have notified them of a number of observed one so far. I have been given 90 days to finish it. Sounds enough but for someone like me who usually takes lots of notes and is not as fast as other (it was proven recently!), it might not sound long enough. (Photo: A blan

Two out of the Three Main

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This is an interesting story, to me at least, so I'm going to bring it here. The Chef was contacted by a hospital to get ready for an procedure to see his heart condition, after he had a heart attack. He asked me to assist him and I accepted. We went to the hospital early morning and after admission I left him and came back in 2 hours. I saw him resting in the bed in hospital gown. He didn't seem so happy. A sort of photograph has been taken from his heart to help the specialists to decide what procedure would be the best to improve his health. A very nice and beautiful, I must say, nurse was there and she patiently and clearly explained what has happened to him. I'm getting off the subject now but I wanted to ask her out. She was really cute but then I though there would be no chance because I had not slept well the night before and didn't look good! In fact I had only slept for 30 min. or so on that night due to neck pain. Besides what are the chances that a tiny,

Perhaps There's Hope for You after all!

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I had a short telephone interview today for a seemingly good position in the province. Telephone interviews are generally short because that's the first stage and the interviewer simply wants to see if the person even fits the position or how he/she presents him/herself. Besides that most of the telephone interviews are done by HR people who have no technical knowledge and it's easy, at least for me, to feed them everything! There was this only one position that I was interviewed for almost 3 years ago and it sounded like it was an arrogant, repulsive East European (as they mostly are. Yes! I am stereotyping) who interviewed me and questioned one of the things that I had claimed in my resume. I didn't get that position, obviously, which was by the way a very good one but it was 3 freaking years ago and I'm not even thinking of that anymore. It sounded that it was not a bad result at the end and the person said that he would arrange for a personal interview for po

The Strategic Reserves

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I and my ex-friend(!) Cyrus went to Rudbar , a small nice town nearly 65 Km away from Rasht , the capital of Gilan province in Iran, by bicycle, some 25 years ago . Considering I lived in Tehran my whole life before immigration, that was one of my best trips I have ever taken so far in my life. Almost 365 Km ( 227 miles ) by bicycle, of course not in one day(!) and one way only. How we did that is we first paddled to Qazvin a major city on our way and stayed a night over there and then the next day headed to Rudbar . I eliminate the detail here to make my point. but on the way back we decided to rent a car, and drive up the valley because we simply didn't think we could bike up! Rudbar is located on the bottom of a valley which Sefid-Rud (White River) is passing through. Going back to Tehran required us to peddle up the valley and we didn't see it in ourselves in those days to be able to do that! We hired a guy, after talking to the locals to just get us up the r

The First Rejection

It's been almost two weeks since I came back to Calgary after being kicked out of the training center. I started job searching immediately. The market doesn't seem to be very good. Though I have applied for a number of positions. I received the first response today, which was actually sent to me, to my e-mail last night: Not considered anymore! I guess one mistake I have made in my resume is mentioning a recent work in the old country. That was the only way I could explain my 4 months absent from work. I don't know if that has a negative impact. It might. The Brave called me yesterday and blamed my failure on my background! Such a bullshit! There were two Iranian s, one Iraqi and a number of Arab s in the training center and they all graduated and have already started their career! My failure has nothing to do with my previous nationality or what The Brave thinks it is, the religion! I failed because I simply could not handle that much of stress, lack of sleep, hou

Bull and Goat

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Persian culture is full of poems. There are quite of number of poets that all have fantastic and unique poems, not seen in any other culture.. To name a few: Ferdowsi , Saadi , Khayyam , Hafez , Molavi , Roodaki . Khayyam was just praised by Google last month when it was his 971st  birthday. He was born in Neyshabur , a city in current Iran .  But why am I mentioning this here where people don't even know what a poem is or never have heard one in their entire life!? They all are busy with their iPhone and all inclusive vacation to Mexi-shit-co and all other drug source countries! I'm naming these a poem which works well here in my situation that A. F. seems to be upset about. The poet is unknown for this one and now it has been used as a proverb. It goes: کار هر بز نیست خرمن کوفتن گاو نر می‌خواهد و مرد کهن It literally means that if you want to harvest your crop, you need big strong bulls. A small tiny goat is not going to get the job done. Obviously this sto

Doodh Patti

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The Chef has become careful since he had a heart attack but because he's such a ignorant fool, he doesn't know what he should eat or not! I have told him several times, especially before the heart attack, that the amount of Red Meat , Sugar and Processed Oil  that he consumes is too much but he only listens after he got into trouble and not even completely! We got together for a cooking day and we made Kash-o-Bademjoon which is a traditional Iranian food made with Eggplant ( Aubergine , as they call it in the UK and Europe ), Onion , Garlic and Kashk (a Milk product with high fat content) and he was going to eat that until I told him Kashk is a source of animal fat which is very bad for him.  The tea eventually looks like this. You can see the layer of fat and a piece of cardamom floating on the top  Then we decided to have some tea at a break between cocking different foods. He introduced Doodh Patti to me which is a traditional tea common in Indian sub-

The Ruski

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One of the classmates in the training center was a Russian girl. I was sitting next to her the very first day that we started our orientation. I shock hands with her and of course I immediately realized her background when I saw her name. She was a kind of girl who never backs up. A bartender with 8 years of experience who a little more than a year before had decided to give the training a try and I'm sure that she would finish soon and graduate. I had a few exchange or words with her because she was making too much noise and was talking too much crap but then we became friends despite our age differences. I was joking with her and I told her that she was my favorite lady!  Last week I received a message from her saying that she was missing me! By the way she was not bad looking but she was not beautiful either. She was very sexy though! A girl could be very sexy but not pretty or beautiful. She had a very smooth skin and beautiful dark hair that she always wore it ponytail a

The Beautiful Dale Hodges Park

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I'm back to Calgary and I haven't done much so far. All I've done is I was able reactivate the course I was doing and I will have three month for that. I will finish it and I will get the certificate. Then I found out that the supervisor from the last job had quit and even he didn't know what was going on over there. I will have to give them a call to see perhaps they take me back. It's better than being unemployed and spending the savings. And then I applied for a job and contacted K1 through e-mail to see if he could help. He has been working for the same company for the past 8 years . Then just two days ago when I was checking on The Brave 's property while he was on a trip I decided to have a walk around Dale Hodges Park . I truly was amazing by the beauty and the variety of the wildlife and vegetation in the area.  Fortunately it was a cloudy day and weekday. So the park was not busy and I spent 01:30 walking around and taking photos. I could have