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A Quiet Place: Love and Family

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I watched A Quiet Place for the second time in a row last night! I was amazed by the movie. Everything is great and what surprised me the most and admire that a lot is the kids' performance. Young actress Millicent Simmonds is so great that I couldn't keep my tears from coming down. Her hearing is impaired and that's what makes her performance so great as how someone at such a young age (I think she was 18 at the time of the movie) can act so well. I had heard about the movie a few time but never cared enough to get it and watch it.  I had seen Emily Blunt in Secario and she was amazing. This time, surprisingly she performs besides her husband who by the way is the director as well. This movie is 3 years old and is before the pandemic. So I think most of the movie-goers have watched it. The second part of it is in theaters now or maybe the last days. If you haven't, make sure you do.  I'm not going to spoil it as some might not have seen it but be careful! It

Project IV

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This post is about a funny set of events, funny in my view, that was supposed to help my friend M. E. , in the old country, for the project that he was working on, or perhaps he still is working on! I'd call it Project IV and in case you wonder what has happened to Project I and Project II , and also Project III , I will write about them in separate posts as they all were with the same person. None has led to any result!  M. E. , my friend from the university days (we used to hang out mostly after we were graduated) told me about Project IV , and that's the name I've given it, nearly two months ago. He said that they were negotiating to fabricate a Cryogenic Tank , or maybe two for a client in the city of Basra in Iraq . For the ones who don't know much about Basra , I will explain this part of the world a little bit.  Basra or Basrah , is a major city in south of Iraq and close to Persian Gulf . It's a majority  Shia city. Shia is one of the two major se

From Heat to Filth and now Drought

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The nasty, dark and suffocating blanket has covered most of Alberta for the past 3 weeks so far, I think. This is the first summer but this one is the worst. It's been the worst as far as I can recall. It was like this 3 years ago but not as bad . Before that it was extreme heat which prevented me from good night sleep. Temperature at night didn't go below 27 degrees Celsius . I could've actually go to the garage(!) and sleep there comfortably but for that I would have needed a comfortable bed in there and there was no way that I can take the damn bed from the second floor to the garage by myself. So I stayed and suffered! I can handle the day heat. It's no problem. It's cool and comfortable at work and then I drive to home. I don't spend much time outside! I don't even go for a walk these days! And after the heat went down, the smoke from freaking Brit" SHIT" Columbia started which still is lingering around. And then the worst is upon us now:

It's Easy to Spend when Someone else's Paying!

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I convinced The Chef to go to Food Bank a few days ago. Now that he's fired from his job of 15 years and without much money (Still receiving E. I. tough) and without a vehicle, he usually volunteers for any out-of-home activity! So I called on his behalf and scheduled for an afternoon pick up. We were there 10 minutes early and we didn't see much action. It was not as busy as what we had expected. Unlike the usual procedure that you go in, present your I. D. Card s and then go to the pantry, there's a person who checks you in, using a tablet, and then after a few minutes another one brings a cart full of supplies. This time it was a whole lot of items. From Cheese , Cracker s, Vegetable s and Ground Beef to Body Wash , Toilet Paper and cans. We headed back home and there The Chef asked me to take a few things despite the fac t that I said I didn't need anything. He insisted to take as a gift for me driving him all the way down to the place. There were items that I

Easy Come, Easy Go

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I was at work on a break the other day when my telephone rang. I was playing chess! The name was not familiar and I picked up. There was a man with strong British or Scottish accent who wanted to talk about the position that I had applied the night prior to that! It was less than 24 hours!  He started to explain about the position and I tried to understand him! It was not very difficult but at times I had to really focus or simply pass! I also realized that he uses different terminology at times. For example for " Overlap " he used something else and I understood from the entire sentence and the previous part of the discussion. He added that they'd pay $30 per hour to their " Building Inspectors " and it is for a long time. He also said that the incumbent would be given a company's vehicle to drive to the job-sites and home.  It sounded not too bad although I'm familiar with the term " Long Term "!  Now what I say to him is I'd have like

Cost of Energy

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Buying home in although it brings comfort in a way but there are disadvantages to it as well. It is true that only families should go through the hassle of borrowing money and pay monthly fees for their home. It's not difficult if the couple work but for a single man, it's not easy.  I have tried to keep the cost to minimum but it's not easy. I don't have air conditioner, I don't put heat so mush high in winter, I don't use microwave oven, I don't have a dryer, I wash my cloths, as there aren't many, perhaps once a month, I don't have a TV , I don't put many lights on when it's dark(!), I don't fill the refrigerator and the top, freezer part, so it doesn't consume too much electricity, I don't have a fan of any kind, no ceiling fan and no standing one, I don't park in garage! So the garage opener and the light aren't used at all! However I do have a coffee maker, I cook at home on my stove and in the oven and I even do hav

The First Interview of 2021

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  The first six months of the year is gone and no good thing has happened! Just work and then the injury and extreme heat which prevented me from a comfortable sleep a few nights! That was it! The only positive(!) thing that came out of the injury was having the opportunity to apply for a number of positions. One of the employers contacted me last week and said that they wanted to talk to me about the position. He called yesterday and we talked for about half an hour. He asked me to tell him about myself, as usual and asked me a number of questions by reading parts of the resume I had sent him. I really can't say if he liked the result or not but he asked what I thought about compensation. I told him that I was sure a company like theirs would compensate their Quality person in an acceptable manner, or something like that! He eventually named a number between $80,000 and $90,000 and I know it's not such an attractive figure for someone with a resume such as mine, I called it

Six Days

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I knew basically nothing about the siege of Iranian Embassy in London in 1980 before I saw the movie 6 Days last night. Good movie which shows everything about that event in less than 2 hours. What happened almost 41 years ago is a number of filthy Arabs whom their leader was an Iraqi diplomat(!) smuggled guns and ammunition to England and then stormed the embassy in the morning of 30.Apr.1980 .  These people were campaigning for the liberation(!) of Khuzestan province in southwestern Iran and claimed that belong to Arab s! I personally have been to that province. I have been to Ahvaz . We had suppliers there when I used to work for EIED . My first wife is from Ahvaz . So I went there and I actually had a good time. It was a nice city at the time with lots of places to see in and around and good traditional food including an excellent Bison Milk Ice Cream ! Unfortunately I have not heard good things about the city lately. Air pollution, poverty as a result of the corrupt governm

The Second Needle

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I got my second immunization shot this week, finally. It was different this time. I got Pfizer which in comparison with AstraZeneca didn't have any effects on me rather than the soar shoulder! I had not ask for that but when the pharmacist handed me the paper, I saw the brand was different! This time, unlike the last time, he handed me an ice pack and asked me to put it on my shoulder! This and no affect at all, made me think that he could have cheated me by simply giving a, say, Flu vaccine!  Some might ask why would a pharmacist do that? There are reasons for that although I cannot prove that's what he did! They could sell that Pfizer doze to, for example, people who are travelling to the countries that receiving vaccine requires longer wait. This came to my mind especially when I put the pharmacist name, which I'm not reveal here, next to the other two factors! Call me crazy but when it comes to greed, especially in Canada , and by people who come from countries that