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The 2022 Resolution

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When it comes to the New Year's resolution some say it does not work and ignore it. Some say that you always can have a resolution. It does not have to be before a New Year. I like the idea. This year's resolution was very easy and it's accomplished. The next year's won't be as easy: 1- Get the hell out of this shithole that I have been calling workplace for a little more than two years now.  I've had it with these fools. Get a real job. 2- Enter in a long-term and meaningful relationship. 3- Travel outside Canada at least once. 4- Buy a new vehicle. 5- Practice calm  6- Do as many hikes as possible. Less than 8 hours left to 2021. Happy New Year everyone and tell me if you have anything in mind in regards to this post (Photo: There're losers in the world who even for a simple picture such as above, would go after you, if you use it for yourself! Copyright infringment!)

An Incident just before the New Year

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I lef home this morning almost at the same time as every day. By the time I reached the main road, I had three lights on my dash! Check Engine , which had come up earlier and I've written about it, ABS and Hand Break !! I check my hand break and it was not engaged and my car isn't even equipped with ABS (Anti-lock Breaking System) but because it's an standard Toyota dash, the light is there and it proves that it only is a mulfunction. Two of the lights were turned off after a few soconds and I continued with the only one on. The drive seemed normal to me but when I pulled into a spot in the parking lot of work, someone called me and pointed at one of the tires! The rear pasenger tire was completely deflated! How didn't I feel anything? And why didn't the car's dash show anything?! Another proof that the dash ssytem is mingled up!  When I pulled into a spot in the parking lot of work, I was shown the back of my vehicle! What did I see? A flat tire!! How the hel

Is this the most Wonderful Time of the Year?!

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The temperature has gone down so much in the past ten days or so that my Check Engine light came up for the first time in the past 11 years that I have been driving this car! The worst was yesterday that when I started the engine it was -28 ℃ ( -18.4 ℉ ) and I let it run for a few minutes to warm up, something I normally don't do if it's not this cold. Then I head to work and while I was only couple of minutes from the highway, I looked at the thermometer and it was showing -34 ℃ ! ( -29.2 ℉ )! I guess it was where the light came up! All these years living in Canada I have never experienced something like that.  At the time I had no choice to drove to work. I know if I take it to a dealer the first thing they ask for is a $90 or anything around that, just to look but I know I need to do that. If it breaks down on a road, it would not look pretty in this weather. I think it's probably the time to get a new car.  (Photo: The car thermometer showing the outside temperature r

Useless Phone

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One of the things that bothered me at the first day of travel, after I landed in IAH and got my rental car, was that my telephone was not working! It was working but I wasn't able to make any calls! There was this stupid message on the top: " Emergency Calls Only "! My plan is a good one which enables me to call and text all across Canada and the US without any limit, for a little money! Now I was in the US and the telephone didn'r work! I went to my hotel and then from there I found an AT&T store clsoeby and talked to the guy about my problem. It appeared that a simple phone, with a handset would cost about US $75 . I went back to the hotel and I realized that there was no long distanc call available!!!! I had never seen something like that! In fact when I was in Munic I had a similar situation, not quite teh same: There was no telephone set in the room! Anyway I got on a chat with my service provide through my notebook but he was not able to do anything. A m

A Difficult Interview

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I had a very difficult interview yesterday. I had not thought it would be as difficult as it was! I had applied for this Government position, I think, back in June or July and received a couple of e-mails in regards to that in my Spam folder! I was lucky, I guess I should say that I checked my Spam because I normally don't!  It was written that the interview would take place through Microsoft Teams , a sort of software that I had not even heard of prior to that! I have heard of Zoom but apparently Teams is more professional. So I had to purchase(!) a headset and a Webcam because the damn Chromebook was not able to handle the program! Every time I would click on Join Now, it would crash!  The good thing I was able to get help from friend, Newlywed , although he's no more, until I find another nickname for him, I'd stick to that. His daughter is now 6 ! I called him and he said that he had experienced working with Teams and sent me an invitation. I got connected with him t

The Weird Florida Lad

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I bumped to a strange fella on my drive to western Texas during my trip. I stopped at a resting area to stretch my legs and have a little walk. The weather was nice. Not too cold, not too hot. no wind. Just a breathe. I snapped a few shots, as usual and then noticed someone was backing up towards my parked rental car very slowly. I first paid no attention and kept getting away from the car and looking for photography options.  When I came back I saw someone kneeling in front of my rental car doing something to the grill! That was the driver of the backing car! His car was parked a few feet away from mine. I asked him what he was doing and he jumped up and walked to his car and got in! I didn't realize what detrimental act that was at the moment! It could've been deadly! I was in the States! Everyone could be armed! I could've been lying dead there even now after a few weeks! So I chased the guy and asked him what he did to the car. He said nothing and I threatened him that

The Gulf (of Mexico) Area

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I drove to the gulf area, or to be clearer, the Gulf of Mexico is in the south part of Texas on my second day of the trip. The major point in the south is the Town of Galveston which is about an hour south of Houston . You know how every province or state has a town (or two) which is very attractive to tourists. For example Banff in Alberta , Whistler and White Rock in British Columbia , Aspen in Colorado and many more. I think Galveston in a way plays that role in Texas : Lots of restaurants and hotels, endless beaches, nice shops, etc.  A structure in the middle of the sea which looks like an oil rig but no activity can be seen from here. I used a telephoto lens to bring it much closer The road to the gulf area, after I found myself on Gulf Highway was just amazing! Another US highway that you cannot stop anywhere until you reach your destination and if you make a mistake, you'll either lose your vehicle or your life and maybe even both! I really wanted to stop and sna

Hilton DoubleTree, Austin, TX

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I stayed one night in downtown Austin . Don't be alarmed! I payed that with Air Miles ! I drove to the gulf area, Gulf of Mexico or to be exact the T own of Galveston on my second day of my trip to Texas and it was not such a wise idea(!) because I had to be in Austin the same night and you can't see much of the gulf area in a few hours but I went anyways and will have a post for that. My destination on that night was a luxury hotel in downtown Austin , called Hilton Doubletree . I reached Austin when it was dark and considering the autumn (or as they say here, fall) it must not have been later than 18:30 because there was still traffic in the area. I pulled in front of the main entrance and tried to find a spot to park. I was told that only Valet Parking was available! I asked about the alternatives and I was told by the receptionist that I could park a block away, on the street but I would have to feed the meter as early as 07:00 next morning! Imagine you're on vacat

Strolling in Austin

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I had two days in Austin, TX before heading back home and although it became a bit stressful because of the damn PCR Test that I had to take, in order to be allowed on the plane, I had a chance to check a few places and I gotta say, I liked the city and if any chance presents itself in future, I'll visit the city again. The thing is I was supposed to see the Little Pika  in there but he was on a trip to the old country and despite the fact that he gave me his son's and his wife's number (which was his own number but she was using it at the time) I changed the entire plan which basically was paying for two nights hotel! I told him that I was not going to the city and that was because I sensed and I'm sure I was right, that he and/or his family didn't want me to go there while he was away. I tried the damn number of his a few times and his wife never picked up!  Nevertheless I went to a park in downtown and take a few photos on the first night. The interesting thing

2021's Christmas Party

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My employer decided to have the  Christmas party on the premises this year and for that, they did a little decoration, put chairs, tables, speakers and even a screen in the main work area! That, of course seemed ridiculous but imagine how much money they saved in comparison to renting a venue! But that was not it! We were expecting at least edible food but it was beyond bad!  Then snacks were brought in and added and we were told that food would be provided as well. But what was the food? Food from a food truck! I have never tried a food truck in my entire life but I didn't know it could be that bad! I'm the kind of person who barely eats out because I don't believe majority of restaurants provide healthy, nutritious and delicious food and I have to say the food provided by this food truck, which is not necessary to say its name, was one of the worst that I have ever had in my entire life, anywhere in the world! And I'm glad that I'm not the only one who thinks tha

Wild-dead more than Wildlife!

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One thing that I noticed a lot during my long road trip in Texas last week was the number of dead animlas on the state's highways. It was aweful. At times I couldn't say what it was because it had been hit so many times and some badly that nothing was left to recognize but from the numerous pieces I saw there was anything from Deer , Armadilo and Rakoon to other smaller annd bigger creatures.  I do, however, came across a few beautiful wildlife including a mammale with long, sharp horns, Zebbra (!) and a few more but unfortunatrely there was no safe spot, mostly at the side of the road to pull over and snap a shot or I was in a hurry! I'm sure that I'll go back to Texas one day agaion and I will make sure I will look for good opportunities to catch wildlife. What I'm not sure about is whether the State of Texas does anything to prevent this masacre or not! Everywhere I drove, every road, it was fenced but animals do jump to go to the other side. This problem, a

Release of 50 Million Barrel

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The price of gasoline was a hot topic when I was in Texas last week, all across the US , of course. It was Thanksgiving  week and many people were on trip, either flying or driving. President Biden decided to release 50 Million  barrels from the US strategic oil reserve to fight the soaring crude price! It was obviously a dive in vein and I heard that on the radio that this action was criticized because that much of oil only equals to the US 's total consumption for only 2.5 days ! It was also said that the Biden  administration had engaged in negotiations with allies(!) to find the solutions to the problem. This map show the approximate location of storages. I might have driven pass one because of went to Gulf of Mexico area The US created the reserve in response to oil supply shortege/blockage of 1975 . The major oil suppliers turned the tap off to the world after the US supported Israel in their fight with Arab countries in 1973 , Yum Kippur War . The blockage was led by