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The Tote Lover

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I finally started a new position this week. I started it last Tue., as Mon. was a statutory holiday. Sadly I have to report to a fat f*ck (pardon my French ) who neither has the education nor the experience in the field but he's f*cking old with years of experience in what's he's good at and beside that he's Caucasian ! The moron who hired me is on vacation now but it's not that I will complain to him when he's back.I will have to see how the things go in the next three month that l'm on probation. I have an okay spot, so far, in the company but sitting next to a freak who coughs like a 89-year-old cigarette addicted woman and clear his f*king throat every 2 minutes! Rather than that I won't have to tolerate anything else from these dolts. Everyone else has been nice. The office and the building is nice and I'm hoping to stay here past my contract unless something better is found.  The guy whom I work with is not bad but from the beginning he wanted

Robert McFarlane (Jul.1937 - May.2022)

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The efforts of Robert McFarlane , who died last week at the age of 84 in Michigan , to improve US-Iran relationship in the 80 's could be a good subject to cover, although I know 99% of the people in today's world care nothing but their iPhone and social media profile and mostly have not even heard of the fella! Iran-Iraq War is considered the longest and probably the most devastating war of the 20th century. It started in Sep. of 1980 by Iraqi forces crossing to Iran form west (east of Iraq , of course!) That was the time that Iran was not ready and got surprised. Many of the border towns were quickly captured by Iraqi forces and they advanced in Iranian soil and got close to two major cities of Khorram-Shahr and Ababdan in southwestern Iran . khorram-Shahr was eventually fell to Iraqi hands after days of resistance but was freed by Iranian forces after more than a year.  Iranian Green Beret forces in Khorram-Shahr, after the liberation in 24-May-1982, exactly 40 y

An Offer

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Newlywed once told me: Nothing is finalized, in a job application, until you get the offer. He thought he has said something for the first time in human-being's civilization! I'd like to correct that to: Nothing is finalized until you actually go to the workplace and start. And even after that, you could be out any time. This is clearly indicated in every offer letter. I got one today after months and months of looking and still isn't what I've been looking for but what can I do? I'd have to stick with it. So here's what happened today: I was at work, as usual and decided to have a break. I sat at the table to have a coffee and that was one the telephone rang. That was Boss-to-Be ! He said that he had sent me the offer and wants me to sign it and send it as soon as possible. I thought to myself: How the hell do I do it fast?! So I got out and went to a Staples which was actually more than 10 minutes drive. They have this fantastic method(!) of printing if you

The Online Quiz

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I had the second Teams meeting with the Boss-to-Be today! It was just a few hours after that interview . I e-mailed him and he said that he'd meet me online. He was alone this time and looked like he was in his office, not sure at home or work but it was the same room as the last time. It appeared that he didn't have anything to do but he is still with the company and how did I find out about that? At the end he said he'd be going for a three-week vacation but he'd be in touch.  The funny thing about this meeting was actually many things! First of all he started a quiz! I couldn't believe that! He shared a document on the screen through the software. It actually is an amazing package that you can do many things. There were a number of questions with their answers on the bottom but blacked-out! He would read the question tome, as I was a blind student or couldn't see for any other reason(!) and waited for the answer! I think there was only 3 questions and I had

It is not a Lie if you Believe it!

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  I went for an interview today before noon. It was a huge facility with a big sing that could be easily seen from the street. It was an old guy in his, I'd say. mid. 60's. Seemed a bit impatient, looking around and checking his computer but eventually I tried to get his attention. I think he was not comfortable doing this interview. Perhaps he didn't like me. I'm not sure!  I realized that he was looking for someone just, probably, to use measuring tools such as Micrometer and Caliper Vernier and do this shit all day long! That'd be a disastrous job but what the hell? Do I have many good jobs lined up for me?! Not many! There's another one which I will explain in the next post. The other things he wanted to was whether I had ever dealt (issued) with NCR s! I think that was a big deal to him because he looked impressed when I explained to him that I had done it and provided him the detail. Then the question that his HR guy had asked was repeated: How I got in

The Tick Issue

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  We were in the woods ( Bob Creek Wild-land ) for about 8 hours last Thu.! When we finally saved our asses and came out there were lots of cattle roaming around, meaning we were exposed to all sorts of bugs! Then finally we laid down on the ground (crashed!) from exhaustion near a big fenced area which was full of cattle and calf and, later we found out, one or two dogs. We finally got ourselves to the car and the story has been told.   I saw a bug on the wall of the bathroom the next day when I came back from work. Grabbed it with a napkin and threw it to garbage, which I think, now, that was not enough. Then on Sun. afternoon, more than 24 hours after the first observation, when I was taking my shirt off I noticed a bug on my left shoulder! I freak out and immediately grabbed it and threw it into the toilet. That was when the alarm went off: Tick! I've learnt about tick when I was in the Quebec , during the Basic Training . They took a set of our uniform and fumigate that. So as

The Crazy Boss-to-Be

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I've barely had any good experiences with Eastern Europeans here in my life. Very rarely. If there was a service they were providing, they were okay but not great in the way that I would love to go back. If it was a conversation, such as one with a colleague or classmate, not pleasant at all! There was this Russian guy in my former workplace whom I once got into a discussion with him about the need of nuclear power in Iran and how Russia  was helping them in the south, on the edge of Persian Gulf to build a reactor. This is a separate story itself which I will not narrate it here now. He was an IT guy who later quit and I never heard of him. There was another guy I remember, Andre . He was a medium-built white-headed guy whom I never, ever, like the other ones, remember seeing even smiling, let alone laughing! He was okay and always helpful and I even remember I sat with him several times and asked him questions about Russia and he always answered them all patiently but never

Got Lost in the Woods, again!

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I, again, got lost in the woods, approximately 6 years after a similar incident, yesterday! This time I was not alone but that was quite an adventure, even more exciting than the last time! I and Stout wanted to do a hike and I thought what would be better than trying Thrift Peak which I and The   Chef  tried achieving back in 2019 and didn't make it. The planning for hike, this time, was not as easy, mainly because of this freaking job that is very tiring. Beside I don't live in Downtown Calgary any more and renting a vehicle is not as convenient as getting on the train and walking for a few minutes. It was quite a challenge, particularly when the renting fella said that there would be no late return! And it was not only that. The last time I had rented a vehicle it was George W. Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, TX in last Nov. which was very easy. This time I turned to a disaster. The rent was higher, an additional driver would cost $10 , which we didn't p

The Damn Issue with Spam Folder

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I realized I had an interview request last night when I came home from work and the e-mail was in Spam folder, again! I immediately responded by saying that I had gone to Edmonton and confirmed that I would be available for the phone conversation at the time he had requested. I don't know when this shit would end! I'm tired of all these interviews and camera set ups and lies and crap altogether! I just need to get a well-paid job, focus on it and live my life! Leonardo DiCaprio and Ted Levine (from The Silence of the Lambs, who could forget that(!) in a scene from the scary and strange movie, Shutter Island (2010). I gotta watch again and read about it to see what it really means. And by the way no wonder why DiCaprio is a multi-millionaire! Every movie like this brings him a lot of money as his performance is superb With that in I set up the alarm at 08:00 and went to bed after watching a very strange movie, Shutter Island , for the first time. That'd the subject of anoth

A Different Project?!

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I've had issues with my e-mail before, back to the last Nov. when I had that Federal Government job opportunity and blew it but I never thought the issue stays. I was proven wrong this past Fri. I checked my mailbox, at work, through my telephone to see if I had received any message in regards to the last week's interview. There was nothing to see. Went home and in the evening checked again, this time the Spam folder too. There was a message there! He, the guy who had interviewed me, wanted me to call him and his message had been sent around 08:30!  I had no choice but to wait until this morning. I wondered what he wanted. I wasn't expecting something very good, to be honest! The best I expected was that he would ask me to take the course and test he had mentioned but he said something else. He said that he'd like to consider me for a project down in the States(!) and he would send my resume to their guy so they can set another Teams interview with me but the positi