9/26/2003 03:56:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Well, time to jet. I'm just doing this to see if a change works. Yay for posts of statial occupation!
CYODFS|W|P|106461696658026337|W|P||W|P|9/26/2003 03:51:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Oh, and Foley?..."...Somehow i think that tonight we'll be staying over at the the inlaws place tonight... "
You know this should have been cleared by the Departement of Redundancy Departement should have cleared this you know.
CYODFS|W|P|106461669756046258|W|P||W|P|9/26/2003 03:43:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Aaron and Mev are gonna be here soon, Aaron and Mev are gonna be here soon, Aaron and Mev are gonna be here soon, Aaron and Mev are gonna be here soon, Aaron and Mev are gonna be here soon, Aaron and Mev are gonna be here soon, Aaron and Mev are gonna be here soon, Aaron and Mev are gonna be here soon, Aaron and Mev are gonna be here soon, Aaron and Mev are gonna be here soon, Aaron and Mev are gonna be here soon, Aaron and Mev are gonna be here soon, Aaron and Mev are gonna be here soon, Aaron and Mev are gonna be here soon, Aaron and Mev are gonna be here soon, Aaron and Mev are gonna be here soon, Aaron and Mev are gonna be here soon, Aaron and Mev are gonna be here soon!
Can you tell I'm happy about this? Well, there are a few things I'm happy about right now. One is that Aaron and Mev are gonna be here soon. Very stoked about that! Second is that ETFS sent me an e-mail asking about potential sales positions out here. Nice, hunh? I'm plannig to meet with them next month and chit chat about it. Thirdly, we have a new futon. Rose and got it for Mev and Aaron, and we're eventually going to use it as our TV-watching couch, once we get that N4 gadget. It's a nice futon. And finally, I'm loaded with caffein. I'm not sure that's such a good thing, but if it makes me act happy then who really cares, right?
I shoved some CSR's ignorance down her own throuat today. It was the first time I honestly felt like yelling "Don't you even READ your e-mails??!!" So I guess I'm kinda happy about that.
All in all, things are going well. Noting much to rant about today, just that Aaron and Mev are gonna be here soon, Aaron and Mev are gonna be here soon, Aaron and Mev are gonna be here soon, Aaron and Mev are gonna be here soon, Aaron and Mev are gonna be here soon, Aaron and Mev are gonna be here soon, Aaron and Mev are gonna be here soon, Aaron and Mev are gonna be here soon, Aaron and Mev are gonna be here soon, Aaron and Mev are gonna be here soon, Aaron and Mev are gonna be here soon, Aaron and Mev are gonna be here soon, Aaron and Mev are gonna be here soon, Aaron and Mev are gonna be here soon.
CYODFS|W|P|106461623256201584|W|P||W|P|9/24/2003 03:52:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Times of excitement!
Guess what? I hate registering my car. It's such a hassle! It won't be done until sometime next week, and it's ruining my day. I thought it was all going to be finished, and here I'm told, and I should have known better, that I need proof of ownership. At least the person who told me this was nice and understanding about it.
Has everyone heard about MSN? Apparently they're shutting down their un-monitored chat rooms because of all those pedophiles. On the one hand I feel like congratualting Microsoft on its decision to cut down internet cyber-stalking. Good call. However, as with everything MSN, there are ways around it, if you have the guts.
First off, only Microsoft Messenger will be allowed to access their exchange servers. OK, so goodbye Trillian (or as in my case, I'll just stop using MSN). But secondly, if you'd like to access chat rooms, you'll have to provide your credit card number. Their rationale is that pedophiles will think twice once their anonymity has been taken away. This is unlikely. Yahoo, AOL, and various other instant chat services will flourish, and these pedophiles will have new grounds to stalk.
I'm not suggesting a solution, just that the collection of personal financial information isn't a solution to this. Exposure of the ones responsible is. Make their names, not their credit limit, public domain, and things will change.
CYODFS|W|P|106444397359472009|W|P||W|P|9/23/2003 06:16:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Getting things done is the best part of starting anew. In something like 2 days, we've gotten almost everythi8ng we need to register the car done. It'sa amazing, really. The one thing that really, honestly, scared me was the speed at which the SAAQ (the Quebec DMV) responded to my request. I was really expecting it to take like 3 days or longer, but I got the response in less tha 10 minutes. For anyone whyo knows how the Quebec government works, they can tell you that this kind of speed is frightening!
WE're getting the "Out of Province" inspection on the car today. The inspection, which apparently has some meaning, although the people at the DMV here can't tell me a reason for it! They actually mentioned it being a money grab before I did. I'm just amazed...the cost of living out here is low, once you get everything set up. But since everything is privatized, it's efficient, but expensive.
Anyhoo, time to jet.
CYODFS|W|P|106432298712407238|W|P||W|P|9/20/2003 05:28:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Things that are new in Mike's life:
1. Wireless is good.
2. Got a clothes rack. w00t, indeed.
3. Got smashed last night and saw a chick poke a huge Husky in the ass. If you want details, you're gonna have to e-mail/IM me. (firstname.lastname@example.org , mikebougie1138 on Yahoo! IM)
4. Found a local owned/operated grocers with some great Lebanese food.
5. Found out that the week Aaron/Mev are going to be here there is an international movie festival going on, so there is something fun to do.
Overall, things are very, very good!
CYODFS.|W|P|106410410768516124|W|P||W|P|9/20/2003 09:24:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Deepest apologies to Aaron...I was meaning well, really, I was. We were so happy to hear that you and Mev are showeing up that we needed to talk and I figured that I could catch you at work. I'm sorry.
Rose and I are going out today to look at Futons for you guys. Well, not specifically for you guys, but for our second room which we can finally use as a second bedroom, and not just a room to put stuff in. We're making the place look great and everything will be awsome. We found a grreat gplace to go, and it's within stumbling distance, although it's kinda pricy. We know you'll love it.
Call us on our cell if you want to scream at me, but if they can you for something like that, they don't derserve you in the first place!|W|P|106407508105176265|W|P||W|P|9/18/2003 09:14:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Super psych-ed-ness Bat Man! Rose and I are so excited for the arrival of Mev and Aaron that we've begun massive reconstruction to our appartement of the trans mundane! We're stocking up on beer, we're getting a futon, and we're going to party like it's 1984....hey let's face it, this is Calgary. We're scoping out places to drink and car-less means of getting there. Gotta love the free C-Train! We're gonna eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow (or next week, whatever) they fly, and we'll be damned if they're gtting on that plane without a hang-over.
As to the whole notion of Aaron growing a beard, I think I've seen attempts at that in the past, and let's just hope he knows how to hold himself in a fight.
I got a new toy today. The Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop keyboard and mouse set. I'd include a hyperlink, but I don't know how to get them working, so what's the point? Picked up a few new DVD's last week as well, "Serpico" and "Falling Down". Great films for anyone who hasn't seen them already.
Anyhoo, time to hit the sack. Think I'll call Aaron to bug him at work.
|W|P|1063944898616015|W|P||W|P|9/17/2003 03:54:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Telus. I hate thee so. When thou ist running, thou ist slow. On those days of dark and fury, when thou art as functional as a Pavel Bure....i don't think I can rhyme anything with Pavel Bure.
Suffice it to say that Telus is infuriating me. For 2 days now I've beenw ithout access at home, all because the original registration process failed. For whatever reason, mine of theirs. Anyway, I got it working this morning. I've realized that calling tech support in the morning is a much better time than at night. I didn't have to wait at all, and had the whole thing resolved quickly. That and I got someone who knew what they were doing. Weird.
Rose and I have decided that gadgets and clothing need to take second place to registering ourselves as residents of Alberta. So we're switching the car and our medicare plans over to Alberta ones. I'm thinking that anything involving automobiiles out here is a scan. My car is a 2003 model. It's literally 6 months old, and because of that I have to take it for a 150$ inspection for an 'out of Province' vehicle. What gets me is that if it wasn't that new, it would cost LESS. I don't believe this place.
Oh yeah, it's snowing.
CYODFS|W|P|106383924668763378|W|P||W|P|9/15/2003 03:54:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|I've just been outbid. Oh well. I'll prolly order it from best byte ( www.bestbytecomputer.com ) when I order the N4.
CYODFS|W|P|106366646293784295|W|P||W|P|9/15/2003 03:48:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Yarg. As far as Mondays go, today was half-decent. Other than the fact that it's currently colder than sin outside, and that on my way into work this morning I heard reference to the fact that it may snow tonight. Snow! In mid-September! I feel like I'm being punished for something. Probably for all the fun I had this weekend.
We went out for Ethiopian food. To everyone out there who'se snickering, don't. It's wonderful, and doesn't taste the least like dirt. I had forgotten my basic anthropology, but I remembered as soon as I tried a fingerful (they don't give any utensils or individual plates...one large communal plate and a basket of eating bread) of sauteed lentils with marinaded chicken that this is food from, literally, the Cradel of Life. This is the food from where humanity began. And they got it right. It was delicious.
I had some red wine from South Africa with dinner. I didn't much care for it. I was later told that South African doesn't travel well. Then we must have a lot in common....I like being somewhere else, but I completely hate getting there. I don't travel well with others, either.
I was tempted yesterday. I discovered that Staples has a credit card. You can buy something over 400$ but under 1000$ and pay it off interest free within 90 days. This is NOT a good thing for me, since I'm looking at getting the N4, a wireless keyboard/mouse combo, a 32 Mb USB Flash device (I've just bid on a 128 Mb device on eBay, currently goling for 6.50$ USD) and the mother of all LCD's. Knowing that I can be extended a line of credit to do this is not something that is making me feel particularly budgetary. Those who know me, like my parents, are understandable upset.
There is a great article in the current issue of MacLeans all about blogging, and there are links to some interesting blogs. I encourage everyone to read it.
Time for some 'Mike-time' (read: time spent learning Red Hat 9 through the most awsome gift I'v ever received, 'Red Hat 9 for Dummies'. Rose, I love you so much.) I'm currently learning how to create a firewall.
CYODFS|W|P|106366609964286428|W|P||W|P|9/14/2003 01:57:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Hair of the dog that bit you. Weird expression. But it really works. Last night, Bob and San hosted a mother of a Bar-Be-Que. There was smoked ribs, beer, boiled and baked corn, veggie chilli, beer, turkey, salad, and beer. I think I'm forgetting something...in fact I'm pretty sure that I have forgotten something, but what the heck.
Anyway, I'm sipping a beer right now, and Rose can't believe it. I can't figure out why. It's not like I was completely trashed...or was I? Rose just said "keep in mind that your parents might be reading this" and I just realized that it was my family that introduced me to the concept of drinking, so I figure that if one can't be drunk around family, where can one drink?
CYODFS|W|P|106357303856782573|W|P||W|P|9/14/2003 10:08:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|First off, congrats to Aaron and Mev. Good things really DO happen to those who wait. That and we'll be able to get retarded-drunk, maybe even the rare-but-hilarious Tucker Max Drunk when they show up. If you don't know what that is, go here:
So they have a place to stay while in Calgary, and we're going to pick them up in Edmonton. We've never seen Edmonton, so this will give us chance to get some good things done...killing 2 birds and all that.
I really agree with Aaron about the whole "reason to get lazy ass outta bed before 3 pm thing". Thanks blogger. Ok, so I've added some links to my page, have fun. Now I have to learn how to add a hyperlink in the blog itself. So that I don't look like a dork with a blog, but intead look like a dude with blog-savvy.
Gonna go do just that...ah, who am I kidding, I'm going to watch the Simspons!
|W|P|106355932102842450|W|P||W|P|9/13/2003 08:35:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|As promised, bright and early, sleep deprived and kinda hung-over with a sink full of dishes, here I am, writing.
Last night was fun. Chris and Tara came over and we had lasagna and watched a movie, staying up till 2 talking. It was tiring, but rewarding. The down side is that I have been trained to awake fairly early in the mornings, so I don't get the luxury of sleeping in. Tomorrow I'll sleep in.
Anyhoo, I'm off to wash dishes. Joy.
CYODFS|W|P|106346734357474149|W|P||W|P|9/12/2003 04:01:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|TGIFF. If you have to ask what the second (well, first "F") is for, you haven't worked at Shell. UIt's insane here. The people are insane, the politics and SOP's worse, and I have a todo file that's huge. But it pays well so I'm happy.
i'm in the process of pimping out my home PC. I'll try to post some shots of it soon. As well, I'm _trying_ to pay for un-advertised space here, but that function never seems to happen. Oh well, whatever. Will have to keep this entry short, since I've only got 5 minutes left! w00t!
I'll post again tomorrow morning, if I get the chance.|W|P|106340769856345493|W|P||W|P|9/12/2003 06:14:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Ug. Going to work hunover sucks. And to top it all off, I REEK like garlic. When a pizza place advertises their pizza as looking/smelling/tasting like a bulb of garlic exploded on it, take their word for it.
Oh yeah, and don't mix beer and wine. Ever.
CYODFS|W|P|106337247582624312|W|P||W|P|9/11/2003 03:21:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Ain't new technology WONDERFUL? Just this afternoon, I'm trying to enter an order into the worse sales system ever designed. For those of you in the field, you might know the name: JDE OneWorld. If you do, I'm sorry. If you don't, some advice: if it is ever even hinted at that this will become a system you might have to use, quit and find another job. I shit you all not this thing has caused more problems than it is worth.
Just today I was without the ability to do anything more contructive than pick my nose for over 45 minutes while the IT team tried, desperately and valiantly, to find out what was the matter with this. To the rock-chopping Siberian drunkard who created this system, I have this to say to you: bastard.
I'm really enjoying this whole blog thing. I think it's swell. If anyone has advice as to how I can update this via e-mail, please let me know by e-mailing me here email@example.com . I know it can be done (the help section told me so), I'm just not sure how.
For all you followers of geekulture out there (thanks for the term Adam, I like it!) I'm probably gonna get the ViewSonic NextVision N4 Video Processor. It's like a big cable box tha tI can plug into my stand-alone DVD player, VCR, and cable TV, and the other end into my monitor. I'm thinkin' it's the way to go. Here's the link, judge for yourselves:
Anyway, peace out for the meantime.
CYODFS|W|P|106331888569419954|W|P||W|P|9/10/2003 04:02:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Oh yeah, one more thing. R&I have found something that might just replace the Lion. The Regal Beagle on 14th. I'll try to find the URL.
CYODFS|W|P|106323493576248975|W|P||W|P|9/10/2003 03:58:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Wow...fantastic day, innit? I feel like I've been constapated for 2 days, I'm drinking out of an oil bottle, and now I can't even work. If that's not an introduction, I'm not sure what is.
DJ FREQ: Lt. Shitstorm is awsome. Tell him that.
For everyone else, 'sup? How's the Ville going? It must be full of drunk froshies and unfinished construction. Fun times. I can't write too much right now as I have to leave soon, but hopefully something interesting will happen on my way home. If it does. I'll post it!
CYODFS.|W|P|106323470997270578|W|P||W|P|9/06/2003 07:21:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Well well well....I have a blog. Now all I need is a life that's interesting enough to make proper use of said blog.
Not that much can be said, really. I have simply created this as a place where friends, family, critics and cucmbers (I needed a C-word that was clean and I happen to like cucumbers a lot thankyouverymuch).
Rose and I would like to thank everyone who has been so very generous to us since our departure from Lennoxville. Aaron and Maria, Aaron and Mev, Bob and San, and of course Mom and Dad, and even Jo. Bill and Eva, Ian and Jane Ann, and everyone else that we need to mention but won't, thank you.
Rose is working at various temp positions in Calgary until late October, when she begins her position as reference librarian at the new Calgary Public Library. We drove out and saw the site, and it's going to be a massive edifice. A larger library I do not think I have laid eyes on since New York. I'm so very proud of her. I'm currently working at Shell Canada's head office in downtown Calgary, as an order agent on the lubricants order line. Not the most exciting of jobs, but it gets the bills paid and there are some interesting times. E-mail me and I'll tell you some stories.
Enough for now, just an introduction. As the ever-popular DJFreq puts it, CYODFS. (Catch You On Da Flip Side)