Here I am, doing my job as I would normally, and my boss walks him. He says that because I've registered a lot of people onto our e-Business site, that I'm given half a day off, paid. For doing my job!
This is very exciting because it's the first time that I've gotten a kind of reward for doing what I'm paid to do. Is this motivation? I'm woozy!
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This weekend was so much fun that it's hard to remember it all. Everything started on Thursday evening when Rose and I helped Chris and Tara move their apartment into a 14' U-Haul truck. Let's suffice it to say that they have a *LOT* of stuff. I think we helped them move for 4 hours and we moved maybe 3 rooms worth of stuff. But it was fun and we got free beer and free pizza, so I'm happy. But I'm sad to see them leaving us, even if it is just to Edmonton. But hey, as Batri said...ROAD TRIP!!!
Friday I was kept busy all morning preparing for the arrival of Aaron and Mev. They showed up around noon, so then we took the rental back and had some lunch, all while I was enjoying my day off. Bumped into Josh and Bernard from the office on the way back and gloated about not having to work. It feels nice to be an ass! Later Friday night we had food (my famous Dal) and went to see Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on the IMAX screen. Holy crap I'm never seeing a movie on a non-IMAX screen again! This was, by far, the best way to see any movie ever. Especially H.P.3!
Saturday was spent in Canmore, walking in the sun and seeing some beautiful mountains. We lunched at the Grizzly Paw Pub, which was really nice. They have a great veggie burger, which both Aaron and Rose got. And they put beats in their ruffage salad, which I think is a very unique touch. That night we went to Bob and San's place and had a huge bar-be-que/bon fire. See, Bob's got this portable fire pit which you can use to have a real bonfire in your backyard without having a fire hazard warning from the local FD. Really got it going, too! To the point where the wooden handle on the top of it was glowing red and ready to burst into flames itself. We stayed up too late and drank too much, so things were really fun! I think Sunday morning made up for it.
I've realized that there is only one thing worse than shopping drunk, and that's shopping in a strip mall hung-over to high heaven. Late brunch, huge meal and extra coffee notwithstanding, I was feeling like crap about 20 minutes into Winners. But we managed to go for about 4 hours, then we crashed. Rose and I slept, Aaron and Mev went for a walk...somewhere, I really couldn't remember where. Then we had dinner at Mt Everest's Kitchen followed by a very nice walk down 17th. Then we returned home and watched Girl with a Pearl Earring which was awesome.
So needless to say, I was kinda tired this morning. I'm very much looking forward to some Firefly and some sleeping.
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These last few days have been an economic struggle for me. Rose seems to have handled it with grace, as she does everything, but I've been nervous since the weekend. We had an expensive week last week. Rose went to a dentist last week. Over two-hundred dollars just to have an examination done to determine that she needs work done. Pardon my language, but no shit Batman! That's why we went to the dentist.
So we have that money coming back (hopefully) from her insurance. Some student loans, some bills, and a parking ticket later, and we're maxed. Did I mention that it's rent week?
I don't mean to burden all of you with my financial situation, but it's helping me feel better to get it off my chest.
I will post something a little more upbeat once I get the chance. Our 'Net is down (again) so I will find some news stories once I can.
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Here are a few sites that I found quite interesting. They're about things that are close to me personally, namely the state of the United States as seen from independent people not associated with George W Bush (since the US is the last superpower on Earth, their political temperature is something that I like to keep a thermometer on, so to speak), and Internet rights and privacy in Canada, seeing how I am a proud believer and firm supporter of the freedom of expression on-line. I hope you enjoy them.
The name really says all that needs to be conveyed. Here's a quote:
Despite this and several other occurrences, Kerry has gone on to secure himself a spot on the ballot in November. Now, the challenge at hand is to get George W. Bush out of office and retired permanently to his beloved ranch in Crawford. In order to accomplish this, Kerry will need absolutely every single vote he can get. The most recent polls (at the time of writing) show that Bush still has strong support in general, and reasonable support for his war on Iraq; if ever there is to be a time that your vote counts, this is it.
The second site I’d like to talk about is one that those who are frequent readers might find a little surprising. It’s the raison d’être for the CRIA, the Canadian Recording Industry Association. The Canadian sister-organization to the RIAA, the CRIA has released a justification for their recent legal actions against Canadians who upload music. I will have to concede that there are some very valid points they make, but as with any argument used for the purpose of convincing people, there are wild generalizations and assumptions. But decide for yourself.
Again, here’s a selection of quoted text:
Question: "THERE ARE NO LEGITIMATE SERVICES OUT THERE FOR ME TO USE, SO I'M FORCED TO FALL BACK ON THE ILLEGITIMATE ONES."
Answer: A number of legal online services are expected to launch in Canada this fall. Puretracks™, a Canadian service, has already announced a fall launch date. These sites offer better quality of product and service than illegal alternatives. Many are now offering transfer to portable devices. Potentially, hundreds of thousands of songs will be legally made available at cost-effective prices. And it's just not good enough to say if I can't get it legally, I'll steal it.
I hope that these sites inform you as they did me, as well as give you a little glimpse into my soul.