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Emily10/27/2004 03:11:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|This is what I get paid for. Seriously.|W|P|109891510193364579|W|P|Mike @ Werk|W|P|10/27/2004 03:49:00 PM|W|P|10/26/2004 06:33:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|There are times when I desperately miss Bill Clinton. In this article, there is a quote that exemplifies what it means to be presidential:
'"Now, one of Clinton's laws of politics is this: If one candidate is trying to scare you and the other is trying to get you to think, if one candidate is appealing to your fears and the other is appealing to your hopes, you'd better vote for the person who wants you to think and hope," he said '
I miss you Bill!
The Globe and Mail|W|P|109879758852145914|W|P|Why I Miss Clinton|W|P|10/26/2004 09:47:00 AM|W|P|Dru|W|P|Yeah. On a personal level, Clinton is a slimebag, and if I ever met him in person, I probably wouldn't like him very much.
But he can speak frankly, he's very presidential, and he did a good job of running the country.10/23/2004 12:50:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|This is what, after opening my curtains, I find waiting for me outside. I was planning to take a walk around, have some friends over, but they'd need dog sleds to get over. Sometimes I really hate Calgary.
|W|P|109855740179277586|W|P||W|P|10/23/2004 11:51:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Here's another shot of our *WONDERFUL* Calgarian weather.
|W|P|109855750530961302|W|P||W|P|10/21/2004 11:43:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Shell Canada News Release - October 21, 2004
And I ain't seein' a penny out of this. I'm thinking about profit-sharing. Take the total quaterly profit, $451,000,000.00, and share a measly $51,000,000.00 for sharing. Divide that by the number of employees at Shell Canada. Take an outside figure like 10,000. And let's see...that's $5100.00 each. Personally, that would take me completely out of debt and allow me to get that laptop I've been wanting.
I think I'll write a letter to Clive about that...|W|P|109838418521547370|W|P|Shell Canada News Release - October 21, 2004|W|P|10/22/2004 07:23:00 AM|W|P|dj freq|W|P|Some how i think your shit outta luck my friend.
ask the pres. if he gets profit sharing though10/19/2004 05:43:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|This had me rolling on the ground...as most things associated with the Onion do.
The Onion | U.S. Finishes A 'Strong Second' In Iraq War|W|P|109823302984411218|W|P|U.S. Finishes A 'Strong Second' In Iraq War|W|P|10/19/2004 01:53:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Props go out to Foley for this link. I've been reading it for about 2 minutes and realized that I had to share it.
Tiny Mix Tapes|W|P|109821921994938202|W|P|Tiny Mix Tapes|W|P|10/18/2004 09:38:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Here is a picture of my Birthday t-shirt taken with my Birthday digital camera. I love Rose!
|W|P|109816069358384604|W|P||W|P|10/17/2004 07:10:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|I just don't know. Poor thing, maybe?
News-Miner - Past News|W|P|109806541066958607|W|P|Um...yeah|W|P|10/17/2004 06:05:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|What did I do to deserve this? Can you believe that it's snowing in October, and it won't stop for 3 days??!
Calgary|W|P|109806155974607487|W|P|Weather Forcast for Hell|W|P|10/18/2004 10:05:00 AM|W|P|10/16/2004 11:36:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Mike being eaten by some prehistoric giant fish at the museum. Don't know if you can see, but he's got some wicked teeth. There's one shoved into my ear!
Posted by Mike|W|P|109795181924066093|W|P||W|P|10/16/2004 11:35:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Rose, Eva, and Mike in the mouth of the World's Larget Dinosaur. Once again, Drumheller, Alberta.
Posted by Mike|W|P|109795174605722309|W|P||W|P|10/16/2004 11:34:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Evan and Mike in fron of a T-Rex at the Royal Tyrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta.
Posted by Mike|W|P|109795167669465454|W|P||W|P|10/16/2004 11:33:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Rose and her Mum Wednesday. Yay for having family over!
Posted by Mike|W|P|109795158188426266|W|P||W|P|10/13/2004 12:58:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|This is a reply that Michelle, my old roomie from Bishop's, sent to me regarding the crank-shaft sensor problem I was having with my car. Thanks Michelle, and as for eternal gratitude, how about a big "YOU ROCK!" \m/
And on a related note, the dealership called yesterday and told me that the part is in and to make an appoitement to have it installed. Woo-Hoo!
I was reading your blog and came across your car problem thingy. Figured I'd e-mail you (at all your billion addresses since I"m not sure which one you're using now) with the official, "Bob of Bob's Transmissions (a.k.a. Michelle's Dad) answer. Here's what he said:
Crank sensors count the revolutions of the engine and tell the computer what the count is. It's electrical (actually a little magnet) and there's another magnet on the crank shaft itself. So, when the magnet is energized (i.e. car is running) when the magnets pass each other, it counts one revolution. So if it's demagnetized or the wire is cut/broken/damaged/bad connector, then car won't start cuz it doesn't register any revolutions. He said it's unlikely to get broken during an oil change, but they're a fairly common problem in general. However, he said since they shampooed the engine, it COULD have happened, depending on the make and model of your car (which I couldn't remember *ED NOTE: 2003 Hyundai Elantra VE*). He asked WHY they shampooed the engine when you didn't ask them to, i.e. did they spill a lot of oil or something? (*ED NOTE: I have no idea. They just told me they washed it*) He also said that if the engine was hot when they did the oil change, it could have cracked the sensor, but that would be hard to prove if you weren't there when they were working on the car. Anyhoo, hope that helps somewhat with the uderstanding, since it'll probably do squat as far as getting any cash back. And I already have a gmail account, so eternal gratitude will
Catch ya later!
|W|P|109769748803483915|W|P|The Car Saga Ends|W|P|10/13/2004 09:56:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|The Router
I'm not even sure what to say about this. I'm at a complete loss of words.|W|P|109768660671309899|W|P|The Router|W|P|10/11/2004 10:43:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|I'm sorry, but it has to be said: is it just me or does that CNN shot of Reeves make him look, just a little, like Lex Luthor?
CNN.com - 'Superman' star Christopher Reeve dead at 52 - Oct 11, 2004|W|P|109751660380875702|W|P|Christopher Reeve dead at 52|W|P|10/08/2004 08:35:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Found this story on FARK.com and figured that I'd share it. Work is slow today, so why not?|W|P|109725014887744968|W|P|Creepy-est Pub Goer Ever!|W|P|10/06/2004 05:07:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Man, this week has just been a punch to the groin!
Last week, I went had had my perly-whites scraped clean. That's right, it was Mike's first dental cleaning in 18 months, and I paid for it, both physically and money-wise. (sidenote : I distrincly heard them call it a "cleaning", but I'm sure that's dentist code for a let's-see-how-deep-into-Mike's-gums- we-can-stick-this-pointy-tool-thing-a-thon)
But I made sure that I had insurance coverage for procedures just like these,and having worked in the insurance field for more or less a year, I gathered a fair sense of paranoia when it comes to making claims, and providing just the right amount of information.
So I called the insurance carrier and asked them if I had coverage. I did this becuase, about a month earlier, I received a letter asking me to have a certain form completed by my dentist in order for them to grant me coverage. This would require a visit to open a file, which everyone knows they don't do for free. So applying my extensive study of logic, I understood that they wanted me to visit a dentist to have a form filled out to allow me to visit a dentist.
I tried to made sure that I had coverage by calling the carrier and asking, outright "Do I have coverage?" To which The Representative responded "Yes". So, silly gullible me, I go and get a file opened and never complete the form, thinking that since I had coverage I was okay, and that if my coverage was going to be terminated, The Representative would have surely told me about it while I had them on the phone.
Apparently, I was wrong. The Representative didn't tell me, and now I'm looking at a claim-denial form with the explanation no one ever wants to see: These [various dental procedures] expenses were incurred after your coverage terminated. Not once, not twice, but thrice. Three trimes they state this. As if saying screw you, screw you, screw you for not filiing out our form and hurting our feelings.
Right. So I called the insurance company and they are going to look into it and call me back. So to them I send out a very large, loud, and obnoxious "BASTARDS"
But on the plus side, UPS just called and I have a package waiting for me. It's being delivered to my office tomorrow. I'm happy, because Thinkgeek uses UPS to ship stuff, and I sent my wishlist to Mom and Dad. :)
|W|P|109710895285632394|W|P|Right...this makes even MORE sense|W|P|10/05/2004 01:46:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|I just hung up with the mechanic-men at the garage. Apparently when they were working on the vehicle they performed an engine wash. Maybe because my engine was dirty, maybe it was an innocent garage-water-hose-fight-gone-wrong, we will never know.
But the current theory we're running with is that something was dislodged or disconnected while this engine wash was being performed.
So now I get to take a cab from work to the dealership to get my car, and I'll be damned if they're going to see another penny from me. Rose missed breakfast in order to get this done, and we're going to have some serious taxi receipts that are going to need settling.
***UPDATE*** I just got a call from them again, and apparently the thingamajig that went haywire was the crank sensor. Now, if anyone can please tell me what a crank sensor does, you’ll be rewarded with a gmail account. I have no idea what this thing does, other than to cause my vehicle to stop working, and then start working again once it gets back to the shop.
Unfortunately they said that since the error wasn’t caused directly by anything that the dealership did, they will not reimburse us for the taxi fares, in excess of 40$, that we accumulated today. And I’m sure as shit not going to claim that on my insurance.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…
|W|P|109701023567342892|W|P|Update on the Khar|W|P|10/05/2004 10:03:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Saturday morning I'm driving along and I notice that the little sticker in the upper left of the windshield of the car is advertising that at 26,667 kilometers I should take the car in for it's pre-scheduled check up. SO I call and make an appointment.
This morning, no more than an hour ago, Rose comes to see me and drops off some stuff for me at the office. I get back to my desk, and about four seconds later get a call from Rose. Here's a brief summary of what happened:
Rose: Hey dude, it's me. The car just stalled.
Mike: Aw crap. Is it dead?
Rose: yeah, it moved about three feet and then gave up. I think they forgot to install the oil filter or something. Wanna come down and take a look?
Mike: Yeah, I'll be right down.
So I go down and try it myself, as if the male attempt o ignite internal combustion engines is in some meaningful way more effective than the female. It's not, so the resulting sounds can only be transcribed as "Whhhhhr whhhhhr cough spit die"
Suddenly, two things strike my mind: 1. How typically non-male I am, as I suddenly realize that I know NOTHING about how my car works. The second question I have is "Would this have happened if I hadn't taken the car in?" Mind bending questions both, to be certain, along the lines of time-travel-complicated and equally philosophical.
So now Rose is stuck waiting for a tow truck (which, by the way, won't arrive for at least 90 minutes) and is kinda worried about making it to work for 1 PM.
All because we did what the company told us to.
|W|P|109699687724286264|W|P|Right...this makes sense.|W|P|10/03/2004 01:44:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|A few weeks ago, Rose and I went to a pot-luck at our church, St. Stephen's Anglican Church here in Calgary. We were immediately welcomed when we first went, and have since tried to go as often as possible.
As it turns out, they have decided that we make the ultimate "Poster-People" for their homepage.
I've included, reluctantly, a link to it: St. Stephen's
Feel free to comment as you wish.
There may be some issues connecting to this site. My folks have had trouble connecting to it from home. The link is correct, it's just your computer that sucks. :P|W|P|109683624892944471|W|P|Well, it's Offficial - We're Poster-People|W|P| |W|P|boo hooo it's been snowing since september in yellowknife. !!!! |W|P|damn you hairy :) |W|P|Hey Mike,