Isn't About Time You Infected Them...?

Wow, been a while since I've done an update!

Going by my last update it was just after Christmas.

I'll work on a timeline and then just some random dot points for the highlights :)

New Years was spent at Hudsons Shawnessy which was great. We had to pre-book which was good. Highlights include the brain surgeon, trying to get the train home and then getting a cab with an Pakistani bloke that loved the cricket.

New years week we watched the Canada Vs Russia Juniors game at the Shank (which had mini-put put inside). Close game after Canada were 1-6 and then came back and nearly equalised it at the end.

We also went to another Flames game via Boston Pizza. Chris came with. Vs Detroit Redwings.

We also went to the Ship & Anchor to watch the bronze medal game of Canada and ummm ? Then moved onto Melrose up the road. Gold medal game was Russia Vs Sweden. Good upset by Sweden to win the match.

Other than that we just kept doing the usual unemployed things, including movies (Dragon Tattoo, Tintin, Sherlock Holmes, The Artist, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Mission Impossible).

We looked for jobs on Kijiji / jobbank websites flatout for about a week and a half. Took me a few days just to whittle down the list. Then sent off a heap of resumes and cover letters to no avail.
The next week we visited the job agencies in person which was a lot better. Job Placement, Drake Personal and Man Power. Slowly got results but got a break when went to a house party with Chris.
Met alot of people and then headed to the Ship and Anchor... Met Allie and she mentioned data entry job she had and got me to send in my resume.
Got a job interview straight away and scored the job! Really enjoying it so far. Building located very close to downtown.

Missed home the most yesterday on Australia day... mainly when getting home from the pub and listening to Hottest 100 online!

Oh and the weather has been hit or miss. -30 last week for a few days! Nice and fresh!
  • Current Mood
    grateful grateful

I kept dreaming of a world I thought I'd never see. And then, one day...

Another week in Calgary :)

Not much else to report, some brief highlights include going to a Flames game with Sauce, Lois and Chris. We got the bus from Boston Pizza which was handy. The seats were way up in the nosebleeds, but still pretty good.

We also went up to Banff and Lake Louise for a day which was good. Blizzard conditions, but still fun. The Lake has frozen over, so it was interested to compare it to how it was when I saw it in the summer last year.

90% of the snow has melted which is a bummer, unseasonably warm weather apparently! Although I'm sure it will be -30 in no time.

We've also seen plenty of movies. Mission Impossible @ Cinemax UltraAVX (?). 7.1 surround and a nice digital projector. Cinemax's rival to Imax apparently. We've also seen Tintin and Sherlock Holmes 2.

Christmas was spent with Lois' family in Airdrie which was good. Mass the on Christmas eve, then Christmas dinner at their place on Christmas day with all the family. Managed to find a stream of the Boxing day cricket online, so we caught some of the game Ind Vs Aust.
Also Skyped the folks on Christmas eve (Day their time) as well as Scotty, before he headed to the Boxing day test for Hicksy's bucks party (week).

Spent the last few days trying to find a job online... lots of admin work around, but bit of a pain having the wedding in March ie trying to get time off. Might just try for part time work for now...

World Junior Hockey Games are currently being played in Edmonton and Calgary. Went and saw Russia and Latvjia last night. 14-0 Russia's way!
  • Current Music
    Daft Punk - Tron Legacy OST

Week 3 in Ca!

Into the third week in Ca, and not much else to report.

Lois was helpful enough to let us use the guest suite for the week. Double bed for Sauce and blow-up mattress for me :)

Spent most of the days watching cable TV. Some good selection of TV and movies eg X-Files, Ghost Adventures, Sling Blade, Green Mile, Inglorious Basterds,

No work yet, still in holiday mode. Christmas is a week away now too, so kinda makes it hard.
Still have to work out what to do for Xmas and NYE!

Other activities from the past week...
Dodgeball. Had a good session of dodgeball on Friday eve. 3 hours of dodgeball, was a fairly decent workout! Managed to take out the gold medal which was good. Was pretty wrecked afterwards tho! We had dinner at Boston Pizza afterwards which was also good.

We also checked out the speed skating trials at Olympic Oval at the Uni. We got lost on campus but managed to find it ok.
We went back there this week for some public ice skating. Wa awesome fun. Tho still got a bit of whiplash from falling over! Sauce was more awkward than me! Just gotta work on better fitting skates and stop riding on my ankles... rather sore after!

Other misc stuff... winter clothes shopping, Christmas card and photos sent back home, reading a fair bit on my Kindle (Harry Potter and Order of Phoenix... they keep getting better :) Prob my fav so far!)), drinks sat night at beer hall. 100 beers on tap, but a bit pricey. Met up with Matso that night and went to pub with Newfie theme, then out to 'The cellar'. Some French promo guy got us in. Wasnt too bad, but had way too many shots (and paid for it!).

We also went out for a screening of 'The Asgard Project' http://www.theasgardproject.com/
Great movie. Also reminded me of Touching The Void.

"Spare Change?"

Okie dokie...
We've made it to Calgary! but rewinding a little bit from where I last left off...

Vancouver wasn't a bad week. Went to some dodgy nightclubs and some ok pubs.
We didn't do too many tours around the place other than heading up the observation deck and headed out to Stanley Park. Stanley Park reminded me very much of the X-files... ie atmosphere etc surprised there weren't more episodes filmed around there. Maybe one around the aquarium.
Speaking of which... I did a quick location search for Supernatural, Fringe, X-files and general movie locations in and around Vancouver. There were plenty of them anyway! esp Supernatural, but nothing of note other than the odd building or alley here or there.
So yeah Stanley Park was good, and we also made it down to Steam Town. The steam driven clock was rather cool. lol.
So that's was Vancouver! It was pretty chilly too, and we slowly started to get used to the coldness outside and shorts weather inside!
Plenty of homeless locals around, which meant hearing about if we had loose change all the time!
One or two guys along the way ended up chatted to us, so I gave up some shrapnel. Sauce thought I was crazy, but hopefully it means good karma for later in the trip! lol

Monday we were up early ie 4.30am ready for the Greyhound trip up the hill to Calgary ie via Hope, Husky, Banff, Lake Louise etc. It took 15 odd hours, but great scenery along the way. As darkness fell the bus started to rock 'n' roll even more ie due to the ice, snow and crosswinds there was plenty of sliding around!

The last few days have been spent getting more settled in Calgary. Setup a Scotiabank account, got a new phone and most importantly ventured out into the snow!
Last few days have been roughly -5 to -11 (feels like -17). Thermals definitely required! I just have to buy some decent shoes and jacket. Converse One Stars are not quite built for snow. It's only meant to get colder so we're going to have to get used to it!
Also ran into a mate from back home today downtown, after heading up the Calgary Tower. Had a good chat about jobs etc and life in Canada which was pretty cool. Rather good co-incidence too.
Upcoming... checking out the Olympic skating trials, dodgeball and more drinking!

They think I'm slow, eh!

Well, after flying for 14 hours, trying to stay awake, going out on the piss, I'm now onto day 2 in Vancouver.
Things went well to start with.. great plane, very comfortable, customs was a piece of piss and then made it to the hostel easy enough. Helps having been here before. $120 for 7 nights is pretty good too.
We've walked around the central area a little bit. Sauce loves it, but I'm still not sold. It's exactly like Melbourne, from the rain to the fashions. We're going to do a tour tomorrow, so I'll be able to get a better idea of the place.
Just looking up greyhound buses atm... 15 hour ride to Calgary, but it goes through the rockies ie Lake Louise, Banf etc

Things still to do include setting up a bank account and getting SIN number etc.
Plus ring Telstra pricks that didn't enable my account properly.

Mundaine Monday

After 11 years to the day from starting work... It's my last.

I'm rather excited about it all actually!

Today has spent doing pretty much nothing. Some last file copying, lunch with the bosses and lots of internet surfing :)

Desktop Calendar Refills

Throwing out junk in my office I found some quotes I had kept from my calendar refills... and having no where to record them I'm posting them here!

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened!" - Anon

"Half the things that people do not succeed in, are through fear of making the attempt" - James Northcote.


In other news I'm really enjoying my Kindle that I got as a going away present :) Currently halfway through Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
I've also installed Calibre to help organise the books I've grabbed already on the PC. It's a handy ebook manager and ePub converter (to Kindle format).
Too bad I can't get it to scrape metadata properly. Though I suspect it's the corporate firewall (why not include the option to manually enter proxy details? Why?).
One negative thing about the Kindle is that it has a terrible way of organising your books... ie just one big list of all your books. I don't want to scroll through pages and pages of books, just to get to the one I want. You can group them in 'collections', but it's a manual, clumsy process.
My solution atm is to have a nice organised collection on my PC thanks to Calibre, then I'll just have a handful of books on the Kindle itself. I wonder if there's any homebrew stuff out there for the Kindle...? hmmm.

Where is the hungover mood icon? :P

Ch-ch-ch-changes!

Ahh, after another break of 2 years I thought it was time to update again!

Hopefully this becomes more of a regular thing, as I embark on a new journey.. quitting my job and moving overseas to Canada. Living the dream! I thought this would be a good way to keep a record of what I get up to (saves writing it down anyway!)

Plus I think LJ is a bit more private than FB, as in I don't want my friends / followers on FB knowing what the hell I'm doing all the time!
Sharing with strangers via LJ on the otherhand doesn't worry me... and Dominitus is the only rl person I know on LJ

So... after 11 years at the same job I'm finishing up. 2½ days to go! Woo