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When experience counted

In A-Blurb on February 27, 2009 at 10:51 am

When we decided to imigrate to Canada we were almost sure that getting a job was not going to be an issue. If you want to work in this country you’ll work. There’s always something to do for almost anyone willing to find it.


Just a month or so after our arrival I had the chance to start working. A fabulous call center on the East side with a fabulous 5pm to 2am shift helping people south of the border with their Internet connection. Every night, every single night, when driving back home, the image of Canadian “drapeau” on top of the Parliament Hill reminded me that here I was, where I dreamed things were going to be better, and that one day I was going to be able to get a better job than helping rude, uneducated first world idiots.

So, one day I got it. Some company 500 km from where I was offered me a job and once again we had to move. Twice in less than a year. Was it going to be the last? Who knows! That time someone decided to pay attention to my experience. For once, my experience counted for someone. Even if it wasn’t “Canadian Experience”!

A day like this, three years ago, I had the chance to start working at a great canadian company. And I’m happy and grateful with those that decided to give me this chance. Although not everything were roses and not everything is going as smooth as I’d have expected and there had been wrong decisions in the middle, here I am… here WE are. Living our canadian dream.

To Chris and Ian.
Thank You!


Memories from my 70s

In In the Back of My Mind on February 25, 2009 at 10:01 am

It’s not that I have a lot, but they are good enough to give me a fresh account on what was going on those days.

That's me on the right with my aunt Elvira and one of my cousins in my early 70s

That's me on the right with my aunt Elvira and one of my cousins in my early 70s

Last night some pictures of my childhood suddenly showed up and with them a desire of bringing them back to life. In another language, for another culture but with the same enthusiasm. Do you want to join me in this journey back to my childhood? If you’ll be able to cope with some misuse of the language and poor vocabulary… Let’s go then!

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Stupidity Contest #2: Are Quebec Separatists a small bunch of “light terrorists”? Or just idiots? Or all of the above? Or none?

In A-Blurb on February 23, 2009 at 1:58 pm

I wonder, and I just wonder, if this separatists in Quebec, the ones that forced the cancellation of that battel reenactment are just a bunch of idiots or they are serious about their intentions…

Because if they are serious and they start menacing public security in an act like that… I winder, and I just wonder… Isn’t it a kind of terrorist action? Let’s say like… Hammas irrupting in some act in israel and provoquing people, or spanish separatists blowing cars in some act in Barcelona, Madrid or wherever…

I don’t think they have the guts to do it, but in anyway just the threat is enough, isn’t it?

I have a deep debt of honor with Quebec. They paved my way to the Canadian visa, but this guys, the separatists… they just irritate me so much! Argh!

Obama is the new “Beatle”? The second Jesus? Or WTF?

In A-Blurb on February 20, 2009 at 9:41 am

I can admit some people gets excited with what Obama means to US politics, etc., etc.

But the degree of excitment in Canada yesterday, and in Ottawa in particular, with his visit… C’mon… Isn’t it too much? Ottawa people was welcoming the guy as if he were their President! This is too much man!

It’s OK… we all need a sense of hope sometimes.

Bye Bye, Cuttie Pie!

In A-Blurb on February 19, 2009 at 4:07 pm

In my “English-Lessons-For-Immigrants-Who -Want-to-Speak-Normal-English” last Tuesday, I’ve learned that I cannot reproduce those words. No sir. If you are a Macho Latino and want to be looked like one at the office, you do not say “Bye Bye” when you leave and you do not say that your coworker’s son is a cuttie pie.

"Carefull with what you say!" (Pic from http://homepage.usask.ca)

"Carefull with what you say!" (Pic from http://homepage.usask.ca)

If so, you can be attacked by the spirit of Freddie Mercury who will get down and make you love. OK? Those words are for ladies! Along with pink garment…

The Senators F.C. is coming?

In From Everyday Life on February 11, 2009 at 2:06 pm

So it looks like there is a great intereset of building a soccer field and (maybe?) having an MLS team in the region? That would be really awesome!

We need a stadium, and a team with 2 Argentinians, 3 Brazilians, may be a Mexican, a couple of Canadians, an English coach… what else… and the “Featured Supporters” we talked about the other day!

What do you think? Is it a good idea to have a soccer team in Kanata? I love the idea! Let me knwo your thoughts!

So it was not only me [The Canadian Salutation Protocol]

In From Everyday Life on February 10, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Today I started a new training. Is a training on “speaking strategies”. In this training, a canadian ESL teacher takes some time and charges the company to teach us, the “non-english-as-a-first-language-immigrants-workers” about how to communicate effectively with our new world.

Immigration Canada asking for Passports at Toronto. They can be rude sometimes.

Immigration Canada asking for Passports at Toronto. They can be rude sometimes.

For example, instead of bringing out of our our pocket a piece of gold or an emerald in exchange for a mirror or some poutine, we can now say “Hi!” and smile to our local counterpart at the office! Beautiful, eh?

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I used to be a brilliant blogger

In A-Blurb on February 10, 2009 at 9:35 am

When I started blogging, far away in time and far away south of the border, I used to write for a different audience and in a different language. At the beginning there were just a few readers, a dozen a day (as it happens now here), with the time that blog became a reference for a small community and started receiving hundreds of visits a day. Never thousands, despite my efforts, but many hundreds. It still continues receiving hundreds of visits every day, although I’ve stoped writing on it a few weeks ago.

New Place, New Time

New Place, New Time

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In A-Blurb on February 9, 2009 at 4:06 pm

I have a terrible fucking headache.

Lucky guy…

In A-Blurb on February 5, 2009 at 11:26 am
Peaceful, eh?

Peaceful, eh?

…he can take a nap!