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The Futile Experiment

In A-Blurb on September 15, 2009 at 2:59 pm

I don’t know when I wrote here for the last time. It’s not important either. Who cares? Not even me. And it’s not I do not remember this blog, eh? I have it there, at my left hand side, with all my useful everyday bookmarks. But I keep on skipping it.

I scroll top to bottom, bottom to top and keep on skipping The Tired Prop bookmark. And every time is the same “Wel… It’s I do not have a subject to bring up”, “Well… it’s just I do not feel comfortable writing in English”, “Well this”, “Well that”

I have to admit it. I do not feel the same passion writing in English than in Spanish. Most of my entries in my other blog are  about things that pop out of my mind and kicked a thought or a fast writing on a subject I feel I have something to say. And I know what I’m saying. And, even better, I know who I’m writing to because I know how the Spanish speaking audience is.

But I’ll keep on trying. I’ll keep on trying.

Vamos viejo! No me aflojes carajo!


Moving ahead

In A-Blurb on July 27, 2009 at 8:57 pm

A few days ago I was having breakfast with a good friend of mine.

In our chats we love to take time to do some philosophy on our life as immigrants in Canada. We discuss how things are going, the lessons we learned or how we think we should face the future among other things.

That day we agreed on the fact that we are about to leave our “newcomer” status. Having bought a house (he moved to his new place in Aylmer a few days ago) is the very sign of getting established.

In this past 4 years we went from having almost nothing to have kids, a well paid job in our domains, a car or may be two and a house. Only in 4 years.

Yes, Canada made it possible, is a country with good conditions to succeed. But we pushed it hard and sacrificed many things to get it where we are.

So now it’s a good moment to relax, enjoy ourselves and move on to the next stage. God only knows what’s ahead for us… But it cannot be bad.

Having a reality check while you buy furniture for your new home

In A-Blurb on July 20, 2009 at 2:21 pm

As we will be moving soon to our new place, we’ve been going around with Pat looking for new furniture we will need: sofa, dining table, new beds and bedroom stuff for the kids and so on.

As it happens most of the times, this is something new for us. We never had this need before, so it’s our first time in Canada looking for this kind of things. So, we decided to check a few places to see what they have, and for how much. The places we’ve been at were Ikea (how not!), Leon’s, The Brick, Structubes, The Upper Room, My House and De Boers.

I'm sorry? How much?

I'm sorry? How much for a sofa?

It’s nice to see how people with a 1 million dollar place decorate their homes… I guess that’s the people that buys a 5k+ sofa, for instance. And it was good to do a reality check and see where I stand in the social piramid.

If you drive a Kia van, you cannot pretend to by not even a bedside table at some places like De Boers!

Why I love my BlackBerry

In A-Blurb on July 7, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Because it allows me to post with the new WordPress Client!

This is good!

Hi Five!

That thing that I cannot accomplish here…

In A-Blurb on June 3, 2009 at 8:57 am

I received a tweet from @problogger about a post called “9 Ways People Respond to Your Content Online” A fabulous post by some Rajesh Setty that has a beautiful phrase in it…

Use your creativity to generate content that will inspire and transform the lives of the audience in a positive way…

Isn’t it great? I feel so sorry I cannot accomplish such a thing in this blog. It’s just a matter of time… I know… Think hard buddy! Think hard!

Garage Sales are (almost) here!

In A-Blurb on April 22, 2009 at 8:55 am

Wow… I have to admit it… I love Garage Sales. It was one of the greatest discoveries I’ve made in Canada…
it may sound crazy, but we do not have that where I come from. I’m not sure why, if you ask. May be it’s because that sense of attachment everyone has to their belongings down there. Access to credit is not an everyday thing, so it can be so difficult to purchase new stuff sometimes that you end up embracing your belongings as if you were going to have them’till you die…. which happens sometimes!

When there’s some stuff we do not need anymore, we just donate it or pass it to someone else or just throw it away. But here… Oh Man! Things are so difficult! People have so much access to credit and are such avid consumers that you may find great stuff being sold by pennies sometimes!

When I arrived to Canada, almost 4 years ago, Garage Sales were the main source for most of the stuff I needed to start our new place. Plates, cuttlery, table, chair, computer desk, bed stuff, you name it…. Aylmer, Hull and Gatineau garage sales provided me with great stuff most of them I still own.

I’ve published a guide to garage sSale for my readers at the other blog… Do you want to take a look at it? It’s here: http://loszieglerencanada.com/2009/04/22/ventas-de-garage-preguntas-y-respuestas/ Feel free to share your thoughts on Garage Sales!

Creating a Bridge

In A-Blurb on April 8, 2009 at 3:16 pm

My readers at the other blog do not know about this blgo. I don’t want to. This is my communication channel with my canadian/ottawan (“ottawanas”? I just invented a word I guess) audience.

Most of you do not know the other blog, and it’s ok… It’s mostly dedicated to the South Of the Border audience.

But what if  I could create a bridge, a communication between the two of them? I wonder… what if I could create a dialog between this people south of the border wanting to come to Canada and you, the ones opening the doors to them? I think it’d be nice… But how? may be we could bring subjects, back and forth, between the two blogs.

“What would you ask a canadian?”, “What things do you want to know their thoughts about?” I could ask over there. “What would you advice to a newcomer?”, “What would you like to tell a newcomer before he/she arrives?” I could ask over here.

I would need at least 10 readers to do so… I think I’m kind of far… Well… Let’s see… May be it’s a good idea.

Sometimes I think we are a little bit selfish

In A-Blurb on April 7, 2009 at 10:23 am

Last weekend I read a very nice note at the Kanata Kourier-Standard about some high school kids that went to Guatemala to help build houses. It was nice to read how these kids came back really charmed by some south of the border things, specially those related to sharing and familly.

That note (you can read it here) triggered in my mind a new post for “the other blog” There, I wrote about what we bring to Canada. It’s not onlya matter of coming here and bring your family and your job skills. It’s also a matter of bringing something back to the country that opened its doors to us. So, after a while and expressing the idea to my readers, I asked them… “What do you think we can give to this country to make it even better?”

The feedback, so far, has been awful. I feel ashamed. That’s why the title.

But I’ll do a little experiment these days. I will write a post about all the things that Canada gave me directly or indirectly, and I bet you I’ll have much more success. Let’s see…

Damn! I read and re-read and I get really upset… Why do people think they must receive and they have nothing to give? Is that the reason? Is it really that? Or is there some other thing I do not see?


In A-Blurb on March 30, 2009 at 2:40 pm

I don’t know why but my birthday always turn me into a very bad mood.


And I’m particularly pissed off today!

Ontario is really fucked up… and we may be paying the price for years! [Ontario Budget 09/10]

In A-Blurb on March 27, 2009 at 7:58 am

Since last nioght I’ve been hearing and watching news all around about the comin Ontario budget, the record deficit on it and how bad the things will be (or not, depending on who talks about it) for the next few years.

Change US for ON and u r done! (Pic from http://www.finetunedfinances.com)

Change US for ON and u r done! (Pic from http://www.finetunedfinances.com)

This is the kind of things that happen when you have a Prime Minister from another Province! (I just wanted to blame someone…)