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Happy Canada Day… Interesting facts about Canada (that I found somewhere else)

In From Everyday Life on June 30, 2009 at 7:43 am

So tomorrow is Canada Day, the Confederation will have another year and it’s still surviving… Even if the Bloc wants to break it apart!


But politics aside, it’s an interesting moment to learn a few facts about Canada. I invite you to go take a look at XUP’s post about 10 + 10 facts about Canada.

By the way… what represents Canada the best? Tim Hortons or the BlackBerry?


Welcome little geese!

In From Everyday Life on May 11, 2009 at 9:44 am

I think I’ve talked about this… May be it’s me, a city boy, borned and raised in the big city… But I’ve always found the natural life in the cities I lived in Canada really amazing. Geese, ducks, cardinals, hawks, hares and all the others i see almsot every day and don’t remember the names now. So every year, when the geese fly away and acome back I found their cycle pretty interesting.

The fact is that by end of March they came back and, by the beggining of April, a couple decided to use a section fo the parking lot for their nest. They’ve been there day and night, with cold and hot weather, with rain and sun… I’ve only seen them away from the nest once.

Best possible spot? This guys like busy areas!

Best possible spot? This guys like busy areas!

So today, when I arrived to the office, I’ve observed the whole family was there, in the grass, eating and shitting (as their lives will be for the next 7 months) and the nest was empty… They were born! I just wanted to welcome the geese from our office parking lot!

Keep your fingers crossed

In From Everyday Life on May 8, 2009 at 9:11 am

So it looks like she finally made it. Mrs. Tired Prop was asked for her references and sent a lot of papers to sign and so on. The references were already contacted so I guess all we can hope now is them to be nice with the lady so she can get an offer from this company.

Do you see how it works? When she went to the interview with a “I give a shit attitude”… she won! Fuck!

So, let’s keep yuir fingers crossed untill next week. I’ll let you know.

Pic by mape_s (Flickr)

Pic by mape_s (Flickr)

Happy Mother’s Day!

A Bunny Tail

In From Everyday Life on May 5, 2009 at 8:23 am

Last night, when I got home with the kids, we notice an animal in the basement window (actually “the hole” for the basement window… but does it have a name?) This time, it was a more pleasant animal than the rodent we had the last time and that panicked Mrs. Tired Prop. Ladies and Gentleman… Meet my new tenant… “Little Hare”

My new tenant

My new tenant

The poor guy may have fallen sometime yesterday and is scared to death… And he is so unlucky that he felt at a house where everyone has some prejudice on touching him. We are still planning how to make the guy get out of there… Any ideas? What do you do in these cases?

When you are your worst enemy

In From Everyday Life on May 4, 2009 at 10:54 am

So, Mrs. Tited prop finally lost her job (the Call Center moved to Montreal) and, despite her 7 or 8 job interviews in the las few weeks, she was not able to reeenter the work force.

We’ve been talking about this extensively with her, trying to disclose the reasons behind this. What I mean is that haviong 7 or 8 interviews is a good sign after all! Her CV and Cover Letter are well tailored, her credentiasl aren’t bad for what she is applying… so something is going bad at the interview… And it’s her!


Dialog is not working!

It looks like that at every interview she had she has been her worst enemy! She is getting so nervous and applying herself such a pressure that is ruining her best chances. I think you, as an interviewer, can detect that… And do not want a person in such a state specially if you need and assistant or administrative person that can work under pressure.

So… I’ll have to do something with thiss Layd. I bought her a book with advices on how to deal with face to face interviews. Let’s see how ity works.

Any advice you may have to deal with this?

Donelly KIA, if you breath they charge you!

In From Everyday Life on May 1, 2009 at 10:59 am

Today I went to Donelly KIA for the oil change in my van. A routine inspection that should have taken more than 40 minutes of my time and 50 dollars off my wallet.

As it usually happens with these guys, the service person calls me and tells me that the windshield washer things… those things that throw water to your windshield, were a little bit misaligned (which I already knew but was lazy to fix) and asked me if I wanted them to fix it.

Donelly KIA... Robbery in Kanata?

Donelly KIA... Robbery in Kanata?

As this is somethuing relatively easy to do I said yes! of course! Idiot! I was thinking that they were going to do it as a compliment thing! Ha! The f…ers charged me 23 dollars for it! I’m outraged!

So you know… next time you go to Donelluy KIA prepare to be robbed! They do not have any sense of “compliment” there… And if you plan to do the monument to the idiot, call me. I could be a good model.

No storm can stop us! We inaugurated the BBQ season!

In From Everyday Life on April 27, 2009 at 10:37 am

Oh Yeah! The weather network said Saturday was going to be great, we believed them, we organized, we bought, we bbq’d…

BBQ "South Of the Border Style" on its way!

BBQ "South Of the Border Style" on its way!

And we ate… And believe me… it was awesome… no matter the storm!

Yeah... It was really good!

Yeah... It was really good!

How was your Saturday?

Where were we?

In From Everyday Life on March 17, 2009 at 11:07 am


Oh! yes! Sorry about that!

What a week! What weekend! What a day! What a night!

Days are getting shorter for some reason. They start early in the morning, breakfast, kids drop-off, work, kids pick-up, snack, dinner, sudden death on the coach while TV is still on. And that’s it. Sh..! I need a new life!

Pic from trwcsmallgroups.com

Pic from trwcsmallgroups.com

March Break and early teens… Or whatever the name is for an 11 years old behaving the same way I bvahevd at 14! WTF is wrong with this kids? What amuses them? What do yo do with them? There’s no activity that pleases them more than the PlayStation! You spend money in a camp, they do not like the camp. You ask, they don’t know. Everytime I think I was like him… At least I can prevent the outcome!

Hoem Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

We nailed it! Yep! We finally got an offer accepted for a beautifull townhouse in Kanata. It was not easy… tough negotiation. But here we are. Now my to-do list grew a 200% percent. If I have a cardiac arrest in the meantime, you may know why.

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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