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|Friday, January 14th, 2011|
|Am I Insane?
I was thinking about sanity today, mine and others, and decided after some musing that perhaps we're all as delusional as we need to be in order to live with ourselves. Some may be more insane than that, but really how can anyone be less? Current Mood: content
|Friday, January 7th, 2011|
|Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010|
|Back from Whistler/Squamish
It feels good to be home again. I got back yesterday and did laundry, sorted my room out a bit and more or less just settled in. This morning I went for my first run of the year. I'd been using the exercise bike on the ship in Squamish for a LITTLE bit of cardio training, but not nearly enough. We couldn't just leave the cruise ship and go for a run because we had to wait for shuttle buses to take us past the security checkpoint and through the few hundred yards of Squamish port land that we weren't allowed to set foot on, so once my foot healed up from the stupid little injury I gave it in December I decided to just wait until I was back home in Burnaby to get back to any running.
Let me tell you, my legs have never protested so much from a short run. I'm getting old! Hehehe. No wonder my legs were burning so badly the one day I went skiing in Whistler. Man!
So... I'm back, getting myself sorted and paying off some bills and debts, as well as taking a bit of down time to catch a movie and hang out with friends, etc. I'm hoping to go catch Alice in Wonderland with a friend today. Hopefully the break will be short lived and I'll be back to doing moving work before the end of this month. At worst I'll get busy with a contract that my boss has with BC Hydro to move one of their offices. I HOPE that means I can rack up some crazy hours throughout most of April, but we'll see just how busy it ends up being. I STILL don't have my license back. I thought the suspension was only going to be a year but they had a few extra hoops to jump through, namely a "Responsible Driver's Program" which will cost me about a thousand dollars and hold the process of getting my license back by anywhere from a month to the better part of another year. They did send me notice that they required that, but they sent it to an old address at the start of last year and I had no idea. What's more they didn't identify this missing piece of the puzzle when I went into ICBC and asked what I'd need to get my license back once the year they'd suspended it for was over. Oh well, it'll just take a little longer I suppose. All in all I'm quite happy with the way this year is going, so a little setback like this is just that, a little setback. :) Current Mood: content
|Sunday, March 7th, 2010|
|Paralympics, a few more weeks to go.
When I first took this job flagging traffic for the Olympics, we were told that we were expected to be here until the end of March to complete flagging for the Paralympics, and then we would receive a completion bonus. By the end of the main Olympics, it was clear that the company which employed me has never run a job this big and has absolutely no idea how to schedule for such a large project. We'd lost a few of the venues in our contract, replaced by another flagging company. Some of us were working as many as 20 days straight without days off, either having requested them and not gotten them or fearful to ask for them because once off the schedule many were sitting around for a week's worth of days or more without managing to get back ONTO the schedule. There were also people sitting around, ready to work, asking why they weren't being sent out and told day after day that requests were being put in to remedy the situation without any apparent results. We've also gone through 2 or 3 new people in charge of scheduling issues here on the cruise ship. Their predecessors were either suddenly terminated or got fed up with the stress and quit. So basically, our little corner of the 5 ring circus has been particularly chaotic.
I've managed to last through things this far and hustling to pick up shifts when I was off the schedule by covering for others who were sick, etc. ON the whole, I've only had 4 days off since I started on the 5th of February.
Once we'd made it through the main Olympics, they told us that they had to cut a number of us because of the decreased workload we'd be facing for the Paralympics. I was on the list of names to stay. That actually worked out perfectly for me as the big job coming up with my usual boss has been delayed yet another month. As it sits now, I'll be able to finish up the Paralympics, get my bonus and go straight to work back in Vancouver when this is all done. Of course, we could lose this whole contract and be sent home early, and I'd be a little worried about us receiving the rest of our pay without having to hunt it down or take it to court if that happened. I mean, I think the odds are against it getting that messy since, I've been told, our company HAS to pay us all out as promised before VANOC will pay the remainder of whatever our company is still owed. I'm not 100% about that, nor that our boss wouldn't still make it hard for us considering some of the other bone headed moves I've heard rumour that he's made up to this point. Also, the job with my usual employer could be further delayed or fall through completely. Basically, I'll believe it when I'm out moving furniture into our trucks. My usual boss REALLY good about keeping his word to his employees and paying us out in a fair and, as often as circumstances don't make it impossible, a timely fashion. So... there is still a little bit of frustrating uncertainty in my life at the moment, but on the whole I am, for the moment, working and getting paid. I'm also still having a way better year than I've managed in a few so... yeah, I've got things I can bitch about, but on the whole I'm pretty happy about things. Current Mood: content
|Sunday, February 21st, 2010|
So the Olympic work gig is going alright. Yesterday was my 16th straight day on shift. Unfortunately, throwing up on site cut my day short, and provided me with a no-choice day off today. Thankfully it seemed to be nothing more than a less than 24 hour stomach bug thingy, so by noon yesterday I was feeling off but better and after a full night's sleep last night I seem to be back to normal.
I used the time to pick up a very inexpensive netbook so that I can get online with the few free hours I have around work for the rest of my time here. Unfortunately the wifi access they provide here is spotty and they seem to restrict quite a few things outside of straight web access. I was able to connect to ICQ via ICQ2Go earlier today but it kept cutting out. Now ICQ won't connect at all and some web pages that I try to access come up with a page by "Cyberoam" saying: "Access Denied by Mona Lisa Site Administrator". (Mona Lisa is the name of the cruise ship they have us living on.) In fact, all I need to do to get that page to come up is search for the word "proxy" in google. Crazy huh?
Ummm... yeah. I don't have a digital camera, and even if I did we're not supposed to put any pics taken around the Olympics online until after the Olympics are over. It's been interesting though... not the work per say, but some of the people I've met. Also I do a lot of work in the Whistler Athlete's Villiage so I get to see a lot of athletes up close and all of that. Weee..
We were all supposed to be working until the end of March so that we could work the Paralympics as well. It's become apparent that they won't need as many people for that and none of us really knows what's going to happen after the 28th. A lot of people think we're going to have some time off at least. Thankfully, that's just in time for some moving work to start up with my regular boss, so there's a good chance that I'll be able to keep busy no matter what.
Ah well. It's a beautiful day outside and I'm thinking about heading out for a bit before turning in early to make sure that I'm all bright eyed and bushy tailed when I wake up at 3am tomorrow morning for another shift. Current Mood: bored
|Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010|
|Leaving for the Olympics today.
To work, not compete. I'm sure there's a special Olympics spot for me if I just tried hard enough but... *grins*
I'll be gone for up to two months, as the company that hired me wants people to stay until the end of March. I might do that, or I might come home early to help my moving company boss with a large corporate move that won't start until after the regular Olympics. Will have to wait and see.
Dunno if I'll have Internet access where I'm at, so I'll update this from there if I do or get back to everyone when I get back otherwise. Take care all y'all! :) Current Mood: cheerful
|Sunday, January 31st, 2010|
|Wednesday, January 27th, 2010|
|Still doing well!
I figured I'd wait for the month to finish before posting again, just to give it a few weeks and make sure that things were going to go half as good as they felt like they could when I posted last. It's only a few days from month's end and I've got a bit of time to kill so...
I've been really good at shopping and cooking delicious food that's healthier than all the eating out I've done in the past. I've also managed to do some cooking for other people and so far the feedback's been positive. It's mostly simple stuff, like home made pasta sauces, french omelettes, Tomato rice inventions, and various ways to prepare baked chicken. Simple cooking like this, and cooking instead of eating out fairly consistently has been a huge step for me though.
I've been going to the gym. It was easier to make myself go in the beginning when the New Year's inspiration thing was still fresh. The past few times I've gone, done the cardio and cut the weights short. I'm seriously thinking about sorting out a workout partner. I'm not sure how well that will work if things get busy again with the moving company, and it simply won't work here in the lower mainland if I do go up to Squamish/Whistler to work for the Olympics, but despite all that I've initiated conversation with one potential partner already.
I've been getting out and socializing a fair amount. I still allow myself to drink beer at parties where that happens, but I'm not drinking on my own in between, and I haven't been over to my boss' place to socialize over a whole bunch of beer drinking once this month. I'm finding that I don't actually NEED alcohol to feel social or comfortable at the parties and I'm drinking less there. In between I don't feel a desire to drink for the most part. All in all I'm really happy that I'm living and feeling healthier.
The only annoying thing is how incredibly slow work has become. I don't have much spare cash, but that's okay as I've got plenty to occupy me that doesn't cost anything. I'm looking forward to getting some new kitchenware and going out to social events that require money such as dinners and movies, but I can wait. Rather than hoping things pick up with the moving company this month end I've made arrangements to stay with friends in Surrey tonight who live close enough to Labour Ready that I can walk over tomorrow morning and hopefully get a few days of work in. That'll take care of groceries and the cellphone bill. After that HOPEFULLY I'll be approved to work that job with the Olympics. VANOC security haven't gotten back to any of the new potential employees I trained with according to the company's receptionist.
That's it for now! Once again, I hope everyone is having a good year so far! :) Current Mood: content
|Monday, January 11th, 2010|
|This is starting out to be a good Decade!
I was going to wait at least a month to write this, but as I'm back posting on forums and the like, I decided today that a quick update after my last LJ entry might be a good thing to do.
Okay, the last decade of my life was a bit of a write off. I don't mean to say that every learning experience I had or everyone I met during that time wasn't worth anything, more that the opportunities that presented themselves were largely wasted by some of the choices I made.
I decided in the days leading up to New Year's that I didn't want to spend another decade like I did the last one. As a result I decided to change a few things about the way I am living in order to achieve.. well in short a healthier lifestyle. While it's only been just over 10 days, things have been going pretty darned well. As recently as November I was couch surfing, drinking way too much (every day when I could afford it), struggling with the temptation to do other drugs and... all in all just feeling miserable and projecting that state at anyone who tried to have anything to do with me. Now I'm renting a room of my own again in a decent, safe and relatively social home, I have a computer up, running and online again, I have a job with a moving company, my resume's up to date and I'm actively looking for better employment, I'm cooking for myself and eating well, I'm going to the gym again.... the change I find most impressive however is that I'm feeling a lot more like myself again. I've been social and... well just plain happy.
Anyhoo, if anyone is looking to get in touch with me, my current cellphone number is 778-899-6887.
Hopefully things continue to go well. If they do I'll be sure to update my LJ with news from time to time. I hope that everyone else is doing well this year, and that everyone has an excellent teens decade this century. :)
Silfur Bunny Current Mood: pleased
|Wednesday, September 10th, 2008|
|The thing we drove to Burning Man in.
It was a mid 80's Ford F150, but after a while when people asked, we took to telling them it had started life as a Honda Civic. Made for amusing reactions. Also, the border crossings were a gas! Mucho thanks to Lummox for making this thing happen:
|Sunday, September 7th, 2008|
|Climbed the Chief today!
Today was my first day off since getting back and into the swing of things after Burning Man. I've been working hard on getting myself and my life organized since the burn, and decided that some R&R infused exercise was what I most needed, so I headed north to Squamish with Kohl and Haloth to check out some of the Chief hiking trails. We ended up hitting the first or three available peaks, taking a lot of pictures along the way. The hike was a lot like doing the Grouse Grind, except WAY more scenic. Near the top the stairs disappeared and some of the slopes and drops were a LITTLE dizzying. Anyhoo, I put a few picturese behind the following cut if anyone is interested:( Click here to see photosCollapse ) Current Mood: accomplished
|Burning Man was Awesome. Never wore the dress.
So... Holly hraka.. and alla that wow-that-was-awesome type stuff. Burning Man blew me away. It was everything and a full pound of butter. Made me wet myself with pleasure. I laughed, I cried.... well I've never been overly impressed with "Cats" so that's a bit of a wasted expression.
I don't know if I'll go next year, but if I do I'll likely do a LOT more to prepare and will likely to go down with some furries in either a furry theme camp or else just camp along the outside and get into bunny mode a fair amount more.
Oh, the Burner name that my camp ended up giving me and which stuck was... hehehe.... "Hi, my name is Humper.... T - Humper." :)
I could type so much here but there's little point. So many things I could say and I just don't have the time or patience. Since coming back I've been in a refreshed state of mind. I was hoping to keep busy with work, do burning man and come back with the intent of getting a lot of things straightened out in my life. Stop drinking so much, save my money, pay some debts, possibly look around for other work that pays better and/or gives me a more reasonable schedule for planning a life. I've only been back a week and, so far, definitely on the right track! Still working through a longish list of basic organizing preparatory type tasks but I haven't been wasting all my time like before, haven't been buying or drinking any booze. I'm not going to stop myself from having a few drinks at a party prolly but so far I simply haven't wanted to. I brought the last two beer I have in my fridge to Jessie T. Wolf's housewarming, put them in her fridge and brougth them back home unopened at the end of the night.
One of the things on my to-do list is to re-install windows on my laptop again because it was acting up and back to not booting on account of corrupt files again. I'm presently borrowing my roomate Uni's itsy bitsy Eee Pc Series laptop and rubber membrane keyboard to type all of this. Once I get my system back online I'll likely find a place to upload some of the pictures I took at burning man.
Oh, incidentally, I lost my cellphone at burning Man and have since replaced it with a new one. I still have the same number but lost all of my contacts. If you want me to have your number, shoot me a message here or text my cell: 778-991-1827.
I honestly thought that that I'd get around to wearing the gawdy green dress I bought at Value Village for B.M. I'm not a cross-dresser, just thought it would look crazy funny. In the end, I washed the girlie blue Thumper T-shirt I bought at Walmart on the way down and few other outfits while the dress stayed in my clothing tote the whole time. As Lummox pointed out, you can make plans for the burn if you want, just don't be surprised if you do tons of crazy fun stuff and NONE of what you planned. :)
Peace out! Current Mood: amused
|Thursday, August 21st, 2008|
|The 11th hour.
That's where the burning man art car that "Disaster Area", the camp I'm staying with is at, and that's where my own personal planning and prep for going is at. *Chuckles*
I've had TONS of time to get ready but thanks to my incredible aptitude for procrastinating I'm doing it all tomorrow once day before setting out. But whatever, I'm going through the survival guide and have only a few things to pick up that I don't already have here at the house for general camping purposes.
So anyway yeah, Having today and tomorrow off, I FINALLY got away from the usual grind of work and veg/drink beer after work and am pulling things together. I spent the day over at Lummox's helping out with the art car. Awesome cool project! I can't wait to take pictures and upload 'em somewhere.
Anyhoo, it's late. Night all! Current Mood: chipper
|Wednesday, July 16th, 2008|
|Where I live...
I went for a run today. Was more because I needed to than I really wanted to. It did help, though it was hard for me to get into this time. (I should really quit smoking cigarettes and get more consistent with my working out again.) Instead of running right back to my front door, I decided to stop and walk the last tiny stretch from Canada Way and Douglas to my front door around Douglas and the Hwy 1 overpass. I gave myself time to relax and look at the mountains. You get some stellar views of them along that stretch. You can't see any from any of the windows in my house because there are trees all around the place. I don't, in fact, see them until I've pulled out of my driveway and am heading North towards Lougheed, and most mornings I'm not really looking up at them anymore. They're always there and, after time, I think it's part of human nature to stop noticing what's always around you and appreciate how beautiful the place that you live may in fact be. Looking up at the mountains was a stopping to smell the roses sort of experience.
I still love being here, and no matter what the toils and troubles of day to day living might amount to, I still feel like I've benefited greatly by choosing to live here. It's a beautiful place and.. when I take the time to get out and enjoy it.... yeah. I'm grateful to have what I have. :)
I wish I could show everyone of my friends what it's like out here. Mom's expressed interest in coming out to visit. I think I know her well enough to be sure she's going to like it. Heck, a lot of what I value about this place I learned from her. Our summer vacations in Parry Sound Ontario were the highlight of my years growing up in Toronto. The water, the rocks, the... relaxed pace.. the shear joy of being immersed in nature. Those are all things that I enjoy every day living where I do in B.C.... without giving up all the amenities of living in a large city. When she finally does come to see it, I ought to thank her for raising me in a way that prepared me to see how beautiful all of this is. :) Current Mood: calm
|Sunday, July 13th, 2008|
|Weekend off went so Frackin' well.
I had Sunday off in hopes of sleeping in from the furmeet we had at our house this weekend, and to do a bit of work on my car. I wasn't expecting to get Saturday off as well, but my boss pulled that off for me. Awesome.
I did a BBQ at Orwin's place with Frizbee on Friday. Was quiet, relaxed fun. Definitely have to go back and hang with Orwin the 80's man again. :)
Saturday was awesome. We decided to go through with my last minute plan of opening up the 5tonne truck's box and turning it into additional party space. We weren't counting on a fur at the party being there with a laptop DJ setup and some lights... so with the addition of some Xmas lights, a strobe and another set of speakers to bring up his wattage a bit... yeah.. moving truck dance floor ended up an amazing success. Did some cooking on the BBQ which turned out quite well. Badmonton in the back yard, darts and random piano playing in the garage, rock band in Lemony's room, Wii on the big screen in the living room, chillin' out in mine and Kohl's rooms... everyone seemed to have a good time and we got a lot of positive feedback. Thanks to Uni for organizing the event and to everyone in the house who helped clean and prep for the masses.
Today (Sunday) I went over to Lummox's place to help with the Burning Man art car (custom convertable ford pickup), but he couldn't find the papers needed to transfer ownership and ensure it so instead of taking it out for a good, thorough test run we hopped in my car and drove up to the Lion's Bay area to fuck around with some beginner level climbing and a swim in the ocean. Sweetness..
Yup, definitely had a good weekend! Almost had tomorrow off as well but one of our driver's is sick so I'm on my way down to South Surrey/Whiterock to help an MI Group team with a container unload. Current Mood: content
|Friday, July 11th, 2008|
|It actually FEELS like summer this year.
We have a bunch of contracts with other furniture and moving companies this year which have given us a lot of days that adhere to a more normal working schedule. After finishing up work in the early afternoon yesterday I went out with Frizbee to a play at "Theatre Under the Stars" in Stanley Park. It was a musical and not something we would have chosen to get tickets for. We were in fact only there on account of Frizbee getting free tickets through his work. Despite that it was nice to simply get out and do something different. I'd certainly be interested in going back and taking in a different production at that venue.
Today Kohl and I finished our Inspiration furniture deliveries shortly before noon. It was a Crazy light day for deliveries. According to their warehouse manager, this has been happening quite a bit. People are cancelling their deliveries right at the last minute, probably on account of it being the summer vacation season. It was still a 5 drop day, 6 with the load we're paid for at the warehouse, so financially more than worth getting out of bed for. I used this afternoon to clean my room and part of our house in preparation for the BBQ party we're having at our place tomorrow. I also fit in a quick run and am presently catching up on Email, etc. Tonight I'm heading over to Orwin's place for his BBQ with Frizbee, and then tomorrow I'll either work during the day and get to our party afterwards before enjoying Sunday off, or else my boss will just give me the whole weekend off. I'm still waiting to hear back and see how it goes.
I shouldn't jinx things with this post. There's still an outside chance that one of the new guys my boss has hired will pull a no show and I'll be roped into working on Sunday.... Let's just hope that doesn't happen. *Crosses fingers* Current Mood: happy
|Monday, July 7th, 2008|
|Another nice weekend!
I had this entire weekend off. Work's been stupid busy and my boss decided not to book any jobs for this weekend so all of our staff could have an actual weekend off.
I don't expect many more days off between now and Burning Man, which I've taken a week off at the end of August to attend. :)
I spent the weekend with Frizbee. We still seem to be getting along quite well which is plenty encouraging. :) For the most part I just relaxed and enjoyed NOT working. Got to sleep in, did some cooking on our new BBQ.. man I love having that thing! LONG overdue that we finally pitched in and got one... well Uni and I pitched in, and already the other roomates are starting to use it which I pretty much suspected would be the case. I'm actually glad to see it getting used. :)
Today Haloth, Frizbee and I decided to leave the rest of the house to it's video game playing, indoor lounging and drove my little beater up to Squamish. We hiked around the falls there and walked part of the Cheif trail. Was loads of fun. Found a really nice little brew-pub in town and had a great dinner. Oh yeah, watched another three episodes of Battlestar Gallactica, season 2.5. Man that show is getting intense!! Also had Iron Raptor over to visit during our saturday goofy beer and social shananigans... I have no idea how to spell that word.
Anyhoo, all in all we didn't get up to anything too stupid crazy but I had a great time none the less. Current Mood: relaxed
|Thursday, July 3rd, 2008|
|New Brakes and Rotors!
Mine started grinding a couple of days ago, so I parked my car and went back to using a truck for a couple of days, figuring I'd get to doing something about it the first day I had off. Turns out I need my car to get to work today and the truck's needed on another job, so I called up Lummox. He told me what to buy at Lordco, showed me what I needed to do and let me use his tools to get the job done. Yay! New brakes work great. The car still needs other work which, after having put on the breaks, I'm more enthusiastic about trying to do rather than just ditching this car for a better one somewhere soon down the road.
My left hand middle finger hurts like a bitch 'cause I manage to smash it right on the nail trying to figure a tool out, but I think I'll still be able to lift for work today.
Yay, love my car! :)
|Tuesday, June 24th, 2008|
|Seeing old friends.
I found out over the past couple of days that Iron Raptor lives here. I seriously had no idea. He's living with Pat the Fox, another fur from Ontario whom I hadn't seen in forever and who moved out here without my knowing. What's more, they're no more than a 10 minute drive from me. My shortest run take me farther than where they live by the half way mark. Wow...
I just got back from dropping Iron Raptor off. I dropped by his place, chatted with the two of them and then dragged Raptor back here to see my place and meet some of my roomates. Too freakin' cool. Current Mood: cheerful
|Sunday, June 22nd, 2008|
|Back home in BC. Had a GREAT time in the states!
So my crappy little $500 car got me down to California and back again without costing much in gas or breaking down and leaving me stranded somewhere in Oregon. Yay!!
The trip and seeing Patch were AWESOME! I had a GREAT time at the Thursday Cracked Chicken thing in SanJose. Saw Smash and Orzel for the first time in a long while. Was AWESOME seeing Wombat as well and hanging for a bit with Brigus. Ummm, met a bunch of other people there too. Yote took me for a ride in his suped up Mitsubishi Lancer Evo. Sweetness!! Speaking of fun in cars, Kae whipped me around Seattle in his lil' Honda Civic and.. I LIKE the way that puppah drives!!!! But I'm getting ahead of myself here.
California rocked. I can still handle a .45 with some competency. (Thanks Patch!!!)... On Saturday I drove back to Seattle to help Kovu and NightCat move. Yay! Met a bunny while I was there!! *Happydances* Saw a bunch of people and hung out with Kae and had a good time so, definitely worth the extra time spent in Seattle. I'd like to go back just to shop down the road when I have money that I can justify blowing.
So now I'm back to working and, hopefully, moving onto a job that gives me hours I can plan a life around. The last few years of my life have been a rough ride. This trip was the break I needed from my usual grind working as a mover in Vancouver. It gave me time to think about where I've been, what I've overcome and which obstacles I should tackle now in order to move forward and have a life I can be content with.