Saturday, November 29, 2008

Its all about how...

You dress for an Interview! I wore a white shirt, tie, black pants + belt and had my hair moussed and lookin' sharp. Least to say, I got a phone call from the head honcho from Safeway and starting Monday I am going to be the second in command of the Produce section! Its quite nice, though we will start at 7AM meaning I have to find a bus schedule and get my butt out of bed and onto the bus! But thats not a problem...I just have to find out what time the bus leaves so I can catch it Monday morning.

It is pretty standard: Black pants, white shirt, and shoes that are polishable. Hm...not too sure about that last one, but finding shoes wont be a big deal. All I have are sneakers, and that probably wont be allowed. I imagine it will be black laceless shoes; but those work for me too. I will be making 10.95/HR and if the actual Produce guy leaves for vacation or something I get his wage! Cool huh? I don't know if I want this thing to be long term, since Costco or Best Buy or Future Shop calls and wants me in for an interview. Like to keep the options open ya know?

I am slowly but surely on my way to getting my own place and living on my own for a bit. Sure stuff is expensive, but other than work, what do I have? Nothin. Almost all of my tech is boxed away in a cold, damp storage unit down in Oregon. I might kind of scope out the scene for rentals or a roomate situation at work after a little while or something. Maybe even enough for an iPhone.

Friday, November 28, 2008


So I thought it went pretty well. I like to think I will be the one called back on Monday for the Produce section of Safeway here just a few blocks away from me. It starts at a decent wage and could hopefully transform into something I could look into for long term. But that is still a ways off since I want to get back in school and get a degree and work at a job I love.

It has been crazy for the past several days here. First I baby sat my cousin for a good part of the day, she mostly watched TV and played games on the computer. She was really sweet and nice, and now with my other cousins, they are quite the handful. One is about 4 and likes to smile and talk alot, and run kind of wild around the house sometimes, but hes a good guy. The other one, he is just a little toddeler and he gets into EVERYTHING. Any button that is within his reach absolutely must be pushed; several times for satisifaction. We had him in the high chair close to the stove and he was in the process of turning it on! Myself and Grandma had to react quickly and pull him away from that. Everything from buttons on the remote control for the TV to the Washing machine, every button must be pushed.

Oh, about the post about me traveling to the Canada in 4 weeks and me replying which country I like best? Not to be bias; but I prefer Canada. Sure everything is more expensive, but people don't seem to live in the underlying fear of Terrorist bombings or being invaded by a forigen power or whatever. I believe this was a really good decision for me right now in my life; it gives me some breathing room for things I want to explore and see what I am good at.

Well...It is pretty late right about now, and I am planning on going to bed, but before that; a Mental Note on Canada. Carry lots of change. At least 5 dollars worth.

Thursday, November 27, 2008


I want one. They are really good. Its a phone, iPod and GPS/Web Browser all in one package. My 'want' has turned into a 'need' since the contract expired on my old cellphone from the States. I have enough money to pick one up and pay my rent and I go for an interview tomorrow at 2PM and it would be nice to have another way for anyone looking for me to contact me. The plan is kind of good for my taste too, for 60CAN I get 250 minutes free evenings and weekends to the Calgary area, but not to the States along with 75 TXT message and one Gigabite worth of data to recieve.

Before, the iPhone was a 'want' but its a need now since I dont have a cellphone. I even made a pro/con list to see if I should just get an ordinary cellphone and for getting a replacement iPod and a new phone, I think it might work for me. What do you guys think about this?

I know its my money and I know I have enough but something keeps me from running to go get it. Maybe its the fact I don't have a job yet, or that something might happen and I wouldnt be able to pay my monthly fee and loose the phone or pretty much any sceniaro I could think up of could get in the way.

I would probably be running to get it right now, but its dark outside and I don't have a vechile with the exception of the bus, but I need the fare to pay my way to the interview tomorrow. Hm...Maybe I should run get it after tomorrow and see...or I might just walk there right now and pick up the iPhone...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


So, I guess you all want an update on me huh? Well...I have to call Safeway back tomorrow and set up an interview on Friday or Saturday to(hopefully) do cashiering or stocking the shelves. There is another place that wants me(ha ha) and thats Superstore. I wouldn't mind working for Superstore, if the position was'nt temporary. And outdoors selling Christmas trees and strapping them to people's cars. Yeah Im looking for work but my first job being back in my own country being tossed outside and left for trees? Not my idea of a good time. Unless free hot chocolate was involved. But thats not likely.

Oh, I finally used my new bank card for the first time today and guess what I bought? Grande White Hot Chocolate from Starbucks. I should be ashamed. I should have gotten it from Tims but I wasn't thinking; but I was downtown and needed to kill some time before he hiring agency opened up. I told them I wanted to either fix or sell computers and they refered me to another company and I got there, I was seriously underdressed(I had a green polo with a longsleeve green shirt under) and I felt like kicking myself repeatedly. I could clearly see the guy rolling his eyes in his mind but was paitent with me...I really need my A+ Certification to do anything in this town....and live.

As long as Slurpees are less then two dollars I will stay. They are one of the best things about Canada. There is a serious difference in the quality of the food here when measured against the States. I cannot really describe it but after eating American food for that long my taste buds are amazed at the wonderful tasting food here.

Oh, I am making the rounds with the babysitting routine already, I am babysitting my Aunt's kids for a while but they are good girls. Then on Friday or Saturday I cant remember straight then I am babysitting my Uncle's kids. Oh well, its all good practice for my kids someday right?

Welp, the sun is shining right on the screen and fading fast behind Nose Hill and I am going to help my relative put up some more drywall. Most of the ceiling is done, its just the walls and the odd pieces on the rest of the ceiling. Talk to you guys later!

Friday, November 21, 2008

More stuff done...

Now I just need a job! Ive got my chequing account all ready up and running and awaiting some money! I need to make that happen pretty quickly and get some cash-flow into my pocket so I can do stuff.

I went tobogining today! It was really fun, we had a great time, watching my nieces slide down the hill, going over the jumps it was quite heartwarming. Nostalgic rather since I even went down twice! I had forgotten how fun it was until I got into one and slid down the hill... And afterwards I went to find the Beddington Towne Centre and look at get some applications and looking for a job but found RBC.

It was really nice to walk around today, the sun was out, drying off the sidewalks and keeping it warm as I went. Though the wind did pickup after I was done at the bank I kept going to the house and now here I am. I am proud to say I have an excellent sense of direction. Most of the time.

I noticed that Gmail came out with new Themes! I probably spent a solid half hour choosing the theme I wanted and finally settled on one: Terminal. It gives it kind of a Matrix-ly look to it that I like. Well, I probably should not spend much more time on grandmas compy but expect more from me in a couple of days as always.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

First Day.

So. First day here in Canada, I managed to get my SIN number all right and I am up and looking for a job. But there are a few more things I need like my drivers lisence and a passport. I have both of those in an American flavour but since I am living here in the Great North I think it would be best to get them.

I took the buses down to the CTrains which is Calgary Trains and transportation. I am making a Mental Note right now: Always carry at least 5 dollars change. Coin change. I found that out the hard way today while the bus driver was very nice. Taking the trains downtown was interesting; its amazing how many people they pack into them and are able to make it almost on time all the time.

Yesterday my grandmother tells me where the Government of Canada building was, telling me it was taking a left and walking two blocks. Getting off the train I started right. However after the first block it came to a dead end where the road stopped. I traveled back to the Municipal building of Calgary and asked for directions. Turns out it was take LEFT two blocks. No problem so I cross the two blocks and get to the Government building; and I apply for my SIN card.

No joke the whole process from me walking in and walking out with a SIN number was about 30-45 minutes tops. I was really impressed with the speed and accuracy of Government of Canada. Comming home on the buses I picked up applications to Superstore, basically a Fred Meyer or a smaller WalMart and plan on filling it out tomorrow. However I would like to work someplace where I can apply my computer knowledge like Future Shop or Best Buy or London Drugs.

Well...My legs are achy from wandering around Downtown and waiting for the bus so I will bid you all goodnight.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


After about 1 day and 17 hours I am finally in Canada. That is correct; I am using my grandmothers computer to make this post. The trip was all right, really long and kind of boring but most Greyhound trips are. I managed to pack most of my clothes into two bags since the carry on consisted of books; mostly of the drawing Manga nature since they are kind of rare and hard to find.

The roads were ok and it was interesting seeing all the stuff along I-5 and going to Seattle. My first thought when I realized I was there was: Oh hey, there is an Anime convention here... and the rest of the trip was mostly uneventful. With the exception of Border Crossing.

Since I was on a bus, the process is sped-up to allow lots of people to get checked and across and waiting for the bus. They asked me the usual questions: 'where you headed, how long, any gifts?' ect. If you ever travel the border use one of my Mental Notes: Always answer honestly. It will make your life easier. We lost one of the passengers there at Nexus because of[I believe] falsified travel documents and a resulting search of his person and luggage.

Again, the rest of the trip was uneventful, I kept thinking to myself: right. Everything is in Meters and Liters... No joke there were Tim Hortons(for those not in the know, Tim Hortons is a wonderful delicious donut shop where they create wonderful little donut balls called Timbits.) at every single little town we stopped. And it made me smile.

I encountered rain, snow, sunshine, and even overcast on my way there. I had forgotten the beauty of the Rockies covered with snow. Now I can say I have pretty much traveled the West coast.

Well...its pretty late here my time with the hour change and all so I am going to turn it in for the night. Letting you all know that I am not dead in a ditch somewhere or stranded at some bus depot. I have made it. Now starts a whole new chapter of my life.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The time is drawing near...

For me to go! Just tomorrow and then I am off. Is my stuff packed? No. Is my iPod charged? No. Is my Nintendo DS charged? Nope. I still have lots to do, but I know it will all come together tomorrow or at least today. There is still lots of laundry to do and things to pack into my bag and get ready.

Two bags and a carry on. Thats all I am taking up to Canada. Mostly clothes, since I don't really have the money to send my computer or Wii, PS3, or nice TV there. Or all of my Anime and Manga. It makes me sad that all of that stuff is packed away in boxes but I know I will be able to get it back. Hopefully sooner than later.

I feel bad. I have not been keeping up with my friends so they are in the dark about the whole thing. I really need to get a hold of a nice Netbook so I have my own computer; since I will not be installing anything onto my grandma's laptop. I have enough money to go get one right now, but I know I will be paid next Friday, but by that time I will be there. And the plan for my cellphone expires in 6 days, so its kind of going out the window too. I will hold on to it, transfer all my contacts from that old phone to my new one.

I have the money for a netbook...But I wont have much for getting up there with. Food is kind of important and I like to eat. I might head to Best Buy and see what they have out there for netbooks...Yeah. Its kind of dreary and I need to get out of the house.

Friday, November 14, 2008

The last day...

Of work! Yeppers, the last day of work came and went, since they didn't make sales this week my boss decided to cut me working tomorrow. Sure it means a little less money, but hey, I'm not working at the moment. I am free as a bird. Until Monday.

That's when the bus leaves. I am seriously contemplating buying myself one of those little 'netbook' computers. I wont have any form of computer while I am up there and if I manage to sell my car, I would like to get myself one of those. Problem is that while they are kind of inexpensive, you've got to be aware of the one you are getting.

Ive researched them online, and I still think the best one came from Wally World(thats Wal*mart) for 400 dollars. I am hoping to sell my car and get one; It'd be nice to have a computer there rather than working from my grandmother's all the time.

I watched the Matrix last night. I love that movie. Its really kind of sad to see the rest of them fall downhill but the first is still the best. I am home alone for the time being; I don't really know where they are but oh well. I'm used to that.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Still Here.

Yep, as the title says, I am still here. I completely forgot how stressful it was living here before, and its all coming back to me. That goes with turf I guess; but enough about that.

I am only here until Monday, in which I leave for Canada on a bus. The bus will take 1 day and 17 hours to complete the journey though I did get a really excellent deal on it: 120 dollars. There is some sleep time in Vancouver so that will be good, and I bought some Space Bags to help me pack up some of my bulkier stuffs.

They are really cool! What you do is take out the air and it compresses the contents down, so they take less room! Whoever made these, I would love to shake their hand and say 'thanks' Anyway...Since my laundry is done I should switch it and do all that jazz.

Oh, by the way, I'm using the super-spiffy-speedy-awesome laptop of my brothers. Its wicked.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Hello all.

Why am I making a blog post at roughly 8 AM? Well...its not a long story so I will tell you: See, I was sleeping yesterday for a solid 10 hours or so, and then 1 AM rolled this morning and I decided to get some sleep, and here I am; 7 hours later and feeling good.

My bus ticket is all said and done. I leave at 10:45 AM on Monday the 17th. Thats in a week, and it costed me 120 for the entire trip, all the way to Calgary. My stuff is all packed away, TV, Wii, PS3...most of my life is packed away in boxes right now and I am staying at my older sister's until I leave in a week. In the mean time, I still have to rummage through my things and decide on what I am taking to Canada.

Really, idealy I would only take two bags and my carry-on. I am hoping to narrow my two garbage bags and two suitcases down to just the suitcases. Im really excited for this to be happening. That remindes me, I really need to call my grandmother today and tell her I am leaving on Monday and see if she will be in town to pick me up.

Well, the clothes will not organize themselves and I probably need a shower after my sleep. Long sleeve and long pants are my priorities since it will be snowing there in Calgary and thankfully I have winter pants and jacket to get me through the cold. Though I will take dry, desert cold rather than raining, wet cold any day of my life.

Also, I just realized the ironic: I voted, but am leaving the country. Oops. My bad.

Thursday, November 6, 2008


Yes. The title deserves all caps. Both of my PS3 and Wii are packed away into boxes awaiting their storage. Next up is my computer, and I do not know when I will be able to make another blog post, so if I dont make it...uh...ummm...I am probably on a bus upwards to Canada, though that will take place next week, and there is much to do tonight, like packing up my computer, the rest of my stuff, stuffing my clothes into bags for the trip...

Lots happening at the house...We plan to be out of here by Saturday, or in other words: Two days. 48 hours. I don't know what 48 times 60 is but its a big number; but you get the point.

I will probably be able to blog from my sisters home with their super-spiffy-awesomely-awesome computer. Laters.


I am feeling really tired right now. I helped my mother pack up more of her stuff and started packing my stuff. Moving heavy things like dressers and awkward-sized lamps out to her storage unit; not to mention I have to go to work to night at midnight and work until 8AM. So...yeah, least to say, I am feeling a little less than enthused to be working tonight.

I get paid on Friday which is really nice, it wont be that big, but at least it will put the money I need towards a bus ticket. So the whole '4 week' plan to Canada kinda fell through, but I will get there, one way or another. It just might take me a little while to get there.

Its kind of odd to see the bookshelf half empty but thats the nature of moving, putting all your stuff into boxes and moving it. We are supposed to be out of this house by Saturday so that the renter can move in and set up home there. I will probably wind up living back at my older sisters for a bit until I get the bus ticket to Canada. Its an exciting time, and I cant wait to be up there.

Oh, about my still has not sold yet. Had a couple of nibbles, but nothing concrete. Ugh...more packing awaits me after I wake up tomorrow from work...but I need to get boxes from various fast food locations(their fry boxes are very well made) and use those to pack the rest of my Manga and video game consoles.

Its nice, taking charge of my life and deciding my direction which I will take. Ever since I graduated, I just went with the flow, didn't really care what happened to myself, and my circumstances gradually became worse; and I thought I didn't care but one day I woke up. I looked around at my life and said, "What the heck am I doing" I was headed in a direction I did not want for my life. Don't get me wrong: I like being near my family, its just one of those 'stretch your wings' kinda deal.

Every minute of every day, there are millions of paths life you can take. Sure mistakes are made, but we have knowledge to learn from them, and have the wisdom to apply them to the next curve in the road. When there are those days that don't go right for me, I always look for that other path and wander down it. I don't see the point in rushing through life; there is so much in each day that people just going through the motions are missing out on the majority of their lives. Stop and take a look around. You'd be surprised at what you find.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Only Time Will Tell...

I just changed the course of history. Want to know how? Its easy: I just filled out my ballot and intend to turn it in tomorrow. Its that easy. Changing the course of US History is as easy as connecting an arrow. Lots of people don't realize how easy this is.

Last time these elections were around I was not able to vote, but this time I am making a change: even though its only one vote, it could be the vote that changes everything. Thats what the elections taught me last time with the recount. 50 years from now, people will look back on this time and know that this was a pivotal moment in history. It feels wonderful to make a change that I know I helped produce.

Want that feeling too? Its easy: Break out your ballot, read it over and vote.

America wouldn't be America without voters.