Monday, May 27, 2013

My Continuous Battle with Insurance Companies

There are big struggles in (North) American way of life (not that I'm living that life to the most at the moment!) which applies to almost everyone. Many may not be much affected by them but it's hard to believe so. In the meantime these issues exists at the other corners of the world, more or less with differences. They are:
1- Mortgage (Rent is less sever than that)
2- Health Services.
3- Damn Insurance.
4- ...
Insurance has been so far the most challenging for me and who knows how many times I have had problems with different insurance companies so far. The last one that I'm telling it here is the auto insurance. I had been trying to get a better deal until last month that I found this broker. The company I had purchased insurance from and more specifically the agent was very rigid. It was Our Way or Highway policy. I had the insurance for a whole year and then when I asked to have a little break on the second term, the second term, I didn't see much flexibility. I had to deal with another asshole before that and didn't get any result. The fucking bitch said to me that I have to sell my car as I apparently cannot afford insurance. So I got with this one and as I said she didn't show any assistance. I contacted another fucking whore and that motherfucker didn't even bother answering after the second or third e-mail. Then once I got this paper in the mail which said if I only get a quote from this company, I will receive a gift card and I said to me why not. So I contacted and eventually I had a good quote from them which seemed helping me by saving almost $600 annually! But just right after I cancelled the insurance with the current company the problems started. First of all when I called the woman I was told that she was on vacation and she would not be back until June or July! So I said that would be great. She realizes that she has lost a customer right after she comes back and that would kind of ruin her vacation. I received the remaining months cheque for over $1000 soon after the cancellation and received a temporary Pink Card for a month. But the month ended and I did not receive the yearly card in the mail so I contacted the new bitch and she send me another temporary for another 1 month! 
She requested the history of the time that I drove a commercial vehicle and I finally could get that but now she is asking me to remove the history of one small accident that I had from another time that I drove another commercial vehicle and I have to get that as well. Seems that these problems with the insurance companies are never ending. If i was single, it would be a different situation. I drove without insurance for over 2 years and a half once, I guess but now I can not do that! 
It is good that we do not have to pay for our health insurance in this province at the moment but I can see that being added to the list of or expenses soon and that will be when I am going to have another problem in my list! 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Guacamole

We just recently experienced one of the dirtiest tricks of food industry again: preservatives. F. F. made an incredibly delicious small bowl of Guacamole and I had a quarter of it with bread. So delighting. I covered it and kept it in the refrigerator. 
The next day it was turned kind of gray! The taste has not been changed so I finished so I finished the rest with another piece (it's usually eaten with Tortilla) of bread but sure it did not as good looking as day one. If you go to supermarkets you see packs of Guacamole which sees made with some 90% Avocado and as long as you look at it and doesn't matter how long you keep it, it will have it's bright green colour. The fact is first of all they make it out of old, really soft and almost mushy Avocados, the ones which have been left and not sold for whatever reason. Then they add different preservatives to prevent it from discolouration. And then of course they add some colour to it. There you have the great colour, brilliant, tasty Guacamole that you can eat as much as you want without even thinking twice how in long run it will affect you.
Guacamole's eyepiece is available everywhere but this is what we use and makes it excellent:

1- 3 ripe Avocados.
2- 1/2 cup diced Red Onion.
3- 2 medium Tomatoes, diced.
4- 1 Lime, (freshly squeezed at the time of mixing)
5- 1 small Jalapeno, finely chopped.
6- 1 cup chopped Cilantro.

Mix all the ingredients and at the end add salt, black pepper and lime juice and adjust to your desired taste.
(Picture: This is the real natural Guacamole made with old Avocados and other ingredients without any chemicals and preservatives. Excellent taste too!)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Cultural Discrepancies (4): Eating Habits

People eat differently here from how I used to eat. I better say the Caucasian people eat differently. The foreigners  mostly, most of the time keep their original eating habits and cuisines. Breakfast is an important meal here and while people eat out mostly, breakfast, I assume is the meal that most of the time is eaten outside. There is no single day you pass a Tim Horton's, McDonald's, Starbucks or any other coffee chain or fast food without a line of people waiting for their coffee and breakfast sandwich or something else. And they are mostly Caucasians and the people of other generations who are born here plus at times cab drivers who have nowhere else to eat and have nothing else cheaper than this to eat! 
I used to go to McDonald's regularly eating the full of fat, carbohydrate and cholesterol breakfast sandwich but know that I have less activity and also more aware of the harm these sandwiches so, I barely go, may be once a month or even less. 
Unlike here breakfast is very limited in the old country mainly because people want to rush to work and there is no place that they can get their breakfast from. So it is mostly skipped or limited to a cup pf tea and a small piece of bread with Feta Cheese which in fact is disgusting in taste especially most of the breads which are all made of White Flour but people are used to it because it's the cheapest and fastest breakfast and the most common. Fried Egg or Omelet is common for the time that you are not late and for people who can afford. And of course Bread, Butter and Honey which is another combination. Why I'm saying this because it's a reminder for me and as well I think there might be people who are not familiar with the breakfasts of the old country and might want to know. Of course there are the other ones which are fancier and more expensive and those are the ones that you have to go out with. I very rarely went out back to the time I lived there because I did not consider them healthy and sanitary, which in fact are not, just like most of the restaurants in the West. Among them are Head and Feet (of Sheep) and a kind of thick soup called Haleem and that in fact a bit better compare to the first one. 
Then lunch is just a sandwich here for most of the people or they drop at a Sushi place paying may be $10 for 3 pieces of warped vegetable for raw fish in cold cheap rice! Depending on the weather people might have soup and that always is a powered soup dissolved in hot (not even boiled!) water or made and frozen soup which is thawed in a big pot. Recently people have learnt to eat salad mainly because they consider it healthy. So you may see salad bars in supermarkets and restaurants and notice that people add big pieces of croutons or boiled egg and a whole lot of creamy, fatty sauce at the end, not knowing that has more harm than good! 
And the last but not the least is dinner which has the same importance as breakfast may be even more but the good thing about dinner here is its eaten normally early evening so unlike the old country you would most of the time have no problem sleeping. Dinner has three courses but is usually light because people make themselves full with the combination of three courses and drinking wine while in the old country the dinner while is as important as lunch is mostly served very late, especially at the family parties and very heavily, I would say. 
But regardless of all the above when I saw the organizations reimbursing policy for the meals today, I realized it has a complete conformance(!) with the eating habits of North America. The company reimburses the employees for the meals in this manner:
$x for breakfast, $(x+5) for lunch and almost $(x+5)*2 for dinner!  
You pay not much for the breakfast because you are in rush to get to the destination or catch your plane so you get a coffee and a breakfast sandwich at the most. Then at the lunch time you have to rush back to the meeting or your visit but in case of dinner you are allowed to have a double digit bill which not many employees get that chance! 
After years I have adopted myself with both the old country's eating habits and the West's! I don't eat most of  the meals of both sides especially tons and tons of white, bleached rice and pots of different types of stew and different sorts of Kababs (in fact I don't even remember when was the last time I had Kabab) in the meantime I stay away from daily sausage, Pepperoni crap Pizza with disgusting white flour thick crust and other sorts of trash like Subway, Arby's, etc. I stick with salad and once a week a home made meaty meal  or  other light healthy choices but generally its hard to get good food, especially fruit in here. I was watching this movie's trailer, Food Inc. and added more to what I already had known about the food business here but I have to get the movie and watch it. 
(Photo: Oven pink fresh salmon with onions, herbs and cut potato, this home made is a good and very delicious chose which gave us a very good feeling and we enjoyed a lot after eating)

Monday, May 20, 2013

Disappointing Experience With Ralph Klein Park

I had heard about Ralph Klein Park before going there this morning but I gotta say: It was a very disappointing trip to the south east side of the City. I always admired Ralph Klein although I didn't know him very much and had very little experience with him but it was interesting to me to have a park named after somebody who was alive at the time. So I decided to go this morning to see what it was about. 
First off this park is far away from any neighbourhood so I really see no reason why the City should spend money to build a park where all the surrounding is industrial places. The other problem is the City of Calgary website says that the park is closed Mondays and holidays but the gate was wide open. I don't think anybody could steal anything but there are always sick people who could cause damage. There was only one SUV parked in the park and I didn't see anyone around. 
The construction of the park is not finished yet. I saw what looked liked Bobcats and pile of stones which showed work had not been finished yet. I certainly believe that the City could have finished the park first and then advertise for it. I understand that the City of Calgary's authorities are working hard to make a modern city but looks like they either lack intellectual resources or a good management. Another example of that is building a bridge over Bow River which already have enough! Millions of dollars was spent, not to mention the asshole who was hired to design it, just because someone in the City had though it would have been cool to have another bridge, a fancy one while that money could have been used much smarter. 
(Photo: Construction vehicles are still seen at the other side of this pond like water in Ralph Klein Park. I really liked these glass information signs that the City has put here and there but didn't get a nice shot. May be I will when the park's construction is finished!)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Moving for New Customers

I saw this woman's advertisement a few times, back to the time I resided in British Columbia in the local papers advertising for the service she provided. She indicated each time that she was leaving the country and I guess for that reason she was giving break in her service price. It was kind of strange because once someone is here in Canada especially the one who had a miserable life in his or her original country, they barely want to leave unless they go to Australia, the US or somewhere in Europe. The first one rarely happens and for the second one the person should be really lucky to get a better position in there to go and Europe is only the destination for the western Europeans, for example Germans who are going back to their own country. Other than the mentioned ones, people barely go back to their hometown of the original country unless their situation is really bad or they have made good money so they go and retire over there. It is common within African guys here. They come as refugees, get the Government money for years and then work hard without spending much, save a lot and considering the exchange rate, they go back and live a life of dreams! For a Chinese woman who came to Canada on what basis, I don't know, and gives massage and maybe more, I can see her going back only if she has made enough money to go and start a small business in a small town over there.
Anyways I saw the woman's advertisement a few times in Calgary Sun and that was her! She had not gone back to China but moving to Alberta to make money, probably. I didn't see the same advertisement in the passed few weekends that I spent in a McDonald's for my coffee so I assume the new business has not grown for her, may be here. I remember part of the advertisement in the B. C. paper was that she would not provide any sexual pleasure, which I believe it means she would(!) but here I didn't see that. May be she shows up in the paper again or may be she's running the business with no need for an advertisement on a local paper. 

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Tracing Back the Steps

I told myself to go and find the route that I used to take to go to South Glenmore Park back to 2003 every weekend, today. I used to ride my now stolen mountain bike from 17A St. to the park even in cold winter days. So I drive to road that is parallel to Glenmore Dr. and park there. For information it is adjacent to the close-by Golf course(!) So I parked there and passed over Glenmore from the overpass and then I tried to remember where I used to go. So step by step and gradually I followed the Glenmore Pathway parallel to the beautiful  Earl Grey Golf Club and after about 25 minutes may be I was there. The closer I got, the more familiar my surrounding looked like. I realized that the reservoir does not have as much water as it used to, or may be it was just a feeling. I just took a few photos and ran the way back to the vehicle which only took 10 minutes. 
From left Pahlavi II, the King of Iran, Houari Boumedianne the then Algerian Foreign Minister and one of the biggest criminals of the history, Saddam at the time of signing the 1975 Algeria Treaty which determined the Iranian-Iraqi border. Saddam later in 1980 tore the treaty paper as a symbolic gesture on TV and invaded Iran on 22-Sep-1980 , starting a war which as Iran refused the ceasefire after more than a year, caused more than 1,000,000 casualties and billions of dollar damages to both nations. Why Iran refused the end of the war after the libation of Khoram-shahr is a big dispute which should be subject of another post. 
(Photo, top: Golf courses all have a very relaxing and beautiful environment. That is why many elderly choose this sport for their spare time. This is part of the Earl Grey Golf Club close to Glenmore Park which remind me of the very famous Earl Grey Tea. That was very popular and was considered a good gift back to the time I was a little kid in the old country. I remember my aunt's husband used to bring a box every time he visited us. He was an army officer serving in a border town. I guess this memory goes back to 1975 when there was conflicts between Iran and Iraq, It was a border disputes which resulted in signing of the famous 1975 Algeria Treaty between the King of Iran, Pahlavi and Saddam)

Friday, May 17, 2013

Passed the APEGA NPPE

I had this doomed N. P. P. E. last Apr. and to the date I had read those damn books and sample questions and talked to a few people because I certainly didn't want to fail again. I had made a stupid mistake by not writing right after the failing time and had to compensate. 
So went to the session early and sat and waited. The usual instruction was given and the usual assholes came and went and needed guidance like grade 5 kids. As soon as I opened the question book and read the first one I realised that I would experience something different from what I had expected. I'm not allowed to reveal the questions and I'm not going to do that but I had busted my hump over complicated topics such as Tort Law, Bonds, Contracts, Common Contract Issues, Insurance, Lien, Claims and other subjects similar to those but most of the questions had come from Safety, Ethics, Environment, Registration, Practice and similar subjects, the ones that I had barely studied! So I went on and on to the time that I had almost 15 min. to the end and finished and then went back and answered a few that I had skipped and answered those ones too and realized that I did not have anything else to do while still 10 minutes were left! I walked out and handed my answer sheet and left. When I saw the letter today, I almost felt joy and relief, both. I had already started studying for another exam so if I had failed this, there would have not been much motivation today to carry on.
I still have to wait 3 to 4 weeks to get another letter from APEGA to gain the right of the title, I guess, officially. And I had to study hard to pass ASQ CQE because that's no joke either. So remember I passed because I'm The Seeker and I won't get to give what I'm after, till the day I die! What I also have to point at is I had and still have a problem with concentrating and focusing. I overcame that by writing, more specifically typing notes. It help but didn't fix the problem completely. I guess whoever have multiple problems in life, will face the same issue. Strong people are just not distracted by the problems. I had to read parts multiple times for that reason. I remind me of that TV series years ago in the old country called Aviccena. He was a Persian scientist of 10th century. In the series there is this episode that on his trip (He was on travel most of his life) he sits somewhere to take a rest and there is this shepherd and his herd around him. The shepherd sees him sitting in a dark and gloomy humour and walks up to him and asks him what his trouble is. Aviccena tells him that there is this book that he has read but has not understand much of it. The shepherd advises him to read for the 2nd, 3rd and maybe even 4th time and eventually as many time as needed until he understands. The scientist overwhelmed by the grunt's advice takes it and follows for the passion of his life, learning! If anyone needs to but APEGA used material such as books, notes, booklets, sample questions, etc, please leave a message with your e-mail address. I'll get in touch with you.
(Photo: These two books are the main sources for studying NPPE. There are a few other handouts which should be obtained. The books should be read thoroughly and completely) 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Data Collection

I was studying the CQE sample examination as part of my preparation for the ASQ CQE exam. and this is the 3rd time I attempt writing it since I failed for the second time in 2006 and I have lost two payments without even writing it, the last two times(!), when I came across this question:
An important aspect of data collection is that the data collector should:
a- Know how the data are to be used.
b- Use a stratified sampling plan.
c- use a control chart to analyse data.
d- determine the dispersion of the data.
I quickly analysed the answers and decided to have answers b and c out and then thought of a and b. At the time to my understanding the data collector does not need to know how the data are to be used because he or she is simply a tool for data collection so the others could use that, analyse and process it and probably issue the result. So I chose answer b as the correct answer. But after checking the answers I learnt that answer a is actually the correct one. The rationale behind that is simply if the data collector knows how the data later are to be used, he or she can have a better understanding as how to collect the data to be useful for the processor or analyser and eventually the end user.
At the same time it reminded me of the data collection I was involved years ago, in university days and now I realise how stupid it was. The training was good although I do not recall barely anything. We were doing data collection for urban traffic studies and part of it was simply filling out the forms by knocking at the doors and asking the questions. The problem with that was people were mostly surprised as how we knew them, their information as they probably had never been informed of the data collection. It was not like here that the city sends letters and notifications to everyone. The other issue was that I guess many people were not honest in their interview because they simply didn't care or were not interested in the results especially because the interview was about their daily commute. For example it's at time common in the old country to get a free ride from someone. It happens to the girls and young women and the driver does that with the hopping of having a date later on! As weird as it might sound many people do that and at the end they give out their telephone number or more recently hope for a quickie if not at the moment may be later! Even the families and men might get that. Sometime there is a kind person who feels bad for the passengers hanging out at the side of the street and gives them a lift on his way. Once we were interviewing a young girl and she was not so firms on a few of her answers. My partner who was a young girl as well at the end when we left her said that she had realised that the interviewee was lying at parts and in fact she had gotten free rides from here to there!
The most stupid part of those few days of data collection was the we were parked beside a highway and our job was to count the passing cars and the number of their passengers! That could be a tough thing to do because for a minute 2 or even 3 cars might pass at the same time. We had a recorder and we had to yell the number of each vehicle's passenger to it and we had to do it continuously for I do not recall how long by saying: 1 ... 3 ... 1 ...2 and so on to the microphone! How would you expect people to be honest while they are standing at the side of a highway and looking inside the passing cars to find out how many are in there!? The funny part was some of them, I remember exactly that would stop to ask questions and addresses of the places they were going to!! And I had to point at them to leave while talking to the recorder or direct them if someone else was doing that!
I never knew what the result of the data collection was and none of us knew how those were used but we made good money and we all receive a certification for our participation at the end! I remember there were another group (we were several groups) consisted of two boys and two girls, as far as I remember and I heard that they spent most of their time together having a good time eating here and there and chatting and then filled out all of the forms with fabricated data! Our group consisted of me, three other boy and a girl was led by me and I was honest and all and the boys were too but two of them and more specifically one didn't like me for different reasons including me spending most of my time with the girl and sending them as a team but overall it was a fun time. I guess I missed a few classes and right after that semester I fell into a big trouble of course not as a result of that data collection but thought better to mention that. I struggled for a few months and then a year or two until I finally graduated.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Oblivion Strikes Your Vision and Imagination

I went to see Oblivion tonight. It was a long 2-hour movie and I got lost as it was ending! Story is one weakness of the movie. Normally if there is a sole actor or actress who performs in most of the scenes, it makes the movie a bit tedious because you see him or her and all! Rather than that as I said I got lost at the end because the music got over the dialogues. The scenes, the visual, special and sound effects were all amazing and the guys have really worked on it but there were a few scenes that while watching you could say that you had seen it. For example the scene that the three drones were chasing the Jack Harper, kind of reminded me of that chase scene in Star Wars, don't know which episode but everyone who has see all of the Start Wars movies, knows what I am talking about or that scene where Harper goes down the hole and sees those eyes reminded me of the creatures in the original Star Wars (1977) with robes and when he is shown handcuffed to a chair and the lights get turned on reminded me of the Waterworld sense with Denis Hopper! But I guess that is silly to just try to correlate everything to a past movie because everything reminds of something in the past in a way. I will but the DVD when the first wave of high price is down(!) to enjoy the scenes and find out exactly what happened at the end. Overall it is hard to rate the movie but it is recommended to catch if you are a science-fiction fan.
(Photo: Top Cruise as Jack Harper is a drone repairman in the movie Oblivion)

Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Old Refinery Park

I was at work the other day reading Alberta Oil magazine. Short but interesting articles. In one it is referred to The Old Refinery Park. So I decided to explore it today!
Apparently Imperial Oil built a refinery in Calgary back in early 20s which was operative until the 70s. I have not yet found why it was put out of service after that but it could be due to being old technology and also environmental problems because I read about the neighbourhood's complaint and their lawsuit back in 2003 in CBC website.
The construction of Imperial Oil Refinery in Calgary in early 1920s. The silo like building at the other side of the river is or may be was another Calgry lndmark which I remeber they wanted to tear it down as well, may be a Molson brewing facility or something like that. I am not quite sure but will find out and post. Photo courtesy of Glenbow archives.
The site is located at the east side of Bow River, parallel to Deerfoot Trail and I had not been in that area before but there is absolutely no sign of any equipment after 35 years! I don't know why I thought there should had been something left from the facility but there was nothing but Conocophilips warning signs about the pipeline, a few pipe which have grown out of the ground with locks at their ends and City of Calgary guidance sign about the history of the area.
The park it self is simply a park at the banks of Bow River with benches, trails, picnic benches and that's all. It is less crowded compare to the other parks probably because it is located in a industrial area but there are neighbourhoods close by as well.
If you're heading south, the Bow River Path takes you up a hill and a row of old townhouses appear. That's where it is called Beaverdam Flats. There is a little history about this wooded valley. 
Storage Tanks of Imperial Oil Refinery in Calgary at the banks of Bow River. This photo which goes back to early 1920s is selected from Glenbow archives.
According to the City of Calgary, Natives used to come here, to this little area because they could protect themselves from the strong cold wind of the winter, graze their horse and find hunt as bison was common in this area as well. They found wood for their fire and when the cold winded down, they would follow the herd of bison and move out.
(Photo: Part of the Old Refinery Park. As you see the grass is still brown and many trees just have started going back to green!)

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Awesome Pranks For Workplace: 3- The Prequel, The Found

I thought of a prequel to the previous two stories that I have said would be great to use them. This actually completes the others and makes a perfect fun. I still am looking for an opportunity to do this but the first step is to find a job because without a job, there will be no fun!
Anyhow this is the part one the trilogy(!) called The Found: You find a job and instead of giving your one or two weeks notice you ask for a leave of absence or vacation. A leave of absence for a family emergency would work because no company gives a vacation without enough being notified long enough before the scheduled date. You then go to your new job and start regularly, after a few weeks, depending on the length of vacation or leave, your partner in the scenario gives a call and states that you just have been found in a car wreckage, a result of a bad accident and you are the only survivor. You are in a Coma and no information, including ID has been found on you rather the information which led to your employer's contact information. It could be a colleague's telephone number, a business card or anything else. They just called, let's say a local authority, to get contact information for you. Regardless of the company's reaction, you remain in critical but stable condition until the time you feel you can take a day off from your new job or may be only 2 hours. You go to the previous job and play your role in the second part, The Stoned and after that of course it will come The Deceased(!)
These all three wonderful stories will make a perfect fun. It will be really interesting to see the faces of your colleagues, let's say a few months after you finish demonstrating the trilogy! Those would be good subjects for postings!
(Photo: I usually use a picture to complete my post but this time I thought it would really not be a pleasant scene to see! Someone lying on a bed waiting, without knowing, for his or her fate, is no fun. Instead I use this chart which shows a Coma time line. In fact this first part of the trilogy could also be titled Coma!)

The Pond

I decided to have a walk last night as I had spent most of the day at home and at the damn desk doing nothing positive with my time but watching clips and other shit(!) but I wanted to go when it was cool, having a 22 ̊ C temperature most of the day! So I checked Weather Network and I realized that sunset would be around 21:03. I left home shortly after that and headed to Nose Hill.
It was getting dark in the park and that's the time that people mostly or all start leaving except the silly ones who just park in the parking lots and sit in the vehicle! I never understood why someone would drive all the way to a countryside, a national park or a park like Nose Hill and just sit the fuck down in the fucking vehicle!
Anyways as I was walking up the hill from the east entrance and going toward sun, I heard waterfowl bird's noise and also probably frogs singing continuously! It was strange because I knew there was no stream, lake or pond in the park but I changed my path my way and apparently there it was! We have not had much snow and rain in the winter although it got really cold most of the time, in fact until the last week. I don't know how that much water got accumulated and made that pond. I just walked around and then continued toward south and then headed back to the vehicle. I just don't know why I did not have confidence to walk around in the dark. I keep a flashlight in the vehicle but I forgot to take it. The most you may face in a park like Nose Hill is a Coyote or a kind of Deer and they are harmless as far as I know but I went back and ended the walk just after almost 45 minutes. I didn't want to fall and break my ankle or any other part so ended it soon although I had decided to go all the way to the west side of the park. I may do that later.
(Photo: The discussed pond around the time of sunset in Nose Hill park)

Friday, May 03, 2013

Awesome Pranks for Workplace: 2- The Deceased.

I wrote about the good prank that I will probably perform it at my work, if everything is available. This one is the sequel(!) to it. In fact it could be performed independently but will be more fun if done shortly after the first one, or may be not shortly. I think if the people were given enough time to almost get out of the shock of the first one, the second strike would have a better effect.
This one is pretty simple and I'm not going to list everything. You are now dead and you have this time a close friend of a family member who comes to the office and talks about the H. R. guys informing them of your death. He or she will have to get a permission to have a some kind of shrine at your work station(!) You know with flowers, candles and a photo of you with a black ribbon put on the right top corner(!) and of course a memory book or something like that!
That should remain for a specific period of time and it should be said that it is a tradition and since providing specific food is a tradition as well, a dish of dates or any other traditional snack would be put beside everything. People are asked to pay their visit and let's limit it to 2 weeks, have some snack and leave something in the notebook. Everything is picked up after two weeks and the work station will go back to its normal situation.
Now it should be decided what the final part of this scenario should be? Should the company let know of the prank by for example you popping up!? Or should you let it be and completely forget about it and may be bump to someone from the work later and completely deny everything and tell him that you are sure that he is joking!? Or may be something more exciting should be planned!

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Let's Not Meet Tomorrow!

I was at work today when the telephone rang in the morning. There was a lady on the other side of the line, a recruiter. The opening question, unlike the last time was why I wanted to leave the current job. I didn't tell her that this job is like spending 8 hours in an stinking public toilet. I simply said that the Project I was involved in was about to finish and I was looking for a new position, adding that I had realized that it was a tough market. She confirmed that it was a tough market and added that she would like to meet with me in her office tomorrow. I didn't mind that so we set up the time.
Then somehow we got to this point that I told her that I had previously had two interviews but none resulted in a job offer. She asked me what companies they had been. I didn't mind telling her that I had this interview and it turned out that she was hiring for that position too! Damn!
It appears that the company had not been able to find candidate so they contacted these guys and this guy in turn advertised it and after I sent my resume, she found it attractive enough to call me and set a preliminary interview! This means that my resume is good but I have to work harder and look more to get what I deserve.
My buddy at work sent me the invitation to this years Job Fair and we are most likely going together. I had registered even before he sent it to me but having with my politics, I didn't want to make him upset or anything and thanked him for sending it to me!