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CanadianAbroad

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Golden! …and banks are funny.


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Things are calm here, the usual back and forth between cities due to my Parisienne.

Seeing as I’m officially a workin’ junior engineer, thought I’d call up the bank and see what plan I’m on now seeing as I’m no longer a student. Now, long story short, I went from the clever packed offer of $10.95/mo for unlimited debits to $4.00/mo for 15. Not earth shattering news, but listening to how withdrawing money from another bank’s ATM is still charged sent me into a confusing cycle in my head…

If you withdraw $20 from a competitor’s bank machine, they add $1.50. Plus, Interac themselves charge $1.50 on that ’cause, well, it’s not your bank. So, it costs you $3.00 to take out $20.00. That’s if it’s a legitimate Canadian bank. If it’s one of those no-name ATM machines, take those numbers and add another $3.00. So, at the bar, taking out $20.00 costs you $1.50 + $1.50 + $3.00 = $6.00. In terms of buying power and percentages, [$20/($20 + $6)] x $20 = $15.38.

…but wait, there’s more: consider the tax on what you’re buying. That brings your $15.38 down to $13.37. Keeping in mind that chances are what you’ve purchased came from, through or was designed in the U.S., factor in a current exchange rate of $0.797 CDN, you get $10.66. Notice I didn’t include ‘tip’ in there if you were planning on eating or drinking with that cash or the initial tax you got charge when you actually made that money initially. Then it would probably drop to about $7. Ouch.

The lesson? Best to not think too much about it. We should probably raise some taxes and bank fees to help starving CEOs that need a 3rd helping of bailouts. Yummy!

Bank Fees and ATM


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21h44 : All is Normal


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Allo,

What do you write when everything is fantabulous?

I have no complaints, only challenges. I feel, in spite of the occasional traffic jam and long train ride between here and my 2nd home, life is everything it should be. The best part? There’s that feeling in the back off my spine that it’s getting better and better.

…Is that weird?

A classic catchy pop song from my France inspiration. Contrary to the You Tube title, I think Zaho is Algerian and not Tunisian. In any event, a clip. In life, La Roue Tourne:


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Back to Work Soon: Land Down Under


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Last weekend before the vacation holiday comes to an end, and on random play I hear the tune “Land Down Under” by Men at Work. A classic 80’s song that I’ve heard way too many times already, but still always elicits the desire to travel.

Anywho, so the part about the Belgium comes up:

“(…)
Buying bread from a man in Brussels
He was six foot four and full of muscles
I said, “Do you speak-a my language?”
He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich
And he said,

“I come from a land down under
Where beer does flow and men chunder
Can’t you hear, can’t you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover (…)”

Call me crazy, but for all theses years, I could’ve sworn that part 4 lines down was “He just smiled and gave me a bit of my sandwhich”. Only today, and after spending a year abroad with Australians, did I realize it’s “vegemite” ( link here ).

All this to say that life and events that you feel you know, inside and out and are staring you in the face are sometimes not what they seem. A different perspective on something you *knew* for years could be flipped upside down one afternoon. New adventures, all the time.

..Heh, vegemite sandwhich.

[ Song: “Land Down Under” by Men at Work ]


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NYE


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Busy and not much time to get on the old computer these days, but as an aside the New Year’s Eve plans are finally getting together. The who and when was figured out some time ago, just pin-pointing the ‘where’ in the big city isn’t always easy.

…Also to say this page, of course, isn’t dead. Just that with traveling and the holidays, the updating has been slow. Right-o, back to business.

A+


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Organizing Life


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Part of this vacation is to get organized in life. Get my goals in check and move forward like never before.

I feel I’ve accomplished a lot, and when I look at where I was 5 years ago, everything is flowing great. Now I can start to put it in overdrive, and break out of the norms. Real success, really move forward.

…To do that, I’ve always known that it’s my organization that stresses me. When I relax or spend too much time doing one thing, I can sense the other tasks being left by the wayside. Those tasks are often the life changing and lifelong plans - not the day to day ones.

Now, I’ve got a system set up and this quiet time out here is giving me what I need…

Super-Organizized


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Cats: Stealth Ninjas


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If you own a cat, or have lived with them for a bit, you get this clip…

…Seriously, how do they move like that?


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The “Computer”


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On vacation right now, and enjoying being away for a bit. It’s nice to wake up a Monday or Tuesday morning and not have an alarm clock telling me what to do.

…in the relaxing times out here, I came across a clever little screen-shot while surfing the web that best illustrates the newbie-computer user’s desktop. The site listed this as “Your Grandmother’s computer” :)

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Grandma's Computer


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Music: Set the Mood


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Just a quick heads up to those still in the dark (I was for a while):

If you want to listen to free quality music off your computer online, just head to www.deezer.com. Yes, most of you already know this, but for those who don’t, it’s a pretty sweet ride. All legal and legit too (as you can’t actually copy them onto your computer, just play them off it).

…and extra bonus? Site works directly through the PS3 browser, so I can have it on my big screen coming out of the fancy speakers. Golden!

P.S.: Cooler posts coming soon, still in transition to this Toronto / Montreal lifestyle.


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Courtyard & City


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The ‘North Tower’ is complete and fully operational here and low and behold, the courtyard in between is finished. No more construction site in between, I’ve got a posh setup in front for a change. This, I like. That was a nice surprise on the way back in…

Being back in the city is somewhat like I never left, but at the same time, like I’m not here. It’s been almost a week and I still get the “what city am I in again?” feeling. While at work on Thursday, I saw the guy who helped me with the cylinder disaster a few months back and said hi. I stopped myself from continuing, as I was about to ask what he’s doing out here in Montreal - ’cause, well, we’re in Toronto and that would’ve been a weird comment.

It’s almost like I have 2 or more homes, which at the same time, feels like I don’t really have a home outside of revisiting the past. It might sound like a sad or depressing feeling, but in fact, it’s quite liberating. It seems like a giant blank canvas with only a few lines drawn so far. Moving overseas and living the adventure are becoming more and more real as it’s already kicking in.

As for today, relaxing times: clean up and put clothes away, do some more groceries, and *maybe* get and hang up another picture in this place. The walls seem bare.

Right-o. A+!


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Yonge & Eglinton


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Back in Toronto, and all is as it was…

The drive up was annoyingly long, with a 45min delay due to emergency work on the bridge leaving Montreal (always good to start a 5 hour road trip with a 45min delay just when you get started). Couple that with crazy a rain/snow combo, I had to stay 110% focused. Many incidents where you had no idea where the road was going, but you trusted that it continued somewhere.

Anywho, a lot going on everywhere - in addition to returns to Montreal in just a couple of weeks. My first ‘vacation’ starts pretty soon too. It’ll be nice to have time off and still get paid for it. Very different from the old ‘waitering’ days.

Bon, de retoure au boulot. A+


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One More Week, One More Move


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Montreal training is coming to an end. By Dec 1st, I’m back in TO…

The Not-So-Long Drive

New location in the city though, even somewhat closer to home - but still, another temporary change. I get the vibe that the training part is coming to an end sooner than expected, and by February it’ll be mostly on-the-job type experiences. In more ways than one, Montreal contacts have been formed though and I have a feeling I’ll be back and forth frequently over the next while.

More importantly: 3-weeks vacation kicks off mid-December and I’m ready to be elsewhere. Can I start packing now? ;)

A+


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Quotes


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Times are changing - and for the first time in as long as I can remember, everything that I worked for is coming together. Health, fitness, education, career, relationships, life…

Some quotes that I find add to the moments:

“If you want to feel rich, just count the things you have that money can’t buy” -Anonymous

“So do all who see such times, but that is not for them to decide - all we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” -Gandalf (Lord of the Rings, when Frodo is stating that he never asked for such a heavy responsibility)

“It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” -Albus Dumbledore

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” -Mahatma Ghandi


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Vous Ne Le Verrez Qu’en…


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A little PowerPoint slide show I was sent from an MSN convo the other day. Not for everyone, but worth a look if you’re bored…

Vous Ne Le Verrez Qu-en (PowerPoint)

…On the travel side, tomorrow is the deadline as to when I’m to book my Christmas tickets.


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Into the Wild


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Inspirational stories, true stories. There are a few good movies out there that I find are hidden gems, that are often ‘gems’ simply because they were hidden…

Documentaries are better than any imagination can create. The true story of the climbers in “Touching The Void” was one of them; the coolest geeks you’ve ever cheered for in “The King of Kong” is another example. “Deep Water”, the forgotten story and uncanny adventures of a ’round the world race’, is another. After a recent screening, add “Into the Wild” to the list. A young adult fresh out of college that wants to find out who he is, and what it’s all about.

Into The Wild

All the tag lines seem corny, but each of these flics (and others) have something they can’t tell you about in the synopsis. A twist, a turn, and hidden ‘wow’ and drive that if they did tell you about, it would ruin the effect.

..Respect in my mind is always given to those who ‘try’. Not all succeed, and the one’s who never make it the finish line haven’t necessarily failed. You get one shot at life, here we get a glimpse of what it takes to really live.

P.S.: “Long Nights” by Eddie Vedder, from the Soundtrack. The right song just clicks in sometimes…


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Yes We Can


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The week has been a little non-stop, but yesterday I got to hang out with the team I’ll eventually be working with in Montreal. I spent the day at the West-island office and got a taste of what life, and my office, will look like for a bit in time…

More importantly: Obama actually won. I thought for sure some random upset was going to take place, or strange occurence - but no worries. History was made, and regardless of partisan politics and what policies are put into place, today is a good day. Congratulations! Renews the feeling of hope out there, as cheesy as it sounds.

…on a sidenote, I submitted my vacation time today. Once confirmed, I book some flights! Yes sir, everything is coming up Milhouse!

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Obama


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Halloween at Bishop’s University


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Halloween Plan A and Plan B quickly got replaced with Plan Random: last minute decision with some friends to head down to a party at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke (well, Lennoxville). Sure, it was an hour and a half drive - but it was worth it. oK, well at least it was different :P

Halloween - Still White and Nerdy

So, what did I end up wearing? Keep in mind I still have a bunch of things back in Toronto and my resources and wardrobe are limited.

I basically took my ‘White Party’ outfit you see below and planned on adding 3 black cardboard cut out circles taped onto my shirt - thus going as a giant Domino! The belt would act as the middle line.

Clever? Fine fine. At least I tried…

Anywho, I ended up not having any tape or time to finish the dots, so I just went as shown, all in white. When asked, I labeled my costume everything from the lame “I’m sugar?” to “Inside of an oreo?” to “An incandescent bulb?”. Oh and don’t worry - I’m aware at how uncool those choices were (hence the ‘question mark’ at the end of each one). Still, it forced me to be creative and come up with something new with each question. Personal note: I never once resorted to “I’m an angel, of course” - ’cause, well, that’d be cheesy.

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Halloween Costume and a Few Pics


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What the wear, what to wear.

Craziest day of the year - you can be anyone or anything you want. Originality is key, so is creativity. I’m finding more and more inspiration in life in the last while (actually, since coming back from France).

…So, what am I going out as this Friday? Idea finally kicked in for me tonight, but not sure I can pull it off. Stay tuned, and hopefully a cool pic of the outfit in the next day or so.

In the meantime, a couple of pics from this weekend with the Belgium couple friends:


More Belgian Partyin
Belgium Partyin

..and the fingers pointing to my head? Who knows. They seemed to have an amazing time in Montreal, so whatever :P


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Short Rest


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…zZz

Been out being the tour guide for the past 5-days, and with my guests off on a bus to Toronto last night at midnight, time to catch up on some side projects again. I have pictures and cooler blog entries to post to this site ASAP as well as the all important ‘Halloween’ custom search. Last year, I think I was a cool vampire if I remember correctly… or was that the year before? I also have another website that I have to fix up and update as well.

Anywho, I’m also running on roughly zero sleep. All these super late nights coupled with early mornings trying to show every aspect of not only Montreal but of Quebec and Canadian culture, I think it’s caught up with me. Tonight, a good workout, relax and sleeeeep. Then I’ll start fixing things up here :)

…zZzooom!

P.S.: Lame blog entry, with no pictures, no travel talk and really nothing new. Annoyed? There’s always going to be a slow day. Cut me some slack ;)


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Culture, Camping and Clubbin’


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Long weekend, being the tour guide. Shown a lot of my city to my 2 Belgian friends. From art and culture, to the advantages of living within walking distance of St-Laurent street, to heading out into the wilderness cottage - and waking up to a dear feeding in the grass in front.

Pictures and more to come soon. For now, tired and time to do some laundry.

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Belgians, but no waffles.


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INSAlien in Montreal again. Just this morning, an old friend from Belgium and her boyfriend arrived in Canada for the first time - and I’ve been given the cool job of showing them the town.

So far, only been a brief hi/bye before I went to work, but the important questions were asked: “Will we see any bears?” and “Can we go canoeing?”.

I answered the first inquiry in standard ‘lame-joke’ format: “No, but if you want to see wildlife, try St-Laurent at 2am?”**

**[note: on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being hilariously funny - I quickly rated myself a 2.1 for that attempt]

Belgium


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St-Laurent, St-Denis, Plateau and Marché Jean-Talon


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Work is more academic here, but the hours are consistent. I’m in and out at the same hours everyday (a big change from my last 2-months in Ontario). That being said, re-living in Montreal has it’s advantages that finally I can profit from: walking around and actually seeing my home town.

Lately, I’ve been going out on St-Laurent and St-Denis, but also having the random brunch in the Plateau on Mont-Royal and doing groceries farther north in the Jean-Talon area. Heard good things about the place, so figured ‘why not’! I realized in Toronto what I look for in a place these days, and that’s comfort and location. The place in Montreal could be decorated a little nicer, but 2-floors is ample space, with a large lawn and garden in front that brings that homely feel - while still being central for location; I can walk to my gym or to the clubs/lounges at night.

Stay tuned, and I might even bring out the camera in this big city ;)

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Monkey-Trees


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After a night out, what better way to celebrate than by climbin’ trees!

Went with a few friends to “Arbre en Arbre” up in Drummondville for the day for some quality tree climbing and acrobatics. Well, more balancing act than anything else. Getting up the ladder to those heights turned out to be the more challenging part for me. Once you’re up there, just don’t look down too much and you’re fine.

Kinda.

Monkey-business in the trees

[…You’ll have to click the link for the full-sized pic, and squint to see where we are up there in the trees…]


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Atlanta-ness


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Back from ‘business’ trip to Atlanta - and what a quality experience.

I’m finally getting the vibe of how everything works, and the dynamics of the group. This week, it was myself and all the other people in North America with the company that have the same job. Some have been there only a year, others over 20. Nonetheless, we talked and learnt all day, and went out as a good group at night. The golden rule: stay out as long as you want and go nuts, as long as you show up on time the next morning.

Now, time to eat!

A+


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ATL


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Packing again soon.

Atlanta

Montreal apartment is golden, and staying put for the next little while. However, business calls and a few days in Atlanta, Georgia are coming up this week. Annoying part? The flight has my flying to Toronto first, then to ATL. Ugh!

Anywho. Saturday night, and time to head out for part 2 of the evening.

A+


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Night-Shift and INSAliens


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Completed the 1st one here. Came off an 11-hour graveyard shift, going from 19h00 to 6h00 this morning. Wow - not sure I could do that all the time. Tonight I head out for another one of those before heading into the weekend.

Sleepy-sleep

**Note: Not an actual picture of me. I would never wear a shirt that green.

…outside of that, got word that another old school INSAlien is heading to this part of the globe. Timing is perfect actually, so they’ll get to see New York City, Montreal and even Toronto. Not too shabby. Good talking before the reunion later on this year.

A+


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Stylin’ it up in Montreal


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Well, still unpacking - but officially living in Montreal for the next few months. Place is more than I could ask for: 2 floors, perfect location, extra bedroom space for guests and the 3 most important things in real-estate are included, “location, location, location”!

Went out with some old friends on St-Laurent last night for someone’s birthday. Did the late supper lounge, walked across to the club and got home at the end of it all in under 4 minutes. You can’t complain about that!

I’ll post more info and scoop as the week goes on. For now, still more to do. First day at the plant here tomorrow morning, so best be prepared…

A+


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24 Boxes x 32 Cylinders + 1 Highway = Trouble


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Wowzer. Action packed day!

I head out 2 hours south to pick up a bunch of empty cylinder cases from some warehouse. There’s apparently going to be a lot of ‘em, hence the forklift needed to load them into the back of my truck.

Well, long story short: boxes not loaded correctly, and about 30seconds after getting onto the highway, “Schlooooooom! Schloom! Schloom! Schloooom!”. Yup, that would be the sound effects of 4 boxes flying off the back of my truck, landing in the middle of the highway, and smashing open on impact - releasing, you guessed it, 32 cylinders each. Talk about a mess!

Tear-out-Hair

Aaaargh!

..lol, oh well, all part of the experience I guess :) So, how was your day?


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The Decision: Back to the 5-Fs [Sorry, a tad long]


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Confused?

A few posts ago, I talked about a ‘decision’ that was made. Here is the little story for those who care to read:

When I was about 20yr and had just completed CEGEP, I felt aimless. How to know what to do next in life, which path to choose, what degree (or not) to do - and when? We’re supposed to decide who we’re going to be before an application deadline approaches, and that was scary stuff.

Flipping back and forth between choices, I finally sat down one day and made a crucial choice in my life: to decide! Regardless of what I decided, the worst thing I figured I could do was not choose. I basically stood in front of a mirror, looking forward and seeing myself 2, 5, 10 and 20 years from now - visualizing who I would be if I continued down the current path. Would I be happy? Fulfilled? Or depressed and a typical Joe-Average? Then I re-did the same thing backwards, this time with no restrictions on what the perfect life would be for me. If I could do or be anything in the world, how would it look? How would I *feel*?

Believe it or not, I spent a long time that afternoon on this, and the excitement of who one could become turned into the realization that if we simply decided then and there what we wanted, and wouldn’t accept anything less, then the odds are in your favour. I’d rather attempt life at full force, and fail, then living a life of mediocrity. At least I could look back knowing I tried!

That day when I was 20 I created a little checklist I called “The 5-Fs”. They stood for: ‘Fitness’, ‘Future’, ‘Far Away’, ‘Finances’, and ‘Fear’”. I made it a rule that everyday, I had to do something (no matter how small) in each of those areas. In addition to that, I had to focus on one main one for each stage in my life. ‘Fitness’ became me doing martial arts full-time - 6-days a week and for about 3 years until I achieved the level I wanted. ‘Future’ was doing that Engineering degree. Coupled in there was ‘Far Away’ (which basically meant ‘Travel’, but had to start with an F right? ;) ) - and I did the exchange in France. Finally, ‘Finances’, and the job I’m at now is definitely setting that goal in motion…

And ‘Fear’? I had to do one thing every single year that I was deathly afraid of. The first year I Skydived. Another year I stayed in Egypt even though the suicide attacks took place at the town we were headed to in 2 days. This year I headed out to Toronto all alone, not sure what it would mean to my personal life…

It’s been an amazing ride since that day about 8 years ago. I’ve reached brown-belt status in the mixed-martial art, I’ve completed my Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering, I’ve lived overseas for a full year and had the good fortune to have visited over 15 countries in that time period, and recently I’ve gotten a financially rewarding job that is actually good fun to show up to!

In the midst of all this, with all the main goals in sight, I’ve met some amazing people from all over the world. I’ve even been fortunate enough to have one of the greatest relationships with someone I never expected - and taught me a lot. Above everything, I learnt then that the best moments in life are not planned. Also, as amazing as something may be, and as much as we work hard to get it or to try and keep it, some things are just out of our control - and you have to release and let whatever happens happen. If you notice, there could easily be a 6th ‘F’ for ‘Female’, but that never comes into planning. I have a romantic side and I still believe that life in that area will unfold as it should, one way or another.

Today, this week, everything seems open and whole again. The ‘decision’ was to get back on track with the 5-Fs.

I hope everyone takes chances in life and follows their dreams, as we only get 1 shot at this world!

A+ :)


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Sad News to Report


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In talking up old times with the INSA France crew, it was brought up that the famous postman (often a tad tipsy and frequently at the campus bar) is no longer with us.

Whlie alcoholism may have been a factor, he was still a friendly guy and will be missed. For what it’s worth, a Facebook group has been created in his memory and it has over 800 members with tons of comments on memories…

A+ Nanard…

Nanard - Le Facteur


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Reunion!


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It’s official: an INSA reunion is in the works!

Already about 15 confirmed, 25 ‘probably’ and still waiting on others. The quality party days of France - that’s what I’m missing.

INSAliens

Not that I don’t have a good time here in Toronto, but something needs to be brought back - a part of who I was during and right after that trip needs to come out again. School and the final year of engineering might have ’caused me some focus time, but it payed off with a great job and great lifestyle. Now it’s time to get back that mindset to full power :)

A+


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Montreal Training


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Only 1 more weekend left in Toronto, then it’s off to Montreal for the next few months.

…and, I officially booked where I’m staying. Classy joint, perfect location and spacious! Could not have asked for better. I’ll be sure to post quality pics when I get installed!

Go Habs Go!Go Habs Go!Go Habs Go!Go Habs Go!Go Habs Go!Go Habs Go!

Of course, now that I finally get installed and fully furnish and decorate my Toronto pad, it’s time to start all over. Oh well. There are worse things in life I suppose.

Allez, de retour à la belle province!


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Tuesdays Lifestyle: High Speed Chases and Rachel McAdams


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Tuesday, of all days, produced some crazyness…

First things first:

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2008/09/10/highway-shooting.html

Along my regular route home, where there is often slowdowns and some traffic, a shooting took place - on the highway! The 401 collector lane was shut down as a passenger in a car was shot several times while the car itself was motion, with the victim attempting to flee the car at the same time and as a result ended up rolling out into the oncoming traffic! The suspect being searched for is female, either the driver herself or another passenger in the same car. Had I not been chosen to stay and do more testing for that last client I would’ve easily been right in the middle of the action there, as the timing fits.

..and next:

Big sponsored after party at a local hotspot to feature celeb Rachel McAdams turned out to be pretty darn cool. First, hit up a private members only club called the “Spoke Club”, then slid next door to the “Century Room”. The place itself was nice, and definitely another ‘must go to’ place on my list for the city. Considering it was Tuesday and the place was lined up and packed by 23h30, that’s not too bad. In the end though, being a weeknight we left before the superstar showed up, but still had a great time. A very frou-frou crowd at the place - meaning stylish and generally classy looking people all thinking they’re better than you. Muhaha… good times :P


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Brad Pitt, Rachel Weisz and Van Damme!


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Big names in town!

Obviously I didn’t connect with the Brad, and I missed the librarian from ‘The Mummy’ that is Rachel Weisz - but Jean-Claude Van Damme?! Is it possible I missed the coolest Belgian martial-arts movie star to ever reach the level of brown belt and excel in ballet? Dang it all!

On the first night, last Thursday, apparently his movie premiered in which it follows him as, well, Jean-Claude Van Damme. I think it’s somewhat of a documentary, but not really. I don’t know for sure - but I better his twin brother appears somehow in it.

…He does have a twin, right? He’s had 3 movies where a twin shows up. You can tell the difference always - one is clean cut and the other is more rugged. They were separated at a young age but for some reason meet up and join forces to fight off evil drug czars or what have you (often to protect the honour of some random girl).

The Real J-C?

Anywho, there was now rumours that he only appeared via satellite for the premier and he might not have actually been in town. This makes sense, because only Academy Award nominee Brad Pitt and winner Rachel Weisz, he’s got a busy schedule and rarely has time outside anything really.


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Rewind: “Translation”


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Ah, the classics! Sometimes, you just need to sit back and re-watch some of the classics.

Here’s one tossed around during the INSA days that was always good for a laugh:


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Definition


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de·ci·sion, [noun]: resolution; to cut off all other possibilities (from latin ‘incision’)

Every so often, I hit a venue where I’m forced to make the bigger choices. Doing ‘Martial Arts’ full time was one, choosing ‘Engineering’ as a degree was another, as was going to France for the year…

Well, here I am, after another big decision that was to accept a great “career-choice” job out in Toronto. Alas, another turning point reached and residing at the 3 1/2 month point.

Whenever I’ve made choices in the past, there was always a fear that I’d make the wrong one. Then I remember the first lesson I learnt back in the day when I was around 20 and I jumped into ‘Martial Arts’ full time. That lesson is that the worst choice of all is to not ever make one, to flip-flop through life. That’s bad news, and you follow a path of mediocrity never truly being fulfilled.

I saluted the world traveler in my last blog entry, and I continue to do so. Stepping out into the unknown alone (let alone flying across the ocean) is a brave and character shaping move - and I respect wholeheartedly those who ever attempt it!

Now though, the next phase in my journey and adventure begins.

…a big decision made.


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Back to TO


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The long-weekend comes to an end, as I head back into the long drive out west to Toronto. Not much time to write here, just to say that this Montreal weekend turned out great!

While I do still wish I was heading out on a cool overseas vacation or adventure myself right now, sometimes I forget that I’ve already had my an amazing year abroad and it’s the turn for others to have that experience. It helped shape who I am today, and I forget that sometimes.

I salute the world traveller and those who are willing to take risks in life! They are light years ahead of the rest of the people who are too afraid to go outside their own backyards, to leave their comfort zones. You have to take that risk to get the real reward - and boy, does it pay off!

One of my favourite quotes in ‘Lord of the Rings’ is from Bilbao Baggins and it fits perfectly here again: “It’s dangerous business, Frodo, walking out your front door”.

Allez! On the road back I go…

:)


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Second Apartment


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…Dang! Just when I’m finally in the good stages of decorating and filling up my Toronto place, I’m already looking for another place to live. Well, temporarily at least. I have to do a few months back in Montreal come the end of September for work, so a long-term stay is required.

Went out and checked a few places today with it coming to roughly 2 choices: the first one or the last one. The ones in the middle were for the most part lame, but also overpriced for what they were. Too bad, ’cause the ‘Lofty’ one was pretty cool.

Anywho, not much else except that. Expect more info and scoop later on. For now? Back out onto the streets - only home a quick shower and change!

Laterz,


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Organi-zized


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Things are looking somewhat organized here for a change. I have not only a sofa and table, but chairs to go with it! Holy moly! I even have a picture or two (well, my 2nd picture I finally got is ready to go up, I just haven’t mustered up the courage to nail into the wall just yet for fear that I hang it in the wrong place and fill my wall with tiny holes.

..Bored with my lame-entry today? Well, how about another standard song that I’ve always felt would be perfect for a movie scene I had in my head. If you’re ever *really* bored I can always describe it to you ;)

Anywho, here’s the song: “Street Spirit (Faded) - Radiohead”


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Survived!


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Presentation went off ‘decent’ enough - nobody ran out in a panic or fell asleep. I actually got a couple of laughs at my somewhat cool jokes. Actually, they were quality jokes! In the end, I survived and only felt self-conscious a few times.

Tomorrow, I head back to the ‘field’ and work up north with the front lines. Time to get covered in concrete and dirty again. Ugh. Oh well, when I went out east to a small town for work for 3-weeks, I was referred to as a “City Slicker”. Here, when I head up there a few hours drive, I’m labeled as a coming from the ‘land down under’ by the men at work.

In honor of that:

:)


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Presentation: 1st one tomorrow!


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Nervousness? Yeah, somewhat. I’m sure nobody will be listening unless you screw up, right?

Still. There’s the fear that you go off on a tangent and start talking waaaay too much (or way too little) and next thing you know, you say something inappropriate, trip on the computer chord and nose dive into the floor.

…Hey, it could happen.

On the plus side, considering the competition out there on the bigger scale, I can’t be much worst than this guy:

w00t!


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White Party


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Last night we all went to an apparently annual ‘White Party’, in which everyone has to wear all white clothing. White shoes, white pants, white shirt, white whatever. That’s the deal. On a smart note, they only serve white beverages though. That helps reduce the incidents of spillage. I still managed to get bumped and water spilled all over me - but no worries.

At the end of it all, it was pretty cool. Leaving the place at the end of the night, a good 15 or so of us headed to Chinese food after in the standard ’slightly-dodgey-part-of-town’ district. Of course, a posse dress entirely in one colour does cause some stares and confusion - but all in all, good times and good fun!

…Now, to find some way to sneak into a celeb party for next week’s “Film Festival” would be an accomplishment. I won’t hold my breath on the possibility of sipping wine next to George Clooney or the like though. Oh well..


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France: Patisserie


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Walking in the cool Yorkdale mall here, looking for some non-tacky shoes to wear for this upcoming ‘White Only’ party, I felt hungry. Sure enough, I happen by a bakery in the mall - serving fresh baguettes, croissants with little tables squeezed in the area to eat your little sandwich and drink… and I remembered once more what I love and miss about France.

Walking in the shopping centre across from the Part-Dieu train station, I used to always get some fresh pastries and a sandwich on the way home from doing some shopping (french version? “Faire ses ‘courses’”). Once a week at least, I’d stop by.

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When I would visit other french cities, like Bayeux up in Normandie or Avignon or even everytime I’d end up in Paris - there’s always a little bread and pastry shop down the corner that serves the freshest and best tasting food you’ve ever tasted (and for a good price!).

Ugh! That’s what I miss. That’s what brings me back. Toronto has it’s own charm, and so does Montreal of course (don’t even get me started on what I crave about London). That little shop in Lyon though brings me back to my home base in France and spirals out to all the little cities and towns I visited and peaks with Paris.

oK. Enough memory lane! New adventures just around the corner :)

A+!


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Bad Work Day


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Started an hour earlier.

Got a flat tire when I was 2-hours outside of anywhere, in where I’d like to call ‘Nowheresville’. Finally get back to our own plant, turns out we had a problem and we stay 2-hours later and finish just before 19h00.

..but why so early? ‘Cause tomorrow morning, we’re starting even earlier and they feel with my Toronto address and 1-hour commute in the morning, I probably want to head home. That’s actually pretty nice of them. Of course, tomorrow we start at 6h30am, so I have to leave here an hour before. Yeah. Good times! So glad this is not the division of the company I’m in, and it’s only training. Don’t get me wrong, the guys and the team are awesome - just the hours are killer sometimes.

Hey, on the brighter side of things, could be worse right? Like this guy:

Ooo la la! Time to eat this take-out sushi and lie down before my alarm goes off.

A+


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Soccer + PS3 + Swimming…


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Yup. I’ve actually had time to do all of those today, for the first time. No homework, no groceries, no packing or unpacking or buying new furniture. I actually had time to come home from work, shower, relax, make supper, go play soccer, shower, swim, shower and now play a quick game on the PS3.

Sounds boring and lame to some, maybe. But it’s a nothing day and it’s very relaxing considering where I’ve come from this past year or two of planning and planning, etc. Aaaah… feels good!

Anywho, perhaps a quick snack and head out onto the balcony while the weather is still good. Enjoy the evening all,

A+


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Williams-Sonoma: Cook-er-ama!


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oK, have you ever seen the stuff at this place? ( www.williams-sonoma.com )

There’s one in the main mall about a 15min drive from my place, and while the stuff is a tad expensive, it is quality - and get this, they offer a free cooking class every Sunday morning. Hazaah! I’m in.

Heck, even if it’s basic, extra info couldn’t help. Slowly, I’m getting the pieces needed to live and eat comfortably. Who would’ve thought, from the Kraft Dinner and ‘fried eggs and toast’ only skills to something else?

…I know, it scares me too sometimes :)

The Pot


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Hero of Guitars


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Yup. I played it finally. I gotta say, weird and strangely addictive.

I suck at it mind you, and can barely survive “Easy” mode, but I can see the addiction someone might have. Still, it’s nothing compared to the actual guitar of course - which I do miss these days. When I practiced religiously back in Spring, I felt I’d zone out and all my problems would disappear: “If only I play it again, maybe I can make that transition seem more seamless…”, I’d think to myself. The only thing I could compare playing the acoustic guitar with at this point would be sparring in martial arts. Strange, but at both those times, the rest of the world, whatever is going on in it or in your head, didn’t matter. All thoughts go away, and you live in the moment…

Good feelings!

oK. Off to bed. A+


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Old Aussie Friend


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An INSAlien visitor from the land down under called me up and is hanging out in Toronto for a little bit. Good times, as last time I saw the guy I was in Lyon, France worried about how I was going to study for that “Béton Armé” final DS*.

…in any event, aside from the random crazy downpours of rain and wind here in the city, should be a good evening. Little 60s party in old Yorkville area and some partying on the Danforth if the rain does subside somewhat. Aaargh! Why don’t they legislate 3-day weekends again? I’d vote for that party in a heartbeat.

*[DS: Devoir Surveiller; equivalent of a final exam. Some random France facts for ya :) ]

Aussie-land


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More Hands!


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That’s what I need - more hands!

Work would be easier, days would be less intense and time would be saved. Any ideas or suggestions? For the most part, with this part of my training, I leave at the latest 6h50am and get back around 17h30 if all goes well. Some days I’m lucky and I get home earlier, others a tad later. Most of that time is spent testing, but also driving. Does anyone have any amazing CDs or language tapes? I might as well use the time wisely…

Hands

Actually, I’d like an auto-pilot car. That’d be fantabulous! I’d just sleep the whole time…


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Canoe Camped


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This long weekend business is way to short. It seems like I just worked yesterday or something, no?

I did get to do a few things, just that I never slept for the most part. All last week with work I woke up from between 4h30am and 6h00am - lastest. Before heading up north, of course had to get up at 6h30 to get ready, and while out on the lake I did manage to sleep in to 10h00 actually. Good times!

Anywho, it was good fresh air and actually a decent work out. Some funny stories and little side adventures that could have fit right into a ‘Harold & Kumar’ movie even (Er… well, the first film anyway. Not so much the sequel).

Attached is a quick snapshot from just outside our set of tents. Not too shabby. Even had a little dock there. Quiet times, and get this: zero cell-phone reception. What a crazy/cool concept for a weekend that affords you pure quiet time. Hazaah!

Canoe Camping - Algonquin Park


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The Photography Rules


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Long hours translates into long days. Tomorrow, is another town - this time 2-hours commute from here in downtown Toronto. Ugh.

Oh well, focus on the other things: photography.

I’ve learn some basic rules, such as keep the light source behind you and try to follow the 1/3 rule (basically, don’t center a standalone subject like a tree or a person on a bland background, or the eye won’t see them).

Some other rules? Well, some basics I found here on the ‘internets’. An example below:

Rule #1: Point camera in correctly!

new-photographer.jpg


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Er.. So, You Think You Can Dance?


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Guilty.

…Well, at least of watching an episode or two of this lately. Why? Er, I’ll blame it on timing and nothing else being on at the time… right? :P

Anywho, that being said - turns out they’re coming to the Air Canada Center here in Toronto end of October, and radio stations all over the place are having contests for tickets to it like there’s no tomorrow. Gotta say, some pretty hilarious antics with people trying to win them. If I could find some audio clips of them, I’d post them in a heart beat. Hey, come on - I have a 1-hour commute every morning and I’m on the road a lot now, so it’s all radio these days.

So You Think

As for me? I’m still waiting for the Gordon Ramsey “Hell’s Kitchen” tour. Wait.. there is going to be one, right? I am skilled in the art of Kraft Dinner, pasta and both scrambled and fried eggs - so I’m ready! Actually, truth be told I’ve learned a new dish or two in the past week, so there :P My skills are improving and I’ll be ready for the reality show come, oh, 2009? Who would’ve thought cooking could be addictive!

oK. Now for a quick shower and head down to the soccer pitch. Old school Montreal boys games in an hour.

A+


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*Snooze button*


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Ugh!

Tomorrow morning, they’re pouring the bridge deck and the first truck goes out at 6h00am. Yup, I have to be there on site to test it first. Oooh ooh, it gets better: that ’site’ as about a full hour’s drive from my place with zero traffic (not that that’s a problem at that hour).

:( That means I have to wake up at 4h30 tomorrow morning and be out of the house by 5h00 latest? Sweet mother of… Wow, so glad this is all part of training and not the real deal.

On a sidenote, check out the coolest wedding cake ever? Well, oK. Not what I’d chose, but still pretty intense:

Video Game Wedding

oK. Down to the gym, pool, then sauna. Then sleep.


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Paris and more…


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The mom joining my brother in Paris for the week, some friends here that just head off to Spain for the month and another friend heading to Ibiza and London for 3-weeks soon, everyone is heading across the ocean. Heck, someone else close to me is even planning a big France trip of her own coming soon as well.

Now, while I’m super happy for all these people and all these trips, I am feeling like I miss the overseas travels. Mentally, I was ultra prepared to be in London, England at this point in my life and had gone so far as to over-plan it. I had even planned and was ready to book a smaller trip to Paris at the end of this past April that just didn’t pan out. Bah! After that, I kinda blocked out Europe in my head for a while…

Well, it’s time to plan for my vacation before the Christmas time limit of when I’ve got to use it by approaches. Where to go though? Head back to old memories in Europe or create new ones elsewhere? Try the South American or Asian route maybe this time? Suggestions? EMAIL ME! (See top right corner for the address in the pop-up window ;) )

..Ooh, and the old camera that broke when I moved into this new place? Yup - it works again. Fantabulous times!

Paris


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Rhymes with Hilton


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Today: Day 1 of Milton, Ontario training.

Not too bad, only a 40min drive from my apartment. Still, 20min or 10min is always preferred. Located in a city outside the city called ‘Milton’, this is where the next phase of training takes place. On a plus note, that means I can sleep in my own bed for the next while, unless I decide to take a cool vacation or whatnot in the meantime.

Note: Any chance of replacing Milton with say… Tokyo? ..Anyone? Ugh. oK, ok.

Milton


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A Dark Night


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Back in TO, with the Detroit days behind me. All in all, it was a pretty cool city that just needed to get back in check. The U.S. housing crisis probably isn’t helping the area, and even though I still stand by my “How bad can it be in the bad parts of town” philosophy, the locals assured me that “No, honestly, you don’t want to go there at night. It’s a ghost town and you’d be driving the wrong vehicle, dressed the wrong way and in short - be the wrong ethnic make up”.

The Dark Knight (GIF)

Bah! Maybe next time. In any event, back in Toronto and blammo - had a good night out and ended with a late showing of “The Dark Knight” (the next Batman installment). Summary? Go see it, if only for the Joker! The Heath Ledger took the crazyness of the character to a new level and did a fantabulous job in the process.


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Detroit: The 8-Mile


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Another great TO weekend at an end - and wishing once more I had picked up a bit more sleep along the way.

No worries, that’s what winter is for I presume.

Tomorrow, it’s off to Detroit for a little bit. Traveling is part of the game, and as long as I’m back in time for Thursday nights and the weekend, all is good! No complaints. Bring it on!

Red Wing Glory

…on a side note though, I wouldn’t complain if the travel was to Europe or somewhere exotic and I had to stay over for the weekends. W00t!


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Paintball!


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Note to self: going out with a few friends for a ‘quiet evening’ the night before you agreed to be 30min outside the city for a day of outdoor Paintball by 9:00am isn’t always a good idea. The ‘quiet evening’ often picks up and turns to a decent night out when you’re in city center and next thing you know, you’re being shot in the side of the face by the resident paintball expert.

Consequently, don’t take a wager with the owner of the place that you could outshoot him in a “Best 2 out of 3″ matchup when you’ve only played the game for a total of 5 hours in your entire life.

In any event, good times, and after a quick power nap, all is good! Next weekend: more extreme sports? Yes, but which one…

A+

Splat


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Lots Goin’ On


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Ugh… busy days in in ‘Toron-ah’.

To keep y’all busy, here’s a quality Math lesson classic. It makes the simplest seem complicated. I love it!


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Need more [click!]


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That’s it.

It’s official: I need a new camera. Since the old one broke, I’ve been missing out on quality shots. Last night, perfect example. Time to start seriously looking.

Question is, do you go professional/high-end and get amaze-o pictures, but you’re too afraid to bring it out as it takes up space (and being a guy, no ‘purse’ option?) or do you go for the ultra-light thin version that isn’t as crazy-quality, but will go everywhere and anywhere.

..Ugh, decisions. Never liked making those. :)

Place Cool Photo Here


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End of Belleville


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Hazaah! Hotel days are temporarily over!

Good vibe here, don’t get me wrong. I’ve come to like the little town. Still, my ‘Tour of Duty’ so to speak is done here and this afternoon I head back to Toronto.

A cool and clever picture or link to pass the time? Hmm… may I suggest the classic YouTube ( http://www.youtube.com ) in the meantime? I can’t access any cool info at the moment, but promise - bigger updates coming this weekend.

..In fact, I’ve got another site I’ve got to fix and add an update very soon as well!

A+


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Sleep: Requirement!


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Back to the grind, last couple of days here in Belleville before heading back to Toronto for the weekend…

On little sidenote though: I drove down here from Montreal over the weekend with, well, very little time to spare between getting here and working. Long story short, I didn’t get more than 45minutes to rest between.

Sleeeep

All went well, but at the end of the day on Wednesday, I decided to take a nap right after work at 17h00 and, erm… didn’t wake up until 7h00 the next morning. I guess I needed the 14 hours of sleep more than, say, having supper? :O

…back to work!


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Go Habs, Go!


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Not hockey season, true - but I am back in Montreal for at least a couple of days.

Canadiens!

…on a plus note, I may even get to see a quality Jazz fest event! Hazaah - it helps to have a connection in the business sometimes :) .

A+


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Concrete


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..Covered in concrete everyday still, here at the labs in Belleville.

Lessons learned? Concrete is messy and does set pretty quickly. Now, next step? Learn to drive the trucks :|

oops-truck

I have to admit though, small town feel does rub off on you. I was invited over to a coworker’s family house right by the water tonight. Nice, and more wildlife than I’ve seen in a while.


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Sorry Mr. Robbins


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On the Metro Saturday, waiting for 10 stops to go by. The whole time, starring into blank ads all over the place - when out of the blue, in the reflection behind me I see an advert for ‘Anthony Robbins - Live’ coming to Toronto in 1-month.

Yes, laugh if you want - but I’ve always wanted to attend one of these things.

I call up the number, check the availability and turns out it’s the only ‘Live’ performance he’s giving in Canada this year. Hazaah! It lasts the whole weekend too.

…So, the downside? The price: ~$900 for ‘General Admission’, upwards to ~$1700 for VIP seating. Sweet mother of…!

Sorry Mr. Robbins, but for now, you’ll definitely have to go into the ‘Er.. maybe next time?’ pile at that price range.

Unleash the Power Within


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Ka-blammo!


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Today, I got to witness a massive controlled explosion at a quarry just up the road from where I was working. A bunch of us drove down just in time to hear the countdown to, well, the cliff exploding!

..and yes, I thought of other clever blog entry titles for this: “Explosive Afternoon”, “Blown Away by Workload”, etc., but as you can see, they’re *embarassingly* lame so be happy I sparred you all.

Ka-blammo


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Sick-o


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First solo ‘road-trip’ to a job sight overnight and here I am - getting sick on the ride up. Didn’t feel well right before, and the 2-hour drive didn’t help. I got into the hotel room, made a phone call or two and then collapsed basically. I’ve never been so unbelievably cold in my life. Took a good 3-4minutes of solid and intense shivering when I was under the covers to finally get balanced. Couldn’t leave the bed for a few hours for fear that I’d freeze to death lol… :P

…In the end, the fever/intense chills passed and I’m left with only a feeling of overall ‘ugh!’. Not great, but better than the alternative. :)

Fever

Lessons learned? Meh - just a flashback to the sickness period I had while in France and re-realizing that being all cool, independent and ‘on-your-own’ in the world has another major drawback: when you get sick, you’re screwed!


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Belleville!


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Tomorrow night, I had off to Belleville for a bit. I come home on weekends at least and it’s only 2-hours away. For the most part, I’m working the labs down there so it should be an experience one way or another - shouldn’t be too bad.

I hear it’s nothing like the France equivalent though and even less like the cool cartoon about those triplets. Dang it all!

Triplets of Belleville


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Changes


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Just when you start to get comfortable and buy something to put your cutlery in - blammo, more relocations.

Next week starts the mini-moving period from now until December. For the half of it, I’ll be close to the Toronto area at least. Not so for the 2nd and last half though.

..a good thing or bad thing? Meh - I’ve learnt not to over-think life. Take everything one day at a time. Strangely, I think everything will work out exactly as it should the long run though, for what it’s worth.

Now, less serious note: I keep seeing different dogs in the elevator ride up to my floor. Seems this is a dog building for sure. How come I have yet to hear anything bark though? Bizarre.

Perspective is Key


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[Click!]


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Art.

I’m missing it.

I think I know what I’m missing now too… My camera!

I never realized until now how much it is a part of me when I’m in new surroundings. I used to point and click the standard city highlights and landmarks
(and no worries, I’m sure I still will ;) ) but now, I see more of the ‘life’ style images as I walk down the street, drive in my car or relax on my balcony. I look for subtle emotions, symbolism and see colour or lack of it in strange everyday areas.

For a foreigner, the CN tower represents Toronto as an example. I’m seeing that now, it’s not really it. There’s something else I’m seeing here. My camera broke last week, and that camera has been there for over 15 different country visits. I’m a little sad at replacing it. The longer I wait, the less I click.

..extra little secret? For every 100 pictures I’ve snapped in the past little while, only 1 or 2 get kept and stay in the ‘vault’. A difference from the original old days, that’s fo’ sure.

So for todays post, no photograph just yet. Next one though, promise. Oh, and any advice this amateur photographer can add to newbies? Take pictures of people when they’re not posing, not expecting. You get the best and more honest of results that way.

oK. Time to head out to the soccer pitch: old school mini West-Island reunion just 4 blocks away!


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The Beaches


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Temperature was around 34^C on Friday with a humidex so high that it put it at 42^C in reality.

So what to do? Well, spend the next day of equal warmness, Saturday, at one of TO’s 14 or so beaches. Picked ‘Ashbridges Bay’ and met up with some old buddies for a relaxing day on the terrace before lounging on the beach. Packed with people of all ages, but still space to move around. I gotta say, pretty cool to have this in the city - if you can find parking of course.

Toronto - The Beaches

In any event, more going on today. With work hours being long and the weekend time being stretched out to the max, I’m still wondering when I’m actually going to sleep.

Prediction: sometime in October maybe.

A+


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Sleep


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Sleep is totally overrated.

Tomorrow is another ‘get up by 5h30am at the latest’ type of days that probably won’t end until late in the evening. Maximizing the daylight hours is the plan - good show!

I mean, who needs sleep anyways? Sure, if you want to feel refreshed or healthy and in top shape you might like it. Or if you just enjoy the feeling of sleeping in or the comfort of a warm pillow.

…Dang it! I wish I had the old Saturday mornings back. I promise I’d not get out of bed until 11 or 12 earliest - promise!

Oh well, back to the grind and tomorrow’s trip: the city of Hamilton again. Hazaah!

Homer Go Sleep Now


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Always on the road…


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Back from another road trip, this time to London and Sarnia, Ontario. Good little small-town Ontario feel in the meantime too.

..and yes, the references of ‘London’ signs and references to ‘East London’ were not lost on my over analytical mind. I would’ve much preferred the city name be anything but that to spend the last few days. Oh well. At least the prices were much more reasonable as compared to the U.K. version :)

Right-o. Onward and upward!


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Work. Play. Life.


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That seems to be the rotation. So far, so good. I’m finally starting to get into the swing of things here. I’ve met some really cool people, work is starting to make more and more sense - and hazaah, some paychecks are coming in!

The last few months have been some of the toughest times, but coming out now I think things are finally starting to turn my way. Every aspect of life, goals and even just ‘living for the moment’ is surprising me lately in how one does in fact get what one works for.

..All said and done, I’m getting closer and closer to that vision/dream of driving down the pacific coast highway in my convertible. The image was blurry for some time, and I couldn’t tell certain aspects of who/what was there. Clarity is coming back though, and life is looking good.

Driving the Coast


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“Tor-anah!”


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The culture and city life of this place are starting to come together. The street names, districts, quality hot-spots and traffic congestion complaints are starting to become second nature. This past weekend, had the pleasure of experiencing the College street scene and the more varied Queen’s street west area. I gotta say, pretty impressed! First off, all of the praise has to go with the people I’ve met up with so far that are in the know - otherwise you’d be going to the wrong place at an unhappening time.

…Now, to enjoy the sun outside and have a quick swim. The advantage of working longer hours during the week is you really do appreciate the weekends more :) .

Toronto City Skyline


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First Days of Work and Star Trek


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Hazaah! Completed 2 full days of work already. The verdict? Good times, except, well… dang it! Why o’ why aren’t summer vacations mandatory in all offices? I say 3-months off per year for all. Agreed? Agreed! Let’s put this in the constitution or something A.S.A.P..

All in all, everything is coming together nicely. Job, apartment and life in the big city - very TV drama worthy. Not sitcom worthy yet - that’s tough to get. Maybe mini-series?

…Still though, feels like there’s a big important chunk missing.

A friend sent me this pic in an email today and for some reason I found it hilarious:

Star Trek - Typical Security Guy

Good times.


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Day Trippin’


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In the midst of organizing and getting things together, managed to get in a day trip out to the falls on Sunday. I must say, there’s a lot more going on at Niagara Falls than I originally had thought. I don’t know what exactly I had envisioned in my head - but well, this time reality was better. Well done Canada!

Niagara Falls (smaller)

Alright, back to ‘things’.


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Still Booked


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Non-stop still over here. Unpacking is one thing, but picking up food, furniture and tryin’ to have fun seem to take up more hours than the day has. Still going though, no worries. Big city life is nice, but still all a little overwhelming. At least I’m working out regularly and swimming everyday. That’s a definite bonus.

So, to keep the masses occupied in the meantime, test your MUSIC knowledge. In the ‘Video’, try and see how many Songs you can identify. As for the ‘Picture’, same deal - but try and see how many Band Names you can spot. Hint: There are a lot in both, so good luck.

Name that Song:

Name that Band:

Spot the Bands


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Busy


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Slow to post, but busy as anything over here. Check back soon though.

For now, I recommend just sitting back and try figuring out whether or not this Hilary vs. Obama thing will ever end. Honest - can’t they just pick someone already?


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All packed up


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Ugh!

Packing up *everything* you own and trying to fit it into a 4-door car isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do. Just when you think all is well, you remember you forget something trivial like that massive box in the corner or room to see out any of the windows.

Could be worse I suppose though, right?

Moving On Out

..bah! Oh well. Either way, all that remains now is to take the big drive out. As much as there is the excitement of being on my own and moving to a new city, there’s still the sadness that looms overhead. Something still doesn’t feel ‘right’. Something important still feels like it’s missing in this whole thing.

Why do I get the overall feeling that I’m going through the series finale of ‘Six Feet Under’? First song on road trip soundtrack: Breathe Me.


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Back to Plan ‘A’


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By Wednesday lunch, I’ll be in my fancy new condo. New city. New job. New life.

Scary at times, obviously… but oh, some serious excitement as well. Awesome-o location for my place, great job with a good opportunity to get things started right! In short, it’s France all over again - but for a bit longer session.

Last time I found certain aspects more difficult than others - culture shock and being ‘alone’. Lessons were learned from France, and in the end, you adapt on the culture side and come to realize that those who are truly close to you will remain as such. Those who were not, just fade away. The important part I got the first time is not to take any of it too personal. Que sera, sera.

Right-o! Back to packing up my entire life + going out all night :) .

A+


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Time to Do Stuff


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What a concept!

With university over, job pretty much set and everything falling into place - all that’s left is to do what I want to do. Sure, some organizing still, but no exam around the corner, no hunt to find that part-time summer job. It’s good times!

Yes, I know, it won’t last. Today at least, everything feels great! That has to count for something.

Live for the day, one day at a time.

Far Side - Mountain

…until the next bit of trouble hits :) .


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Summer here again


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Finally, another fantabulous sunny day out. No time to spend it lounging about indoors.

So on that note, I’m heading back outside!

…but first, here’s a cool Dilbert cartoon sent to me by a fellow ninja who clearly understands how the working world works:

Dilbert - Working World


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Reading the Classics


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Something I’ve always wanted to do was read some of the classic novels. I’ve purchased a few over the years off Amazon, but as usual, once they arrived, I somehow got sidetracked and never read them - blaming it on lack of time.

Well, no more. This week, I start reading Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”. As someone who loves to over-analyze movies, it’s about time I pick something literary and give it a go. Fingers-crossed, wish me luck…


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Live it up!


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Sometimes, you have to have a little fun and not be so serious in life.

Farside - KaBoom

…enjoy!

:)


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London: Not Just Yet


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No U.K. mailing address for me in the coming months… London plan is off for now.

You Must Wait London!

Yes, a shock to most. Well, a shock to me even. I actually had a good interview set up, but refused it.

Why? It just didn’t feel right. With a lot of soul-searching and tough choices, ultimately it came down to that. For me to hold off on heading out to London, England right now - as much as I consciously crave it, something kept telling me ‘No’.

Nope, it wasn’t anxiety. Nope, not nerves. Not even the standard ‘fear that I wouldn’t make it‘. As bizarre as that sounds, I’m used to those now, what with the move to Lyon, France exchange…

But this was different.

In any event, the plan isn’t abandoned completely - just for now, until it feels right again. Strange how different everything turns out in the real world vs. what’s been planned in your head… Sucks, ’cause I really thought I had everything nailed down with my over-planning :) .

oK. Time for another round at the gym before heading out. Hockey game after and then the night truly begins! Hazaah!

NOTE TO SELF: Always spring for the ‘refundable’ ticket when booking. Ya never know.


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Final exam!


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Here it is: the last exam for my degree is today.

Subject? “Transportation Planning & Design” - another fun fun Civil Engineering course :S (note sarcasm).

At this point, all the numbers and equations are looking good. Whatever is needed should be somewhere in my head. Just not sure how much ‘common sense’ I can apply into it. Oh well, what’s the worse that can happen?

All the calculations worked out...


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Box o’ Art


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In cleaning up my room and going through some old boxes, I came across my Musée d’Orsay visitors book. Of course, whenever you’re cleaning, without fail you come across something that makes you stop everything, sit down and have a good look-see.

A collection of the works from the museum, I remember in hindsight that I had two impressions of, well, Mr. Van Gogh. Here are the two paintings below:

< Van Gogh's Room at Arles

..and this one:

< Van Gogh's Starry Night Over the Rhone

The thing was, I had such a negative reaction to the first one - “Van Gogh’s Room At Arles” that it pretty much blocked out how much I enjoyed the other one “Starry Night over the Rhone”.

Throw in the fact that Lyon is divided by the Rhone (and Soane), maybe that added to it? Who knows. Either way, I do remember a friend telling me on return to campus that “..if I had such a negative reaction to one, and such a positive reaction to the other - then it is, in fact, good art”.

..The lesson to be learned? Sometimes negative impressions cloud our memory from the positive ones. So in writing, here ya go: I really don’t like your painted room Mr. Van Gogh, but your Starry Night makes up for it.


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Travel Plans


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With all still up in the air, but only 2 exams left, where to go? Carry on and take that London trip next week?

Job opportunity just got interesting as of an official work email yesterday, so things are picking up even more lately.

No words - just look

..but after taking a random visit the other day to a local fine arts museum here in the city, I got a flashback to the Paris and euro-days of before. Not all art is beautiful, and even in my over-analyzing, I don’t care for a portion of it. But man, when something *clicks* like a couple of pieces I saw the other day, it connects! …and I could spend the entire day looking at those 2 pieces - not analyzing, but just getting lost in them. One piece is the picture you see in this post. Trust me, seeing it on my lame blog does not do it justice.

I remember a massive painting in the Louvre that involved your standard battle scene but had that *something* unexplainable that pulled me in. The second time I was lucky enough to go I went right for it again. Yes, I do regret not having written down the name and artist. But I can tell you exactly where it’s located.

I think every museum I’ve had the fortune of being able to visit so far has had at least one of those - and surprisingly enough, it’s not the one I expected. I didn’t care much for the Mona Lisa, I didn’t care much for the fancy famous Van Gogh ones or whatnot. They didn’t ’say’ anything to me, as bizarre as that sounds…

In any event, the site is ‘CanadianAbroad’ - not art review, so I’ll stick with the travel talk. When a definite location is set and I’m on the road, I’ll post the pics and info fo’ sure!


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French Connection


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Weather is still good. Weather is still really good actually. For that reason, very little time to sit here and type, of course…

INSAliens

To keep things interesting, a connection from the France days of Lyon is in town for the weekend. Being able to meet up with an old school INSAlien *and* play some ball in the park on a Saturday afternoon - everything’s coming up Milhouse!

A+


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Sunny day!


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After a long and snow-filled winter, the first real sunny bright day is an experience upon itself.

Not much to write here - just enough to say I’m headin’ outside for as long as I can. Hazaah!

Sunny Day


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One more done


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Toronto interview complete. This has been the 5th interview with the company, so I assume at this point things are looking good. All in all, mixed feelings.

That aside though, I met an interesting lady on the plane who seemed like the perfect person to be sitting next to me on a flight of this kind. I felt like I had my own Tony Robbins session right there in the last row of the plane. I barely realized the take off, which is a big thing for me. In short, it brought me back to the excitement that new opportunities can bring you. At one point, she even mentioned how she was recently “offered a great opportunity in Dubai”, and that she’s thinking of taking it. In talking it over with her husband, she said she had a moment of clarity and stated that “this is what I need to do”. She said she had no doubts that everything would work out, as he was the love of her life - and it would all work out. It was nothing to with him though at this point, she needed to spread her wings and test the waters.

She even walked me to where I needed to catch my cab in a hurry, and parted with the words that I was good enough and the job was mine - and that if it wasn’t, then it wasn’t meant to be. But that “…in the end, destiny will unfold as it should, you’ll see!”.

In short, not your standard single-serving in flight conversation (and yes, that was a lame attempt at a “Fight Club” reference just there).

Yes sir, back to the grind I go!


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Just keep swimming…


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Over the years, I’ve gotten accustomed to paralleling a lot of my life towards film. The more I watch, the more I take in. Your outlook and current situation all depends on when the director called ‘Cut!’ and where that film ends. If you end after a big victory, it’s an epic ‘feel-good’ flic like most Hollywood blockbusters. If you cut before or after, during a defeat or downtime, you’ve got your independent or ‘risky’ film - you know, the ones that do poorly at the box office, but look to clean up at the awards.

Several moments in my life I can see how the camera would pan in and out, how it would rotate around and where the music would come in. Perhaps that’s not a good thing, but I find it adds to the experience - and it’s not done consciously anymore. The beauty though, is when you realize that you’re the director and you have a say in the final script. We can decide if we’re playing in a comedy, a tragedy, a drama or a feel-good story that turns out for the better in the end.

Regardless of the cards being dealt my way lately, I finally feel I know what type of movie I’m in. I think it’ll be a good flic to see.

To close, in reference to an under-rated movie called “Finding Nemo”, all I can do for now though is to ‘just keep swimming’.


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Smashy-smashy


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If you’re approaching a stop sign, and you clearly see it, you generally stop. When there’s a car in front of you that is also at said stop sign, and you see that he or she has stopped, the same rule applies, no?

Seems like common sense? Well, not to the fancy Toyota behind me that was driving erratic on the highway the whole way down. To add to my increasing bad luck lately, he decided not to fully stop until he hit my car.

Blammo!

Perfect. Well done buddy. Much appreciated. To at least confirm that I wasn’t the one who was bonkers, as I was out checking the damage and asking the driver why he didn’t feel the need to stop *before* hitting my car, another driver stopped and began cursing at him as well, stating “Hey! You fool! You cut me off on the highway a while back too! Slow down”. The poor old guy felt a little outnumbered at that point - but still, dude - my car?

In any event, more good times that I feel I had no control over. In hindsight, I’m wishing I just went to bed say around the end of February and forgot to wake up until about mid May. Good plan?


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Missed the net


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You can train day and night in a sport. Working on speed, reflex and aim to ultimately score that goal when the time comes. It’s all about averages in the end. The more you practice, theoretically the better the odds are the you won’t miss.

At the end of the day though, sometimes the net is almost out of reach and your at an angle were you can do very little. Odds of scoring are slim to none - even if you know what you’re doing.

Still, it’s better to shoot. If you shoot, and miss, then at least you tried. It’s better to take that shot. It hurts when you just scrape by or hit the post. So close! But it’s a miss nonetheless. And while it feels bad at the time, at least you took the shot. An old Wayne Gretzky quote had him saying that “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”. Corny, but true. At least you can say you tried your best.

..of course, easier said when it’s a mid-season game. Not so easy when it was sudden death overtime in the final matchup. Still, a miss is a miss.

What’s next? On to other plans then. Try and keep the bigger picture in focus. You may lose the game, but there’s a whole other season to be played. Still a long way from retirement.

Just don’t pull a hamstring or anything along the way, and hopefully things carry on smoothly.


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Mini-vacation


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Well, now the calm. Presentation is a week away, but not to worry. The exams that follow could be a tad annoying, but all should flow well. What follows is the real deal: 2-weeks vacation! So, what to do? Road-trip as planned? Quiet weekend in the sun? Head down south? So many choices. I think I’ve found what I’m finally going to do though - head back to where I really want to be. Overseas. The euro-scene. Francey-land, as its been called.

Logistics and whatnot have to be worked out, but time to live for the moment. Enjoy life. Good plan? I’ll keep you posted.


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Organi-zized


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Finally, Capstone is coming to an end. Hazaah! So close, I can taste it. All that seems left is to click ‘Print’ in Word and blammo, life is good.

So, tons of free time now? Well, kind of.

Actually, not really. The thing is, I’ve taken up a bunch of little things I omitted over the last while. Back at the gym, back watching what I eat, back heading out more. I’m remembering what it was I really liked about France and my year abroad - not necessarily the country (though France is fantastic and all), but the freedom from self-imposed responsibilities. Removing deadlines, removing stress - livin’ for moi! Plus, I still got that little side project going on, and work on it is going better than I thought it would.

…in hindsight, this could all be a hallucination due to a lack of sleep in getting this report done in time. Who knows :P Important thing? I’m getting organi-zized and feeling good, without being so goal and time-limit orientated. Madness I tells you!

Until next time!


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Flow


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Well, my new diversion is turning out to be pretty interesting, to say the least!

Of course, I’ve got to keep it all under wraps for now - but so far, what I can say is ‘wow’! It’s a whole new discovery each time, to say the least. Growing amidst all the chaos that is going on with the end of my degree and such (the madness I tells you) this is the calming sea that was needed. Who knew? :)

On a side note, the poster for this Capstone business I’m working on should turn out pretty decent. I’ll post what I have when I get back after tonight if I’m not too exhausted.

oK. Back I go!


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New Day


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Capstone, the year long project of time-consuming work-inducing ‘blah’ is finally at an end. Our poster week is next Tuesday and our report is essentially due the next day. Wow. Finally. I can’t wait to hand this thing in and get it off my chest.

On a side note, lately I’ve taken up an interesting side hobby. Not my usual scientific or engineering plan-of-action either, this is another bag all together. Another point of view on life. In all honesty, so far, so good.

…Stay in touch, and maybe more info to follow.


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Road less travelled


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With the gallery back up to decent working order, I can shift my attention back away from the site and back to life.

I once read that: “‘Change’ is the only permanent thing you can count on. ‘Change’ will happen, you don’t have to work at that. ‘Progress’, on the other hand, is no guarantee”. I think in my life, mistakes were made. Regrets are plentyful. It’s interesting how when you focus on the destination to much, you lose site of the most important part - the journey. In the process, you might lose your copilot, and in the end - what’s the point of going there alone?

I start my first ‘real’ engineering job this coming May. Before then, 2-weeks off to explore and discover. Road trip anyone? Could be what’s needed! Or perhaps just to rest. Who knows. I will keep this page as a travel blog, but not only in the physical sense. I’ve gone to different places recently without leaving my front doorstep. Not as cool with the pictures, no doubt, but still…

As for me, I will post what I can when I can. A random picture here and there, a random story from time to time. No clue where this can go. Still undecided. I thought I really knew where I wanted to go - now, not so sure.

Although, I would fancy a trip to Japan or the like one day. One can dream in colour!

Until next time,

A+


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Fixed!


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oK. So it took some tinkering, but alas - the gallery is back up and working. Just use the usual ‘ Gallery ‘ tab at the top, or this classic link: Gallery and blammo, all is good again!

The cause of all this was random spammers commenting and flooding the gallery. Comments have been disabled for now and removed, but working on a way to get them back on track at a later date. In the meantime, enjoy!

**EDIT: For the ‘Gallery’, click through the PICTURES themselves to navigate through, and -not- the menu on the left. That, for some reason, still does not work. Go figure! :P **


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A New Day: Gallery Down… but not out!


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Apparently a bug or glitch kicked in on the Photo Gallery part of the site and my host had to break contact with it. Not cool. In the meantime though, the *old* Photo Gallery is up and you can find it here –> http://www.canadianabroad.com/gallery2/ <— It may seem like a white spot, but there’s a link in between there somewhere ;) .

On a side note, University is coming to an end and already a new life is beginning. Big events have been thrust upon me, coupled with big decisions. I’m not sure if I’ve made the right ones. I fear I made the wrong ones in some big cases already. At the end of it all, is it for the better though? Not sure. It will be different though. Perhaps now is a time to get back to original goals, and take life’s new lessons and keep on moving forward and forging new goals.

We know that we cannot control the wind, but that doesn’t make weathering a storm any easier. In the chaos that lies in front though, maybe something else unique was thrown onto my front lawn.

Here’s to a new life. New adventures, and of course - new photos :)

**EDIT: Well, appears the cover pages are there, but still no access to the actual images. I’ll work on getting that up and running ASAP! **


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- PAUSE -


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Has it come to this? Egad, it has!

With the pressures of university, work, social life and overall life planning, traveling and thus the privilege of updating content on this (and our joint site, http://www.thepastisnow.com ) is temporarily put on hold. Realistically, no real updates/changes will take place before April 2008. Come May 1st, all is new again and living is good! A new chapter in life will begin and thus new voyages will be in the works… with some potentially long-term vacations in the years to follow.

So, if you’ve browsed through and stayed with the site this long, come back in a few months and see what new posts are up for offer. In the meantime, feel free to check out the Photo Gallery for some old school classics (well, classics in my mind anyway).

A+


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Another bite at the Big Apple


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It’s about time I took another trip. It shouldn’t end with Cuba, now should it? New York city revisited in this latest gallery update. Stop hanging around here and go check it out. By the way, the sister site I’ve been working on is 90% operational. Be on the lookout for a link when the time is right. Until then… to the ‘U.S.A’ –> ‘New York City Revisited’ category!

New York City - 1 year Anniversary 136.jpg


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New site? New stuff? New updates?


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Finally. Free time. Sweet candy!

Some small time surprises in store. We’ll see how it all goes down.

-D


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Exam time


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No no, I haven’t given up on the site. Other projects are in the works, and unfortunately Final Exam time has kicked in again.

Dang it!

Anywho, keep checkin’ every so often, but nothing too big should be happening for the next week or so I’d say.


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Now what?


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Very little in ‘travel’ going on these days (let’s just blame school + life + money?). However, there is a side site under construction and currently in the works, so that’s another reason why the posting is a little lagging behind. Stay tuned for more info and some actual posts when things get back to normal. Agreed?

Agreed!


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Luck o’ the Irish?


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It would seem that that’s what it was taking to get these pics up. Finally! The pics from Cork, Ireland are up and the Dublin ones are on the way. Feel free to view and comment (something that I’ll be doing as well to keep things up to date).

EDIT: Dublin pics are up as well…

Cork%20-%2041


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Still going!


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While studies and various other ‘must-do’ tasks keep getting in the way, I do still manage to find some time to get things in order. Finally, the long and largely annoying errors in the ‘Gallery’ section have been fixed. Some ultra-minor tweaks are still in order, but the big stuff is done. Now comes more art and fine tuning for the rest of the site..

After Wedneday, things should be fixing-up nicely.


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Getting there..


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Slowly but surely, we’re getting there. The gallery is almost complete, with some minor tweaking left (i.e. the black bar across the top that’s out of place). The final product with extras is coming around nicely, just that I midterms are popping up everywhere too now these days.

Dang it!

Stay tuned…


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Changes


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Though I’ve said it many times in the past, this time I’m actually in the process of doing it. The site is being updated and tweaked out in various areas. The new logo is the first noticeable change, and even that isn’t ‘final draft’ yet. The new photo gallery (v2) is being taken care of as well as more seemless integration and other gadgets being added in.

Keep looking back over the weekend and things should progress nicely… (in theory).

**NOTE: Over the coming week, things might be a little ‘off’. Some pages might load dodgey or barely at all. As it stands now, the site is in the bland simplified format to ease the transition and limit the bugs and errors. It’s all part of the updating process unfortunately. Bare with the site, and all should be good to go in no time though… Fingers crossed.


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Language is key


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English is fine, and though it’s far from perfect, my level of French is pretty fancy too. What about Spanish? Well, this last trip showed me I can get by on the basics (read: very basics). Nevertheless, I can order 2 drinks, inquire about prices, ask where the bathroom is located in addition to the Canadian Embassy. Still, having an actual meaningful dialogue between myself and a Cuban fellow, that’s still a little bit off.

In any event, at least my language skills are at least slightly above this guy’s:


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Foto de Cuba?


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For the love of… finally! Slow and steady, but I finally did a decent photo update on the site. Returned from Cuba without incident (though the plane did take-off a second time upon landing when it was literally 1 meter away from touching down… good times!).

In any event, without further ado, I direct you to the Photo ‘Gallery’ section to check out the latest addition.

…and yes, I realize I have yet to post the Ireland pics. They’re still in the greater scheme of planned things I have set out to do, no worries!

Good times


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Viaje a Cuba!


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Varadero

The Christmas holidays are coming to an end and the dreaded Winter semester is about to kick in. No time for sadness though, as a little trip is needed to help recharge. Hey, the year in France taught me many things - one being balance!

Vamos a la playa!


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Allez!


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Another Saturday night spent working. Bleh! Oh well. Pays the bills.

Bored? Need some distractions? I’m here, no worries. Check out this little Quebecois website that has some hilarious clips. My favourite? ‘Halloween’ one. Good times! Go go les Tetes a Claques!

http://tetesaclaques.tv/


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Cheers!


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One exam down, 2 more to go.

Time to celebrate? Not just yet. Ask again in a week and a half. In the meantime, check out your typical hardcore sports fan who is celebrating. Go Arkansas Razorbacks!


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Oh my!


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Every now and then, you discover some super cool site on the internet…

Google
Youtube
Apple trailers

…and now, AllFG. The ultimate TV and Cartoon site. Check it out: www.allfg.org


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Rummy


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…A compilation of the better moments.


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Disappeared?


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…No, just distracted.

A small site overhaul with updated pics and more is in the works. Expect nothing too massive before Christmas break though. Regular updates and the remaining travel pics should be up soon soon.

Stay tuned.


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Office Space


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..bored? Not me. Just about to head off to bed after another day of studying. Two exams back to back tomorrow. Ugh.

Well, could be worse. I could be these guys in this video who spent the night at the office setting up this contraption from parts found around the place. Enjoy.


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Math


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Good old Math…

After spending so long on the complicated, even the simple gets a little dodgey and before you know it, it’s 3am and you’re using the calculator to confirm that 9 + 13 is really 22.

To go with the times, here’s a classic old-school video in honour of the topic:

Math Lesson that doesn’t add up…


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Evolution of a Model (..and more)


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All is still chaotic, but there’s hope in the coming weeks that I’ll have time to think and actually process some of the information I’m trying to learn. Who knows, I might even get a chance to post my pics of Dublin and Cork, Ireland. They were all ready before the Fall semester started, I just never got around to posting the better ones.

To keep you busy in the meantime, enjoy the progression from everyday girl to billboard:


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Ridiculous


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The biggest difference between my experience in the French university system over in Lyon vs. the local one here is becoming more and more obvious each day. It’s the difference I’d say between North American Universities and European ones:

We have a heavy / constant workload with assignments, reports and exams due pretty much every single day of the week, whereas they have a few big projects and simply final exams due months and months and months from now (not to mention holidays in between).

…Throw in working ~20 hours a week into the equation, and we’ve got chaos.

Ugh. Right, back to work. The 5-min break is over people…


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The real war on terror


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In keeping up with world events, it seems Russia is continuing in it’s ‘iron curtain’ old school mentality.

These two articles I stumbled across show some eerie outlook on the future of the area:

- Russia Starts Persecution of Georgians

- Journalist Murdered


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Bored?


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…the clip of the man of a 1000 t-shirts didn’t do anything for you? Craving more politcal ‘Daily Show’ rant?

oK. Only ’cause I’m bored too. Go for it:


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Goal setting


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…that’s what’s needed more in life. Goal setting.

Like this guy. One day he had an idea, and then blammo - he put it into action. Good times!


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Backstreet’s Back?


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It ain’t always pretty up in Hollywood land.

To change the pace from Political mayhem to celebrity scoop, here’s a somewhat intense clip from the new reality series “House of Carters”, following Backstreet Boys superstar blondie Nick Carter and his ‘not-as-popular-but-still-had-a-single’ younger brother Aaron.

Behind the scenes and cutting edge, or has Reality TV hit a oh-so-new low? Stay tuned…


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Watching it 24/7


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One thing that that stressed me deep down the first year at University was cheating. Cheating is present anywhere / everywhere and all you can do is implement enough measures and good will in people that hopefully they won’t be tempted. If the incentive is big enough though, there will also be scammers and people who don’t get what they rightfully deserve.

I’ve matured since then, and learnt that focusing on those individuals serves no purpose, as it doesn’t affect me growth or whether or not I got the answer right or wrong. I’ve moved on, and have learnt and continue to learn from such events. What is hard to watch is the sad reality on the grand scale that it goes on - right before our eyes.

Agreed, we’ll never be able to stop that kid from having the formulas written on a small sheet of paper tucked in his pencil case. He or she will always be there, on one level or another. That isn’t what irks me. It’s noting that a kid standing up during the exam, declaring they have a A+ and walking out with the exam in hand is laughably unimagineable I the academic world. Not so in the real one though,

…and if you’re in the mood for just overall “that sucks”, there’s more. Remind me not to take a job offer if Halliburton ever calls:


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Good old Dubya


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