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PostHeaderIcon A slight hickup

I guess this is what happens when you try to rush things.
My going back to school has been delayed a bit , looks like I’ll be going in June, I’ll know more tomorrow.
I guess because I didn’t have my paper work finalized I lost my place in the April class so now I have to wait a bit.
This just might be a blessing disguise, I have this nagging feeling that my application for the Second Career program may need some more work, is so i now will have the time to take care of it .
So all in all I’m not too worried, just a hick up , we shall just have to take things one step at a time.

PostHeaderIcon So whats the big deal?

Really whats all the fuss about?
So a bunch of atheists want to put an ad on a city bus , but Ottawa city council has received 4, yes 4 complaints.
Oh my we don’t want to upset any one!
Give me a break, whats so wrong with saying that god doesn’t exist!
While others are saying that their god is the only god and everyone else is are wrong.
So who’s right? And does it really mater?
So now the city lawyers have told the city its a mater of free speech , so if they had refused the city could be going to court, can’t have that!
So now there will be ads on buses that will read “There’s probably no God, now stop worrying and enjoy your life”
Whats so wrong with that?

It truly is a tempest in a teapot.

PostHeaderIcon A thank you note

Do you give blood?
If so I want to thank you .
I know that may sound cliché , but what else can you say to someone who has taken the time to do a very simple task that makes such a big difference.
You see my mother is going thought cancer , she is having a very tough time of it right now, so much so she had to be hospitalized the other day, pretty serious stuff, and more than a bit scary.
So far she has received two units of whole blood and I’m sure there will be more to follow.
Funny thing , I could almost see her color get better as the blood went into her, perhaps it was my imagination as a concerned son wanting his mother to get better , but you never know.
The plane and simple fact is that some one took the time to donate blood, they could have done it for any number of reasons, the reasons are important but the fact that you took the time to donate ,gives my mother a fighting chance, and her family hope.
To those who haven’t thought of giving blood, did you know that you can donate not only whole blood, you can also donate , plasma , platelets , stem cells and even bone marrow.
I am a blood , and platelet donor I have my reasons, and now I have one more, some one took the time to help my mother, now perhaps I will be able to do the same, yes I know its cliché, but some time life is.
Thank you for taking the time to care, I owe you .

PostHeaderIcon The year thats was, now on to better times!

This past year I will look back on with some good times, and will wish to forget the rest.
Most of the year was uneventful, but there was enough crap to put a serious downer in it at other times.
We lost our dear friend Melissa, too young too soon, her loss will be felt for a long time. But her family has had the blessings of a lot of good friends and family, that will see them thought the hard times, the pain will pass but the love will always remain.
We also found out that three of my family members have cancer, so far all are doing well but I have to say with my aunt it was touch and go for a bit , that’s why now I think I will start calling her the “Cat”, I strongly believe that she has used up one or two of her nine lives.
My mother was diagnosed with lung cancer , used to be that would have been a death sentence, but when she went to the doctor the used the word “cure” , doctors they don’t use that word easily.
My poor mother , she has stared chemotherapy and radiation therapy , and is losing her hair and feeling very tired, but she is a tough old bird, she will fight this like nothing else, having been on the receiving end of that anger when I have done something wrong, that tumor docent stand a chance.
I took her last Saturday to get a wig, I felt so bad when she had her head shaved to remove the last of her hair, poor thing, she looked so pitiful, don’t tell her that , I’ll just get in more trouble, that woman doesn’t feel sorry for her self at all!I have to give a big thanks to Helen at Alluring and Chic, she was the one that fitted mom with her new hair, and did a fantastic job, so much so I’m thinking of getting one for my self! (I said I am thinking about it !)
She had also helped my aunt out as well, and did a great job of it.
Last but never least in my family cancer trifecta, is my father in law, got to say I love this man, he’s 87 years old , walks two miles a day , and is a sharp as a whip. My wife may disagree with me ,but us fellows have got to stick together, be sides, I like it when he brings me books, Rockey just loves browsing the used book stores, and if you tell him who you like to read , the next time you see him he will have a bag of books for you, it drives my wife nuts! But hes a good man.
Well he found out he had to get a kidney removed, hads a tumor in it ,so he had it taken out last weekend, just like that ! No muss no fuss, we went to see him at the hospital the day after and he looked like he was ready to go home and go for a long walk. Not a tube or IV bag in site, not too bad for an 87 year old.
I hope I’m in that good of shape at that age.
We also got to have some fun this year , I got a new car , and I got to drive that new car quite a lot this past summer and fall, went to Kingston for PAB 2007, went to Coopers town, and got to drive up Mount Washington, ok the wife didn’t like that at all but I was thrilled, one hell of a view!

I also was finally able to quit my old job
WOO HOO!, you know the one I was always complaining about, (the one with all the security cameras) . No more long drives home, sitting and hour or two in traffic, yep my new job was great ! It was close to home, the work was interesting I got to listen to my iPod, I was treated like an adult! I say”was”, because I got laid off three weeks before Christmas, bummer, but that the way the cookie crumbles, actually it really sucks and I am bitter, and I think I “may” have a right to feel that way, ok maybe for a bit it could have been worse.
So now I’m looking to star a new career , not sure what it will be but I’m open to suggestions,.
Perhaps I’ll become a new media ,podcasting consultant ( Thats a bit if an inside joke, right Bob and Mark?)
Well thats about it, we, (my wonderful wife, who puts up with my ramblings and ravings) and I are hoping to have better year next year, we shall be taking it as it comes, because, really thats all you can do, the universe will do what it wants and we’re all just along for the ride ,oh and try to have as much fun as you can!
Be Cool!

PostHeaderIcon Just another snowy day

Its Tuesday December 9th, my second full day of being unemployed, I really did want to get down to the EI (Employment Insurance)Office, but it snowed today.
Well we are having a bit if a winter storm, and the roads were pretty crappy, but the fact that it took over an hour to go from my home to Bells Conner’s. Usually this drive takes less than 10 minutes, perhaps 20 in rush hour, I figured it would take me an hour and a bit to get to the EI office, but I gave up. Yep I had enough, hell is just about 8pm and its still snowing, guess I know what I’m doing when I get up tomorrow morning ( Hint I will be using a great gas powered device!)
So I will try for round two tomorrow.
One of my biggest fears is that my last employer terminated my employment,not laid me off, that’s the phrase used on my record of employment, “terminated” , but the HR lady made it clear to me it was a lay off, so what the hell didn’t they just say so!
So I’m a bit concerned about that, it s not like I’m not trying to get a job and just take advantage of the system , sit on my ass for a year and collect money for noting.
But I would like to take advantage of any kind of retraining or education program that I may be entitled to, just saying.
Well like I said , I will try again tomorrow, got to make sure Ive got the iPod loaded, I fear it may be a long day.
Oh well at least I got the Christmas tree up today.

PostHeaderIcon Its cold and Im old

As I write this, (or rather type) it is a cool 14C or 57F. Ok so it is 8:30 at night and it is the 16th of September and my birthday is this weekend, so whats my point?
Ah…. good question, ok , hows this. I’m turning 45 this Sunday, but I don’t feel it, ok I do feel older I have a few more aches and pains that I didn’t have 5, 10 or 20 years ago but I expect that.
I mean I don’t feel 45, my wife says she marred a 6 year old, I do have a youthful out look, or perhaps its that every time I see a new and shiny tec toy I want it (ya I’m still bitching about a new computer)
But I don’t feel 45, when I was a kid 45 was OLD! I mean 45 your life was over man end of the line!
But now, well to me its just another trip around the sun, no big deal.
Is it weird to feel this way? Or does it really matter?
I am a bit wearied out by the fact that I’m not freaked out that I’m turning 45, make any sence to you ?
Perhaps I should plan for a mid life crises , any suggestions?
I happen to like my life the way it is right now, well I might change a few things but nothing to crazy
Maybe I will get that new computer, something in red
And as for it being colder, I like the cold, less bugs and I sleep better, what elce could you ask for.

PostHeaderIcon Caint keep clean

Ok what the hell is wrong with me!
I’m 45 , (That may surprise a few of you ) and I cant seam to keep my shirts clean,
Really, I’m just doing a load of laundry right now, and I am amazed at how many food stained shirts I have!
Ok so I may not shave every day and the last tine I wore sute , or rather a tux, I was getting Married(And I looked good if I must say so !) But I do try to keep my self looking clean if not at least respectable.Except for my one or two tee shirts that have gotten me in to a bit of trouble but that’s another story.
I do try to not drop food all over the place and I believe that I am as neat as the next guy, but some how or another I do end up getting my dinner on my self.
Oh I try to be careful, I don’t over load the fork, and if the hamburger happens to be a bit drippy, I get extra napkins, but some how I end up getting stuff on me.
Perhaps that’s why my wife will laughs at me when I buy and try out the latest stain removers and special laundry vounderstuff, guaranteed to remove any stain from any think , no mater how tough or set in it is!
So now I’m trying out Oxy Clean, I think its just hyped up hydrogen peroxide, you know what makes you hair go really blond, what you put on a cut and then watch it bubble away in the wound?,
Ya that stuff, mind you in its more pure form if will burn the skin right off you and you can use it to make rocket fuel. Fun stuff.
I once spilled a 40% solution on my hand , yep it burned, and I still have a bit of a scar, OUCH!
So what is a guy to do , I will not go around eating with a bib, well maybe if lobster of ribs oar on the menu, but I just cant seam to get it right .
Perhaps this is one of those life lessons, I’m just learning how to keep clean and get the stains out,.
I’ll let you know how well the Oxy Clean stuff works, and if it dosent that Billy Zan better watch out.

PostHeaderIcon Ok God now what ?

Ok I am going to rant , and I believe I have good reason to do so , I just lost a good friend today ,she was a wife , mother and best friend to her husband,and two young children .
All of a sudden for some reason she had a massive heart attack and never woke up. This is not fair. It never is, it sucks the big one. They were on their way home from a Florida, Disney vacation, a time for fun and happy memories. Now that will not be how it will be remembered. God had a lot of explaining to do.
Yes I am angry .
I believe I have a right to be , and I know her husband and the rest of the family will be angry too, they have more of a right to feel that way.
But they also know that they are loved, by family and friends , who dropped everything they were doing and drove 12 hours straight to be by their side. That is Love, plain and simple. Friends and family just doing what ever is needed to do. It dosent take much. Just a willingness to help.
But what I fear is the fake platitudes of those who speak of a higher power and a higher reason for this tragedy. There is no higher power or any reason for this, just bad luck.
And that what makes me so dam angry, there is no one to blame, no one to point a finger at , nothing to rant and rave at .
The anger will pass, the sorrow will last and the love we feel for those who have gone before us we hope will always be there, we need to remind our selves that life can be short and cruel, but can also be filled with wonderful people, and if they touch our lives in a way that filled our hearts, then we have a right to be angry at their passing, but let the anger fade and let the memories and love live on .
What else can we do? Anger never solved anything, but love can.

PostHeaderIcon The Pod 5 Idol

Ok if you want some fun , and a bit of strangeness you can watch all the fun here!

PostHeaderIcon If you’r sick stay home

Hey sports fans!
This is a script for a rant I’ll be doing on an up coming show, let me know what you think, I’m always looking for feed back!

Ok now I am going to rant!
This is something that I”m sure will polarize any and all of my listeners, this is more divisive than sex politics and religion all rolled in to one!
I’m talking about the scourge of the 21st century , sick days and being sick at work!

Hell yes I have a very simple philosophy about this , if you are sick stay home, I don’t want your crap!

Now I’m not talking about not coming to work because you have the sniffles, no I’m talking about coughing up a lung, having a fever, being so tired you cant think, looking like something my old cat Max had dragged in , you should stay at home and take a sick day!

You are no so important that the place will fall apart with out you ! If it does you are doing a shitty job and should not be a manager! Or you manager it a twit and should get their ass fired!

You see my point is this and its really simple, I don’t want to get you crap, so if you are feeling crappy don’t come to work, stay at home, stay in bed for the day , watch TV drink lots of liquids have a snooze, do what ever you like but stay the hell away from me!

I do not want your cold or flu or pink eye, ya we had to force that guy to go home!

What are you people afraid of, you’ll get fired? No you cant they have laws for that , looking bad at work, looking like a wimp? “Oh no I have to show up and suffer at work today or no one will respect me “ Or my other favorite, and this was said to me by a manager at my work, “Be a man, and just suck it up!” A manager said that, not a good idea to say such things.

There really is this culture in many work places that you should suffer sick at work. and if you do take a day off because you are sick ,people will look down on you , I have seen people who should have been in the hospital , I’m not kidding , I know one listens to this podcast, you know who you are.

I have even heard one coworker call another “inconsiderate “ because that person stayed home, because they were sick! High fever sick!

I think there is a culture of martyrdom in the work place today, you know those people, “I’m sick , but I’m here, so I’m better and tougher than you, and you should feel sorry for me. “

No I don’t , and you are an idiot!

I do not want your illness, plane and simple, I do not want you cold or flu, or what ever, oh and getting a flu shot does not give you the flu! But it sure helps when you work with morons that think flu shots don’t work.! Did I just say that out loud?!

Ok how this for another reason to stay home, and not spreading you crap to every one in the place, what if you are like me, I have a very sick family member, they are having chemotherapy right now and is in no shape to drive them self, so as a good boy I offer to help with driving her to the hospital for her treatments, now if I get sic I cant go near her, I can not be in the same house, I’m not kidding.

Or what if you have kids, of you better half? Do you want them to be sick because “Martyr Boy “

In I.T wanted to be a tough man and spread his influenza around?

Say home! Get better, if you take one day of rest you will recover much faster than being at work and not being able to let you body heal, its not rocket science, ok its medical science, but you get my point, use common sense!

An if the fools at work think your a wimp because you didn’t come to work , well just smile to your self and think that now your rested and healthy you are and how quickly they will drop from bird flu when it finally gets here. Did I say that out loud?