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A sadder note

On Wednesday our lovable cat Cotton passed away. He fought back long enough and hard enough to have one last round of his routine. He got Kate out of bed, he met me in the kitchen when I got home, and he hung out with us on the couch. I’m not feeling great today, a bit of the typical September… (more…)

My sad summer (but with some hope)

Warning: The following post is quite sad and I am trying not to cry while writing it. The past few months have been really difficult. Back in July we had our annual vet visit and ran a senior blood panel on our eldest cat Cotton. Last year’s senior panel showed a thyroid problem which we got under control. This year’s… (more…)

Are we done yet?

I am actually close to seeing something new on the jobsite: completion. I have never worked for a company long enough to see the work end and the site be handed over.  Now it is entirely possible that I will not see the end of this particular site, I’m being moved “temporarily” to another site sometime in the middle of… (more…)

My favorite invention

Today I used my favorite invention to make it’s way to the workplace: disposable ear-plugs. Today was one of those days where the cacophony of noise began to reverberate in my brain pan. The sprinkler guys were machining their pipes, a lift was constantly beeping, and every now and then someone decided that cutting through metal with a circular saw… (more…)

Random Man

I am officially “random guy” at work. Ever since showing that I can do my job when left to my own devices I have been given the random tasks that always seem to pop up. Now I’m being sent to random job sites, three in fact, in the span of five days. Part of this is simply the fact that… (more…)

Seven more books

Book 47 – 49  Island in the Sea of Time, Against the Tide of Years, On the Oceans of Eternity by S.M. Stirling The Island of Nantucket drops out of time to somewhere in the 1250s BCE and is lucky enough to have both a Coast Guard captain who can use sails, an ancient civilizations Professor with the ability with… (more…)

CIBC is organizationally incompetent

From the beginning of this year to April 19th I was unemployed. Big deal. That happens a lot in the trades. If I had stayed as a librarian the situation would be pretty much the same if not worse. Fine. Not a problem. However since I was off so much the previous year I ran out of Employment Insurance (EI).… (more…)

It could be worse kid, it could be me up there

Today I got to climb up on top of things in order to get at other things and cover them with insulation.  So part of my day was spent in a three foot high space that is completely covered in dust and other fine things. Luckily I brought in my blue overalls yesterday so the mountains of dust were on… (more…)

Books a plenty

I’m just slightly behind in my book write ups so I’ll just add a brief sentence or so to some of them. #38 Star Wars: Dark Lord — The Rise of Darth Vader by James Luceno — This is how the last movie should have ended. He took a petulant, whiny, crybaby and made him the Dark Lord of the… (more…)

What I’ve Gained Thus Far

One of the accidental end results of being an insulator has been that I have gained something from every company that has hired me. My first company gave me a chance, hired me and kept me on for nearly six months allowing me to actually get a job plus I got my whimis and fall arrest (a piece of paper… (more…)