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November 14th, 2007
07:48 pm


How to almost kill your instructor....
I don't know how many of you have heard about the Trades Training trailer that the Kamloops and regional school district has built for distance training and the like amongst the schools here in the interior; but, I got the gracious chance to work on it via my electrical program to wire some more receptacles and some battery supplies for its auxiliary items.

Well, this trailer is basically a semi truck trailer, but it has two compartments that fold outwards to nearly triple the space inside. Its rather lavish too, with about 16 or so welding booths inside and an estimated cost of nearly 1.3 million dollars. On each of these extensions is a emergency exit/window. Myself and a couple of other students were working on this trailer yesterday and today and during yesterday we had used the front emergency exit/window to feed an extension cord through for power. This emergency exit/window had a hinge on the top to prevent the window from falling out. However, come today we were working at the rear of the trailer and I assumed that like the front emergency exit window, the rear one would as well have a hinge on the top of the window once I disengaged the latches. But apparently this was where my assumptions finally caught up with me.

Turns out the bright individual who designed the trailer decided to not allow the rear windows to have the same hinge on the top of the window to allow the window to swing in place. So unknowingly, I undo the latches and gently push the window outwards, expecting the window to sway back towards me. But no, this was not so. Unfortunately, more so for my teacher than for me, he was kneeling right underneath this window working on an installation. So when I pushed the window out expecting it to sway back towards me, it tumbles out of its frame and hurtles downward towards my poor innocent teachers tender cranium.

This  is all in slow motion now, I run to the cil of the window and witness the exact moment when the window, all 20-30 pounds of it, strikes my teacher in the head, deflects off of his head and hits an access door. Ultimately, either upon hitting my teacher or hitting the access door, the probably rather expensive window shatters into a million tempered glass cubes. Fortunately he was not injured nor held any malice against me. Be it my other instructor I seriously doubt my ability of being able to convey this to you on my account of being dead. I cannot being to imagine what the cost of replacement is, and I dont really want to know. Although I am sure it is not exactly something I can afford as I am rather broke from the fact I have not worked in 4 months.

Anyhow, I thought I would share this story since I am most certainly never going to hear the end of it at school and thought that everyone should be able to join in on the Charlie roast that is sure to ensue.

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October 10th, 2007
08:55 pm


internet travels
I came across this and found it hilarious (click on your area and language to get started then let movie buffer). Make sure to watch the whole intro video and some of the other videos in the main menu (especially how to buy and how to use) Quite possible the best video I have seen in some time. That is all.

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July 18th, 2007
06:46 pm


It makes you wonder...

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June 14th, 2007
04:43 pm


REVISED: Aggro Deck
After some reconsidering and rebuilding (on the advice of Travis) I have recontructed my aggro deck to a rather fast and painful aggro deck full of nasty flyers and enchantments. If anyone sees anything wrong with this, by all means feel free to give some advice. I am still working on this as I am not quite content with it. However, some of the creatures I want are rares (like pride of the clouds) and are not easy to find.

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June 12th, 2007
01:08 pm


My Magic Deck: only interesting to magic players
This would be my white/blue flyer aggro deck. I have worked on it for a while now, and have incorporated some control aspects to it.

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Current Mood: chipperchipper

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May 21st, 2007
12:46 am


a needed reitteration
I have known this problem I have had for a while, its not something that has ever improved in the many years I have lived in Kamloops; but upon venturing away from Kamloops and moving to Victoria this problem seemed to become more clear and aggravating to me even moreso than ever before.


Seriously, there are no good radio stations in Kamloops (mind you the X is pretty decent but their transponder only gets reception so far from campus). So you are basically stuck listening to one of the many shitty radio stations that Kamloops flaunts at you. Its aggravating to hear the same music everyday at work (since timmies only listens to the radio) and I hate pop radio - and I especially hate B100. I despise hearing avril lavigne and alanis morrisette EVERY DAMN DAY just so the radio station can fill their required canadian content blocks. Bullshit in my opinion; there are far better canadian artists that could fill these blocks.

Living in Victoria, where there are far more students who listen to radio I actually will listen too on a regualar basis, and not just one station either; got me to realize that kamloops is rather monotonous when it comes to radio and its originiality. Sad really, I suppose there isnt enough of a fan base to warrant a station like 91.3 The Zone in Vitoria, UVIC Campus radio or the Fox in Vancouver. I suppose its one of the downfalls to living in a community with under 100K in population. Just a rant that I wanted to get off my chest.

Current Location: parents house
Current Mood: bitchybitchy
Current Music: Ruby: Kaiser Chiefs

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May 3rd, 2007
03:18 pm


So it woudl appear that I have finally been confirmed in my application for the electrical trade entry program here in Kamloops. I just paid my commitment fee today and now have to kill some time before August. I am really relieved, because I had these horrible ideations of me moving back ehre and being told i woudl have to wait until November or even later to get in. Which would suck.

So now I have to find some sort of job to pass my time. I think I might take the easy way out and try applying at one of the tim hortons h ere in town. I have quite a bit of experience and I am sure my old managers would not have a problem giving me a good reference. Its a shitty job, but theres no heavy lifting, or people screaming in your face and swearing at you. So yeah, its not pretty but I might do it. That and it gives me something to talk about with people I know here in town who work at starbucks. Lol. Anyhow, I just wanted to share the good news. Talk to you all later.


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May 1st, 2007
12:21 pm


square one
Well, I have finally arrived back in kamloops after a rather long ordeal driving a uhaul that was at least 3 times as big as i really needed and which was a complete pig on gas.
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Current Music: A call to apathy: The shins

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April 12th, 2007
10:22 pm


victorian angst
I hate this stupid town. Cops here seriously have nothing better to do than issue by law offences for the stupidest things.

I was driving home last week from work on the last work day of the week, being thursday. I am going to turn left onto hillside from douglas to get home. However, this has to be one of the longest wait times for traffic lights in the whole city. SO as I was backed up about 20 car lengths from the intersection I know there is a side street that I can turn left onto that will make my trip faster as I can turn onto another street to get back onto hillside. As I am deciding to do this, not one, but two cars turn left infront of me onto the same side street. So thinking nothing of it, I too turn onto the street. i get half way down the streeet when a freaking cop stands infront of my car and tells me to pull over. Apparently you cant turn left onto this street during 4-6pm. However, it also appears that this law only applies to me as the cop only pulled me over and not the two people that went before me. WHAT THE FUCK? And apparently there is this small faded sign above the intersection where the left turn access is that states that you cant turn left; that I can hardly see even on a good day - and had not ever actualyl seen since it is way the fuck up on a power cable above the road. Fucking bullshit.

I have now driven to work and back a few times since last thursday, and every time i get to the hillside and douglas intersection I still see people turning left onto this side street. I however, refrain from doing so, but if the cop was seriosuly going to make an impact why the fuck didnt he pull over the two people infront of me too? I hate this shit, because I think he pulled me over because I was the last car in the line that did the turn and he had more of a chance to get me to stop than the other cars. That or he had another person already pulled over when the other two cars drove past and then saw poor little me coming down the street.

So yeah, 75 dollar ticket for this horse shit. I am totally going to dispute it as I am not paying a fucking fine when I am the only guy the cop even bothered to pull over. I was talking to some guys at work and they told me that most of the time the cop doesnt even show up to the hearing and it gets tossed out. So all in all, I think I have a good chance of not having to pay the fucking thing. I mean, I might as well have not even gone to work that day since I would have to use the wage I made to pay the fucking ticket off. What a load of shit.

Well thats my rant for the week.

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March 29th, 2007
02:42 pm


What Be Your Nerd Type?
Your Result: Gamer/Computer Nerd

You enjoy the visual stimulants of a video game, chatting on AIM, or reading online comics. Most of these types of nerds are considered dirty who lack hygeine, of course they always end up being the ones who make a crapload of money. And don't worry, that's just a stereotype; I'm not calling you dirty. ^_~

Anime Nerd
Drama Nerd
Literature Nerd
Social Nerd
Science/Math Nerd
Artistic Nerd
What Be Your Nerd Type?
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