Sunday, April 27, 2008

1 Month on the Job Plus Flowers

So last week I passed the one month mark on the new job. So far everything is going pretty well. I get along with my co-workers pretty well. They actually have a much longer probation period than most companies. The probation is actually for 6 months. As of now I still have another 5 months before I am officially in the clear. So far my boss seems pleased with what I am producing. We are having a few technical difficulties. I still don't have access to one of the systems that is supposed to be a primary part of my job. My boss is getting very frustrated with the tech/IT dept. I have some conflicting loyalty issues about this. While I am not pleased that they have not resolved the problem, I use to work a fairly technical role myself so it is hard for me to side against anyone in I.T. I just hope they get it resolved soon.

On another note we finally decided on the flowers for the wedding. The place we are going with are going to provide all the flowers for the bridal party, decorate the church and provide center pieces for the reception hall. We kept the price reasonable so I am fairly pleased. This was the last big thing we had to do so I am happy. Everything else from now on is very small and easy stuff.

Next week ... Crazy Weekend

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Barack Obama

I don't know if any one who owns a television hasn't heard of him. If some how you haven't I will direct you to the following site. To put it simply he is a junior senator from Illinois and a candidate for the Democratic Party's nomination in the 2008 U.S. presidential election. He is also in the opionions of many (myself included) the first black person with a legitimate shot at the presidency. Now I will point out that I have never voted in a US presidential election because I am not a citizen. In many ways the outcome of the election does not really make any big difference to me. It is true that what happens to America does have some repercussions for Canada so in that sense it does effect me. However, I think the primary focus of Canadians should really be Canadian politicians.

Now all that being said, I have been following this campaign very closely. It's hard not to because it is on the news every single day. The more I watch the election the more he has grown on me. From the outset I thought it would be difficult but I thought he had a chance. But now it looks like he has more than an chance, it looks like he will at the very least win the democratic nomination. I am very happy to see this. I say this not just because he happens to be black.

I would like to point out at this point that his mother is white and to my knowledge he was raised almost entirely by her and her family with little to know involvement from his father. This has drawn his "blackness" into question by some. I am not in the business of judging anyone else's "blackness" so it makes no difference to me.

I support him because in my opinion he is one of the few politicians who speak to the citizens like they are adults. I find that a lot of politicians seem to talk down in a very condescending tone when they are giving speeches. Or they try to use really long multi syllable words to describe the simplest things in order to try to prove their education. I have never gotten that sense with him. He has the ability to say what he is trying to say in very simple terms. In addition he has as much charisma as in politician ever. Those facts on their own are not enough of a reason to vote for him. He would have my vote because I do believe that he is offering a change. Not just of race but of thinking. To me Hillary has a sense of entitlement that annoys the hell out of me. She speaks of her experience as if she was the president from 92-00. She was first lady, not an elected official. As for McCain, I don't care how this sounds, he is too old for the job. The only credit I will give him is that I do believe that regardless of who wins the democratic nomination, I think he will do his best to keep the election civilized. I say this because he was on the receiving side of ugly politics during the 2000 campaign at the hands of Karl Rove and GWB. I don't think he would turn around and use the same tactics.


Now Barrack has been involved in some controversy over the last few months. Most of it tied to Jeremiah Wright the former pastor of his church. I am not going to defend Jeremiah's words, and neither did Barack. I will only say that nobody's career should be summed up with a ten second clip played on youtube over and over again. The media jumped on these words and attacked Barack. The day after Jeremiah's words became public Barack condemned the speech but would not condemn the man. The media however would not let it go. In response to the uproar Barack then gave one of, if not the best speech on racism ever.

It's a very long speech so I don't expect anyone to watch or listen in one sitting. But if you do listen to all of it I can't see how you can disagree with what he is saying. What I find even more impressive is that he actually wrote this speech himself. The current president might be the most inarticulate man to ever sit in the oval office. To go from that to Barack would be a great thing for America.

There are quite a few months until the general election. I only hope that he continue to avoid the kind of dirty politics that turns off most people. So far he is doing a decent job. No matter how they come at him he has avoided climbing down into the gutter and fighting dirty. I truly believe that if he can continue to do this he will win this election and maybe change the way politics is conducted in America long term.

Next week ... One month on the Job.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Kitchen Nightmares and Flower shopping

For those who don't know this is a show about a chef who goes to different restaurants and tries to turn them around. I don't really have much to say about it other than the condition of some of these restaurants before he does in is truly horrifying. It is disgusting to the point that it makes you never want to eat in a restaurant ever again. I am posting a video below. I remember screaming at the television while watching the episode because it was extremely disturbing. I could not find a clip of the really sick part but if you fast forward to the 5 minute mark you will see the beginning of it.


In other news, we went shopping for the flowers for our wedding this weekend. It is more work than I cared for because flowers are not something that I have any knowledge of. They also cost a shit load of money. Anyway we have gone to 2 shops so far and have 2 more appointments scheduled for next week. At which point we will have to pick one of them. After that I will be feeling pretty good because I think we will have taken care of the biggest tasks in preparing for the wedding.

Pretty simple post this week, but next weeks topic is more interesting.

Next week ... Barack Obama

Sunday, April 6, 2008

My Birthday

So I know that this week's topic was supposed to be about small talk but that is going to have to wait a while because last week was my birthday. In the interests of keeping the blog relevant to my life I should probably talk about that. My birthday was on Wednesday. It was my 28 birthday and my last birthday as a single man. I suppose I should have gone out and done something crazy to celebrate, but I didn't. I had a nice quiet dinner with the wife. It was good, she made salmon stuffed with lobster. It tasted great. It occurs to me that I am now only 2 years from entering the dirty thirties. It's a pretty scary thought. I am going to have to make sure I make good use of the next 2 years before my youth is completely over. Some effects of aging are already showing up. If I eat too much the weight doesn't fall off the way it used too. I also have been finding a disturbing amount of grey hairs. Right now they are mostly in my beard so as long as I shave often no one can really see them. However, at the rate they are spreading I figure I have maybe only another 5 years before my whole head is a salt-n-pepper mess!

This week was also my second week on the job. A big part of my job is working with a Unica product called Affinium. I finally got access to it this week. So now all I have to do is get a better understanding of the underlying database structure and I will be good.
Another thing happened at work this week also. As mentioned before this week was my birthday. My new co-workers scheduled a meeting and when I arrived there was a cake and a card waiting with the rest of the staff. Seeing as how I have only actually been on the job for 10 days I really didn't expect this. It was a nice surprise. I think it was a banana and chocolate cake. It tasted very good. Maybe a little too sweet if that's possible.

So that's it for this week.

Next week ... I don't know yet.