Our daughter lost her phone and iPod at a Montreal Impact game. It would be stupid to think that the person who found them would turn them in to security or the lost and found, people just aren’t like that. Years ago I had a similar experience at Disney World and lost all the video I’d shot of our once in a life time family vacation. I’ve no doubt the Yank who found it just wiped the tape and shot their own family vacation with it, that’s the way people are.
The loss lead to a crisis of a sort which is to say that our daughter was without a phone. So I scrambled on my end and phoned Koodo and gave our daughter authorization to get a new phone activated on the account. She chose a cheap Android phone, well relatively cheap at $172, and got it activated. The sad part is that I’d just spent almost $400 on the phone she lost, never mind the cost of a 32 GB iPod, but wait there’s more. Meanwhile back in Montreal she was also buying stuff off of Amazon with my CC and between the new phone and Amazon I got dinged for $417.00. You would think that, that was enough but no. Now there are two more dresses which have to be bought for the graduation season. One for convocation and another for some other thing they do.
If that wasn’t enough our son’s roommate left town on a job but didn’t pay his half of the rent and our son also lost the key to his apartment. Can you say “Key deposit?”. Another 350.00 gone.
Wait,wait there’s more but this time from me. I managed to get a walk around at Computronix in Edmonton. I didn’t bring any interview clothes or shoes so naturally I had to suit up. Even doing that inexpensively is expensive but made more so but getting pulled over on my way to Wal-Mart.
My Alberta Ride
It seems St. Albert, Alberta has a helmet by-law and I was riding the Captain Flamingo Special sans helmet. When I’m at home I ride with a helmet but I also ride a bike which is capable of speed. The tweedy ride Donna is lending me I can barely coax up above 20 with a tailwind. Still the St. Albert constabulary, in the form of a polite RCMP officer who asked a variety of questions that had nothing to do with my unhelmeted head before informing me of the by-law, warned me to get a helmet or face a one hundred dollar fine. The St. Albert Wal-Mart was the beneficiary of the St. Albert anti-cycling law (helmet laws are solely for the purpose of raising funds and discouraging bike use) to the tune of $35.00.
While at the Wal-Mart I bought the requisite clothes for a walk around at a software company and left Wal-Mart $142.00 poorer.
The long weekend was prolonged on the NAIT steam lab front as we were given Tuesday off as well as the holiday Monday. That allowed me to do the walk around at Computronix on the Tuesday morning. As is my wont I took a bus in early and decided to grab a coffee at the Tims on 111th and 170th before walking up to Computronix on 118th and 184th. Along the way I ran across this little gem of a Chevy in a parking lot outside a car customization place.
Hood Ornament Detail
The walk around at Computronix was great. It is an interesting company and growing apace. Their software is niche enough and adaptable enough that I can see where the growth is coming from. On the surface of it I would like to work there and when I dug a little deeper (LinkedIn and Glassdoor) it seems like current and former employees have nothing but good things to say about the place. Who knows maybe I will end up back in IT when I get out to Alberta.
Wednesday brought a pipe fitting class which was about as exciting as it sounds. NAIT is big on teaching yourself so we received minimal instruction on how to use the tools we made our way through the pipe fitting assignment. I was partnered with Osama who is about eight years younger than me and very well organized. We started last in our grouping and finished first in part because we worked well together and in part because we figured stuff out quicker than the other teams. Our piping garnered us a 27 on 30 which was fine as far as we were concerned.
Today, Thursday, is another day off then it’s three in a row Friday, Saturday and Sunday. After that it’s Off, On, Off, On, Off then On for eight days Off for one then On for three more days and then fly back to Montreal.
Donna has been a gem through all of this. I leave early, get home late, dirty and sweaty yet somehow she manages to always make me feel at home. It does feel like home with her, St. Albert, not so much.