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Thursday, August 31st, 2006

on the wane

There is only one problem being blessed with the amount of enthusiasm I can generate about any given situation. That would be when expectations aren't met, and I get to ride down the emotion coaster towards disappointment.

You can see where I'm going with this, can't you? Or, more accurately, where I've gone?
MrSka @ 02:34 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Monday, August 28th, 2006

me and BC: the continuing discussion

I'm still waiting to hear back from the recruiter in Vancouver. Meanwhile I'm doing what I do best - be over-the-top enthusiastic about the whole prospect. (I've gone way past due diligence in regards to the town itself at this point. Now I need some company info.)

Jannette's friend, posting as happykat in the previous post, brings up some very interesting points, considerations, and suggestions. She is entirely right when she says that moving out West is a HUGE event, and thus I am going to foster any and all feedback on the issue I can get. To that end, let's go over what she brings up.
MrSka @ 10:14 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

the bagpipes aren't saying "no"

Day three of pondering the Pacific Time Zone, lots of water, and trading temperature extremes for more moderate weather (rain notwithstanding). Today I talked to the recruiter, and what he said was very encouraging. Of course, I am taking my salt when it comes to dealing with him, as he speaks only for himself and not necessarily the company, but I'm optimistic.

Jannette and I have been doing a lot of due diligence on this, and thus far the answer seems NOT to be "no". That is, we aren't fully on-board yet (we can't be until after I have a GOOD chat with the company, for sure), but we aren't dismissing the idea.
MrSka @ 09:06 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

the Sunshine Coast beckons

Funny how one phone call can have an immediate effect on your life. The other day I got a call from a recruiter. No big deal, right? Typically they're trying to fill a position that's either a huge commute or a move towards Toronto, neither of which are really appealing. This one is different. The position itself isn't entirely spectacular (I'm qualified for it, I've done the work before and enjoyed it), but the location is oddly extremely tempting: Nanaimo, B.C.

Don't freak out, we're not moving... yet.
MrSka @ 10:58 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Monday, August 21st, 2006

my ego's making me do it

This entry is motivated purely by an egotistical self-centric paranoia. The reasons for doing this are almost childish, and I feel stupid for sitting down to write it. At the same time, if I don't write it, it will nag at me for a long time. So instead of cramming it in my emotional closet, I'm just going to throw it out there - regardless of how assinine it feels to write it.
MrSka @ 09:44 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Friday, August 18th, 2006

big rig bling

Now I've seen it all. You know those stupid rims that you see once in a while, the ones where the spokes look like they're spinning independently of the tire, even if the car is stopped? Well today on my way to Mississauga, I saw a semi truck with those. Yes, a truck with rims.

I really don't understand how some people prioritize what they spend their money on.
MrSka @ 06:40 PM EST [Keep reading...]

ain't gonna happen - which might be OK

So today I finally had my interview at NRC. Going in to it I wasn't feeling as keyed-up about it as I'd been feeling leading up to the event. It turns out there was reason for my trepidation - I wasn't as prepared as I'd liked to have been. In turn, there was good reason for that - I simply don't think I'm qualified enough.
MrSka @ 06:37 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Thursday, August 10th, 2006

je commence de practiquer

I've wanted to be bilingual for as long as I can remember. I've always been envious of polyglots, especially those that simply grew up with it. I guess that's why I took French all the way through highschool. With this interview coming up, it's provided the impetus to rekindle that desire that was also awoken when I considered joining the military.

Alors, j'avais decider de pratiquer ma Francais ici, et dans courrier electronique avec les trois ou quatre amis j'avais qui peut parlez Francais couramment. (Merci de Babelfish pour l'assistance avec mon vocabulaire, comme "couramment".)
MrSka @ 09:19 PM EST [Keep reading...]

Friday, August 4th, 2006

prep time, distraction time

I have two weeks to go before my NRC interview. With any other interview, I wouldn't give it too much thought. After all, I've had probably over 50 interviews in the past four years alone, and I can do a pretty good interview off-the-cuff now. However, this one is different, in that NRC provides a lot of information on how to prepare for an interview, which I have already started to use. I will be prepared for this interview like I've never - and I mean NEVER - been prepared before.

Of course, being chronically forward-thinking, I've been contemplating two issues that would come about should I be hired; cars (surprise, surprise), and French.
MrSka @ 10:18 PM EST [Keep reading...]




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