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Saying farewell to The Hip

The Tragically Hip. Is there another band that personifies Canada more completely than the boys from Kingston? Not that I've ever found. Almost every album certified platinum (1,000,000 sales), many of those multi-platinum, and two albums, 1989's Up To Here and 1992's Fully Completely, certified diamond (10,000,000 sales). They've sold more albums than there are people in this country and were it not for a tragic illness we might have have the chance to buy many, many more.   In May of this year

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Kaida23

 

Pulling the covers off the furniture.

The lock creaks as the bolt is turned back and the door squeals in its frame with each push. A shoulder slams into it and the door is thrown open with a bang, small gold lettering now visible on the frosted glass: "Kaida23". Dust hangs in the light from the hallway as a hand gropes blindly along the wall. With a loud click a switch is flipped and fluorescent bulbs flicker reluctantly to life bathing the small office in their harsh light. Various plaques and pictures adorn the walls, some barely

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Kaida23

 

Has it really been four years?

I noticed something this morning: I joined Tip.It four years ago yesterday.   Four. Years. :shock:   I can't believe it's really been that long. I still remember joining just so I could comment on Lady Shahdie's blog before she got 99 Mining, and I remember starting my own blog (which hits the four year mark on Friday) the day after her party.   So many memories.   Memories of how much fun it was, and still is, commenting on other people's blogs and responding to their posts. Of the first time I

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Kaida23

 

Merry Christmas Tip.It!

I want to wish everyone and their families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!     (proving once again that EVERYTHING exists on the internet :lol:)   2012 has been one hell of a year. There have been up and downs, loves and losses, lessons and disappointments. But, overall, I think this has been one of my best years here and I look forward to many more! :D

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Lest we forget.

Today, my boys and I had our annual discussion about Remembrance Day and why it's so important to not only remember those who fought for us, but to be thankful that we truly have no idea what war is really like.   The last people in my family to go to war were my grandparents, along with several their brothers and sisters (yes "several", they both had very big families), in World War II. Even though my grandparents never saw combat (my grandfather was the navigator on a plane that took advance r

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What a *bleep* of a day.

Today was very frustrating, and I need to vent a bit. I initially went to post this in "Today..." in the Off Topic section, but it came out kind of long so here it is as a blog post you lucky readers. :)   I spent the day holding another tech's hand (not literally of course :P) and trying to show him how to upgrade the software in the new payment hardware we've been installing for the last few months, but some of the first sites were installed incorrectly due to a mistake in the instructions fro

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Kaida23

 

I'm an idiot.

No, this is not more of my usual self-depreciating humour. This time I really am a huge GD f'ing idiot. :wall:   Two weeks ago yesterday, my girlfriend of three and a half years moved out. I came home from work to the four most horrifying words in the English language: "We need to talk." I'm sure you all know what I'm talking about. Nothing good comes from that sentence, and this was no different. She said she wasn't happy and hadn't been for some time, and conversations with her over this past

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Kaida23

 

Proof that everybody needs to buy gas.

So today I was working at a site, cursing up and down at a software update that wouldn't (and ultimately didn't <_<) go through when an orange Lamorghini, I think it was a Gallardo, came roaring in. No, it wasn't going fast. Lambos just kind of roar no matter what speed they're going.   It's not a common site in Ottawa, so I was walking over to take a closer look when this happened. Possibly one of the most awesome things I've ever seen, and proof positive that absolutely everybody needs t

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Kaida23

 

Saying goodbye to an old friend. :(

Last week ended on a sad note for me. On Friday, I dropped off my service truck at the garage for the last time. After 7 years, 8 months and almost 474000 kilometers our journeys together have finally come to an end. :cry:     "So what, Kaida? It's just a truck" I hear you say. Spoken like someone who has never had a vehicle for any length of time. And I have had this one for a very long time. It sometimes almost feels like forever. I think I've spent more time in this truck than I have in

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Kaida23

 

LMFAO in Ottawa

So this evening I've been working at a site directly across the intersection from Scotiabank Place, where LMFAO is playing tonight. You would not believe the parade of people coming through here the last three hours.   I haven't seen this much neon animal print spandex since the early 90's! :lol: (yes, I'm that old)   I have to say, as far as music inspired fashion trends, this one is pretty tame. There's far worse things than looking like you're in an 80's hair band video. A few years ago I wa

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Kaida23

 

I can't tell if my job sucks or is awesome.

So, once again I'm being paid to sit on a site waiting for Ultramar to get their act together. <_<   For those who don't know, I do gas station repairs and installs. My job when starting up a new station is to program and test the pumps and monitoring equipment. I'm on day 4 of this particular startup, and I've only done about a day and a half of actual work. With 2 hours of travel. Each way. Each day.   Here's a breakdown of how I've spent my days of "work": Day 1 - Nothing was ready. S

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So much for getting anything done today...

As I write this, I'm sitting in my truck on Highway 417 parked where I've been for the last hour. Some yahoo went and caught his truck on fire and both lanes are blocked. There hasn't been an ambulance go by yet so I guess everyone's okay, and the fire's out but we're still just sitting here waiting for them to reopen the road. So my whole day is quickly going to Hell in a handbag. :angry:   On the up side, I'm getting paid to sit here and make a blog entry. So it's not all bad. :thumbup:   U

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Bye bye Lady. :'(

I've begun lurking around TIF again after a couple of months off, and while going through my favorite topic/blogs I came across a most distressing entry by my favorite Miner/Smither, Lady Shahdie: Tiara girl signing out.   The revelation that she had retired from RS was both sad and unexpected. It just goes to show that real life can get in the way of even the brightest online stars.   I realize that I'm over a month late now, but she was my inspiration, as I'm sure she was for others as well, t

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Kaida23

 

A new member of the family

Yesterday, we got a new member of the family!   [spoiler=Everyone, say hello to Maggie]   Isn't she adorable? <3: My girlfriend, Jen, grew up with a Bichon Frise (which is French for "curly white lap dog". Appropriate, no? :^_^: ). She's been wanting another one since he died a few years ago; Maggie was her birthday present.   [spoiler=She's so tiny]   ...or I'm just really big. :lol: We had to wait a couple of weeks to get her because she wasn't ready to leave her mom, and Jen li

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Kaida23

 

Ottawa declares April 10th "Daniel Alfredsson Day"!

Yes, friends. In honor of his 1000th NHL game, all with the Ottawa Senators, today we, the citizens of the great city of Ottawa, celebrate our Captain, #11 himself, by declaring April 10th to be Daniel Alfredsson day! <3:   I have a replica of that jersey :D   For those of you who don't know him, Daniel Alfredsson is the Captain of the Senators (and if you don't know who they are, you need to watch more hockey). 5-time All-Star (including his rookie year), Calder Trophy winner, Gold Meda

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Kaida23

 

A terrible tragedy in Ottawa this morning...

It is with a heavy heart I bring sad news to you all this cold, winter morn. At 4:30am EST this morning an Ottawa Police officer was stabbed while sitting in his cruiser outside of the Civic campus of the Ottawa Hospital. While there are few details being released at this time, it has been reported that he was simply sitting there writing up a report when he was approached by the suspect and was stabbed without warning. Despite the proximity to the hospital, he died an hour later. The attacker w

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Kaida23

 

Christmas is an excellent time of year, but oh so busy...

I can't believe how busy I've been the past couple of weeks. Between working 12-14 hour days, trying (and not always succeeding) to find time to buy gifts, traveling to see family, and everything else the season entails, I've had almost no time to myself (I'm actually hiding in the bathroom right now. *shhh* :-$ ). This also means I've next to no time for RS (so much for level 95 by Friday) or even Tip.It. :wall: My mining has suffered tremendously, and aside from the odd post here and there

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Kaida23

 

Duct tape and zip ties

Last night I discovered that Red Green was only partially right; duct tape may be the handyman's secret weapon, but zip ties definitely come in a close second.   Yesterday while I was shoveling the rest of my driveway/walkway so that my mom wasn't going to slip and fall while visiting, my gf was doing some laundry and suddenly the washing machine stopped working. So last night, after my mom left of course, I took a look at it. It turned out that she had overloaded it, and when the spin cycle sta

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Kaida23

 

Stayed home sick today... Oh, and rearranged my blog a little.

I stayed home sick from work today. :( And wouldn't you know it, the forum was down most of the day! :wall: At least RS was up and running.   I really hate this time of year. I always get sick a couple of times right at the start of the season when it's cold and snowing. Oh well, that's what I get for having a job where I work outside all day long I guess. Unfortunately, because I'm sick I haven't had time, or energy, to shovel my driveway and it's been snowing for two freakin' days! If it had

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Kaida23

 

Getting paid to browse the forum and play RS!!

It seems like a dream, but I'm actually being paid to make today's blog entry!   As some of you may, or may not, know I fix gasoline pumps for a living. (No, really. I have a license and everything.) I'm currently upgrading pump software on a site and there's a lot of downtime where I do nothing but watch my laptop upload the new versions. The whole job will take about 3-4 hours and I get paid for the whole thing! :grin: So here I am bragging to rest of you ( :lol: ) and I'm going to go on RS

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Kaida23

 

ZOMG! First entry!

Welcome blog addicts, to the first entry in my new blog! Pull up a chair and get comfortable. Can I offer you some milk and cookies? This will be much more day-to-day than my RS blog, full of the pointless happenings in my life that I'm sure all of you love reading about.   For instance: today I worked on creating a new blog in the Tip.It forums. Betcha didn't see that coming, eh? :lol:   I also spent a great deal of time getting the wonderful animated .gif to the left working properly. A big

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