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Mar. 27th, 2007 @ 12:31 am
I returned to GA thursday night. My plane left Quebec City almost an hour late, dooming me to miss my flight in Newark, NJ. By some miracle, the pilot made up for some of the lost time, and I arrived on 40 minutes after the scheduled time. I almost thought I would make my connecting flight.

Alas, it was not to be. After waiting in line at immigration for almost 15 minutes, I had to recover my baggage, rent a cart, clear customs, then deposit my baggage back onto a conveyor belt. I missed my connecting flight, and was told I would be put on standby oblivion. The airline attendant was very polite and sympathetic, but basically told me there were no available seats for the next two days.

I called AMEX travel (who purchased the tickets on my behalf) while still at the counter, and all of a sudden I had a confirmed flight for 8:50pm. Far to late to make my connecting flight in Charlotte, NC, but better than being in oblivion. I was also put on standby for a 4:20pm flight. The 4:20pm flight ended up being delayed until 6:30pm, but another plane became available, and commenced boarding around 5:00pm. Of course, it was overbooked. In fact, they overbooked the flight by 8 people, and, including myself, there were 13 people on standby. The airline began offering courtesy vouchers worth $400 each to people with confirmed seats to take a flight the next day. Several people did take the airline up on the offer.

Once the plane did board, there were seats available. I was the third standby person called up and allowed to board, and four more followed me.

Pretty strange system, isn't it?

Anyway, I barely made the connecting flight at Charlotte. I had to literally sprint across the airport on moving sidewalks from one end of the terminal to the other. But I made the flight, and now I'm home.

Back to work next wednesday. Until then, lots of sleep, lots of Julia, and lots of computer. Sweet.

whew... Jan. 26th, 2007 @ 11:05 pm
The doc was in, and signed my form. So almost everything is ready now. Leaving in less than three days.

Julia and I went out to a restaurant called Miyabi's. It's a Japanese steak house and sushi bar. We did the steak house thing tonight, along with a friend from work who's getting out, and starting a new career as a makeup artist. Pretty neat.

Anyhow, Julia got to eat for free, but I'll let her tell you why (if she feels so inclined). The restaurant was neat. We were seated at tables for 8 or 9 people, with a built grill in the middle. The chef came out and cooked everything on the grill in front of us. He set fire to the grill, tossed his knife and his bowl, and generally threw things around. All in all, probably the most interesting dinner I've ever had.

Canada-bound Jan. 25th, 2007 @ 10:58 pm
Heading to Quebec city on monday. Going to be there for two months. It's been 'cold' here, but nothing like Canada cold. It's supposed to drop to 28 farenheit tonight (like -1 or -2 celsius). I have to honestly say, I'm not looking forward to the cold at all.

Maybe I'll get a chance to go see the carnivale or whatever. It might make the cold actually worth it.

I messed up kind of big on some of the paperwork I had to do before the course started. I kind of didn't fully read the instructions, and so now there's a mad rush to get the right signatures filled in, since as I said, I'm leaving monday. Of course, the problem is that one of the signers was out of town and doesen't return until friday morning. And if s/he doesen't check their voice mail, It's not good.

Of course, they already paid for the airline ticket, so I'm probably going anyhow, but still, not cool.
Current Mood: nervousnervous

Run run run... fun fun fun! Oct. 2nd, 2006 @ 04:10 pm
Well, not so much. But I did my first outdoor run in a while last night. It was a short one, about 15 minutes, so I figure it was about 1.5 miles. Yes, miles. Now that we're down here, everything is in miles, yards, inches, ounces, quarts, pints,gallons, pounds, drams, gils, bushels, pecks and rods. And curiously, even the locals don't know how to convert between them. A comment from me to my co-worker about how his coffee was rather large (a 24 ounce cup) and appeared to be almost 1 litre led him to surmise that it must be larger than that, because a gallon contains 64 ounces. (24 fluid ounces is actually around 700ml, and a gallon is actually 128 fluid ounces)

Anyways, I ran a 3 mile track run this afternoon, with a time of 33 minues, 27 seconds. Not bad for the first time around. I'm aiming for something between 27-30 minues, which is more in line with what I've been able to do on the treadmill. We'll see; if I can get down to under 30 minutes outside, I may join the running club.

What a great surprise! Jun. 16th, 2006 @ 04:39 pm
Today, I came home to find that my bank access card had been compromised, and that my account had been cleaned out. Yay.

This is actually the second time in 2 months that my bank access card has been compromised and blocked. Last time no cash was taken; I was simply told that my access card (as well as my wifes) number had shown up on a police list, and that the banks were notified to 'freeze' the cards. That was easy; just get a new card, choose a new pin, and good to go.

Also, I'm beginning to feel like a target because I was the victim of credit card fraud about 3 or 4 months ago. In that case, several charges were placed against my account before I noticed; since it's a mastercard, I am not liable for fraud and everything was returned.

Now I'm on the phone with my insurance company, because my insurance payment bounced. The Bank has already agreed to refund the service charge on the banks end, but the insurance company won't budge; they insist that it is entirely in the realm of the bank's responsibility.

We have both (Julia and I) always been careful with our debit cards, even to the extent of insisting to swipe our own debit cards whenever possible.

Anyhow, I thought I might share; it has helped relax me.

I pose these questions:

Has anything similar ever happened to YOU?

In the case of the insurance, who do you think should waive the fee, the bank of the insurance company?

What kind of legal recourse do we have otherwise? Is there any way to get information about this specific case from the police?
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» The rest of the story...
Friday's 2nd exam, which was bumped up to 10:00 from the original 1:00pm time, went exceptionally well, I believe. The body of the message was easy enough to understand, though the speakers voice was somewhat muffled. Took an hour to do including a rewrite of my rough transcription.

The weekend is proving to be a busy one. Friday night, while my wife was writing her exam before she went to work a midnight shift, a friend called and asked if I wanted to come over and watch a couple of movies with him and his wife. He rented Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God, and The Island.

I have to say, I much preferred the first Dungeons & Dragons movie, even though it wasn't that great. This movie just dragged on and on. It seemed dull, the acting was forced, the special effects weren't great. I don't think I'll ever watch it again. I don't think someone could pay me to watch it again. The Island was much better, and I enjoyed watching it.

Saturday, Jubee and I went to a friends wedding and reception. Jubee only got about 3 hours sleep this morning, so it was a long day for her. It was my first Chapel/Church wedding, and the priest looked like Spock.

He also rambled on, stuck in a sort of playback loop, explaining love and marriage. The speech seemed to last forever. He must have repeated himself at least a dozen times. At least the rest of the ceremony was interesting.

And tomorrow, we are heading to Toronto, to attend the GTA Spring Swap Meet, to feed my video game addiction. We'll be hauling a ton of extra games to unload during the 3 hour show, then driving back to Ottawa sunday night, since I have to be at work monday morning to do 2 more exams. The trip is about 5 hours each way, so it's going to be a long day.

» Language Exams
Exams started today; I just finished my listening. It went well enough, I think, though I had to go to the washroom about 20 minutes into it. Next up is transcription.
» Boo!
Course is almost over... 1 month to go.

Then, it looks like we're heading for Georgia...
» (No Subject)
Course (farsi) extended until end March 2005.

Started playing AD&D 2nd ed game with some people; first game I've run in 5 years or so. Interesting so far; even though I'm the DM, I've been relying on the memories of all the players for rules which I don't know that well anyhow. :)
» Family
March break has brought a somewhat hurried and unexpected trip to Halifax. After 16 hours of driving with my youngest sister, I'm now sitting in my parents living room at the computer, with my sister and her son whom I have never met. He's very cute, eating shreddies for the first time right now.

My sister has come for a visit for the first time in probably 4 or 5 years. What's more is that I haven't seen her since for almost 8. Everything's different, yet somehow the same. It should make for a nice change of pace for the next few days; that is until the 16 hour drive home brings me back to the frantic pace of reality.

My wife jubee99 couldn't come with me this time; she's on her own little vacation. :)
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