Sunday, December 10, 2006

Leading the blind while I stared out the steel in your eyes

It has been an interesting week.

First, I actually had a good week at work, other than crashing my knee into a sharp metal object. I got to be a mechanic for a change, instead of a wash boy, or interior technician. Hydraulic pumps, lube units, pressure checks, and other fun mechanical kind of things made the week go by fast. We even had fun with Bob's tool box, that will teach him to take a sick day. =)

Saturday was the companies kids Christmas party, where I took the photos of the kids with Santa. I don't have my own kids, but I like helping and the guys really appreciate the photos I take. This year, the pics turned out pretty good. Having a new speed light for the camera helped, and the digital camera makes checking and correcting the photos easy, which helped make this year a success. It was also kind of nice to hang with some of my friends from work in a not-really-work kind of atmosphere to. And I got to see a few friends that have left the company, but still are dating or married to other co-workers. And of course, there are the new kids that showed up, including sweet little Brooklyn. She is the daughter of our receptionist, Tammy, and is only 4.5 months old. Cutest little thing!

Today was spent marching around the George C. Reifel Bird Sanctuary out on Westham Island with my buddy Al and our cameras. It was crappy weather, with crappy lighting; some clouds and some rain, but a lot of fun. I don't know what it is about flocks of ducks following you around looking for the bag of seed that you are carrying around with you that is so much fun, but I had a blast. We managed to get a few decent shots, but the lighting wasn't helping. Birds that are normally grey (sandhill cranes, pigeons) kind of turned out blue. I did get some great shots of the cranes, they walked right up to us and said hi. They posed nice and then got fed as a reward. But, then the rain came, and we headed out. Stopped being fun really quick.

There were some bad things though this week, other than the sore knee. Twice I was at my favourite restaurant when someone tried a dine and dash. The first guy was successful, I wasn't fast enough to catch him before he got away. The second guy I was able to corral, with the help of the owner. In the end, he was taken down by the police (they were called when he didn't have any money on him, and said that "he would be back"...ya right). After the second incident, as I was walking home, I saw another transient type of guy trying to break into an empty automotive shop, probably looking for a place to sleep. I scared him off, but I am sure that he probably came back. Then this morning, there were two people huddled in a doorway of an apartment building shooting heroin or something. I thought this was supposed to be a nice town that I am living in!

Oh, one last thing. At the kids party, our HR director was talking to me about France. Looks like our contract over there has been solidified until at least September 2008, and it is looking promising in me going back over there for 18 months. I just hope they get on the ball and let me know soon so that I can start looking for a place to keep my stuff, get my affairs in order and then sell my car. It is kind of scary moving away like this, but I know that I have a job to come back to, and that I will be better off with the experience that I will get in France.

Well, new week starts in seven hours, better get to bed.


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