donation 112

I gave my 112th blood donation today.

They take half a litre every 56 days.

Someone asked me, “Is that a pump?  Are they pumping it out of you?”  No!  It’s not a pump!  It’s just a bag of blood sitting on a platform that moves back and forth every few seconds to stop the blood from coagulating, or whatever blood does when it sits still.  The heart is a pump.  It pumps it all around; and if you put a hole in a vein and let it out into a bag, your heart doesn’t know the difference.  It just gets pumped out.  No biggie.

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Logan & Katie

At Starbucks now having a second cup.  I read the paper and then turned on the computer.  In the mean time, my coffee cup sat on the table.

A guy and gal sitting next to me said, “That’s a cool cup you have there.”  I thought that that was an interesting way to brake the ice.  They introduced themselves as Logan & Katie.  They’re entrepreneurs.  Not sure exactly what that means in terms of actual work done, but they have a plan.  We talked about the weather, Thanksgiving, Lethbridge, careers, and other stuff.  This doesn’t happen very often – strangers just start talking.  Floyd and I were talking about this earlier this week – that people should talk more.  And it happened.  Nice people.

Engineering Technologist interview

Good news, everyone!  I just got a phone call for an interview at an engineering firm!  Yay!

The last two employment offers were part-time.  I took one of them as they were offering evening employment.  I could handle part-time evening employment but not part-time daytime.

I have to bone up on my CAD stuff.  I’m pretty proficient in Revit now.  I asked the interviewer if I should prepare something, and he said to bring some examples of CAD work.

Wish me luck!

no heat

We had the furnace ducts cleaned yesterday by the 4 Seasons Home Comfort people.  $262.50 later, we have clean ducts.  But it didn’t do any good at first because a transformer blew apart.  How?  Something about a faulty ground wire.  There is normally a buzzing noise from the furnace (the old transformer did that), but this morning – no buzz, and no heat.  Another technician came today to fix it, no charge.  Now all is good.

holiday outside the box (or inside the box)

Now here’s an idea that, upon first look, seems kooky.  Vacation in prison.  But, having lived in South Korea for many years, I know that work can take its toll on a person.  The busy busy busy, go go go, workaholic lifestyle wears a person thin.  Enter: Prison.  Well, a place that apparently resembles prison.

Prison Inside Me: Providing Koreans peace and solitude in a cell

One only has to Google “prison hotel” to get prison vacation destination ideas.

Yes, I get it.  But … what about self-restraint?  (Unintentional play on words.)  Book a simple place somewhere, without annoying people all over the damn place, vendors hungry for money, where peace and quiet are the norm.  Buy a tent, go camping.  Don’t bring your Winnebago.  Not even your VW Westfalia.  Just you and a tent.

Not the outdoorsy type?  Go stay in a small prairie town hotel.  Go to Cadillac, SK.  Or Fort Smith, NT.  Take a simple “cruise” on BC Ferries up the Inside Passage.  But I guess all of these offer distraction after distraction, noise, people all over, and / or lack of solitude.

Google Console and searches

It occurred to me a while back that my websites were not searchable in Google, Ask.com, Yahoo!, Duckduckgo, or anything else.  Why?  Didn’t people search for seaweed soup or ESL classes?  Weren’t people interested?  I was hurt!  Not really, but it was weird nonetheless.  Back in the day, when static HTML pages ruled and students logged in, my website was searched for many times.

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