The long weekend

16 05 2009

Well after the week that was, the weekend is here.  In Canada, it is the Victoria Day long weekend.   woo hoo!!!

Well not so Woo Ho, I am on-call for the FD, so I have to stay in town.  I think I have to be able respond to the Hall in 5 minutes, maybe 10.  I should see what the SOP’s say…..fuckit, I get there in 5 minutes!  The consequences are not good, if you don’t show.  It’s my turn one long weekend a year, so I can live with it.

This past week I had a board exam, for a promotion.  I am not even sure why I am in this, I don’t want the job (REALLY!!!).  The reason why I am doing it are twofold, one is to get the experience on a board at the managerial level – I have applied for a higher level job in another office.  Secondly, I was dropped and got back in, so of course I want to do good,,,,well????

It was a three hour written test, written!!!! I didn’t think anyone did that anymore.  My hand was sore after 5 minutes, I was beating it on the desk to get it to wake up!

Yesterday, I was off my real job.  I took off to the city, to get some errands done and to get out of town for a little while.  I paid the bills and then I decided to go find a new broker.

I bank at a Credit Union, the fees are less and the service is better.  The have a brokerage house which they like to use, Credential Direct.  My shares were at the broker.  This is an on line broker with some pretty fucked-up ideas.  I have had a hate/hate relationship with them for about 4 years.  I kept saying I was dumping them and never found the time.

Yesterday I got a statement showing I had some funds in my cash account.  Enough to buy a lot of stock at current prices.  In the process of years I have lost the trader account number.  This is where someone says phone or email them… you’d be wrong!!!!! They only do business by fax.  I only have a cell phone and no land line.  I would have to pay for a land line in order to do my one or two transactions a year.  Telus would service charge me to death!!!

I send an email, I get the usual snarky remark.  I was going to phone, but WTF, today is the day.  I head to the city, I thought I should explain to the schmuck why I am mad.  In 2006 I was travelling, for a couple of months.  Tim Hortons had an IPO.  I was in Ottawa and of course I did not have my magical numbers with me.  So I phoned them….big mistake!!!!  It turns out I moved without letting them know and they proceeded to lock my account.  To top it off, they would not accept my change of address.  I had to fax it.  ITS THE LAW, they said.

I left it locked, in December they wanted service fees.  I needed a bill to pay them, they couldn’t send it to me as they did not have my address. – and around and around.  I sent them a cheque (signed and with my address on it and of course a signature).  They cashed the cheque and did not update my address.  The next December same thing.  In fact the emails got threatening, they were going to seize my $10000 for $50 in fees.  I’d like to see them explain that to the Broker association and the courts.  But seeing the mess we are currently in, they’d probably win.

I send them another cheque, with the signature and address.  I sent them an email stating I did this, maybe they would clue in that this met their ‘legal’ requirements.  It didn’t they still wanted me to fax it.  So i faxed a signed blank cheque.  Which the poor trader could not use as it wqas a photocopy….awwwwww

Anyway, I explained this in an email, yesterday, and I got a Thank You.  No fricken response, no indication that it would go to a manager (if there are any).  I went to another broker and signed the papers to move the stock.  And they have secure email, so that I can converse with them within the limits of the law.

Back from the city after a stop at Starbucks….we don’t have one here – it was good!

I bought ‘The Wire’ from Amazon a couple of weeks ago.  I had watch the first season earlier in the week….man this is a good series!!!!!  Last night I watched almost half of season 2.  (Hey it’s a small town and I am on call (no drinking!!!)).  I went to bed when I couldn’t keep my eyes open.

At 03:40 this morning I woke up and could not get back to sleep.  I wondered why such a weird time.  At 03:45 a call came in on the fire radio.  Single vehicle Collision, in a ditch, in a remote place; water in the ditch.  We tried.  He was pronounced on scene.

While I was waiting around for my appointment with the broker in Edmonton I went cruising through the mall.  I needed lunch, so I had a veggie burrito…I love those things, with lots of hot sauce.  I checked out a Health Food store and found a bottle of Horny Goat stuff….in my head was a song by the Artist formerly known as Prince; I bought some.  Hey $17, lets see what it does.    To tell the truth my libido is at zero.  I can’t seem to get excited about meeting anyone.  Maybe, even if this is a placebo, it will help.  I can go to an all male emporium and watch TV, that’s how bad it is!  I think I am too young for this.  It is not ED, it is lack of interest.

Fianlly, as we are enjoying our peaceful lives here in North America, we are about to welcome another country to what we know.  Sri Lanka is finally getting rid of the scourge known as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam – a terrorist entity under a meglomaniac.  They inverted suicide bombers, they have also used the human shield effectively to hide behind.  Holding their own ethnic minority hostage as the SL Army moves in.

Well it is over, no more calls for a truce, to allow the LTTE re-arm and start this 25 year fiasco up again.   Desperate times call for desperate measures.  The LTTE are so good at lying and mis-information, it is hard to know where the truth is.  But it doesn’t matter any more, Prabakan is going to be captured or eat the pill on the string around his neck.  The world is a better place.




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