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I was trying to find a post code for:

9326 200th St
Langley BC

Canada Past said it did not exist. So i went to Google, and found V1M 3A6. Did a reverse lookup at Canada Post on the postcode, and it returned:
9240-9540               200 ST       LANGLEY   BC   V1M 3A6

So, it cannot parse 200th when it expects 200. BAD design. Even Sepomex, the Mexican postal service, handles fuzzy searches when it comes to addresses. So a stick to Canada Post/Poste Canada for their search functionality.
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Hello, it's been a while since i done posted. So, what's happening in seain's world, you ask. Well:
  • Work - so far so good
  • School (Arabic 101 at NOVA):
    • got an 84 on my midterm
    • being slow on vocab acquisition. We start reading this week, which i think will help. I've never done well with memorizing vocab lists
    • i'm expecting a 75-80 on today's quiz.
  • Socially:
    • went to Ecumenicon this past weekend, and learned about Hinduism, Vedic Astrology, and Celtic, Irish-centric mostly, beliefs on death and after life, both pre- and post-Xian
    • After class on Thursday, i'm heading to Rehoboth for the weekend with [livejournal.com profile] tomhundleyrn. Coincidentally, [livejournal.com profile] nosebeepbear will be there also, and we look forward to spending some time with her.
    • I miss going [livejournal.com profile] chez_turtle regularly, but that should get back to as-regular-as-work-allows soon.
  • Car:
    • put the CR-V in the shop on the 21st to have:
      • the converter heat shields replaced
      • 120k maintenance she has 133.7 k on her
      • VA safety and emissions inspections
      • 4-wheel alignment
      • replacement of the clutch assembly, cylinder, and flywheel - she's a manual with a hydraulic clutch
      • front brakes and rotors
      • 2 new tires
      • a power steering flush
      • a new cabin A/C filter
      • fuel induction service.
    • Total: $4k, half of which was the clutch.
    • picked car up early on the 22nd
    • Took it back 2h later, as the clutch was wrong
    • Lead service manager looked at it, said give it a few days, and he called to give my service manager a heads up
    • Told him i was okay with that, and i would be back on Wednesday if there was a problem still; there was, in spades.
    • dropped car at dealership on Tuesday evening, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] benhill
    • used [livejournal.com profile] blackfeather's car to go there Wed AM
    • they had to order new parts from corporate, as they had installed the last parts in the region for a manual transmission for a 1997-2001 CR-V - she's a 2001 - on the 21st. Said car would be ready on Monday or Tuesday.
    • Monday it was.
    • today, took the 553 and 427 Fairfax Connector buses to within a few blocks of the dealership, retrieved car, which works again. It was exciting getting a bill for $0, as it was a warranty repair. :D

So, that's that to date. Comments, questions, concerns?
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My calendar has been updated to reflect my new work schedule. Next week - 7-13 Jan 2008 is irregular. Weeks following that are regular.

For the few of you who care, my weekends off are flipped as of next week. So, i'm off from work this weekend and next weekend, then every other weekend from then.
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I'll be heading to work shortly, hopefully with Chinese food in tow. It was nice having trade user thank me for being there yesterday, in my one and only call for the night.

I've heard rumor that as of 2 January i'm going back to days, which is surprising if true, seeing as two weeks ago i was told it wasn't possible.

If that be the case, i need to change class sections for the Spring semester, as it's not worth an eighth of my income to take a class. I found an open section on T-R 19:30-21:20 that will work better with a day shift. Now, just for the official word from work so i know whether i need to change. Sigh.

And Mom called at 10:30, waking me from a sound sleep, and getting an incoherent me. I'll ring her tonight. As well as my sister.

Oh, and despite a most wondrous Solstice ritual on Sunday, i have no holiday spirit this year - not 'bah humbug' so much as 'meh'.
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One of my customers in Mexico resonded to an email i sent her the other day:

For those of you who do not speak Spanish, it says "[A]Very Good Day [to you], I thank you very much for your friendly help." Anglophones rarely respond that way.
dcseain: (Me Butterfly 20070519)
Just a friendly reminder that i'm at work right now, and will be getting home around 08:00 GMT-4, and will be asleep during the day tomorrow.


Aug. 7th, 2007 10:43 pm
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Tonight, various things. Mi comprensión oral de español mejora por mi trabajo, cual sea buena. My oral comprehension of Spanish is improving due to my job, which is good. Especially since they hired me for my Spanish skills. It's been a bit rough, as i've not had regular telephone practice with my Spanish since 1985.

I'm about ready to pick up on the cycle of poems i started in November. For some reason, only now do i feel ready to carry on with the project, which will occur over in [livejournal.com profile] seain_scribbles, the community i set up for my writing. I wonder if i should move my personal essays over there. Likely, i will cross-post them, as i have more readership here, and not everyone wants to be part of helping me edit my writing. I shall make some new tags in this journal to better group personal essays and poems.

I've come to realise that my personal essays, some of which are properly vignettes, are really some of my strongest writing. I find that kind of odd, as i'm not one to talk about myself, which some of my friends are discovering as they're being interviewed for my Level 2 Clearance. One commented after her interview that she feels she knows me well, but doesn't really know about me. That did not surprise me, as that's rather how i am in general. I'm really rather introverted and shy, despite the face i present to the world.

Not that i never talk about my homosexuality, spirituality, kinks, and what, i just don't do it often, nor to a very large audience. One friend was shocked at first that i'd remade acquaintance with a charming man with whom we'd both gone to HS on a kink site. Her shock turned to pensiveness, leading her to comment as to whether all of us from the first couple of classes of that school had turned out queer and/or kinky. I posited all but one person, quite maybe...hmm...make that two people on further consideration.

I'm falling into the rhythm of the new job and its wack schedule. I'm enjoying it, and like my coworkers, though one of them knows not what to make of me, though i'm guessing that'll change as we work together more. Either that, or we'll maintain our professional relationship and never gel socially, which is cool. One cannot be social with everyone, though one can be pleasant with [most] everyone. I've also come to learn that i must be in bed not later than 22 if i want to be rested, functional, and focused for work. Lack of sleep makes me highly unfocussed.

The cats are doing well. Bunbun's been a bit skittish of late, but he goes through periods of that. I said hi to him earlier when i went up to get the cat bowls to wash so i could feed them, and he shot off like i was a threat. *shrug* He's cute, and cuddly when he wants. Very rabbitlike. :)

Right now i'm tired, a bit antsy, and wanting social interaction. So, sleep, a walk, and a conversation, though likely not in that order, are what i want right now. Likely i'll read a bit, fall asleep, get up in the wee hours, brush my teeth and go to bed. Guess i'll see. Maybe i'll be all grown-up and brush my teeth and go to bed to read. Stranger things have happened.

Oh! I've tried a couple of the wines i received for helping [livejournal.com profile] bhanfhlaith move. Very nice so far, the ones i've had. Thank you for them. I've not yet opened the gallon of homemade mead. I look forward to that once the weather cools a bit, toward Samhain or so.

Oh, and a random tidbit: I was surprised to learn that my street address is unique in the US.

Peace unto you, my friend.
dcseain: (The City of Washington in the District o)
I had my 1st interview for my Level 2 Clearance today. He was unable to print the 25-page interview form, so we're meeting again on W or R. So far so good, and he's interested in finishing this as quickly as possible. yay! I need to get a birth cert and a copy of my GED before we meet again. I know how to do the former, need to find out how to do the latter - i'm not sure whether to go to the county or the state. Off to Google....
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My calendar is fully updated, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] nosebeepbear figuring out how to enter repeating events - they sure hid the controls for that in a place i'd never have thought to look.
dcseain: (Me Butterfly 20070519)
Apologies in advance for my overtired and nearly-addled brain's lack of flow and coherence.

My mood, as [livejournal.com profile] benhill observed, has improved since i started working. Structure to life is good.

I worked my first weekend, which was a gentle way to end up on the phones. M, D, and i make up the current Black Team Group II. Both M and D have been great about helping me with things. M works much harder than D, and i've been trying to learn from him, though there's much i may not do until my level 2 clearance comes through, which is some months off.

Monday and Tuesday i plan to, in no particular order: help [livejournal.com profile] muzikmaker21 complete his move, get a haircut, see The Simpsons Movie, do 2 loads of laundry, and work 6 hours.

I learned today that IBM's time reporting tool requires me to enter hours in excess of 40 as overtime. I learned this because this is the first week in which i'll work more than 40 - looks like 54.

The cats, and the dog, were all very happy to see me today, and the rabbit did not run away when i gave him more kibble and hay.

Oh, and any of you have why the Spanish-speaking customers are always so much happier, or at least expressive of their happiness, with their dealings with me than the Anglophones and Francophones are?
dcseain: (X is for Xerxes)
ASW (4/19/2007 12:43:36 AM): though why can't you stay at one jop?
ASW (4/19/2007 12:43:39 AM): grrr job
dcseain (4/19/2007 12:44:08 AM): wanderlust, in a few cases
dcseain (4/19/2007 12:44:22 AM): the joys of downsizing in a few cases
dcseain (4/19/2007 12:44:37 AM): big fuck-ups on 2.5 ocaissons
dcseain (4/19/2007 12:45:00 AM): doing work for the sake of living, while not really following my passions
dcseain (4/19/2007 12:45:17 AM): um, i think that's all.

Comments, questions, concerns?


Oct. 2nd, 2006 04:48 pm
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My job just gave all of us in Development and Support an iPod Shuffle.
dcseain: Cast shot of me playing my violin in role of minstrel in the Two Gentlemen of Verona (Default)
They feed us breakfast at work. Wednesday's it's mini-croissants and fruit salad from Vie de France. I usually take a chocolate and a marzipan croissant. Today, however, there were ones topped with chocolate and almonds. Lo and behold, inside was chocolate and marzipan! Big happy! :D


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