Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Jesus Camp

I recently watched Jesus Camp. It's a documentary about the evangelical movement in America. If you have about an hour and a half to spare, you may want to watch it.

Pretty American, but still interesting.

Let me know your thoughts.

Friday, March 23, 2007

all in a day's work

It all started out as a normal shift at good old Shoppers Drug Mart #355. I had the 5:15 - 10:15 shift, which meant I had to cut class a little, but I was willing to do it, for the extra cash of course, which turns out to be not that much since my regular Saturday hours were cut back, but whatever, the point is I went to to work tonight. And it was pretty busy. Friday's usually aren't dead, which makes the time pass at a reasonable rate.

I had some line ups, and my co-worker seemed to always take off from the till any chance he got. This was sort of frustrating, but he himself is sort of a frustrating person, so I decided to let it slide.

Around 8:30 some police lights started to flash, and from my position in the store I couldn't really see what was going on, but was slightly blinded by the flashing reflections in the pop coolers and various shiny merchandise at eye level. I didn't think too much about this since the store is right on 16 Ave (hwy 1) and it' Friday night, and let's face it, it's not the greatest area of Calgary to be in.
At about 8:45 a police officer comes into the store and asks me if I had been at the till for the last while, to which I reply "Yes". He then asks me if I remember a bald guy buying some water and cigarettes and if I knew how he paid. Now, generally, my rule of thumb is to keep the line moving, acknowledge people but eye contact is brief and sometimes optional. So I had little recollection of who this cop was talking about. I told him maybe a credit card, but I didn't really know. (Actually, I didn't really know who he was talking about out of the dozens of people who had bought water and cigarettes from me already that night).

Then the cop brings in from outside a bag with this dudes purchase with the reciept and also a wad of cash. I went in for the reciept but was told not to handle "the evidence". The guy had paid cash, $100 bill and it was in my skim box on the floor. Cop man says he will have to confiscate that. Ok. I turn things over to my co-worker, and he handles things while I handle the line (of course) and then as cop guy is leaving the store he says "Oh, we may need a statement from you."

As it turns out in the end, the bald guy may have robbed a bank and may have paid with stolen money. I had to write a statement for the Calgary police, who ended up taking $200 from me since I had two $100 bills in my drop box and they didn't know which one it was. I find this all slightly amusing, even though it will probably end in loss for the store....those Calgary police better reimburse me, or rather Shoppers. In any case, it spiced up my otherwise dull evening.

Here is a random thought:

When I was walking home tonight a guy yelled from a car "Hey Baby!" and then not 5 minues later I was honked at. I don't understand this and often think of Seinfeld when this happens to me. (You should watch his last stand up thing "I'm telling you for the last time" if you don't know what I'm talking about). I was wearing jeans and a hoodie and jacket, and just walking normally back to my home.

I got thinking about this more on my way down the hill and concluded that never in my life has this type of thing happened to my before I moved to Calgary. And you might even say that it's a frequent occurance here in Cowtown. Then again, I did live in Caronport for two years, and before that hardly ever walked around high traffic areas. Hmm...

I'm going to pick up my ring tomorrow from Ben Moss. One of the stones fell out of it a few weeks ago, but it's fixed now so that is good. I don't know what else I'll do tomorrow, but I only work at 5:15 again, so I had better make good use of my daytime hourse!

Have a good weekend all!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

bonus points

Holy moly...I hadn't realized that my blog was seriously outdated. By date only, not events that have transpired since my last post.

As I am sure you have read on Hill's blog, she came home this last week because she had time off from her Toronto things. Mom and dad and her came to Calgary this past weekend and then Hill stayed with me until Tuesday when she flew home. We had fun together. I like my family a lot and I am glad that me and Hillary like each other even more now that we are growing up.

Today my drafting group went to the campus bar instead of class for bonus points. I am aware of how odd this sounds, but it is true. Since we are doing group work we get extra credit if we do a certain number of team building activities, and apparently eating and drinking counts as one of those activities. It was actually a pretty good time, because we've sort of become friends through this project.

Anyway, since my last post there has been lovely warm weather, and then a snowfall, and then some pretty nice weather, and then another mini snow, and then today another mini snow. I play a game where I guess if the snow will be gone from my teeny tiny backyard when I open my blinds each morning. I haven't won yet. Growing up with Chinook winds really messes up your wind effect knowledge!

I had planned to write a bit more, but my keyboard is having issues, and Hillary can attest to how long it can take to type even a 3-letter word when it's being stupid like this, so that is all for now.

Happy First Day of Spring!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

streets and roads

Does anyone else compose their blogs in their heads way before they are actually posted? I do, but that is mostly because anything blog worthy happens when I am not in my house sitting in front of the computer.

Today has been a great day. It's been a mild +14 c most of the afternoon, so the snow is melting nicely and people are wearing less clothing, overall. More about that later.

Since we've had some warm weather, and the location of my house is downhill from everywhere I go in this city of mine, I have had some adventures in trying to walk up the hill without getting wet. I have conceeded defeat. Yesterday when I was walking to work and twice today when I was walking to Safeway and then to school I was splashed by crazed drivers who haven't a care in the world and so drive fast down the hill to soak innocent pedestrians. And I protect myself! There is a narrow sidewalk the first part of my journey uphill, so I try to see if traffic is coming and then when there isn't I run that part. The middle tends to be ok, although I have had to jump onto some lawns, which are more mud than anything, to avoid the splash of buses and trucks (I think those drivers enjoy splashing sidewalks, and people). The worst part of my walk however, is at the merge where I go around a curve, and there is a big dip in the road where water collects. Dirty water. There is no lawn to jump on to at this point, just a retaining wall, so you are pretty limited in places to avoid splashing. Buses frequent this merge, as do drivers that wouldn't know a yield sign if it hit them in the face.

I will try again tomorrow to get up the hill dry...maybe I should wear plastic pants and gumboots??

Anyway, as I said, the weather is great right now. I love to people watch and when I got to the SAIT campus today I walked the long way outside to my class, to enjoy the sun and to see what I could see:
- girl in a strapless dress, knee length, with sandals
- multiple people wearing shorts
- even more people wearing flip flops (keep in mind the snow isn't actually GONE yet)
- two guys playing ball on a snow/ice soccer field
- "Oh! It's SO hot out today!" - girl coming out of building, wearing shorts and sandals

Since when on March 7 when it's only +14 is it SO hot? Maybe warm, but HOT? People make me laugh.

Well, wanted to get that out into the cyber world. I gotta make some supper - I'm thinking cesaer salad with some shrimp is the ticket. I like receipes that require little work and zero instructions.

Oh yeah, another great thing about today was that I didn't have to go to school early, and our group is doing quite well in the drafting project. And I am realizing more what kind of job I want to be doing in a few years. I think file management is my calling. Being organized has such a huge payout - an A+!!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

all Idol and no Greys' makes Erica sad

I just would like to say that I am sick of American Idol, and that I think they should stop airing every bloody season of AMERICAN Idol on Canadian television.
Plus, it pushes Grey's Anatomy out of the tv line up when you have peasant vision, and this makes me sad this week because I am at home in Lethbridge.

My work term has been going well this week, but I am glad I am still in school. I really hope that I like my job when I graduate, because right now I am feeling like school is more fun. I think I will enjoy the work I am learning to do, but it might take a while. I hope it's ok that I am saying this.

Otherwise, me and Dan are getting married in 98 days. I meant to post when it was 100 days, but I didn't know what day that was until just now when I checked the counter down thing. I went to try on MY wedding dress tonight and it fits perfectly! No alterations needed, which is really quite remarkable when you think about it. My friends mom is going to put a bustle in and that is all that will be required. So that is great news. Also, I think we've got the flower situation under control, and it won't even cost a bazillion dollars, which is another good thing.

Well, I'm going to go watch tv until American Idol comes on. And then I will probably watch that too, but only out of spite.