It's been a while
Posted Aug 30, 2004
Well, I haven't written anything in my h2g2 journal in months. What have I been up to? Well, I have logged some 36 nights in hotels so far this year, some for pleasure trips, but most of them for work. And that number is only going to increase as I probably have another eight or nine days on the road for work between now and the end of October.
Other things on the go include a recent migration from the old blog software I was using (Pivot) to WordPress. My blog can be found at http://gordon.dewis.ca -- stop by and say hi.
Edmonton in January
Posted Dec 5, 2003
So it looks like I'm going to Edmonton (A997833) in January. If the timing works out, I'll even be able to catch a hockey game while I'm there.
Posted Apr 29, 2003
So, I'm going to visit Britain at the end of June and beginning of July. Eventually, I'll get around to creating an entry for my trip.
Posted Apr 2, 2003
I started my new job at Statistics Canada today. I'm working in the Survey Operations Division. Talk about a learning curve! There's a huge amount of information to pick up.
Watch this space for more information!
Another long day
Posted Mar 28, 2003
Today wasn't much shorter. My day started with a knock at the door. Thinking this was the dishwasher delivery guys, I was surprised to find a cableguy standing there with a short piece of coax. He came in, crimped connectors on the piece of coax and hooked up a gizmo to my cable connection. (The gizmo looked and sounded a lot like the Guide in the tv series, except there was no audio commentary.) After poking the buttons and hmm'ing over the what he was seeing on the screen, he proclaimed the cable functional and hooked up my box.
A short while later, the dishwasher delivery guys showed up with my new dishwasher. This time, it was unblemished so I happily signed for it and they took my old one away.
My next task was convincing the phone company that yes, I did really want a technician to come onsite and would they kindly send the one that they told me two weeks ago would arrive yesterday afternoon. After spending the better part of twenty minutes on hold, I was told that they had searched their order system and could find no trace of my request for a technician and that the earliest they could have a technician on-site would be next Wednesday.
At this point, I said "Transfer me to a supervisor."
"Ok, sir, I'll give your phone number to a supervisor and they'll call you back."
"When will that be?"
"Well, we have a 48 hour committment..."
"Nope. Press the 'supervisor' button on your phone. Now."
"Uh, ok. Please hold."
After yet more time on hold, the chap came back on the line and transferred me to a supervisor who I talked to for a bit and then he called me back and said that a tech would be on-site tomorrow."
"Great! Thank you very much!"
About five hours later, my cell phone rang and it was the phone technician. He asked me a few questions and then showed up about twenty minutes later.
I explained that I wanted my phone line and ADSL connection moved to a different pair of wires from the one that the building's enterphone uses. We visited the main phone vault for the building and figured out how to do it and then went up to the apartment and did a little more rewiring. It worked.
He was quite impressed that it actually worked and thanked me for the opportunity to learn a bit more about the wiring of this building. And he didn't have the faintest idea how to bill for it so who knows, maybe there won't be a bill.
Apart from a break at lunch, I've been moving leftover things from my old apartment to the new one. The buyer takes possession tomorrow, so I have to have everything out of it today.
And then I have to sort all the boxes out in my place.
Gordon, Ringer of Bells, Keeper of Postal Codes and Maps No One Can Re-fold Properly