Wednesday, August 16, 2006  


What an awful way to go. How people even think it's remotely safe to put any of their limbs near a machine like that is a mystery.


posted by Erwin | 7:16 PM


Several times before I've fallen asleep in bed I've thought of some interesting ideas for blog posts. At the time, I realized that I would never remember them and made me wish I had a pad and a pencil next to my bed.

I've also woken up and realized I had some crazy dreams that would also make for some great blog posts. Again, I never seem to remember them as well. I believe your brain does that on purpose because it doesn't want you to remember dreams and think those things really happened.

This is a bit of a tangent but it's kinda interesting. A few weeks ago, I was asleep but I regained consciousness while my body was physically still sleeping. When you sleep, your brain prevents you from controlling your arms and legs to a certain extent to protect you from acting out your dreams. When your mind is awake though and your body refuses to move, it can be a bit unsettling. It felt like being underwater and I was fighting to get to the surface and break through.

All I knew was that I was in this black fog and I needed to desperately wake up so I could control my limbs again. There was this urgency that I needed to wake up immediately. For several moments I willed myself to move but my entire body wasn't responding.

After what seemed like a minute, the blackness disappeared in a quick snap and the world came rushing into focus. My eyes were open and I could see the room. I was awake and I could move my body again.

It was a really weird feeling. I've only had it happen to me a few times in my entire life. When I thought everything was ok, I went back to sleep.


posted by Erwin | 12:27 AM

Tuesday, August 15, 2006  


I don't know how many people start a new job on a Friday before going on the weekend but that's what I'm going to do this Friday. After reading various conflicting documents, I was definitively told today that boot camp at EAC ends this Thursday and we'd go back to our respective teams on Friday. For some, this will mean going upstairs but for me, I'll be heading downtown to EAX where I will meet my new team for the first time.

Beyond the weekend, I'm also looking forward to "beer and cake" on Friday which is something of a tradition at EAX. The event is supposed to celebrate any birthdays that happened during the week. I'm not sure if there's a birthday every week but beer and cake is served nonetheless. I've been told I can even invite guests if I want. That's pretty cool.

So, starting Friday, I'll be in some office tower like all those other business people... except I can wear t-shirts...


posted by Erwin | 12:14 AM

Sunday, August 13, 2006  


Last week, we only had four working days before the weekend rolled around but it sure felt like a six day week to me. Coming back to your regular job from vacation is tough at best but try doing that when it's a new job.

On Friday, I was happy to go home and basically nap for an hour before grabbing some dinner. Then it was off to UBC to say goodbye to my good friend Tyson. Bone is off to Toronto to start med school in the fall. He's driving across country to his new home. Good luck Tyson! Slowly, but surely, all the people I've met at SJC are moving away.

I didn't do a whole lot on Saturday, I was just happy to sleep in and get some rest. Well, I did get a haircut. It's been six weeks since my last one, so I really needed it. The weird thing was that I had to get my hair cut by someone other than my regular haircutter lady. My regular was all booked up until the start of her vacation and if I wanted to wait, it'd have to be until September 3. By then, my hair would have been an afro the size of the moon. The lady who actually cut my hair is someone who I've seen around the salon for literally years but who has never touched my hair.

She did an awesome job with my hair but it did feel a teeny bit weird having someone else cut my hair. It's amazing how stylists do the little things just a bit different. I wonder if this is what men experience when they cheat on their wives for the first time after like a decade. Anyways, I'm pleased with my hair and I'll have to thank her again when I see my regular stylist.

I went shopping today but no one wants to hear about that. I also went to Dairy Queen which was quite pleasant. Ok, so that's a post!


posted by Erwin | 11:29 PM
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