Monthly Archives: December 2013

The struggle

Another Christmas gone by; this time away from the family and loved ones because of a work related commitment…a bit of guilt and sadness decorate my mood.

Yesterday was a great day with the family of the work related commitment; am I cheating myself and my own family? Am I being selfish? Christmas is the family holiday and I wasn’t with them…should I just sit here and brood?

No, I shan’t, instead I’ll be thankful for what I do have in a chant of prelude…rejoice to the universe for my food!

Why sit around regurgitating melancholy when one can be shrewd?


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Tonite I met an Angel in disguise

Using the Vancouver Skytrain isn’t the simplest task in town; being near-sighted can certainly make it nearly impossible! Most stations have no one we can ask for guidance…

I’m not a frequent user and that compounds the problem; tonight was one of those nights…I looked at the map/plan and couldn’t even figure out which station I was at; after peering intensely at the other side and squinting my eyes to the maximum I was able to figure out the stop name, but where in the heckle peckle was it on the map? After realizing that I’d be there till morning, I decided to go ask the young woman with the luscious mane of blondish hair…”excuse me Miss, do you know if this is the right way to Metrotown?’. The “not so young lady” tried to help me figure it out and we both approached the map, but to no avail, we couldn’t really figure out the best way!

It was at that precise moment that the beautiful young damsel who had overheard us said, “it’s ok, I’m going there, you can come with me!”…I thanked her profusely and followed my angel!

Everything about her was sweet; her eyes were stunning and compassionate, the voice was warm and kind, she was serene, friendly and just waited patiently for slow poke me to follow her path.

We conversed during the ten or so stops of our journey together and covered every topic from the difficulties of job hunting (which also affects youngsters with degrees), the importance of family, language tutoring and so on…this young woman is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside – everyone needs an angel!

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Job searching; the impossible mission…YOUTH seems to be the ultimate criterion!


Job searching; the impossible mission…YOUTH seems to be the ultimate criterion!.


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Job searching; the impossible mission…YOUTH seems to be the ultimate criterion!

I just finished making my job search database

Job Search:




Nurse 12yrs

Freelance translator 17 yrs

Fluent in Eng., Fr., Port.

Cildcare 10 yrs + her own 2 children

Elderly care 30 years

Applications filled >50

Ads answered >200

Jobs found : 0

Job Hunt Length: 105 days

I was able to get about 50hrs worth of paid non-committal tasks over this time period. Just enough for food, perhaps!

Not even the poop-scoop job at the animal daycare (that the students don’t want to do)was given to me; forget the babysitting or any other task involving more responsibility, those are for the young students who may have TONS of theory, but no experience whatsoever! This is the world we live in, YOUTH seems to be the ultimate criterion!

My questions regarding what is hindering my job search:

1-Is it the age factor?

2-Is it the fact that The Resume contains too much intellectual activity for the present job search? One would think that past experience such as nursing would be beneficial to anyone needing a childcare/elderly care worker! Parents want someone that’s wearing a certificate suit and they prefer to hire YOUNG students, who may have a brainful of theory, but no practical experience whatsoever!

YOUTH seems to be the ultimate criterion for job! Finding!

3- Is it the age factor?

4- Is it the age factor?

PS: I have nothing against youth; they are the future of our planet, but there is definitely something WRONG with a society that doesn’t give recognition to the lifetime experience of its middle aged and older citizens; not everyone is decrepit, and many of those who are could probably point a finger or 2 to our over medicated modern civilization!

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Why is it paracetamol in Europe & acetaminophen in N. America?

Beats pill, il nuovo paracetamolo.

So, after having read the above article I was brought back to my 20 year quest to resolve this mystery; why is it paracetamol in Europe & acetaminophen in N. America? This is the active ingredient in the world renown Tylenol…I never did understand why the same active ingredient goes by different names in different countries…it was during  a pharmaceutical translation that I figured this out!

Why should the pharmaceutical industry play around with our neurons like this? It’s bad enough that we have to learn different languages, adapt to different electrical sockets and plugs, figure out which cable is appropriate for our laptop/cell phone, etc, try to understand how clothing/footwear sizes in other countries compare to the method used in our homeland, calculate kgs, mms to lbs & inches…holy terror, my neurons are short-circuiting already!

If you have the answer to this mystery, please drop me a line.

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Thought of the day…


When the baby boomers were teenagers they were swapping chewing gum while kissing; today they are probably exchanging dentures while performing the same activity.

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