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Art or Brain Fart?

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Now that I’m very close to completing my basement renovation, there are moments as I look around that a detail so begs my attention, awash in natural light, that I’m compelled to take a picture.

Does this make it art?

Or is it just a matter of pride and sense of accomplishment that makes it seem so special? After all I’ve been at it going on two years now.

Or, is it just a load of hot air looking for an exit?

One thing’s for sure. If real work doesn’t start materializing soon, all this effort won’t be worth any more than a fart in the wind.

See ya later alligators.

And if you can’t send work, just send money.

 

 

Ultra Violet. She’s not a super hero.

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But she could be.

Personally not a fan of the colour violet
but it’s an awesome name for a ‘super girl’ don’t you think?

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My surprising stint as letter carrier for Canada Post.

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Actually the position was Temporary On-Call Letter Carrier meaning they can call you anytime (or not) for a few hours of work (or not).

It was last spring and freelance was slow when I’d seen this opportunity and it was just 5 minutes away from home.

I’d remembered that as a kid I’d thought that delivering mail was such a neat job so I figured, why not go for it. It might be fun and I could easily work around it when the freelance woke up again.

I applied online and immediately upon completing, I received the typical automatic reply along the lines of, only those candidates deemed worthy of human contact will be notified. Blah, blah, blah.

No surprise here.

A week later I received an email from Canada Post HR inviting me to take their online assessment otherwise know as the General Abilities Test.

No surprise here. I obviously nailed it.

After passing the 90-minute online test, the following steps were up next, all of which needed to be completed successfully to carry on down the rabbit hole:

  • Personnel Screening Part 1 / Interview for which a character reference, driver’s abstract and passport were required.
  • Personnel Screening Part 2 / fingerprinting
  • Pre-Placement Functional Assessment at a physiotherapy clinic.
  • Then thirteen days of training with both a written and practical test.

No surprise here either. After all, hiring is tough and you hope to get it done the first time, right?

I was successful in completing all the above and soon began getting calls to come in to work. I was a postman albeit a temporary on-call postman.

Sadly it only took 48 sporadic hours of work over 6 weeks to realize that this wasn’t
for me.

No surprise here as well.
Note: I have a newfound respect for the folks who do this day-in, day-out.

What is surprising however is that Canada Post didn’t follow up to find out why I quit which I can only assume is standard practice.

After developing such an involved screening process and substantially investing both time and money for training, I would want to know where things fell short.
Wouldn’t you?

Maybe the process needs a little tweaking or maybe even a complete rethink but they won’t know because they don’t follow up.

However this is Canada Post I’m talking about and for many people
there’s no surprise here.

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March Madness

March is about looking forward to the coming of Spring, the excitement of college basketball and most importantly, taking a break to spend time with family.

March can also be a time for minor breakdowns.

Where to go, what to do, how will the work get done while I’m gone
and who can I trust with it so I won’t worry about it.

This may be where I come in.

I offer off-site help with graphic design, final art, art direction and more so you can feel just a little bit easier about the looming madness of March Break.

It is coming.

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Money.

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Money, get away
Get a good job with good pay and you’re okay
Money, it’s a gas
Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash
New car, caviar, four star daydream
Think I’ll buy me a football team

Money, get back
I’m all right Jack keep your hands off of my stack
Money, it’s a hit
Don’t give me that do goody good bullshit
I’m in the high-fidelity first class traveling set
And I think I need a Lear jet

Money, it’s a crime
Share it fairly but don’t take a slice of my pie
Money, so they say
Is the root of all evil today
But if you ask for a rise
It’s no surprise that they’re giving none away
Away away away
Away away away

– lyrics from Pink Floyd’s ‘Money’ from album, The Dark Side of the Moon. Listen to money here.

Now I’m going to spend some and download the album.