Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Ready to go

I've paid my tuition. I've purchased the required textbooks. I've gotten my student card updated. I'm ready to go, back to school in six weeks.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Useless health tip of the day

Health Tip: Avoiding Shin Splints: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_87264.html

Who the hell wrote that? Maybe the article should have mentioned something about "Avoiding Shin Splints". I'm just sayin.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Enrolled for 3rd semester

I'm now officially enrolled for 3rd Semester, which starts in September. Three of the courses have a lab component. If I don't count Hospital Practicum/Simulation I, it looks like I'll have 25 hours of classes and labs in 3rd semester.

These are the courses I'll be taking:

Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care
Ventilators 2
Blood Analysis and Diagnostics
Airway Interventions
Hospital Practicum/Simulation I
Advanced Practice

Friday, July 17, 2009

My neighbour baffles me

Today my neighbour, in the condo apartment right beside me, was back to his old ways. I wasted 45 minutes hoping that he would knock off the hammering and sawing, until I couldn't take it anymore. At 7:45PM I called and made a noise complaint. The city only had one By-law Enforcement Officer on duty, so it took him about an hour to show up and knock on my neighbour's door. Unfortunately, when he got there, my neighbour wasn't making any noise.

The Officer explained the By-law to my neighbour and made him aware of the fines associated with breaking the noise By-law. The next time my neighbour breaks the By-law I now know that I should call right away, so that the Officer who arrives will actually be able to hear the noise. If my neighbour doesn't smarten up, I'll just follow the By-law Officer's advice and keep on making noise complaints.

What's going through my neighbour's mind? Did he think that after two days of not breaking the noise By-law, I would forget about the fact that all that noise pisses me off?

I don't have to put up with the noise, so why should I? Why does my neighbour think that I would? He really does baffle me.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Why does that bother me?

My next door neighbour has been renovating his condo. The renovations have been going on for several weeks. The renovations start at about 9AM and continue on until about 10PM, almost every day.

There's no way to do any serious renovating without making a lot of noise. I understand that, I accept that and can tolerate that, within reason. Doing renovations, next door to me, until 10PM is not reasonable. I went over to talk to my neighbour about it last night. He didn't really seem to understand what my problem was but I thought he had agreed to stop all the noise by 7PM from now on. The city I live in has a noise By-law that prohibits construction noise between the hours of 7PM and 7AM. I mentioned the by-law to him when we spoke yesterday but didn't make too much of a point about it. Yesterday I was still trying to "be neighbourly".

I guess he didn't agree to stop making noise at 7PM because I had to go over to talk to him today at 8:30PM, when I got tired of listening to his table saw.

Me: It's after 7PM you have to stop making the noise.

Him: Come on it's not even 9 O'clock.

Me: There's a noise By-law that says you need to stop at 7PM.

Him: Why does that bother you?

Me: I live next door. I have work to do. I have the right to some peace and quiet. That's a reasonable request. Do you want me to call By-law enforcement?

Him: No I don't want that. (He said that rather quietly and was quite obviously upset by how the conversation was progressing).

Me: That's up to a $5000 fine.

Him: OK.

I've got a pretty good approach when I get into those kinds of conversations. I don't argue. I don't try to justify what I'm saying. I don't raise my voice. I just state the facts and answer questions VERY DISPASSIONATELY. It really throws people. They don't know how to react and it makes them very uncomfortable. Sometimes it makes them squirm and I enjoy watching them squirm.

Why can't people have consideration for others? Why do they have to be assholes? Why do I even have to ask them to knock off their objectionable behaviour? Why do they think that there's nothing wrong with their behaviour? Why do they get all prissy when I say something to them about it? I have a theory. Assholes are assholes and they act like assholes because they are assholes. You just have to make them stop. Being diplomatic and neighbourly to assholes doesn't seem to work.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Proof that the moon landing was faked

A recently discoverd photograph proves, without a doubt, that the moon landing was faked.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Haha #3

Cyanide and Happiness, a daily webcomic
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Haha #2

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The road to becoming an RT

The beginning of the road to becoming an RT, is the road to RT school.

This is what the road looks like in the Winter (when I'm waiting for the bus):

This is what the road looks like now (when I'm walking to school):

I hates Winter.

Saturday, July 04, 2009


I was going to make a snide remark about using Propofol, to get to sleep, in my last post. I couldn't figure out how to do that in a relatively tasteful way.

This is a good post about Propofol: http://breathinstephen.com/propofol/


Lately, I've gotten in the habit of staying up really late and sleeping in. Last night I decided that I should start getting up early, like a responsible grown up. There's something not right about sleeping in until 10:30AM and then lounging around for a few hours before you take a shower and get dressed.

Last night I set my alarm clock for 6:45AM. That's the latest that I can get up, when I'm in school and have an 8AM class. I was wide awake at 3AM and still am, 5.5 hour later. I got 3 hours of sleep last night! WTF? What part of me decided to be bright eyed and bushy tailed at 3AM and how can it be punished?