Friday, August 31, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
One thing that I find amusing when I sign petitions from the Save Darfur Coalition is that when they are addressed specifically to the While House/President Bush about five minutes after signing you get an email like this
On behalf of President Bush, thank you for your correspondence.
We appreciate hearing your views and welcome your suggestions.
Due to the large volume of e-mail received, the White House cannot respond to every message.
Thank you again for taking the time to write.
I find it quite entertaining. If you would also like to receive your very own automatic email responses from the White House, you should visit the Save Darfur Coalition web site and sign some petitions yourself. Not only will you receive correspondence from the White House, more importantly you will be helping to bring attention to a very important humanitarian crisis that is occurring right now on our very planet.
Friday, August 24, 2007
So after a 2-year hiatus I am back to working occasional night shifts. I accepted a position at Cornerstone, the women's aftercare residence run by the ARC. I'm not entirely sure what I will be doing. I think it is front desk. All I know is that Gladys said that she really needed people to work nights on the weekends and so I said that I'd do it. It is every second Friday and Saturday from 9pm-9am. Crazy hours, but the pay is rather good and extra money always comes in handy.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
When will people realize that you really shouldn't live and work at the Salvation Army if you intend on doing drugs? When I got back to work on Monday morning I found out that a person that I have been working in the kitchen with and who also lives there has been booted out because he showed up to work totally high and hallucinating. This is someone whom the kitchen staff has been suspecting of not being clean for a long while now and we were waiting for him to give us a reason to have him drug tested. We expected him not to show up this weekend because we got paid this last Thursday (he has a habit of not showing up on weekends after pay days). So if he didn't show up we were going to have him drug tested. He did show up and was high as a kite. So he has been kicked out of the residence. Unfortunately, we work in a union and because of this he has to be given another chance. He has to complete a 21-day rehab program and then is aloud back to work. Now, I'm all for people being given second chances, but this is not the first time that he has messed up like this. He has been in and out of rehab for almost 30 years. This is not the first job that he has been suspended from. None of us in the kitchen feel comfortable at all about the idea of him coming back. It is very dangerous to have someone who is high on cocaine working in a kitchen. It would be really not cool if he comes back.
Also I found out the story about Jeff and Rick. On Thursday night they came home completely drunk and so have been kicked out of the program. It's such a shame. I just don't get it. Especially with Jeff. He was done. Why come so far and then mess everything up. I guess I am just very fortunate that I don't get it.
Friday, August 17, 2007
So there are these two guys in the Anchorage program who started the program just before I started working there. Their names are Tim and Jeff. I have been really routing for them to finish the program and get everything straightened out. And they have been doing so well. They both finished the program last week and are waiting to get a spot at Keystone, the men's aftercare residence. They were going to move there in September. I was so happy for them. Then on Thursday we found out that Jeff didn't come home on Wednesday night. I was crushed. He was so close and has come such a long way. There was another guy, Rick, who didn't come back either. I don't know what happened to them, I might find out on Monday when I go back to work. It sucks because if you miss curfew while in Anchorage, you are out. It's really sad because Jeff was doing so well. I just pray that neither Jeff nor Rick are dead or fallen back into old habits.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Well, apparently I have a bigger readership then I thought. Apparently it includes someone called Anonymous...
Don't you just love it when people leave rude comments on your blog and then are too ashamed to put their names behind their words. Yes, the previous blog entry received some rather nice comments. I don't think that I will delete those comments. It's good for people to see the kinds of things that pansies are writing. I will however, no longer allow anonymous comments on my blog because I believe that if someone is going to express their opinion on something, they should have to put their name behind their words.
Also, on a good note, yesterday I received an apology for the incident mentioned. I was happy about that.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
So today there was an incident at work that really bothered and offended me. During soup line today someone left a Bible sitting on the table. A person I work with, who will remain nameless, told me this and then suggested that we better hurry up and rip the Bible up before someone picks it up to read. I was livid after he said that. I reminded him that he works at a facility run by a Christian organization and if he has no respect for Christianity that perhaps he should not work here anymore. He said that he hated how he was told that he was not allowed to listen to his type of music while at work and if he continued to he would be written up and fired. I said that it was no excuse to say that you would violate a religion's holy book, especially not when you are being employed by that religion. It is one thing to not agree with a religion, it is an entirely different thing to say that you want to destroy their holy book. He knows exactly how strong of a Christian I am and he is lucky that I have as much self-restraint as I do. Needless to say, I am writing him up tomorrow and making sure that my manager knows exactly how I feel about this. Religious intolerance should not be tolerated. He needs to learn that he can't show that kind of disrespect towards others.
Oh and yes Dad, I was not going to mention Barry Bonds because I felt that I said enough in the first post. I liked the comparision though, that was nice.
Monday, August 06, 2007
So yesterday I ranted about Barry Bonds. Today I would like to acknowledge another baseball milestone that was reached yesterday. Tom Glavine won his 300th game last night. This is an awesome milestone, as he became only the 23rd picture in baseball history to win 300 plus games. This, along with his 2 Cy Young Awards and 5 20 plus game winning seasons, guarantees him at the very least a spot on the Hall of Fame ballot and most likely an entry into it. This is great. Tom Glavine has always been one of my favorite players. He is someone who knows and respects the game and shows a lot of class on and off the field.
Frequently at work we have homeless people who go dumpster diving in the dumpsters out back. They usually get a good haul because, unfortunately, we throw a lot of things out (I suppose that is not all entirely unfortunate because then people can find food in our dumpster). Today while I was throwing out some donuts that the residents wouldn't eat, I noticed someone in the dumpster. That was the first time that I actually ran into someone dumpster diving. I didn't really know what to say. I apologize for almost dumping a box of donuts on his head and then placed the donuts beside the dumpster. Later when I took some trash out, the box was gone.
The thing that bothers me the most about working there is how much the guys complain about the amount of food they are getting served, or the quality of food that they are getting served. There are some decent people who live there and so they are not included in this rant. I think most of them forget where they came from, why they are there and where they would be if they did not live there. Come on, lets face it, living at the Salvation Army is one step up of living on a park bench. Or in Edmonton, tent city. These guys are definitely the biggest group of ungrateful, selfish men I have ever met. Sometimes, it really gets to me, although I try not to let it. It is too bad for them that I know how to stand up for myself and don't take any kind of nonsense from them. I'm sure if any of them had any amount of ambition, they would have tried to write me up at least a dozen times. Too bad for them, I only enforce the rules and as such have nothing to get in trouble for.
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Yesterday, Barry Bonds hit his 755th home run. Good for him, congratulations. The unfortunate part comes in when you realize that this means that he has tied The Great Hank Aaron for the most career home runs. This is a record that stood since 1976 and the top spot in career homers was well earned by Hank Aaron when he broke Babe Ruth's record of 715 in 1974. It is said that it was a great moment when Hank Aaron broke the record. It was a good moment for baseball and for America when a black man surpassed one of baseballs greatest icons in the most number of home runs. The same cannot be said of last night. For anyone I discuss baseball with, it is no secret that I dislike Barry Bonds. How can I have respect for a guy who 1. wears more body armour then a Leopard tank while he is at bat so he can crowd the plate and not get hurt when a picture goes inside and 2. is surrounded by accusations of steroid use which was over looked by brilliant commissioner Bud Selieg. Bonds will not doubt surpass Hank Aaron within the next few days. Our only hope is that A-Rod is speculated to surpass Bonds before his career is up. Wont that be a day to celebrate (there is a lot of sarcasm there for those who don't know baseball).
If there was ever a record that disserved an asterix, it is this one.