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Sunday, 26 March 2006
It Could Be Worse
Sure my wife and I have had our share of problems, but compared to those below our problems have been just challenging:

If you find yourself stuck in traffic;
Don't get angry.Think of all the people for whom
driving is an unheard of privilege.

Should you have a bad day at work;
Think of the man who has been out of work for years.

Should you despair over a relationship gone bad;
Think of the person who has never known what it's like to love and be loved in return.

Should you grieve the passing of another weekend;
Think of the woman in dire straits, working twelve hours a day, seven days a week to feed her children.

Should your car break down, leaving you miles away from assistance; Think of the paraplegic who would love the opportunity to take that walk.

Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror;
Think of the cancer patient in chemo therapy
who wishes she had hair to examine.

Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what is life all about, asking what is my purpose?
Be thankful! There are those who didn't live
long enough to get the opportunity.

Should you find yourself the victim of other people's bitterness,ignorance, smallness or insecurities; Remember, things could be worse.
You could be them.

Posted by qualteam at 8:51 PM EST
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Saturday, 25 March 2006
Working Stiff
Mood:  accident prone
I have a frozen shoulder from doing very heavy, continuous lifting at work and not getting enough rest in the evening.

It was painful trying to lift my arm up so I could comb my hair. Even everyday tasks like putting on clothes or driving became very difficult.

I'm now taking physiotherapy and Lakota to combat this condition. Some progress has been made.

If you want to learn more about "Frozen Shoulder" or "Tendonitis", check out the links below:
A Frozen Shoulder To Go
That's All I Can Stands. I Can't Stands No More.

Posted by qualteam at 9:59 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, 25 March 2006 10:02 PM EST
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Wednesday, 22 March 2006
Good Stuff In My E-Mail Box
Most of the mail I receive is just crap or spam or whatever you want to call it.

Some of it is great stuff sent to me by family or friends. Here's sample of these gems:

Why did my wife leave me?
My wife left me, I don't understand. After the last child was born, she told me we had to cut back on expenses, I had to give up drinking beer.
I was not a big drinker maybe a 12 pack on weekends.
Anyway, I gave it up but I noticed the other day she came home from grocery shopping and when I looked at the receipt and saw $45 in makeup. I
said, "Wait a minute I've given up beer and you haven't given up anything!"She said, "I buy that makeup for you, so I can look pretty for you."
I told her, "Hell, that's what the beer was for!"
I don't think she'll be back.

Posted by qualteam at 10:13 PM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 5 April 2006 2:22 PM EDT
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Monday, 20 March 2006
Interesting Fact
Mood:  special
While doing a Google Search on "Irene Barron", I noticed that the first eight links pertained to my wife, Irene Barron.

Try it yourself on different search engines and tell me what you find.

E-mail me at

Posted by qualteam at 10:16 PM EST
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Sunday, 19 March 2006
The Elf Stat Report
Mood:  happy
Canada Post is one of the main terminals for "Letters to Santa Claus".

As a member of the Toronto Exchange Office, we send many of the letters from foreign countries to Santa. Here's our statistics from last year.

1. 1,045,739 letters to Santa were received by Canada Post during 2005.
2. 34,039 e-mails were received and answered last year.
3. 28 languages, including Braille from letters were sent through Canada Post.
4. 11,000 or more elves helped Santa respond to the letters.
5. 30 or more years that Canada Post employees have been assisting Santa with answering his special letters.

I'm a full-time elf postie, but I want to be a part-time one soon.
Questions About Elves

Posted by qualteam at 10:04 PM EST
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Saturday, 18 March 2006
Back To Square One For Irene
Mood:  sad
What was suppose to be a full-time job ended up as a temporary job.

The job search has started again.

Irene and I have been very depressed over the last couple of days, but life goes on.

Please give a prayer for Irene that a real full-time job comes her way.

Dave and Irene During Happier Times

Posted by qualteam at 9:51 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, 18 March 2006 9:53 PM EST
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Wednesday, 15 March 2006
Retirement Postie Style
It's either a golden handshake or a golden boot.

Here's is a bit of my vision of life after the Post Office.

• Cancellation of penalties for retiring earlier than age 55 providing the person has over 30 year’s service.
• Income splitting with the spouse on the Canada Post Pension
• Buying out unused sick time at fair value or applying sick leave credits to strike time
• Rehiring a retired person and letting him/her work at his former job on a part-time or casual basis (Could also work anywhere as needed.)
• Providing improved/cheaper benefits from pension surpluses
• Providing buyouts based on seniority in any area where CUPW members are declared surplus

Posted by qualteam at 10:45 PM EST
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Monday, 13 March 2006
A Day Without A Song Is A Day Without Sunshine
What do you believe in?

Posted by qualteam at 11:08 PM EST
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Sunday, 12 March 2006
My Postal Demands For 2007
In order to be a good union member, you have to be very demanding. I've tried my best with these demands. My hand is stretched out as far as it can go.

While our postal contract won't get renegotiated until next year, the individual demands have to be in by April of this year.

CUPW is short for Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

* A special casual designation for retirees who continue their employment on a temporary basis (Canada Customs does it why not Canada Post?)
* Material Handling Equipment operators designated as "Term Despatchers" with six -month contracts
* An easy way to rehire retired CUPW members quickly without causing undue hardship to his/her family
* Reasonable reimbursement for unused sick leave credits if management wants a "sick insurance scheme" or certified-only sick leave
* Buyouts for senior CUPW members if management wants rollbacks on pre-retirement leave or annual leave
* Buyouts according to seniority for employees declared surplus in the section where they are working
* Getting the biggest raise in 2007 with good raises in the following years
* Requiring some overtime for all shifts in a section if casuals are in that section
* Raising the requirement for an unofficial interview for using sick leave from three occasions to eight
* Tripling the shift premium for weekend work (Many CUPW members value their weekends for quality time with their families. If there has to be weekend work, then workers should be compensated accordingly.)
CUPW "Goes Postal"

Posted by qualteam at 10:11 PM EST
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Thursday, 9 March 2006
Top Ten Newfy Sayings
Mood:  cheeky
1. In cod we trust, all others pay cash. 2. Oh me aching nerves(Something aches inside of me.). 3. Lard dancin' Jesus(Similar to Lord thunderin' Jesus)4. Me eyes were like two piss holes in da snow.5. Ya gat da face only a mutter could luv(So ugly, only a mother would love you.). 5. He's the "Gut Almighty"(Eats more than his share.). 6. I'll give you some Newfy/tube steak(I'll give you some bologna.). 7. Arse foremost(going backward) 8. Ya nat gonna git into me drawers?(You're not going to have sex with me?). 9. Giv me a bitta dat dare(Give me a bit of that there.). 10. Any mummers loud in bye?(Mummers are people dressed up ridiculously who visit around Christmas...this is the question they usually ask after someone answers the door.)
More Newfy Sayings

Posted by qualteam at 9:56 PM EST
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