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Friday, 29 December 2006
My Personal Top Ten Events Of 2006
Mood:  special

These are some of the most memorable moments from my life in 2006. Perhaps, you have a similar list of your own.

  1. My mother, Doreen Barron (aged 82)died on Nov/10/06. I miss her very much.
  2. I had a biopsy for prostate cancer on Nov/09 and the results were negative. What a relief that was.
  3. This blog came up on esoteric web searches like "Honky The Christmas Goose", "Molson Mission Statement", "The Illumanti", "Why do Jehovah Witnesses' men shave"?, "Christmas Wishes", "CUPW contract talks", Prosta Ease", etc.
  4. Earlier this month, my webpages peaked at 4500 page views a month.
  5. After nearly four years of blogging, my entry count now stands at 1027. This is on every topic under the sun.
  6. From my mother's small inheritance, I was able to pay off my year and half "Chevy Uplander"(Thanks Mom). The interest started at 6.2% and went up to 6.95%. The van was a bargain, but the interest was a killer.
  7. An old friend, George Holownia, contacted me through the internet and sent me our grade 10 photo. He even knew the names of the students in the photo. Where are they now?
  8. My wife, Irene, finally got a steady job after 14 months of searching. It's for less pay, but she likes who she works for and who she works with.
  9. I started working on a new story about the real conspiracy concerning Jesus Christ. It's called:
    The Christian World is turned upside down when
    a lowly reporter discovers an ancient book that is
    written by Jesus Christ.
  10. Over 800 entries of my blog are on a flash memory card, preserved for posterity.

Posted by qualteam at 8:56 PM EST
Updated: Monday, 1 January 2007 10:13 PM EST
Wednesday, 27 December 2006
My Nose Is Still On The Grindstone
Mood:  lucky

For a few, life is a bed of roses, but for most people, it's a struggle to get by and pay off the debts.

My mother, bless her soul, gave me a small inheritance which helped with our car loan, charge cards and some extra mortgage payments.

I must stress, however,  that Irene and I bought a five-level backsplit in Brampton only four years ago. We still have a large mortgage on this place. In order for both of us to retire mortgage free, I'll have to work as much overtime as I can during the next few years. Irene doesn't have that option.

I'll also strive to sell my written works during this time as well.

It could be worse. We could be overwhelmed by debt by living beyond our means.

We don't go out a great deal. We don't buy big screen TVs. We love gambling, but we only go the casino twice a year and we never take vacations to the Caribbean, Mexico, or the U.S.

Most of the people I know at work or elsewhere are coasting to a comfortable retirement. My wife and I still face financial challenges that we need to overcome. While I have a pretty good pension to look forward to with the Post Office, she has only meagre government pensions in the future. 

Not all baby boomers are well off or rich. I'm sure you know many that are just getting by. (The Definition For Putting Your Nose To The Grindstone)

Posted by qualteam at 7:45 PM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 27 December 2006 10:38 PM EST
Monday, 25 December 2006
Merry Christmas From The Barrons In Brampton
Mood:  a-ok

Last night, we went for the evening service at St. Christopher's Church in Burlington. It was just fantastic. The church has new organ and the choir was in excellent voice

The service culminated in a "Holy Communion" that linked Christ's Church from 0 A.D. to present time. It was uplifting. I could see recently departed spirits taking part as well.

Check out the website at:


Posted by qualteam at 7:02 PM EST
Saturday, 23 December 2006
St. Nicholas Is A Powerful Magical Being
Mood:  a-ok

St. Nickolas (i.e. Santa Claus) is one of the major architects of "Christmas World". While the real Christmas World doesn't exist on earth, it exists as an eternal reality of Jesus Christ. It's part of the "New Universe Program".

In Christmas World, there's no poverty or even bad conditions. It exists to preserve the best things about family life and childhood on Earth.

The awesome power of a dream is that it can become true and go on forever. This is what happened with Christmas: Santa, elves, reindeer, snowmen, and the magic of Santa's Ride became an eternal reality because the Children of God wanted it.

You can't have Christmas 365 days on Earth, but you can in Christmas World. (Discovering The Real Santa Claus)

Posted by qualteam at 9:53 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, 23 December 2006 11:33 PM EST
Friday, 22 December 2006
Christmas Wishes For 2007
Mood:  hug me
  1. Having major breakthroughs in alternate energy sources that make it cheaper for lower income people to use
  2. Breaking down trade barriers in rich countries so that poorer countries can sell their goods there
  3. Cheaper and broader use of wireless communications throughout the world
  4. Less suicide boomers being used against civilians and the military in 2007
  5. An agreement between warring parties to end their conflict in Iraq
  6. The weakening of the Taliban as a political and military force in Afghanistan
  7. An agreement to end the conflict and genocide in Darfur
  8. An agreement with Iran to use its nuclear program for only peaceful purposes with UN inspectors verifying the results
  9. Improvements in the standard of living of poorer countries by the use of micro-financing from financial institutions
  10. Having aid/drugs/food which are sent to poorer countries actually winding up in the right hands (Microfinancing Made Simple) (What's Behind Suicide Attacks) (Alternate Energy Blog)

Posted by qualteam at 10:51 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 22 December 2006 10:57 PM EST
Thursday, 21 December 2006
The Top Ten Interesting Quotable Quotes
Mood:  cool
1) When I die, I want to die like my grandfather--who died
peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming like all the
passengers in his car."
--Author Unknown

2) "Oh, you hate your job? Why didn't you say so?
There's a support group for that.
It's called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar."
--Drew Carey

3) "Relationships are hard. It's like a full time job, and
we should treat it like one. If your boyfriend or girlfriend
wants to leave you, they should give you two weeks' notice.
There should be severance pay, the day before they leave
you, they should have to find you a temp."
--Bob Ettinger

4) "My Mom said she learned how to swim when someone took
her out in the lake and threw her off the boat. I said,
'Mom, they weren't trying to teach you how to swim.'"
--Paula Poundstone

5) "I think that's how Chicago got started. Bunch of
people in New York said, 'Gee, I'm enjoying the crime
and the poverty, but it just isn't cold enough.
Let's go west.'"
--Richard Jeni

6) "If life were fair, Elvis would be alive and all the
impersonators would be dead."
--Johnny Carson

7) "Sometimes I think war is God's way of teaching us geography."
--Paul Rodriguez

8) "Bigamy is having one wife/husband too many.
Monogamy is the same."
--Oscar Wilde

9) Do you know why they call it "PMS"?
Because "Mad Cow Disease" was taken.
--Unknown, presumed deceased

10) "Everybody's got to believe in something.
I believe I'll have another beer."
- W. C. Fields

Posted by qualteam at 9:58 PM EST
Wednesday, 20 December 2006
My Top Ten Christmas Songs
  1. Oh Holy Night/Celine Dion
  2. Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer/Burl Ives
  3. Joy To The World/Nat King Cole
  4. Marshmellow World/Dean Martin
  5. Pretty Paper/Roy Oberson
  6. Winter Wonderland/Elvis Presley
  7. Here Comes Santa Claus/Gene Autry
  8. Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem/Andy Williams
  9. Sleigh Ride/The Carpenters
  10. The Christmas Song/Nat King Cole

Posted by qualteam at 10:53 PM EST
Tuesday, 19 December 2006
I'd Like To Thank My Mother, Doreen Barron
Mood:  special

For helping us to pay off some troublesome debts in our family.

She was always there for me in good times and bad.

The hardships that Irene and I face are less severe because of her.

God, bless mom in her journey. (More On My Mother)


Posted by qualteam at 10:17 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 19 December 2006 10:22 PM EST
Monday, 18 December 2006
CUPW/CPC Contract Negotiations-2007
Mood:  not sure

The postal union(CUPW)and Canada Post(CPC)have taken a break from negotiations for Christmas.

One of the major issues, "unused sick time", has yet to be addressed. With an aging work force getting ready to retire, sick time has become a difficult problem confronting management. Under the present system, posties either use their sick time before leaving or lose it at retirement.

To handle this issue for the benefit of everyone concerned, I sent Deborah Bourque(National CUPW President)this letter:

"If management wishes to take away sick time accumulated, it should be done at fifty cents on the dollar. This has been negotiated with other unions and various government departments. The nurses, teachers and Ontario Civil Service come to mind.

I would suggest that this buyout should not be mandatory. 

  • Such a buyout could be a retirement incentive for workers with thirty years of service or more. It would be a saving for Canada Post because CUPW members wouldn't be tempted to use their sick time excessively in their remaining years.
  • Other CUPW members could take advantage of this buyout too if Canada Post wanted to move to an "illness insurance program". However, this program would be voluntary and not mandatory.
  • The present sick leave program would continue in place, but new employees might be under a new insurance program with incentives and bonuses where they would accumulate "lieu days" during the year. (Lieu days are those that can be used as sick days or annual leave days)
  • All time and attendance programs must be dropped if management wants union agreement on these issues.

It's status quo on the sick leave unless management pays the piper to those who have accumulated many days of sick leave and deserve to be rewarded for doing so.

Postal Workers should be treated with respect and not like children.

Payment for sick leave should be part of longevity pay and profit sharing. It would replace the old "severance package" on retirement." (CUPW/CPC Negotiations)

Posted by qualteam at 9:32 PM EST
Updated: Monday, 18 December 2006 9:36 PM EST
Friday, 15 December 2006
The Christmas Rush Is In High Gear At Canada Post

In the International Incoming Section(Toronto Exchange Office)where I work, many posties are working a 12 hour day, 7 day work-week.

This week, I'm working on the dock unloading one trailer after another until there's no room to put the mail anywhere. It requires unlimited overtime and many temporary workers to keep up with the volumes. I'm very tired, but I do manage to work on my days off.

I consider myself fortunate to work in a section where many additional staff members have been hired to handle the increased business of International Mail coming into Canada.

The postie-beaver elves also help Santa in answering his mail from around the world. Check this out: (Letters To And From Santa)


Posted by qualteam at 11:01 PM EST

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