Archive for the ‘Unemployment’ Category

The Last Honest Man   Leave a comment

One unanticipated hazard of job hunting in Canada is what happens when the writ is dropped.  Leads go colder than glacial ice and they stay that way for weeks.  Wise Canadian job hunters keep an eye out for the possibility of that thunderous event coming from Ottawa, the nation’s capital. Read the rest of this entry »


The Eagle and the Beaver Have Landed!   Leave a comment

Welcome to Canada.

With that greeting came instructions to park Donovan and go inside the Canada Border Services Agency office just behind the Pacific Highway checkpoint booths for processing. Read the rest of this entry »

The Court of Star Chamber   Leave a comment

First, a history lesson…

Once upon a time in a kingdom far away, there existed a judicial body known as the Court of Star Chamber.  Despite its charming name and surroundings (a chamber having a ceiling painting of the night sky, complete with stars), the Court was anything but.

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Load-Out/Stay   1 comment

Now the seats are all empty
Let the roadies take the stage
Pack it up and tear it down
They’re the first to come and last to leave
Working for that minimum wage
They’ll set it up in another town

from Load-Out  – Jackson Browne

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“You Have the House!”   Leave a comment

Every now and then, Paul and I find ourselves trying to maintain a course of action and  make what appears at the time to be a mistake.  In short order, the mistake reveals itself as the better solution.

We call it ‘screwing up in reverse’. Read the rest of this entry »

“You’re fired!”   1 comment

Tension built as March began.  Only a month to go and still so much to do.

The paperwork required on both sides of the border for an international move could fill a ream.

It starts with item lists and box labels, the general details of which, for items sent on the moving truck, make their way onto the shipping manifest, and continuing with the jewelry, electronics and hobby supply lists in varying levels of detail…in duplicate. Read the rest of this entry »

Suspended Animation   1 comment

Maybe I was too soon in pulling the trigger.

Six weeks after Paul’s layoff, my nerves were frazzled, though the well was not yet dry.  Our only consolation was that we had yet to hear from the INS.  A decision had to be made on vacating our lease. Read the rest of this entry »