Archive for April, 2008

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

“Only he who attempts the absurd is capable of achieving the impossible”. Interesting theory by Spanish philosopher Miguel de Unamuno. I wanted to test it, but I couldn’t think of anything that I would like to achieve. Perhaps I already achieved everything. There is nothing else for me to do but to live out the rest of my days basking in my achievements. Or perhaps I should attempt to revive my feeble imagination. If that isn’t absurd enough to grant me the impossible I don’t know what is.

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

Despite arctic weather I went for a walk looking for polar bears. I  did’t see any. The cold must have scared them off. So instead I took a picture of Calgary downtown from the top of Tom Campbell Hill:

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

And that’s me, Frosty the Snowman. Knee deep in the pow:

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Wishing I was a tourist from Australia.

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Nice weather outside. The snow started around 9:30 am and it hasn’t stopped since. According to the weather guys, we won’t get a breather until Tuesday. I live on 3rd floor so there is a slight possibility I may be able to leave my apartment through the balcony door and snowshoe to work on Monday. If anything, I have plenty of cans with corn and beans stored up. So I won’t starve for a while. And I’m still young. There is a good chance I’ll live long enough to witness the coming of the REAL spring 🙂

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

George Bernard Shaw said that lack of money is the root of all evil. First time when I read it, I thought it isn’t right. We all heard that money itself, not lack therof, is the culprit. But then I thought again and realized that Shaw was right. It’s the lack of money that will force people to abandon their dreams, relinquish their freedom and give up their lifes in exchange for some hated job. So that they can pay those despicable bills, buy that extra large refrigerator and keep it filled with food. No wonder obesity is spreading like wild fire. If everyone had money we’d be all slim and beautiful.

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

What a beautiful day it was. Warm and sunny like summer. I have never seen so many joggers on the bike bath before. Now I understand why so many Africans are such good runners. It’s the power of the sun.

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

It snowed quite heavily this morning. Close to 25 cm of wet sticky snow. All over the city the roads were chaos. Traffic jams, accidents, cars in the ditch… Yet so many brave souls exhibited relentless determination and iron will to risk their lifes driving to work. Not to mention most of them were stuck in traffic for hours. Some of them for so long that they run out of gas. I wonder what motivated people to put themselfes through this misery. Was it a sense of duty? Love for their job? Desire to get promoted? Or perhaps a fear of getting fired? Whatever it is, it very effectively replaced the institution of slave drivers.

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

I went for a walk. As I stood on the top of the hill looking down at the noisy and smoggy city I thought this is not very normal to build such ugly & unhealthy monsters and to voluntarily live in them. Sometimes I wonder if people think at all or just blindly follow their instincts towards self-eradication.

Monday, April 7th, 2008

There is something about Mondays. They are often seen as a nuisance. But to me it is a catalyzing force behind the rest of the week. After Monday the week takes off and goes by so fast that sometimes I wish there was a break I could pull on.

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

Today I briefly stared into enternity. It helped me realize how beautiful and yet fragile life is.

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Yesterday I didn’t feel well so I took a day off. Stayed the whole day at home. Read some books, watched some movies, did my tax return. It was fun and it paid off: I’m getting a big refund! I think it’s kind of cool to be sick. As long as it’s nothing too painful. I remember when I was a kid I would deliberately try to catch a cold so that I won’t have to go to school. It’s not as easy as one may think. Even walking outside in the middle of february wearing nothing but a skimpy t-shirt not always worked. Cold air doesn’t make you sick, you also need some germs. You can freeze your ass off and still get away without a sneeze if there ain’t a germ around to capitalize on your frostbitten, weakened immunity system.