i keep crashing

i keep crashing every time i try to add something to my blog. hello, everyone. I’m coming to you from Warwick tonight. I’m actually at work — and about to leave, because I’m tired and my back is killing me.

the fast started on sunday morning and so far it’s going well. I have been pretty scatterbrained lately though. I’m told this is normal. Maybe I should buy eggs on the way home. it’s going to be a bit hard to do a whole lot of cooking in the mornings, though, given that my landlady would rather not be woken up at 5 AM to listen to me open cupboards and use the toaster. I can understand that. I feel blessed to be a deep sleeper. I even slept through an accident that happened friday morning in the intersection just down the street. a van ran into a fire engine. high speed collision. the guy in the fire engine was killed — no seatbelt. that was a real bummer. think about it… someone was killed just down the street as i slept. it’s creepy. nobody should have to die that way. which is just another reason for me (and everybody) to drive more safely 😛

hmm. work is going very well. things are really starting to happen now. I’m wrapping up my computer classes at the Golden Agers’ Club, and work is advancing on several other projects. All in all, things are doing all right and I think I should be able to make up all my time and get all my goals achieved.

on friday I went up to Montréal for my first meeting of the 3CJ. Lots of people were missing, unfortunately, but we had a good time anyway and I took back a bunch of work (people to contact, and so forth). Look at all this. I wonder if I would ever have been able to do this stuff before. I mean, I used to be deathly afraid of using the phone to call people. Now I’m just nutty telephone and email man. I call people quite often as part of my work and it’s no longer a problem. Anyway, I digress. The meeting was at the Commensal, a vegetarian restaurant 🙂 🙂 🙂 that’s just down the street from McGill. It’s just like the Green Door in Ottawa. What did we do? A lot of consultation and speaking in french and english. man. I’ve never been to a meeting where everyone was consulting in french and english. One person talks in french, the other responds in english, the whole thing goes off without a hitch and everybody’s cool with it. I LOVE BEING BILINGUAL. it is just so cool to know more than one language. It makes me feel so open and in touch with everybody.

Oh, and after the meeting, I dropped by the Pardis residence on Lorne St. for a phat Ayyám-i-Há party. Quite nice. I like celebrating Ayyám-i-Há. I’m not much for planning things for holidays or celebrations, but I do love parties. Anyway, a whole bunch of people I know were there; people from McGill, Université de Montréal, and various other universities in Montréal. I got to catch up with a bunch of people. I even met Olinga Walker, who had apparently just flown in from French Guyana. Olinga was staying in Victoriaville a while back, before I came here. I had never met him before, and it was cool to meet him. He had a nice tan.

Oh, and saturday morning there was a sleighride in Victoriaville, at once to celebrate the Feast and to celebrate Ayyám-i-Há. That was real cool. We had these horses pulling us around in the snow, with a St. Bernard jollily running after us, barking merrily every now and then. We sang Québécois songs and revelled. Then we drank hot chocolate. A good day!

Today, I called around for apartments in Drummondville, and made an appointment to go see one next Saturday morning, at 10 AM. It’s in an apartment block in the St-Jean-Baptiste quarter. I’ll let you guys know how it goes.

ayyám-i-há starts tomorrow!

wow… it’s almost ayyám-i-há, and right after that, the Fast starts. I’m gonna have to start waking up at 5 AM and making breakfast and stuff. Wow. That’s going to be a challenge. But I love the Fast so it doesn’t matter 🙂

This morning, I’m getting a little bit of practice… I actually woke up before my alarm went off 😉

BTW, Ruhi Book 6 was this past weekend in Montreal. It was groovy. More than groovy, it was out of this world! I really needed to study and reflect on how to teach people about the Faith. More talk about this later… I’m getting my day started. Oh and we are covered in snow. Peace.

pretty big things are happening

Among other things, I recently accepted an invitation to serve on the Comité de Coordination des Conférences des Jeunes (they coordinate Bahá’í youth conferences here in Quebec; aka the 3CJ). I’m overjoyed and ecstatic. 🙂 The 3CJ is currently planning the upcoming youth conference in Montreal.

As well, me and a bunch of youth from the area went down to Danville on Saturday (the 15th) to bake bread and study the Bahá’í Writings. It was quite fantastic. I was real tired afterwards though. I drove from Victoriaville to Trois-Rivières to Drummondville to Danville to Drummondville to Trois-Rivières to Victoriaville in one day. If that’s not a christening ceremony for my new car I don’t know what is 🙂 I brought back a bag full of bread. The proceeds are going to the Bahá’í Youth of Uashat (a First Nations reserve near Sept-Îles), so they can attend the upcoming youth conference in Montreal.

I visited Accès-Travail today (where I took part in the job search club) and got some pointers for finding a job in Drummondville. It’ll take determination and effort. no barley cross fingers! I want to do it right this time, or at least quasi-right 😉 Once I find a good job I’ll be better able to pay for my registration for the upcoming youth conference in Montreal.

Speaking of jobs, my job at the SADC is going well. I’m still giving classes every morning at the Golden Agers’ club here in Victoriaville (a ten-minute walk from my house) and working on various other projects. At the moment I’m in the public library in Norbertville, a little town on the outskirts of Victoriaville. I installed Flash on one of the computers and I’m teaching it to myself. Tomorrow evening I’ll be off to Laurierville (about 45 minutes or so away) to give part 2 of an introductory class to computers. It’s going quite well. I think I’m developing a taste for teaching, and nobody I talk to seems to be suprised. They seem to see it in my character. It’s nice work. It’s nice to be paid, too. The more I get paid, the more gas I can pay for so I can go to the upcoming youth conference in Montreal.

Do I sound like I’m selling something? Sorry.

Well, I’m not all that sorry, actually 😉

car, home, and job

good evening fellow hopefuls. I woke up in Sherbrooke at Guylaine and Chakda’s place (Guylaine is the sister of Geneviève, one of the recent pioneers to Victoriaville) and Chakda drove me over to Bel-Air Direct so I could straighten out my insurance issues and get a big phat check for the value of the car that I totaled. Woohoo!

Then I got on the bus to Drummondville, and discovered that I had gotten there too late to catch the 11h00 bus to Victoriaville, so I had to wait around until 14h10, when the next bus came. So I hung around with some of the Bahá’ís in Drummondville (namely France and Jessika, who live near the bus terminal) until it came.

Then I got to Victoriaville and everything was superb.

Then I started calling people and everything was all good.

Then I called people again and it was fantastic.

Then I typed this and it was tubular.

Then I went over to the Centre Emmaüs to sing happy songs about God and it was great!

My shoulder hurts.

Anyway, I suppose I should touch on at least part of what I wanted to say instead of being silly. It seems like when you make up your mind on a goal, everything falls into place. Or, at the very least, you set into motion the wheels and cogs and neurons inside your head that alert you to opportunities and make you do the right things in order to fulfill your goal. Today, while I was in Drummondville, I popped over to the Ellis Business College, where I heard they were hiring people. I had a real nice chat with a really friendly and helpful guy, and he gave me a few pointers as to where else I could look for work, who I could talk to, and so forth. I’ll give them a copy of my CV. After that, when I popped over to France and Jessika’s (Jessika is France’s daughter), France called up her old landlord, who she says is real nice, and asked him if he had any apartments going up for rent in April. And wouldn’t you know it, he did, a small 2 1/2. It’s right next to a bar, though. But hey, it’s a start! And the rent’s not much more expensive than what I’m paying right now.

Suffice to say, perhaps, that I had a pretty good day. I don’t really like missing work, of course — because I’ll have to make it up — but, well, a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.

More later. ta-ta!

news and so on

I woke up at 7:30 AM for no particular reason. My alarm should go off pretty soon. I find no humor in this. No, just kidding, it’s not that bad. Maybe that’ll force me to get to bed earlier tonight!

We were planning on starting the study of Ruhi Book 2, “Arising to Serve”, in Victoriaville on Friday night. Unfortunately, we had several cancellations and realized that it was probably a bad idea to hold it on a Friday night anyway, due to general exhaustedness. Oh well. You live and you learn. We are going ahead with the circle, and with slightly different people. I’ll be calling the interested participants in the next week to get their schedule preferences.

I went to Drummondville yesterday to tutor a study circle for Ruhi Book 2. It started quite well. There is a great dynamic in the group and everyone is serious and committed to the book. I will really enjoying working with this group — and it’s every Saturday morning! Next week some friends from the Ottawa/Gatineau region will be dropping by. My peepz represent.

In case you saw my post earlier and you’re still wondering, what’s the secret? Is he ever going to tell us? Well, the secret was that I am making plans to move to Drummondville come April, before Ridván, in an attempt (hopefully confirmed by the All-Merciful) to help form the first Spiritual Assembly. All that’s needed now is for me to find a job, find an apartment, and buy a car. Tall order huh? That’s why I’d like to ask for the prayers of all you people who are reading this. It’s not going to be easy by any means, but I want to do it. I’m ready.

Anyway, I haven’t had my breakfast yet and I need to make phone calls. I will get back to you guys later!

i’ve got a secret

and i’m not telling you guys what it is until I hear back from the Conseil bahá’í du Québec. In the meantime you can just wonder.