upcoming events

these are things I am looking forward to:

today
catherine drops by for the day

tomorrow
first practice for the local gospel choir

wednesday 25th
I start working at the cranberry interpretation centre, and an assembly meeting in the evening

thursday 26th
feast of will

friday 27th
job fair… maybe I can make some good contacts!

saturday 28th
pioneering spirit conference

monday 30th
second practice for the gospel choir, vision tv shows a repeat of the baha’i program I missed

sunday october 6th
cluster-wide reflection meeting

monday october 7th
third practice for the gospel choir, vision tv program featuring marie-jo cyr! WOOOHOOOO MARIE-JO

thanksgiving weekend
quebec baha’i youth conference! YAAAAAAA

it’s that big chunk of fudge

Here’s a run-down: yesterday I popped by one of the local churches to attend an information session about a gospel choir. That was pretty cool. Actually, it wasn’t the church, it was the pastoral house (or whatever it’s called), right next to the church. Nice place. You can tell the Catholic Church makes a lot of money. So, anyway, that’s nice, I might be able to sing regularly this year.

Also yesterday, we had an assembly meeting, but a really phat one, the best we’ve ever had. We were united, we were organized, we discussed some great topics, we all participated — man, I’m just blown away. It was a great, great meeting. Alhamdu’lillah! It was nice to see. I hope we have some more like that.

Meanwhile, today I worked some more at Loblaws. Yay money! I’m pretty certain that I’ll have to keep looking for a job though, just as a precaution. Since I’m not part of any union, they can cut me whenever they want me to — which may be far away, but may also be within a month or two. You never know. And there has been a lot of talk about said cuts. Oh well. That’s okay. As long as I can find something else that’s phat.

Um, what else? I made photocopies. I did a pretty good job facing, too. I was pretty focused, and I’m becoming more efficient all the time.

I’m tired now. Good night.

aaaaaaaaaauuugh my feet!!!

’nuff said 😉

so things have been going well at work so far. I’ve been averaging around two to three errors a day. not bad for someone with absolutely no experience! it certainly is challenging. I’m practically learning from the ground up. on Tuesday I learned how to face. that means “arrange items nicely on the shelf”, and how to operate the cardboard press, and how to use those little movable stairs. on Wednesday I learned how to use the service elevators and the garbage compactor, and the importance of hair nets. Today I learned how to face again (apparently I hadn’t gotten it quite right the first time), and how to restock the shelves. I’m feeling more and more like a stockboy! woohoo stockboys! oh yeah and my feet are killing me. At least I can guarantee that I’ll be getting some exercise. Now I need to make sure I keep doing those curl-ups and push-ups in the morning to get me going.

In other news… wait, there is no other news. I’ve been cooped up inside a Loblaws all week. what the hell.

We had a conversation about religion in the lunch room (which scared away several people) wherein two people were batting each other about over concepts of religion, particularly the Catholic faith. I can see why some people don’t like to talk about religion. It’s kind of like bashing two bricks together. Religion is treated like any other commodity — just pick a brand name. And if you don’t like any brand in particular, mix and match them to get something you like. I’m always pretty saddened when I see that. I believe that religion is the greatest constructive force in the world, and has always been. What’s that you say? It can also be the greatest destructive force? Yes indeed. I won’t get into the whole logical argument, since it’s getting close to dinner time, but the fact is that religion has simply done a lot of good. There are a lot of good religious people who live pure, happy lives, and do great, amazing things for the betterment of the world. There are also people who miss the point entirely and use religious ideology to gain power, money, prestige, and so forth. Worse even, there are people who corrupt religion by putting forth their own biased views of religion as the gospel, inalienable truth. What’s the difference between the good and the bad? Here’s a simple answer, take it with as many grains of salt as you wish: The good people are inspired by God and seek to follow His will. The bad people ignore God and go by their own opinions as to what’s important. Make sense? This presupposes that God is the source of all good. Can we accept that? I can. But let’s talk about it.

If only I could do this well in French, though 😉

family reunion?

whoa it looks like my whole family is gonna come and hang out in Victoriaville for a day tomorrow. what the! that’s pretty cool. Uncle Ralph is going to come up from the States, and the rest of my family is going to come over from Ottawa, and we’re going to hobnob and not speak french. I can guarantee there’ll be Loblaws jokes too, because Uncle Ralph always used to make jokes about Loblaws. Ralph is funny. All my dad’s relatives have a pretty good sense of humor. I’m just sorry I haven’t gotten to know them that well.

Oh yeah I have stuff to do today. maybe I could hang up my laundry right now. the washer just finished. and then I need to get one of my spark plugs changed. I mean my car does, not me. I don’t have spark plugs. See, that type of humor is definitely inherited from my dad’s side of the family. It’s really esoteric and full of non sequiturs and sometimes just consists of things that other people would look at blankly and wonder what the joke was, whereas you’re telling it and rolling in the aisles. I dunno. Spark plugs. Hmmm. That reminds me of the time that Monsieur David F. related a joke that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá told, and everyone who heard it just looked at him blankly and wondered what the joke was. I guess you had to be there. Eventually I got it, and it was funny. But if you want to hear it, you’ll have to ask me in person.

know what’s cool? there’s a spring nearby where you can get fresh, cool, clean water. I’ve never seen that before. I guess that happens more often when you live next to a mountain. do-it-yourself spring water is good.

oh ho ho ho!

hey, we just had a pretty cool Ruhi circle here in Victoriaville. many interesting people were there, and more will join. it was an introductory meeting and it was very pleasant and convivial (in the words of one of the participants). Oh and I was facilitating it. mega cool 🙂

tomorrow I pick cucumbers for money. OH MY GOODNESS IT’S THE SECOND COMING OF CUCUMBER MAN. Third actually. Hopefully they don’t kick me off the bus this time. Wow I must not be making any sense to you people who aren’t watching me every moment of my life. I should get out of my head a little bit.

Anyway, keep watching this space; soon, hopefully before the end of the month, you will see a newly redesigned site, more user-friendly (I hope) and more meaty (yay!), with a section specifically dedicated to the Bahá’í Faith and my experience of it. I just can’t shut my mouth.

GOOFY MAN