Trials & Tribulations; One Man's Journey to Get a Seat Aboard That Train!


By Paul at 7:41 pm on Friday, October 2, 2009

I bet that may have gotten your attention… But I didn’t want to make a pre-mature  post about this.. and I still don’t know just how permanent it will be… but I’d like to share with you that I have been made the Graveyard Shift Charge Hand.. where I work.

I have been at A.I. Ind. since May 2006 and have learned a lot of different things and how they run their operations.  This position is special for me since I have just completed my apprenticeship just last April 2008. I have full control of the shift and make all decisions pertaining to who does what and setting up the next day shifts priorities. While it is a new position for me I hope to grow in my position and get more involved with the company’s day to day planning. Wish me luck in continuing with success, I may need just a little bit from everyone.

** On a side note my wife and I are doing great.  She and I have started on a strict regiment of healthy eating.  She has helped my mother, father, herself and I, lose inches and ponds off since about mid August 2009. I am happy to report I have lost about 25 lbs and many inches.. my wife has lost 15 pounds and even more inches.. **

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By Paul at 1:46 pm on Thursday, January 10, 2008

A Very Happy belated New Year to you and yours…. 

I am celebrating my New Year Back home in Canada!! and I can’t be happier to be back from India once again…. look forward to visiting….  but can’t wait to leave once I am there….. go figure eh?? So once again HAPPY NEW YEAR!! lets make 2008 a year to remember!!

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Final Stretch!!

By Paul at 5:33 pm on Thursday, August 30, 2007

Yes the time has finally come….  just last week my wife had her Medical report done (for the second time) and the doctor has sent off the paper work to the Canadian Consulate in New Delhi. Now we will await a reply for them to request her Passport, and finally get her Visa Stamp for Entry into Canada and her permanent Residence papers she will require to STAY in Canada.

As many of you know (you all know now) I was married back in December 22, 2004. We applied for my wife to immigrate and thought it would take about 3-6 months for her to be approved and arrive in Canada. No such result, as luck would have it, She was denied immigration based on some VERY Superficial criteria that we here in Canada do not take into consideration for a couple to marry, in fact we (Canadians) don’t even think about the particular criteria that my wife was denied entry.

There was only one fact that I could not deny and if they had based everything on this, I wouldn’t be so upset as I am, on what we went through, to get to this point. That fact being I have been married twice before, but even that in Canadian eyes is not a huge factor at all. The apparent “officer” that dealt with my wife’s application initially had raised a few issues and they ended up contradicting themselves in later updates to the computer system they use to document everything during the application process. 

I should scan and post some of the excerpts from it (Maybe later). some of the things they denied her was our age difference. the fact that I have been in Canada since age 5 and she had never been here, I was educated here with some post secondary education and she only has a grade 12 graduation from India. and I suppose the biggest one was that I had been married before and she never married. At first they noted that our Wedding had a good gathering..  later to say there wasn’t very many present for a normal Indian wedding. 

What did they expect that I would pay for and fly all our friends and family from Canada to attend and be present at the wedding too.?? Anyway as you can see their points were very unfounded and not a huge deal to deny someone to get a visa.  They should allow all Married partners to come back home to Canada after their marriage and if needed deport them after the application process is completed and not satisfactory. almost 3 years….  I could have had 2-3 Children by now and those are 3 years I will never get to spend with my wife again.

I think I am starting to ramble now so i will close these thoughts and start another one later when we have some more concrete dates of when she will be here… but we are finally in the Final Stretch

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By Paul at 6:41 pm on Friday, August 10, 2007

Yep..  OMG!  I just hit the BIG “4-0″….  but as they say now…  40 is the new 20…. So just to let you all know I feel great even at the age of 40… Even though Mark Philippoussis chose Amanda the 25 year old…  Who wouldn’t.???

My wife is 13 years younger than me, and that was not out of fluke either…. My parents want grand-kids…  So to accommodate that I needed a younger wife that could deliver (at least Basketball team) and keep up with the stress of having kids… I have no real limit on how many children I want the more the merrier is the attitude I will be going forward with. My wife also has no problems (yet) I mean we talk about it all the time and she even had some palmist tell her how she will have as many kids as she wants. 

It was back in early 2004 that my parents started bugging me about getting married again (Yes again, long story tell you another time if you don’t already know the details)  anyhow they asked me if I was ready..  I replied you want to have Grandchildren??  Then you might want to find someone young enough to have them and also willing to get to know me and marry me before we talk about any children. My god we went through quite a few girls in that time..  hell I even had a choice of hooking up with a woman that was STILL married with a child already too, apparently her husband was a bad ass that beat her and had a drinking problem…She wanted me to SAVE HER!!  I was like WTF!!??  I’m looking for my future wife, not to SAVE” someone from their current marriage, needless to say that conversation didn’t last long. As did many of the others because all they seemed to want to know was if and when I wanted to marry their daughters… and I was like Hold on a minute…  if I agree to anything! it will be to get to know them more first…  perhaps for a year or two even..  and they wanted to have grandchildren by that time not just to be getting into a marriage.

After many women and girls, Oh and who can forget the “PAT” my brother-in-law came back with pictures of, I swear the pictures were not of any female that i could see.. but after those bad episodes of meeting and greeting I finally did come across my wife Kamaljit (Mira as she is known at home now) She and her family were the first to agree in allowing she and I to communicate for as long as we wanted to see how we got along…  little did Mira and I know how well we would connect and well…..  the rest as they say is history, but I will tell you the full story sometime later too maybe you can remind me. right now it creeping up to the 3rd year and we are still awaiting for some papers from Immigration Canada’s New Delhi office for her to obtain her Permanent Status Visa to Land in Canada.

So where was I.??  Oh Yeah!!!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!!!

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made a June entry

By Paul at 12:27 pm on Saturday, June 30, 2007

HAHA!  yeah well you can say what you will…..  But I have been working 6 days a week….  and sometimes 10 hours per day. John Chow will have you believe I am wasting my time and I should get out of the rat race and do what he does. Well I have only a few things to say about that, one main thing is, if we ALL did what John Chow does….  there would be No John Chow “Internet Mogul”  to speak of. If we all did what he does there would be no home for John to buy or the new car he wants to buy because there would be no one building houses or making cars, there would be no grocery stores for him to go and buy food from, and god forbid no more restaurants for him to go have his $400+ meals at.

We all do what we do, and THAT is what makes the world go round, that is what allows us to have a LIFE! sitting at home on your computer and earning advertisement dollars is a GREAT thing for a few…..  but we need all the rest of us doing our part to make the JOHN CHOWS of this world be able to spend their millions…..  Now don’t get me wrong….  John Chow is actually a personal friend of mine I have nothing against him at all….  I applaud him on his success and what he does (and he does it very well I might add). but we can’t all do it…. or the world as we know it would come to a grinding halt and so would all those millions he enjoys if we “ALL” did what he does.

Need I say more.??  pfft…..

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Canadian Immigration

By Paul at 12:19 pm on Saturday, June 30, 2007

So many times I have thought about this process I am going through to sponsor my wife to Canada, and all that comes to mind is what a HUGE JOKE the Canadian Immigration is…  You have people that deliberately deceive the system and they seem to get rewarded for it and others like my self who go through all the So-Called proper channels and am still waiting for her to receive a letter that says she can now get her visa to come to Canada.

My having to even go though an appeal hearing is a joke too when you look at the “FACTS” of my application and the appeal hearing itself only lasting 20 minutes for them to approve it. Why now has it taken 2 whole months since that decision for my wife’s application to be allowed to proceed, why are we still waiting for a damn letter which can’t take more than 10-15 days to arrive to my wife. once she receives the letter she will need to go through another medical exam and then await yet another who knows how long for them to send her passport back to her with the visa papers.

I see no excuse for it to take as long as it is taking considering all that has happened, starting with the lady that took my wife’s original interview back in January 2006 being apparently fired from her position but when asked about it they say she quit. She (the interviewer) did NOT do her job as she was supposed to instead she pushed her own “Indian” values upon my wife’s case and denied her a visa to come to Canada at the time of the interview.  the Appeal hearing took a whole 20 minutes for the Immigration council and Appeal board member to approve my appeal.  this whole process baffles me to no end.

So what do I think of Canadian Immigration and their procedures..??  Just a HUGE JOKE on burden on the TAX Payers of this country and an even bigger burden on those separated spouses that have to wait years for something that sh0ould take no longer than a month to go through. In fact My wife should have been allowed to come with me back to Canada while this stupid and unnecessary immigration process was completed. Just like the spouse of a visiting partner is allowed to stay in the country had my wife and I been married here in Canada, and she was visiting she would have been allowed to stay with me till this whole process was complete. Instead she and I have now been apart since we married back in Dec 22, 2004 other than the time I spent on visits, it’s just not the same as having her here with me.

Immigration Canada needs to do MORE to avoid keeping “REAL” Marriages from suffering while the FAKE and DELIBERATE ones that cheat the system are allowed to prosper. WHAT A JOKE!!!!

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w00t!!! 94%!!!

By Paul at 3:21 pm on Sunday, April 15, 2007

On Friday April 13th…  yeah tell me about it Friday the 13th…. I finished my level 3 Classes for my Steel Fabrication Apprenticeship..  with a 94% final mark.  I tied for top marks with 2 others in the class.  From what I had heard about level 3 being the hardest of the four levels, I found it to be quite easy compared to the many that said it was the hardest. I am also proud to say I helped a few others in the class get a final mark in the 90’s as well.

Level 1 was more of an introduction to the many things we would learn along the way in the four levels and Level 2 we seemed to learn a lot more, and had more content. Which brings me to Level 3, which I found to be more of a review of level 2 and just other ways of figuring out our math. Back in level 2 we were introduced to the Pythagorean Theorem to figure out lengths in Trusses and Hoppers. We also used it to solve some trick questions too. Level 3 re-introduced us to Trigonometry. A look back at my earlier post about Trigonometry will tell how I found it quit easy for the math we use in Fabrication. Not only did I find it easy for myself I was able to help others to understand it and get a better grade than they might have gotten without my input. A thank you goes out to those who admitted my input helped them out, they know who they are.

I have level 4 to complete before I can write the I.P. (Inter-Provincial) exam that will certify me as a Journeyman Steel Fabricator to work anywhere within Canada, (Some say all of North America and perhaps in Europe too) but I’m not going anywhere so my Canadian certification is enough for me. I am planning to take it in November of this year (2007) if I can still get a seat. One day I hope to maybe become an Instructor at B.C.I.T. Who knows when, but that is one of my goals I wish to reach. The fact that I am still an apprentice doesn’t help me realize that goal for perhaps another 5 years.

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American Idol??

By Paul at 6:07 pm on Tuesday, April 3, 2007

I’ve been watching American idol all season….  I usually get hooked to the auditions part…..  and then just want to see how it unfolds till the top 10… by then I’m usually hooked enough to watch every week even thought this season I have promised to boycott it if a certain someone continues to be safe. You all know who I am talking about. I was hoping to keep some eye candy around for us men to look at, and poof!! we lose Sabrina Sloan …  sure we still have Haley Scarnato still.. but with all the reviews she gets from the “Judges” how long will we have her to look at?

I suppose I am just venting, god knows how Sanjaya Malakar keeps making it through each week.. we all know it’s not for his singing talent. Doesn’t this fact alone show how you can’t really trust any so-called “Reality” shows anymore. Does he really make it through each week with public votes.? or do the producers of the show just decide who they want to keep for a while longer to make it more controversial or whatever you want to call it, if enough people talk about it, the more $$$ they make.

But how fair is that, if that’s what’s actually going on? Was the only true winner the first Idol, Kelly Clarkson.? ok now I’m getting a little more pissed off so….. I will leave it for now and see what happens on tomorrows results show.

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By Paul at 4:11 pm on Friday, March 23, 2007

You gotta love Friday!!! Just had to say THANK GOD ITS FRIDAY!! Johnny when we finding another Matches.????? I mean seriously don’t ya miss going out Friday and Saturday nights like we used to.??

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WOW! A Mind Fart Update!

By Paul at 4:24 pm on Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Maybe a mind fart isn’t all that bad after all!! I did get the results of my Plate development test from yesterday, I assume not only was my fart odorless but it couldn’t have made much of a fart-like-sound either. After all the complaining and worrying I did over yesterdays test, I was very happy to receive a 93%.

Four drawings… each worth 10 marks each. I was very pleased to see my 37/40 marks and we also learned that the instructor doesn’t hand out 100% to anyone. So to base his highest possible mark to be a 9 1/2 out of 10, the highest anyone could have received was 95%. With that said did I get 93% out of 95%.? if that holds true I did way better than I thought I would. A 2% off of the highest mark he would have handed out to anyone sounds like a great accomplishment to me. I just wanted to let you all know (to the ones that care to know) and share with you the results so far. Our first weeks shop project was also marked and I have my marks for that too. I will take some pictures of that and make a new post for it soon too.

Now I am wondering how he will mark the math test we have scheduled for the end of next week. or the first week of April. I’m glad April 1st is on a Sunday so no April fools will be made of us in class….  WHEW!!! does a 100% mark in the math test mean 100% or just 95%.?  hmmmm….  I hope I can remember my Sac(k) of Tab (Cola) on the CBC. I curious if that has anyone wondering what I am on about?…. Ok it’s time to go Study for the Safety test on Friday. Thanx for dropping by.

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Mind Farts!

By Paul at 5:44 pm on Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Why does the mind fart now and then.?  Here I am in the 2nd week of my 5 week Level 3 Apprenticeship at B.C.I.T. and we had our first test.  We worked on plate layout and we basically draw out the project we are working on, be it a cone with a square bottom with a round top or both top and bottom are round,  to an offset opening from top to bottom. I know not a lot of you have a clue as to what I am talking about, but I’m sure some of you do. Anyway why do our minds fart??

I have done countless drawings since my first level class in Spring of 2005.  I understand them, and then I stop practicing them. I was so confident going into my test this morning and then I get to the last of the 4 drawings we had to do. and My mind goes FART!!!  I must have tried the same part like 4 times all to no avail. I forgot one small element of the drawing and the shape I should have had was just not coming out in the drawing.

So I ask, Why do minds fart when you least expect it? This whole week we’re working on Trigonometry. I hope my mind doesn’t fart when I recall my Sack of Tab Cola on the CBC when I have my Trig test. I have to save that for another days Post, but I’m happy to say, even though the Mind can FART!!! they are odorless and not quite as noisy as those from the exhaust end of the human body. 

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300 WOWS!!

By Paul at 9:13 pm on Friday, March 16, 2007

OMG! yes I totally recommend you take the time and spend some hard earned cash and watch “300”. it was a GREAT movie…..  No I won’t give it away or anything. but wow what a rush! I heard it was done with  A LOT of CGI, but I thought it was done very well.  To make sure I don’t say too much about it I will Just leave it at…


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By Paul at 5:49 pm on Friday, March 16, 2007

Yep…  “300”. If you watch T.V. then you know what I am talking about…..  if you go out to watch movies then you definitely know what I am talking about. Yes “300” the movie, I know it was released last week but I hate the rush when a new movie starts. Some movies are worth it but some can wait and will be around for a few weeks so why rush to watch it? Anyway I haven’t seen it YET, but I am heading out in about 10 minutes to see it with my dad. He saw the previews a while back and has been now hounding me since last week to go watch it.

So here we are just sitting around on a Friday night and my Mother tells me she has some coupons for a $10.00 value to a movie. Well why not enjoy a free movie? I said to myself.. be back later and will try to tell you all I can about the movie, if I recommend it or not. I’m no critic, but any movies that the critics praise I avoid. I haven’t heard anything about this one yet (on purpose) so off to the Movies I go……

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OUCH! update!

By Paul at 4:54 pm on Friday, March 16, 2007

A whole week later and it still hurts like a Son-of-a-B*ee*p! I have changed the Bandage once now and tonight I am airing it out. OMG!! it hurts when I try to move it…. My Doctor told me to move it around and bend it at the joints as much as I can, but with the bandages, I can’t bend it much cause the bandage holds it so well that it just holds it straight (like it’s in a cast).  When I was moving my thumb from the joint connected to my hand (so I move the WHOLE Thumb) it seemed to be healing and feeling much better as the days went on.  Little did I know the LACK of my moving the joints was actually making my thumb all stiff and the bandages just acted as a second skin so I couldn’t really feel how it really feels without a bandage.

Now with the bandage off and my allowing the wound to get some air, I realize just how much it can and does hurt.  Without the bandage I tried to move all the joints around, (my doctor told me to) because he said if I keep it all bandaged up for 4-5 weeks without trying to move it, it will be harder to get motion back in the joints for a lack of use for so long. I want to scream! cause it’s only been a week yet, when I try to move the knuckle joint, I can’t!

I’m not sure what’s going on with my WCB Claim now either cause of me being in School for my Apprenticeship.  I’ve applied for E.I. and WCB and from the sounds of it I will only get WCB for the Friday after my injury and E.I. for the 5 weeks I am attending School. well something is better than nothing I suppose.  I might have made a bit more income on WCB but seriously beggars can’t be choosers. (I’m the beggar at the moment). in the mean time here is a picture of the healing process after a week in a bandage! Stitches come out Monday the 19th! Looks gross EH!?

*Click here for Picture* if you really need to see..

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Pho! with a Furry Blue Monster!!

By Paul at 6:22 pm on Saturday, February 3, 2007

SO here we are a day…. week…..  Hell it’s a new month!!  OMG!  a new Year even!!  So i suppose it’s time I posted something….  seems like any other day when I woke up this morning… but today I had a chance to meet and have lunch with Gary of and he was in Blue too,  Not sure about the whole FUR part…. but ironically enough, we had PHO for lunch..  now some people pronounce it FURR  some FOE.  some say it’s more of a ….  ummm….  hmmmmm  ok I have no idea how to spell that one.. Our Saturday afternoon lunches usually have about 4-5 people attend but today we had a Grand total of 12..  next time I need to take my camera along with me…. Let me see if I can introduce all 12..

Here we go then, lets start off with someone that everyone seems to love to hate or is it hates to love.?? but anyway when you know it’s Mr. John Chow himself I am speaking of you be the judge do you hate him or love him..  I have known John now for many years closing in on 10 years, pretty soon I think. Along with John was his wife Sarah and the ever adorable Sally.  My dad came with me and we met up with Wolfgang, another long time attendee of our Saturday lunches, Ed was there with his wacky sense of life and if you can call it humor, but he knows it wouldn’t be a PHO experience without him now…  Steven graced us with his presence from his busy life (NOT!!) as well..  Michael was there but was too far to speak with, but we did yell over at each other. he’s what they call a Comment whore!! I just learned that about him today. Greg whom I met a few months ago finally showed up after everyone else but ended up getting his bowl of Pho WAY Before me, that was just not right. Mentioned earlier Gary with his friend Reiner. Wow! we really did have 12 people today, maybe one day we take over the whole damn restaurant and see what trouble we can get into with Lan the owner. I know what he might say to that though…..  “WHATEVER!!! PAUL!!”

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By Paul at 11:02 am on Thursday, January 18, 2007

ok seriously what’s up with the weather.?  Are we now Toronto.?? I hear they haven’t had “ANY” Snow yet and here we are with countless times of snow fall and freezing temperatures that usually Montreal gets.  Not sure I want ot move to Toronto be cause of this but I think we are in for a HOT Summer if the winter is any kind of indication of what to prepare for this spring/summer. 

We are obiously not prepared for this kind of weather out in the west as far as the whole having salt trucks we need more of them,  I mean we’re so use to a mild wet winter where snow is usually just seen up in the mountains.  What more can we expect.??  I don’t think anyone knows for sure….  Lets see what hap[pens in the coming days and lets hope Toronto takes its weather back soon.  

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By Paul at 1:10 pm on Wednesday, January 17, 2007

is good food!!!!

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WOW! Here we go again!! I’m Rambling!!!

By Paul at 8:13 pm on Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Hiya folks So I may not be putting in as many HOURS as our friend Johnny on his Blog……

But I am in the middle of searching for a job yet again. I am on call at the shipyards making $31/hour but one can only wait for a call so..  long before he must look at other avenues of income….. so here we are to ponder the thought…  is Blogging the Answer…? it certainly is for some people. They are able to make a living from their Blog but then does the argument “Trading Hours for Dollars” hold true ONLY for those of us that have a 9-5 Job.? (7-3 in my case) I mean seriously now…  are we going to say that people that Post items to their BLOG or other Internet website say a Hardware Review Site even…  Do they Not WORK.???  Do they not Trade Posts for Dollars.?  do making these POSTS not take up any time.??

My argument is simple I am not knocking the Perma-Bloggers…  all the power to them for having idea’s to post about. I am now going to Post My own thoughts now and then and see what comes of this Blogging.

I have opinions about the Canadian Immigration Department’s handling of My Wifes Visa to immigrate to Canada. I have an opinion about My Culture and when a baby arrives into the world.. it is Just my culture? (I’m East Indian or South Asian even we are also known as Indo-Canadian) I have things to talk about, but who will read my ramblings.? Will someone from immigration Canada get a hold of my link and will it help my wifes Case.? or will it help another.?  I doubt it, but here goes nothing…  I am going to Try this and ride it out a while and see what comes of it…


Thanx for reading…

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