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Canadian Mining Corps

By: ycd0108 , 1:20 AM GMT on June 03, 2013

Not a great week so far:
Edit: Had to "Post and Go" 'cause the kids came by to help Tloml with the one surviving Bee Hive and I needed to ride "OffSider".
Re reading the post turned up some serious deficiencies:
Musta been 1995 'cause I was delayed for about 9 hours and no one was meeting me at Schipol.
Spent a number of hours with some Canadian equipment operators/trainers working in Kagikistan - the Lufthansa 747 had a damaged windshield.
I think it was in Frankfurt but who cares?
I had just been turfed out of an "Aid project" and was a bit shocky. A number of Canucks have walked this path before me:
"“Rwanda will never ever leave me. It's in the pores of my body. My soul is in those hills, my spirit is with the spirits of all those people who were slaughtered and killed that I know of, and many that I didn't know. … Fifty to sixty thousand people walking in the rain and the mud to escape being killed, and seeing a person there beside the road dying. We saw lots of them dying. And lots of those eyes still haunt me, angry eyes or innocent eyes, no laughing eyes. But the worst eyes that haunt me are the eyes of those people who were totally bewildered. They're looking at me with my blue beret and they're saying, "What in the hell happened? We were moving towards peace. You were there as the guarantor" -- their interpretation -- "of the mandate. How come I'm dying here?" Those eyes dominated and they're absolutely right. How come I failed? How come my mission failed? How come as the commander who has the total responsibility-- We learn that, it's ingrained in us, because when we take responsibility it means the responsibility of life and death, of humans that we love.”
― Roméo Dallaire

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1:22 PM GMT on June 09, 2013
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9. Ylee
4:45 PM GMT on June 08, 2013
I read somewhere that no matter how old you are, there's a part of you that still thinks they're 19, so maybe that's why your ma gets flustered with the docs!

My great-uncle had diabetes, and his hands shook, but he could still shoot a gun well enough to win several prizes at the local fish and game!

Good luck on the deck; I'd like to build one, but wood is expensive, and that plastic stuff doubly so! :(
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8. ycd0108
2:34 PM GMT on June 08, 2013
Good morning Ylee:
I see on your blog you are working today. Have a good shift.
I can't charge out my time for much these days with one wonky eye, hand tremor and orders not to lift more than five pounds (I just convert that to kilograms and lift whatever I need).
So I am getting a few things done around here between visits to Doctor's waiting rooms.
The first order of business was to install a second stair rail to the upstairs "ensuite" - done.
Yesterday the stairs down to the basement got it's second handrail. Years ago we brought in many loads of fill to bring the front lawn up to the deck at main floor level so I don't have to build a ramp but now the 25 year old cedar deck needs attention and a large investment in materials.
Yeah, I've suddenly turned into an "old Crock". I used to snicker when the older folks spent so much time talking about their health problems but now I are one!
All my ladies are doing pretty well:
Tloml is getting around with her new knee and handrails.
Mom passed all the tests but is frustrated they could not improve her vision - I guess the doctors are not supposed to say:
"You are old!"

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7. Ylee
9:21 PM GMT on June 07, 2013
Doc must think it's serious if you have to wear that thing! Any stress tests or angiograms in your future?

Hope your ma is doing better, as well as your missus!
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6. ycd0108
11:29 PM GMT on June 06, 2013
Good to see you here Bogon:
I've been a bit off-line too lately.
What with getting my mother to medical test labs in Victoria - mainly to take a bit of pressure off my sister there who has taken on most of the heavy lifting in that regard. The last two days I spent partly in one of those labs myself to get fitted with an Holter ECG Monitor and a serious lecture from the Internal Medicine Doctor.
This aft got to sit on hard bleachers to watch a thousand elementary students run races and relays in very warm sunshine - my grandson was starting runner for the last 4x100 meter relay so we just got back.

To sum up what I think I believe about the murder:
Nothing official yet but the family said police have told them little beyond that they are searching for particular persons.
Eventually the rumors will gel into a final story but I doubt it will make the CBC.
Life goes on but that was, and still is, one hell of a Pot Hole!
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5. Bogon
10:55 PM GMT on June 06, 2013
Followed your link off into the ether the other day and never made it back. Been sorta busy here at home, and my blogging (even my lurking) has been suffering as a result.

Heard any more about your friend the truck driver?
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4. ycd0108
3:16 PM GMT on June 03, 2013
Check this out:
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3. ycd0108
2:15 PM GMT on June 03, 2013
Morning Ylee:
At that point it was just me sent home.
I had "gone native", I guess, and the locals had accepted me.
The whole project was dysfunctional - we had too much money and SFA to show for it.
When I was "turfed" the locals blocked entry to the project for my former "team mates" in protest and soon the project was terminated.
In fact I had turned down a request to work in Rwanda around the time Dallaire writes about in his book: "Shake Hands With the Devil".
Maybe that is why his words resonate for me.
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2. Ylee
9:10 AM GMT on June 03, 2013
When you say you were "turfed out", does that mean you or the agency you worked for was removed for another agency with bigger influence?
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1. ycd0108
6:14 AM GMT on June 03, 2013
Oop Aakk!
I was just reading the reactions to the BC Gov supposed rejection of the Endbridge Sewer line across BC. Is there a reason these folks chose "End" Bridge for their company name?
Yea Gods
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