Dave Duncan

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Archive for June, 2004

Setting Up…

This is a test in posting to the future. You see, as you’re reading this, I’m in the remote (from the net, at least) wilds of The Pontiac region of Quebec, and I’m probably still in the midst of setting up the cottage for this coming weekend.
Now, this isn’t really all that complex a process. I usually have to mow the lawn, buy some groceries, do a little sprucing up, and haul a LOT of water in from the neighbours’ place. I like this time because I can relax before everyone else shows up. I can sleep in, have a few really nice meals and sneak in a quick swim before I nap the evening away while I wait for the cars to roll in around 1am.
So, if you’re coming up this weekend, and you’re reading this now… just keep in mind that while you’re cramped in a packed car, or straining to stay awake on a dark country road, I’m stretched out on the couch with a cold beer in my hand… see you in a few hours! 🙂

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Fear Not…

Although we’re leaving tonight, I’ve taken advantage of (or I’m testing) one of the features of this blog that lets me post to the future, so I’ve left a few little gems for those of you who are stuck in offices over the next few days.
Have a great weekend!

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I hate the phone

Our receptionist is away today. She is training on our new phone system, which will be in place for the move at the end of August. So, in her place is another front desk staff member whos is currently working on other things.
What I have realized is that I hate answering the phone, especially here. People are generally nasty on the phone or give you attitude, but mostly you get the “Don’t you know how important I am?” sort of calls. They are annoying because we do the best we can to help people and they don’t even know and secondly, I’m not trained to be a receptionist and although I don’t have as much money as the people who call, I have a similar amount of education and intelligence…without the attitude.

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Liberal Minority

I pretty well called this election earlier yesterday, and here’s why…
The official polls kept saying that the Liberals and Conservatives were neck and neck, but a poll isn’t binding, and when it came time to check that ‘x’, many people were more scared of a Conservative government than a Liberal one. It’s that simple.
Still, with a minority gov’t, the Liberals can either prove the Conservatives right, or wrong and I imagine the next year or so will show us how the next decade will look politically in Canada.
Personally, I’m glad to see that the Green Party went from 0.08% of the popular vote in 2000 to 4% this year. Plus, all those votes will result in some much-needed cash for the party.
Also of note, was the strong showing for the NDP. Canada was leaning a little more left than usual yesterday. 🙂

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The Day has Finally Come

So sometime after work today, Jen and I will be hitting the road for the cottage. Everyone else will be heading up sometime tomorrow night or through the weekend.
If you still want to come, you can try emailing me today, but it’s not likely you’ll get me after about 6pm EDT. Try my cell number if you’ve got it, or track down directions from one of the people who are actually coming, if you know who those people are.

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Comments are Back Up

Sorry about that. Apparently my host made some changes, and I had to manually change some settings to the comments file. Long story short, share your thoughts…

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Conspiracy Theory

Last night we saw Farenheit 9/11. All I have to say is “Wowzers”. It was a powerful documentary that really makes you think. I mean, we all know that Michael Moore is the extreme left wing, but I’m encouraged by the fact that people are going in droves to see this movie. I like that he is being seen as a journalist rather than just a shit disturber. He’s not making this stuff up for a movie, but rather, unveiling a lot of information that most people don’t have access to.
People have become too complacent. I was talking to someone at work who said he fully believes that the American people have become like the book 1984. They are pacified by movies and t.v. and their possessions and everything else around them that gives them comfort and have become too complacent and unquestioning of the government and their practices. I mean, if we are happy, we won’t revolt and question what is really going on, and that is the way they want it.


T-Minus Two Days…

In less than two working days, I’ll be on my way up to the cottage, and won’t be posting here. I may set a few up to post through the week, but you’ll have to check back to find out.
This weekend was Ryan and Heidi’s wedding, and everything went great. The ceremony was a little windy in the barn, and the whole day was a little cool (being outdoors), but the whole day went amazingly.
So now with the two receptions out of the way, I’m realizing how little I have planned for the Canada Day weekend compared to years past. That’s okay though, between Jen and I, we can outplan the hell out of just about anything.
On a historical note, on this date in 1914, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo by Gavrilo Princip (a Serbian nationalist). Because of a complex series of allegiances and treaties, most of Europe was dragged into a conflict that would soon become The First World War.

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