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  Career Cruising

... or "What do I want to be when I grow up?"

R sent me to the Kitchener Public Library's career cruiser questionnaire. I don't know, maybe it's a slow day or something. Essentially, you answer a bunch of questions about what you like or dislike in a job, and it throws you a list of things you might be good at. I kind of wish I had one of these things in high school.

After answering 39 questions, they had me pegged as a guy who mainly fixes things. Not too far off from what I do, but I guess they couldn't decide on what I liked fixing:

1. Race Car Mechanic2. Appliance Repairer
3. Cable Installer and Repairer4. Farm Equipment Mechanic
5. Aircraft Mechanic6. Diesel Mechanic
7. Lifeguard8. Motorcycle Mechanic
9. Small Engine Mechanic10. Automobile Mechanic
11. Heavy Equipment Mechanic12. Industrial Machinery Mechanic
13. Elevator Installer and Repairer14. Taxidermist
15. Recreation Vehicle Service Technician16. Computer Support Person
17. Veterinarian18. Millwright
19. Agronomist20. Food Inspector
21. Veterinary Technician22. Curator
23. Film Processor24. Hairstylist
25. Fitness Instructor26. Home Economist
27. Diving Instructor28. Boilermaker
29. Automotive Painter30. Special Effects Technician
31. Technical Writer32. Tilesetter
33. Website Designer34. ESL Teacher
35. Welder36. Foreign Language Instructor
37. Historian38. Industrial Designer
39. Choreographer / Dance Instructor40. Director of Photography

Pretty varied list, if you discount all the ones that said "mechanic". At the very least they got Computer Support Person in there somewhere. I decided to fine tune the list a little. It asked me 57 more questions, and I got to fill in my level of education.

The next list was much much closer to what I do now (especially since I do a lot of artistic things in my spare time).

1. Critic2. Multimedia Developer
3. Writer4. Director of Photography
5. Special Effects Technician6. Choreographer / Dance Instructor
7. Director8. Historian
9. Video Game Developer10. Desktop Publisher
11. Technical Writer12. Driving Instructor
13. Camera Operator14. Business Systems Analyst
15. Database Developer16. Website Designer
17. Computer Programmer18. Webmaster
19. Researcher20. Makeup Artist
21. Web Developer22. Stuntperson
23. Computer Support Person24. Curriculum Specialist
25. Association Manager26. Audio-Visual Technician
27. Artist28. Communications Specialist
29. Computer Network Specialist30. Print Journalist
31. Electroneurodiagnostic Tech32. Cardiovascular Tech
33. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer34. Photographer
35. Dietitian36. Cable Installer and Repairer
37. Microbiologist38. Foreign Language Instructor
39. Film Editor40. Chef
Cool. Much closer to stuff I'd like doing. I wonder how much more fine tuning I can do with this list? I already do most of these things either during the day, or after hours. OK, maybe I'm no stuntperson or dance instructor, and maybe I don't know what an electroneurodiagnostic tech does, per se, but all in all, a pretty good list; I'm interested in, or have done more than half of the things on the list, and maybe 10 of the jobs reflect what I do in my current job.

On the other hand, this doesn't really inspire me to look for my ideal job. I kind of feel like Philip J. Fry being told he'll be a delivery boy.

  New Couch

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This just arrived today. Sure it's a little more than we needed, but now we and 8 of our friends can watch a movie together.

Also, it will be fantastic for entertaining at the bar.

  New Henning Mankell Book

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"Sidetracked". Wherein Kurt Wallander keeps getting interrupted by menial tasks during the investigation.

  New Henning Mankell Book

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Reading "The Man Who Smiled". So far, Kurt Wallander spends a year and a half feeling sorry for himself. So far, so good.


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It's that time of the year again. Just waiting for the dentist to finish with his other patient.

Good news, everyone. Now, if only they could open one a little closer to me ... say in Toronto.

Still, this will give me reasons to go down there, now that ISPCON is defunct, and my brother appears to be moving to Australia with his family.

Hopefully, having a new tiki bar in SF will forgive the (potential) closure of the Tonga Room, and the bad experience of finding a urine-soaked alcove where the defunct Trader Vic's used to be (I can't believe people are still writing reviews for the closed location).


This fall, San Francisco will become home to Smuggler's Cove, a new bar designed to celebrate the incredible diversity and versatility of the world's most exciting spirit: Rum. Smuggler's Cove offers a whole new approach to rum by featuring a vast array of traditional Caribbean drinks, classic libations of Prohibition-Era Havana, and famous exotic cocktails from legendary tiki bars- all under one roof. In addition, Smuggler's Cove will offer an unparalleled selection of rare and premium rums from around the world carefully selected for enjoying on their own or skillfully blended into cocktails. For over a decade, owner and creator Martin Cate has been passionate about rum & tropical cocktails. He was the co-creator, designer and chief mixologist for Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge in Alameda, CA. He has judged in international rum competitions, met with over a dozen rum distillers in five countries, and lectured at Bourbon and Branch's Beverage Academy, Tales of the Cocktail, and Tiki Oasis.

Rum Bar Opening This Fall In San Francisco

  The White Lioness

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New Kurt Wallander mystery. He's no Martin Beck, but it's still good reading.

  Cat in the Sink

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I don't know why I'm surprised to see the cat drinking water straight from the tap â.¦ she's seen me do it a hundred times before.

I just wish she wouldn't do it while I'm brushing my teeth.

  Business Drag

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Because I'm still at work. Figured I'd get dressed up today.

  New vehicle

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It was time to upgrade the vehicle, and it looks like this is it.

  Wednesday morning coffee

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Doing a little reading this morning, while enjoying a grande Komodo Dragon.

Who names a coffee blend after a toxic lizard?

  Dancing Bear

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Now reading James Crumley's Dancing Bear. A Milo Milodragovich mystery. One of the two P.I. characters based out of Meriwether, Montana that Crumley writes about. I wonder if the two of them ever met.

  New book

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Picked up James Crumley's The Mexican Tree Duck from Reading it at the Starbucks at King and Weber, a grande Estima roast keeping me company.

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Good so far. Kind of like Kiki Strike meets jPod meets Red Dawn.

Of course it's making me a little paranoid.

  Athena - Lazy Sunday

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Athena gives me a sour look if I stop petting her. I'd get out of this chair and do something, but the cat's just getting comfortable. Besides, there's coffee.

  Tuesday Morning Mysteries

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If I ever have some spare time before work, I'm usually sitting in a coffee shop somewhere, reading and drinking a strong cup of coffee.

In the past, I used to blog a lot more, but it really depended on what electronic resources were available at the time; you know, open wifi, an easy-to-access laptop, a ready camera for pictures, etc. Most of all, I needed the drive to write something.

I'm hoping that drive is returning. I've been lax in getting any writing done. Instead, I've been sort of micromanaging my time between several projects, with half-assed results in all cases. Most of the time, I'm just reading.

I need to focus my creative efforts, I think.

  New Martin Beck novel

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Reading vintage crime novel, The Laughing Policeman. A friend gave me her entire Martin Beck collection after hearing about my current obsession with Swedish detective novels.

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