RE: Portable numbers not seen as imminent

Looks like we’re going to have to wait a while to switch to Bell everyone.

Canadians won’t be able to take their mobile phone numbers with them when they switch companies until at least seven out of 10 people have a wireless phone, Bell Mobility Inc. president Michael Neuman believes.

More than four of 10 Canadians today have a mobile phone and some analysts believe it will take until about 2015 to reach seven of 10.

Stupid CRTC doesn’t make ANY smart decisions. They need to listen to consumers more and ignore the payoffs from the telecommunications industry! In the meantime I am stuck with Telus (which is still better than you poor suckers on Rogers or Fido!).


Learn to drive people!

Somehow the skies have turned against us and the snow fell today like it was Christmas – only without the joy. The list of accidents on the radio was outrageous, and I was inches away from own accident. Coming down 17th street, it was easy going (although extremely slippery) North (my direction) but backed up for miles going South. Of course, some idiot out of frustration tries to turn around from the south bound lane into mine, right in front of me. I had to swerve way to the right and missed his front end by only inches. Moron.

After that ordeal it was very slow and icy the rest of the way. I walked into my exam this morning at five to nine, just in time! My exams today were both pretty easy, the morning one even more so (MARK 301). If I can finish my take-home exam tonight this will be the first time I have knocked off three exams in one day!

Needless to say with finals and all this snow and bad weather, I wish I was back in Seattle!

Ah sleep…

I slept in quite long today, catching up on some much needed rest. It wasn’t just all fun and games in Seattle you know! There was hard work going on!

Also went shopping with my sister today, and holy batman there are some hot girls working at Garage Clothing in SouthEd Common. Insane. We then went to BP’s, and poor Kim couldn’t eat very much (she recently had eight teeth pulled – I’d say screw you dentist if I was her).

Lastly, we went to watch the Girl Next Door tonight, so I hope the movie studios are reading this – I made good on my promise! Just as I expected, Elisha is even hotter on the big screen. Regardless of what the critics say, I recommend this movie (its funny too). Oh and Kimmi liked it too!

Seattle Trip Day #5

Today was my final day in Seattle. I got up early as planned, and started to pack my suitcase. I quickly realized that I was going to run out of room if I bought anything else! I headed down to Starbucks (the original) and got a coffee, as well as some merchandise. Let me tell you, that is the largest amount of money I have ever spent at Starbucks in one shot!

On my way back towards the hotel, I stopped and got a duffel bag – didn’t think to pack one when I left! I also then stopped at the Nordstroms and looked around, but nothing really sprung out at me, so I didn’t end up buying anything. Instead I walked around a bit and took a couple pictures, then went back to the hotel and packed.

It was nice out today in both Seattle and Vancouver, very sunny! The trip from the hotel to the airport was nice, seeing everything bright and green. Reminded me that I didnt really want to come home yet! I also took notice of something I hadn’t on the way in – the extensive road system! Over, under, around, across, you name it, the freeway had roads doing it.

Huge lines at the airport, but what can you expect. Also some womens (high school/college) sports team of some sort, so that was some good scenery! Oh, and I must say, Canadian Customs officials are WAY nicer than American Customs. I never ran into anyone rude in Seattle, everyone was very nice, but the American Customs in Vancouver was atrocious.

I spent a lot of time in airports today, so I consumed more Starbucks. Thats a lot of coffee in the last two days if anyone is counting. I also got some work done for once, Imagine Cup is gonna rock! I also found a couple of great books, and I have read most of “How Would You Move Mount Fuji?”. The other book looks extremely interesting to me, “The Human Factor” by Kim Vicente.

I got into Edmonton tonight around 9:15, roughly the same temperature here as it was on the west coast. I stopped at McDonalds on the way in, waited in line for like 15 minutes, get to the window, and the kid looks at my debit card and says the Interac is down. I just about lost it on him, “put up a mother-goddammed sign!”. Oooooh I was mad. Oh well, went to a different one and got my cheeseburgers 🙂

Oh well, it was a good trip, met lots of great people, learned a few things, drank tons of Starbucks, and got to to relax a bit from school and the like. Thanks for reading about my adventures – I will try to make them more exciting on my next trip, which if all goes according to plan, will be Brazil! For now however, it’s back to work 😦

Seattle Trip Day #4

The last day of the Summit was today, you can read the geek-related notes here. I wish it had lasted longer! Read on with caution Jeanie!

Well it finally happened! I woke up late today, and did not get down to the lobby until around 7:45. Unfortunately, the last bus to Microsoft left at 7:30. Way to go Mack! you might be thinking, but wait! I wasn’t the only one who missed the bus, there was probably 15 – 20 MVP’s milling about in the lobby, trying to figure out how to get to campus. In the end, I took a towncar with three other MVP’s, and arrived with about 15 minutes to spare. So I missed breakfast, but as most of you know, I usually skip breakfast anyways. I also know why the buses leave so early now (6:30 to 7:30) – the traffic was intense this morning at 8:15.

I figured the events today wouldn’t go very long, but as it turns out, I didn’t get back to the hotel until around 5:45 this evening. That kinda sucks, considering lots of things close early here for some reason. For example, I found the original Starbucks (quite a small place, I have a picture) but it was already closed at 8 PM (I got there around 8:15). So my plan is to head down there tomorrow morning.

Instead I went to Barnes and Noble where they have a Starbucks inside (and another a block to the south, and another a block to the west – I have no idea how they all make money). A lot like Chapters, although this particular store was two levels, so things were laid out better (like Chapters on Whyte). As always, the coffee was good 🙂

Earlier in the evening, I went to a different Starbucks and had a Frappucino (Machiatto at B&N). I walked around downtown for quite a well, and ended up doing some shopping in the giant GAP, Old Navy, a souvenir shop, BON-macy’s, and I looked in a few other places. I plan to go into Nordstrom’s tomorrow morning before I leave, I could use a new pair of shoes! The downtown here is amazing, unlike Edmonton, though I suppose you could say that about most cities when compared to ours. Lots going on, lots of excellent stores, and it is surprisingly clean.

I found the most awesome, amazing, perfect shirt at Old Navy. I cannot believe such a shirt exists, but its incredible, and totally fits my projected personality! You’ll know what I mean when you see it (or more precisely, read it) 🙂

No more will I be confused when I hear people talk about making Spanish a second official language in the US. I would consider Seattle to be a northern city, not a place I would expect to find a large Spanish community, and yet after walking around for four or five hours, I was surprised at the amount of Spanish I heard! I have probably heard more Spanish here than I hear French in Edmonton – it escapes me why we have two official languages (spare me the history lesson Megan, I KNOW the historical reason lol).

I could definitely get used to Seattle/Redmond – the place is very awesome, great weather, lots of green, nice and clean for the most part, etc. Edmonton better get some green grass soon or I will go crazy after having been here for a week! One thing I definitely missed about Canada was our one and two dollor coins – the one dollar bills absolutely suck. The colored money back home is also extremely better, you don’t have to read to figure out the amount, and as we all know, its hard work to read! Aside from that however, I rather like Seattle 🙂

I will be back in town tomorrow evening around 9 PM. Too bad finals are coming up, that is going to suck. Thanks for reading and posting comments this week, I will post about my last day in Seattle tomorrow when I return. L8R!