Saturday, December 31, 2005

Happy New Year, bunch of assholes!

Hey just kidding, I don't wish you a Happy New Year!

Fuck off!

Okay enough of that, I won't post a long one because I'm on one of those $2/15 min internet terminals we have at the hotel and I just wanted to reply to a treeplanting-related email while my laundry is drying.

Tonight, we'll probably have the Part Deux of our Holiday Party At The Staff Accom. I'll take picsa and I'll also post the remaining ones from Christmas soon. Its promsing to be even bigger and better than the last one, we even invited Hotel guests!

'Til then, party hard but safe (This mean, get wasted drunk, puke on the floor, but not the one of your car while driving...) and a fucking good New Year to all of you. This year is a new one, but it probably won't be that different from any previous one. Just try to enjoy it and not be too hard on yourselg okay? Still, can you believ we're already in 2006! We're in the future for god's sake!

Time to go get my clothes, they don't want me naked tonight...

Monday, December 26, 2005

I survived another one unscathered!


Well, we had a great time on Christmas eve. The hotel gave us permission to have guests until 2AM (We, of course, went a little further but no incident to report...Well, one, but more on that later, see end of this post) so we had about 40 people at one time in the Back part of the Staff Accommodation. A lot of strangers among them but we had a blast!

Here's a few random pics from that night, mostly taken from Steph's camera, I didn't have batteries anymore(Beside, his camera is better...):

Our Christmas Eve Dinner. Raclette. We had two separate groups, one eating Fondue and others Raclette, both meals of Swiss inspiration. A big thanks to the Swiss! I think I can say objectively that the Raclette was much better! Here, Frank, Val, Steph, me, Jérôme and Stéti enjoying it big time!

Xavier and Dave hitting on each other. Dave came back from Fort McMurray, where he's making the big bucks but is bored as hell to celebrate Christmas with us. Him and his brother, Kaven, ended up in jail that night(Not related to anything that happened during our party)

The above-mentionned Kaven, one of the two St-Laurent brothers. They went to jail because they stole a high-price bottle of booze in a hotel (apparently worth more than $1,000), ran away and knocked off two security guards (the ones also coming to our staff residence)...Nice way to celebrate Christmas, no? Santa Étienne wouldnèt have given any gift knowing Kav would be a bad boy...

Still early in the night, group pic at the usual spot...

Stéph, Smoking Santa and Tanya.

That's our cheap, artificial tree. The name is Christobal, but it's not official.

Rhyms' turn on Dirty Santa's lap. We were in the middle of our gift exchange. Rémi was not yet completely drunk.

Skip, getting one of his gifts. He was a little too drunk though, so he struggled a lot to read cards and open gifts. Skip is great!

Getting my present. The wrapping was worth the pic! I got LEGOs, more precisely, the Tundra Tracker. The cool thing is, I wouldn't have got that one by myself, but the pieces are great! Thanks Xav!

Oh, you can see some people's eyes are harder to keep in line...Mel, Frank, but mostly Tanya and Jérôme are getting there!

A cute moment between Steti and me...

The St-Laurent brothers and Val.

There is more pics of that night, including wonderful ones showing how far Rémi was gone, but I didn't have time to upload them so you guys will have to wait a little longer for Part 2...

But I still have a shitload of pics, here's more:

Drunken people crashing Jesus birth...It would make a cool headline, no? No."

Thinking we're something else at the Aurora Night Club.

My signature Boys Band "cloud" move.

Frank licking his bottle. Steph looking at the ceiling (A quite nice ceiling, one might add).

Steti, Steph, me and Derek, the Anglo-Quebecer of the bunch.

The reason why we went to the Aurora that night. I know, I'm a perv (you knew it too anyway)!

The reason why I went to the Aurora that night...No comment...

Hey Myriam, there's a yellow pad slipping out!

"I'll give you candies if you vote for me!". I took the candies, but didn't vote for her. I'm not easily corrupted. Or, I am a fucking liar...

Okay enough. Too many pictures for tonight and my blog already comes too often in weird porn searchs on MSN and Google...

So, what was the incident? Well, I got my iPod stolen. It was playing music on the stereo with the help of the best gadget ever: the FM radio emitter iTrip. Kaven wanted to put his CD in so we stopped the iPod and it stayed beside the stereo recharging. A few minutes later, I went around and realized it was gone! Pissed, I started to inquire and search for it.

The result, people started a pot for me to buy a new iPod. I deeply appreciated the gesture, but I don't like when the honest people pay for the dishonest ones. It also pissed me off because Steti got his XBox stolen a few weeks and nothing happened. So I decided to share it with Steti, and then we decided to pay beer to everyone with it(Since then, we started to give it back to people expressing the desire to do so). With the help of a few friends, I went around questionning, aware that I wouldn't find it. But I insisted quite loudly on the fact that I would just like it to "show up" somewhere, and I wouldn't try to find who did it.

11am on Christmas day, Francis came to my room and told me he found it under a couch cushion, quite far from where I last left it. My FM emitter was broken, but my music, most of which I didn't bring the CD version to Banff, and all my contacts were safe. Explanation: Somebody stole it (it was plugged, it couldn't have been displaced by accident accross the room...), hten either felt bad when he/she discover to whom it belongs, or most likely, got frighten to get his/her ass kicked by more than 20 people. Honestly, the reaction was impressive and I'm thankful to have such good friends. The thief was most likely one of the 20 or about strangers that wander around with not more than a thin connection to people living at our place (Friends of friends, of sketchy friends we might add, since we have some idea of whom might be responsible)

I think that's a long enough post for today. Time to get out of here!

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Merry Christmas and Happy New Gifts!

Okay, well I just to want to wish a happy Christmas and great New Year to all for whom it's worth something. If it doesn't mean shit to you, don't write me an angry email, just ignore it, okay?

So here it is: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We know it won't be the case, but I wish everyone only good and better things.

Okay enough. Here's a little cynic christmas scene involving my favourite toy, LEGO®:

(Image courtesy of K.Goldman)

Tonight's plans, traditionnal Quebec Christmas, since most of the people at Staff Accom are Quebecois, meaning eating after midnight (probably no Midnight Mass this year though...) and unwrapping presents, partying til morning and then going to bed. The 25th itself is usually a quieter day. Sleeping off the excess. We'll probably party again.

Time to go get food and drinks. There is actually not a lot of difference for me today!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

An eternity and a half

Hey, been a while!

Well, I guess it's mostly because I didn't have time, or mostly because I didn't want to waste my time going to the internet cafe.

So there is not that much new, we had our work's Christmas party, here's a few pics:

The party bunch. Mostly housekeepers, the bellmen and a few front desk agents. The next day, Conrad, the evening duty manager wrote a email saying that "the french did some singing and dancing and it was good". Of course it was, if not for us, everybody would have been gone by 10PM!

Frank, Jerome, Caroline, Tania, Val, Mel and me after the incredible dinner we had. Happilly, it wasn't done by our restaurant, but by a gatherer and man was it good!

Stephane, Mel, Steti, Pat and Wil, our houseman.

Etienne, Tanya, Frank and Tania on a well-centered pic done by somebody else(I think)

No it's not a speech, Remi is singing and Jerome and me are...impressed!

Judging Remi...a favourite pastime.

Yeah, well the intention was to all look angry or pissed off, but Jerome kind of fucked the whole thing up there. The upset gang includes Etienne, Pat, Steph and me.

Etienne doing the beatbox (He's good!) with Jerome and Remi dancing on the beats (They suck! ;op )

Old school. Me, Remi, Wilfrid and Remi. Housekeeping department oldest (In seniority that is...Altough me and Wilfrid are really the oldest), apart from our laundryman, Skip.

Speaking of Skip, here he is, unwrapping his 5 years of service gift (It's a watch). I can't believe he's been in the laundry for 5 years. He told me he'll leave Banff and the Voy on July the 26th for a destination still unknown. Skip is deaf, but it's actually easy to communicate with him. I got drunk with him las week and we had a lot of fun. Great guy!

The supervisors with our duty manager, Conrad. A cool and funny guy, he's also a RCMP officer so we try to keep the "grass" talks for other times...

Here's one of our two hotels, the Spruce Grove Inn. Most modern hotel in Banff (4 years old).

And here we are, Steven, Steph pat and me decorating a christmas tree for the Spruce's lobby. Note the wonderful supervisor shirts that Steph and me are wearing, along with "better quality" pants...I mean, we really convey our position, don't we. It clearly shows all our accomplishments!

A little funny thing about the party. We kind of did a mess, Wilfrid wrote on nice table clothes, we stole the remaining gifts (They were for the front desk agent on duty and the two night audits) and somebody broke a microphone (She's supposed to come forward with that but didn't yet...). I was able to get all the stolen presents back to the hotel and Conrad thanked us with a 12 of Coors light. People didn't get the lesson right though, instead of aknowledging that honesty pays, I heard a few, jokingly of course, say that we should stole more often! Hmmm...

Cristmas is coming fast, I don't feel that much into the season, at least not yet. I have to go buy a few presents for the gift exchange and for little sister. But first, I have to go deposit my pay cheque.

Time to go then!

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Test time!

Here's a post I did a while ago and saved for a moment like now, when I wanted to post but didn't feel like writing:

Limited checklist of what I did until now. In my life I have:

( ) smoked a cigar
(x) made out with a member of the same sex
( ) crashed a friend's car
( ) stolen a car
(x) skipped school
(x) been called a slut
(x) had a one night stand
(x) had more than just one one night stands
(x) lied about how many people you've slept with (I used to lie...)
( ) lied about it so you can just sleep with someone
(x) slept with someone you dont even know their name (I knew, but I forgot...She did too!)
( ) seen someone die
(x) been in love
(x) been dumped
( ) shoplifted
(x) been fired
(x) been in a fist fight
(x) had feelings for someone who didnt have them back
(x) been arrested (and been released minutes later...they basically just handcuffed me in a car to frighten me. I also have a warrant because I still have to pay a ticket)
(x) made out with a stranger
( ) gone on a blind date
(x) lied to a friend
( ) had a crush on a teacher
(x) been to Canada (I think...)
( ) been to Mexico
(x) been on a plane (But mostly, in a helicopter, stoned)
(x) thrown up in a bar (I managed to get to the washrooms)
( ) purposely set a part of yourself on fire (Somebody else?)
(x) eaten Sushi
( ) been snowboarding
(x) been moshing at a concert
(x) been in an abusive relationship (But she'll kill me if ever hint she did)
( ) taken painkillers
( ) love someone or miss someone right now (Ah, in your face fuckers! I love my parents and friends, but I think the question's intention was more...)
(x) laid on your back and watched cloud shapes go by (While I was supposed to work)
(x) made a snow angel
(x) had a tea party (I did!?!)
(x) flown a kite (Well, flying might be pushing it a little)
(x) built a sand castle
(x) gone puddle jumping
(x) played dress up
(x) jumped into a pile of leaves
(x) gone sledding
(x) cheated while playing a game (and still lose!)
(x) been lonely
(x) fallen asleep at work/school
( ) used a fake id
(x) watched the sun set
(x) felt an earthquake
(x) touched a snake
(x) slept beneath the stars
(x) been tickled
(x) been robbed
(x) been misunderstood (Story of my life...just kiding...I'll go drink on that)
( ) petted a reindeer/goat (Why would I do that?)
( ) won a contest
(x) run a red light
(x) been suspended from school
( ) been in a car accident
( ) had braces
( ) felt like an outcast
( ) eaten a whole pint of ice cream in one night
(x) had deja vu
(x) danced NAKED in the moonlight (I wouldn't call it dancing...)
(x) hated the way you look (Yeah, being honest to myself, I did)
(x) witnessed a crime (Smoking pot is a crime!!!)
(x) pole danced (And I didn't even felt embarassed...)
(x) questioned your heart (That fucker didn't answer!)
( ) been obsessed with post-it notes (Hmmm...)
(x) squished barefoot through the mud
(x) been lost
(x) been to the opposite side of the country
(x) swam in the ocean (All the way across! Lie or truth?)
(x) felt like dying (I mostly thought I WOULD die!)
( ) cried yourself to sleep
(x) played cops and robbers
(x) recently colored with crayons/colored pencils/markers
( ) sung karaoke (I never did!!! Have to be done soon!)
(x) paid for a meal with only coins (A pleasure of life!)
(x) done something you told yourself you wouldn't (Fuck yeah!)
(x) made prank phone calls
(x) laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose (Milk!!!)
(x) caught a snowflake on your tongue
(x) danced in the rain
(x) written a letter to Santa Claus
(x) been kissed under a mistletoe
(x) watched the sun rise with someone you care about (Also with people I hate...)
(x) blown bubbles
(x) made a bonfire on the beach
(x) crashed a party (Once, I crashed my own party...)
(x) gone rollerskating (Be a poser or die!)
(x) had a wish come true (But it was stupid...)
( ) humped a monkey (Litterally?)
( ) worn pearls
(x) jumped off a bridge
( ) screamed penis in class
( ) ate dog/cat food
(x) told a complete stranger you loved them (You have to be drunk, young and stupid...)
( ) kissed a mirror ..
(x) sang in the shower
( ) have a little black dress
( ) had a dream that you married someone
( ) glued your hand to something (hell yeah)
( ) got your tongue stuck to a flag pole
( ) kissed a fish (Why?)
(x) worn the opposite sexes clothes
( ) been a cheerleader (no, but I've been in said previously)
(x) sat on a roof top
(x) screamed at the top of your lungs
( ) done a one-handed cartwheel (would like to know what's that!)
(x) talked on the phone for more than 6 hours (Teenage years...)
(x) stayed up all night
(x) didn't take a shower for a week (Treeplanting!!!)
(x) pick and ate an apple right off the tree (delinquent!)
(x) climbed a tree
(x) had a tree house
( ) are scared to watch scary movies alone (I ARE scared?!?)
( ) believe in ghosts (Only in Patrick Swayze!)
( ) have more then 30 pairs of shoes (Almost, I'm 28 short!)
(x) worn a really ugly outfit to school just to see what others say (Couldn't in my private high hchool, but definetely in CÉGEP!)
(x) gone streaking (New word of the week!)
(x) played ding-dong-ditch (What? Like ringing somebody's door and running? Yes then)
(x) played chicken
(x) pushed into a pool with all your clothes on (And done it too, but it more often involves nakedness)
( ) been told you're hot by a complete stranger(I wish..but people usually say that when they know me...just kidding)
( ) broken a bone
(x) been easily amused
(x) caught a fish then ate it
( ) made porn (I have plans though...)
( ) caught a butterfly
(x) laughed so hard you cried
( ) cried so hard you laughed
(x) mooned/flashed someone
(x) had someone moon/flash you
( ) cheated on a test (Not even this one!)
( ) have a Britney Spears CD
(x) forgotten someone's name
(x) slept naked
( ) French braided someone's hair
(x) gone skinny dippin in a pool/lake?
(x) been kicked out of your house
(x) seen a Belgian man (Yeah, I created that one)