Welcome to my My Life!
Hi, I'm Sheldon. This section follows what's currently
going on in my life. Though my life is pretty dull, I'll try to keep
you updated on whatever few possibly interesting things may be happening
with me. Check out the My
Life Archive for older happenings.
Saturday October 4, 2003
Finals are long over, marks are even back! I'm
quite pleased with the results. I've moved to Cambridge, Ontario.
Started work at Toyota (making the
Corolla, Matrix, and Lexus RX330) a month ago. I've got to say I'm
quite pleased with it, too. The days are extremely busy, I have
not yet had a single hour of 'down time'. The people there are
incredibly hard workers. Everyone is always on time, nobody ever
leaves early (usually many hours late, long after I've gone). . . I
haven't even heard the word 'break' all month! All in all, it
seems like a very well-run company, and the staff is certainly top-notch.
Everyone has a minimum of at least a CMA or CGA, and many have an MBA to
boot! I mean everyone, not only the managers. Needless to
say, I sometimes feel a little inexperienced. I do think I'm doing
a pretty good job and have even been told so; hopefully I can keep it
up. The people are nice, there's lots of work, and I'm learning a
lot of new things - it's a good job. They even hired
Great Big Sea
to play a free concert for employees to celebrate the Lexus roll-off,
and it was pretty good. Vote in my new poll
and let me know how much you are liking your job or school program.
Since my last update, I've taken so many pictures!
Today I've posted EIGHT brand-new galleries. I even had to add new
page. Check out Photo Gallery 4 here.
The new pictures include: The Concert for Toronto, Ryan's Graduation,
Kincardin & Port Elgin, Derek's Farewell & Elaine's Birthday, another
outing to Jen's Cabin, Sue's Brother's Roommate's Wedding, Riders vs.
Ti-Cats in Hamilton, and my trip to Montreal with my brother Jeff.
Saturday August 2, 2003
Yes, I'm aware it's been a month and a half since I've
last updated this page. Have I done absolutely zilch that I
simply have nothing to write home about? No, the opposite is true.
I've just been too darn busy, not always with the most interesting
things, but many things none-the-less. I just finished midterms
last Monday, but before I had a chance to be relieved. . . I wrote my
first final yesterday. So the next two weeks consist of three more
finals and a couple assignments I have to complete. All should go
well except for one course in which there is no hope of doing well
(reminds me of Engineering). Something somewhat interesting
occurred during yesterday's final: the fire alarm went off. It
felt like something out of a movie. Obviously it was some
disgruntled student or prankster, the professor wasn't even sure if we
should bother evacuating the building. Certainly he realized the
liability involved if we were all to actually burn to death, and we were
eventually directed to leave. Half an hour later, after most of us
had a thorough chance to discuss the exam questions with each other, we
were herded back into the building to finish the exam. Yes, my
degree will be credible!
With my help, the UW Economics Society managed to hold
four successful events this term: Pub Night, Pool / Pizza Night, a BBQ,
and the classic Wine & Cheese Social. Pictures from each event can
I'm still putting in time at Radio Shack. I likely
should have quit already to concentrate on finals, though I have cut
back on the hours. Next week should be my last. I finish
exams on the 13th, get kicked out of my apartment on the 14th, move to
Cambridge and start at work at Toyota on September 2nd. They're
calling me a 'Cost Management Specialist'; sounds cool, huh. I'm
also taking a course online this fall, so I shall remain busy.
I was home to Esterhazy, Saskatchewan on the Canada Day
weekend for my younger brother, Ryan's, high school graduation. It
was a nice trip, he cleaned up with the awards and scholarships too.
This fall, he'll be making his way to the University of Saskatchewan in
Saskatoon with plans of becoming a math and physics teacher.
The SARS benefit concert at the Skydome in June was
really good. This week's Rolling Stones and Friends concert in
Toronto was even better! Me and 450 000 of my closest friends
(sorry, if you weren't invited) enjoyed a great. AC/DC, The Guess
Who and the Rolling Stones were awesome, Justin Timberlake was, well. .
. an odd addition to the line-up. Stay tuned for photos from both
concerts. Back to work for me.
Sunday June 15, 2003
Hey! Sorry for the lack of updates over the last
while. I've been super crazy busy lately, as usual. I'm back
in school at UW, and I can't believe it but the term is already half
over! The term has been flying by: I've already completed four
midterms (only five more to go. . . sheesh), gone through a million
co-op job postings, had 9 job interviews, been elected President of the
UW Economics Society, and gone back to working part-time at Radio Shack.
I guess I shouldn't feel too bad, according to the latest poll results
50% of you are spending the summer taking classes, and the other 50% are
all working - nobody is doing nothing or traveling / on holidays!
What's happened to summer?! I suppose I haven't had a summer off
since grade 9; goodbye childhood.
The good news is that I just found out co-op has
worked for me again this term. I've received fall job offers from
Research In Motion (Ottawa) and Toyota (Cambridge). Now, I've got
to decide by tomorrow afternoon which to choose. . . I'll let you know.
So, yes, I decided to go back to Radio Shack. It
was convenient, plus I don't think my chances finding another part-time
job for only four months were very good. I've been working two
days a week which I think has been too much, so I'm planning on trying
to cut it back to only one.
Hopefully there is some fun in store for me. I'm
going to the SARS (I'd better not get SARS) concert at the Skydome next
Saturday. Get to see: Our Lady Peace, Barenaked Ladies, Tragically
Hip, Avril Lavigne, Sum 41, as well as a bunch of others performing at
the ACC. The four-day Canada Day weekend should also be a bit of a
break. Back to studying for now.
Saturday April 19, 2003
Happy Easter! I hope everyone is enjoying their
long weekend; I'm sorry for those who are spending it studying.
I'm not up to a whole lot this weekend myself, but am sill enjoying it.
With only two full weeks of work left before I'm back to school, I'd
better be enjoying it. Soon I'll be studying and/or working every
weekend. Make sure you vote in my new poll to let me know what
you're doing this summer. The previous poll results showed 54% of
you missed Banow.ca dearly, 23% didn't realize it had been down, while
the remaining 23% were first time visitors.
I've been pretty busy at work this past while, and my
last two weeks are surely going to be hectic. There are a lot of
things I've got to finish up before I leave, plus I keep on getting more
every day. I don't even want to think about my damn work report;
bring on the last minute. At least, by the looks of it, my summer
course load shouldn't be too rough. I'll be taking another
statistics course, a math/calculus course, a course in finance,
Psychology 101 (should be interesting), and Music 140 (study of jazz,
rock & roll, and 20th century popular culture - should be fun).
Hopefully I'll also be able to find myself a decent part time job so
that I eat and maybe even have a little fun (damn tuition and rent).
Anybody out there have any part-time job leads for Waterloo? This
summer I'll be living in Mackenzie King (a new apartment style residence
at UW); it will be my first time ever having air conditioning!
Unfortunately I'll be living with 3 mystery roommates. In the past
I've had luck with mystery roommates, hopefully that doesn't change.
Plus, I really do not like living by myself. . . it's terribly boring.
Anyhow, bye for now.
Tuesday March 18, 2003
Welcome back, Banow.ca is again up and running!
Vote in the latest poll to let me know if you missed it. The
results of my previous poll concluded the best thing about winter is
definitely winter sports; hopefully you're all not too disappointed that
winter seems to have finally ended! I had fun this winter.
Went skating a few times, skiing twice (once with my whole department at
Bell - talk about a good day at work!), saw the theatrical show Mamma
Mia, and other things. Make sure you check out the
Photo Gallery for my latest batch of pictures.
Anyhow, I worked hard tonight getting the site back up and posting all
the new photos, so I must cut this short and get to bed. Plus
yesterday was St. Patrick's Day, so I'm even more tired than usual.
Wednesday January 15, 2003
Back in business! I hope everyone had a great
Christmas. My Christmas was pretty good. Saskatchewan can be
boring but my family finally went out and got digital satellite TV, so
that kept me fairly occupied. But I honestly did have a good time;
seeing many of my high school friends on P2 night and at the Boxing Day
Cabaret was really good. Sadly fewer and fewer people are showing
up each year, possibly some people actually have lives? It was
also nice to see my family since I hadn't seen much of them since last
Christmas, aside from a few brief visits over the year.
Now I am living in Toronto and on work-term at Bell
Mobility in Mississauga. I started on January 3rd and haven't
accomplished much thus far. My manager is ill and hasn't even been
to the office since I began. Also, since the department is between
projects right now, nobody has all that much to do. I did get to
spend all of today talking to Americans on the phone. Hopefully my
manager is able to return to work and a new project gets underway soon;
days go by really slow when I'm not busy. I spend most of my day
socializing with the others around the office, I suppose one could say
that I'm networking (which actually was in the job description!).
Everyone in the office seems really friendly so I am having a relatively
good time at work; though I've really got to stop going out for lunch
every day. The office has a very large cafeteria and even an
on-site Tim Horton's! Just today I got my company cell phone.
The number is 416-807-0906. I plan on using it as my primary
phone, so if you want to reach me, that's the number. Since I'm
living by myself in the suburbs, I don't have a lot to do after work
during the week. I signed up for the fitness centre at work on
Monday, and am proud to say that I actually went yesterday and today -
plus I plan to go tomorrow (if I can move). Anyhow, talk to you
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