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Sep. 17th, 2009 @ 12:08 am Disaster Recovery - Flood - An Update, Finally!
Current Location: Canada, Oakville
Current Mood: hypermanic
Current Music: Dr. Alban - Let the Beat Go On
Well it's been almost 2 months since the initial flood hit the house and finally some action with regards to repair have occurred. It appears that our insurance carrier RBC Insurance has starting putting pressure on the Condo Corporation's Insurance Provider to start making repairs so they are anxiously trying to get repairs done to the unit.

Today, the drywall guys came in and put up boards over where the pieces of wall had been removed. It's not completed, but at least it's *FINALLY* a start.

It appears however that they (Condo's General Contractor) will be replacing only damaged tiles on our kitchen floor. Oh! Nah Ahh, I don't think so. I will be having a discussion with my insurance carrier and demanding the entire floor be replaced since it was predominantly under water. I'm not going to let them try to do a half assed job and get away with it.
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Aug. 2nd, 2009 @ 03:05 am Disaster Recovery - Flood - Day 10 Update
Current Location: Mississauga, ON, Canada
Current Mood: fullfull
It's been 10 days since the water infiltrated our unit and the issues keep on piling up.

Today I was in the unit to find an infestation of flies within the first level near the outside doors. I'm not quite sure what has happened since Thursday since we were last there, my only guess is that something (mold perhaps?) has started growing in the wall to have this occur.

I contacted our insurance company (RBC Insurance) and they will be sending a Road Advisor on Tuesday to look about correcting this issue.

With now an infestation it doesn't look like we will be getting back to our home anytime soon.

Well, at least we got a free pizza today because Pizza Pizza was 40 minutes LATE in delivering our food to the hotel room. The guy tried to say that we still had to pay for the pop. We didn't!!!
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Jul. 31st, 2009 @ 01:07 am Disaster Recovery - Flood - Day 8 Update
Current Location: Mississauga, ON, Canada
Current Mood: irritatedirritated
Well, It's now Day 8 and some updates with regards to our housing situation.

WinMar has removed the fans and the dehumidifiers from our unit and we have some fresh holes in our walls.

Our Road Claims Advisor from RBC Insurance has come through and settled the content claim with regards to the flood. Now, it's on to the repairs to the physical structure of the unit.

We are still not living at the house as we have not had the electrical checked nor have the floors been removed to inspect and repair damage. Our hotel stay has been now extended until Wednesday 5 August 2009.

With regards to our unit, the Condo Corporation & subsequent management continue to be inept with providing us necessary information. Our Road Claims Advisor walked into the condo's management office to ask when the Condo's Insurance company would be in and he was told "sometime after 1 tomorrow but we don't know if the advisor will even enter your unit."

Our Condo Corporation has also not even provided us a repair timeframe so we may know when we can get back into the unit.

With regards to our maintenance fees, we approached the Condo corporation about pro-rating the maintenance fees due to the fact that we are displaced from our home. Our condo corporation said that we must pay the entire maintenance fee or be subjected to a lien.

She told us that if we went on holidays we would be subjected to pay for the maintenance fees, I acknowledged this advising that a holiday is not being displaced from the unit by chosing to go on a vacation.

They countered this by saying that someone in our unit has had a fire and was displaced for 3 months and subjected to the maintenance fees for the entire time. I asked who was at fault and it was the unit owner, so of course I countered this with the fact that we are not at fault that someone in another unit flooded us out.

I forsee a fight on our hands with our Condo Corporation with regards to this issue, but only time will tell.
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TrailBlazer
Jul. 23rd, 2009 @ 11:15 pm Disaster Recovery - Flood - Day Two
Current Location: Mississauga, ON, Canada
Current Mood: infuriatedinfuriated
Today, I went back to my house to survey the damage. The disaster recovery specialists are still conducting drying operations for the floor before they have to go into the walls to conduct further drying operations.

Currently, the laminate floor is completely ruined and warped. The entire bottom half of our new kitchen cabinetry is also destroyed and will require replacement. We also have 2 antique items from a dinning room set which were underwater before Chris and myself removed the table & chairs from the water.

Subsequently, with the entire locker being ankle deep in water there is a lot of damage done to stuff that was in storage.

With respect to the hotel room, the insurance company (RBC Insurance) contaced the hotel (Novatel) and ensured that the hotel was paid for.

What a waste of a vacation week.

--Phil
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TrailBlazer
Jul. 23rd, 2009 @ 04:48 am House Emergency - Flood
Current Location: Mississauga, ON, Canada
Current Mood: pissed offpissed off
Our house is flooded and uninhabitable.

Today at 20:00 hours I received a call from our building superintendent who informed me that our first floor of our house was ankle-deep underwater and requested our presence right away.

So I booked it over, I called Chris who responded as well. When we arrived the water was everywhere.

A mad dash to get stuff off the floor occurred and WinMar (Disaster Recovery Specialists) came in and sucked everything up.

Unfortuantely a lot of stuff has been damaged, including every lower cabinetry of our new kitchen.

Our insurance company put us up in a hotel, and that was another 1 hour showdown just to get into the room.

WinMar advised that it will take until Monday of next week to finish drying everything out and that may include putting holes in our walls or possibly removing parts of our stairway, since our neighbour was the cause of the situation. Apparently, our neighbour decided to remove his washing machine without turning off the water attached to it, since the watermain was being repaired he didn't realise that the water was still on and left.

What a day that ended at 04:45 in the morning.

Wonderful,
--Phil
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TrailBlazer
Jun. 26th, 2008 @ 08:29 pm 2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT LT
Current Location: Mississauga, ON
Current Mood: happyhappy
I got it!

It's finally here! I picked up my 2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT LT with a hole bunch of options that are included with it. After taking it for a test drive over the weekend and receiving the "seal of approval" from Jesse and Trevor, I made the decision to purchase the vehicle.

The EXT stands for an Extended Wheelbase, in order to fit the 7 passengers it had to extend the wheelbase a bit.

Vehicle specs are:
2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT LT
 - 7 Passenger
 - 4.2L Inline 6 engine
 - Automatic Transmission
 - 2WD with Automatic TracLoc
 - Optional Rear DVD Entertainment System
 - 110 000km
 - Class IV trailer hitch

Now, since I'm  sure to most people this is the important part, pictures!


Front shot of the driver's side with the St. John Ambulance Trailer being towed behind it.


Rear shot of the passenger's side with the St. John Ambulance trailer.


Side (passenger) shot with the attached trailer


Side (driver) shot with the trailer.

Cheers,
--Phil
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TrailBlazer
Jun. 12th, 2008 @ 10:47 pm New Vehicle Dilema
Current Location: Mississauga, ON
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: Beastie Boys - Intergallactic

So it's time for a new vehicle, this all started when my 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited (ZJ) driver wiper broke off in the middle of a thunderstorm, and then when driving on W/B Derry Road E/O Mississauga Road, went into a death wobble on the term and spun out.

Then when driving my mother's 1992 Plymouth Voyager, while on the N/B Highway 410 S/O Courtneypark Drive I almost died. I was travelling 110km/h in the left lane, when not more than 1 km ahead of me traffic came to an all stop (I later found out that this was due to Canadian Geese walking across the highway, stupid birds!). So I go to brake and the pedal travels straight to the floor without any deceleration of the van, I try pumping the brakes with no result. I then activated the emergency brake which caused the van to go into a massive skid (the marks from which are still on the pavement). I ended missing the vehicle in front of me, and just barely missing rolling the van into a ditch.

It is time, you see that I get me a new truck. I have gone to multiple dealerships and have narrowed my choices to the following:

2002 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer Edition
Ford

2003 Dodge Durango SLT Plus


2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT LT


Our decision will be made in a few days.

Cheers,
--Phil

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TrailBlazer
Apr. 16th, 2008 @ 01:50 pm Outstanding Volunteer of Halton
Current Location: Mississauga, ON
Current Mood: bouncybouncy

I HAVE BEEN GIVEN AN AWARD !!!

OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER AWARD

I am getting my picture taken on Friday 18 April 2008 at 09:30 in St. John Ambulance - Oakville Headquarters. Our branch manager, Tim recommended me for the award and I was accepted.

Cheers,
--Phil

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TrailBlazer
Apr. 15th, 2008 @ 04:16 pm Update
Current Location: Mississauga, ON
Current Mood: calmcalm
It's been a long time since I made any updates to my blog so I guess it's time to give a general update on my life.

<snip>

Acting Team Manager
Effective 28 January 2008, I accepted an acting while so employed position with Rogers Communications Inc. as an Acting Team Manager, and I currently manage a team of 21 people who are training in Wireless ICC English and Wireless Retention English. It is definitely a welcomed challenge to my previous role as Training Support Consultant, where my in-charges were only a few weeks at a time. The acting position is a 6 month position, but I have hopes that it may become a permanent (substantive) oppourtunity once the expiry of that 6 months occurs on 28 June 2008.

Keeping my fingers crossed!

Got a house !!!
Thanks to Evan, who is moving out to Calgary in July of 2008, I have purchased his house in Oakville. Today (15 April 2008), our mortgage information was forwarded to my lawyer, so it seems so official now. Now comes the daunting task of preparing for the move and then the actual move itself.

I credit part of our acceptance of our mortgage to the acting while so employed position within Rogers, as without it I do not think my income would be enough for them to approve us. I can only thank Liz Smith (my director) for all her help in that process. The amount of help that she gave me between getting an employment letter from Human Resources, to helping with scheduling issues so I can get to the bank was definitely so much help.

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) & Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Injury
While preparing for the move, I was moving some stuff up to our storage area and the box hit the side of the wall causing me to turn, this resulted in a popping of my left knee, at which point I fell landing on the same knee. After 2 weeks of limping, everyone pretty much ordered me to the doctor, especially Liz (my director at Rogers). So I finally went, turns out that I needed a Left Patella Stabilizer in order to avoid the patella (knee) from maltracking and popping out causing the pain and swelling. Since the stabalizer has been used, the limp has significantly decreased and so has the pain.

My Jeep
The Jeep is on it's last legs, the amount of problems that it is presenting tells me that if I don't purchase another vehicle soon, I may be left without any vehicle. The jeep (pictured in the userpic above) as gone to numerous places and off-roading with numerous people including Mike and James. I have taken it on the very technical places and have had to be tugged out numerous times (thank you Anthony and all the other off-roaders I went with), but now it looks like it's time to retire her. In her 15 years of life she now has over 250 000km on her original engine and transmission. 

I tried seeing if anyone wanted her for a trail rig, but it seems that Grand Cherokee's are just now respected enough for it.

Well that's pretty much all I can think of,
Cheers,
--Phil

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TrailBlazer
Oct. 6th, 2007 @ 10:41 am Confirmed
Current Location: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Current Mood: happyhappy
Tags: , ,
It has been confirmed, I got the job as a Training Support Consultant. It was after working the Wireless Cantonese/Mandarin (CanMan) ICC ICU, I impressed the ICU Managers with my hard work and they decided to keep me on as a TSC. Luckily I was working with a lot of great people who provided excellent support a long the way.

My first in charge is next week for a Data Customer Care team, so it should be interesting.

Thanks to all those who supported me,
--Phil
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