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Yup, getting cold here all right and trying to resolve my new predicament, as I presume you will read from my other letter.
Will send a webpage with pics once I update it, as I've been taking a lot and its quite interesting. Too bad I can't stay to the end and that he guy is such an asshole.
Guess it would be better if you had smaller projects like
Roger, instead of all your eggs in one basket. He buys plots on the verge of
falling apart and fixes them up cheaply, so there is only one way to go but up
in price. But it can be quite challenging to find the good deals and Roger is
good at drinking Rakie and making friends with locals. From what I've been
reading on the net doesn't look like the
ahhoj Kajinku. long time since i
had time to write. Computer problems, beautiful weather so I went to the beach
as much as possible also for wanting to escape from incredible noise a mess
around the house where final heavy outside work is going on. Almost depressing
that all that concrete and MONEY will be hidden under rocks and landscaping so
nobody will believe and appreciate how much effort and money it took. We had
thanksgiving last night, Keta was here, Cervenkas and Pavel and Bohdana from
Well, today I just picked up another job, so I will have
made about 300 Euro in over a four day period and should ensure my survival.
Things seem to be picking up. I also found more money in my bank than I
expected, so things arent so bad and I've already checked out Yahoo weather and
see that it is quite pleasing in Thessalonika
And I thought you are taken care of for long time. You enjoyed it and I am very upset that you have winter at the doorstep in the mountains on top of that. Is Roger back???? I will not tell you what to do, I do not even know what I shoulod tell you. I think of you a lot and hope that soon your situation improves and you will be happy again. too bad. Will write soon, wish you all the luck and health even more. Pleases take care, you have no insurance.......... None of us is getting younger.
It's getting too cold around here and today I'm packing my stuff up for the big journey. My plan is to get to Smolyan by tonight, a larger town, and shack up in a hotel for one evening, take a shower, do my internet, relax. Got yet a third job now so my cash reserves are looking juicy enough. Perhaps the Czech customer is on another stream of work again and I cut make quick cash fast. She put my name up on her tenders to the ministry, and I'm very careful about quality, so I think she's pretty happy to fill up my capacity whenever she has enough work.
That forman would have to apologise to me enough, and contritely. He threatened to leave if I didn't, and I didn't want to jeopardise Roger's operation, so I left myself. We actually talked about this several times. He's a selfish baby and wants to be the big man in charge. He seems very jealous about my agreement with Roger that I can pretty well work how I want, a minimum of 20 hours a week, and work on my computer when work comes in. I do not want to waste my time dealing with stupid friction like that. Roger needs him because he knows all that needs to be done and has the experience and knowledge behind him to do it. I'm learning and I'm useful in many ways, but obviously not crucial to the operation. Perhaps they will experience his rage and just replace him. The dude regrets that I'm leaving, because I was quite useful for him (I was second foreman), and now he has no one to talk to besides the Bulgarians, and my movies and music and cooking is gone, so I'm sure he'll stare into space lonely evenings realising what an idiot he is. The project is supposed to move to Thassos anyway, and I plan to hang on the mainland just north of that island, so technically I could get back on board once Roger gets back, but so far the message is that Roger does not want the dude to leave, and we'll be emailing. The dude would have to acknowledge his error and make a serious effort to get his drinking and behaviour under control, and then I'd consider coming back. I don't like working under an negative atmosphere. Don't like such negative energy in my life.
I just approached a bunch of agencies so perhaps better paying work will start coming in. We'll see.
Looking forward to
So if Roger was not there why does he do nothing???? he obviously knows the drunk is a drunk and what about his english and so on. Does he even KNOW you wre fired????? do not be hasty. You had a job you liked. Anyway it is your decision.
well, I'm in Smolyn now and plan to hang out until it gets too cold, to save on costs. In the smaller village I was before it was getting way too cold, although it was cool hangin out with some local buds, who would practically demand that I sleep on their couch next to roasting fire all evening. Got some "biz" I gotta do in Smolyan, than I could either hang here or head back to the village, cause I gotta go through that anyway to get to the Greek border. If I'm still in bg by the time you get back, we can work something out, otherwise, I may just become a big fat wimp and head south! Guess you have no clue when you will be back in bg?
hi ... it sounds ok, but the
keys are in
In this email:
1) quick update of my latest travels
2) request to sign up for online newsletter instead, reason explained below.
long time no talk. The reason why I'm asking you to subscribe to the online system is (a) about a year ago my laptop harddrive fried and I've been learning to backup absolutely everything online. I just don't trust these harddrives anymore, as several others failed at the same time and I lost a ton of information; (b) I upgraded the email program I use to send mass emails and the new one does not allow me to export the email addresses in the list, so I cannot back it up and decided to do this instead.
I've actually written a massive update to the travel blob up to recently, but I still need to proofread it again, add pictures, make links and all that. Trying to improve the quality, so it is taking me longer – not to mention that I have all sorts of other work.
Anyway, to compensate you for having to online-subscribe to this goofball newsletter, I'll write a quick synopsis of everything that happened since my last update, which should concern the end of last summer after I was tree planting in Canada.
So I flew back to London, visited my aunt, cousin and nephews, was making a video about tree planting, spent about 4 hours on it, then I guess the laptop was overheating or it was simply too much for my old but reliable laptop, and went into "memory dump" mode. A horrible blue screen of death and the harddrive light was constantly lit. I thought that might mean that the processor was going full throttle and I was worried that the laptop might overheat and get damaged, so I did a very naughty thing by forcing a manual restart by holding down the power button. Eventually I learned that this is okay when the processor is working full throttle, but not when the harddrive is. When the harddive button is lit constantly like that, it means that the computer is either storing or drawing data from the harddrive, meaning the harddrive is spinning spinning spinning. Forcing a poweroff in this state is dangerous, and inevitably the spinning disk got knocked off its pedestal and buried itself into the data storage plate. No more spinny, no more data, and I spent more than a month recovering my main business computer. So don't do the same mistake yourselves, kiddies!
Then it was back to
About a month later a friend came for a visit, for about a month, and we played tennis every day.
Then I got a job offer from a friend to help him
reconstruct his houses in
At three months, the
tree planting season was too short to
save up much, after paying for the plane ticket, equipment, health insurance and
lots of expensive Canadian
beer, and my boss shortchanged me a couple of
thousand bucks. I still wasn't earning much through the
internet, so it took me
a while to save up cash so that I could get the beast off the island and drive
For various reason I was receiving signs that it was time to get out of the Turkish side of the island. Such as a gun pointed at my head, and I discovered I was supposed to pay 60 bucks a month for road tax for my beast (meaning over 1000 USD about). I quickly "escaped" using my Canadian passport and parked myself in the island's capital, on the Greek side, so that I could continue using my Turkish internet (the Greeks required that I had a permanent address there in order to get a contract for their high speed mobile internet).
Naturally I would park as close to the border as I could, to get the best signal, but both sides seem to have a confusion as to what a "buffer zone" is. Speaking to some UN troops stationed there, it was clear that the buffer zone and some dozen nation troops were stationed there to keep the two babies from fighting. But the Greeks had the impression that it was some holy zone that shouldn't even be ventured near to. The fact that Greek houses lined the border seemed to evade their logic. In any case, they kept telling me to move, coming out in groups of combinations of police and military personnel, demanding to see all my papers, ask what I am doing, and eventually someone reported that I was probably a spy (they were absolutely shocked when I told them I was getting internet from OVER the buffer zone and immediately blamed me of "collaborating" with the Turks), so they confiscated all my electronic equipment so that they could dismantle and study it over a day. Just when I had a translation to complete too. In hindsight, I think perhaps the neighbour complained. I realized later I must have stunk up his rubbish bin with my occasional double garbage bag full of emergency poopoo (the ol' bucket technique when there simply isn't time – or for convenience sake).
Generally I found the Greeks so much less friendly than the Turks, suspicious and almost hostile, and I was looking forward to getting off the island.
Eventually saved up enough and made it to the island's main port. They told me the price in advance, but when it came time to pay, I found I had to pay an additional 350 Euro in port taxes. That cleaned me almost dry, but I don't like going backwards, so I went for it anyway.
Had to fly to
Was an adventure just to find where the ship with my truck was supposed to dock, but eventually found that, and then I found out I was supposed to pay an additional 60 Euro just to be "released" onto continental Europe. I told the guy I was clean out of cash but that I could bring it on Monday, when I expected to receive a payment. He said the office is closed on Friday and Monday due to a national holiday, that means 5 days, at 60 Euro parking a day, makes an additional 300 Euros. I looked down at him, turned around, and drove off, thinking "You can blow me". Fortunately there was no cement hurdles to plough through, as I had almost resorted to at the island's airport (read before), and if any cop at any time in the future calls me on it, I'll just say I did pay and it must be some fault of the bureaucratic, pencil pushing morons. A hard statement to argue against.
That was comical because there were a total of nine booths – one asking for my passport, the second wrote down my licence plate number, the third looked at my registration, the fourth looked inside the truck… I can't even remember but it was ridiculous. State aided overemployment I guess. The goofiest of all was I was supposed to carry a memory stick they gave me, so that at each booth they transfer the information to their computer. Ever here of a data cable??
Got to the Bulgarian projects, a week later went for a
month to the Greek projects on the
Meanwhile, several close friends stated they were going for
a visit from the
Hung out in
On the way to Amst visited another cousin and aunt in
Hannover, 4 days in Amst, then back to
He got rid of his stuff. But while I was in
first time, was cooking for some relatives, they loved it and said if I cook for
them they got crash space for me in
Croatia, and a place on a yacht. Why not, I
said. So we drove through
There for about a month, my friend the owner left for a cruise through the Mediterranean for 6 weeks, and left the project to be run by me and the main foreman. But the main foreman cant control his alcohol and eventually he cracked me in the mouth for not being interested in taking any of his drunken crap. Like immature little boys we were scuffling in the front seat of the boss's van, I was holding onto his forearms so he couldn't hurt me anymore, but got tired of all the struggling, let go of the farthest-from-me forearm, took slow aim and cracked him a real good one in the face.
Now I'm fired and ready to head to
Stocking up on cheap Bulgarian cooking food and beer and
ready to head south any day now. Tentative final winter destination:
The adventure continues!
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Hopefully I'll get the long version up soonish with the all
the georgeous pictures of the
Was fun talking to y'all!
hmm, maybe you could pave the platform for me? You in email contact with him? Perhaps you could say something about my situation and that I hung out in his restaurant on internet for about a week, but that generally I'm a shy guy about approaching people. I also don't like imposing. Which is generally true as you know, heh heh.
Glad yer keeping things crisp like me, and good luck recovering your cash. k
Wow, not good to be poor...Sorry
to say that no,,, things are still unresolved,,people have not been satisfied
with product so little return business,,,we must wait...I am also skinned ,on
the way back to
so, since the last time I wrote, a tree planting company wrote that it is still interested in my software. Last year about 7 companies expressed interest. One thing I couldn't get going was to make it Plant Wizard (PW) compatible. PW is the industry standard and to make my system compatible with theirs I needed to see one of their exports. One tree planting company finally sent me an export and it confirmed my suspicion that it will be easy to duplicate. This guy said some of his clients require the software, which costs 1500 bucks a year. That is why I am charging 1500 bucks for my software. Since he already has to pay this every year for some of his clients, it seems he will be perfectly willing to pay that to me if he only has to pay it once. Which is a good cash injection, and then I can finally advertise on my website that it is fully compatible. The industry seems to be standardising and my guess is that more and more companies will be forced to use it, in which case, hopefully, more and more companies will be buying it off me. And then I'll make more than when I was slaving like a dog for that redneck who shortchanged me 2000 bucks for all that hard, musclin work!
Meanwhile, got a Slovakian to English job which was just too bloody technical for me, I gave it to someone else, I'm supposed to get paid in a week, I have 50 Euro in my pocket, and I can pay my translator after I get paid (at the start of next month) for the translations I am currently working on.
MAN did my belly graze the bottom on this one, but looks like I'm back up on my feet and surviving!
Decided I don't have the gas cash to make it down to
Yah, a ways back I had the same problem at the border, before they were in the EU, and I figure the border guard was just trying to weasle a bribe out of every driver. The escort on our bus always brought 2 bottles of wine every time we crossed over. Now it's pretty EU strict, with big signs saying "DO NOT GIVE THESE ASSHOLES EVEN A DIME!"
I like the girls because their not inflated like Czech girls, and there are chicks to be found here.
Think I'll have to stay here a while longer until I save up some gas cash, but at least I know some people and an internet cafe which will let me sit all day here for free. At least its warm!
Never boring, dude! Jeezuz! Your story reminds me
of the time I made a visa run from
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