Monday, August 27, 2018

Getting hired by Columbia Ice, only local ice company in Edmonton

I wasn't in good shape mentally when Ernie called me for an interview.  It had been two years I had been unemployed.  Sure I was making a little money doing videos on youtube but not enough to really live on or call it employment.  I know the day of the interview I hadn't slept the night before as when you are unemployed for long periods of time you end up doing the stay up late, sleep in late schedule.  When your interview is for 11 am there is really no point to going to bed at least for me because nerves always got the best of me.  It was probably my size, the fact I have done sales in the past and I had a clean abstract as to why Ernie hired me. 

I remember the first day of work.  We didn't have a machine to put the small bags into a bigger bag back then.  We had to do everything by hand.  This required one person on the auger, and two other people quickly stuffing big bags with little bags and palleting the ice.  I remember Ernie saying slow down you are working too hard.  I don't actually thinking I was working too hard just sweating a lot.  I wasn't in shape and I was dying trying to keep up.  First day of anything is like that.  Your body and mind isn't ready for something new, but luckily the human body adjusts very quickly. 

I wish I could say I was a good worker back then.  I had the potential to be a good worker but at the time I was screwed up in the head.  We spend a lot of our youth screwing up and there is a point when you become an adult where the consequences of those screw ups smack you in the face.  It is a struggle learning to forgive yourself for being so stupid when you are young.  That was really the stage in my life I was at when I got the job as an ice delivery driver.  The palleting of the ice I found very difficult because within the repetitive actions of putting small bags into bigs I ended up alone with my thoughts.  When your thoughts towards yourself are not kind you are desperate for distraction.  Driving wasn't much better except I could listen to sports radio.  Sports for me have always been a way to escape giving me peace. 

7 years later I am the manager of the company, running the ice plant, hiring people, training people, taking apart machines and putting them back together.  Never would of guessed it back then.  Back then I spent most times dreaming of something better not understanding that often something better can come from where I was. 

Thanks for listening..

Master Iceman

Friday, August 17, 2018

Feds consider tips a wage but provincial government does not... confusing...

If you are a server in Alberta legally you are suppose to declare your tips as part of your wage so the CRA aka the Canadian Revenue Agency so they can tax you.  This would suggest that tips are indeed part of a wage since you get taxed on wages.  I know most servers only declare a small amount or no amount.  I imagine the kitchen staff which often gets a piece of the tip pie also rarely declares the full amount but in theory if you get tips you are suppose to declare those tips so the federal government can tax them.  

At the provincial level those tips are magic beans and do not exist when it comes to determining an employee's wage.  It doesn't matter that a server could be making an additional $30.00 an hour from tips, the wage that server makes is the amount listed on the pay slip the employer gives the employee every two weeks.  This matters because provincial governments get to set things like minimum wage.  In Alberta minimum wage is going up to 15 an hour.  Restaurant owner doesn't get any credit for creating a mechanism where a server can earn 45.00 an hour with tips.  The provincial government just sees the hourly wage on the play slip blissfully unaware that the server is taking home far more than minimum wage. 

I don't own a restaurant or a pub so this doesn't affect me directly.  I do think it is ridiculous that the federal government through it's taxation is saying tips are indeed part of a servers wage whereas the provincial government by not having tips count as a wage is saying no tips are not a wage.  Lets give these food establishments recognition for creating a way where people can earn far more than minimum wage and stop pretending tips are not part of a wage at the provincial level.  

Thanks for listening...

Master Iceman

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Stop blaming Faceook, WhatsApp, Twitter and other social media platforms for people being stupid.

I am tired of people blaming the social media platforms we use for the stupidity of mankind.

If you read a story on facebook, take it as gospel, go out and kill someone you are an idiot! Please do not have children and pass on your idiot DNA.  Everyday you read some story about how people are acting in stupid ways because of stuff they read online.  I am baffled by this because only an idiot who sits in front of a computer, never going out would believe the world around them can be accurately portrayed on social media and news sites/aggregates.   Only an idiot would read a story on facebook and assume because it is on facebook it must be true.

Get off the internet, go outside, talk to people, travel, see the world and you will realize it is not as it seems on the TV, the newspaper, social media, etc.  What we get for news is the worst of man kind.  The extremes, the scandals, the horrors and occasionally the great successes.   The thing is most of the world never falls in the extreme.  Most of us in this world are pretty boring people.  We all want the same things, act generally the same, get up, go to a job, eat,  go home and we are lucky there is someone or a dog to love us.  It is folly to define the boring 99% by the extreme 1% yet that is exactly what so many of us do.

The stereotypes of racism for example are born in watching the extremes and never talking to people of the race you use stereotypes to define as all people, regardless of race, sex, religion are generally the same.  We want the same crap in life.   Things racists never learn because they don't interact enough with those of the race they are racist against. 

I had a lady all depressed today at the world.  She felt like the world wasn't a good place. I felt like saying travel, go to places with far less than we have in Canada and you will see how wonderful this life in Canada really is.  If you have a home, a place that is yours, food, can afford Netflix don't complain about your life because you are living in paradise.  The only reason you don't know it is wonderful is because we obsess about what we don't have in life never really appreciating what we do have.  The grass is always greener on the next person's lawn. 

Thank you for letting me vent.

Master Iceman