Couple of things

I’m thinking about applying for a job with a new company that’s here in the city that’s hiring for a Global Marketing Specialist. I’m thinking of applying.

Am I qualified? Sure am.

Do I think I’d have a shot? I don’t know. I’m doubting myself. I think I always doubt myself because I don’t want to get my hopes up for something.

I think it would be a really exciting opportunity though. The company creates the software that helps create autonomous machinery. They’re actually really well known in the industry they work. I’ve driven past the building hundreds of times since moving here. I never knew what they did until about a month ago when I finally looked it up. They’re entire company is really well established with offices on four continents. They’re also a company that is developing technology for the future, which the prospect of is really interesting.

Think I should apply?

Okay, maybe I don’t have a couple of things. Just one.

A small piece of really big news.

On January 1st, I laid out my New Year’s Resolution for 2021. That resolution was to pay off my debt. I didn’t fully know how it was going to happen, but I knew that I had 12 months and I was going to make it happen.

I’m happy to report that I am officially debt free.

I DID IT!

From here on out, all my pay cheques are 100% mine. (Minus rent and groceries, of course)

I DID IT!

It’s a very good feeling.

True Story (something about my mom ahead of Mother’s Day)

Never, in my life, have I ever witnessed, or experienced, my mother hanging up the phone.

She just doesn’t hang up a phone call.

I remember when we were kids, she always ensured that we had a (what was dubbed at the time) walk-around phone. She had so many kids running around her house, if she was on the phone she was often doing multiple things at the same time as talking on the phone.

Why I’m thinking about this now is because her and my dad actually got extra money from my Uncle’s Estate today and she was calling to share how dumbfounded she is that there’s “extra money” in an estate. Anyways, she says ‘Okay, bye’ and then she just sets the phone down on the table. I can hear her doing it, and I know it’s exactly what she’s doing it because I’ve seen her do it 10,000 times in my life.

She just doesn’t/won’t/can’t hang up a phone call.

I don’t know.

She never has.

She went from having a walk around phone that she would just set down and walk away from, to having a cell phone that she would turn over and put face down on the table. She never clicks to end a call though.

I remember asking her about it once when I was in university. She said she didn’t realize that she did that. Since she never stopped, she must still not realize.

Humans are weird.

What a funny quirk to have… unable to hang up a phone call.

Anyways, that’s my pointless story for the evening.

Influencer murders HEALTHY dog then uses dog’s death for click-bait

The title explains itself. I’m mad. I’m not including a picture of this woman. Honestly, her face and existence makes me angry, for a lot of reasons beyond this story.

Nikki Phillippi, YouTube influencer, has come under fire (rightfully so) for putting her HEALTHY dog down and then using the dog’s death for click-bait to promote her YouTube channel, where she monetized the story “explaining” why her dog needed to die.

In her Instagram post, promoting the upcoming YouTube video, Nikki showcases a myriad of photographs taken with the family and their dog THE DAY THEY KILLED IT. They literally went out into their backyard and had a family photoshoot with their dog, right before putting it down. In the caption she explained that she was saddened she was forced to make this decision, but it was the right decision to make and her YouTube video would “explain everything”.

In the video, Nikki and her husband explain that their dog (a bull terrier) was attacked as a small puppy and had lived with trauma that made it skittish and defensive ever since. Nikki said that she felt the dog was aggressive because of unresolved trauma.

YA THINK?

If your dog is attacked, you need to get it proper training and give it proper love to help it work through its trauma.

In the video, Nikki and her husband explain that the dog was amazing, and their “cloud angel”, and that he was so good to their family and that he was their child prior to having children. She then immediately contradicts all of those statements by saying that this dog attacked another dog five years ago and they should’ve put him down then, but they weren’t going to provide any details because they didn’t want to dishonour their dog.

Nikki, who’s been on record in previous videos saying that her and her husband didn’t have enough time for the dog and felt like they neglected that, at one point proclaiming she hadn’t walked their dog in months, exclaimed that their dog wasn’t aggressive unless their son was bothering it. Her husband tells a story in the video about how their son pulled at their dog’s ear so badly that he got ‘cauliflower ear’ that took more than a month to properly heal. She goes on to tell more stories about how her son would go over and yank on it’s neck and steal its food out of its dish, scream at it and pull on its tail to wake him up.

As parents, normally people teach their children to be gentle with animals. These people, just seemed to brush off their son’s behaviour as ‘kids being kids’ not understanding that they need to teach their child how to act around, and with, animals.

So we have a bull terrier who doesn’t get walked, isn’t let outside, whom they let their toddler scream at, yank on it’s fur and tail, steal is food and wake it up.

Yeah, maybe the dog’s mad.

Maybe the dog’s annoyed that it cannot vocalize the child consistently pissing it off. Maybe the dog cannot vocalize that it’s tired of being a prisoner kept in your own home.

In the video, they explain how they wouldn’t let their dog outside unless it was in a car.

So they wouldn’t take it for walks, they would just put it in the car and drive around with him.

Dogs need exercise.

Dogs need love.

Dogs need affection. They need attention. They need to be made to feel as though they’re a part of the family too. Dogs do not need to be tormented by a small child that no one has ever taught to act with animals.

I’m not blaming this child. This child is a toddler and if it’s parents have neglected teaching it how to act around a dog, it’s not the child’s fault. It’s Nikki’s fault, and her husband’s fault.

Nikki talks about how great their dog was with their son. How amazing their dog was and how their dog always protected their family. In the same sentence she says ‘But he was aggressive, he bit our son. It wasn’t a bad mark, but it was a small mark.’

When they talk about the “small mark” (direct quote, not paraphrasing) the dog left on their son, her husband proclaims that right then and there, he wanted to take the dog out back and put it down right then and there, but he restrained himself.

So basically, he was a great dog, but he was violent because he left a small mark on their child after their child attacked him. He was aggressive in his past and they considered putting him down before, but now was the right time to end this dog’s life.

OHHH and she said the Humane Society told her that she couldn’t rehome her dog because she’d be liable if the dog attacked someone whilst living in a new home. She said the Humane Society told her it sounds like they were just waiting for ‘a big attack’.

So they paid someone to come to their house and put their dog down after having a family photoshoot with it in the back yard. She promoted her upcoming YouTube video on her Instagram account proclaiming that she’d “explain everything”. She then monetized a YouTube video where she and her husband talk in circles for 24 minutes about how aggressive, but not aggressive, their dog was. She then used the end of her video to promote the “Upcoming changes in her life” and that she “hopes people will follow along with the next stage of their family’s journey”.

She NEVER mentions getting the dog training.

She openly admits to not walking the dog anymore.

She openly admits to neglecting the dog.

She didn’t teach/hasn’t taught her child how to be gentle with animals.

She didn’t rehome her animal because of some “person” at a Human Society who told her an animal cannot be rehomed and retrained to be less aggressive.

But it was the right decision to put the dog to death. Because he was aggressive, though he wasn’t aggressive. Oh, and he comes from a dangerous breed.

She murdered her dog. She’s now trying to justify murdering her healthy dog. She monetized the entire story because she knew it would boost her channel clicks, make her a big pay day and help promote her platforms.

All over the place – snark

I feel as though I’m ranting about this a lot today, but some people just push things to unnecessary levels.

Jayden seems to be the asshole who just won’t quit.

I don’t know what it is. Perhaps he just bulldozes through a lot of people and he thinks he can do it to everyone because no one’s ever called him on his bullshit before? Maybe he really doesn’t believe the absolutely impossible things he says. Maybe he just thinks I’m a pushover.

If any one of the people on my sales team used the aggressive tactics he’s tried to use today, I cannot even begin to fathom the repercussions they’d have to deal with from me. You don’t get to treat people that way.

“No.”

“No, thank you.”

“We’re not interested, thanks.”

These are all complete sentences. If someone says no, accept that. They don’t need to explain themselves, or their reasoning. No. Period. Full stop.

You’re not privy to my internal company discussion and you have no right to it.

Now, excessively calling someone’s office is the exact reason why you won’t ever have my cell phone number. You were told in two emails that I am not in my office and thus cannot answer my office phone. Your response is to call my phone no less than 6 times in… 9 hours? Are you kidding me?

“Well you’re obviously getting my messages,” he says.

Yeah… my voicemails are emailed to me. That’s something COMPLETELY DIFFERENT from picking up my office phone when I am not in my office.

Oh, shit like this gets under my skin. There’s no reason for needing to phone someone 6 times in 9 hours when you’re trying to sell them something. That’s aggressive as hell.

Don’t be like Jayden.

Don’t be an idiot.

Jayden tried again

I can’t handle that level of aggression.

Simmer down, you tempestuous idiot.

Jayden emails back to tell Murray and I he made a bad impression this morning and he’d to make it up to us. Then he goes on to tell me the newsletters he’s selling advertising space in have a 100% read rate, and that everyone reads them weekly.

No.

Not true.

You don’t have 100% read rates because it’s IMPOSSIBLE to have 100% read rates.

Even the most popular, sought after brands on earth don’t have 100% read rates. People get sick. People go on holidays. People just ignore your emails. Don’t lie to me. Even if you’d some how mastered the art of audience interaction in which you were reaching maximum potential audience each week, there is no possible way in which you could have 100% read rates.

You saying that leads me to believe you think we’re idiots.

The joke is on you, you stupid, stupid man.

“Perhaps I should speak with your boss, again.”

Don’t cross me. I don’t have time, or patience, for it. Don’t be an idiot. Just don’t.

This morning… to start off a great Wednesday, I was contacted by someone selling advertising space. This someone, named Jayden, contacted my boss yesterday and was told that he needed to speak with me about any and all advertising that our company does.

Today Jayden called my office line and left me a vague voicemail asking me to call him back.

No thanks, Jayden. I’m not wasting my time on a phone call to get information that can be provided to me in an email. So, I emailed Jayden and said that if he’d like to provide me information, he can do so by email. I also mentioned that I’m working from home right now and that I do not give out my cell phone number very easily because people tend to keep it when I don’t want them to.

Jayden got my email and decided it would be a great idea to call my office line, again. This time Jayden pleaded with me that it’s imperative we speak by phone and that he appreciates human connection when he’s working with companies from around the country.

You know what I can’t do when I’m at home? Answer a fucking phone that’s on the 24th floor of an office tower downtown. As mentioned in the previous email, Jayden, I’m not giving you my cell phone number. You stupid? That’s a rhetorical question, by the way.

Jayden then sent me an email with an invitation to a Zoom call. Not for tomorrow. Not for a week from now. The zoom call was in progress. He was sitting on zoom waiting, hoping that I’d click the link and answer.

Again, you stupid, Jayden?

That’s so aggressive. He doesn’t know if I have a fucking meeting or not. Why would he just sit on zoom and wait?

I wrote Jayden an email and said ‘Please email any information you’d like to provide. I will review it when I am able and get back to you.’

Jayden wrote me back and said ‘It seems you cannot make time for me. Perhaps I should speak with [my boss’ name], again.”

Yeah, you know what, Jayden… why don’t you go call my fucking boss again. Go ahead. I dare you. I’m going to send him a note that tells him just how aggressive and stupid you’ve been this morning. I’m going to instruct him to tell you to fuck off. He’s not going to, because he’s a lot nicer than me. He’ll use much kinder words. And, though I don’t think you deserve kind words, he’s going to offer them to you anyway.

Have a nice life, Jayden.

A mish-mash of thoughts

Firstly, I had a post up last night about my nephew finally getting to go home. That’s right, Baby Harry is going home. I posted a photo of him in that post, and upon seeing it, my brother asked that I take it down. That’s why it disappeared. The important point is, Baby Harry finally gets to go home.

Switching gears, I am more disappointed then ever with the headhunter. I was told that I was one of three candidates and that I would be contacted last Friday (April 23) with their final decision. Guess who didn’t contact me last week? The headhunter. Guess who didn’t contact me today? The headhunter.

If they didn’t pick me, after seeking me out and asking me to declare interest in the role, interviewing me twice and telling me how great their company and position was, why couldn’t they tell me? If they didn’t pick me, how hard would it be to pick up the phone, or send an email, and say ‘Thanks, but no thanks’. If for some reason they didn’t decide last week (they probably did, but if for some reason they didn’t) why couldn’t they pick up the phone, or send an email, and say ‘We’re delayed. We’ll keep you posted’. Why couldn’t they just… update me? They sought me out. I didn’t go looking for the job. They got my hopes up.

It’s just disappointing…

Meanwhile, at my day job, the Texas crew is headed to California this week. For work? No. For fun? Yeah, I guess. I don’t fully understand what kind of fun people are getting into right now. I also don’t understand what kind of fun two pregnant women are going to have with their boss in California, even if it is California. Apparently it’s team bonding and it’s necessary. They joked that they’re ‘Going to test out the effectiveness of vaccines’. So…1/2 my sales team is gone for the rest of the week. Good for them? Personally, getting on an airplane sounds absolutely awful right now. But, as I am aware, not everyone thinks the same as I.

Other news? COVID is still bad here. The government still doesn’t really care. Today they’ve taken to blaming Indigenous people for the current severity of the situation. Don’t even get me started with how disgusting I find that comment to be. Every single time shit hits the fan, the government finds a BIPOC community to point blame towards.

Other, other news: my parents are vaccinated with their first dose. They both have said they handled it very well. They got their shots yesterday, so my mom’s been texting me every few hours with what she deems important updates. Earlier today she said ‘My right hand is itchy, do you think that’s a side effect?’ No mom, I don’t. You got your shot in your left arm…

Lastly, I think the snow has finally stopped. (Knock on wood) It’s actually quite sunny out today, which was a nice change. If it could stay like this, I think it would help my mood tremendously. We’ll see what mother nature has in store for us.

It’s still snowing.

I went for a drive during my lunch break because, you know, that’s what you do these days.

Alberta has double the cases per-capita of provincial counterpart, Ontario, a province with more then 10 million more people in it.

I also saw on the news last night a Virologist saying that Alberta has more cases per capita right now than in a lot of the US States. Now, I haven’t seen an actual stat for that, and I can’t find one online, but if he was telling the truth and not making a generalization, that sucks….

It’s so bad here other provinces are starting to restrict people from our province because we carry a risk of basically exponentially worsening the entire country if we province hop.

There are more cases in this city, presently, than in the entire province that my parents live in. So… I really don’t blame other provinces for wanting to tell us to just fucking stay home. (Yes, language is necessary because I’m in that kind of a mood)

Basically, we’re going to be here a long time to come.

So I went for a drive. In the snow. I saw the mountains, I saw a couple moose, some very confused geese, a pretty lake. It was… I guess as good as it could be.

I wore shorts and flip-flops in protest of the current weather. I didn’t go inside anywhere because… why bother.