Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Olympic Hockey Pissed Me Off Today

A short post today. The two teams I had hoped would do well at the Olympics both went home today. Canada and Slovakia both got eliminated, and now I don't have anyone to cheer for. I was specifically pissed since Slovakia was doing so well, and played the worst game they could. I guess the Czechs really are Slovakia's Achilles heel.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Snow, snow and more snow!

This week I've been slacking off. Since we've been getting so much snow lately, I've been out snowboarding almost every day since I came to the cottage on Saturday. Sunday morning was the best day of boarding I have had in a long time. The slopes were covered with a minimum of 30cm of fresh powder. Some sections had over a half meter of powder on them. It was carve-a-licious. That didn't last too long, but the woods are still full of spots that have plenty of fresh powder. I've discovered that fallen trees make amazing launch platforms, and have been getting some sweet air in the woods. The trick is to make sure there aren't any trees in the landing zone. I've also discovered that having 2 beers takes away just enough coordination that I think I can pull something off, but end up buried in a snowbank somewhere cause I just misjudged my landing, etc. A good wipe-out in powder can mean 20 minutes of digging yourself out. The only thing that would make this snowboarding better would be someone to ride with. My bro is back at school and everyone I know is responsible and has jobs, etc.

The disadvantage to all this snow is that it also falls onto and around the cottage. This means that I am out with a shovel almost daily. The roof can only hold so much snow, and there is always some path that needs to be cleared. I can't say I'm not getting any exercise this winter.

I've been doing some professional work, mainly reading and learning new stuff. It can get frustrating however since the Internet connection I have here is very flaky. It's one of those PCMCIA cards that connects via the cellular network. These work great in the city, but I barely get any signal here so the quality of my connection ranges anywhere from crap to none at all. I'm hoping an external antenna for this thing will make a difference. Posting this entry was a fucking nightmare....

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

I've been busy .. sort of

A few folks have wondered what I've been up to lately. It's a mix between trying to settle in somewhere, and enjoy not having to work the 9-5 thing. I've been going up to the cottage with my parents and doing some snowboarding, which I have to admit is not exactly productive. I have been in touch with a number of job hunters / agents who have a fair amount of work in England or on Holland, but I've been picky. I'm not too keen on taking an 11 month contract for instance, since to me that's not much different from a full time job. I'm also not too keen on working through these agents since they take a significant chunk of the profits and they take the fun out of negotiating a contract with a client.

My biggest focus right now is trying to put together a quality image for my company. This means naming it, building a website, etc. This will allow me to do some direct sales to potential clients without using the above described agents. The work is out there, so it's a matter of finding it. I'm hoping for a few subcontracts from bigger companies at first. I'm also trying to figure out a good base of operations. It's looking like I may call my parents' cottage home for the next while since my cousin and I decided to get internet up there. I'm kind of looking forward to having my home office 5 minutes from a ski lift.

I've got almost all my paperwork in order at this point, I have a business registered in Slovakia as well as another in Holland. It took a fair amount of effort to get all this sorted out which is making me very excited about tax season. Oh well, I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. First I need some income.