On The Cost of Being Robbed While Traveling Abroad

@Stowaway I've been asked for it several times or stopped at checkpoints, especially when off the beaten track. I don't know where you travel but anytime I'm asked by a soldier or policeman with a gun to produce my passport I'm glad I have it! I think it last happened on a major trip when I was in Colombia, but that was about six years ago. Also, lots of bars in smaller towns in the US (for a close to home example) only accept passports from Canadian citizens which is really annoying.

Posted on May 17, 2014 at 2:56 am 0

On The Cost of Being Robbed While Traveling Abroad

@Stowaway I always carry my passport with me because, as a foreigner, it's often the only acceptable piece of identification. My money belt is with me 24/7 when I travel, wrapped around my waist during the day and in my sleep sack (which I always use, I don't care how clean the sheets look... my silk sleep sack is comfy) when I'm at night. I have a day wallet and I usually sleep with that as well. Another thing: invest in a portable power pack for times when you want to charge your electronics but can't do it when you're in the room. Portable power packs are cheap, not that attractive of a target and you can charge your electronics in your locker without worrying about it too much. I've been backpacking through Europe and have yet to see a hostel with power-integrated lockers. I'm sure they're out there, but even the fanciest lockers (key card operated!) I've seen haven't had them.

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 4:51 pm 0

On Winnipeg, Manitoba: The Slurpee Capital of the World

The problem with slurpees is that they are from 7/11 so I refuse to believe Winnipeg is actually the capital although I do remember there being lots of 7/11s when I lived out west. I drink "slushies", known in Ontario as "frosters" from the Mac's chain of convenience stores. Those are the ones that are flavoured like pop while the Slush Puppy brand has generic flavours like cherry, grape, lime, bubble gum, etc. Also depending on what's on offer at your local convenience store, you can make some fun adult beverages by adding your own booze.

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 1:13 pm 0

On Some Costs Associated With My Roommate’s Boyfriend

shared bar soap is so traumatizing. I prefer bar soap for the environmental aspect and because I HATE paying for water, which you do in body wash, but I only use it when I am 100% certain that no one else would use the soap. I would hate for bar soap to be used in an uncertain sharing environment.

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 12:29 am 0

On Would It Be Awkward to Offer My Coworker Some of My Bonus Money?

I'm Canadian and I'm suspecting that the friend in question isn't being classified as a "contractor" for income tax purposes. The use of the term "Department" and the fact this guy has been on contract for 3 years makes me suspect he's government or quasi-government. If this is the case - and I worked for a Crown Corp for a few years - then it really sucks the guy isn't getting a bonus and there's nothing that can really be done. Departments put a freeze on permanent hiring and then use people hired on contracts who make less money, work just as hard and don't get the benefits. I have a friend at the Crown Corp who finally just had enough and left - now he's making way more money at an organization that truly appreciate him. I hated working on contract while I was waiting for a permanent position. I got hired, primarily because I was bilingual - but it really sucked to bust my butt and watch people celebrate their bonus before I was hired full time. I NEVER would have expected someone to give me a portion of their bonus and it would have been majorly awkward if they did, especially if they were a peer. When I was put in the position I brought the friend out for drinks and paid, to thank him for the work he did to help me out, but I think I was the only person who did it and I didn't specifically say it was because of bonus season (though I'm sure he figured it out).

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 6:34 pm 0

On A Relationship Ends, But the Lease Does Not

I think the key is to determine what you want to do first - does your ex want to keep the apartment? Or do you both want a clean break? If the latter I would tell the landlords - I don't understand why you wouldn't, especially if they're a young couple, because I think it would only help your request. I would expect you and your ex to have to help them find new tenants though, which would be more than fair.

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 10:26 am 0

On The One Percent of Battery Life on Our Phones

I have a portable power pack I bought a couple of years ago at an outdoors show. I acted like it was for a multiple day hiking trip like everyone else did but in reality it's for things like all day beer festivals and shenanigans.

Posted on February 13, 2014 at 12:32 pm 2

On Time vs. Money

Not trying to be difficult, but it's Douglas Coupland. Not David Coupland... the tag is right, but the first sentence isn't!

Posted on February 10, 2014 at 1:20 pm 0

On Places I've Lived: Above a Coffee House, a Subsistence Farm in Tuscany, and a Chain of Remote Islands

@BATS! I lived in a house on Henry St for the summer and I think it was one of my worst experiences ever. I found out that one of the guys in the house, a summer subletter, was a drug dealer. The boys were total slobs and the place was INFESTED. I wouldn't do laundry in the basement and I spent one night in my roommate's bedroom after a mouse wouldn't stop zipping around mine. Then when she was cleaning she found a dead mouse she had STEPPED ON and squashed. Awful, awful house. The landlord was the definition of slum lord. Lease said he would do the lawn care but he refused and got mad at us about it. It was just terrible. I moved back into residence for fourth year (did an exchange 3rd year) and worked as an RA. I wouldn't have been able to handle a full year of that.

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 10:06 pm 0

On Places I've Lived: Above a Coffee House, a Subsistence Farm in Tuscany, and a Chain of Remote Islands

Every single time I think about moving back to Halifax I remind myself of how every apartment there seems to be infested with mice. I think about how nice it would be to own one of those beautiful South End houses, and then I think about how every other house around is infested with mice so obviously it must be infested with mice. Also, King's. Ew. :P (Dal grad)

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 2:55 pm 0