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Unauthorized Transactions

With the proliferation of unauthorized credit card changes over the years, I guess you could say I’ve been relatively lucky. Sure I’ve had my fair share of calls from different financial institutions advising me that their crack team of security specialists have discovered something and therefore I need a new card. And while that’s always been a headache at the time, I’ve always appreciated that added sense of security when it comes to my money.

Unfortunately, today is the day that all changed.

A Collection of Credit Cards

Courtesy of frankleleon

While getting some of my financial house “tidied” this morning, I did my usual check of banking and credit card statements online to ensure I knew where I not only stood money wise, but to ensure that the charges were all legit. That’s right, even though I’d never had an issue, I’ve always tried to stay on top of everything to ensure I was always above water.

And that’s how I found it. Continue reading

From #Funemployment to Fun Employment

When I discovered I was transitioning into the world of funemployment (or #funemployment as I’ve been apt to call it on social media), I set myself a timeline to ensure I gave my soul some time to heal and ensure I didn’t fritter away all my severance before finding the next big thing.


I wanted to travel, and travel I did. I went on a cruise, I rode a train, I spent time in Toronto and I just got back from England. Heck, I’ll be off to Calgary in a couple of weeks too.

I wanted to learn, so I signed up for Hootsuite University to help soothe my passion for social media and diligently set myself forward to better understanding the medium. And I can proudly say that I’m now a Hootsuite Certified Professional. And as I want to further my knowledge of the adult learning function, I’m starting to explore the world of design & development to supplement my understanding of facilitation & delivery.

Yet now it’s time to start that next transition. It’s time to look for that new opportunity. It’s time for me to commit to finding that next great opportunity and transition back into the world of being happily employed. (there’s more to read below)

I Ate This – Fisherman’s Boot Cafe

Having heard of this mythical Fisherman’s Boot Cafe, my wife and I decided to go for a walk in an effort to find out if there was any truth that the Steveston Harbour Authority had this rough cut gem of a restaurant inside of its compound.
Fisherman's Boot Cafe
Located at the south end of Trites Road in Richmond, BC inside the somewhat ominous Yellow Gate, otherwise known as the Steveston Harbour Authority (though open to the public kind of), this old school greasy spoon restaurant serves up relatively decent homestyle cooking at what I can define as affordable prices.

Now if you’re looking for a full service cafe with a tonne of choice, you’re likely better off heading west into Steveston because you won’t be finding that here. The menu has at most four or five breakfast options, house specials, sandwiches and mains. And while tasty, the options are also quite basic. The cafe does have daily specials, but the suffice to say that menu is quite concise.

For instance, my wife and I went for both lunch one day (we missed breakfast, our intended meal) and had ham & grilled cheese sandwiches. Served with fries, each plate set us back $7 – affordable yet basic. On the following day, we got up earlier to ensure we could grab breakfast and each had bacon & eggs (served with toast, hashbrowns & coffee) for $6. Again, while straight and to the point, I’m not sure I can even beat that price at home.

There’s also the fact that it’s inside what I can best describe as a fishing warehouse. Why does that matter? Well, you can definitely smell the history in there. But I feel that adds to the character charm of the place. And there’s also the regular clientele that add to the atmosphere and truly reflect its unique location.

Would I go back again? For sure. Is the service phenomenal? No, but then again it seems to be a one-person shop and considering how busy & steady business was, I doubt she could do much more. Is the food out of this world? No, but then again the prices reflect that and frankly, provide far better value than anywhere else.

And good value ain’t that bad.

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2014 & LCBD

How did Left Coast By Design fare as a blog in 2014?  Well, the WordPress.com stats helper monkeys (which apparently are a thing) prepared a 2014 annual report for the blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,300 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 38 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

My goal for 2015?  At least 72 cable car trips.  Or something like that.

Michael Jackson ONE

As you may recall, the wife and I recently returned from “our first trip” to Las Vegas. While the main intention of the trip was to attend my brother’s wedding (which was a blast), the wife and I truly wanted to immerse ourselves into the Vegas culture and decided that going to a show on the strip was a must.

Deciding to go was easy. Deciding what to see? Another story – there’s so much choice.

While the wife and I have somewhat similar tastes, we also had to take into consideration what my parents would be willing to see as we invited them to come along. During the decision-making process, we decided that Cirque du Soleil was the route to go, even though I’d never seen a show and wasn’t too sure I was all that into “circus acrobatics.” Hello boredom my old friend.

Well, Michael Jackson ONE proved I could never have been so wrong! Boredom was not an option. Continue reading

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