Amanda Lang can go to hell. 
A story has just come up talking about how she tried to squash the big CBC story on RBC's outsourcing last year. From reading this, it's hard to tell whether she really did or didn't, so I found it hard to form an opinion of her actions based on that alone. What I DID do though was look up a story she did for the Globe and Mail on the subject. Here it is: ... e11084876/

This is such a massive load of corporate shilling it hurts my head to even read it. I worked at RBC for 15 years and saw first hand what their outsourcing is all about, and I expect it's the same for all the other companies doing it. There wasn't even a tiny bit of it that had anything to do with finding people who were more qualified than those here in Canada. It was 100% about getting people cheaper. There were a few good people but most of them were woefully unqualified and needed to be spoon fed copious amounts of training just to get useful work out of them. But they were cheap.

This here is the most telling quote in her whole article:

"Information technology workers displaced in Canada are being replaced not by cheap Indian workers but by better ones. India has emerged as a centre of excellence in applications development, for instance, and so a business needing the very best in that field will seek it out."

That's not just vaguely untrue. That's a bold-faced lie that's easily verifiable by talking to ANYONE that's had to integrate outsourced workers into their projects.

She's not a journalist. She's a tool, and should be ashamed of herself.

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She's HOME!!! 
What a weekend!! Just absolutely amazing!!

Best to just post a link to the pics and to say that I'm absolutely ecstatic about the whole thing.

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It Exists!!! 

Hoping to go get her and bring her home this weekend!!!


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Sittin' on the dock of the bay 
It's been a while since I've put an update here, but I'm excited this week about the fact that the car I ordered in July is now built and sitting at the port in Emden waiting for a ship to sail it to Halifax.

Just a few more weeks now!!

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Best Birthday Ever! 
I feel like a bit of a zombie today. I'm not sure I slept much at all last night.

After many years of saving everything I can... and over a year of research learning everything there is to be learned from reading and asking questions on the Internet... last night I got a call at 9:11 pm (how appropriate!!) from a sales person to close a deal on my dream car!

I first posted about it here back in October of 2011, though at the time it was just a fantasy.

Back in May I drove one for the first time and was instantly hooked!

A week ago Friday I finally hit the goal I was saving for, thinking I could go out and try to make a deal, but then everything seemed to come to a crashing halt. I made 3 separate offers to the sales person I was dealing with and he just kept saying no. Finally, yesterday morning, I hit the absolute limit of how much I was willing to spend, and how many options I was willing to strip off the car to make it all possible, and again he said no.

I never even got a price out of him.

Yesterday I reached out to some other dealerships though, and one got back to me willing, happy even, to work out a deal I could live with. I can't thank him enough for making this dream come true for my birthday!!

I've loved cars and driving ever since I got my license and now, through the help and encouragement of Michelle, without whom none of this would have been possible, I'm able to cross a massive milestone and strike off a bucket list item that I may never have even dreamed of aspiring to.

Now I'm going to slowly lose my mind as I wait out the months until I take delivery, estimated to be sometime in January. While I've got no right to be asking God for anything at all, as I'm already blessed more than I deserve... I will still be praying for a few days of nice weather in the middle of winter so I can go pick her up and drive her home. :)

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