I almost forgot: I’m moving to Calgary.
I didn’t mention it sooner (i.e., this weekend) because I didn’t want to detract from the Darren and the Kari nuptials…but now that they’re history and the happy couple is on a beach in the Bahamas I figured I could go ahead with it. Last Friday, mere minutes after arriving at Talia’s house in Ottawa, I was offered a job as an Admissions Officer at the University of Calgary…and I turned it down, because they wanted me to start next week. (Seriously, as if I could uproot my entire existence and move to another province in a week-and-a-half.) An hour-and-a-half later they called back and asked me when I could start; we eventually settled on an August 29 start date. I’m flying out on the 27th. I still don’t have a place to live, which is something I’ll need to address shortly; in fact, I know very little about what’s happening. All I really know is that I’m going.
I don’t want to leave Toronto, especially since I’ve finally found my niche. Eventually, I’d like to come back. But for now, this is the right move for me to make…and hey, if missing a few baseball games means having access to the best skiing in Canada, it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make. Plus–and most importantly–Bri Monster starts her teaching career in Calgary in late August. From a relationship standpoint this move had to be made.
The next few weeks are going to be hectic. This start date necessitated a much earlier trip to the U.K. than expected…so check this out:
- This weekend: Chicago for Lollapalooza, plus the small matter of seeing Pearl Jam in a motherfucking club on Thursday night!!!!!
- August 6: back in Toronto
- August 8-19: England
- August 19-26: back in Toronto to pack (Bri Monster leaves on the 22nd, by the way)
- August 27: leave for Calgary
- August 29: start work
So yeah: it’s gonna be a crazy few weeks. I’m really looking forward to Labour Day so I can sit back, stare out over the Rocky Mountains and say, “What the fuck just happened?” Because it’s all happening now, and it’s happening very quickly. And I’m terrified, obviously…but no matter what, I’m about to embark on a great adventure.