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Dec. 29th, 2008 | 03:23 pm
music: I'm Just Beginning to Live - Jonathan Richman

I'm back! Got in last night, after an uneventful 3 hour delay at the Pearson airport.

In the less than 24 hours I've been back:
  • Snow. That, and its unshoveled, unploughed, slushy and icy remnants. Such that my taxi from the airport could only let me off at the closest major-ish intersection, lest the cabbie find himself stuck in the snow on the side streets.
  • Hours of operation from 11am.  You know, in worker-bee Toronto, you can get breakfast and buy a sweater before 10 am pretty much anywhere, any time of the year.  For the record, I am wholly in favour of longer holidays and shorter working hours and work-weeks for employees.  Still, it's pretty nice when you can get breakfast before work (or on days off!), and have a half-hour or so after work before stores close so you don't have to waste your weekend crowding the stores with everyone else.
  • SNOW. I gave up trying to clear the foot of packed-down ice on the sidewalk,  and spent a more productive hour clearing the slightly less challenging snow on the walkway and steps leading up to it, in front of the house. The postal carrier eschewed the sidewalk in favour of my walkway-in-progress, thanking me for shovelling and paying compliment to my cute boots.
  • This is equivalent to the middle of February in Toronto, where all is melty and slushy and still cold and uncomfortable. I'm actually delighted to see Vancouver in the midst of Canadian winter, but alas, I've missed the good part.  On the bright side, someone built a snowman on the median of the intersection near my house, and the remains still make me smile.
Toronto was great, but too short.  This is the first year  I haven't had a month-long holiday back east (last year I took my three weeks at the tail end of the City strike, coinciding with my sister's wedding), and I think I'm feeling the toll -- it was so great to see old friends and family, but it was not a relaxing holiday.

 
Work is closed until January 2nd, so today begins my 'real' break!  Huzzah, huzzah!

Shortlist of projects for the new year:
  • Build a theramin with Jessica.
  • Put some actual time into the film documentary idea that Mark and I have been kicking around for a couple of years now.
  • Rent a piano, and unlearn most of my previous training.  Focus: chords and comping, suitable for rhythm sections of awesome bands.  Also, I want to play every Elton John song ever written in the 70s.
  • Short-wave radio course (although I looked up details, and I am less enthused than I was a few weeks ago)
  • Economics course at SFU, with a friend or two. I think this can only be good for the policy analysis side of work, and it's something I've kicked myself for not knowing more about for, oh, forever.
  • Learn more about cameras, in theory and in practice, so that I can stop relying on good composition and stumbling upon great lighting moments to get a decent picture.
  • Save money. Oddly enough, I've been doing a pretty good job despite the increased costs of living alone and indulging in much retail therapy, but I think I can do better.
There are others I'm forgetting just at the moment.  Still need to pare down this list, or work out a schedule to fit it all into a paltry 12 months.

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There are others I'm forgetting just at the moment.

from: reluctance
date: Dec. 30th, 2008 12:55 am (UTC)
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WACK! closes Jan 11th. I've got a couple other takers, but why not make a posse?

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