I’m back in Vancouver today. Back in my home with its open kitchen and fenced-in back yard and home theater and comfy king size bed. But only for as long as it takes me to pack up my things, grab my dogs, and head back. Back to Toronto with its endless driving and frigid temperatures and rundown buildings and bad sushi. Yes, I complain a lot about it on this blog, and at work, and, sure, to most everyone I talk to – but I do try to keep a positive outlook back on the home/apartment front for Akemi’s sake. Clearly, she aint lovin’ Hogtown and it doesn’t take a genius to figure that out. In the past, while writing emails to her English-speaking friends, she’s asked me to help with her spelling. Words like “beautiful”, “laughing”, and “delight”. Then, last night, it was “How do you spell miserable?”. Lately, completely out of the blue while, say, we’re watching t.v. or reading or doing dishes, she’ll offer a wistful: “I miss Vancouver” before moving on to the business at hand. This, of course, just compounds my anxiety since, unlike Vancouver, I don’t have the time, the resources, the connections, or knowledge of the city to help. Although her VISA isn’t up until October, she has started talking about an early return to Japan.
Hopefully we’ll settle in and, if not enjoy our new city, then at the very least not mind it so much.
Given my experience in Canada’s three major cities, I’d say that Montreal is the place where people go to party, Vancouver is the place where people go to enjoy nature, and Toronto is the place where politicians and sad clowns go to retire.
Watched the last third of Black Swan on the plane. Sort of. The woman sitting in front of me was watching when the girl on girl scene caught my eye. I followed along to the end and it didn’t make any sense to me. I’ll watch it on the way back. With sound, I’m sure it’ll make perfect sense.
To those of you asking about Stargate – I have no new info for you. From what I hear, Brad hasn’t given up the fight and there’s still hope for a proper ending to the SGU story. So, until further notice, the gate remains –
Finally, thanks to Carl for alerting me to this report on the CIA’s wildly successful Facebook Program: