Lucky 7

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April Fools! I moved here seven years ago and the joke never stops. April 1st 2011 was the day I rolled into Toronto, on a Friday afternoon around rush hour. I was pretty tense about the traffic, about driving on this massive highway into this big new city. But I was almost there. It was nothing like the panic I felt at the beginning of the journey, leaving Calgary with just a whole lot of hope and no back-up plan.

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April 1, 2018 at 3:17 pm Leave a comment

In the Background

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I forgot that I once wrote about the joys of working background. At the time I had only been doing it for a few weeks, so I obviously knew everything. Out of my many jobs, it’s still my favourite, and my main source of income. I first started this post because I had a booking cancelled on me one morning, but they still had to pay me for the day anyway. Thanks, union! So I went to a coffee shop instead, earning a full day’s pay while dicking around on the computer.

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February 20, 2018 at 2:11 pm Leave a comment

Missed Connections

In my student years, the university newspaper had an “I Saw You” section, where people would put out pleas to find that attractive stranger who got away. “Why didn’t I have the nerve to talk to you? Come back, mystery soul mate!” They were fun to read. You’d try and figure out who the message was for. Is it me? Is it someone I know? Did they ever find their person? Some of them were incredibly vague, or lame: “Blond girl with a backpack near the Science building on Thursday. Your hot! Coffee sometime??” I’m sure that chick thinks about you, too, you weirdo (yes, it hurts me to type “your” instead of “you’re”).

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January 23, 2018 at 8:20 am Leave a comment

2017 Was Great For… Being Over

Nothing against 2017, I just feel lame doing a last-year retrospective this deep into January. I’m going to free myself of this theme and just go back to random blog posts.

January 22, 2018 at 12:34 pm Leave a comment

2017 Was Great For… Naming Names

2016 seemed to be the year for celebrity deaths, and 2017 was the year of “dead to me” celebrities. When you see a famous man’s name trending these days on social media, it’s more likely that he’s done something worse than just dying. Starting with Hollywood and trickling down into more local stories, creeps are getting outed. If the sexual harassment was that bad for famous actresses, I can’t even imagine how bad it is in other industries: Restaurants, the financial world, the military, etc. Some are TV stars I used to love; now I can’t watch their shows anymore.

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January 21, 2018 at 12:31 pm Leave a comment

2017 Was Great For… Health

“At least I have my health.”

It seems like something you say when everything else is going miserably. Yeah, so I’m able-bodied and don’t have any chronic/terminal illness, big deal. But when you stop to think about it, yeah, that’s a pretty big deal! It would suck to not have those things going for me. I need to remember that health as something to be grateful for.

In 2017 I didn’t break any bones or have any surgery. I had at least one cold, maybe two.

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January 10, 2018 at 3:58 pm Leave a comment

2017 Was Great for… Work

In the past week I’ve seen a lot of “good riddance” grumbles on social media about the year 2017. While I’m also looking forward to a fresh start in the new year, I have to say this past one was pretty great for me overall. I want to count my blessings here, in case I need to remember the good things some day.

This post was originally going to talk about the overall year, but it started getting way too long. I’m going to break it up into categories instead, starting with career:

I haven’t added it all up yet, but I dare say this was the most money I’ve made since becoming self-employed 8(!) years ago. It came from a few different sources, and I like a little variety in my workweek. It was especially busy during my Damn Early Days experiment, so you got to hear about some of it. (more…)

January 2, 2018 at 4:44 pm Leave a comment

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