Peeking outside today and glancing around this morning, I saw a sunny day. The horizon is inviting. It is a day that inspires optimism.
It is the 18th day here in my friend's townhouse back in my hometown, Vancouver, British Columbia. In fact, it is Groundhog Day, a day to take a survey of the season's prospects and climate. My situation is going well, and the future looks bright.
I started a part-time job tutoring English yesterday. I also got a call last night letting me know that I am on the hiring list for upcoming Electoral District managers. I do not prefer to return to teaching at this point, this part-time gig can help keep me active and afloat for the time being. Anyway, it is easy and the wage is relatively good. The provincial elections job will be temporary, but at least a novel experience for me. It will take place in the second week of May, so the job won't get under way until the start of April.
This new job will cover rent and food, at least. Yes, I finally found an acceptable room in a house in the middle of Vancouver. Getting to the job site from there will be convenient and straightforward, as luck would have it. The landlord is probably not reporting all the rental income, as I estimate by his request to get future monthly payments in cash, but he keeps a well-running and clean place that is not cluttered or over-crowded. He is also a kind and pleasant gentlemen, as is at least one of the house-mates.
I am going out occasionally to see friends and take in some cultural nourishment. I went to an environmental conservation movie on the topic of the fossil fuel industry with a couple of activist friends. Also, I caught a play at a new theatre in this area. I am still undecided about my assessment of this play experience, as it was done using a classic piece (Faulkner) in an experimental way (mime, movement, barely any props). However, it was interesting.
I may be acclimatizing. The weather was unusually icy when I arrived just before days of heavy downpours struck. The digitally-operated gas faux-fireplace is not working because I inadvertently turned off the pilot light. I have felt chilled and eventually got a cold, from which I am just recovering. Today it seemed that my body is adjusting.