On Stories.

“The universe is made of stories, not atoms.”

– Muriel Rukeyser

“The most important part of the story is the part you don’t know yet.”

– Barbara Kingsolver to Kurt Andersen

The first quote, it transpires, is in my pile of things that I keep to remember. It is also how chapter one of the book I just started reading begins (The Age of Spiritual Machines by Ray Kurzweil). The second quote, I passed on my way to finding the first quote; and is here because it seemed àpropos.


Canada has terrible airport codes that, for the most part, bear no resemblance to the name of the city. YUL? Really?

In any case, I am embarking on an epic voyage in February.

I leave Montréal February 14th, get to Wellington on the 16th (thanks international date line!), spend the 18th and 19th at Webstock, then leave Wellington on the 24th, arriving back in Montréal on.. the 24th. Travel gets weird when you go far.

I imagine there will be some kind of eventfulness and insobriety on the 20th, being that I am not often in New Zealand, and exactly no other reason.

Goings, Comings, Hirings, Somethings!

It is April! Already! I am astonished that I have been in Canada almost a year now. It seems both much longer and much shorter.

My year of working holiday is up in less than two short weeks. But I am not going home yet (:

In a slightly more perfect world, I would have been in the process of getting a work permit to continue working at the same place where I’ve been working most of the time I have been living in Montréal. Alas, it was not meant to be, as said workplace disappeared in a cloud of smoke.

However, in this slightly less perfect world, there is another year-long visa available to me. Which the Canadian consulate in Sydney is processing for me, right at this very moment. I’m hoping the processing for it will finish in the less than two short weeks I have left s: (the estimated processing time was 4-6 weeks, two’ish weeks ago; so in the next two weeks is optimistic. However, my last work visa also had a 4-6 week processing time, and was done in eleven days)

Failing that, there will be a couple of visits to the USA in my future – to come back as a visitor, and then back again when I can get more work visa.

However long it takes, now seems like as good a time as any as to embark on the search for the next place that gets to employ me!

I should become available in two to four weeks (depending on how long visa processing takes); at which point I will have an open work permit for a year (so I can be hired in Canada without additional paperwork on the employer side). I have a CV, which is also available as a PDF. Hoorah.

Partly Snowy

It has been snowing a little bit. This is the snow which has accumulated on my balcony

I can has snow

I’d go play in it, except the doors have frozen shut.

And this is how it was looking from where I work a little earlier.

Plateau Mont-Royal, 9-Dec-08

So yes. Today I walked to work in the snow. But at least I have shoes and it wasn’t uphill both ways.