For those of you who have been quietly — and not so quietly — contemplating my apparent laziness, all will be glad to know that I have returned to the world of the working after a four plus month stint in the guise of an unemployed drifter. Yes, it is true, my new job — the reason I have moved myself to the western edge of the nation — started today, albeit with lack of incident.
A brief summary…
So, if you have been asking yourself what exactly it is that I will be doing here in the rainy city of Vancouver, worry not, because you are in vast company. Alas, not even I am too sure on what adventures my new employment will take me. In fact, the daily doldrums of my job — the general existence I will endure — has not yet become entirely clear. I do have a brief summary of what it is my job entails, but hold fast to the lack of details, because as I already said, the brain is still warming up here…
a) The general details are this: I am now employed by the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Canada (Western Canada Office) in the position of National Education Coordinator/Regional Volunteer Coordinator. You can visit their website here. For those who have already been confused, this has nothing to do with Multiple Sclerosis, telemarketing, or even teaching high school. Sorry for any disappointment.
b) The first title, National EducaTION gUY (sorry caps on) has something to do with me having an education degree and something else to do with me being in charge of all the print materials, newsletters, education related stuff involved the organization. This sounds a cool anyways. I suppose there should be lots to do. Lots of Genetics stuff too… does that sound impressive or what?
c) The second half of my job is organizing volunteers. Hmm… I think this is all I know for now.
Of course, there will be more details to follow in the months to come.
The great green glass phenomenon
Now, as Karin and I were discussing earlier this evening, there seems to be an awful lot of green glass in the crazy city. (I know – exciting – but you date for five years and see what you talk about!) This realization occurred to me last week while I was sitting in the airport for an hour an a half waiting for my plane to Florida. The whole building is covered in this glass which seems to have a greenish/teal/aqua sort of tinge to it. And it is not alone. Walking along the dockside on Granville Island, you look across False Creek onto a relatively new condo development, a forest of green glass reflecting the afternoon sun.
Perhaps this is a fault on my part, but I don’t remember seeing so much green glass in any other city. I know that Edmonton has that multistory pink eyesore on the riverbank, and Calgary seems to have a lot of brown, but not much for green anywhere that I can recall. I have come up with two reasons that this might be so:
1) If ever Canada was attacked by the Americans, Vancouver would be one of the first cities invaded. Perhaps, the architects thought they were camouflaging the city by making it look like the plants, thus confusing the Americans. (Note: this would also work on unwanted tourists!)
2) In case of an earthquake or other similar natural disaster, it is well known that Vancouver would probably fall into the ocean. Pure speculation here, but I think green glass would look nice in a thirty story aquarium, don’t you?
Freeze dried memories
Just a quick last thought: I find this odd, but there is a cryogenics lab next door to my office. Literally next door. As in down the hall. They are #302 and we are #303…
Mmm… frozen people bits! (ps. soylent green is people!)