Six months in Edmonton

To be completely truthful, I have not actually lived in Edmonton for a full six months yet, but when have I ever let facts get in the way of a good story?

Actually, very rarely. That’s sort of what happens when you’re a journalist — facts are kind of critical.

But, nonetheless, I believe I shall take some time right now to reflect on what is almost a full half year living in Edmonton and working for the Edmonton Sun.

Here we go!

First off, I never hated living and working in Westlock. It was a nice little town, and the people were great. I got along well enough with everyone, so from that perspective there was no reason to leave. However, being the new guy in town brought with it a lot of problems that could not easily be overcome — namely the dating game. Notwithstanding I’ve had horrible luck with that to begin with, trying to date in a community where everyone has known each other since they were knee high to a grasshopper is very difficult. I found those women who were my age and in whom I was interested were either engaged or married already. Boo.

And even besides that, I am a city boy at heart and in truth. So living in a small town, even one that’s about an hour away from a major city, is not precisely my cup of tea.

And I’d been there for nearly four years, so the job and the stories I was doing were getting stale.

So, with those thoughts in mind, it was getting to the point where I was looking for a change.

Enter the Edmonton Sun’s open special sections reporter position. Here was my chance for a change and to get into a city again.

I never actually thought I would get it, however. But I did.

And things have been pretty good ever since.

I work considerably fewer hours, but there are times when the stress levels are considerably higher. But that’s the nature of the beast, I suppose.

Then there is the fact I can play ultimate more than once a week. In fact, that was pretty much my first thought once I accepted the job offer. I play not only for the exercise and because I enjoy it — I also play to meet people. Now, I wouldn’t say I’ve made “friends” in the strictest sense of the word, yet. But I have met a lot of people whom I like and who seem to like me, so that’s good.

Now, it hasn’t been all good, this whole living in Edmonton thing. I’ve had to deal with a sewer drain backing up in one place I lived, a car crash (which, to be honest, could have happened anywhere) and an emergency move (the result of the sewer drain issue). But I can’t let those dampen what has been a really good past (almost) six months.

Time to see what the next six months have to offer.