Or roughly 1161 days, 14 hours and 31 minutes, depending on how you look it. That’s how long I have lived on Montreal island. It doesn’t seem that long though… Has it really been 3 years since I left Ontario?
And what I have accomplished in that three years… I started off as a part-time worker making just above minimum wage (under $12,000/year), then I moved up to a managerial position at a private Library, doubling my income ($27,000/year), and now I work at the job I wanted to work at over a decade ago, a server administrator. Now making just under $40,000 to start, I am finally on the right track.. Not a bad accomplishment for 3 years.
Well, summer is coming to a close, Rainy season is hitting us quite hard, and soon the rain will turn to snow. Not looking forward to Winter, it will be my 4th Winter here on the Island… 11-12, 12-13, 13-14 and now 14-15… WHen I look back over the last 979 days here, it’s a mess of everything mixed together. I have had 2 major jobs, first working for the UPS Store #350 in Dorval, which is the reason I came to Island in the first place. Before the Island I lived in Cornwall and the contract I was on at StartTek was not being renewed, which means myself, along with 400 other Call Service Reps (CSR) would be out of a job. Now I had worked as a CSR for about 8 years on and off, I was getting sick of it. So it was time for a change. Now I did apply to other places, one of which was SigmaPoint, a circuit bord manufacturer in Cornwall, they loved my résumé, the loved my interview, they offered me a job, just not at that moment, as they were under a hiring freeze… They didn’t know how long. I couldn’t wait to find out either. So an Ex-Coworker of mine from another call center offered me a job at his UPS Store in Montreal. It took a me a while to think it over. It would mean a giant leap into the unknown, changing Provinces is not like changing cities within a province. I mean you move from Ottawa to Toronto, what changes? Your address… Nothing really… Change Provinces though, not only does your address change, but your Drivers License, Health Card, and Tax info all change, and sometimes it’s not easy to make the transfer. You have to have paper work upon paper work to get changed over. After a week or so, I decided I was gonna take the leap.
It has been 11 days since my last report. Tension on the island was rising as the locals prepared for a vote that could have changed the face of the country. Thankfully, in a massive turn of events, the previous Premier was ousted, replaced with a lesser foe. Out with the Blue coats, in with the Red.
Has this changed anything? Well, for one, the outsiders like myself can take a deep sigh of relief, although how ever short it may be. We ousted one ideology for another. Is it any better for us? All I know is we solved one problem, a very large problem, but how many more problematic door ways did we open in the process? Will the new Premier be any better for the Island? Only time will tell…
It has been quite a long time since I submitted a report, the last one being Day 364, December 31, 2012… So I believe its long overdue.
It is now day 817 on “The Island”, almost 117 weeks… just over 2 years… A long time for an Ontarian to be out of his natural habitat.
The natives here are restless, there seems to be two factions fighting against each other; the rebels and the separatists. Sorry for the poor use of a Star Wars reference, but you have to admit, it fits perfectly to the situation. Us Anglos versus the French, although to say they are French is to insult the true French, instead I will use the term they prefer to call themselves: The Québécois.
Well, its my 364th day on “The Island”, and for those who have never read my blog, or even know who I am, it means I have spent 364 days living outside my native Ontario, on Montreal Island Quebec. That’s right 1 day short of a year. On January 2nd, 2012, I left my brothers apartment in Cornwall Ontario and made the huge leap to move myself to a whole new city and province. The very odd thing is, is how this all came about…