Friday, June 02, 2006

Onward and upward

Well, once again I lost this whole post, but I will try and recreate the magic. It was one of my best. Oh well. You'll just have to trust me on this one.

It's on. We are going. In September, we will call Moose Jaw home. Well, at least for a while. We have grown tired of Yorkton. I think the moto should be "Yorkton. Nothings really going on here. Check back later." Not to say I am not amused by the finance report on the news focusing on the price of items "by the bushel" (Barley is strong at the moment), but we are not farm town types. I would rather have a nice boutique than a place to buy workboots (Mark's work wear-house). We are city folk. Enjoy the mountains etc, but like some retail and some dark roast.

It's been a strange social experience here. On Sunday we got our first invitation to a fellow doctor's house, which is a HUGE step. The interaction level amongst the (17 other South African) docs has been, well, lacking. Wrapped up in their own little worlds I guess. Never the less, the pancakes and coffee were appreciated, and the conversation was good albeit astoundingly afrikaans accented. Don't get me wrong, I have no problem with it, but I just cant get over how people who have spent years in an EXCLUSIVELY english (don't fool yourself, french in Canada is a myth. Quebec is not in Canada - ask someone from Quebec) country can sound like they stepped off the plane from Bloem yesterday. They do say "Glaaaaaass" and "daaaaaance" and other "a" words like canadians though. Does that happen in SA? I can't remember. Thankfully Claire hasn't slipped recently. Tight leash I tell you.

So, Moose Jaw. Claire will be working as a permanent locum in a practice with another lady. This particular person does only two days in the office and spends the rest of her time in the Emergency room, so it will pretty much be Claire's practice. Very exciting. We went to meet them and check the whole place out this past weekend and it just confirmed our feelings. They are arty and fun and they cycle and ... well its weird how similar they are to us (except they are almost old enough to be our parents and have kids who are in high school - but apart from that). Its going to rock.

Much like Animation Mentor which begins in under a month, and which I (read:Claire) has paid the first part of.

We leave tomorrow morning for our longest trip to date. Two weeks of touring and exploring. Edmonton, Jasper, Kamloops, Vancouver, Calgary. The focus is more or less on Vancouver (our intended final stop in our moves around Canada) where we will be staying for a week, but this is a big place. Lots and lots to see.


At 9:36 AM, Anonymous Matt K said...

Hi guys!

Glad to hear you're on yer way outta the boonies! Was a bit hairy there when you started showing an interest in Curling...

Sounds like Claire is moving on to better things, and with Animation Mentor starting for you, Moose Jaw ain't gonna know what hit it!

Keep well and safe, and keep posting! And don't forget the pics.


At 8:30 AM, Anonymous Ed said...

You were right when you said the first draft was probably better, but don't worry I don't think too many people will notice! Otherwise it's always good to hear from you folks, and have a spanking trip to all those canuktion places that you mentioned but I promptly forgot.


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