So I am happy to report that the hard work has paid off, and I have found a position in Toronto and will be relocating there in the summer. In the meantime, I will shortly transfer to their downtown Vancouver location, which will be a pleasant change from my current remote location.
While it would be no easier to bike all the way to that downtown office as to my current office, I should be able to get a bike locker at 29th Street, then shower when I get to the office. There are many, many reasons I don't like my current location, but the fact that it cut out a major form of exercise for me is in the top 5. While technically, I could ride to the bike locker and ride in to where I am now, it would be 35+ minutes of sitting on the train in sweaty garments vs. roughly 15 to go downtown.
I certainly hope I will be able to figure out how to bike at least a portion of the work journey in Toronto, but that is a problem for another day.
I am not going to suddenly change my mind about Vancouver, now that an exit plan is in sight, but there are a few things I will try to do to take advantage of what is here:
- Do the Grouse Grind one more time, presumably in late May or early June, depending on when the trail opens.
- Take a ferry to somewhere a bit more remote than Victoria, but that may not happen.
- Get to Bard on the Beach one last summer. I am intending to see Midsummer Night's Dream with my son and possibly The Tempest with him (but certainly on my own).
- Take the kids to the beach in the summer and to Stanley Park for a long walk in the woods.
- Make it to all the VSO concerts and Friends of Chamber Music concerts I have on the calendar. This might get particularly tricky as I have to start traveling more for my new job, but I'll see what I can do.
- Go to the Vancouver Art Gallery in March or April for the Lawren Harris exhibit and perhaps in June for some exhibit based around the works of Douglas Coupland.
I'd like to make it to Portland one more time, but that might be a solo trip. Hard to know at this point.
As far as Toronto, there are definitely many unknowns, but a few things to look forward to. We'll almost certainly get a car. I would have gotten one this spring or summer, but the thought of driving it across the Rockies was just too much to contemplate. As much as I do try to take transit (even for grocery shopping), it is becoming infeasible with a family of increasingly active and restless kids. There are a few other things that at this point, I would just rather wait until we resettle rather than buy them now and ship them. Shipping costs will be expensive enough...