Friday, 27 June 2014

Canada



Hey all,

Sorry for the lack for a blog post yesterday, it was my birthday on Wednesday, and I do terribly hate to do anything at all on my birthday. I didn’t do anything all that crazy, mostly I just had a relaxed day and officially turned a year older, it was a thing to do, I suppose.

On the other hand, yesterday (Thursday) was super exciting. I finally became a Permanent Resident of Canada, which is the equivalent of getting your green card in the US. The actual process wasn’t all that fun, mostly it was me sending in money and a billion forms to a government office somewhere and then waiting for about two years to hear back… but I eventually did. I got a letter about a month back telling me to come downtown to their PR/Citizenship office at 1:00pm yesterday for the ceremony. The ceremony turned out to be closer to 3:00pm, and was a slideshow and me being asked if I was an international criminal of any sorts; when I said that I wasn’t (because I’m not) they gave me a confirmation of permanent residency that said I could stay forever. I’ve been here for quite some time, so nothing really feels all that different, but it’ll be nice to not have to send away for more visas or wait around for new papers to show up—it feels more like a weight is off my shoulders and I can write and school and travel in peace. Huzzah.

As far as non-permanent residency things are concerned, the editing is going well. I should be done with the Dreamstate II jazz in about… three(?) days. Then of course I enter the world of having to enter it into the computer… which might take less time than it did to edit it but more time than I’d like to juggle a stack of papers while typing. I think I’ve said this before, but I really do need to develop a mechanism for folding the papers for me while I enter the changes. Actually… a cheap music stand would do just that, and I’ll bet I have one at my parents’ house from when I was in the high school orchestra.

Also, at some point soonish I’m to embark on the adventure of home brewing—I’ll keep y’all updated on whether I go blind, poison myself, or develop delicious beers on the cheap.

-Trevor

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