2010
Aug 
7

Sweet Sorrow

Filed under: Calgary — Tags: — Russell @ 4:56 pm  

I’m sad to be leaving Calgary.  Yesterday, we had our last class at the Moose and a final performance of Micetro.  The Italians brought the house down, especially Tania’s “Dear Diary” scene.  Afterwards, we went to Shawn’s place for a party where we drank, signed each others’ pictures and promised to visit.  I’m hoping to visit as many of the people I met on this course as possible.  This would take us to Italy, Germany, Norway, New Zealand, England, Hong Kong and the US.

I’m flying to Toronto in a few hours.  Toronto still feels like home even though we will be couch surfing for the next 3 weeks.

I’m leaving Calgary exactly where I wanted to be.  The world looks different now.  Every interaction feels like the start of an exciting game.  Ordering breakfast was fun because everything was moving fast except for one person who ordered very slowly.  So the game was to do everything quickly and then pretend not to be impatient. This makes the slower person (who was in on the game) even more stressed and slower.  Eventually, someone else ordered extra food and shared.  For extra spice add vegetarianism and another language.  Done with a good natured attitude, this is a game everyone can enjoy.

A game that several Calgarians seemed to be playing was “how many things can I hang from my belt”.  Waiting for the bus one morning there was a guy strutting up and down the sidewalk with a flashlight and a radio on his belt.  Soon he was joined by another person with even more things on his belt.  Immediately, the first guy stopped strutting and watched the newcomer take over as top rooster.  This was hilarious to watch particularly because the participants didn’t consciously know that they were playing.  Given enough time it would have been fun to approach them with even more belt trophies.  I wonder if they would back off or fight for their position even with their clearly inferior belts.

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