I just looked at a list of more than 50 cities in B.C. It was sortable by population, incorporation date, area and the like. I want to move, not far, yet not one of those cities leapt off the page as someplace I’d want to be.
I’ve lived in Whistler, Castlegar, Kamloops, Kelowna, Victoria, Esquimalt, Vernon and Chase. Additionally, I spent 7 weeks in Chilliwack (a cool hit?) during a rigorous, competitive employment training program. And I’ve been through all of the other places with the exception of Port Moody. Wait… a quick Google map perusal reminds me I’ve been through Port Moody, too.
So, what’s wrong with B.C?
Nothing. Clearly, it’s me. I’m a drifter by nature and get bored easily with the same surroundings.
I know this: small towns aren’t doing it for me. Having expertly avoided the trappings of offspring, spouses, religious affiliations, team sports, military training, etc…. well, let’s just say they don’t offer much in the way of stimulation or raison d’etre. It may turn out that, in a few years, I’ll fall-in with some community centre’s Thursday afternoon Bridge and tea crowd* but I’m not there yet.
Where is the best place for a childless, unmarried atheist who prefers solitude over weekly softball and unnecessary military interventions (or conversations)?
Oh, whatever! I don’t think I deserve to be jailed, you assholes.
I’ve looked outside the border, skipping right over the cons-lands all the way to Ontario. It seems like a nice province with rational, like-minded people. I’d need to research the place more but it’s definitely on the list. And it’s the only thing on the list because I’ve just started thinking about this in a more than casual way.
I’ll keep you posted.
*I don’t understand Bridge. No one does, not even the people who play it. It’s a card-based Rubik’s Cube of auctions, tenuous partnerships and non-verbal signals that is just a giant mess. A giant MESS.
Update: I guess Ontario is out because apparently about 40 per cent of all Canadians live there. Too crowded. Out.