2005 "FIRST PERSON PERSPECTIVE" NARRATIVE INDEX...I don't usually care to do any sort of year-end retrospective, but it's been an odd year for me, 2005 having been my first full year in a new city. And I do mean a full year, since I haven't technically left the city limits of the amalgamated city of Ottawa, drawn in 2001, since I went with my mother to pick up the dogs from the kennels after our move in December 2004. I haven't even crossed the bridge to go to Hull/Gatineau in Quebec. I still don't fully feel like an Ottawa citizen yet, and I still think of myself as an anglo Montrealer at heart, but I suppose I have to get myself out of the "just moved here" mindset that I've been stalled at for over 12 months now.
I could tell the story of my year, but I don't really need to. I already did as it happened. At least 90% of the things worth writing about (not that absolutely every entry which I'm about to link to necessarily falls under the "worth writing about" category). This will be every major narrative entry, not entries that were about other things besides telling a story about myself. I'll tack on the tail end of December 2004 as well, since this "year" effectively started for me when I moved.
All dates are representative of the days the events within the posts happen, not necessarily the date I wrote the entry (which I often do after midnight, and I have the posting time set five hours ahead, to Greenwich Mean Time).
*HIGHLIGHT!* December 17th, 2004: Wherein I talk about my move to Ottawa (a flashback post, written in December 2005).
December 19th, 2004: Wherein I make my first post from Ottawa (nothing much to read).
December 22nd, 2004: Wherein I visit a Loeb supermarket and make my very first trip to an Ontario Beer Store.
December 26th, 2004: Wherein I talk about my Christmas presents and a Boxing Day "Christmas Dinner" at my sister's house.
January 9th, 2005: Wherein I make a trip to downtown Ottawa to see The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, browse the Rideau Centre and Chapters bookstore, and walk around near the Ottawa River.
January 12th, 2005: Wherein I apply for an Ontario Health Insurance Plan card.
January 16th, 2005: Wherein I make my first visit to Merivale Blockbuster Video.
January 27th, 2005: Wherein I investigate a rather curious noise I hear at night (only to find out it was just the radio).
February 3rd, 2005: Wherein I ponder attending the anime club at University of Ottawa.
*HIGHLIGHT!* February 4th, 2005: Wherein I drink a can of malt liquor and attend an anime club (on different days).
February 12th, 2005: Wherein I help my brother shop for a DVD of the Boris Karloff Frankenstein film, and I buy the final volume of Super Gals! (of those volumes currently released in North America).
February 14th, 2005: Wherein I get a most interesting Valentine's Day card from my parents.
February 23rd, 2005: Wherein I receive my OHIP card rather quickly.
February 27th, 2005: Wherein I watch the Oscars and also discuss a trip to Red Lobster.
March 8th, 2005: Wherein I have computer problems, and also am tempted to buy the Incredibles DVD early from my local Zellers.
March 16th, 2005: Wherein my cat, Ember, goes missing.
March 17th, 2005: Wherein I walk around the neighbourhood, handing out posters of my missing cat.
March 18th, 2005: Wherein I go to Blockbuster and then walk all over my neighbourhood at night using my GPS unit to navigate, looking for my cat.
*HIGHLIGHT!* March 24th, 2005: Wherein my cat returns home late at night, after being missing for more than a week.
March 30th, 2005: Wherein I go clothes shopping and then have a job interview at a grocery store (which I didn't then identify, but it was Farm Boy, by the way).
April 2nd, 2005: Wherein I list some complaints I had about the McDonald's on Rideau Street.
April 8th, 2005: Wherein Farm Boy fails to call me back, and I submit a CV to IKEA (who never called me back either).
April 30th, 2005: Wherein I talk about my lack of success at finding a job and a trip to the doctors I had a week or so earlier.
*HIGHLIGHT!* May 5th, 2005: Wherein I take a very long walk home from downtown Ottawa and discover a lot of interesting things.
*HIGHLIGHT!* May 8th, 2005: Wherein I overcome my gasoline-powered lawnmower fears and mow the lawn, and then go to Mother's Day dinner at Broadway Bar & Grill in Kanata.
May 12th, 2005: Wherein I am not satisfied with my mock job interview at a job interview workshop, and also go on another shopping trip.
*HIGHLIGHT!* June 30th, 2005: Wherein I present my Piccadilly Circus drawing.
*HIGHLIGHT!* July 1st, 2005: Wherein I go to downtown Ottawa on Canada Day to take pictures and watch fireworks on Parliament Hill (and I see a guy puke at McDonald's)>
July 7th, 2005: Wherein I get a haircut, fail to get an ice cream cone at Dairy Queen, and then go to a job fair at the Corel Centre.
July 8th, 2005: Wherein I travel on a bus with some unpleasant passengers, explore Bayshore Shopping Centre, search for a McDonald's, and see Fantastic Four.
July 16th, 2005: Wherein I travel to an unidentified bookstore to purchase Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (I couldn't identify the bookstore because the clerk broke the embargo and read the book so that kids couldn't spoil the twist for her, but it was the now closing branch of Leishman Books at Hazeldean Mall).
July 20th, 2005: Wherein my mother and I travel around several different shopping areas in suburban Ottawa to hand out CVs, mainly at Chapters stores, and I react to the death of James "Scotty" Doohan from Star Trek.
July 31st, 2005: Wherein I discuss my drawing technique.
August 3rd, 2005: Wherein I have a job interview at the South Keys Chapters.
August 13th, 2005: Wherein I... I mean, "someone else who is not me"... remove the yellow security strip from a Blockbuster DVD because they accidentally left it on.
*HIGHLIGHT!* August 18th, 2005: Wherein I go to the first day of the Super EX fair and watch a show by Las Vegas stage hypnotist Fernandez (and offer my suggestions on how to spice up the show a little).
*HIGHLIGHT!* August 22nd, 2005: Wherein I present my Trafalgar Square drawing.
August 30th, 2005: Wherein my uncle dies from Leukemia, and I discuss Hurricane Katrina and my Covent Garden drawing.
September 1st, 2005: Wherein I travel to Ottawa International Airport to see off my mother, who was travelling to her brother's funeral in England, and also my brother cancels a trip to New Orleans.
September 4th, 2005: Wherein my cat curls up on my bed.
September 5th, 2005: Wherein I have a pleasant dream of exploring a bookstore interrupted by a congested nose, and I go to a barbecue at my sister's.
September 7th, 2005: Wherein my mother brings me two cans of Carlsberg Special Brew strong beer and a large Cadbury Orange chocolate bar from England (written almost a week later, for reasons I don't remember).
*HIGHLIGHT!* September 10th, 2005: Wherein I present my Covent Garden drawing.
September 23rd, 2005: Wherein I travel to a job fair in Orleans, and buy two Canadian-themed chocolate bars from a different Loeb's supermarket.
*HIGHLIGHT!* September 24th, 2005: Wherein I go into the Rideau Street Chapters, forgetting that I have volume 9 of Mihona Fujii's Gals! manga, which I had purchased several weeks prior, sticking out of my CD carrying case, so I have to "fake shoplift" it to get it out of the store.
*HIGHLIGHT!* September 30th, 2005: Wherein I link to the only "complete" piece of animation I've ever done.
October 4th, 2005: Wherein I post an image of a gigantic mushroom that grew in our backyard.
October 14th, 2005: Wherein I go to a job fair to Costco and go shopping in Bell's Corners.
*HIGHLIGHT!* October 20th, 2005: Wherein I attend a group job interview at the Kanata Centrum Chapters (and make a couple of snarky comments about the other candidates).
October 26th, 2005: Wherein I have a dream about a computer virus.
October 29th, 2005: Wherein I accidentally miss an anime club meeting and go around browsing bookstores again.
October 31st, 2005: Wherein I get into a discussion about anime with the Korean-Canadian girl who was cutting my hair, and then spend Hallowe'en evening applying for holiday retail work on Merivale.
November 4th, 2005: Wherein I had a job interview at Zellers.
November 9th, 2005: Wherein Shoppers Drug Mart takes a long time to develop a roll of film I had dropped off over a week earlier, and I also discuss, briefly, a job interview at Michaels the Arts and Crafts Superstore that I had the previous Saturday.
November 15th, 2005: Wherein I get bothered by Best Buy's online application process, where I thought filling out the profile was a waste of time because the site told me afterwards that there were no positions available at the store I was applying for, only to change my mind about it when they called me back anyway for a telephone pre-interview (though that led to nothing).
*HIGHLIGHT!* November 19th, 2005: Wherein I attend an anime convention (and dress up as the Thnikkaman from HomestarRunner.com).
November 25th, 2005: Wherein I go browsing and shopping at the St. Laurent Centre for "BUY SOMETHING NICE FOR YOURSELF AND PISS OFF A COMMUNIST DAY".
December 1st, 2005: Wherein I get a
December 24th, 2005: Wherein I have an exhausting time going shopping on Christmas Eve.
December 25th, 2005: Wherein I talk about what I got for Christmas, including the Playstation 2 I've been playing most of the past week.
There were a few things I regret never quite getting around to posting about, like a visit to the Diefenbunker (the gigantic bomb shelter built for the government to survive a nuclear attack), which is a fascinating place (especially the super-shielded computer room the purpose of which is still not declassified), and my birthday dinner at the Barley Mow Pub in Kanata. There was also the job interview at Wal-Mart, which wasn't the most pleasant of experiences (though I'll talk about that one a little more in something else I'll post within the next day or two). But that's nearly everything else noteworthy.
All in all, I'd say I had a pretty good year, my favourite things being the drawings I did, joining the anime club, and generally exploring a new city. Not that it's been a perfect year by any stretch of the imagination: I was saddened by my uncle dying, and I am annoyed that I still haven't been able to get work.
Coming in 2006: I'll definitely have to find work. I'll see a neurologist in the spring. Maybe I'll find fame with my artwork or writings? I gotta try doing at least a weekly webcomic. And I really hope to get into Carleton for the fall semester (though whether I can get in is very hazy at this point, since I didn't really leave Concordia in good academic standing due to severe depression, and that's one thing I'll have to clear up with the neurologist). I hope to visit somewhere in the United States sometime too, because it's absolutely ridiculous that I haven't been to that country at all in the past 12 years, and I have never visited any American city larger than Burlington, Vermont.