May 9, 2006

Swedish Surprise

Filed under: analog — mhoye @ 12:38 pm

My job continues to go quite well, and I’m not going to talk about it for fear of jinxing it.

My living situation continues to be An Adventure, because in Toronto apparently “furnished” and “spacious” mean something different from what I’m used to. Furnished, I thought, meant “full of furniture”. Here, no! It turns out that in the big city, it can also mean “full of partly- (may also contain “badly-“) assembled Ikea furniture”. Swedish for debris, possibly?

I also didn’t realize that when people said “utilities included” that you had to spell that out – hot water? Heat, of any stripe? I don’t think a roof and a toilet count as “utilities”, strictly speaking – I’m used to think of them as more of a baseline than an extra, but as far as I can tell, those are the utilities that are included.

And the size, mon Dieu, the size of the apartment. I am not a big man, and it is still difficult for me to believe that this apartment is Actual Size, and not a mockup hastily put together for a demo of some kind. The special-effects mockup for “Cops: The Motion Picture”, possibly.

More updates as warranted.

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