Wednesday, October 17, 2012

citizen returning

The mountains are now snow-capped.  It must have happened sometime over the past ten days, while I was cavorting with chums in Vancouver and Seattle.  It was a splendid trip, even if ten days living out of a suitcase is a bit taxing.  

I think I am now officially a true Calgarian, though. Because when we disembarked from the plane and those frosted doors slid open to reveal a group of smiling retirees in red vests and white hats, there to helpfully point the way to customs, I have to admit, I got a little verklempt.  More than jet lag and a longing for my own bed could account for.

This really is my city.  It's a good thing I feel this way because I didn't leave myself any time to decompress before attending the Calgary Foundation's Vital City Report today.  Not only is my laundry not even done, my suitcase is still in the family room, half unpacked.  This behaviour coming from someone who is normally unpacked and has everything in its right place less than an hour after returning home.  But if I don't work, I don't get paid.  Besides, the mayor was speaking and you don't want to miss that.  

Over the next few days, in amongst work shifts and assignments, I'll be sharing some memories of the Great West Coast Turkeyless Odyssey 2.0 / Communiqu3 with you.  Everything from Frightened Rabbit concerts to gum walls, Justin Timberlake marionettes to record store pilgrimages, and everything in between.  And yes, there will be pictures.

7 comments:

Lesley said...

Ahh, nothing like the feeling of knowing when you're home.

umbrellalady said...

Nothing better than one's own bed, except one's own bed at the lake!!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's funny how this city has grown on me, Lesley. We've both changed to suit each other better.

I expect one day I will get to that point too, Kathy.

bloody awful poetry said...

I've been hankering for your Frightened Rabbit gig report (and PICTURES) so I'm super glad you're back! Now go start on the concert review so I can live vicariously through your musical experiences again.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It was a spectacular concert, BAP, with crazy good seats. You should have been there!
Review coming this weekend...

Westcoast Walker said...

Traveling is grand, but returning home is like wrapping yourself in a comfortable old blanket. Glad to hear Calgary is a place where you can thrive.

I experienced a bit of a post Communique downer this week (missing great people) but was uplifted today walking around my neighbourhood, heading to the library to prowl for some good music and books with my kids and taking in the fall colours on a crisp and cool day. It's important to find meaning where you live.

Looking forward to your take on our Seattle adventures as well!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I suspect we are all going through Communiqu3 withdrawal right now, Matthew. I am bolstered by daydreaming of Communiquatre in 2013.
And you are so right, it's important to live your life celebrating your community. It's all we have.