Jenn's First Poutine at
Pub Quiz Night
It has been so enjoyable to re-connect with somebody who I see as having outlook and experience so similar to my own. In so many ways the two of us have charted parallel paths without trying.
Jenn and I first came to know each other as co-workers back in Seattle during the original dot-com boom days. She quit that job to explore areas that interested her more deeply on a personal level than did working a day-to-day office job. She ran off to Europe where she lived, worked, taught, and studied practically ever since. I myself quit work at the same company within a year or two of when Jenn left. I ran off to Asia to live, study, and travel in areas that interested me over a number of years, eventually returning to North America.
Now, Jenn has just made the same move that I chose to make some years ago by coming full circle back around to this side of the planet. It was the right point in time for her to move along from the life she'd built up abroad. Since coming home she's landed squarely on her feet in the Pacific Northwest. She stepped immediately into a temporary job back in the tech sector where she's managing the transition of a website for a state agency. Then, when that job ends come autumn, she'll begin a full-time teaching job in the small city of Bellingham that lies midway between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C..
At the moment she's here in Montréal and we're renewing our friendship. Though she's out here visiting for only one week it's felt like a good, full re-connection over what few days we've spent so far together. We have managed to see each other so regularly over the years (usually in Berlin or Washington, D.C.) that in some ways it doesn't feel like any time has passed since we last met face-to-face (which was when we both happened to be in New York at the same time one year ago.)
Jenn and David in<
Front of Montmorency Falls
Other nights we'll just hang out at home petting the cats and sharing a meal cooked up at home. Sometimes after dinner I strum my guitar; she tries to sing along to the songs for which she knows some of the lyrics. We made the requisite drive I insist anybody who sees me in Montréal ought to make to visit Québec City as a daytrip on Saturday. That destination seemed all the more appropriate with Jenn having moved back from Europe just a few months ago. Though she's not wowed by 17th-century French architecture the way my guests who have never left North America often are, the settings of both Québec City and Montréal seem to offer subtly soothing elements from her recent life in Europe, such as church bells frequently tolling, that brought a certain comfort and familarity unexpected enough that Jenn saw fit to remark on it.
Jenn Atop City
Walls - Québec City
We still have three days left together in Montréal before she flies back to the west coast. See you there at the end of the year, Jenn!