…get up at 7:00. Brave the stormy seas. Make the 10:00 ferry. Do the shopping (Sal is at a quilting bee). See the doctor. He’s South African. Seems good. We talk. “I love it here. Can’t see why people want to live in Vancouver. Too expensive. No quality of life. This is great. I live five minutes from the office. I see the ocean from my house and from the office. Why do Canadians want to live in the city like that? It costs way too much!”
“No idea. I did it. But now that I have done this, I have no idea why I did what I did. Just didn’t look up, I guess.”
“Down there in the lower mainland, you have no time to look up!”
Side note: my salivary gland is OK. No worries. One side seemed a bit dry. It is. But it still rates a 7 out of ten according to the ear, nose and throat guy. I am good to go. So, I go.
I buy some wiring from the electrical supply store. 35 year old guy at the counter just moved up from Victoria. Couldn’t stand the pace. “Man, I was spending over half an hour in traffic. The cost of living was crazy. I love the forest. We came here.”
“But you still live in the city, albeit smaller. Still town.”
“You are right. I gotta get away further. But, for now, this is like heaven.”
Go to the next place. The guy asks for my address. I explain. “Oh, God, I am 100% onside, man. Gotta get out! My wife and I are building an all-green house. Going off the grid although we will stay in town, you know, she likes shopping.”
“Off the grid means no roads, no power, no water, no sewer. And no services. But you are doing alternative energy and that is 90% of it. Good on ya. Do you know what you are doing?”
“Our contractor does. He knows that stuff. He’s a real green-guy, eh? All solar and compost and all that.”
“Well, I’ll give you a small tip: do not spend too much on your first set of batteries. We all seem to kill our first set and most of us manage to kill our second set, too. So, buy 8Ds or L-16s first. Maybe ten years from now, they will have Li-ion worked out or better. Don’t spend a lot on your first set of batteries.”
“Batteries, eh? Hmmm….I’ll have to talk to Jack about that. He’s our contractor, ya know? All green, he is. This is great! We’re going green and you have already done that. Cool. Was that D-16’s?”
Did I mention the doctor was an hour behind schedule?
Did I mention that Home Depot did NOT have the three things on my list? Did I mention that………….?
……………never mind. The world is mad. I keep thinking it is all getting crazier and crazier out there every day and then I see who is running for the US presidency and all of a sudden, it all looks sane by comparison.
Perspective is everything.