I drove down to London (Ont.) this weekend to look for an apartment/sublet. The entire trip was a bit of a fiasco but I managed to find a place and get home at a decent time on Sunday (despite localized snowstorms over Ottawa and London during both voyages – fortunately the road between them was clear).
The funny-in-hindsight part is that Google Maps lied about the location of the hotel that I had chosen. It wasn’t right downtown. It was beside the train tracks well east of downtown and located beside a strip club called “Beef Baron” (the term “stripclub adjacent” was never mentioned on the hotel’s website). According to their sign outside, the Beef Baron is seeking participants for its Amateur Night. Classy, that.
After visiting the apartments on Saturday, I tried to avoid my hotel until I absolutely had to sleep. I ended up hanging out in UWO’s Weldon library until midnight and finished Copyrights and Copywrongs. There was the white noise of undergrads fidgeting, procrastinating, and moving about in fits of exam stress, which made me feel right at home.
Afterward, I returned to the hotel and counted three policecar sirens in a span of 20 minutes before finally drifting off to sleep – only to wake up at 4:45am and get back on the road (again, in a snowstorm). At least I found an apartment.
Meanwhile, my course list for my final term has been finalized:
- 9506 Special Topic: Managing Vendor Relations
- 9202 Subject Analysis and Thesaurus Construction
- 9102 Professing the Popular: A Midbrow Introduction
- 9157 Information Entrepreneurship
- 9204 Special Topic: Enterprise Content Management
Unlike my trip to London, it’s pretty much what I had expected.