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Old Yesterday, 09:40 AM   #24556
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Yeah... That does happen. We are still under Martial Law here.



When we left Thailand to move back to Japan, my wife went to set up the house and I had to stay another 6 months for Felicity to comply with Japanese Quarantine regulations (shots, blood tests, microchip,etc.) and 6 month quarantine. Fortunately, it could be an 'at home' quarantine, rather than at some veterinary impound in a cage. I was able to carry her into the airplane cabin, and the flight attendants changed my seat and seated us side by side. I had the vet at the airport giving her the final clearance give her a tranquilizer, and she either slept or helped me read my book all the way back to Japan.

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I kind of regret that I didn't take the job I could have gotten at a community college in Palau but I am not so young and not adventurous and I was worried about bringing Cinder-kitty. Plus, it didn't pay very well and no one would be able to visit me due to the incredible airfare and, with the low pay, I wouldn't really be able to do visits home (they would only fly me at their expense at the beginning of my job there and at its end). Still, if I had figured the quarantine thing out with Cinder, it might have been fun. My mom, a good friend, and one cousin thought it was a horrible idea. My brother thought I should've done it.
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Well, pooh, I can honestly say I haven't regretted moving to British Columbia for a single moment. I made the decision 11 years ago, and was moved within 7 months from the time we first heard about the Sunshine Coast. A complete and total change, and one that has had more than it's share of surprises. But mostly good ones, and I'm a much happier and healthier person.
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Well, pooh, I can honestly say I haven't regretted moving to British Columbia for a single moment. I made the decision 11 years ago, and was moved within 7 months from the time we first heard about the Sunshine Coast. A complete and total change, and one that has had more than it's share of surprises. But mostly good ones, and I'm a much happier and healthier person.
There's sunshine that close to Washington?

Well, maybe. Victoria is the one place in Canada I've visited, and the sun was shining the day I went at least. Took a ferry from Seattle and made a side trip to take in Butchart Gardens while I was there. Very beautiful place.
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There's sunshine that close to Washington?

Well, maybe. Victoria is the one place in Canada I've visited, and the sun was shining the day I went at least. Took a ferry from Seattle and made a side trip to take in Butchart Gardens while I was there. Very beautiful place.
I would live in Victoria in a heartbeat!
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We get a hell of a lot more sunshine than people realize, but shhhh! It's a secret!
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There's sunshine that close to Washington?

Well, maybe. Victoria is the one place in Canada I've visited, and the sun was shining the day I went at least. Took a ferry from Seattle and made a side trip to take in Butchart Gardens while I was there. Very beautiful place.




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We get a hell of a lot more sunshine than people realize, but shhhh! It's a secret!
Yes, there's a reason we're called the Sunshine Coast. In the summer. In the winter, it's more the Wet Coast. But while Victoria is beautiful, it's not a small town, or rather it is, but not in the same way as the Coast. Victoria is on Vancouver Island, which is large enough that you really don't ever have to leave it. The Sunshine Coast is on the mainland, but you still need a ferry (or float plane) to get here. And you will have to leave for some things. We aren't big enough to support the same level of infrastructure as the Island.

KK is, of course, a bit further south and still in the US. But very similar weather in many ways.
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Well, pooh, I can honestly say I haven't regretted moving to British Columbia for a single moment. I made the decision 11 years ago, and was moved within 7 months from the time we first heard about the Sunshine Coast. A complete and total change, and one that has had more than it's share of surprises. But mostly good ones, and I'm a much happier and healthier person.
Years ago (after the aborted job offer from Granada) I interviewed for a job on Prince Edward Island - I flew there in December - through a blizzard that had grounded all US air traffic, but the Canadian air lines didn't seem to notice - or care - we had a perfect landing on the island. I loved the island (despite the dire warnings of 'cabin fever' from being 'trapped' on an island) - but unfortunately clashed badly with the interview team - who made it clear I wouldn't fit in to their team. Go figure ...

[I can still remember having to walk to the interview through waist high snow drifts.]
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Not in the month or so I was there, although there was a minor earthquake to keep things from getting dull.
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I kind of regret that I didn't take the job I could have gotten at a community college in Palau but I am not so young and not adventurous and I was worried about bringing Cinder-kitty.
Palau is tied for the No.1 spot as 'The World's Best Dive Location.' We've spent a LOT of time underwater there, and don't doubt that title for a moment. It is SPECTACULAR! But as much as I love the underwater excitement, the above ground quietude would do me in after a month. Its islands are beautiful, and for a few weeks lying on the beach, lying on the beach would be nice. But the only way to get to something larger is to fly to Guam... which you can drive completely around in an hour, but does have a shopping mall...

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Well, pooh, I can honestly say I haven't regretted moving to British Columbia for a single moment. I made the decision 11 years ago, and was moved within 7 months from the time we first heard about the Sunshine Coast. A complete and total change, and one that has had more than it's share of surprises. But mostly good ones, and I'm a much happier and healthier person.
It's that 'complete and total change' that makes an international move so invigorating. When I was offered a contract to teach at university in Japan, I only waited long enough to have a big moving sale, spend one more weekend with family, and I was on the plane with a one-way ticket! I've never regretted the move once!

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Yes, there's a reason we're called the Sunshine Coast. In the summer. In the winter, it's more the Wet Coast. But while Victoria is beautiful, it's not a small town, or rather it is, but not in the same way as the Coast. Victoria is on Vancouver Island, which is large enough that you really don't ever have to leave it.
Vancouver Island would be a wonderful place to live if someone were looking for a change that wasn't too far removed from the East Coast. 3-4 hours by plane? By today's travel standards, that's just a short hop! Depending upon the routing, it takes me up to 29 hours to get back to Vermont.


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Not in the month or so I was there, although there was a minor earthquake to keep things from getting dull.
Oh don't get me wrong! There are a few months that make you consider snorkel gear! The rest of the time makes up for it. I just wish we had more snow *pout*
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