Starting from scratch

Adam and I went downtown today to check in with Mountain Equipment Co-op. Sounds like he’ll be starting work there next week.

I got a job at Grouse Mountain – it’s a Ski Hill, for those who don’t know. I’ll just be working in the retail and theatre areas, but it’s on top of a mountain. The place completely took my breath away when we went up there yesterday for my job interview.

We took the cable car up and up and up into a cloud. It looked completely surreal and amazing. At the top, when we got off the car we were walking around in the fog that was a cloud. I went in to my interview, which was held in one of the eating areas where I could look out over the city. The cloud that was hovering over us cleared away and I could see the city and the bay below me. It was spectacular and stunning, and I nearly wanted to cry it was so beautiful.

The woman interviewing me pretty much offered me the job right there. She said she was going to check with my references, but she gave me the offer paper and I signed it and such, so there you go… I have a job on top of a mountain. I never got tired of working in Temagami’s old growth forest – I have a feeling I’ll not get tired of working on a mountaintop, either. Even if it is for not as much as I made in Toronto at the theatre.

The downside (for now) however is that I live in Pitt Meadows and my job is on Grouse Mountain. This is the longest commute I’ve ever had to do. I start with a 25 minute hike to the bus stop from the berry farm, followed by a bus ride to the first bus station, followed by a bus ride to the Skytrain station, which takes me downtown to Waterfront where I get on the Seabus to the North Shore, where I catch yet another bus that takes me up to the base of Grouse Mountain, where I get on the Tram (cable car) that takes me to the top of the mountain. Yes, that’s many buses, a train, a boat and a cable car. It takes approximately 3 hours one way, depending on transfers.

The other option is to take the West Coast Express (Vancouver’s GO train, for Toronto-savvy folks,) train to the Waterfront, then Seabus to bus to tram. To get to the West Coast express, I can either hike to the bus stop (again) or bike to the west coast express station and lock my bike up there. That is, when I get my bike. So that would be Bike/Train/Boat/Bus/Tram. This would only take about 1 1/2 hours, but the WCE only runs during rush hour on weekdays – no weekends, no late night trains, etc. I’ll probably end up using that on the days that I can, and doing the 3 hour commute on the other days.

The moral of the story is: JennyLee needs to move sooner than planned, or needs to be given a car. I can do the crazy commute for a while, if I can see an end to it. After I start working, I’m going to ask around to see if anyone drives and is out near me at all. Carpooling can be nice. They’d need to be on similar hours to me, though. In the meantime, I’ll get a lot of reading done and have no life outside of work, transit, and sleep. Oh yeah, and you’re not allowed to eat on transit in this city, which keeps the buses and trains clean, but really messes up my habit of grabbing breakfast to eat on the way to work every morning. Ah well.

Either way, I need to move, preferably as soon as possible. We don’t have enough savings right now to get a place, but after we’ve worked for a bit we’ll be fine, since we both have jobs. The soonest I think we can get a place is December first. Sooner would be nice, but there’s nothing to be done about it if we just don’t have the cash. The amusing thing is, once we’ve got an apartment, we will have to wait another month before we can buy furniture… so we’ll be sleeping on an inflatable mattress and our only chairs will be a set of two barstools my mom gave me yesterday. I think this is what they call starting from scratch.


  • drtrauma

    October 13, 2004 at 9:50 pm

    You absolutely have to post some pics of where you’re working…

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      October 14, 2004 at 12:29 pm

      I will, as soon as I’ve got some extra cash to get my film developed. 🙂 I can post the digicam snaps, but they’re so flat compared to what my SLR can get…

      • drtrauma

        October 14, 2004 at 1:31 pm


  • ginamoog

    October 13, 2004 at 9:50 pm

    that’s awesome for both of you, I’m glad you got jobs so quickly. Both full time??

    Yeah Grouse is def. a commute.

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      October 14, 2004 at 12:27 pm

      I’m full time, not sure what Adam’s getting yet, but he was close to full time in Toronto and can likely get the same here. I won’t mind the commute when it’s only an hour or an hour and a half, but right now it’s kind of insane with the three hours and all.