The bad stuff started happening in December of 2008, so I'm going to lump that in with 2009.
Some things are worse than others. As the year started showing a trend of being "one thing after another", I started keeping track with a list. The first part of the list was the order I remembered things happening. After that, I added to the list as things happened.
The following order is the order of the list I recorded.
- The OC Transpo Bus Strike
- This started in December and lasted two months. By the time they put the rural buses back one, it was four months. I take a rural bus. I had to drive in to work every day for four months. I live far away from work. I put 8000 kilometres on my car in that time.
- My health
- Normally I don't get sick. I might get two colds a year, and that's it. This year I got four colds - twice as many as usual. But the worst of it was I got the stomach flu twice. I got it in December a few days before I went to Halifax for Christmas. I threw up for the first time in 18 years. Not cool. Then I had a relapse when I was home in Halifax.
- The Economy
- We're in the worst recession in a long time. Some were comparing it to the 30s. I don't think it was quite that bad - at least in Canada, but it was still pretty bad.
- While the Swine Flu pandemic turned out to be pretty tame, it still was, by definition, a pandemic. It was a new virus that few people had immunity to that was hitting young people harder than old. It was the first pandemic in 41 years.
- Pastor Jack Left Yahoo! Baptist
- The very day I returned from Halifax from my Christmas vacation I found out Pastor Jack would be leaving Yahoo! Baptist. For the McQueens it would mean changes were likely on the horizon. They would probably move before too long. They would be facing unemployment in the worse economic situation in years. This would not be a year of plenty for them. It also had implications for me. If the McQueens moved, so would I . If I moved, I would surely face a huge rent increase. If my rent increased substantially, the possibility of finishing off my pilot's license in the near future would be pretty small. There goes that life goal.
- Being on-call at work
- Due to the recession, the Government of Canada put forth an Economic Action Plan which included an EI workload increase. So a bunch of us had to do some on-call time. I hate being on-call. I've done it three times before. I hated it.
- Euphoria drinks rose in price
- Euphoria is a store near by that sells smoothies and fruit drinks. They're really good, but a bit expensive. They just got more expensive. It's not a big deal. Just an annoyance.
- July was the wettest on record
- This summer stunk because it was really wet. The days were cool and the nights were warm. I want the opposite. I don't care if it goes above 30 in the day, I want to get cool at night. Instead, in the summer of 2009, it would get up to about 22 in the day, and go down to 19 at night. It was very humid. It was very hard to sleep. If I had continued to work on my pilot's license, I wouldn't have gotten very far due to the weather. So, at least the weather wasn't taunting me. :)
- Pastor Jack fell off the roof, and broke his ankle
- Being out of work is bad enough - this was just terrible.
- The McQueen's car made several trips to the garage
- They're out of work. The last thing they need is a failing car!
- Corner Gas ended
- This is a minor one. I really enjoyed that show. Now it's over.
- Record Federal Deficit
- The last time there was a record federal deficit in Canada was in the 90s. In order to balance the books, the government slashed a lot of programs. In the process they cut about 45 000 - 50 000 federal public servant positions. If they do that again, I don't have enough seniority to survive. So, this causes me to worry about my job security.
- Saturn Dealerships closed
- Saturn had such potential. But now it's over. GM says that any GM dealership should be able to fix my Saturn, but Saturn has a few parts that are different from other GM cars. I want to sell my Saturn and replace it with a car from a company that's still in business, but I'd never get for my Saturn what it's worth to me.
But, it wasn't all bad. Let's look a the bright side of 2009:
- I got to fly First Class to Halifax at Christmas time.
- 'Nuff said
- The McQueens didn't have to sell their house.
- God really provided for them and allowed them to stay. Since they got to stay, so did I. While, I didn't get to resume working on my pilot's license, I was able to put some money away. If they (and I) can manage to stay there for another year my question won't be "What apartment building should I move to?" But "What condo building should I buy a condo in?"
- The McQueen kids got to go all over the world for school.
- Bruce returned to Vancouver. Jane went to LA. Robin got to go to England.
So far, 2010 is shaping up to be a better year for me. The federal budget came down in March, and it seems as though my job is safe....for another year anyway. It has been a beautiful winter. As I write this, I'm living in the Glebe for a few weeks. Sweet!