Monday, November 28, 2005

Neighbourhood

I have never lived in one place or city long enough to establish the feeling of "belonging"; have no idea how long this takes, but I suspect a decade must be a minimum. I am therefore a bit surpised at the beginnings of a "sense of neighbourhood" that I'm feeling after only living here for one year.
Many things are contibuting to this feeling of "connectedness". Last week I asked the local supermarket manager if he could stock ciabatta in his bread section; not only did he say "yes", but he phoned me to say it had arrived; our neighbour (apartment) knocked on our door on Saturday to ask if we had any chillies suitable for her pasta ( we have tons!); an other resident dropped by unexpectedly to say she had an extra bromeliad from work for me. Our building manager has offered us the Sunday New York Times which has not been picked up by the subsciber - Hey, is this becoming my neighbourhood!?

4 Comments:

At 1:09 PM , Blogger ejm said...

Isn't it cool when suddenly a part of the impersonal big city starts to feel more village-like? It sounds like your new neighbourhood is a really good one.

 
At 2:53 PM , Blogger ArtLife said...

Yes, it is very cool. What is really amazing to me, though, is that is (within a block) the very same neighbourhood that my parents picked to live in when we first came to Canada in 1959!
Mats

 
At 2:57 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is nothing better than an awesome property manager....you are lucky. She sounds like a wonderful person.
When can I move in?

 
At 4:27 PM , Blogger ArtLife said...

Dear Anonymous:
You can move in when you pass the rigourous test for new tenants; the main citeria is that you must be a wonderful person; can you pass that test?
We have a spare bed you can use while you are waiting fot the verdict!

 

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