December and it has been just about a full year since I moved
to Miami. So I guess that's pretty much what is on my mind right
now. Where have I been and what have I accomplished this past
year. So I'm gonna break it down for you:
with my ex girlfriend, I moved away from cold Toronto, Canada
and drove down to Miami, Florida to start a whole new life. I
started a new web graphic design job at a company in Boca Raton,
Florida. I moved in with my aunt where I would stay until I got
my own place.
my job was working out great. My parents drove down to visit their
son to see how he was doing and helped find me a temporary place
of my own until I find a permanent residence.
My first real
month of independance. I was living in a one room efficiency in
Hallandale, Florida. I got free cable TV and all fast food places
were in walking distance. I was really enjoying living on my own.
I also travelled on a weekend trip to New York City where I had
one of the best times of my life. I was partying with my cousins
at a Sweet Birthday Party, and then later danced the night away
at Webster Hall.
I moved out
of the efficiency in Hallandale and moved more south along the
downtown Miami waterfront into a studio apartment Still having
little to no furniture, not even a bed, I slept happilly on the
floor with no cable TV. But trust me, I was still happy being
on my own. Of course I missed my family and friends back in Canada,
but I was living a whole new experience that was long overdue.
I don't remember
much from May, but I think that I bought my first piece of furniture,
my popular futon bed/couch, and my leather couch that I received
generously from one of my bosses.
This was THE
most anticipated month of the year. I flew back to Toronto for
one week to MC and help out with one of best friend's wedding.
Even though it was my one week vacation, I had next to no time
for myself. But the end result was so worth it. It was the best
wedding I've ever been to in my life, and so many memories to
My bad boy
cousins drove down from New York to spend the fourth of July weekend
in Miami by me. Another highlight of my year since I really got
to bond with my cousins that I rarely see. I think I also finally
met my cousins who were 3 hours away in Orlando and partied with
them at some point where CrazyKelvin getting drunk for the second
time in his life happened! My friend Moe was the first friend
to fly down from Canada to visit me and spent 2 weeks at my place
discovering Miami. We would go clubbing and dancing every night
which was actually a good thing because I got to explore Miami
more. At the end of the month, I flew back to Toronto again for
Caribana. There was no way I was missing that! Again, another
highlight of the year as I got to meet old friends and party real
I flew back
to Toronto again for the Canadian National Exhibition. A life
long tradition that I couldn't pass up. I had a great time with
N8 and my brother. I was actually supposed to meet my ex who flew
in from London and was in town that weekend, but that didn't go
through. When I arrived back in Miami, my friend Natasha was the
second friend who flew down to Miami to spend some time with me.
We danced the night away on a night boat cruise in the Atlantic.
I flew back
to Toronto again for the Labour Day weekend but this time to help
my family move to Florida. This time when I returned home, my
brother came along. The following Tuesday I was taking him to
a job interview and we were listening to Howard Stern on the radio
when we got the news of the tragedy in New York. I dropped off
my brother and then drove to work where I I came to a very stunned
work environment. When I was driving home I remember seeing the
highway information boards posting that NO OUTBOUND FLIGHTS at
Miami Airport. It was soo crazy. I actually wished I was back
in Canada where it was "safe".
11, the whole economy here was crushed. And that didn't help me
either as a web designer. The company was forced to downsize and
I was let go...
I had the realization
that maybe I could just work for myself.. so I slowly started
taking in freelance work.. I had to travel back to Canada again
to take care of student loan payments and stuff like that. I got
to party at the Guverment night club with Dana and Lorraine and
of course my bro, N8.
I had to help
my parents move into their new house. My brother and I had to
move all the furniture by ourselves. (with our dad too, but no
other family members showed up at all) That was totally disrespectful.
We are always there lending helping hands whenever we can, ALWAYS.
And the one time we need some assistance, no one is there. I remember
things like that.
about it for the year. I know December isn't finished and there
will be another highlight to add to it in the coming weeks. But
for now I'm going to say that this year was just amazing. I have
learned a lot living out here on my own and look forward to 2002
to see what is in store for me.
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