The Condo


Photo of the interior of our condo living room… 

Over the past few days I have been thinking about the condo that I shared with Range in Montreal for two years before our move in Taiwan. The condo was a symbol of our life and dreams together. It was new, modern, in an up and coming neighborhood with loft style exposed cement ceilings and three meter high windows. It was also expensive and caused a lot of strain on our relationship. The mortgage, the appliances, the new furniture. The stress added up in more ways then just dollars and cents.

There were a lot of good things about living there but the circumstances surrounding the condo surpassed its weight and importance. Range was working a job he did not like and I also felt that Quebec was not the best place for my career. Moreover, we both did not feel settled into Montreal. Taiwan has been a dynamic experience for Range and at 30 he’s flourishing as an ESL teacher. Our marriage is much stronger now that we are in Asia but I find there are still things about the condo that I miss.

For whatever reason, I have been thinking of the chrome light fixtures, the suede paint, the aspects of my home that I am now without. Sometimes it feels good to be free of material possessions knowing I would not be able to experience as much of the world if there was still the Home Depot bill to pay off. However, there is a strange feeling of grief in being separated from it all. When you build a home, you are also building a life. When that home or life do not work out you find another with more possibility and meaning. At the moment I am looking forward to where we will end up settling next….


3 Responses to “The Condo”

  1. 1 Luke Clifford
    March 11, 2007 at 10:45 pm

    Hello Joanna,

    You could not have said it better….yes it is nice to have a nice house, nice neighborhood..etc….but if things are not all to par with such a lifestyle it can cause strain in many other ways than just looking well off when in fact your not….

    It seems from your account that you might have found your calling in another land over the sunset. You both are prospering in the year of pig, in more than one way 🙂 I am very happy to hear that you both are very close and things are working out for both of you.

    We each choose a direction in life to follow, yet we are always looking at other directions we could have choosen in the past. There is a saying that i really like. ‘The grass is always greener on ther other side of the fence…yet when you get there it is usually the same shit…just different pile’.

    I will continue this later 🙂

    Kindest Regards,

  2. 2 Luke Clifford
    March 12, 2007 at 7:16 am

    Part 2…continuation

    What do i mean when i put this statement,

    We each choose a direction in life to follow, yet we are always looking at other directions we could have choosen in the past. There is a saying that i really like. ‘The grass is always greener on ther other side of the fence…yet when you get there it is usually the same shit…just different pile’.

    I was talking to a new friend of mine…who happens to be a pharmasist…After talking about both our jobs my out look was a little different from what i first thought about it. At first i thought things would be all rosey and get the big bucks while doing very little…wouldn’t that be the ideal job. What he told me about his job…was that when he first started he found the standing on his feet for 8 hours very difficult, or as he put it the ‘grind’ took a little getting used to. He finds that the rushes never slow down…companies running leaner so you have to work faster and more effieciant to get things done that 2-3 people would normally done in time. The only difference i see between my job (Blockbuster Manager) and his job is the pay. I see Wang making 3-4 times what i am making a year..but we do almost the exact same thing (Wang deals in drugs, i deal in entertainment) We both like our jobs….now this is where my thoughts are connected.

    We both look at each others jobs and see Greener pastures but when you really look at it…its the same thing, just different skill sets. I wish that more people would look at their jobs and current settings and Choose to make it the best ‘pile’.

    When i hear of friends and family choosing to take an adventure and making the most out of the experience it brings happiness to my soul that these people are living to the fullest! (i cannot think of how to words this properly…late night..:))

    Well, it is time to sleep now….Have a great day Joanna and know that you have friends that think the world of you, and support your adventures!

  3. March 12, 2007 at 10:37 am

    Thanks Luke,

    Those are very true words of wisdom. We can all look back and what we might of had instead of appreciating what we do have. Moreover, change happens for a reason so it is good to embrace it.

    You are such a good friend and I miss you so much. I will try calling you again tomorrow. Most likely around 10:00pm or the evening your time.

    Happy Days


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