Super Happy Awesome TUBE OF DEATH

post for 19 Sep 2010 by Ben

Music for today: Damien Rice - The Blower's Daughter (sorry, I just actually got into Damien Rice after knowing some of his work for years :)
My original plan was to head to the Niagra Falls but a straight ride to Downtown TO after two minutes on the highway was very convincing. I had gotten the SHAH's address from the lightfoot website's google cache (one of Kasper's servers was a bit flaky) but although there were lights burning, noone would answer the doorbell and my knocks. After finding an open wifi and confirming dinner with Pien the next day, I eventually decided I didn't want to hang out at the terrace all night long and walked around the house, only to find the back door unlocked. I walked in and made myself heard - and was incredibly heartily welcomed by Kat, who is an incredibly warm person altogether. Totally not what I had expected after just sneaking into the house. I got a whole magic space in the basement (including a gas pipe :) for myself and made myself a home. After a while I went upstairs and surprised Poppy, Roy, Sandra and Tim. After a polonaise back to the basement we all went out to play bike gang in the backstreets (interesting side note: pumping up your vehicle ain't free at Canadian gas stations).
Oh, and of course Roy is friends with Kasper... anyway, later in the night there was this conversation that the SHAH's future is not all that sure because everybody is just doing something now and noone is really tied to a place - Roy is working on a cruise ship and the others do drum workshops for all sorts of entities. Which brings me to an observation that I wanted to write about for a while now:
I wrote about homelessness in Canada. But then the people I hung out with seem much less concerned about job opportunities that the average German person in my age. The might not get rich but small businesses seem to support a moderate wealth for their owners, at least craftsmen and the like don't seem as desperate as a lot of them are in Germany and young people find some sort of job that supports a MacBook, a flatshare room and a relaxed, albeit not luxurious lifestyle.
Starting a job seems easy, even though a carpenter gave the impression that hiring somewhat is just as much of a bureaucratic FXIME hustle as it is in Germany. What seems important to me is the setup of the medical insurance. If you are seriously ill you can just go to a hospital and get treatment, even though according to Clayton standards are a bit lower than in Germany, so it is easier to be self-employed whereas I still don't know how I will cover a medical, should I decide not to start a Master programme right after my Bachelor's. Clayton suggested moving to a European country that has free healthcare, which indeed sounds like something worth exploring since I will most likely leave Germany if I don't continue studying anyway.
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