Correspondence from Canada: Letter 05 - 08.09.81
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8th Sept. 1981
Dear Maw, Paw, & Al,
On duty. Yes, today's big surprise is, I've got a job, of sorts!! Your globetrotting son (& brother) is now a "House Monitor" for the Maggie. This involves a few hours per week desk duty in which I answer the phone, deal as far as I may with enquiries (i.e. direct people elsewhere) and study or write my letters. I'm on 6-8pm tonight and Friday, but I should only be on 2-3 hours per week thereafter. Doing this halves my residence fees, believe it or not, so I jumped at the chance when the "don" or house warden, Moira, asked if I was interested. I've also gone onto the waiting list for a single room as I'm eligible being a graduate student. At the moment I've still got a room to myself as my room-mate hasn't arrived.
I had quite a good weekend. I went to see Edward help UNB soccer team to a 5-1 victory against a U.S. team on Sunday, and I've finished off my first spool of my camera. I can't remember whether or not I put the camera thro' the x-ray at Prestwick, tho', so I don't know if they'll come out this time.
Yesterday was Labour Day in Canada - a kind of shop & bank holiday. Nothing was open. This place is really quiet at weekends, nothing much to do but listen to the slow tick of my brain. However, I'm keeping myself occupied to ward off bouts of homesickness, and I'm beginning to succeed quite well.
Orientation began today, which is really something for 1st-years (or "frosh"). I was told about it last night, when I was invited to the home of the [CENSORED: surname], the International Advisors, for supper with some other overseas students - from Mexico, England, Ireland, Norway, & the Virgin Islands. UNB gets them all! Orientation, however, is a mix of initiation and humiliation for all the 1st-year "frosh" who are invited to partake of silly games and exercises. At dinner tonight in one of the ref's we had a group up on the table singing, and one guy did a solo verse of "Twinkle, twinkle little star"! Glasgow is mild by comparison, Al; I never thought I'd miss it so.
It's an entirely different lifestyle here. I don't know if I prefer it or not, it's all so strange, usually in subtle rather than big ways. Like the much larger size of the cars, the standard wooden houses, and the different way of eating that the Transatlantics have. Howeve, my initial confused shellshock is wearing off with familiarity.
The meals plan started tonight, which took me off a staple diet of hamburgers etc, and stopped eating directly into my pocket. The food is not bad and there's all of it you can eat. My stomach hasn't quite cleared up yet, but it's certainly got no worse, and might even be a bit better. I find it difficult to keep a burp count.
All in all, things are going quite well, so far. Term proper doesn't actually start till Monday, but I'm glad I arrived here early to get settled in and do some preparatory work.
I hope you're all fine & that Al's looking forward to "Week Nothing." Regards to all, Keep me in touch,
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