Zubby Newsletter – November 25, 2000

Yikes! A whole lot of things have been going on, so I thought I would do my best to update everyone as to my last two weeks livin’ the Zub Life.

Where do I begin?

The day after I e-mailed you all last time, I had a confusing night. Running to meet up with my roommate for a sushi dinner and I just missed the C-Train. Waiting 20 odd minutes and I step on to the next train. Lo and behold, I run smack into Tanya (my ex-girlfriend, for those out of the loop). It’s the first time I’ve seen her since we broke up.

You always think about how you’ll act when you see each other next. You always wonder how it’ll happen and most of those scenarios are typical Hollywood dramatic style. They would never actual spin out that way. Of course, this being a Zub Tale, that’s EXACTLY how it all happened. The coincidental meeting on the train, both surprised and unprepared.

Dialogue was terse and cold with the usual lies about how everything is going great. It’s so cliché and even though I wanted to say more, I knew it just wasn’t going to happen. Breaking up with Tanya didn’t bother me and hasn’t been a bad thing, it was the idea of hurting her feelings. That guilt was the only bad part of the whole break up. Needless to say, I was a grumpy little Zub for the rest of that evening. Looking back over a week later, I’m a lot more at peace with it though. By running into her on the train, it made me think and evaluate the relationship and where it was headed. Doing that, I still feel good about my decision.

The weekend proved entertaining as well. I called back a girl that I had met on my flight down to LA and we went out for coffee. She’s a 20 year old University student named Robyn. Although our interests are quite different (I’m the cartoon guy, she’s in anthropology and is a professional skier), the conversation was really nice. More on her later in the e-mail…

School’s been busy and the class is under the real crunch before the holidays. Student morale is going through waves of highs and lows and keeping everyone focused has been tiring, but rewarding too.

The school had its Open House on Thursday and it was a great way to touch base with Bioware and Pixelplay, two the video game studios in Alberta. They were looking for 2D and 3D animators, which was always nice to see. They seem set on hiring 3-4 of my students, which is a great feeling. The new curriculum seems to be paying off.

That night, I headed out to a club in town called the Night Gallery to meet up with Robyn and some of her friends. It was amazing going dancing and having fun with everyone, but having work next day proved painful. The time flew by and the next thing I knew it was 1:30 am. By the time I made it home and actually fell asleep, waking up at 6:30am was excruciating.

Before anyone jumps the gun, I think Robyn’s pretty cool. But, I don’t think we’re going to be dating. She’s in school and at that stage where being social is a constant. Our conversation was really good, but our schedules are berserk and I’m sure university life will keep her more than occupied. It doesn’t bother me and there’s nothing wrong with just making new friends in Calgary. Besides, it may get me off my butt a little more 🙂

Today, I had a nice conversation with my friend Sara who’s working in Halifax. It sounds like they have so many of my old friends from Sheridan out there. Almost like a residence recreation going on. I have to admit, talking about all of them out there made me pretty nostalgic. If things weren’t going so damn well out here in Calgary, I’d be there in a flash.

All in all, par for the Zub Golf Course. The weather is relatively chilly and the sun goes down early in the evening, making it always feel like it’s later than it actually is.

As always, time is zipping by and my Christmas flight is only 4 weeks away. I can’t wait…

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