December 28, 2008
Eight years of weirdness
So. I'm writing this at 4:04 while borrowing my (ex? current?) girlfriend's couch to sleep on, burrowed into a mix of sleeping bag and blanket, having recently dossed at a mutual friend's apartment over Christmas. Another relationship on the rocks, mostly my fault, and I'll be renting a room - a 4m x 2m room! - from Monday. Since 2002, my square meterage of living space has been declining, with worryingly increasing frequency, scale and quality. By this time next year I'll be living in a sardine tin in the middle of the high street - and sharing it at that. You try telling that to the young people of today; they won't believe you.
My family are also going through a rough time. I won't go into details, because they upset me, but it has not been a great year regarding my family's health.
And money. The situation is improving, but I owe money to family members, and I have promised to repay them soon, but what with the deposit and rent for the room, I'm not able to do so right now.
It's improving because I have a new pharma software contract. I'm hoping I can finagle at least one more in the new year, which would mean the difference between merely surviving and actually being able to indulge in some luxury items, like travel and food. Only joking.
I had no clear plan when I came to Denmark in January 2001. I certainly didn't expect that things would quite turn out like this. I am most happy about the work situation right now - the relationship stuff will get sorted out - or not - and the housing situation will improve with income. I'll be in that room for three months, tops. And it's a nice enough room anyway!
Tomorrow morning I will be heading for Charlie's Bar in Copenhagen to open up for the 12-6pm shift. The brass has to be cleaned, floor mopped, loos cleaned, fresh bottles brought up from the cellar, cask spiles switched from plastic to wood, cash float prepared, grills and doors unlocked, fire extinguisher put behind the bar and beermats put out. Voila! Instant pub. That probably takes 1 1/2 hours, so I have to be there for 10:30 ... more like 5 1/2 hours sleep, I guess.
You can't help but wonder what the next eight years will bring ... I promise, if I am able, to write an update on 28th December 2016 ... wow, that's a long way away ...
I'm going to keep this blog more up-to-date in the New Year, including entries on alternative music in Copenhagen, drinking spots, the biotech and pharma software business and many, many more. I am abrim with potential ...
Thank you for your attention.
Posted by daen at December 28, 2008 04:03 AM
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