After not all that much searching, I have a nice little 2 bedroom home that I’m renting for a reasonable price, just a bit east of the downtown Toronto area (East York). It’s about 30 minutes for me to get to the fun Yonge area from my new doorstep, including the 7-minute busride or so to the subway station. It’s only a bit smaller than I would like, but until I actually can afford to buy my own place, it’ll do. Worst case, once I can move my stuff up here, I’ll have to just put some stuff back in storage. Oh well, we’ll see.
One of my friends said he took a place when he saw a dragonfly there, for various personal spritual reasons. Well, when I heard there’s an owl in residence in the backyard, that pretty much clinched it for me. See, I’ve always had this interesting relationship with Athena. In fact, some people to this day refer to me as megami-sama, Athena, Pallas Athena, etc., even though I don’t have her sharp grey eyes. It’s a bit embarassing, but…well, when a nickname gets assigned, it sticks. Athena’s sacred animal was an owl (here shown from the back of an Athenian silver tetradrachm, 5th century BCE), and it’s one of those special markers for me. So here I am, renting a house with an owl that lives in the back yard. I feel confident I’ll be happy there.
And I’m within walking distance of the Ontario Science Centre, perhaps the coolest science museum in the world. :P
And to top it all off, the landlord (who lives 5 doors down the street) is lending me some furniture until I can get my stuff all setup. What a great guy! I love the kindness of people in this city.
I move in Sunday. Yay!