Its been close to two months since I left my consulting and took up a full-time position as the Director – Infrastructure and Cloud Solutions with CTR. As part of this move I also had to do a temporary relocation up north to Calgary, Canada. As much as my family loved life in the Silicon Valley they were both eager and excited to move with me.
A mid-air scare & a rough landing
30 minutes before our flight landing at Calgary my daughter(Ana) who has a pervious history of SVT suffered a rapid irregular heart rate. By the time we touched down at Calgary international airport her heart rate had crossed 200 and could no longer be detected via an oximeter. We were rushed to the emergency at the Alberta Children’s hospital right from the aircraft, bypassing all immigration and customs. The staff was most caring and considerate. After a nervous and painstakingly long 15 min procedure they were able to get Ana’s heart rate back to normal.
I will be forever grateful and deeply thankful to the folks at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and the Canada Border Services Agency.
So while Calgary might not be as sunny as SFO, its defiantly ‘warm’ !
Center Vs Centre
I have been Canada quite a few times earlier but never been as a keen observer as my 9 year old daughter. One of the first things she spotted was how ‘center’ was spelled in Canada as ‘Centre’ . Of course there were oother things like Miles VS Kilometers and Pounds Vs Kilograms, but this somehow struck her most.
Calgary is a small town and there is kind of laid back attitude compared to the Silicon Valley. Its kind of a humble environment, not to be confused with slow or lazy. I quickly learnt that Calgarians are very active.
A never ending home run
After a mid air scare and a rough landing things have started to calm down a bit but its still far from settled. By far the biggest issue has been finding a place to call home. What i have heard so far is the available rental occupancy rate is just 15% of the demand. For now I cannot validate that, but I can certainly say that its not easy to find a place to rent out irrespective of your budget. Of course there are luxury high-rise condos available for an exorbitant price.After living in a two story house in the heart of Silicon Valley a high-rise might not be a bad idea. Time will judge that and I will save that for a different blog post.
As for this blog, Around the CHAOS will still be active but of-course it will now cover a wider range of topics. Also as before the views and opinions expressed are solely mine and do not reflect my Organization,investors or my clients.