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Apparently things DO happen for a reason! | RindyLoucks.com

Apparently things DO happen for a reason!

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Last month (May)I returned to Vancouver for my annual Spring sojourn to, first and foremost, get teaching hours with my school district lest they start querying themselves as to why exactly they keep renewing my contract. It is also a time for me to catch up with friends that I haven't seen in, usually, the past year and to just purely get back to the coast and the ocean.

Interestingly this also tends to be a time that I actually get uber focused on my training and I usually get into a good routine of going EVERY day. Perhaps this is because it is a heck of a lot easier to train after a day of teaching (at 6 hours) vs a shift at the hospital (at 12 hours). What ever the case may be I am always eager to keep the pattern going for my return to Calgary and make the resolution that my focus to my training shall not waver upon my return despite the return also to the longer shifts.

With two days to go until my return to Calgary and my plan to 'unfreeze' my membership at the UofC facilities I received an email from them advising that as of the first of June through to the 31 of August the weight room and track would be closed for resurfacing and renovations. DAMN!!!

That meant that I needed to a)find another facility that would have all I needed for my training (almost impossible with what I refer to as 'civilian' gyms as none of them have proper lifting platforms or bumper plates) and b)I would need to PAY for three months of a membership somewhere until the uni facilities were again open. Under normal circumstances this would just be a frustrating inconvenience but at this point it was also really bad timing financially. I don't exactly have the funds to pay for a membership anywhere else as I literally have had 125$ (of which 55$ is left)in my account to last me until the end of the month when I get paid from the hospital.

Regardless I have had no choice but to try to suss out a gym to train at so that I would not loose any training time and also because bottom line is I need to find a gym to train at until the end of summer. Thus, being financially frugal, as well as needing to truly assess a facility, I have been in the process of utilizing the '2 week free trial membership' at one of the local gyms near to me.

My first day training at the facility a charming fellow, Nevil, approached me and asked if it was my car out in the lot all done in the Jamaica decals ( see below) to which I answered the affirmative.

We proceeded to have a great little chat about sliding, the JA community, his sister in Edmonton etc, and then we each returned to our respective work outs.

Today I was again at the gym and Nevil was there. The first I've seen him since we first chatted. I said hello and again we had a wee chat during which he asked if I happened to have any of my T-shirts with me. Conveniently I happen to have the box in my car! Nevil was generous enough to purchase two shirts from me. One for himself and one for his wife! YAY!

Through the generosity from a chance meeting my 'funds available' jumped today from 55$ to 105$ thanks to Nevil and I very excitedly stopped at the grocery store directly after the gym as I now knew I would have enough money to put fuel in the car for another week and a half AND buy myself some groceries. Bananas, eggs, an onion and pepper,some yogurt and (my treat)International flavour vanilla for my coffee went in the basket today! May not be much but it will keep me going until I can afford to do a BIG grocery shop at the end of the month.

And so, the moral,....if the UofC had not closed for the summer then I would probably never have met Nevil! Thus my reasoning that apparently things DO happen for a reason. THANK YOU NEVIL!!

And by the way....I STILL have some shirts available if anyone is interested :) (XL,M,S and Youth M) 25$