Keith’s back in BC this thanksgiving weekend
It seems funny that I’m wiring this blog post from the departure lounge of Terminal 1 at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Thanksgiving weekend and the start of Oktoberfest in Kitchener Waterloo and I’m off, on short notice, to Vancouver Island. My father is very ill and I’ve been called home. I’ll be on the west coast for at least a couple of weeks and I’ll be posting 365 things to do from there.
Truth be told, It’s not so unusual to be posting to 365kw from afar. Over the past two and a half years, I’ve taken a couple of trips away and the postings always go on. I’ve never missed a day. In fact the very first post for 365 things to do in Kitchener Waterloo was made from a hotel room in Boston.
What’s different though is that this is a direct post. There is no event attached. As 365 things to do in Kitchener Waterloo evolves, I’m always trying new things, trying to make it a better experience. So, I am going to start posting every now and then directly to you, the reader. Just like this. I’m going to update you on a couple of great events that have recently taken place and I will be giving you the heads up of posts I’m working on. I’m also going to tell you what’s going on in my life.
Let’s start there.
I’m happy that autumn is here. October is my favorite month. I love that the leaves have mostly turned red, orange and yellow. It seemed to happen over night. We had thanksgiving dinner for lunch today (so I could get to the airport) and tomorrow I’m sorry to say that I’m going to miss the best Thanksgiving Day Parade in Canada. I love the marching bands.
My real estate business partner (Alasdair) will be taking care of our clients while I’m away in BC. The real estate market is a little slow right now, so I’m sure he’ll have lots of extra time to continue our prospecting efforts without me. In case you’re wondering, in my opinion and that of many of my peers, it’s a buyers market right now. If you’re a first time home buyer, you have the luxury of time to shop and can negotiate from a strong position. Although it is a little harder to qualify for a mortgage, if you do, interest rates are still low and will remain so until at least Christmas (according to my sources at RBC).
On my real estate blog I wrote a really useful post for first-time home buyers – How much house can you afford? – with several ways of looking at the issue. I also reposted a report from Royal LePage about the current trends in real estate – Prices up, Sales down in 3rd Quarter.
Back to 365 things to do in Kitchener Waterloo, there are a ton of things upcoming or ongoing that are worthy of a visit. At THEMUSEUM the Treasures of China are here. They’ve only left China once before. Avatar opens next week there too. If you saw the movie (who didn’t?) you’ll love the interactive displays. The Blues Brothers Revue is at Centre In the Square. The show pays homage to Chicago’s rich history of blues, gospel and soul music. Coming up I’ll be posting about The Grand River Film Festival, about Zombies and a couple of art events.
So that’s it, I’ll be boarding in about 20 minutes, just enough time to post this.
Thank you Pearson International Airport for the free wifi.