26 Aug 2013
My first day at the Beyond the Sea Penthouse 2 unit was defined by my mind being blown. My second day, was about exploring local areas (man I really love that Humber Bay Park!) My third day, I wanted to really explore more of what the condo had to offer, and to maybe check out a couple other local businesses. I felt it was good due diligence to getting the Condo Life experience!
While I will get into that shortly, I also wanted to share a little bit of my personal thoughts as I’ve been here. This project has certainly had plenty of ups and downs… people often compare life to a roller coaster, well in my case it has to be scariest roller coaster ever. The upswings are huge, and the downswings are terrifying. One day I could be trying to figure out what to cook with groceries from McEwan, a few days later I could wondering if I’ll even have anything to cook. But, the emotional swings are pretty wild too. One of the things people don’t really know is how much this project has affected my social life. I mean, I do get to go out to social media events and interact with people, and on occasion I have the opportunity to check out a restaurant with a friend. But the ‘hey let’s grab a drink’, or the ‘want to go see a movie’ invites I have to decline every time. And let’s not even start to talk about my dating life… “Wanna come over for plain pasta and sit on the floor? We’ll have to share my one fork…” isn’t exactly the most attractive way to ask a girl out.
Needless to say, the project often gets pretty lonely. What does this have to do with my stay at the Beyond the Sea condo? Well… on Friday, when I hosted the party I was thrilled. But since then, I’ve largely been alone. And being alone in a large penthouse unit, slightly amplifies the feeling of loneliness. Bigger space to hear the sound of my own thoughts. That’s not really a reflection on the condo, just on my emotional state.
But fortunately, my dad stopped by yesterday and we took full advantage of the theater room! He brought “Pacific Rim”, which he purchased from some convenience store where they explained to him it was a legit DVD. I had my reservations, and sure enough… it was some lame camera recording. So instead we watched the movie Empire had purchased me, Saving Private Ryan (though in hindsight, maybe the movie Emporer would have been more fitting)! Saving Private Ryan is still one of the best movies of all time in my books, and seeing it in a space designed as a theater was incredible. Perhaps too incredible, as shortly after the beach landing and all the bombs and explosions were going off Security knocked on the door asking me to turn it down a bit. Damn, I’m that guy… Oops.
My dad left after, and I decided to explore some of the other amenities in the condo. A kids party room, a pool, a gym area, a cardio area and a yoga room. There was also at least three different party rooms that I was able to find. I found something called a Hobby Room, but it was locked. I located mini putt on the rooftop terrace, located beside a bunch of cabanas and other outdoor seating areas.
What these two rooms are exactly, I don’t know… they were locked. But my imagination says the Study must be a giant library, with candle light and a fireplace, and a kindly old man who points you in the right direction when you need a little help… and the Wine Tasting room must be a giant wine cabinet, with a wet bar in the middle and plenty of glasses… What’s really in there, we may never know!
While exploring the gym area, I met one of the owners here, Maria and asked her all about the building. She had glowing reviews of the place she calls home with only one gripe, her favourite fish in the lobby died several months ago. She took off to the pool after that to ‘get her fish on’. Nice lady.
After that, I was getting kind of hungry – but learned of sad news… my dinner date wasn’t going to be able to make it. I scrambled to try and get someone else to come, but my efforts were fruitless. A bit defeated by that, it certainly spawned more lonely feelings. Damn. Thank god @Rogers provided a internet hub for my stay, because sadly, my WIND Mobile phone does not get internet reception consistently so high up. So I was able to send a few tweets out and decided to just go to the restaurant myself. (A task that gives me such social anxiety.)
I went to Eden Trattoria, a local hot spot, that I’ll give it’s own dedicated blog post to. The place was PACKED which made me, dining alone, feel a bit uncomfortable. Not their fault, those are my own psychological issues. I ate quickly (not even snapping a picture of my initial order), but made sure to order some additional food that I was going to takeaway with me. They have an incredible menu, and my first order was so good, that some positive thoughts on being solo emerged as I carried home my second order. More for me!
The evening was even better for me, as I was well distracted. I caught up on an episode of Under the Dome and then a bit of a storm started to roll in. A thunderstorm. While I’m on the 37 floor, with wall to wall windows, and a balcony to match. It seems inaccurate to suggest that I was in heaven, but standing on the balcony as the wind bombarded me but the rain directed away from the balcony was thrilling. It wasn’t a long storm, but it was still very enjoyable. Sleep called my name early, 11PM and I passed out on the couch (another thing I’ve missed).. and at 12 I managed to get my teeth brushed and into bed.
And that was all to tell… until 8AM this morning when the fire alarm went off and I stumbled around trying to figure out what was happening. Condo Life – sometimes these things happen!