Day 156 - Clint (3rd person I approached)
June 05, 2014 - There’s what I like to think of as a ‘secret’ little garden area near City Hall. It’s nothing special as far as gardens go other than it’s quiet and you can’t see it from the road. Every time I’ve gone for a walk with a friend and we end up there, they always say
“Oh, I never knew this was here!” And on this gloriously sunny day, that’s where I found Clint, nearing the end of his lunch break from work.
Clint was born in the small town of Duncan, located about one hour north of Victoria, on Vancouver Island. The estimated population is just under five thousand people.
“I have one brother who is four years younger than me. We’ve always been pretty close, and gotten along well. We have a good relationship with our parents as well,” he said. Clint went to elementary and high school in Duncan.
“I was interested in English and creative writing when I was in school. I liked school, but I didn’t like living in such a small town. I knew I wanted to get out of there,” said Clint. He went to Camosun College in Victoria after high school, his first move away from small town living. “It was exciting. I loved being in a bigger city. I didn’t know what I wanted to do career-wise. So I took a bunch of different subjects in college. Biochemistry, organic chemistry, algebra, calculus. I was thinking about something in the medical field, maybe lab technician. But I didn’t know for sure,” he told me.
After three years at Camosun, Clint applied to the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in Burnaby.
“I was planning to enrol in the Medical Laboratory Science program. I had moved over to Vancouver and needed to get a summer job before the classes started. I applied for a job with a cruise line and got it. I ended up ditching school and went to work for the cruise line. I was a purser and got to travel the world. I worked at that job for five years. It was a great way to see the world, but after five years of living out of a suitcase, I was ready for something else,” he said. Clint came back to Vancouver.
“No, I wasn’t prepared to go back to Duncan, or even Victoria. My parents don’t even live there in the winter now. They spend winters in southern California,” he said.
Clint has been in a relationship for six years and works for the City of Vancouver now.
“I like what I do. I work on the administration side of my department, doing a lot of writing and preparation work. It’s a good job, and has a lot of security,” he says. In his spare time he likes to play golf, both pitch and putt and 18 hole golf, he says smiling. I asked if all the traveling he has done has changed how he vacations now. He ponders this for a moment and then tells me,
“I’d rather explore somewhere new. I went to Europe two years ago and only went to new places. I try to go places that I haven't been to before.” And with that, our time in the secret garden was done. #notastranger