Our good friend Ted (Big Ted to friends) is graduating from MUN shortly with his education degree. Being a smart lad he realized pretty early in that the odds of him getting a teaching job in Newfoundland were slim he decided to start looking elsewhere. We strongly encouraged him to apply in Iqaluit.
Now, the odds of a just graduated teacher getting a job in Iqaluit is still a bit on the long side. It's the most in demand community in Nunavut to get a teaching job. Still, he has skills that would probably be in demand (computers for one thing. The fact that he's a big guy wouldn't hurt his odds) and we were hopeful that he and his lovely fiance might move up here in August.
It would have been nice to have them here. I think they would have enjoyed the community. They certainly would have enjoyed the money. And we would have enjoyed their company. We're fairly solitary people and neither one of us is the quickest at making new friends. We like the friends we have. If/when we leave here, it's looking like we'll move to the Ottawa area if possible because, among other factors, a lot of our friends appear to be settling there.
But alas, it's not to be with Ted. Much to his surprise (but not ours), he started getting hit with offers shortly after sending his resumes out. And really, there's only so long you can hold out. Because the offers can always stop coming.
So instead of coming to the frozen north, they're moving to Vancouver Island. Which we can't really blame them, especially since Ted's fiance is from that part of the world. And, you know, it's warmer. And it has trees.
Ah well. We'll just have to start working on other friends to move up here. You know, they're desperate for computer people, Dups...