I think I owe some people an explanation, or some people think I owe them one, or something. Here it is, regardless:
Plan is that I'm going to attend University in Halifax, and the very first reason for doing so is that I have to leave home. Commuting from home to University left me out in the cold with respect to the social aspects of campus, so much so that I barely even feel like a student, to speak nothing of someone who is involved. On the other hand, I don't want to live in residence here, because it would mean paying an incredible amount of money for a level of convenience I already have. I think I just did things wrong here, and if I stay I don't know if I'd ever set them right. Leaving home will hopefully be enough of a shake-up that I can get some other changes to my usual routine made. Second reason is that I have to learn how to live with people, and the longer I put that off, the worse it's going to be. Next, I want to try living in new places, having never moved in my lifetime. I want to meet new people, I want to try some new things, like having a work ethic, cooking all my own food, managing my own internet connection, paying my own taxe...hmm, ok, so maybe it's not all roses, but whatever. It will be a learning experience.
My options in Ottawa for moving out with someone would have been pretty much limited to rooming with Star, and as much as I love the idea of living in the same place as my ex who can barely tolerate me at the best of times, I just had to pass on that one.
I'm going to miss this place, I'm not abandoning you Ottawans here out of spite, or anything. This year just didn't work out particularly well for me, and somehow I doubt that repeating the experience – even for rigor's sake – would be advantageous to my academic or social life.
Also, because I was promised that every night would be “burrito night”
I couldn't argue with that
-Loud (who still loves Ottawa and all of you)
PS. The Halifax-ward migration of still more of my friends is also an excellent incentive. Next year I think it will be at least five friends (plus those I make while there) plus one cousin going to Uni there.