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Sunday, February 22, 2009So I thought its about time I let you guys know what is happening with the flatmate situation. After I came back from Johannesburg (where I spent Valentines Day eating a scrumptious Beef Carpaccio from The Butchershop with an old uni mate of mine) I got a surprise email in my inbox. Well two. The first one was from the Welfare department, advising me that Flatmate No. 6 and I should attend a mediation session together. Personally I think this is a lost cause, FN6 and I have not said a word to each other since New Years Day, reconcilliation is beyond possible, and basically Welfare are stumped as to what to do as they can't move FN6 what with all the crew they have up in temporary accomodation at the moment.
The second email was an invitation to move into a one bedroom apartment, which for a First Class crew member is rare. It took me 2 years in the company to find out that FG1's were entitled to their own place... it's not written in any of our many handbooks, manuals and joining guides. The place they have in mind is in Al Nadha, which is close to the Sharjah border - hardly an ideal location. It's a brand new building, and when I had a look at it they were still hauling in the gas cookers, washing machine, fridges, dryers and whatever else you expect to find in a fully furnished apartment.
For the past week I've been torn as to what I should do - to stay in my much loved but forever tainted 2 bedroom, or to start afresh in the one bedroom, far from anything decent single apartment. A dear friend suggested drawing up a list of pros and cons, and after doing so have come to the conclusion that I'd be best to move out of Blue Building.
It's going to be hard, but I'm seeing this as the big kick up the backside for getting the small things I want done - to cook more, to get my license, to finally get myself a microwave. Have already packed two boxes, and have no idea how I'm going to move 3 years worth of stuff from one end of Dubai to another in just the 2 days they allocate from check in. They said the apartments will be ready in March, so I still have a bit of time to get myself organised, and when I do move there I should be neighbours with all the new crew currently in temporary accomodation, which should be a hoot.
Tomorrow I have an ultra long haul killer - Toronto, 2 days layover. Have been given lots of tips as to what to do, but seeing as though the temperature is hovering at a maximum of -3 Celcius, somehow I don't think I'll be doing much. 8 comments