Dashed hopes, sunsets, and friends
Trip Start Sep 06, 2004
50Trip End Nov 23, 2004
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In the evening I went down to the river to watch the sunset--the sky was partly clear and it looked like it was going to be a good one. I leaned on the edge of a wall overlooking the water, watching it change colour as twilight came ("Arvin Hour"). Oddly, the sky never did put on a light show, but the beauty of the river made up for it, and at dark I walked away, cold but relaxed.
I spent the rest of the evening hanging out at the hostel with my Swedish and Aussie roommates as well as a Spanish girl named Ana and a German girl named Kate (I think)
Another depressing day (so what else is new?). This week's paper was scarce on jobs. The library wasn't interested in me. Neither were the film centre or the production company (didn't even want volunteers). So much for that hope.
My spirits perked up when I went to hang out with Carla later in the day. We ended up at Katherine's place (she's sick too) watching Jersey Girl--Katherine's a real person now, she can rent movies! Yes, I know, I'm supposed to be avoiding romantic comedies, but I'd seen it before, so that was all right. Besides, the main message of the film is less about the romance than it is about the importance of putting family ahead of career (kind of sad actually--Ben Affleck's character loves doing PR in New York, then has to raise his daughter in a small town in New Jersey, but resents the loss of his career...then eventually realizes that family is what matters, so he'll never get to do what he loves again). I know, I know, that has implications here: I'm in Ireland, so it shouldn't matter what job I get, right? Yet somehow it does. I wasn't really thinking about that though. A nice evening in with friends watching movies--comforting.