Edmonton

I currently live in Edmonton. I moved here from Yellowknife on Friday, January 24, 1975, to work on what was likely Canada’s first Computer Help Desk. At the University of Alberta, for all Staff, Students and External Users. The rest of my Computing Career is covered here.

The Edmonton information is spread throughout this web site, so here is a quick guide to Everything Edmonton.

The Recommendations section offers Edmonton-centric advice on everything from Health Care to maintaining your Home.

The Gone section looks at what Edmonton has lost over the years, both the good and bad.

Prairieisms explains some words and phrases unique to Edmonton, Alberta and the Canadian Prairies.

Everyone, it seems, has adopted Stories as a way to capture history, and I have a section for mine.

How I Got Here

I moved to Edmonton on Friday, January 24, 1975, to help man the Help Desk at the University of Alberta’s Computing Services department. Despite Rent Controls and a tight housing situation, by Sunday, I was able to find a furnished apartment in Newton Place, which was then a privately-owned highrise across the street from the University Hospital, and move in immediately.

Why I Like Edmonton

Until recently, I never realized how where I had lived previously made me instantly like Edmonton.

From Vancouver, I really appreciated the amount of Sunshine by day and Clear Blue Skies at night that Edmonton provides. In fact, I never saw the Milky Way until I lived just outside of Edmonton near Elk Island Park.

From Trail, my first home away from Vancouver, I was not appalled by the few days a year when (in 1975) pollution blew into Edmonton from Fort Saskatchewan. Nor by the dry heat of the summer, because it usually comes with a breeze in Edmonton.

From Prince Rupert, I got used to the long days of Summer and the much longer periods of Twilight than Vancouver, since Prince Rupert and Edmonton are at the same Degree of Latitude.

From Ottawa, Edmonton’s occasional high humidity hot summer days were few and far between and never as hot at night as Ottawa’s summers.

From Yellowknife, a sun that rose around 8:30 from November to January in Edmonton was a welcome relief from a sun that barely rose at all around 2:30 p.m. But mainly it was the Cold, a dry Cold, but Edmonton was usually 20 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than Yellowknife in the Winter when I moved here in 1975.