Archive for October, 2004

shall we dance?

I took a closer look at the Toronto Music Garden today, I took the time to read some of the plaques and explanations and plant labels. The garden is built as an interpretation of Bach’s music. Trees and rocks are arranged in flowing and dancing formations to reflect specific aspects of the music. Though I looked for what the explanations referred to, I largely forgot what they said when I was within its winding paths. I think its design stands on its own without having to be tied in with Bach’s music, though I know its design was based on it.

I then wondered what type of garden it would have been if it was interpreting the music of the Grateful Dead, Miles Davis, or Frank Zappa.

Flu Season…just great, Pitbull it!

Two full on colds in a 4 week period…it’s enough to drive anyone around the bend. The ban on pitbulls is happening. I don’t whether it’s the breed’s fault or maybe it’s the tools who think that aggressive dogs make nice “bling”…any boob can make a dog mean.
I mean you have to have a license to drive a car, get married, or even to pull a fish out of the lake… and one for a DOG!. What the hell do these dog license’s do anyways? Maybe it’s something for the city coroner to use as a reference? Maybe the owner should be licensed before the dog is?

Random Connections at the Hi-5

A very typical day at the office space this morning. Got to my desk just in time, then plowed deep into the pile of numbers heaped on my desk. Is it lunchtime yet? Hmmm. Decided to treat myself to an escape lunch far from cubicle slaves.
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Flu season

I heard an interview with a Toronto doctor this morning on CBC Radio One. Apparently Americans and Canadians with American relatives have been calling her office, inquiring about getting the flu shot there. The flu vaccine is provided free to all Ontario residents. The supplies from the Ontario government for this purpose are not for sale, but some clinics have on hand additional supplies that they have purchased, for the purpose of sale to non-residents.

I am not going to get a flu shot. I have never gotten the flu before, nor the flu shot, and no one in my family has fragile health, so I won’t get one unless something big changes.

YYZ

I had the pleasure of travelling through Pearson airport 4 times in the past week. Ugh!
OK. Granted, those little Air Canada check-in kiosks are great. No lineup. No wait. But from there on in it’s a nightmare…
Line up to get you bag tags – 15 mins.
Line up for US immigration – 40 mins!
Line up for security screening – 5 mins
On the way back wait outside for the Park ‘n Fly bus – 40 mins!

Holy cow – I hate travelling. Especially at Pearson…

Movie Night In Canada

Now that there is no hockey to be played, CBC Television is having “Movie Night In Canada.” Guess they had to do something.

While we’re on the CBC topic, Radio One has an interesting show on Saturday evenings called Wiretap. I’m not sure how to describe it; the website description doesn’t really cover it all. I’ve also been enjoying DNTO more lately, with their guess-the-Babelfish-mangled-lyrics contest, and the let’s-find-Prince’s-house segment a few weeks ago.

Coasting through the heat lap trial

I think some dude just challenged me to a drag race at the corner of Bathurst and Davenport.

Was it bad form for me not to accept?

Haunted halls, books sales and Picasso…

Mmmm, it’s finally Fall. I know this not because of crazy weather or dramatic changes in leaf colour but because we’re smack in the middle of Book Sale season at U of T. If you follow book sales or are known to haunt the murky depths of used bookstores then this may be old news – Or this might end up being the key to your entry into the secret world of cheap books/rare finds mixed with the drama that is the once a year, weekend sale. This Friday (October 15th) marks the first day of University College’s annual booksale. The U.C. bookfest runs 12pm to 8pm until Tuesday the 19th in the East and West Halls of the College. My recommendation is to hit the sale early and I base this upon years of experience as a book buyer/U.C. student so trust me on that. Not only can one pick up some nice swag, but the money goes to the College and that’s a good thing (future grads with slightly lower debt loads should thank us for this).

Added bonus #1 University College is one of the best looking buildings on the U of T campus so go look around, the book sale makes for a fine excuse to tour a local historical site. In other news the building is reputedly haunted and it’s historic nickname was (and is) “The godless College”. Just in case you’re curious the context for the nickname is (sadly) far from sinister, it was the first non-denominational college affiliated with the University of Toronto. Anyway, how’s that for a double shot of October worthiness?

If that doesn’t perk your interest Added bonus #2 might work it for you: Running concurrently at the U of T Art Centre is the Picasso and Ceramics exhibition! The U of T Art Centre just happens to be tacked onto the U.C. complex on the main floor of the College’s Laidlaw wing. The Picasso exhibit runs until January 23rd, but it’s billed as “The largest exhibition of Picasso’s work in clay ever seen in Canada” so you might not want to wait until the last minute to check it out.

All of these wonders can be found at University College – a short walk south from the St.George subway station, or up from the Queen’s Park stop as per your travelling preference. You’re basically looking for the big, castle looking building that makes it onto many a U of T centred post card. The actual street address is 15 King’s College Circle.

Captive audience

I saw The Prince And Me while I was on an airplane, and I thought that the bar kind of looked like the Underground at York U. I thought there must be more than one building constructed in that style somewhere else in North America. Turns out it actually was shot at York U, as well as at U of T. I like some of York’s architecture, in particular Vari Hall and the Fine Arts Building, Phase II. (is it still called that??)

Sidewalk Surprises

Two Things I Did Not Expect to See on Toronto’s Sidewalks Yesterday, on opposite sides of the class spectrum

1. A foomfy-dressed opera singer accompanied by a string quartet outside of Harry Rosen on Bloor.

2. A gentleman taking a whiz in the middle of the afternoon on Brunswick, just standing on the sidewalk peeing into someone’s yard. Classy nabe, the Annex…

In regards to the second one, what does one do when faced with such an encounter? Fortunately, I was already on the opposite side of the street. But should I have addressed the issue in some way? Called out some sort of reprimand? To be honest, it took me a minute to realize exactly what I was seeing.

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