Posts Tagged: spadina

laying there all broken

This morning I walk out to go to the office, I round the corner of my building, putting on my helmet and the thingy that stops my pant legs from getting caught in the chain.  I turn to unlock my bike and I find it sitting there minus the rear wheel.  Crippled.

I'm shocked and not shocked.  Sad.  Angry.  It feels awful to be robbed.  You feel violated and helpless.  Explosed.  

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I stomp off to work on my other vehicle: my feet.  I'm grouchy today.

I go to the art gallery after work with Ceri and that cheers me up.  Walking home later I'm carrying some thin hope that maybe I was seeing things; it wasn't MY bike I'd seen this morning.  I look at the spot and there it is.  My bike.  Crippled.  

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I'm not so patient when it comes to life's inconveniences.  And I know, in the mind of the thief, it's got nothing to do with me; but in my mind it's all about me and I can't stop thinking about the lurking tire predator, laughing at me; challenging me to fix it.

masts

I forgot to charge my phone (and workday camera) and it died at lunchtime today, and so again I was out after supper to find my daily photo.  Thursday night, lots to do at home, so I don't want to go far; but I've been down in the harbour and associated gardens plenty.  I'm walking around waiting for something to ask to be photographed, and something does.  Masts.

Lines.  Shapes.  Sky.  All gave me pleasure today.

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Caught a plane taking off from the island airport. One of the things I love about being down here is the happy mesh of transportation sources – planes, ships, ferries, streetcars, canoes, taxis, sailboats, bicycles, skateboards, feet… Despite all that it's a peaceful feeling.  Maybe it appeals to my inherent restlessness.

billboards

 

 

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This curious billboard has recently gone up on Spadina near Front Street.

 

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This corner is an assault of advertising. More so now that this condo development has its own billboards that are moving up with the building as it grows. Adbusters magazine used to have a feature in which they'd take a corner like this and photoshop out all the advertising. The effect is shockingly more serene. John Street looking south to Front Street.

 

variable like spring

 

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Overcast, and streetcar cables at King and Spadina, Toronto

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A basket of wine bottles with fun orange labels.

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Fresh mown grass. FRESH MOWN GRASS. How uplifting is THAT smell the first time you smell it in the spring?

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Thunder-stormy sky. It started raining just as I got to this corner. I got a little wet, subsequently, but I didn't mind.

may day

 

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King Street West, Toronto

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Suddenly there are leaves! Hello May! Clarence Square, Spadina and Wellington, Toronto

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A fire escape behind some new leaves. Spadina Avenue, Toronto

Happy May Day.  Best thing about May?  The trees come alive!

earth day colour…

…in the Toronto Music Garden, off Queens Quay, between Spadina and Bathurst.

Happy Earth Day.  I hope you found colour in your world too.

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walking day, walking night, handmade gift

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The Westinghouse Building, 355 King Street, Toronto, 1927. The building's beautiful front (not shown) is slated to become facade on the front of a tower. What is [not] lovingly referred to as "facadism" is preserving the facade of an historical building on the front of a tower, as opposed to preserving the building itself.  In other words, skirting the historical preservation laws.

 

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Walking later. Spadina Ave. at Lake Shore Blvd. / Gardiner Expressway, just north of Queens Quay

 

 

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When I get home I find in the mail a beautiful hand-painted card from Sherrill, thanking me for giving her some books I didn't need anymore. Thank YOU Sherrill.

 

two steel fences, and – ain’t it purty?

 

 

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A steel fence. Spadina Avenue, Toronto

 

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Steel fence, Spadina Avenue, Toronto

 

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I have to walk under the highway pretty much every day. It's not the most picturesque part of the journey. But it is what it is.

 

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Someone may or may not be getting a tax refund.

 

three ships – or a fence

 

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"I saw three ships come sailing in, come sailing in, come sailing in, I saw three ships come sailing in…"

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A little fence. Spadina Avenue, Toronto

The [big, important] proposal is coming together; feeling better about it than anything I've done since I started this job last June.  Tired though.  Ready for it to be over.

Dinner tonight with Ceri.  I heat up leftover turkey chilli I'd frozen in the freezer.  While messing around in that freezer I found some leftover roasted peppers and onion, and added it to the chilli.  We also had salad wth bocconcini and strawberries (marinated in lemon, lemon zest, oil and wine vinegar), and pita toasted in the oven with olive oil and rosemary. 

It was delicious.

(Bed now – BEFORE eleven.)

rainy windy snowy windy rainy windy snowy

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Steely grey sky with a beautiful tree that posed in front of it.

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Windy rainy snowy rainy WINDY snowy icy sleety… no wonder that tower hung its proverbial head in the proverbial sand.

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Blue Jays Way looking north at Front Street, Toronto

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Path next to the railyway corridor, Blue Jays Way looking toward Spadina Ave.