Things Toronto Taught Me: Part Deux….. or Trois…..

So today I re-started my blog which I had inadvertently abandoned in favour of starting a Twitter business, moving, and getting a new job.  Okay, so the “move” was a 30-minute walk away from my other place, which I stayed at for about one night a month, but still.  I moved.

I got an e-mail that people liked my last post, so I’m gonna post another.  Just like that, you get more reading material.  I can see this becoming cyclic….. and I’m okay with that.

One category I forgot about was my “Things Toronto Taught Me” segment, mostly providing an outlet for my frustrations of society in the biggest city/metropolis/megasuperexpansivethingy in Canada.  Yes, Spell Check, I realize that isn’t a word, but thanks for providing it some colour.  Gahh, I’m in Canada, Spell Check — colour is supposed to be spelled with a “u”!  I digress.

Today’s submission of factoids and junk I learned in the big T.O.:

  • Winter doesn’t really start until the snow sticks to the ground….. and that surprisingly won’t happen until the end of December (if then).  In Niagara where I grew up, we’d have snow right at the beginning, and a few weeks full of lake effect winter before Christmas arrived.
  • The sickest people in the city will always ride the TTC.
  • The ones hacking up a lung will always choose the seat next to you.
  • Some people are immune to winter.  This becomes especially evident on Friday and Saturday nights, particularly in front of clubs with long lineups.
  • This will always make me giggle to myself, and snuggle deeper into my sensible coat, double-mittens, and an awesomely fuzzy hat (if I can ever find one).
  • Uggs were not invented by Canadians.  At least I doubt it.  If they were, well I’m stumped.
  • Scarves better not go out of style.
  • What few animals there are in the city get dumber as it gets colder.  Today we almost ran over a squirrel who stopped in front of us and pretty much could have written the tunes for his own funeral by the time he realized he should turn back around.
  • It may not be winter, but it’s pretty flippin’ cold to me.
  • Swans must be pretty smug in the bird world at this time of year.  Okay Toronto didn’t teach me that, I just thought about it now.  But they’re probably all like, “I’m a swan, I’m white, nobody can see me, squawk squawk squaaaaaaaawk.”  Of course their honk is annoying as heck, so they’re probably just as much of a target as usual, just, you know, smug-er.

Um, so that’s all I have to say about that.

Stupid smug swans.

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Cold, Cold, Exerciseless Winter

There is something that’s bugged me about winter: the claim that you can be just as active in the winter months as in the summer months.  I believe this is annoyingly more difficult.  These are my reasons:

  • In the summer, you can step outside in a T-shirt and shorts.  In the winter, the amount of time spent getting ready to go outside is proportional to the amount of time you can stand the cold….. and unless you spent more than half an hour getting dressed, you’re not exercising very long out there.
  • In the summer, you can exercise with barely any equipment — you can walk, run, play soccer, play tennis, etc….. In the winter, to play a sport outside, you need a.) all your regular winter clothing, b.) to get to a place with a decent amount of snow or ice, c.) expensive equipment like skis, snowboard (exception: skating), d.) access to a place that looks after said snow or ice.
  • If you want to work out in a gym in the winter, it’s a.) harder to get to (unless you have one in your building already), b.) it’s still an expense to join (unless it’s free to your building), and c.) you have to rent a locker to put your massive amounts of winter clothing.

I wanna move down South!  🙂

Fall for a Massage

Yay, I’m excited. Today at 3:40, I’ll be going for my birthday massage 🙂

My birthday was a month ago, but it’s really been the first time I’ve had time during the week to use it. It’ll be a nice treat for sure.

It’s weird weather again today, like it’s Fall already. Clouds come and you actually shiver a bit. You avoid walking in the shade. Guhh, winter’s coming. I’ll try to enjoy Fall first though.