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« on: July 31, 2006, 04:34:38 PM »
A sister freelancer and I meet for lunch a couple of times a month in different nabes, just to keep an eye on what's going on. Usually downtown-midtown Toronto, though we've been known to venture up to Young and Eligible, out to the Beach(es), Roncesvalles, like that.

Today I had a doc appointment. His office is at Finch and Mars. Subway (air-conditioned!) up, no problem. Then I had a thought, why not walk south on Yonge to North York Centre subway stop, see what's happening.

Holy moly, construction. Condos going up all over the place.

And -- this was completely new to me -- there's a fair-sized Little Korea up there, restaurants and lots of signs in Korean. Persian too.  There is very very little of the old two-storey store/apt landscape left and only a couple of strip malls from the 60s.

Very little foot traffic. If aliens ever landed on earth in an area like that, I bet they'd think cars were the creatures and the squishy things inside were just parasites.

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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2006, 04:50:26 PM »
Glad you survived the doctor, fern hill.  :)

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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2006, 04:52:58 PM »
I know where Finch is, roughly (having trekked that way a few times in swirling snow and icy Arctic blasts), but what do you mean by Mars? Is that a nickname for something that's come into fashion since nineteen-ought-eight-nine, consound it?

(You young whipper-snappers, etc., etc.)

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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2006, 04:54:55 PM »
No, sorry, it's a phrase meaning waaaay out there, kinda like Scarberia.

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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2006, 04:57:59 PM »
Did you stop and eat some Korean food then??  

I had Korean for lunch today.  Didn't know what I wanted in this weather, so I went for Bibim Bab, which is sort of like a salad, or... I don't really know.  Stir fried ground beef, shredded lettuce, pickled vegetables, noodles, carrot strips, bean sprouts, and similar stuff arranged nicely in a bowl, along with a sunny-side-up egg on top, a bowl of rice, and a sweet/hot sauce.  Despite the careful presentation, I'm told that "Bibim" means "mix it up", and that's what you do: mix and eat.  No two mouthfuls identical.
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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2006, 05:05:12 PM »
No, I wasn't hungry. I've had bibim bab. And I saw photos of it today. This is something I wish restaurants would not do -- put photos of the food on display. It takes a goodly amount of talent, lighting, right equipment etc to photograph food so that it actually looks good. And mostly the photos one sees do not look so good.

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« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2006, 05:12:56 PM »
For the most part, agreed.  However, at my favourite Korean place (with the unlikely name of "Bellybutton Time") that's how you order.  They don't really speak English, so the menu is all pictures and you point.  The pictures are beyond awful.  :)
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« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2006, 05:14:19 PM »
Bellybutton Time? Yer having us on, Magoo. Produce the address.

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« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2006, 09:11:38 PM »
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BELLYBUTTON (1982) written by Connie Kaldor, performed by Heather Bishop

Refrain: Bellybutton, bellybutton, oh my bellybutton
Oh my bellybutton I love you
Bellybutton, bellybutton, oh my bellybutton
Oh my bellybutton I love you.


Oh how sad and lonely I would be
If when I lifted up my shirt and I didn't see


Refrain: My bellybutton, bellybutton, oh my bellybutton ...

Well, you're the only friend I have, the one who really cares
'Cause everytime I need you you're always there


Refrain

When things get down and looking kinda grim
I simply lift up my shirt and stick my finger in


Refrain
 
There's one thing I'd just like to say
I think there should be a bellybutton day
A holiday!


Refrain: For bellybutton, bellybutton, oh my bellybutton
Oh my bellybutton I love you
Bellybutton, bellybutton, oh my bellybutton
Oh my bellybutton I love you
Bellybutton, bellybutton, oh my bellybutton
Oh my bellybutton I love you.

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« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2006, 04:56:48 PM »
I was talking to my father & he reminded me about the "Subway Shakespereans" we witnessed once upon a time.  It's one of those "you had to be there" things but here goes...

Dad & little brother made the trip from Shady Vale, Ont. (population 500) to visit me in the Big City.  It's a Saturday, around 11 AM and we are on the subway, seated, across from a couple of guys I'll call "Ricky" and "Julian" ('cause they resembled the characters from the TV show, Trailer Park Boys).  It is July yet they both have a pair of mittens .  They think they are being so clever, but it's really obvious that each has one mitten that "disguises" a can of beer.  They covertedly take a swig of beer from time to time, sort of looking paranoid but not too worried.  Then, they start to get into it.  It's the typical insult/swearfest.  They get increasingly angry with each other and the situation escalates to where they are swearing and yelling at each other really loud.  I figured they were going to start get physical.  Then,"Ricky" stood up and I was sure he was going to punch "Julian".  Instead, he backed up a few paces, pointed his right arm, finger outstretched toward his buddy & exclaimed for all to hear "YOU HAVE NO COUTH!"

Couth?  Where did he come up with *that* word.  It was so out of place in that context.  I can't even imagine Michael Ignatieff using "couth" as an insult in the House of Commons.

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« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2006, 02:06:03 PM »
I just took the Queen car across town (Toronto) and noted that all the scaffolding is finally off Old City Hall. It has been cleaned, repaired, reroofed, and it's gorgeous. I think it's had scaffolding for a couple of years. I remember when there was serious talk of tearing it down. Ijits.

If you are in the nabe, detour to have a look.

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« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2007, 02:37:02 PM »
Just taking a look at McLean's photos/Pride Parade and I have a few questions.

http://forums.macleans.ca/advansis/?mod ... o=&ps=&sb=

Are Bill Graham's pants on correctly? They're practically up to his armpits, or am I looking at it wrong.

Rona's brother is so yummy! Two pics, one with Jeanne Becker and one with Jack.

Is Elizabeth May stoned to the gills? Oooo scroll down more, is that her 5th Margarita?
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« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2007, 03:45:47 PM »
I hadn't realized Empire waists were for men too.

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« Reply #13 on: June 21, 2008, 03:05:54 PM »
Kinda reluctantly I'm putting the link to City Chase here. (Well, they obviously think it is an adventure.) This is happening in Toronto today. Swarms of people in red t-shirts with those paper competitor numbers pinned to them clutching maps and 'clue sheets' and generally clogging up my city.

I read so you don't have to. It cost $150 per two-person team to compete in this combination scavenger hunt and reality tv show. (Think stupid competitions.) They collect  some number of 'chase points' then get to finish line and YAY! they win.

Regional winners get to compete in the national bunfest. Winner of that gets a car.

Why the fuck would anybody do this? Without gun pointed at head, I mean.

People are inscrutable.

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« Reply #14 on: June 21, 2008, 03:16:29 PM »
Quote from: Toedancer
Just taking a look at McLean's photos/Pride Parade and I have a few questions.

http://forums.macleans.ca/advansis/?mod ... o=&ps=&sb=

I still haven't reached the Pride Parade section in that Maclean's version of Page Six for the Ottawa set. But this byline made me smile:

Joe Clark hung[/i]

ETA: don't know anything about a scavenger hunt reality show but I have to say, I've only participated in two scavenger hunts in my life and they were each a blast.
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