22/1/09 11:04
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Originally uploaded by Kwai Chang Caine
This pole is on the corner of the street, a block from my street, across the road from the school my kids go to. Those are all staples, from fly posters across the ages (well, the ages of modern Toronto, which is to say, not really that many ages).

This image makes me happy. It doesn't quite encapsulate everything I love about living here, but it captures a big chunk of it. So many people want us to do stuff, see stuff, buy stuff, find stuff. Things happen here. Hustle Bustle.

You'd think I'd be looking forward to the jazz festival, but there's so much else to distract me in the meantime.

After living on the west coast for 8 years, the rather more terse and less easily cordial manner of the folks here was a little difficult to get used to. But I'm used to it now - I figure they haven't changed, and if anything, it should have gotten worse with the weather, so the fact that I'm not really aware of people looking cross or unapproachable must mean that my brain chemistry has changed.

Good times.

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23/1/09 08:28 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] sema4-v.livejournal.com
i always knew Toronto was more your kind of place than .. hicksville vancouver island, or even Vancouver for that matter.

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23/1/09 18:31 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] j0ni.livejournal.com
Yeah. "Hicksville" is a little extreme - it's Nanaimo after all, not Gold River :D

I think the fact that this place is all about walking makes all the difference. Everyone who visits seems to be pleasantly surprised by how many people there are out on the street, even when the weather is quite hostile.

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23/1/09 18:33 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] j0ni.livejournal.com
Oh an Vancouver... yes, on reflection I agree with you. I think we'd have been OK with living someplace like Kitsilano or even in the downtown core, but the rest of the city seemed really grey and uninspiring. Or just suburban (suburbia here is pretty horrible too). And we'd no way be able to afford either of those options.