Saturday, January 21, 2017

A Saturday Walk

Today after making our way to Kensington Market Mr.T and I walked up to the Rogers store on Bloor Street. Of late my phone has had trouble not only charging but also keeping a charge, so I wanted to check with Rogers to see about a possible upgrade. Of course nothing is ever that simple. 

Looking on their website it showed I was eligible for a free upgrade but after chatting to the representative it became clear that it wouldn't be that simple. If I upgraded my phone I was eligible for a refund on my existing phone for $ 200.00 which could then be put against the purchase price of a new phone. But changing to a newer phone would also mean changing my phone plan and an extra $ 10.00 a month. In the end I would be paying more for less. So we left without doing anything. 

After picking up some bread at Cob's and some juice at Metro we then decided to go for a walk down Spadina to Home Sense and Winners. Because it wasn't too cold out we decided from the Winners on Spadina to head down to the lake. We walked along the lake ending up at Queen's Quay before crossing over the Royal Bank building where we were able to walk the PATH north to the Bay and then the Eaton Centre. We arrived at the same moment that the Woman's March ended near City Hall so the place was a zoo. Trying to avoid the crowds we made our way back home through as many side streets as we could. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

How Empires Fall

Today we see Donald Trump inaugurated as President of the United States. Back in October I would never had thought such a thing possible. Watching the campaign from a distance I couldn't help but feel that Trump entered the race on a lark. He wanted to throw a wrench into the race for President throwing around his inflammatory comments and ideas but it seemed he never really expected to win. Winning surprised him as much as anyone else. 

Angela Davis has written how his election is the last gasp of white male privilege and given who voted for Trump there is something to her argument. Those who voted for him, were like the Brexit vote in Britain, voting against something else and in Trump's case it was Obama as a black President and everything he stood for. Those of us who want a more diverse world filled with possibility and hope know we have made great strides towards a more inclusive society and Trump's election is probably the last gasp of those who fear losing their imagined and perceived status. The loss of perceived power is never pretty and they will fight tooth and nail for their ideas of themselves, but we need to remember we have survived similar challenges before. Power breeds resistance and the abuse of power makes us stronger in our resolve. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

A Sunday Walk

Because Mr.T worked till late yesterday we decided it would be a nice idea today to head down to the Beach to check out the Winter Stations we read about on BlogTO. Catching the Bathurst bus to Queen we transferred to the Queen car riding it all the way to its eastern end at Neville Park. From there we walked down to the beach surprised at how many people were out walking along the beach on a cold, wintery day. After walking for a bit we realized that we were too early for the Winter Stations, they will not be built until mid February and instead made our way back up to Queen Street in search of a warm place for some breakfast for Mr.T. 

On Queen Street I spotted a restaurant the Green Eggplant that was advertising a cheap breakfast and we decided to try it. I was hoping that not only would it serve all things egg related for Mr.T but also since it was a Mediterranean place it might offer something for me. The place is much larger than it appears from the outside with an open kitchen just behind the front door and a couple of seating areas set back away from the street. Entering we were surprised the place was not as busy as we expected, but once we saw the menu we realized why. Not only was it just a glorified diner with a few added items allowing it to call itself Mediterranean  (there was no hummus or any other Mediterranean styled dishes) it was really overpriced for what was offered. Sadly, we were also told the cheap breakfast advertised out front was only available Monday to Friday, something we hadn't noticed. In the end we were really disappointed that the food which was what one expected from a diner was just too overpriced for what was offered. 

Leaving the restaurant we walked west on Queen Street to Woodbine before catching the streetcar to the Eaton Centre. After walking through the mall we walked west on Dundas to Spadina before heading home to warm up after a cold wintery walk.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Another Cold Saturday

The weather the past week in Toronto has been a little yo-yo. This week we saw snow and rain and the temperature went from below freezing to well above 0, and back again. Today Mr.T and I made our way to Kensington Market to pick up our dry goods and veggies for the week bundled up because it was another cold Saturday morning. After shopping Mr.T had to head into work for the day to help with a data transfer leaving me to find ways to amuse myself for the rest of the day.