May 2010 Archives

Looking Back

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Waiting for the traffic lights to change at Queen and John.  In the background, you can see St. Patrick's Market, where extensive renovations are underway, now that all the tenants have vacated. 

Spring Commute

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Many commuters in Toronto never travel any way but by car, according to a recent Spacing Magazine survey.  There are bike lanes on Dundas, out where I live, and every morning, I see a parade of people using them to get to work by bicycle, skateboard and scooter.  We need more bike lanes in Toronto.

Plant Rider

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I wonder if plants have the same reaction to being taken for a ride as dogs do.  After all, they get this fantastical rush of air, blowing across their leaves, and that's got to increase the CO2 available to them.  Do they sense the increased airflow and grow more?

Cutting the Sidewalk

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Sidewalks are under assault as the maintenance season (aka summer) approaches.  Every year, the harsh weather of winter and the thaw of spring do a serious number on the roads, pipes, and wires around the city.  And every summer, workers and machinery pop up like mushrooms, clustered around the most damaged parts of the city.  And every fall, the workers and machinery disappear, revealing a healed city, ready to face the ravages of winter once again.  I can't decide if this is comforting, or frustrating....

Tasty Chinese Food

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The Village by the Grange is a popular student destination for lunch.  There are all kinds of places to get food, and at pretty good prices.  Fortunately for me, it's just around the corner, so it's easy to get to at lunchtime.

Watching the City

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Watching both the city, and the City TV building from the roof on John Street.  I'm not sure if it's graffiti, or if it's a mural - it could go either way.

End of Day

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Walking away from work at the end of the day.

Where The Rubber Meets the Road

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I don't know that I'd be comfortable, riding to work on a motorcycle.  It's not that I think that they're unsafe - I just think that motorists tend not to see them as well as they see cars. 

Off the Rack

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Taken at the Black Market on Queen West.  It's a fantastic place to look for vintage clothing and accessories - my wife loves going in there and my daughter always finds something that she wants to get.  I love the variety of jackets all for sale on the rack together. 

Morning in the Park

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Morning sunlight shines through the trees of Orchard Park.  I'm so glad that spring is here, and that the sunshine is being accompanied by some warmth.  The snow is gone, the trees and grass are green, and I find myself looking forward to the coming summer. 

I got this picture because I decided to take a different route from home to the streetcar - through the park instead of down Coxwell Avenue.  It's a little bit more visual than the street route, although it's a bit longer to walk.  Hopefully it will be an inspiration as the weather continues to improve.