Yonge St. looking south from Wellesley
Good news! The deep freeze and thaw is over. Now it's just typical winter days in Toronto again. Short, cold but not too cold. Minus 2 degrees Celsius is seasonable. The snow comes, then goes. And life goes on.
I went downtown yesterday afternoon to get my hair cut. It was getting long. I was starting to look like a hippie. Not that I would've once cared. I was a hippie, so to speak, back in the day. However, when I started to go grey in my 40's, I started to look like the 1000 year old hippie. Not good. Now I get it cut more regularly to keep it short.
Anyway, I took the subway down to Yonge + Bloor St. Went to see my barber, Wayne, in Yorkville. While there I stopped by the "Grigorian", a very cool jazz and classical music store that's well worth mentioning. There aren't very many independent music stores anymore, let alone huge and thoughtful classical and jazz ones. I bought a Dizzy Gillespie disc. I like Dizzy and I like to support the proprietor + staffs' efforts. They are true music aficionados.
Afterwards, I walked down Yonge St. to Zings, between Bloor and Wellesly. I sat at a window seat eating a bowl of pad thai, surfing the net on my ipad for a bit. I also watched the Yonge Street shuffle of busy cars, trucks and people going back and forth up and down Yonge St. again + again + again. It is very Torontonian to watch and participate in the Yonge St. Shuffle. I have done so all my life and have blogged about Yonge St before. I will add the links below.
Did you know that Yonge St. is the longest street in the world? If you keep travelling on Yonge it turns into a highway that runs right across Canada, for thousands of miles.
I tried it once. It works. I was young. I stood at the side of the street with my thumb out, as folk were still apt to do then. Life was simpler and safer. I hitchhiked all the way to Vancouver, on the Pacific coast, then back again. It took a few months but I stopped a lot a long the way to check my country out. That was back in 1976. I had finished high school with no idea of what I wanted to do. I suppose it was a lifetime ago. That's cool though. This is now and that was then. It's all good to me.
After Zings I went to a cheap store, where I bought a stack of new cd releases. Some readers of my music blogs, and the lists and quickie reviews at the bottom of my site have told me that there in fact still is some good new music being made. Every few years I usually explore the audio scene. I decided to do so again. I will review the cds later.
Well, to be quite frank, I was enjoying myself and all, but that was enough for one day. At Yonge + Wellesley I took two photos, one looking north and one south just to show you that the deep freeze and thaw is over. The weather extremes have been a defining event of sorts this month, rather peculiar for here, fairly far up north, compared to a lot of other places. I won't belabour the topic. Still, you can see the photos. It was sunset. I caught the subway back to my car, up north at Yorkdale Mall, so as to avoid the rush hour crowds.
Yonge + Wellesley looking north to Bloor St.
I think this is about the second time I have gone outside in a week. Now I will get back to work here at home. Soon Janet and I are going to fly north on an overnighter in Sudbury to visit my sister and mom. I will try to take some pictures from the airplane window way up in the sky. Ontario in winter, outside of Toronto, is usually very picturesque. Hopefully I can show my non Canadian readers what it is like.
Anyway, back to business ....
(PS: Yes. I know. These type of blogs aren't going to result in 300,000 more reader visits in and of themselves, but either check them out or skip. It's my blogsite! So there ! ;-)
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Sociology 101: Toronto life + the Yonge Street tradition @ Here
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Some summer notes on Yonge St., Willow Beach, Toronto life + the like @ Here
Some notes on being Toronto born + bred @ Here
Very Toronto Canadian: Jack Layton's last street party @ Here