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Quote of the Day!

2009 July 22

“I don’t know what I’d do if I was laid off right now.  I’d probably kill myself.  I mean, my rent is $700!”

– part of an overheard conversation, this afternoon, between two clerks at American Apparel

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Quote of the Day: harASSment!

2009 February 20

“Don’t let yourself get a fat ass, just because you’re sitting down all day long.  That’s what happens to us.  You have to do sit-ups or some shit.”

– the drunk, offensively boorish crazy on the College Streetcar this afternoon, addressing the trainee driver.  The trainee was very gracious and polite . . . and was doing a great job, by the way.

Quote of the Day!

2009 January 30

From AOL Travel . . .
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5.TORONTO

I AM A U.S. BORN AND RAISED CITIZEN. ALL MY LIFE , NOW 53yrs.I HAVE NEVER SAT IN A PUBLIC RESTROOM. WHEN WE WERE IN TORONTO EVERYTHING IS VERY CLEAN AND FRESH AND IT IS THE ONLY PLACE I SAT IN A PUBLIC RESTROOM. EVERYONE THERE WAS WONDERFUL AND VERY HELPFUL.
Date of Trip to Toronto,Canada: March,2003
Purpose of your trip: Personal
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I don’t know if I’d go that far about the cleanliness of the city, but this is pretty funny.

Quote of the Day!

2008 November 29

“In this weather, all I can think of is Maaaaui.”

– the extemely “friendly” crazy lady next to me on the Lawrence Avenue East bus yesterday, on my venture to Scarborough.  You can always count on a crazy or two to colour up your day around the GTA.

Quote of the Day!

2008 November 21

“I threw my shoe at the car, and yelled ‘I am not a prostitute!'”

– my waitress this morning at Boom Breakfast & Co, recounting a typical morning in her neighbourhood of Parkdale.

Quote of the Day

2008 May 11

“It’s called SkyDome.”

– one of the 100 Blue Jays fans asked by Toronto Life magazine ( June ’08 ) what the Rogers Centre has that is comparable to Fenway’s Green Monster or Wrigley’s ivy.

Next time I go to a Jays game, I’m taking a poster with this quote on it. By the way, I was on the JumboTron last monday!

“It’s not fair!”

2008 April 17

Starting Monday morning at 4am, Toronto may be faced with a transit strike.  As somebody who has taken the worst transit system in the world TTC a lot over the course of the last 6 months, this is something of a conundrum of principles in my mind. 

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On one hand, I think the Toronto Transit Commission really needs a freshening up.  I’ve heard that the system receives less than 1/3 the amount of money per capita than do other major cities that have excellent-functioning transportation operations, such as Amsterdam and Copenhagen.  I believe that given that about one sixth of Canada’s entire population lives in the GTA and probably closer to 1/3 comes to the city on a regular basis, all levels of government (municipal, provincial, federal) should pony-up some more cash and give this city a world-class transit system.  However, I’ve also heard somewhere that something like 25% of the City of Toronto’s budget goes towards the TTC.  How is this possible given that the service is so crappy, yet the fare is still so expensive?

On the other hand, after watching the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113‘s press conference this morning on CityTV, I can’t help but NOT feel sympathetic towards the workers.  It appeared that Bob Kinnear, the union’s President and spokesperson, used the phrase “not fair” about 10 000 times.  “We want to give him [Mayor David Miller] some time to step into this situation and do what is fair,” said Kinnear in his press appeal.

NEWSFLASH: life’s not fair.

Mr. Kinnear repeatedly compared TTC workers with both other city workers and transit workers in other areas of the Greater Toronto Area.  “Driving a street car on Queen Street in Toronto takes a lot more skill than driving a bus on Queen Street in Brampton.”  Ummm, I’m not sure if I agree with this or even understand what he means.  No offense to the streetcar drivers, but they don’t even have to steer.  The vehicles are on tracks; all they have to do other than hit the gas and the brake is open the doors and push the button so that the automated voice says “please move back.”  Forgetting about comparisons, and just thinking about this situation from a general perspective, what it comes down to is that, while this is an important service for the city, these jobs involve little skill and no education.  Is it fair for me to ask why these workers feel they deserve even greater benefits than they’re already getting – so much so that they are willing to derail (pardon the pun) an entire city, for who knows how long?

If you know me, or even if you’ve just read any of my blog posts here on TZero, you know that I am a huge proponent of public transportation.  However, I also complain a lot about the TTC because, for lack of a better term, it sucks.  The service is infrequent and sporatic, many of the drivers are unenthusiastic if not unfriendly, and a city with Toronto’s stature should have a sophisticated metro system, not these crappy streetcars.

To quote Bob Kinnear, I say “it’s not fair” that we’re stuck with the TTC.

Quote of the Day!

2007 October 24

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I see this billboard every morning on my way down to the portlands.  How do you become an advice columnist, anyway?  What makes this woman any better at living than the rest of us?

Quote of the Day!

2007 October 18

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 -license plate on a “sweet” car in the parking lot of Value Village, Tuesday on Bloor West.

Quote of the Day!

2007 October 11

Man (alone, reading newspaper, and speaking to me and the woman next to me out of the blue): “Even the damn Bikers are suing these days, when they get shot.”
Woman: “It’s a free country.”