Archive for the ‘Sports’ Category

Quote of the Day!

2007 September 18

“What planet are those guys from?”

-the eccentric on the bike in front of me on Dundas the other day, after a cube van completely cut us off.

Quote of the Day!

2007 September 14

Cranky female biker this morning: “If you’re going to f#@&ing pass me, go faster than I’m going.”
Me: “Pfft.”

– maybe she should take the pole out of her ass and stay at a consistant speed.

Cyclonudism

2007 September 6

I recieved a small slip of paper between the gear wires on my bike this evening.  The (handwritten) text read as follows: 

REDUCE OIL DEPENDENCY CURB CAR CULTURE
www.worldnakedbigride.org
SATURDAY JUNE 14, 2007
Meet at Coronation Park
Lakeshore W, west of Bathurst across from Prince’s Gate
Meet at 12pm Ride at 1pm
BARE WHAT YOU DARE!

Apparently this is taking place in over 70 cities in over 20 countries!  That’s a lot of nude.

Tennis in a Land Far, Far Away

2007 August 18

Yesterday my roommate and I ventured up to York University to attend the Rogers Cup WTA tennis tournament. The tennis was amazing, but we couldn’t help but question not only why York University is home to this tournament (being so far away from downtown), but also why York is where it is at all. It took us over an hour to get there via public transportation including 3 transfers and a long walk. We watched the quarter final matches and the Rexall Centre was largely empty – surely more people would attend if it was more accessible. Why didn’t they build the National Tennis Centre somewhere that’s at least on the subway line?

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Here’s an article from Sports Venue Technology (a website devoted to the sports venue industry) that discusses the inception of the Rexall Centre and Canada’s National Tennis Centre.

A Hit and a Miss

2007 August 16

Tonight – in my ongoing saga of identifying the randomest pseudo-celebrity to eat at my restaurant – we have 2 new contenders: Carla Collins (former host of eTalk Daily Entertainment Now) and Dougie Gilmour (former Maple Leafs Captain and NHL Legend.)

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Motorist Vs Courier

2007 August 14

I just found this photo essay on a blog called Citynoise, dating back to January 26, 2006. This is freaking amazing (which is why close to half a million people have looked at it.)

Here’s what the photographer, Hool, wrote about the lead up to this crazy altercation . . .

i did not see the beginning of this, but the report goes as follows:
motorist throws food out of window. courier, disliking littering, picks up food and throws food back in car. motorist dumps coffee on courier. courier scratches car with key. road rage ensues.

the courier is female. i ‘got away’ with taking pics by just doing it openly. nobody noticed me because the focus is obviously on the altercation at hand.

i followed the motorist back to his car to photograph his license plate number. he proceeded to open his trunk, take out a baseball bat, and charge me. i walked away, and was one of only two witnesses to stay at the scene and give a statement to police.

Awesome.

A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Epicentre of the Universe

2007 August 13

This weekend I headed down to the 125th Annual Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in St. Catharines, Ontario.  Public transportation between TO and St. Kitts is available, but was not convenient to my schedule – so I decided to try my hand at hitchhiking. 

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My friend Jean-François hitchhiked to Ottawa one time, but he took the GO Train to Whitby and then hitched along Hwy 2.  Unfortunately, there aren’t really any roads going in the other direction other than the Gardiner and the 401 (which are both illegal and dangerous to hitchhike on).  What I ended up doing was parking myself with the above sign at the bottom of Spadina Avenue, just before the on-ramp for the Gardiner westbound.  Went down without a hitch (pardon the pun) and not only was I picked up within 20 minutes, but I knew the guys by just one degree of separation!  The one dude plays ultimate frisbee with this guy I know from TO, and the other guy subletted an appartment in Montreal with my friend’s brother!  They dropped me off at my exact destination, as they were headed to a family reunion very nearby.  Excellent.

Wait . . . Guerilla’s ride bikes?

2007 August 8

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I saw this awesome graffiti new bike lane on Queen Street West yesterday on my way to work, but I didn’t have my camera with me.  I went back today to get a shot of it and found that I had been scooped by some other blogs.  There was also an article last month in the Toronto Star about this issue, as apparently this is not the first “incident.” I wonder if any of the drivers parking in these “lanes” feel bad at all.

This particular lane runs from Bathurst to Trinity Belwoods Park on Queen West, and the group supposedly responsible is called Other Urban Repair Squad. They did this more than a week ago! How did I miss it until now??

Toronto Parks Series: Waterfront Park

2007 August 1

This morning I got up at the crack of dawn (literally) to head over to Hanlan Boat Club – located at Waterfront Park, in the Toronto Portlands. 

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This park and the area around it are spectacularly beautiful.  It’s surprising to me that much of this land has not been developed as of yet.  What with it’s proximity to the water as well as to downtown, this must be like a developer’s wet dream.  There must be some sort of ordinance protecting this area from the plight of condos, etc.  Thank goodness.  When you look away from the skyline, you can legitimately forget that you’re surrounded by the most urban part of the GTA.  Wildlife and plants abound and there’s a tranquility and stillness of the quiet harbour.

Besides the boat club, Waterfront Park boasts Cherry Beach, some beautiful marshlands, and a really lovely part of the waterfront trail.  Check it out!

UPDATE:  I guess it was too good to be true.  At least a part of this area is set to be developed in the near future, however it is unclear as to exactly what part of the portlands are getting ruined becoming “a vibrant new sustainable community for Torontonians.”  Apparently the limiting factor was flood control.  Here’s a link to the official press release.

Only in Toronto

2007 July 21

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Signs on Palmerston Avenue, between Dundas and Queen.

In doing a bit of research into these signs, and hence By-law 522-78, I found similar pictures on a bunch of other blogs.  Apparently a lot of other people are as confused as I am.  I actually found out very little.  The City of Toronto’s website gives no insight as to what exactly By-law 522-78 says, or why it came to be in the first place [obviously someone who hates kids with pull in City Hall made a phone call.]  I think there are archives of all the old by-laws somewhere – I might look into it at a further date.  What I could find out is that these signs date back to at least 1993.  Hopefully there have been generations of kids breaking this law. 

Fucking fascists.