Saturday, November 07, 2015

Non-Fiction — Kevin

Just dropped off Kevin at Wellesley & Parliament. What an awesome lady! She had me in stitches for the whole ride. Kevin says, "I changed everything else — and I do mean EVERYTHING — but I liked my name, my parents gave it to me, so I'm keeping it!"
Thanks for the laughs Kevin. And it's your name, your choice! You go girl! 󾌵

Nov. 7, 2015

Friday, November 06, 2015

Non-Fiction — TTC Bus

So, my car had a fight with a TTC bus this morning.
Rush hour traffic in the rain along Eglinton Ave. E. where construction has everything merging into one lane...stuff happens. Except not everyone has good "merge genes", not even bus drivers :)
Oh well, life goes on — well, eventually it does...because even though it's minor damage the TTC still has major paperwork to do, so this is eating up a few hours of my day.
The good news is, in the end, a tiny dent that can be pushed out and some fairly large abrasions that (I hope) can be buffed out and I'll be good as new :)

Nov. 6, 2015

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Non-Fiction — The Great Canadian Bagel Company

After 20 years at the corner of Eginton & Laird in Leaside The Great Canadian Bagel Company (and 4 other stores in this plaza) has closed its doors. The land has been expropriated by Metrolinx for the new Eginton Crosstown LRT line's Laird Station. Progress can be merciless.

Nov. 5, 2015

Non-Fiction — Finola

Picked up a lady today named Finola. A teacher in Leaside. We had a fabulous conversation...and then, but for the memory, she was gone.

Nov. 5, 2015

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Non-Fiction — hookah lounge

Yesterday I drove Naresh to Centennial College. He mentioned the name of a restaurant I had heard of, saying he was working there to help pay his way through college. I asked him if that was a breakfast place and he laughed saying, no, no, no, it's a hookah lounge.
I had never heard the term "hookah" before so, because Naresh had a bit of an accent, I presumed he meant "hooker". Here's how the conversation went from there...
ME: Really? That's legal?
NARESH: Ya, sure. Why not?
ME: Well do they need a special licence of some sort? Like it's a private club or something?
NARESH: No, anybody can come in.
ME: Well, except kids.
NARESH: No, kids can come in, they just can't smoke or drink.
ME: Seriously? And this is legal?
(Naresh is looking at me now like I've lost my mind...which I had)
NARESH: Yes, of course. There are lounges all over.
ME: Okay. So how many women are typically there?
NARESH: Not many really. It's mostly men.
ME: So I guess there are private rooms where couples hook up.
NARESH: (laughing) No! Just a lounge with tables and chairs. People just sit around. Smoking and chatting.
ME: This is so bizarre to me. More because I didn't know anything about them. So mostly men at these hooker lounges and all they do is smoke and chat. I don't get.
(Now Naresh is laughing uncontrollably)
NARESH: You think I said "Hooker"!!? No, no, no, "Hookah". It is just a place to smoke using the bongs.
So then I learned what a hookah lounge was, and that they didn't (as far as Naresh knew) have anything to do with hookers.

Nov. 4, 2015

Non-Fiction — Call AA Nick

Picked up Nick along the Danforth and dropped him on a corner downtown.

He spoke quickly, like his nerves were totally fried. He's maybe 25. Getting in my car his first sentence was, "Got out of rehab yesterday. 2-1/2 months without a drink and when I got home yesterday all I could think of was drinking. So I had one, just one to settle my nerves. Won't drink today though, well maybe one. One is okay right? One drink a day that's it...

So we had a pretty good conversation. He promised to contact AA but wouldn't wait until I looked up their number. I'm going to need to keep that kind of info more at the ready.

Anyway, I think Nick has a long road ahead of him. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

Nov. 4, 2015