Distractions, reflections

David Ing, at large … Sometimes, my mind wanders

2015/05 Moments May 2015

Toronto, Ontario; Scarborough, Ontario; Markham, Ontario.

Beach Skateboard Park
Beach Skateboard Park. Spring has really arrived in Toronto, but people not yet wearing shorts. Transition from winter wear to light top clothes seems practically overnight. (Ashbridges Bay, Toronto) 20150502
Bike helmet selection
Bike helmet selection. When safety equipment all looks about the same, is made with similar materials, and ranges in price from $22 to over $200, the conscientious shopper takes quite a while to decide. The last bike helmet may be a decade old, so the perhaps thriftiness isn’t the most important attribute. (Mountain Equipment Coop, King Street West, Toronto) 20150507
Yonge and Grenville Streets
Yonge and Grenville Streets. Two storey storefronts demolished, foundations for @YCcondos 66 floor glass tower in progress. Intensification of downtown core, a few blocks north of Ryerson University and Yonge-Dundas Square. I don’t remember this construction project starting, the warm weather means bicycling more frequently. (462 Yonge Street, Toronto) 20150509
Silver City Fairview
Silver City Fairview. No lineup at suburban Tuesday matinee of Avengers movie in its second week. Stadium seating in non-3D room, a better way to enjoy a Hollywood blockbuster. (Cineplex Silver City Cinema, Fairview Mall, North York, Ontario) 20150512
Table of ten
Table of ten. Chinese dinner on a weekday night with aunt, cousin, sister, father. Only one son attending, so our branch not dominating the table. Lobster, Peking duck, lots of Cantonese dishes, all consumed. (Perfect Chinese Restaurant, Scarborough, Ontario) 20150513

Unwin Ave bridges
Unwin Ave bridges. Graceful bike bridge has two lanes, chunky car bridge has single lane. Just west of the entrance of the Outer Harbour Marina in the Portlands, following the Toronto Waterfront Trail. Smokestack of the decommissioned Hearn Generating Station in the background. (475 Unwin Street, Toronto) 20150514
Monarch Park underpass
Monarch Park underpass. StreetARToronto mural by Elicser celebrates mother nature and mothers depicted in micro-financed community development by Stephen Lewis. Ribbons were cut in November 2014, just discovered in springtime bike ride east on Danforth Ave. past Greenwood Ave, with a little turn south. (Monarch Park, Toronto) 20150516
Lowkong cemetery monument
Lowkong cemetery monument Annual visit to honour ancestors, with traditional whole roasted pig and chickens for standup lunch. Four of us represented our family branch, as others travelling out of town. Declined on dinner, we’ll have our own remembrance of mom and our branch in two weeks when the family can convene. (Pine Hills Cemetery, Scarborough, Ontario) 20150517
Natrel Pond, Harbourfront
Natrel Pond, Harbourfront. Congestion of canoes and paddleboats in 2 feet of water, on a busy Victoria Day at Harbourfront Centre. Walkways filled with people enjoying the weather, ships ready to tour the harbour. (Harbourfront Toronto) 20150518
Tommy Thompson Park view west
Tommy Thompson Park view west. Downtown Toronto from the Minor Trail Transition view over Embayment C, by the turnaround on the Multi-Use Trail Section 2. Only halfway down the way, but going further south would cross a pedestrian bridge. Shameless disregard of signs saying the Leslie Street Spit is only open on weekends, many runners and cyclists are out on a Monday 6 pm, after construction access closes at 4:30. (Tommy Thompson Park, Toronto) 20150526
Cemetery visit in the rain
Cemetery visit in the rain. Family visiting from out of town meant limited window for annual visit to gravesites. Waited on car for a break in the rain, which turned out to be brief. Digging into sod for new plants deterred by hitting clay. Threaded time together with other events on a busy weekend schedule. (Pine Hills Cemetery, Scarborough, Ontario) 20150530
Trinity College 8T0 35th reunion
Trinity College 8T0 35th reunion: Actually 39 years since first meeting many of this University of Toronto class at orientation week. Wine tasting in the Combinations Room, a place to to gather while dining from the buffet in Strachan Hall, then continuing to a pub on Harbord Street. Mostly recognized the faces, names were aided by wearing labels. Group photo at 8:15 p.m., for the people who could hang on that long. (Trinity College, University of Toronto) 20150530 Photo album at https://goo.gl/photos/LMe7umtd4mVioUVX7
Cheongsam store
Cheongsam store. Sister shopping for formal wear turns out to influence spouse who finds a size that fits. Day visiting family turns into running errands while in the neighbourhood. Strip plaza just east of Pacific Mall has more permanent businesses with conventional storefronts. (Bo Bo Fashion, Market Village, Markham, Ontario) 20150531

 

 

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