Distractions, reflections

David Ing, at large … Sometimes, my mind wanders

Toronto, Ontario.

Nathan Phillips Square

Nathan Phillips Square: Afternoon traffic jam amongst skaters on the rink, while roads are empty and most businesses closed for New Year’s Day. Pedestrian volume high in the Eaton Centre across the street, more browsers than buyers enjoying an indoor stroll. Temperature above freezing and sun encouraged bicycle ride, bundled up with winter wear. (Nathan Phillips Square, Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario) 20170101

Roberts Library

Roberts Library: When the e-version isn’t available, a quick trip to the library stacks works. University is still quiet after holiday season, yet there’s still some people on computer terminals after 9 p.m. When I was an undergrad, I visited this section frequently. (Robarts Library, 11th floor, St. George Street, University of Toronto, Ontario) 20170103

Toronto Public Library, Queen Saulter Branch

Toronto Public Library, Queen Saulter Branch: Neighbourhood walk to pick up book and DVD, chest cold having discouraged leaving the house in a week. Neo-classical building was designed by E.J. Lennox, serving as Postal Station G from 1914 to 1975. Renovated in 1979, the library and community centre is a landmark in South Riverdale. (Toronto Public Library, Queen Saulter Branch, 765 Queen Street East, Riverside district, Toronto) 20170114

OCADU

OCADU: Systems Thinking Ontario first meeting of New Year discussing some topics looking forward, reviewing the format of sessions in history. Repeated contextual presentation from 2012 including the map of ignorance, postnormal science, and the design in inquiring systems. (Lambert Lounge, OCADU, McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario) 20170118

India Paan

India Paan: Sugar cane and grilled corn outside, but server inside on grey above-freezing January Sunday. Pedestrian traffic light, with a few families coming out after lunches. (India Paan, Gerrard Street East, Toronto, Ontario) 20170122

875 Queen Street East

875 Queen Street East: Former Woodgreen Pharmacy building gone, wall of former Woodgreen Red Door Shelter in deconstruction. Had never been inside building, soon there won’t be any structure to see. (875 Queen Street East, southwest corner at Logan Avenue, Toronto, Ontario) 20170122

Lebanese Bakery

Lebanese Bakery: Had zaatar toasted in big oven for afternoon snack, then took home a small stack bagged for takeout. Counter and display cases are a small storefront compared to the large industrial operation in the back. Creative venue for business meeting away from downtown rush hour traffic. (Lebanese Bakery, Lawrence Avenue East, Wexford district, Scarborough, Ontario) 20170124

College Street at University Avenue

College Street at University Avenue : Glass tower of MarsDD West Tower completed late 2016 follows style of Ontario Power Building completed 1975. Southwest corner was originally called Hydro Place in my undergraduate student days. These modernist buildings contrast with lower storey structures in the neighbourhood. (College Street at University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario) 20170125

Pho Thien Phat

Pho Thien Phat: Vase with flowers mounted and wooden horse mosaic mounted on wall of modest Vietnamese restaurant in strip mall. Plaza has a multicultural bonanza of international cuisine alternatives. Another obscure venue for a casual business meeting. (Pho Thien Phat, Flemingdon Park Shopping Centre, Don Mills Road, North York, Ontario) 20170126

Jimmie Simpson Park

Jimmie Simpson Park: Bleak snowy day for Chinese New Year, a few skaters on the rink. Discouraged from travelling cross town to Spadina, where Year of the Rooster festivities are in the Dragon Centre Mall. Weather forecast sees a return to winter, having enjoyed a brief reprieve with warmer temperatures. (Jimmie Simpson Park, Queen Street East, Riverside district, Toronto, Ontario) 20170128

Ted Rogers School of Management

Ted Rogers School of Management: ADP Sales Competition @Ryan_Ing @RyersonSI pitch to 2 mock customers + 2 additional judges. Last presentation of the day, he woke up audience with jokes about fixing headaches with a pill bottle, and then closed with Why ADP? (Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario) 20170131

Ted Rogers School of Management

Ted Rogers School of Management: ADP Sales Competition @Ryan_Ing @RyersonSI awarded second place prize, selected among 6 finalists. Invited family and friends to observe, and share in dinner festivities. (Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario) 20170131

February 2nd, 2017

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