I haven't the slightest idea how this team will make it through the playoffs, but I know they can make it to the playoffs.
On tap for today, some Toronto exploring! I'm meeting wmtc commenter Marnie at Union Station; we're walking around and going to the St. Lawrence Market. Marnie, like me, is an urban explorer. She writes about her meanderings at You Are Here. I was trying to read the whole blog before meeting her today, but alas, I did not. But I will, because it's my kind of place.
I've been combing through old comments on wmtc, gathering up all the links and suggestions you guys have made, the ones where I said, "I'll look at that when I have time." Now I'm making good on that: creating, yes, another list. My life in lists.
One neat link I found, I believe from Lone Primate, was Pier 21. It seems to be the Canadian equivalent of Ellis Island:
From the twenties to the seventies, Pier 21 was Canada's 'front door' to over a million immigrants, wartime evacuees, refugees, troops, war brides and their children. This enriched our social and cultural landscape and uplifted the very soul of a nation forever.I've been to Ellis Island; my grandfather's name is on the wall there. Maybe I'll get to Pier 21 eventually, too.
Pier 21, a National Historic Site, has been transformed into a testament to Canada's profoundly emotional immigration experience. . . . Halifax's Pier 21 opened in 1928 and closed in 1971.
Fifth Business, the first book of Robertson Davies's Deptford Trilogy, is so good that I'm hoping my editor stays away, so I can read it for hours. The narrator is an elderly man looking back at his life growing up in the small (fictional) town of Deptford, somewhere in Canada. He was the intelligent, curious boy who chafed at the confines of his small town; he remembers the emotion of the moment, but with the knowing distance of hindsight. He'll later become a distinguished author and professor of history; right now he's a young man in the trenches of France, 1917. The story so far is full of wry observations about small-town life, religion, and the Canada of the Scots. It's very funny, and often very poignant. Terrific.
Hey, guess what? We've been here one month today.