9.30.2008

also about last night

A personal note about going to see Naomi Klein last night.

First, I heard about the event through a comment on this blog. This is cool.

Then, waiting to get in and afterwards, I saw some great people I know through the Toronto activist community. This is very cool, and for me, it's a bit amazing.

And afterwards, Allan and I went to a pub, which is something I so love about Toronto: great pubs everywhere. It's very different from New York, in a good way.

These are the kinds of things that make me very happy, perhaps out of all proportion to what happened. It's a deep-down happiness of feeling so grounded and at home now.

6 comments:

West End Bob said...

feeling so grounded and at home now

That's because you are home . . . . :)

L-girl said...

That's because you are home . . . . :)

Heh. Yes.

But it's very different from how I felt, say, in late 2005 or early 2006, 6 months or a year after moving. I felt at home in Canada then, and I loved it. But now I am so much more connected. I have a few roots. It's a great feeling.

M@ said...

Are good pubs really that hard to find in NYC? What's wrong with them?

I'm surprised more than anything. I don't think of Toronto as a particular great place for pubs (though I also don't think of it as a bad place either). And I don't actually think NYC is a bad place for anything in the food service industry. :)

L-girl said...

Are good pubs really that hard to find in NYC? What's wrong with them?

They are practically nonexistent. There is just no equivalent of an authentic British or Irish style pub in NYC.

I can think of a few restaurants that do a loose version of the idea, but even those are kind of rare.

I don't think of Toronto as a particular great place for pubs

To me it's amazing - absolutely full of pubs, they're everywhere. It's one of the city's nicest features, IMO.

Kim_in_TO said...

Damn. I would have come to this event, but I forgot about it. I especially would have come if I'd know you two were going to be there!

The pub thing I find interesting. When asked by Americans about differences between Canada and the US, I've started responding: "There are many differences. But they're not what you expect."

L-girl said...

Damn. I would have come to this event, but I forgot about it. I especially would have come if I'd know you two were going to be there!

It would have been great to see you!

When I heard it was sold out, I realized I could have picked up tickets for friends at the Mississauga ticket location. Two other resister friends tried to go, but couldn't get in.

We went a bit spontaneously, just decided that day. Sometimes it's so nice just to go to something without organizing a group. I know you know what I mean!