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I Simply Adore Children but I Could Never Eat a Whole One

Filed under: General — 19day @ 20:51:19

Last saturday a few of us helped out Laura at a community event in Scarborough, which isn’t my community, but whatever, it should at least get me out of a couple seconds of purgatory. Alicia, AJ and I were auxillary volunteers at the 1st annual Dorset fair, which had community information tables, food, contests, etc. We helped set up a table across from the Clamydia lady (at least, she was the lady who had to stand next to a large banner about the STI). She said at least we didn’t have to stand next to it ourselves.

We got assigned to help out at the children’s games area, which consisted of a few hastily constructed carnival-like games such as Ring Toss, table bowling, and knocking tin cans down with beanbags. Most of the games were incredibly easy, which made distribution of the prizes somewhat difficult. We simply didn’t have enough of them, I wish we had some dinkier prizes to give out, but we had relatively big ones. I manned the tin can knockdown table, Alicia took the ring toss, and AJ took bowling. Later in the afternoon, we got more prizes, and Alicia had a big ball we she saved as the prize for getting all three rings on the pegs, which was difficult (I wasn’t able to get a single ring on a peg when I casually gave the game a go). There was this one boy who tried again and again, but maxed out at two rings on pegs, but left after a while. A little shy girl who had been around went to play. I recognized her as she had been at my game, she never spoke, usually looked down and seemed a little scared actually. Anyway, she played the ring toss game, and amazingly got the 3 rings on pegs. Alicia asked her if she wanted the grand prize, the big ball, and the little girl replied with her shy slow nod. Alicia gave her the winnings, and the little girl immediately shot off, skipping, across the park with her big colourful ball as happy as could be. It was truly an adorable sight.

After the event ended I hung out at Alicia’s place and was utterly destroyed playing Rayman, Mario Kart and Wii Sports. I’m quite aweful at multiplayer games, that’s expected, but not usually at this level. Reminds me of playing Call of Duty 4 with coworkers, it’s laughable. Anyway, after an evening of having my Mii’s ass kicked, dinner and Golden Girls, I went home at around 11pm via the TTC.

I really dislike the TTC, both the service, and just the fact that I’m in close quarters with so many people, some of them quite obnoxious. The way home was okay because it was later, but the trip to Lawrence East station was reasonably irritating, mostly because of the RT line, so many people in those dinky cars, and I wrestled to stay near the door on boarding since I knew I was getting off at the very next station. And now I’ve read that the Sheppard line is effectively closing down at 10pm each night due to maintenance work, not unlike the early closures on the top of the Yonge line which I need to get back from Alicia’s most times. I mean, the subway normally closed at 2am which I felt was kind of crappy, but now that northern section closes a few hours earlier except for saturday. And now sheppard is screwed up for a bit (I don’t use it much, but still). It sort of annoys me because I have a Metropass. So shouldn’t the price go down? Well, you might say that it just gives you unlimited access to the services as they exist, but is no guarantee of service at all. So I guess the TTC should just run during rush hour or something, scale it right back. They also got rid of the free parking incentive that was part of the Metropass (which I didn’t need), but the point is, TTC claims that it was a free aspect of the pass…. but honestly, what’s the difference between a service that’s price is baked into the card, or comes free with it? Seems they will go with the latter interpretation when they want to cut it off, so that they don’t need to lower the price of the card itself. Might as well do that with every aspect, and just charge us for the card, and also pay fare for using the bus during rush hour… the possibilities are endless. Hell, the price should have gone down anyway when those taxes were passed… when it was thought that they wouldn’t, TTC threatened to raise fares, metropass included, and shut down the Sheppard line. Well, they didn’t shut it down, but they did raise the fare, and even said that if the taxes were passed, the price would stay up. At least they were truthful there. So as prices increase, services decrease. Sounds like the TTC to me.

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