OK, I am only kidding about that. This entry won't *only* make fun T.O... I will point out a couple of things I like about the place too. I just happened to notice, while I was there, a few notable differences between the T dot and Vancity. But first, a quotation:
"One of the extraordinary things about life is the sort of places it's prepared to put up with living."
I read this in Mostly Harmless* and my immediate reaction was "that's kind of how I feel about Toronto!" Much to my amusement, the passage goes onto to discuss the inhospitable nature of living in New York, with much the same reasons as I had for thinking this was related to Toronto. But it's not just in that you have to "wrap [yourself] up in lots of other animals at one point in your planet's orbit, and then find, half an orbit later, that your skin's bubbling" that Toronto differs from Vancouver. I also noticed the following things about T.O.:
- you only see 3 other joggers on a 40 minute run (unlike Van's current rate of 35 jpm**)
- the Skytrain is underground for some reason- what's up with that?
- similarly, this underground Skytrain goes to places that people might want to go, like the colleges and universities in the city... weird!
- no one knows what you are talking about when you say "hey, it's 4:20!"
- they hardly have Sleeman on tap anywhere
- air comes in either gritty or chunky (or, on especially bad days, gritty with chunks in it)
- I can get Air Miles when I buy booze. Air Miles!
- no mountais or ocean makes navigation much more tricky
- if you smile at a hot guy on the subway, he will ask you out on a date! right there on the subway platform!
- someone there calls me Aunt Beth and it is the cutest freaking thing I've ever heard
**jpm = joggers per minute