F 1 D 0 - 2003 09 08 at 2710 Toronto Adventures. It's been a while since I've written you. I've been here in Toronto. Let me see. Where should I begin. Today. And I'll endeavour to work my way backwards. 030908 Mon - Mandarin with Tom and Cindy. It was dinner time. I resist dinner buffets, as they cost more. I recommend this one. Everything you'd expect from Les Mets Chinois dept, and they also had perfect prime rib, and perfect roasted pork, and ... you get it. If you come to Southern Ontario, Visit Mandarin. I went for a late night walk tonight. I do that a lot, as I'm having trouble getting into running again. I know I will, but for now, it is truly an effort. So I walk a ways each night. They're cutting up Danforth Ave. They were letting the water from the Fire Hydrant just pour out. This was bothersome for me, because I want a shower, and there is no water at all. 030907 Sun - Hamilton with Nathan. We always have these long stream of consciousness chats. Often we talk about the errors of our past, or the problems of the present. Hamilton is very real city, with many tough folk who can get into your face. This isn't like Toronto which has many tough folk who would rather avoid you. 030906 Sat - Hamilton Contra Dance I wish I had more fun there. The musicians from Relative Harmony were good. But the caller, a wonderful man, and nearly a friend, didn't do enough preparation, and it showed. The local dancers who came out were weak as well, often really needing as much help as possible from the microphone. It could have used another two or three experienced dancers (from anywhere). I'm glad I went, in spite of my whining. I saw folks I'd missed. And I'd rather dance, and complain, than miss it. 030905 Fri - Walk to Victoria Park Loblaws This sounds so simple, but it is rather far away. And the goal here was to use up a rain check for 24 2-Liter bottles of carbonated drinks. That's a lot to shlep. Vic park is about 2 concessions, (that is 2 x 1.25 miles) from here. Along the way, we stopped at the pet place, where 'the kids' picked up a life jacket for Tohbi the dog. 030904 Thu - Customer Visit It's hard to convey, but I truly feel my customers are my friends. This one is preparing for a trip in a week or so, and only had so much cash. She let me know in advance, and that was fine for me. Getting work over the summer hasn't been effective, and so I'm glad to get used as a technical resource again. When I'm not using my computer skills, I feel like I'm not growing. Not required by the world. Something like that. I'm so glad we got together. Her digital camera was being weird. Why do they ship these things with defective drivers?! I found the same thing with my mom's digital camera. The CD that came with it had a useless driver, but certainly lots of helpful software once you had pictures to play with. I found, years ago, a site in Japan with the Fuji drivers. A small USB removeable hard drive utility. It installs almost without a blip. And when it's done, look!, the system stops freezing over. It took a while for me to find it again, as I have so many install disks, it's not easy to guess which one is the disk with a specific file. And each disk holds so many hundreds of install files. We found it, and it was midnight. Good thing. It was time to go home, so we got it done just under the wire. 030903 wed - i forget 030902 tues - Jean's Thai This Thai restaurant is across the street from where we are, and is a family business. They prepare Thai and Malaysian things. We had Pork with Green Curry, and Shrimps with Basil. It was perfect. Support a family business, and check it out. ECD was busy, and good. Relative Harmony was playing again for us. Judy called some dances she'd never tried before, and had some good luck. 030901 mon - Labour Day Last Day of the Ex. Spent the day with family, and in the evening, got this rush of adrenaline that I'd better catch the end of the Canadian National Exhibition. I got to the Eukanuba Dog Show just in time, and was pleased. Each show they've done was different. Well mostly. They create a series of tests for the furries, and keep the patterns the same for three shows. These are made of 'building blocks' I guess. Small jumps, big jumps, rail jumps, big tubes, Incline hill. The dogs love it, and their enthusiasm is contagious. The Master of Ceremonies, Mr Chase, does what he can to get one audience group against the other. It's corny, but for a few of the shows I've been to, it was effective. You really get attached to your particular dogs. Red team, blue team. Lots more, but I'll digress. - - I'm still a visitor here at Woodbine Stn, but I'm making plans to move back to Toronto. Things in Thunder Bay weren't fair for us, and winding up living together was the only right thing to do. I'm planning to take Greyhound up there as soon as I've truly secured a place for my things, and will spend enough time there to say goodbye to the wonderful friends and community. I'd gotten involved in leading exercise and dance, and it's too bad I have to grow my roots again somewhere new, but it will work out. I am sure of it. My adventures will continue from Toronto again. That's all I know.