Irony intended. Every time I go to this park, really a ravine that runs thru the city, I laugh (or grimace, depending on the day) at all the signs! Not only that, the park workers have color coded their spray paints and ribbons, I guess indicating what type of work has to be done. So what could be a casual walk in nature usually feels more like a stroll thru a construction site. Yesterday, rocks by the river were all spray painted pink! And it wasn’t about gay pride.
All for the best, I suppose. When the work is done, the park will hopefully be nicer and not just some overly manicured future-world like we find in the suburbs.
I was in the park today. Took this photo and later realized that I had more on the left than the right. I could have cropped it but liked the shadows and greenery. So I got creative and added the right sidebar to try to balance it. That didn’t work, so I loaded it into another program, which automatically added the left panel. I sort of like it. Balance achieved. And quite unexpectedly!
Toronto has the oldest and possibly largest Santa Claus Parade in the world. And it’s today… Sunday. You can probably catch it on the web if interested.
To match the occasion I’ve created a new Songza playlist all about Christmas! It’s already 10½ hours in duration. And I plan to add a few more songs. So you could listen almost all day and night!
Admittedly, I haven’t listened to all of the songs from beginning to end. I’m still exploring as I go along. But I’ve compiled these tunes from a certain genre. Sort of 50s and early 60s cornball, crooner, swing and soft jazz stuff, with a few exceptions like John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” David Bowie and Bing Crosby’s “Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy,” and other timeless classics.
Check it out » Christmas Classics!
now I’m walking back to the car, in the middle of the field after my shoot is pretty well done. you can’t see it but there’s moonlight illuminating the very large field, and i have a cosmic moment. the view is of yonge and eglinton area, an OBD in uptown toronto. i guess i called that earlier photo “waiting for the aliens” because at this point, i wouldn’t have been surprised if a saucer appeared! at first i thought the light was the evening star, but it moved so turned out to be a plane… at least, i think it was…
I haven’t had a chance to get out of the city for quite a while and, frankly, it can get boring. The traffic has risen sharply, probably because of the soaring number of condos. Toronto seems to be booming. That’s great, but sometimes I miss the old, quiet city, the old days. So last night I updated my Songza “Sock it to me 70s” playlist.
My 70s list is probably my strongest. I was a young kid then, super enthusiastic about music. Always listening to the radio, hearing my elder brothers and sisters records, and then as I got a bit older, my friends records. Music has always been a passion. Maybe my number one passion. I don’t know. I like a lot of things.
While updating this playlist, one of the things that struck me was how the Canadian music scene differs from the American scene. Generally speaking, I think we tend to like slightly lighter tunes. And we have a Canadian content law up here stipulating that radio stations must play a certain percentage of Canadian songs. I can’t remember exactly how much. But it’s enough to give Canadian artists a chance. Some cheesy stuff got airplay from that law. But a lot of good stuff too. I tried to ditch the cheese and list only what I felt was worthwhile.
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I’ve discovered a new parish that has Mass at 5:15 p.m. every weekday. One of the greatest secrets to my success is regular Mass attendance. Some may think that’s incongruous with the freewheeling, open-minded style that I portray. But actually, as one guy once said to me… “Jesus was the first hippie.”
Anyhow, here’s the view on my way to that parish. Took this last night just after sunset.