Sunday, February 05, 2006

Long Day

A Look Into An Atypical Day

Below is an account of Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006 to Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006. All the events described did happen. I have streamlined some for reading clarity, and some of the times are approximate because I didn't note them.

Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006

7:00 a.m. - Wake up. Take shower. Cook breakfast Read the Star and the Globe. Pack lunch.

9:46 a.m. - Arrive at Long Branch Go Station in Etobicoke.

10:08 a.m. - Arrive at Union Station in Toronto.

10:12 a.m. - Enter BCE Place to cut across to Yonge Street. In BCE Place, Man of the Year, starring Robin Williams, is being filmed.

10:15 a.m. - Outside BCE Place. A man who sounds like Steve Buscemi asks, "Do you have a minute?" His friend is circling off to the side. The fact that he sounds like Buscemi and he and his friend looks shady is enough for me to say, "Sorry, pal." You can never trust a man who sounds like Buscemi, because Buscemi could play the role of a mugger.

10:20 a.m. - Arrive at Canadian Press on King Street East. Drop off dinner. Read some of the Times.

10:47 a.m. - Leave CP to go to Ryerson.

11:01 a.m. - Arrive at the ILLC. Meet group members for community mapping assignment. Decide to get to Little India by subway. The plan is to go to Coxwell Station and walk down Coxwell Avenue to Gerrard Street.

11:25 a.m. - Arrive at Dundas Station.

11:35 a.m. - Arrive at Bloor Station. Spend 10 minutes searching for the elevator that will get us to the Bloor line, because one of my group members uses a scooter.

11:55 a.m. - Arrive at Coxwell Station. Realize they don't have wheelchair access. Decide to go to the next station that has wheelchair access (turns out to be Main Station) and walk from there to Little India.

1:00 p.m. - Walk 3 km from Main Station to Little India.

1:05 p.m. - Go into the Bar Be Que restaurant for Indian food. The meal leaves a lot to be desired, like 4 L of water to get it painfully down my throat. Will make no plans to go again.

2:15 p.m. - A mixture of snow and rain begins to fall outside.

2:16 p.m. - Go outside to continue research.

2:45 p.m. - Call it a(n) (unsuccessful) day. Decide to walk back to Main Station in the snow-rain mixture, which is now coming down hard.

3:25 p.m. - After another 3 km walk, this time soaked, cold and covered in a mixture of snow and rain, arrive at Main Station.

4:25 p.m. - Arrive at King Station. Go to Starbucks for a green tea.

4:30 p.m. - Back to CP. Finish reading the Times. Realize my cell phone, which was on during the soaking 3 km walk, has died because of the water it got soaked in. Have dinner.

5:30 p.m. - Go up to the CP newsroom. Check emails.

9:40 p.m. - Leafs beat the Devils, 4-2.

Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006

2:15 a.m. - Send last story to the wires.

2:33 a.m. - Cab arrives; going home. Narrowly fall asleep in the cab.

2:49 a.m. - Arrive at my home. I'm now wide awake. I look through the Sunday Times.

3:20 a.m. - Brush teeth.

3:29 a.m. - Go to bed. End of transmission: don't remember anything after that.

--Czobit

3 comments:

Laura said...

wait, so WAS it Buscemi? because if it was, your story gets ten times more hilarious.

nuts to strange j-assignments :/

Czobit said...

No luck with it being Buscemi. Very shady looking guy, though.

--Czobit

Nicole said...

MICHAEL
I would have ridden the scooter and strapped him to the back. And lost my sanity.