I remember watching an episode of Seinfeld when Jerry remarks that it’s strange to see George’s father in Manhattan rather than Long Island. The punch line is “it’s so out of context”.
Today’s Perfect Moment is much like that. I came across something so out of context that I might need to ramble a bit on it just to figure it out. If I am unsuccessful, I will ask you faithful readers to help me.
I was on the up escalator between the subway platform and the subway entrance. I was walking on the left side while other people were standing on the left. This is what passes for etiquette on the TTC. It used to be advertised etiquette, but either fearing or experiencing an expensive lawsuit cured them of that. Now it is informal good manners rather than truly codified behaviour.
As I passed my fellow lemmings that weren’t walking, I caught sight of something unusual. A lovely young lady was embracing a kettle carried in the crook of her arm and nonchalantly ignoring the handle. In the other hand she was carrying a large stainless steel four-slice toaster, which she gripped by sliding her hands down the toast slot.
It might strike you as odd that this is Today’s Perfect Moment, but because it was so out of context, I really felt it deserved it.
In case you were keeping score, that’s one kettle not held by the handle and one toaster gripped in a rather dangerous way. As for me, as cute as it was, it left me with some questions and some hypotheses. Allow me to share a few with you:
Maybe she was moving house little by little. If she took one or two portable things each day, she could eventually get everything into one apartment or house.
Maybe she broke up with her partner and was moving out of their place. Perhaps her partner cheated on her and she wanted to get revenge by denying that person any breakfast.
I should also be clear that It was too cold and snowy for there to be a garage sale. She also didn’t bother putting either item in a bag or box.
I am really quite stumped. It was all just so out of context.
**I thought of calling this post “Moving House: Two Appliances at a time.” Please let me know what you think of either title.