Eye Opening


With the weather improving, my thoughts have drifted to my bicycle.  No matter how many YouTube videos I watch, it really doesn’t compare with being out on the bike.  Thanks to the coronavirus I won’t be going on club rides for quite some time, but I will be going on solo rides.

So, today, I decided to walk part of the route I take to the meeting place for the club rides.  This is a typical suburban route with a couple of twists and turns until you get to the main roads.  At one point I follow Old Yonge Street, which runs parallel to Yonge street–considered by some to be the longest street in the world.  I don’t know the history of Old Yonge street, and I know there is another street with the same designation in Toronto.  The two are not connected.

Just as riding a bike is a different experience than driving, walking is a different experience than riding a bike.  I have been down this road at least once a week from spring to mid autumn for the past four years.  Apart from garage sales, I haven’t really spent a lot of time with my feet on the ground in the area.  Today, I got a rather different view of the area.

I came across the street pictured above.  We have lots of different street names from courts to boulevards, but this is the first time I have seen square when it didn’t refer to an open plaza area meant for congregating.  I took a look at the street and there was nothing square about it.

I also found a few buildings that weren’t facing Old Yonge, but instead had their backs to it.  I had noticed the big hedges and high fences, but I hadn’t really seen it.  For their property to span two streets completely seemed a bit unusual.  Maybe the lot was double the size, but why were only some lots like that?  The backyards looked impressive and all I could think of was what an amazing bike shop I could build in one of them.

Maybe I should look at this as some sort of comment on my observational skills.  Maybe I could see it as an allegory for leading a fast life without taking time to slow down and look at something.  Maybe now that we seem to have a lot of time on our hands, we should all pay a little more attention.

It was a good walk that managed to avoid people and improve my outlook on the day.  I wasn’t out for long, but it was long enough to brighten my mood.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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10 Responses to Eye Opening

  1. Sheree says:

    At least you can go on solo rides, we’re restricted to the home trainer on the terrace.

  2. That is an interesting observation. And I did not know about Old Yonge…hm.

    Good you noted things down. 🙂

  3. Sarah Warsi says:

    Good that you got some fresh air. We all need it to stabilize our heads right now.

  4. retrodee says:

    That’s great that you enjoyed your walk. Definitely I can see where walking can give you an opportunity to observe things you might not get to while speeding past on a bike. Btw, I had a funny dream last night that I was riding a bike down the freeway. The bike had training wheels and I was scared to death. Maybe a metaphor for my overly-cautious side. 😀 I was never much of an adventurist.

  5. Hunida says:

    I have never seen a street called “sq” before. How interesting!

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