BigCityLib Strikes Back: Life In Scarborough: The Building Confronts Kitec Plumbing Problem

So the condo corp held a big meeting the other night.  They rented a room at the local community center.  They’d already sent around a letter so everyone knew what it was about; the building has Kitec plumbing.  You can look it up but the stuff was manufactured between 1995 and 2007 when the  number ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Life In Scarborough: The Buses Of Scarborough

On the bus in Scarborough this morning two youths were listening to angry gangster rap music on headphones.  They were both rapping along fiercely to completely different tunes. They became quite loud, and it sounded like they might scrap.  But in fact the two never became even aware of one another’s presence. Also, if you ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Life In Scarborough: The Washing Machines Of Scarborough

I’ve timed it on several occasions, and when I set my washing machine to Express Wash, it tells me the wash will take 30 minutes.  But it doesn’t, it takes 37 minutes.  Everything is fine until the last minute of the cycle, which takes 7 minutes.  This seems dangerously misleading on the part of the ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Life In Scarborough: Wisdom From Out In Scarborough

Was sitting in my favorite working man’s pub out in Scarborough today, and heard something which I thought was quite deep.  One of the fellows at the bar said: “If you can’t laid in Cuba, you can’t get laid anywhere.”  Which is a fact that many other people have told me is so. Perhaps today ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Life In Scarborough: Wisdom From Out In Scarborough

Was sitting in my favorite working man’s pub out in Scarborough today, and heard something which I thought was quite deep.  One of the fellows at the bar said: “If you can’t laid in Cuba, you can’t get laid anywhere.”  Which is a fact that many other people have told me is so. Perhaps today ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Life In Scarborough: Anti-Union Sentiments Overheard Being Expressed In Scarborough Pub!

I hear a guy at the bar today, talking.  He says:  “Hey, you know what a union is, don’t ya?  It’s a bunch of drunk guys fallin’ off a roof.” The guy’s in construction.  He’s management.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Life In Scarborough: Anti-Union Sentiments Overheard Being Expressed In Scarborough Pub!

I hear a guy at the bar today, talking.  He says:  “Hey, you know what a union is, don’t ya?  It’s a bunch of drunk guys fallin’ off a roof.” The guy’s in construction.  He’s management.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Life In Scarborough: Anti-Union Sentiments Overheard Being Expressed In Scarborough Pub!

I hear a guy at the bar today, talking.  He says:  “Hey, you know what a union is, don’t ya?  It’s a bunch of drunk guys fallin’ off a roof.” The guy’s in construction.  He’s management.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Life In Scarborough: Jobs That Won’t Exist Tomorrow, In Scarborough

I was sitting in my favorite Scarborough workin’ man’s pub today, listening to a couple of truck drivers talk. They had just got off shift and were discussing an accident on the 401.  “Scrape ’em off and get it clear” was their general attitude (although I should note it doesn’t look like anyone was injured in ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Life In Scarborough: Jobs That Won’t Exist Tomorrow, In Scarborough

I was sitting in my favorite Scarborough workin’ man’s pub today, listening to a couple of truck drivers talk. They had just got off shift and were discussing an accident on the 401.  “Scrape ’em off and get it clear” was their general attitude (although I should note it doesn’t look like anyone was injured in ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Life In Scarborough: Goodbye, Old Car!

So I finally pulled the plug on my ’97 Cavalier yesterday afternoon.   I feel OK about it.  I’d put a new engine in last February and hoped this would squeeze a few more years out of the thing.  But it was like sewing a shiny fresh metal heart to a bunch of rusty old ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Life In Scarborough: A Lost Generation Of Scarborough Youth

Was on the bus today, and listening to a couple of young kids talk about rock music.  One of them wore a Motley Crue t-shirt, out of teenage irony.  Another one thought Alice Cooper was a girl. These kids are doomed.  You can’t get through life with this low degree of cultural knowledge. There’s no ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Life In Scarborough: The Great Scarborough Storm Of July, 2015–An Eye Witness Account!!

I was sitting in my favorite workin’ man’s pub in The Scar when it hit!  Sideways rain, hail, patio umbrellas falling over!  The works! Total fuckin’ Apocalypse! Later, making my way South down Markham road through the wreckage, I saw this! This isn’t the tree that fell at Lawrence and Scarborough Golf Club Road that ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Life In Scarborough: The Gangs Of Scarborough

When I moved out here my car insurance went up about thirty bucks a month.  As one of my co-workers said at the time: “They’re worried someone is going to pop a cap in your ride!”  So, in the past couple of days there’s been this, and this. And today driving by Cougar Court there ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Life In Scarborough: The Barflies Of Scarborough

So I was sitting in a “Workin’ Man’s” pub in Scarborough.  The old East Indian guy by the window was a regular; he occupied my favorite table the whole time he was there, the only table in the place where you could plug in your netbook.  After having Vivian the bar-girl (not her real name) ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Life In Scarborough: Today, A Curse Was Laid Upon Me…

…by a little old lady in Sunday-Morning-Churchy gear.  She was walking towards my bus shaking her fist at the sky.  When it slowed to pick her up, she pointed and began hurling imprecations. Naturally, the driver accelerated away quickly. In spite of this, I hope to have a pretty good day.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Life In Scarborough: Mormons In The Storm

Waiting for a bus that had got stuck behind a line of plows this afternoon, way out in Scarborough, I ran into a couple of Mormons who were using the occasion to proselytize at the TTC stop.  “Have you ever had a chance to read The Book of Mormon?” one of them asked me.  “I ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Life In Scarborough: The Celebrities Of Scarborough

I sat next to a gal at a bar today who claimed to have been in show-business once.  She said she knew Hugh Hefner and had visited the Bunny Ranch, back in the day.  In fact she said she had slept with Hef, and had offered him some life advice afterwards: “You’ve been around too ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Life In Scarborough: Got Me Some Ford Nation Hoodys!!!

My bus crapped out  around Lawrence & Warden.  The bus-driver kicked us all off due to mechanical difficulties, and told everyone the next 54 was coming along any minute.  After 15 minutes waiting, I noticed that our stop was right out front of the Ford Campaign’s Scarborough office.   It was quite bustling (they’re canvassing ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Sometimes Scarborough Makes Me Proud

For example today,  nursing a beer in a pub in the heart of Ford Nation, I overheard several working-class types discussing the CPP.  They quite rightly observed that the current government’s plans to raise the retirement age to 67 was really just a way of giving you a few more years to die before they ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Life In Scarborough: Guy On Bus, Muttering Obscenities

So I’m riding a bus home through Eastern Scarborough, and I hear this guy behind me talking shit.  Weird, obscene stuff.  And it goes on and on and on, the whole bus ride, in halting English, and it keeps circling back to the same few phrases again and again: “This young girl, she let me ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Life In Scarborough: I Think I Saw A Mink

They’re all around T.O. apparently, but I was here: …which is a fair distance from water (although there’s a creek a few hundred yards North, if you look at the map). It came out of the bush to the left of the tracks, and slowly loped forward towards me standing on the bridge.  Like a fat ferret, ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Life In Scarborough: Scarborough Youth Discuss Their Social Media Presence

So I’m sitting in a bar in Scarborough (I’m always sitting in a bar in Scarborough), and this young couple a few booths down start arguing.  She starts giving him the third degree about what he’s up to on Facebook. She starts talking about all the women he’s “liked” recently, and about how he hasn’t ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Life In Scarborough: Scarborough Youths Reject The Lure Of Tar-Sands $

Overheard a young couple yesterday in one of Scarborough’s relatively upscale pubs.   He had taken her out for dinner. They were both Millennials, sporting elaborate tattoos.  He said that he had considered leaving for Fort Mac to shovel bitumen outta the tar-sands, but decided that doing so would mean selling out his values, betraying ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: A 2nd Brief Note On Property Ownership (In Scarborough)

So I find there’s a petition being circulated in my Condo building.  People  want to boot out the current property managers and hire somebody new.  This after already forcing the hiring and firing of four supers from the current company during the one year my wife and I have owned a unit here. And I’m ...