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a gardner...chronicles of the random adventures, boredom,chaos and drama that happens in London, Ontario

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a disillusioned londoner, who is now in new zealand, hoping to corrupt young minds once ive finished with teacher's college

Monday, October 17, 2005

lessons learned: don't make eye contact and don't speak....toronto v london....guelph v london


so this weekend i headed to toronto....
in theory i was very excited by the prospect, i could leave behind the boringness that is london, the mundane sights, the boring nightlife, and see something more exciting, that something being toronto.
at first glance, i would say hands down, toronto beats london...it has better nightlife, its a real city, with actual things to do, like the theatre, museums, shopping...did i mention shopping? oh a transit system that is actually semi reliable....while london....well we all know what london has to offer (masonville mall....yorkdale? no contest there) however i discovered there are things about toronto that i don't like....at all
perhaps i should have waited to post something so im not as bitter but i feel like this is as good as time as any....

round one: toronto v london

traffic: toronto being a larger city, one would expect more traffic flow, im not going to hold that against the city, london sucks for this as well (ever tried to get up oxford at 430, good luck), however at least people are semi considerate in london, they dont give you the finger because they werent paying attention to the road and almost slammed into the back of you because you braked well in advance...toronto 0, london 1
homeless: yes there are a lot of homeless people in toronto, and im not going to rant about our social services or anything like that, but instead the degrees of craziness....homeless in london, there's the guy that sings by jim bobs, or the occassional guy asking for money by mollys ...now this is where i made my first mistake, i respond, because i feel bad, but im not going to give you money, i'll just give you a polite no....i tried this in toronto....didn't work so well, lets just say i may now have some disease on the back of my neck from the guy on the corner of college and yonge...he's kind of crazy with blood dripping down his forehead ranting about something...he asked for a dime, i said no sorry, and moved away, why because i don't actually carry cash at all...he comes up behind me and pretends to spit on the back of my neck....almost thought he did..so far the trip to toronto not going so well
at this point we head for the bathroom so i can disinfect my neck, and then we're off shopping....it was like christmas time shopping...it was slightly ridiculous, and made me not want to shop...yah thats right toronto, you made me not want to shop...
toronto 0, london 2

so in the contest for which is better, toronto scores 1 (for the nightlife, cant beat that) and london 2...thats right london was actually better this weekend....i wished for home at those moments
oh and just a sidenote....it is not necessary to have a starbucks on every single corner and on both sides of the street....come on

round one winner: london

round two guelph v london

so we headed to guelph for a roadtrip/house party...never been to guelph before...however didn't know that they produced sleeman's there

beer: guelph 1, london 0 (i'm sorry, sleeman's v labbatt...come on)




university campus: this was close, i'd have to give this one to western, yes im bias, and social sci really ugs the campus up...but the penis spray painted on the wall kind of made guelph lose some points
guelph 1, london 1

random statues: slippery the seal at springbank park vs the garbasouris.. (a dinasour made out of garbage collected from the river), gotta give this one to guelph
guelph 2, london 1



night life/after bar food: the line ups at guelph are laughable, and the bar scene is very laid back, which i enjoyed...but still i waited in line in guelph,( granted for 5 minutes, but thats besides the point)...it was cool....and i enjoyed going out at like 12 not 9....but i did miss not seeing a sammy's....mmmm sammy's after the bar
guelph 2, london 2

now to decide it will have to be western guys v guelph guys
i found this so strange, in london western guys main focus is to get into your pants, get you drunk and sleep with you....this may be the case in guelph, but i didn't see it ....there was no making out at the bar, people actually had conversations...this was nice, but strange at the same time...very erie....maybe im just jaded but im going to have to call this a draw

so to recap
london over toronto when it comes to traffic and bums
guelph and london tied, better beer, but not better bars

Sunday, October 09, 2005

"it's not like tv, you don't have to bail him out, he'll be out in a couple of hours"


so it was another night of drinking...not as bad as last weekend, being homecoming and all...nothing can really compare to that (started drinking at 6, may have consumed over 7 pitchers of beer with two other people...the events of that night are still up for debate). but i digress, so last night i attempted to drink again, apparently i can....but i did it in moderation, anyway we went to the tasting room for apps, i have to say the food there is fantastic, after that and some wine we headed to joe kools. now being only in my early 20s, i was a little disturbed by all the old men around, and i just kept thinking why am i here? especially when i was acosted by hairy chest man, and his sidekick herpes, who asked me if i was 27, and if my older sister (who's 7 years older than me) was my younger sister...kind of a blow to the ego, especially when im at a bar like that...honestly
so the night continued to get worse....until walking down the street, i see three cops arrest this guy, and his trashy gf screaming...it was rather entertaining...she was freaking out about bail, and the cop was like "its not like tv, you dont have to bail him out, he'll be out in a couple of hours", and into the paddywagon he went....another fine example of what london has to offer
thank god i only have 4 more months of this city...and yes i am counting down :D