Daily walk observations from Toronto

The sun is deceiving. It mimics spring is coming and yet, when I step outside, I have to put my winter coat on.

But I’m still going outside for a walk. I need a break from my walls.

Here are some observations:

I walked up the street toward the busy road where the streetcars are still running, taking people to and from the few businesses that remain open. I turned west and noticed many of the smaller businesses are closed. Not surprised, but there was the one Thai food place that I had hoped would still serve food…

A place the local college near here had bought perhaps ten years ago or so is usually full of students. It’s strange though because this exact place was used for a TV show and functioned as the Chicago Police Department. In fact, there used to be a couple of police cars parked in the parking lot with the words Chicago PD printed to their sides…this being Toronto, it was funny (and confusing) for many who passed by there and didn’t know that we have a lot of filming happening around here.

As I walked toward the college I saw people coming toward me. It’s kind of interesting: Both them and I are simultaneously reacting with a high degree of suspicion. We all know the rules of social distancing by now: there must be 6 feet between us.

6 feet is about 2 meters, or two large steps.

Anyway, here we are, passing each other without a nod or a friendly hello, treating each other like we each carry the Plague.

It’s kind of surreal, isn’t it. The fear is real. Not just fear of the virus, but fear of the unknown.

I have more, but I’m tapped out. Maybe I’ll post again later.

27 thoughts on “Daily walk observations from Toronto

  1. I hate what this has done to basic human connections (though I imagine in the long run it will foster a better spirit of community). I was in a liquor store yesterday and a strange woman touched me. Normally this would be cause for excitement, but in this day and age, I practically jumped. Turns out she thought I was her husband and turned beet red and super apologetic, lol.

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  2. We still have lots of places open, and they are doing a brisk business. Not just food/grocery places. When I walk the dog, everyone I pass smiles, greets me, and many even stop to chat. Since the wife and I really do not go out to eat much, and keep our two refrigerators/freezers and pantries well stocked anyway, this “shut down” is having very little effect on us. It is pretty much normal from our point of view.

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  3. I have started going for a walk in the morning before I go to work. On Friday I saw two buses, carrying a total of one passenger between them.

    The social distancing rules do seem to have increased everyone’s suspicion. Every time I see another pedestrian, we both move to opposite sides of the street and pass as quickly as possible with no acknowledgement of each other.

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  4. Our restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs and live music venues all closed this week. Life is going to shit very quickly. It terrifies me how this will affect our economy and the livelihoods of millions of people, not to mention the global debt and recession this virus will cause for generations to come. On that cheery note, I am still determined to travel to the US in October – that’s 6 whole months away. Be gone with you, COVID-19!

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      1. Australians are a weird bunch. Our panic buying started before we HAD many cases or even rules about social distancing.

        Main topics of conversation here? Will the football continue? Meaning rugby. Will schools close? And how to shake hands when you run into a friend.

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      2. Youth sport is cancelled. The big football codes (yes we have two! And that is not soccer) played one round to empty stadiums but the have folded now because of the travelling.

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