Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Hobo squirrels

I thought Dennis my UK yob of a squirrel was rude but here the squirrels are actually a little frightening. They have black fur and less puffy tails so more 'rat-like' AND they go through the rubbish like old pro’s. They are completely unfazed by humanity often standing in groups and yelling obscenities at passing people.

I have passed several squirrels panhandling whilst walking West down Dundass and Bloor into the heart of Toronto over the last few days. It is a fascinating trek, walking through eddies of different cultures; Polish, Italian, Portugeuse, Chinese. Ramshackle houses become sturdier the closer downtown you get and shop fronts become more inviting but I quite like the strangeness of the edgier bits of town. Is it a deli or a fur shop? Hard to tell.

Yesterday I walked down Parkside to the Lake. On one side was was High Park and on the other the posher suburbia; large chocolate box houses with yellow school buses dropping off clean, healthy children herded home by shiny smartly dressed parental figures. It looked both idyllic and a little unreal as if everyone was acting on a huge film set.

Back at the apartment my friend and I sit through the entire series of The Office to remind me of what I am missing back in UK.
I go to bed subdued and depressed. I have not yet heard back from the various job applications I put in before I left UK and I can’t sleep for thinking about how to reduce my grocery bills without cutting back on the gin.

My bed is over a warm air vent which blasts every few minutes and I begin to worry about inadvertent mummification and then my brain adds some bad old memories, a infuriatingly catchy line from that horrid 'Umbrella' song by Rhiannon and a faint unsettling feeling that I have left a window open back in Cambridge. No sleep for the rest of the night then.


Suzie said...

Quick leave Canada get to NYC hurry gin awaits!

Janelle said...

oh adore your it avidly. sod it. you don;t need a job. you can create one and become ravishingly rich! your writing is the most refreshing i have read in years! you go girl. visualize visualize visualize abundance!!!! lucky you in canada!

Louisa said...

if you can get away with it tanvi then give this working lark a miss!! I am 2 weeks into it and i look 105 and feel 210! Commuting is just the worst thing in the world! I can honestly say i am hating this.... i am too old to be told off like a 5 year old, being crushed in the rush hour madness and the tiredness...oh lordy lordy lord! Wish i was with you in beautiful Canada! xxx