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Yes! White picket fence

It’s great that the old Ashbridge home is being maintained. Its old wooden fence did need to be replaced but I was sad to think that it would be left unpainted, as so many fences are these days.

I would have painted the posts and rails before the pickets went on. I’d have pre-painted the pickets, too. That’s why I didn’t think we’d get the traditional white picket fence at all. I’m delighted to be wrong, as is so often the case.

A white picket fence looks so good against the green lawn. I was very happy to see the paint-in-progress project, today.

Canada Day

There’s a huge gulf between the reconciliation steps suggested here and the Canadian government plan to offer official apologies served on a platter of get-over-it.

The two stances seem irreconcilable to me, but it doesn’t hurt to know where everybody is coming from. Well, actually, it does hurt. The question is, can we get better?

Wouldn’t you know it …

The idea was to celebrate Canada’s 150th, using the 506 streetcar line as a unifying symbol. So the TTC pulls the streetcars to do work on the route and substitutes boring buses.

Never mind. Karen Franzen’s concept is still intact and her fellow creatives continue to support it. The 506 line ties Toronto’s east and west together, sometimes in a rickety, ad hoc way, but hey, we’re still together.

Gerrard Art Space (GAS) has a 506 show on now.

Grace Law’s large banner collage is one of the pieces we liked best. It’s full of personal history and, at the same time, the content is familiar to all 506 riders.

Click here for a bigger image.

From the Artist’s Statement:
“I have lived at both ends of the line since early childhood, and currently find myself taking it to work and home every day.”

Here is Grace Law’s Facebook page on the project.

No Frills: A few months to go

From the back parking lot

Danica clambered atop a massive concrete block to get you a view of the local No Frills supermarket in its present state. Rumours that reopening may not happen until December seem well-founded.

I zoomed in for a closer look, but at ground level.

To its credit, the company continues to provide free shuttle service to the next-nearest No Frills at Carlaw and Gerrard. We’re getting used to using it.

So close, you can taste it

According to the Facebook page: Retail store opening tomorrow July 1st. 11am-11pm. 242 Coxwell Ave. Toronto. 3 beers. All cans. All 355ml.

No word yet about table-service time, but it must be very close. The front patio has its railing and a couple of picnic benches. Inside looks almost ready, too.

Plumbing adds to my data plume

Every flush, bath, shower, washing and sip is metered now. Every 6 hours, water consumption measurements are transmitted, stored, graphed and posted to the internet. Ditto, our electrics, gas, taxes, our entertainment, pills, investments, appointments and library books. Not to mention blogging.

Our images are recorded and stored as we walk, drive or ride. Torrents of trivia whiz from devices to towers. Each purchase produces an explosion of data … what we bought, when, where, how we paid, if we paid, how much interest we owe, how many bonus points we get.

Industrial Age smoke and chemical streams turned out to be a bad thing. I wonder about our obsessive data production. Is it pollution?