Last week someone scraped the side of my car in the parking lot of my gym. He left a note on my windshield with a detailed explanation of the mishap, an apology, a (correct) phone number and an offer to use his BMW dealership to repair my utilitarian Japanese autobox. At first I thought I was in love but the more I thought about it, the more I realized his benevolence wasn’t sincere, he was probably being watched and aware of the fact there are security cameras on the premises. And he drives a BMW, stands for Bad Man Walking. They are fussy German cars and the typical dude who drives one wears those contrived distressed jeans and doesn’t know how to fix things so when he has an emotional problem, his car will feel it and will manifest itself into electronic breakdown so he goes to the dealership, gives his keys to BMW bellhop and orders a cappuccino from receptionist who has big hooters. And then he will pace in front of her, fiddling with his Blackberry, but never looking at her. He thinks she thinks he has all the prowess in the world because he can sip foam and text at the same time. He doesn’t have to acknowledge her, the whiskers in his jeans point the way. Anyway I left my car at Douchebags R Us on Monday and declined a rental. Just because I am nice.
So I have been walking everywhere, especially on Queen Street East from my new office at Core Realty. There are a lot of new stores and restaurants that I haven’t noticed before which I will shop, eat, and tell you about in the future. But a couple of interesting things I saw today, there’s a lot of mural art in the east end. some of it is the Ralph Thornton Mural Project:
But also some really cool small business have putting up their advertising up in graffiti art form. This one is Pardon Le Dopeness. They have a great website, click here to see it, and they sell very cool t shirts :
I love that kind of stuff. It reminds me of my badass youth before I drove a car everywhere!!! And the other interesting thing from my walk home today was checking out this store:
ezriders, e-bikes, e-scooters and accessories, 1296 Queen Street East
This place is the answer to urban transportation. The beauty of these bikes is that you don’t need the insurance (badass) and you don’t need to get a special license, which if you buy a little (douchebaguette) Vespa, is mandatory. And the prices are not shocking at all. The one I have my eye on is under $700. Check them out here, they are having a sale (kickass Christmas present) but you can also rent them by the hour which would make for a great first date for some of you weirdos who don’t have cars yet. Here’s what they look like:
Take a load off, ezriders, me likey the middle one
Kristin, you write a great blog! Yes, there is always lots to do and lots to see in Leslieville. Come on down!Thanks for your kind words..Greg (ezriders)