Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Street Car Named Desire (in Canada?)



One of the many pleasant surprises I have discovered during my visit to Canada are the street cars of Toronto.  The last time I rode a street car was during a quickie visit to San Francisco in 1974.  Prior to that abortive visit (yet another interesting story that I have yet to share on this blog), I rode street cars during my brief residence in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania during the winter of 1963.

I love streetcars.  I clanging sound.  The certainty that they will arrive at their destination without running out of gas.  The frequent stops.  The ever changing cast of characters who get on and get off "the next stop."  What a wonderful way to experience the true soul of a city like Toronto or any large metropolitan city.  I think it is a shame that so many large cities have done away with their street cars and thus lost some of their character.  I hear that Pittsburgh no longer uses street cars.  More's the pity.

By the say, Pat's reference to the board game Scrabble.  We've been playing Scrabble at Pat's house since I arrived.  I haven't played Scrabble since I was knee high to a cockroach grasshopper, when I was ten years old.  Needless to say, Pat's been beating me like a red headed step child every game.  I WILL win at least one game before I leave Toronto.  I'm studying up on my two letter words that don't make sense now.  Plus all the "Q" words that don't need a "U".  Sounds like fun doesn't it?  It is!

Have a great day!


Two Old Geezers on the loose in downtown Toronto - Watch Oout!


11 comments:

  1. the streetcar named desire runs in new orleans only.

    trolley cars still run in philly.

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    1. Anne Marie,
      I knew that the streetcar name "Desire" ran in New Orleans and still does. I did not know that trolley cars still run in Philly.
      Ron

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    2. yeah, but where they travel you don't wanna go.

      and they are not the PCC cars from the 60s; they are the newer narrow kawasaki trolleys. gimme the old PCC cars any day!

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    3. Anne Marie,
      Toronto is replacing these street cars soon. We have seen a few on test runs, very sharp looking. I like street cars but you're right, it depends on where they take you. The street car Pat takes takes him to India Town which is three blocks from where he lives.
      Ron

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  2. We have "trolleys" in RIchmond...sort of. Four wheeled conveyances more like a fancy bus (which they are).

    I love Scrabble! That's why I do crosswords every day!
    More fun times in fun places!

    Peace <3
    Jay

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    1. Jay,
      I would love to play Scrabble with you! Wouldn't it be great if the three of us could get together sometimes and play a few games of Scrabble? Maybe we can do a condensed version of Bloggerpalooza next year and all get together in Lewes and have a Scrabble tournament as part of the activity. I'm pretty sure Anne Marie would come.
      Ron

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  3. You guys can play scrabble online. It's called Words with Friends.

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    1. Thank you Karen! We were wondering what could be online that we could play Scrabble. We'll check it out today.

      Ron

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  4. I suppose Pat is so Scrabble-expert because he regularly plays online and has picked up all the indispensable killer words? I've often been tempted to do that (as well as wanting to play chess and poker) but have never taken the plunge in the knowledge that I'm sure to be soundly thrashed.

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    1. Ray,
      Right now Pat is soundly thrashing me every night we play Scrabble. But I'm improving. I actually held the lead for a while last night and could see where Pat was getting nervous. I think Scrabble is a great way to exercise your mind plus I like the competition. It's great fun but I have to admit I would like to win occasionally. I was started to get a little discouraged last night after Pat bog another "Bingo" (which is using all his seven Scrabble words and getting an extra fifty points.) Later I got a bingo too and quite surprised him and it felt good.
      Ron

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