Posts Tagged ‘holidays’
I’ve been thinking of Doris Lessing, particularly of her 1985 book of essays, Prisons We Choose to Live Inside. The book version of the CBC’s Massey Lectures from that year, available for listeners at the website of the CBC, , this very good book is Lessing’s attempt to explain why people are willing to behave in ways others would think irrational. What is going on? How can we save ourselves from making these mistakes?
This year I want to extricate myself from my prisons. I’m not sure what there are, where they are, even the extent to which they can be escaped, but I do know that I have allowed myself to be terribly circumscribed. Some of these limits have justifiable reasons, some do not, but–I hope!–most can be escaped. Here’s to doing just that.
For the first time in a long time, I’ll be celebrating New Year’s Eve quietly at home. No party with friends, no sightseeing on the streets, just a quiet evening at home.
Transit Toronto reports about New Year’s Eve public transit options. Full and detailed schedules are provided.
You may never get that free lunch that you’ve been waiting for, but you can ride your favourite train, subway, bus or streetcar free of fare New Year’s Eve and early New Year’s Day. Many Greater Toronto Area, Hamilton and Golden Horseshoe transit agencies are offering passengers free rides and later service to help everyone get home safely after celebrating the start of 2015.
Most local transit agencies absorb the cost of the free rides in their budgets. However, a major distillery is sponsoring free TTC service until about 4 a.m.— in 2010, the TTC estimated this cost at about $85,000. In Durham Region, two major employers are paying the bills to offer residents free and later DRT service. In Guelph, the downtown business association is footing the bill for free and later Guelph Transit service, while down in St. Catharines, the union representing area paramedics and other emergency medical service personnel and several businesses are grabbing the cheque for the free and later rides.
Ride safely, guys.
Earlier this evening, I shared some photos from the bizarrely warm weather we’ve been having. Whether it’s freakish or the new normal, it’s the reality I’ve been experiencing. I don’t think I like it: It reminds me that we humans have broken our planet.
What do you think? Discuss.