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Pursuant to my previous post, suffice it to say that the above–thanks Stephen!–is now my new Facebook profile picture.
I had fun.
I took this selfie standing on Woodbine Beach in front of the Steam Canoe, an art installation built by a team from OCAD University, one of seven built around lifeguard stations on the beaches of east-end Toronto in the Winter Stations program. The Steam Canoe is the last one I visited, as I spent the afternoon walking across Kew and Balmy Beaches and Woodbine Beach to their west.
The installations got quite a lot of coverage. Toronto news sites covered it: see CBC, NOW Toronto,Torontoist, the Toronto Star, and Toronto.com. It also got substantial coverage elsewhere: see ArchDaily, Canadian Architect, and Slate. This attention was deserved, these works being at the very least inventive.
It was a beautiful day, so warm that the Steam Canoe could not produce steam via its solar panels. This, yet another record high this winter, is alarming, but was only distantly. I’d had a beautiful time. The extended photo post will be up tomorrow morning.
Early last month, I pawned the ring that my then-partner gave me six years ago (or is it seven), for $C 52. I took it to one of the strip of pawnshops on Church Street by Queen that G. had introduced me to, actually. It seemed fitting.
I’m not quite sure why we exchanged rings in the first place. We weren’t engaged, we weren’t married, I was reluctant to make the expenditure in the first place. I was with G. for four years, but for the last two of those years I think on reflection that I may have been in the Relationship more because I liked the idea of a relationship. Perhaps, as a friend of mine suggested when I talked about it recently, we exchanged rings to try to fix something that was broken?
The money was useful, but as important for me was the act of divesting myself of something useful. I broke up with G. five years ago, have not been in contact with him for three, and had no interest at all in personally regifting this. Was it really just simple reluctance to make a definitive break from the past? The relief I felt after selling it honestly makes me think the home economics of Marie Kondo are entirely correct.
I spent yesterday afternoon exploring Toronto with a visiting friend. The CN Tower was an inevitable destination.
This new photo of me is much appreciated. I needed a new profile picture for the new year, something nice to replaced my pose with Yorkdale Fashion Santa.