Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Sunrise, sunset

December 29, 2011

Hello everyone,
I’ve been thinking back to Tony’s experience of Christmas. I don’t remember Tony being hungry as Christmas Eve would set in. Far from it. Many individuals, restaurants, cafes and other shops were always generous. But he often had nowhere to go. And so he’d end up gathering together with other street people who also had nowhere else to go. Later, he’d might sit on the steps of Margi’s Pharmacy at the corner of Roncesvalles and Howard Park, waiting for the sun to come up or perhaps waiting for it to set.



November 18, 2011

This exchange is from sometime before Christmas, though I don’t know which year. The Arthur Rachman painting above reminds me of one of the most unbelievable of Tony’s many unbelievable experiences:

“Is there anything you don’t especially like about Christmas?”

“Well there’s one thing, when rich people should be helping poor people more like the good Lord told us. There’s something wrong with being a Scrooge, especially when you’re talking about single mothers and their kids. You gotta help if you can, if you know what I mean.”

They call him the sneak

December 21, 2010

“I’ll just say that Santa Claus just kind of snuck up on everybody this year. I wasn’t expecting it, that’s for sure.”

Dashing through the snow

November 17, 2010

“Someone told me that it’s going to be Christmas in six weeks. This year just kind of just flew by, if you know what I mean.”

Wet wet wet

December 26, 2009

“So how are you liking the rain?”

“Are you kidding?  You gotta be sorry for the kids. I can tell you, when I was a kid, we always had snow for Christmas. Of course, we didn’t have global warming back then, if you know what I mean.”

It’s Christmas

January 6, 2009


“Phil, sorry for calling so late. I know you got the family. Do you have twenty bucks that you could lend me?  You know I wouldn’t phone you otherwise but they say it’s going down to minus 17 tonight. And I’ve gotta get a bed.”

“OK. Whatever. You’ll get it back to me tomorrow? Never mind. It’s Christmas. Come over.”

“Five minutes. I’ll be over in five minutes.”

“Where are you?”

“On Ronces. You know, around Geoffrey. I’ll be there in five minutes.”

“OK, five minutes. I’ve got some bananas for you here I think. Maybe something else too. I’ll  look.”

“I’ll be there in five minutes.”

“OK, bye.”


Getting closer

December 4, 2008


“You see my sign?  I’m letting everyone know how close we are to Christmas. I’m starting to think that some people don’t want to know. No one has any money; let me tell you, I can tell.”

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