Posts Tagged ‘kids’

A Toast for Tony …

November 16, 2016

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Saturday, Nov 26, 2016 – 2pm-4pm
@ The Local – Live music by Kate Cash
396 Roncesvalles Av.

When he died five years ago, Tony left us memories and smiles … celebrate his life and friendships … join us in recognising a Roncesvalles institution and a unique social media pioneer.

With his trusty Elmo doll at his side, Tony never had more fun than when connecting with children … so, if you can, bring a donation in the form of an Elmo doll or other toy … or contribute some loonies to our Holiday Fund, all for the patients at the Hospital for Sick Children.

Here’s the event listing on Facebook facebook.com/events/153890465081706. If you want to know more, connect with me at homelessmanspeaks@gmail.com.

Philip

 

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Friends in need

December 2, 2011

PHILIP
“What do you remember about being a kid?”

TONY
“I was a fun kid, you know. I had friends and I had a good lot of them. Things were different then.”

PHILIP
“You’ve still got lots of friends …”

TONY
“Well maybe I have lots of friends now but its different when you’re a kid, you know. You can just have fun. Nowerdays when your a grownup, people need your help, and mostly I can’t give them what they want but at least I can smile and tell them ‘hello’ or ‘have a nice day’ or something. That perks people up, most of them anyways.”

Scrooged

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:

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

TONY
“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.”

The way of perfection

October 31, 2011

Over the last five years, Tony and I spoke many times about Halloween; three instances found their way into the blog.  He once told me that Halloween was the perfect holiday for kids because “they aren’t forced to go to church for that one”.

Give them something to talk about

January 31, 2011

PHILIP
“Cold enough for you?”

TONY
“I’d tell you something but we can’t have those kinds of words on our blog or the kids won’t be able to read it.”

Customer needs

June 30, 2010

TONY
“With school being out, I’m losing some of my best customers for the summer.”

PHILIP
“How’s that?”

TONY
“Summer holidays. Kids need some time to get away, so you can’t really blame ’em.”

New kids in town

October 21, 2009

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TONY
“Did you hear? I’ve got to move next week.”

PHILIP
“What do you mean? Where?”

TONY
“The pizza guys sold the the business.”

PHILIP
“So?”

TONY
“So I’ve gotta move. The new guys don’t want me here.”

PHILIP
“So where will you go?”

TONY
“I guess we’ll see.”

Tony lowers his pricing

April 28, 2009

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PHILIP
“I see you’ve changed your sign.”

TONY
“I didn’t want the kids to feel they owed me something for just pressing old Elmo’s button.”

Missing equipment

November 3, 2008

TONY
“How was your Halloween?”

PHILIP
“Chaotic. Fine.”

TONY
“Well I had a good one. I dressed up like a doctor, with a white lab coat and everything. I was just missing a stethoscope. The kids loved me but a few of the adults thought I was acting a bit strange but I think their problem is thaat they don’t really understand what Halloween is all about.”

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