Posts Tagged ‘memory’

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 reliably generous. But he often had nowhere to go. And so he’d end up gathering together with other street people who also had nowhere to go. Later, he 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.

How about that weather?

December 21, 2011

Hi all,
Were Tony and I to chat today, the subject of the relatively balmy weather would have almost certainly arisen, as in this hypothetical conversation.

“So how are you liking global warming so far?”

“I don’t think it’s been this nice on the first day of winter since [insert distant year].”

“Do you think it’s getting warmer, generally speaking?”

“Sometimes, but it depends on the weather, if you know what I mean.” [I think Tony would flash his excellent smile at this point.]

Friends in need

December 2, 2011

“What do you remember about being a kid?”

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

“You’ve still got lots of friends …”

“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.”

I remember when

November 17, 2011

Hello all,
I’ve got so many notes from the many conversations we had over the years. Especially as the blog has attracted a much larger following in the last four weeks, I will write them down properly and post them. Here’s one:

“You know where I want to go to end my old age?”

“Where? Why are you thinking that?”

“Don’t tell me that you don’t think about it yourself. Anyway, I’m keeling over when I’m near the ocean if I can and I’ve never seen the ocean in my whole life. So that’s my way to go if you want my opinion.”

Earth to Tony

November 5, 2011

Here’s two close-up photos of the memorial shown in the post of Nov 2, 2011. Note the many exquisite details, esp the amazing wireframe chair. Who made this?!

Two photos of a home-shaped memorial for Tony

November 2, 2011

Photos by Kelvin Soh: Oct 29 in Dufferin Grove Park.

If anyone knows who created this stunning objet d’art, please let me know in the comments section. Thanks.

Updated: Come celebrate Tony’s life — Monday, Oct 24, 6pm at Alternative Grounds

October 21, 2011

[If you can’t make it Monday evening but wish to contribute to the purchase anad install of a commemorative park bench: Today, Sunday October 23 between 2pm – 4pm , the inimitable and well-bearded Ed Lamb will be accepting donations at Alternative Grounds, 333 Roncesvalles Ave.  (Sorry for the short notice.) There will be other options to donate if you can’t make it today or tomorrow  — Ed is also making arrangements with the RBC to accept donations; I’ll post the details once they’re finalised.]

Here’s the poster for our celebration: Tony Poster – Oct 24 2011. Feel free to print it and post it around your neighbourhood. We’ll also be collecting donations for a permanent memorial: A park bench and commemorative plaque, to be installed near Tony’s regular spot.

See you there.


It’s too late

July 21, 2011

“Hot enough for you?”

“They said it was going to be the hottest day ever for Toronto and they weren’t kidding, you know.”

“Really? It’s never been this hot ever since you can remember?”

“Not in the last 50 years, that’s for sure. Maybe I tink sometimes that it’s that global warming and now it’s catching up with us, if you know what I mean. I hope it’s not too late.”

Memory lame

April 16, 2011

“Hey Phil, did you remember to get me the Advil by any chance?”

“Oh crap!  I forgot it again. OK, I give in. Here’s five bucks; you buy some.”

“Phil, I can wait, you know.”

“Don’t I know it.”

Blogging and nothingness

February 23, 2011

“Did you put anything up on the blog after the one we did with that housefly diagram you put up there?”

“Nothing at all, actually, I have to admit.”

“We haven’t talked much, that much is true I guess .”

“We can post this conversation we’re having right now. That would be cool.”

“I’ll buy that.”

Hold on

October 21, 2010

“I always like to see a girl and a boy holding hands walking down the street. Reminds me of the old days. if you know what I mean.”

I do recall

April 9, 2009


“Do you remember when that Chevy over there was a totally modern car model?”

“I’ll tell you, those were the days, my friend.”

A nut to chew on

April 1, 2009


“There he is, that’s the guy who snitched me to the cops. Remember?”

I think he might be jealous of me but how could anyone be jealous of a guy like me?  There’s a nut for you.””

Two score and nine years ago …

January 20, 2009


“You know, I still remember those college kids doing their lunch counter sit-ins. What year was that, about 1960?”

“I believe you’re right on that.”

“Well, with the big Obama thing happening today, it shows you that impossible things sometimes happen. It’s like the miracles in the Bible — people wouldn’t believe them but they were still true, if you know what I mean.”

Tell my sister that I love her

January 15, 2009


“You should tell Sharon that I love her.”

“That’s a bit out of the blue.”

“I’ve been meaning to say it for a while.”

“So I shouldn’t worry?”

“No more than usual.”

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