it's important to know that i can't drive. not just won't, but can't -- i've never taken any driving courses and i don't have any level of license. i've never been behind the wheel of a car before, and i doubt i ever will. the idea of driving just leaves me cold, and i don't know why. i've never much liked cars.
but i love being a passenger.
it's not laziness, i swear. i'm just one of those people who get hypnotized by passing scenery, especially if i have music on so i can feel like i'm in a soundtracked movie. i don't take being on transit for granted, either -- i walk so much in this city because the toronto transit system generally sucks balls, and i refuse to pay good money for a garbage service. but when i do get to take the subway or bus somewhere, it's almost like a treat. (when the streetcar isn't short-turning or when the bus isn't overpacked or when the subway is perpetually late, that is.)
when i lived in vancouver, i used to more or less purposely get lost on the transit system. i'd get it in my head that i'd need a specific thing from a specific store that was like, on the other side of downtown or out near burnaby or whatever, so i'd hop on the metro or the bus and attempt to navigate my way there. i got lost pretty much every time. but it was such a cool experience to me -- staring out the window at parts of the city that i'd never seen before and maybe never would again, realizing that there's so much more out there than what i see every day. it was like constantly discovering a new city right where i already lived.
even now, i consider it a small form of urban exploration. not to say that i purposely take the bus out to unknown parts of toronto just for whatever - because with my luck, i'd end up at jane & finch or something - but if i need to go shop for something, i might source out a location that's as far away from me as possible, then map out how to get there. to me, that is a weirdly enjoyable afternoon. and no matter how much i may intentionally enjoy getting lost, i'm a very good navigator. i rarely get accidentally lost in places that i've been to at least once. sometimes it feels like i have a compass in my head, but nowadays i also have google maps, which are even better for getting one's bearings.
i guess this is all just to remind myself that i never really go exploring much anymore. back in the day - both when i was single, and not - i used to consider it a successful weekend if i got away from my comfortable little circle of well-known locations and roamed around some part of toronto that i'd never been before, or had been to only once or twice. but the longer i've been here, the fewer places remain unvisited to me. (though i think i've only been to yonge & eg, like, once.) i mean, not counting mississauga/etobicoke/north york/scarborough, because who even wants to go there, but toronto proper. and that's kind of sad. not that it's enough to make me really want a change of scenery or anything, but hey, at least i have plenty of time to go exploring these days. (not in weather with a -17C windchill though, as it is today. no.)
also, i miss chicago. and i was planning on a day trip to buffalo soon, but then this happened, and well.
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— Mashable (@mashable) November 18, 2014
i think i'll wait.
anyway. lesson for today: go get lost on public transit. it's fun! and you probably won't die. also, if anyone wants to volunteer to drive me places: yes please.
p.s. went to the doc's yesterday. he seems to think it's a sinus problem, which makes sense given how weird my nose has been lately as well. this was corroborated by my father, who's had bad sinus issues his entire life (i have fond memories of him sitting courtside at my high school basketball games, snorting multiple bottles of otrivin). came away with two prescriptions for medication that i'm not sure i can pay for, as well as advice to come back in 10 days if it gets worse. so at least it's good to know that i'm not dying horrifically of an inoperable brain tumour. whee!
[ music | the ettes, "you were there" ]