Thursday, 15 October 2009

Toronto Diary (3): can you be 'bicoastal' when neither place is on a coast?

Second of three trips to the Peg this month. Last weekend was a trip arranged before any other obligations cropped up when a super-cheap seat-sale came available. Then this trip is a longer trip inspired by an MA student who is defending her thesis tomorrow. Third will be in a couple weeks (after Halloween) so I can see my doctor, cuz she insisted she see me. Oh well, it gives me a chance to get my flu shot(s).

The good thing about travel(l)ing between homes is that you can travel really light. Like no underwear, no extra clothes (except 2 pairs of socks, just in case you don't have any clean ones on the other side) (hey, I don't wear socks in the summer, and last time I was in Winnipeg it was still summer). Cuz you have clothes and food and stuff on the other side. Just grab the pills, the computer and the CPAP machine and you're golden.

Okay, as to socks, I have fired my Toronto lifestyle advisor, for giving me bad advice on socks. He/she/it/they (he/she/it/they are paranoid I will divulge details of his/her/its/their personal life, so I'm doing my best to maintain his/her/its/their anonymity) advised me to buy cheap socks (and underwear, if it comes to that) at Winners.

Winners is a Canadian (I think) chain that sells end-of-run stuff at lower(ed) prices. They claim nothing is irregular, but frankly... well, I don't know.

The socks I bought at Winners were good looking, cheap, and apparently designed to come off easily. Which is fine if you're trying to crawl into bed after a night on the town but not so convenient when you want to walk from your apartment to the elevator and not have to stop to pull your socks up. Not so convenient when you walk the thirty steps to the subway and pull of your shoe to get rid of a rock and discover you sock has worked its way halfway off your foot.

I prefer socks that stay on. So I went out the other day and bought new socks, cheap socks, from a place called H&M, which is another Canadian chain, but this one they don't have in Winnipeg, so I'd never heard of it. Lots of trendy stuff, but okay prices. And good cheap socks. Socks that stay on all the way from one's apartment in Toronto to one's apartment in Winnipeg.

Plan for tonight--finish dinner, go out (again) and get some distilled water for the CPAP machine, go to sleep.

1 comment:

nikkivi said...

H&M is not Canadian! Also, winners was Cdn but has been since bought out by TJ Maxx.