Politics, drunks sums up big city life
What I learned about Toronto this week
By Kris Scheuer
First let’s start with POLITICS.
The city’s election campaign begin Jan. 4 and in the first week where candidates can register so far: 14 have signed up for the mayoralty race, 43 candidates for councillor in 44 wards, eight people registered for public school board.
On an unrelated matter, I was riding the 506 Carlton streetcar last night around 9 pm when a Brit came aboard and started up a conversation. He asked about the book I was reading, The Bishop’s Man by Linden MacIntyre. He was reading Raising Kanye by Dr. Donda West about singer Kanye West. This stranger on the streetcar went on to ask me to go for a beer, wine or tea on three separate occasions.
I was not interested, but as he asked if I had a PhD, Masters and seemed interested in intelligent conversation, I did not mind chatting with this him on the TTC as I passed the time. But then things got kind of weird. He would pull out pieces of paper telling me about the research project he was working on. The only thing written on these 8×11 sheets were the names of celebrities including Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey and the names of cities like London and LA.
It was not until we reached Bathurst that the man, sitting in a seat behind me and I turned slighting to face him as we spoke, said to me “how about a little kiss?”
Then I realized that I’ve been trying to have a sane, sober conversation with someone who is drunk or slightly less than stable. His conversation went from very sensical at times to nonsense and from polite to drunken-like passes.