Sunday, 15 September 2019

Liberty Village Terry Fox Run/Walk, Liberty Village Park, Toronto, ON

I participated in the fourth annual Terry Fox Run/Walk this morning in the Liberty Village run/walk (it's close to my 'hood).  I'd done it the last two and this year and last year I was also a volunteer doing the social media).

Terry Fox (1958 – 1981) was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian and cancer research activist.  In 1980, he began the Marathon of Hope, a cross-country run to raise money for cancer research.  He hoped to raise one dollar from each of Canada's 24 million people.  He began in St. John's, Newfoundland, in April and ran the equivalent of a full marathon every day. After 143 days and 5,373km/3,339 miles, he was forced to end his run outside Thunder Bay, ON, when the cancer spread to his lungs. His hopes of overcoming the disease and completing his marathon ended when he died nine months later.
The annual Terry Fox Run, first held in 1981, has grown to involve millions of participants in over 60 countries and is now the world's largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research.  Almost $800 million has been raised in his name.

Before registration opened at 9am, there was lots to do.  Some volunteers attached pins to the ribbons participants would receive when they finished the run/walk.

That's Gord in the red shirt ... red shirts signify cancer survivors

 We had great support for our lunch, gift bags and raffle.

Katie, a volunteer, was interviewed for a student paper.

We had coffee for all before the run/walk.

Saturday, 14 September 2019

The Famous Canadian Beer Run, Toronto, ON

Today I was at the fourth annual The Famous Canadian Beer Run ... I'd done it last year and it was fun.  I think I'd signed up for this one right after the last one because they sent me an email with a low price.

Forget the medal, we give you beer! 🍺 Toronto’s beer-iest 5K fun run is back! Lace up for an easy (or hard) 5-kilometre run through Ontario Place, then cross the finish line into the heart of our Craft Beer & Food Festival where you’ll be bestowed with your own custom beer stein! Afterparty with friends, great Ontario craft beer and awesome live music!

It was held on the west island of Ontario Place.

I'd signed up for the 11am start.  I got there just after 10am to pick up my bib and teeshirt.

Friday, 13 September 2019

"Clemency", TIFF, Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, ON

I saw Clemency starring Alfre Woodard with a couple of my work colleagues tonight ... it was part of the TIFF Festival.

Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams. As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.

I met Baljeet outside at 8pm and we posed in front of one of the TIFF photo opps.

We had drinks and appies beforehand in the Birks Blue Carpet Suite.

Baljeet and Maria

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Duke Of Cornwall, Toronto, ON

Gord and I had supper this evening at the Duke of Cornwall (on University Avenue, just north of Queen Street W).

Gord order three Basket Bites ... Crispy Dry Ribs, Chris Brothers' Pepperoni and Popcorn Shrimp.  He liked them all and would get them again.

Red Lobster, Etobicoke, ON

I had lunch today at Red Lobster across from Sherway Gardens.

Joanne, my server, started me off with yummy hot cheesy biscuits.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Montana's BBQ & Bar, Oakville, ON

I had an early lunch today at Montana's in Oakville.

I sat on the lounge side.  As people came in, that's where they were seated.

I ordered Buttermilk Country Chicken (without veggies).  The potatoes and chicken was good, though I found them a bit too salty.  The gravy was good too and it surprisingly wasn't salty.  Everything was hot.

 Kelsey was the bartender/server.  She was friendly and took good care of me.

Montana's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Book ~ "The Chain" (2019) Adrian McKinty

From Goodreads ~ You just dropped off your child at the bus stop. A panicked stranger calls your phone. Your child has been kidnapped, and the stranger explains that their child has also been kidnapped, by a completely different stranger. The only way to get your child back is to kidnap another child within 24 hours. Your child will be released only when the next victim's parents kidnap yet another child, and most importantly, the stranger explains, if you don't kidnap a child, or if the next parents don't kidnap a child, your child will be murdered. 

You are now part of The Chain. 

Rachel is the divorced mother of a teenage daughter named Kylie.  She recently had treatment for cancer.  She has just landed a great job after years of having jobs she was overqualified for so she could support her family while her then-husband went to school.  So her life is starting to get better finally.

Then she gets a call that Kylie has been kidnapped.  In order to get her back, Rachel must pay a ransom of $25,000 and kidnap a child.  Once that child's parents have paid their ransom and have kidnapped another child, Kylie will be released.  And so the Chain starts for Rachel.

Rachel enlists the assistance of her ex-husband's brother, Pete, a former soldier who has a drug addiction.  They have always gotten along well and he's the only one she can think of who can help her.  As much as she hates what she had to do (kidnap and perhaps even kill a child), she will do whatever she has to ensure Kylie is safe and is returned home.

This was the first book I've read by this author and I liked it.  Was the story a bit farfetched?  Sure it was but I figured it would be so I just went with it.  I liked the writing style.  It is written in third person perspective with wherever the action was and was in present tense.  I thought the ending was good, though I could have done without the very last thing that may or may not happen with Rachel (I hate it when people think woman needs this to make her life complete).  And I didn't think all the added drama was needed ... like Rachel having cancer and Pete being a heroin addict.  I think the story was solid enough without it.

I thought the characters were okay.  I found it odd that Rachel and Marty, her ex-husband, got along so well considering he'd left her when she cancer for a younger woman.  And I found it odd too that Rachel and Pete get so close so quick, consisting they used to be family.

I look forward to reading other books by this author.

Monday, 9 September 2019

Trattoria Taverniti, Toronto, ON

I was craving pizza for supper this evening.  I was walking along College Street and came across Trattoria Taverniti (east of Grace Street).  It looked interesting and I'd never been there so I thought I'd check it out.

When I got here around 6:30pm, it was fairly empty but filled up pretty quickly.

I ordered the Carne pizza.  It was a good pizza and I ended up taking some home for lunch tomorrow.  The crust was crispy and I guess it was the sausage that had a bit of a bite.

I paid my bill and was finishing up my wine, getting ready to go.  Then one of the servers asked if I would move to the patio to a high top chair because they needed my table.  I said I wasn't going to be much longer and didn't want to move to a high top (I have a wonky knee).  About ten seconds later, the second server came over and asked me to move and I told her the same thing.  About five minutes later, one of the servers said I really had to leave because they really needed my table.  I just had a bit of wine left and again said I'd be leaving shortly (and did).  I felt a bit uncomfortable because the table next to mine was looking over and wondering what was going on.

So what started out being a pleasant meal got ruined.  I understand that a small restaurant needs to turn the tables over to make money.  But if the table was reserved and I needed to be gone by 7:30pm (so in about an hour), they should have said so when I was seated so the expectations were set ... rather than kicking me out because someone else needed the table.  Definitely a customer service fail.  As good as the pizza was, I didn't feel valued as a customer so won't be back.

Trattoria Taverniti Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Cafe Neon, Toronto, ON (Wallace)

I had lunch today at Cafe Neon (on Wallace Avenue, west of Lansdowne).  It's been a while since I've been there.

They have replaced the counter with this communal table, which is smart

I ordered what I usually order there ... a Neon Burger (with no onions or lettuce).  I made it a combo by adding fries and a Diet Coke.  I got the burger cooked medium and it was a good burger.  The patty was juicy and flavourful.  They've ditched the cole slaw and replaced it with a pickle, which I prefer.

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Open Cribbage Tournament, Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 31 Mount Dennis, Toronto, ON

Gord and I enjoy playing cribbage.  The Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 31 Mount Dennis has cribbage tournaments about every three months.  We've been to a couple this year and had fun and went again today.

The rules, crib board and cards are on every table.

There were 56 teams today (28 tables).

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Toronto Wolfpack 46, Leigh Centurions 12, Lamport Stadium, Toronto, ON

The Toronto Wolfpack RLFC is a Canadian professional rugby league club, based in here Toronto, which competes in the British Rugby Football League system.  In 2018, the club competed in the Championship, having begun to play in 2017 in League 1 and won a promotion in its inaugural season.  Gord and I have been going to the most of the games since 2017 and have been season ticket holders for the last two years.

The club is noted as being the first North American team to play in the Rugby Football League system, the first fully professional rugby league team in Canada and the world's first transatlantic rugby league team.  Their home stadium is Lamport Stadium (aka "The Den"), which is just a couple blocks from where Gord and I live.

Today the was the last game of the season and the Wolfpack were playing the Leigh Centurions.  Going into today's game, the Wolfpack was in first place with just one loss and Leigh was in fourth place with eighteen wins.  Gord's friend, Roger, joined us.

During the week, the Wolfpack sent out an email inviting season ticket holders to renew for the 2020.  As an added incentive, the first 100 to renew would receive a free jersey.  Gord and I renewed right away and here we are in our free jerseys.  Thanks, Wolfpack!

Can you tell that Zach is a fan?

Gordo was being of a shit disturber.