mjj (flemmings) wrote,

When there's a blackout, people say, you can see the stars even in the city. This is not true, as I can attest from 2003. The stars were hidden by heat haze and less clear than on a winter night with electricity fully functional.

This evening they say we're having fog. The neighbour buildings look perfectly clear to me. But I look south and there's nothing but the lacy trees two blocks down. No CN Tower, not even lights near the ground. I look south-east and there are no lit-up office towers down Bay St., just flat grey emptiness. I look east and see the trees on the other side of my block. No godless condos in Yorkville, no looming One Bedford ziggurat proclaiming the triumph of Mammon over serene architecture. Toronto is a low-rise city again, just for tonight, and I shall savour it while it lasts.

ETA: the wind has picked up and the CN Tower is now winking in and out of existence like a mirage-- ghostly there for three seconds with its lights glowing, then gone for ten, then back again, and gone. Immensely cool. And now I can see the weather beacon on the roof of the Canada Life Building on University. It's red and the lights are falling, meaning cloudy and getting cooler. Good old Canada Life Building, with windows that open.
Tags: place, rl_11

  • (no subject)

    I'm a suck for sauteed onions but my delicate nose can sense the smell of any onion fragment, cooked or not, for days afterwards. So I had omuraisu…

  • It is quiet in the screens, there is still no one to talk to

    Tomorrow is a holiday, even in these unusual times, so I had to go get my prescription from Loblaws today. If I hadn't been crippled I'd have checked…

  • July is such a non-month

    I finished The October Man last weekend. It's quintessentially Aaronovitch in that I couldn't keep the names straight at all. This may be me, not…

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 1 comment