A painting of me

The Snow Falls

   16 December 2005, the wee hours

They let us leave work early today due to the volume of snow falling from the sky. The ground was very wet. When I got home, I decided I would shovel the walkway and sidewalk of the house I live in. I haven’t shoveled the snow in ages; it was very satisfying. I think the fact it took me 5 minutes to clear the snow around my house had something to do with the pleasure I found in the activity. I never want to shovel my drive way in Scarborough, its very long. I milled around at home for an hour before leaving to meet my cousins on Queen St. The snow hadn’t let up, and I shoveled the ground once more before leaving. My cousins and I met at the Chapters on Queen. I don’t feel bad loitering in a Chapters. I’m not sure why, but there is something faceless and corporate about the stores; I think it’s because they are so huge. After dinner I returned to Chapters to look for possible Christmas gifts. I found none. I made my way back home. The snow had still not let up. The ground was a slushy mess. The bottoms of my jeans were soaked. I decided I’d clear the walkway and sidewalk one last time before calling it a night.

Stand in the place where you live, now face north
Think about direction, wonder why you haven’t before
Now stand in the place where you work, now face west
Think about the place where you live, wonder why you haven’t before—Stand by REM



  1. They contains Starbucks. I think they want you to loiter at Chapters. But you should by all your books from Amazon.ca. :-)

  2. Wow you shoveled the snow three times at your place. How often do you do it in scarborough? Where did you go for dinner?

  3. Whats your plan come January? Any more details you care to share with me. I wanna know WHO you met up with. I’m amazed you did the walkway, you should have changed before u did that though. Don’t ruin ur clothes.

  4. Don’t worry Ryan, I am a very loyal Amazon shopper. (The fact it is almost always cheaper helps as well.) I met Mahi and Jana, Ahilan. And yesterday was the first time I shoveled since the winter started. Mind you, it’s the first time we’ve had any real snow.

  5. upon the prospect of moving to Toronto for the new year I am not excited about living there for many reasons, but the thing i’m looking forward to the least is the slush.

    man is it ever slushy in Toronto.

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