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    Americans, take a break from all the strife - Toronto beckons



    We now live outside the GTA and the main thing my family misses is the food at Mothers Dumplings on Spadina.
    We just don’t realize the most significant moments of our lives when they’re happening
    Back then I thought “well there'll be other days”
    I didn’t realize that was the only day
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9yrupye7B0

    There's sometimes a buggy.
    How many drivers does a buggy have?
    One.
    So let's just say I'm drivin' this buggy...
    and if you fix your attitude you can ride along with me.
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    Wait a minute...I thought Toronto was part of America. Sort of a probationary American city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azpeterb View Post
    Wait a minute...I thought Toronto was part of America. Sort of a probationary American city.
    Ha Ha
    We just don’t realize the most significant moments of our lives when they’re happening
    Back then I thought “well there'll be other days”
    I didn’t realize that was the only day
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9yrupye7B0

    There's sometimes a buggy.
    How many drivers does a buggy have?
    One.
    So let's just say I'm drivin' this buggy...
    and if you fix your attitude you can ride along with me.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GekiIMh4ZkM

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    Quote Originally Posted by azpeterb View Post
    Wait a minute...I thought Toronto was part of America. Sort of a probationary American city.
    Somebody fell asleep during geography. Toronto is the capital of Canuckistan which I believe is on the new banned executive order.

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    All well and good until winter hits - in October.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hfc View Post
    All well and good until winter hits - in October.
    I don't agree with that as a generality. October can have very nice weather. And this year the winter has been exceptionally mild. Typically I'd say December through February are the coldest. I haven't needed the snowblower since Christmas, and I've been driving my "summer" car at least once a week. Yesterday I had the top down.

    Americans, take a break from all the strife - Toronto beckons-toronto-average-temperatures-chart.gif
    We just don’t realize the most significant moments of our lives when they’re happening
    Back then I thought “well there'll be other days”
    I didn’t realize that was the only day
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9yrupye7B0

    There's sometimes a buggy.
    How many drivers does a buggy have?
    One.
    So let's just say I'm drivin' this buggy...
    and if you fix your attitude you can ride along with me.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GekiIMh4ZkM

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    Been to Toronto. Very cute city.

    Would love to go back to Ottawa someday for Winterlude. What a blast that was, a very unique festival!

    Calgary, Quebec, Montreal........love it all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hfc View Post
    All well and good until winter hits - in October.

    It's on a big lake which both blows and sucks across the city depending on the season. Canada would be great if it wasn't full of Canadians.
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    Don't forget that Toronto also had "Rob" Ford.
    If your opinion differs from mine, ..........Too bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MR_GRUMPY View Post
    Don't forget that Toronto also had "Rob" Ford.
    I actually posted this in August:

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    Quote Originally Posted by nOOky View Post
    Canada would be great if it wasn't full of Canadians.
    Hey! Take that back!

    You know, when you get a chance, please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nOOky View Post
    It's on a big lake which both blows and sucks across the city depending on the season. Canada would be great if it wasn't full of Canadians.
    We are discussing Toronto, not Canada.
    We just don’t realize the most significant moments of our lives when they’re happening
    Back then I thought “well there'll be other days”
    I didn’t realize that was the only day
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9yrupye7B0

    There's sometimes a buggy.
    How many drivers does a buggy have?
    One.
    So let's just say I'm drivin' this buggy...
    and if you fix your attitude you can ride along with me.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GekiIMh4ZkM

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    The Blow Jays, and not hockey, as the sport in the video? Please.
    Kinda Euro wannabe artsy fartsy video too.

    Canada should embrace being Canada.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MR_GRUMPY View Post
    Don't forget that Toronto also had "Rob" Ford.
    I have often pondered the parallels between the Rob Ford election and that of your current POTUS.

    Here the downtown liberals gave absolutely no thought to the idea that Ford, who was widely seen as a clownish, bombastic idiot, could possibly get elected. The horror!

    Sound familiar?

    Anyhoo he has been replaced by a much more boring person.
    We just don’t realize the most significant moments of our lives when they’re happening
    Back then I thought “well there'll be other days”
    I didn’t realize that was the only day
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9yrupye7B0

    There's sometimes a buggy.
    How many drivers does a buggy have?
    One.
    So let's just say I'm drivin' this buggy...
    and if you fix your attitude you can ride along with me.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GekiIMh4ZkM

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    Boring is good. Politics isn't supposed to be entertaining like the WWE. I suspect many Americans who voted for Trump thought it was funny on some level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post
    Somebody fell asleep during geography. Toronto is the capital of Canuckistan which I believe is on the new banned executive order.
    You joke, but they stopped a person of color with a valid Canadian passport at the border the other day, and would not let her cross without a visa--WTF?
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    Canadian joke:

    Q. How many Torontonians does it take to screw in a light-bulb?

    A. One to screw in the bulb, and 10 more to brag that this is the biggest thing in Canadian history to date.

    I sort of like Toronto, but I'm a western Canadian, and therefore by definition resent Toronto for its smugness and arrogance.

    Like the Globe and Mail describing itself as "Canada's National Newspaper", when the only coverage of Vancouver is the annual 'Hey look at the cute ducks stopping traffic in Stanley Park' picture while the Torontonians are still digging themselves out from yet another blizzard...

    But I like Julio, because he is the exception....
    "There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."
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    OK people remember, every time you bash a Canadian, a little piece of your soul dies. They're just so darn nice.

    Julio you lost me at "summer car" and "winter car".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Strongbow View Post
    The Blow Jays, and not hockey, as the sport in the video? Please.
    Kinda Euro wannabe artsy fartsy video too.

    Canada should embrace being Canada.
    See my response to @nooky.

    Toronto is to Canada as London is to England. If you came to Toronto expecting to see Canada, then you might be disappointed. I think that is one of the points the video is making.

    Well, the Jays play a summer sport when tourists are more likely to visit. Plus the tickets are easier to get.
    We just don’t realize the most significant moments of our lives when they’re happening
    Back then I thought “well there'll be other days”
    I didn’t realize that was the only day
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9yrupye7B0

    There's sometimes a buggy.
    How many drivers does a buggy have?
    One.
    So let's just say I'm drivin' this buggy...
    and if you fix your attitude you can ride along with me.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GekiIMh4ZkM

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    Quote Originally Posted by hfc View Post
    OK people remember, every time you bash a Canadian, a little piece of your soul dies. They're just so darn nice.

    Julio you lost me at "summer car" and "winter car".
    perhaps a picture will assist with your understanding. this thing's difficult enough on nice dry smooth roads. my other main drive has an "AWD" label.

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    We just don’t realize the most significant moments of our lives when they’re happening
    Back then I thought “well there'll be other days”
    I didn’t realize that was the only day
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9yrupye7B0

    There's sometimes a buggy.
    How many drivers does a buggy have?
    One.
    So let's just say I'm drivin' this buggy...
    and if you fix your attitude you can ride along with me.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GekiIMh4ZkM

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerjulio View Post
    See my response to @nooky.

    Toronto is to Canada as London is to England. If you came to Toronto expecting to see Canada, then you might be disappointed. I think that is one of the points the video is making.

    Well, the Jays play a summer sport when tourists are more likely to visit. Plus the tickets are easier to get.
    I'm not sure what I was expecting. Probably french speaking strippers, molsen, poutine and getting sucker punched in McDonalds for wearing a Bruins hat because at the time that's about all I knew about Canadian big cities.

    In all seriousness though I love visiting Canada. I've been lucky enough to have seen a lot of the world and driving aimlessly all around Newfoundland remains one of my best trips. I go to the Easter townships at least twice a year and really enjoy that too. Great cycling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerjulio View Post
    We are discussing Toronto, not Canada.

    Sorry, I meant "Toronto would be great if it were not full of Torontians? Torontonites?""
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    Like the Globe and Mail describing itself as "Canada's National Newspaper", when the only coverage of Vancouver is the annual 'Hey look at the cute ducks stopping traffic in Stanley Park' picture while the Torontonians are still digging themselves out from yet another blizzard...

    That's b/c an annual duck parade is more newsworthy than blizzards in Canada.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nOOky View Post
    Sorry, I meant "Toronto would be great if it were not full of Torontians? Torontonites?""
    It's not hard. Torontonian

    And since half are first generation immigrants (like me and the current Mrs Julio), and most of the other half are the children of the first half. we are mostly Torontonians by reason of choice of geography.

    From wiki

    The demographics of Toronto, Ontario, Canada make Toronto one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Data released by Statistics Canada as part of the 2006 census indicated that 49.9% of Toronto's population is foreign-born.[1] According to the 2011 National Household Survey (NHS) performed by Statistics Canada, that percentage had dropped - only slightly - to 48.6%.[2]

    The most common reported ethnic origins[3] of Toronto residents are those from England (12.9%), China (12.0%), Canada (11.3%), Ireland (9.7%), Scotland (9.5%), India (7.6%), Italy (6.9%), the Philippines (5.5%), Germany (4.6%), France (4.5%), Poland (3.8%), Portugal (3.6%), and Jamaica (3.2%), or are of Jewish ethnic origin (3.1%). There is also a significant population of Ukrainians (2.5%), Russians (2.4%), Sri Lankans (2.3%), Spanish (2.2%), Greeks (2.2%), Koreans (1.5%), Dutch (1.5%), Iranians (1.4%), Vietnamese (1.4%), Pakistanis (1.2%), Hungarians (1.2%), Guyanese (1.1%), and Welsh (1.0%). Communities of Afghans, Albanians, Arabs, Barbadians, Bangladeshis, Bulgarians, Colombians, Croats, Ecuadorians, Ethiopians, Grenadians, Macedonians, Mexicans, Nepalis, Romanians, Salvadorans, Serbs, Somalis, Tibetans, Trinidadians, and Vincentians are also recognized. Established ethnic neighbourhoods such as Chinatown, Corso Italia, Little Italy, Little India, Greektown, Koreatown, Little Jamaica, Little Portugal and Roncesvalles celebrate the city's multiculturalism.[4]
    We just don’t realize the most significant moments of our lives when they’re happening
    Back then I thought “well there'll be other days”
    I didn’t realize that was the only day
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9yrupye7B0

    There's sometimes a buggy.
    How many drivers does a buggy have?
    One.
    So let's just say I'm drivin' this buggy...
    and if you fix your attitude you can ride along with me.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GekiIMh4ZkM

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    I will also add that IME Canada has (or at least had, back in my sailor days) far and away the best strip clubs.

    Nice car Julio, makes more sense.

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