Torontonians everywhere

San Francisco, 2015.04.22

Today I decided that I'd had enough of the "keynotes" and went for another walk with my camera. Crawling up the many steps built into a sidewalk to get to the base of the Coit tower, I noticed a couple ahead of me in the distance. I caught up to them on some stairs zig-zagging up next leg of the hill, and we rode up in the tower's elevator. It turned out that we rode down together as well, and that the fellow was wearing a Blue Jays cap.

"Are you from Toronto?" I asked. It turned out they live in a condo about three blocks from my office. We chatted a bit, then I turned to descend the many, many stairs that traipse through a steep garden down toward the water. Half way down, I spotted a Canadian flag on a backpack. I told the woman, "You can't swing a dead cat around here without hitting Canadians," and told her about the chance meeting in the Coit tower. "Oh yes," she said, "I'm from Toronto too."

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(In which I leave the final word to someone else.)

In the wake of 9/11, we [in America] have made the decision as a society that we can never again create something in which we can take pride, for fear that someone will destroy it. Moreover, we must suppress any trace of individualism, lest someone have the desire to rise above the bland sameness that protects us. I have, alas, no idea how to recapture our courage.

-Anonymous post to, 2009

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