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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One day you will take a fork in the road, and you're going to have to make a decision about which direction you want to go. If you go one way, you can be somebody. You will have to make compromises and you will have to turn your back on your friends. But you will be a member of the club and you will get promoted and get good assignments. Or you can go the other way and you can do something [...] for yourself. If you decide to do something, you may not get promoted and get good assignments and you certainly will not be a favorite of your superiors. But you won't have to compromise yourself. To be somebody or to do something. In life there is often a roll call. That's when you have to make a decision. To be or to do.

-John Boyd, US Air Force