So every year, around the middle of February, Toronto seems to undergo a thaw. Not a permanent one, no. March always comes back and kicks us in the ass again. It’s just long enough to remind the optimists that spring is just around the corner, and just long enough to remind the pessimists that this corner is over a month long. Yes, February is just that much crueller in my neck of the woods. Could it be?!? Could it be spring?!?! Ha! Take that suckers!
In true form, it was way above average today. Mild. Misty. Tomorrow? This weekend? Ass cold again. And all this up and down has caused some rather nifty side effects. I noticed when leaving the house this morning that the track field across the street was covered in a thin layer of mist. Looks rather cool, thought I. The return this evening was rather more dramatic.
As a refresher, please recall the ordinary view from my back window.
Now here’s the fun part. You see those buildings? In the background there? Yeah, they’re not that far away. I may not live *right* downtown anymore, but those buildings are closer than this picture would imply. The towers on the left, for example, I could get to in maybe twenty minutes on the street car, even ten on a good day. I could walk with no trouble. The large tower in the centre, on the other hand, is eons down the road. It’s somewhat of an optical illusion, because what you can’t tell from this perspective is exactly how MASSIVE this tower is. It’s the CN Tower, a staggering 1,815.4 feet tall, once the tallest freestanding building in the world up until Malaysia went and put up some shitty radio tower that nobody even knows about.
The point is, you can normally see this thing for miiiiles away, especially now that it’s been affixed with neon tubing or whatever that is. For us city dwellers, the minute you can’t see this tower is the minute you are out of our beloved metropolis and very, very scared.
So yes, please imagine how I felt when this sight greeted me upon my arrival home this evening. Please imagine, just for a moment.
WHERE ARE THE TOWERS?!?!?
I know it’s foggy out, I get it! But they’re GONE! I couldn’t see ten feet in front of me when I was at street level, but you’d think I’d be able to see a massive neon tower from three stories up!
I haven’t even seen that Stephen King mist movie, and I’m still not going anywhere outside tonight. I don’t care if it’s outright balmy and it’s my Canadian duty to celebrate. I’m confused! Confused, scared, and a little bit lost!
Wake me up when I can find my way around again.