The better way

June 19, 2007 at 11:02 pm | Posted in family | 3 Comments

My parents were visiting for a few days, and overall, we had a lovely time: we went to Algonquin Park and went hiking and canoeing; they attended my graduation luncheon; we visited the Toronto Islands. We took the TTC a number of times, as my dad finds it difficult to walk long distances without resting (which is hilarious, cause on our 11 km hike in Algonquin, he was light years ahead of my mom and I). I even made my parents take public transit into town by themselves when I couldn’t meet them at the airport. Now, I consider both of them to be fairly intelligent people, but I swear to God, it’s as if they’d never been on public transportation before.

The Kipling station doesn’t have turnstiles, which means, essentially, that you don’t have to pay a fare if you’re coming directly from that station (if you’re coming from the airport or another bus route, you’ve paid on the bus). They could NOT wrap their minds around this, and we must’ve had the following conversation 50 times:

Mom: “So, when we take the Tube/Underground [subway; for some reason they thought we were in London] tomorrow [to Kipling], are we going to have to pay when we get off the subway?”
Dad: “You mean we’re going to have to pay twice?”
Me: “No. You’ll pay at Dupont station, then transfer at Spadina, then ride the subway all the out to the end of the line. You won’t pay at the bus.”
Mom (or Dad): “So how do they know that we’ve paid?”
Me: “Because you’re coming from the subway, but even if you weren’t, it doesn’t matter because that station doesn’t have turnstiles.”
Dad (or Mom): “But how do they know that we’ve paid?”
Me: “Because you’re coming from the…” ad nauseum infinitum

I swear, 90% of our conversations consisted of me explaining the TTC to them — or them asking me questions I couldn’t answer. Do any of you know the answers to the following?

Is the population of Montreal similar to that of Toronto?
What is the largest immigrant demographic in Toronto?
Is that the Toronto flag?
Is that the Ontario flag?
Are the provinces broken down into counties?
Does Lake Ontario get rough?
Why isn’t this lighthouse closer to the lake?



RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

  1. Hahahahaha! Your parents are hilarious. I’m glad they’re keeping you amused.

    Miss you!

  2. I love parents! They are.. well entertaining at the least.

  3. I almost wish we hadn’t had this conversation in person!

    However, I loved meeting your parents, if only to know where exactly you came from. I hope they had a great time!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at
Entries and comments feeds.

%d bloggers like this: