Barrie in the Ontario Highway 11 Blog

The following is my comment on the post about Barrie, on the site about places along Highway 11 in Ontario.

I think your review of Barrie was good. I’ve been here about 10 years now. I grew up in Port Union, Ontario, before it became Scarborough, and after. Barrie is pretty suburban still. Downtown Barrie still has a lot of bars and drinking night life. The box malls and shopping in general didn’t get into downtown Barrie, just the outskirts. It helps keep traffic from being completely locked up during weekends when there are people out shopping and even more people navigating the cottage highway. There is a new mall going up not far from where I am. It will be right at the highway turn off for Duckworth, where the hospital and Georgian College are. The two lane bridge which ran under the highway is being done over. A big project but it has been needed for a long time. Living in Barrie I especially like being on the lake and actually seeing it. I grew up on Lake Ontario and I have missed having a big lake nearby – it was one of the reasons I picked Barrie. Last note, for anyone traveling to Barrie in the winter, it does get colder here as we are at least a couple of snow belts up from the weather in the GTA.

Source: Barrie | Ontario Highway 11 Blog

Nice idea for a blog/ site. If you are along the highway have a look at your town.

Escaping Into a Good Book

If I can’t see myself do I really exist?

I must be having a really self inflicted self absorbed day. I’ve taken even more personality quizes than those posted below. Just for fun. I always wonder what it is I am looking for when I take those. Confirmation that I’m really not crazy, that I’m “not so bad”? Whatever it is I never seem to find it. Though, it is a cheap way of getting compliments and you don’t have to go out and meet for coffee first.

I was thinking about book reading today. I don’t have anything here that I am just itching to read. I began one mystery but it’s very British, that dry kind of writing style you really have to put some brain power into. I just want something fun to read. I like a simple book, the kind you take to bed at night and curl up so the light is coming from over your shoulder and onto the pages. The kind of book you fall asleep reading (that not it’s dull) and the kind that makes you have to stop reading so you can push yourself up on an elbow and turn off the light. Those are books that you read all at once cause they are good, but didn’t take a lot of thought to get into them or to understand them.

The BookCrossing people yesterday seemed to focus on literature. Books that say something about the reader, in a literary way. I knew whatever books I brought would be saying something about me – and what I read. But, I tried to bring a cross selection of what I read so I wouldn’t feel silly about some of what I read. I didn’t bring literature however. So, at the meeting I felt a bit like the lame duck. It did bother me when a couple of people were laughing at the paranormal romance books. Why laugh at something created to be enjoyed? It doesn’t have to change your view of the world just give you something fun to read before you turn off the light or while you wait for the bus, etc. I think people worry too much about the impression they make. It would be nice to have a themed meeting of the BookCrossing Toronto/ GTA people and make it for illiterature, just those books no one really wants to admit to reading. The books they don’t usually bring out to trade. Maybe I will do that, after I’ve been to a few meetings. Once I know about the job and accomodations thing again. Kind of aggravating to be back at that again, no real way to make plans for anything else.

Anyway, I still don’t have a good book to dive into today. I started a chapter of the mystery but kept feeling I was waiting for it to start. I did get a couple of mysteries from BookCrossing which I will try, they don’t seem to be the stuffy kind but neither gave me that flush of passion, that “must read” feeling. I like that about a book.

The Outback of Ontario

I’m about to venture forth into the Outback. I had planned to get out for breakfast this morning but now it’s 11:00am and breakfast will no longer be served without an extra dollar or so added. So that plan is done for. That’s ok, there are more options for luncheon places anyway. Now that my favourite place closed there really isn’t a great place to go out for breakfast in town.

I was thinking to drive out somewhere a bit. Maybe. It would be nice to get out and I’m not coughing and sneezing nearly as much now. I don’t think I could be a germ spreader still. I will be nice and careful too.

There are a few destinations in the realm of not so far away. I thought I would look at an online map for anything new I had forgotten. Do you know there is Southern Ontario, Nothern Ontario and the GTA? Well there are. However, here in the area north of the GTA and yet not north enough to be Northern Ontario we are kind of lost from the named map areas. We are on the map, don’t think we lack importance. But, we don’t have a real name when it comes to the direction stuff. So, I have decided to call this the Outback of Ontario.

Mainly because we are out back from just about every city known to people in Ontario. We are out back of Toronto. We are out back of Barrie and we are certainly out back of London and Orangeville and those towns. You can’t really say we are out back from Peterborough cause there is a lake in the way. You’d have to drive around it to get here so it’s not quite out back, according to me.

My Brother

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My brother, he’s not blind, he just appears that way. He is also single and looking for a good woman. He tends to like blondes I’ve noticed. Often busty blondes too. So typical. He is also in the GTA and has his own home. Working in real estate.

Any ladies looking for a date? I will give you his email address. No one night stand types, I AM his older sister. 🙂