Summer Projects

Almost through August now.

In just over a week, the annual celebration of TGSS (THANK GAWD SCHOOL’S STARTING) will be toasted by parents of all ages as their tots return to the hallways of education.

Hard to believe that summer will be over in a month.

Summers to me used to be spent in Vermont (incidentally, about a mile from where that Montreal woman murdered her son recently ), where I spent most of my free time ranging about in the fields and valleys spooking the wildlife with my youthful curiosity and perpetual mischievous. It was a wonder that I never came home with more than a few scratches and bruises, considering some of the games I created to amuse myself.

I mean, just how smart is seeing how far you can climb up a shale cliff before it breaks? 45 feet was my record, and I was fortunate enough to snag myself on a tree root when the rocky shelf broke away from under my feet and crashed not far from where my sister Laura was screaming in horror. I was 10 at the time.

“Belling the Bull”, “How Long Can You Hold On to the Electric Fence?” and many others of the same ilk were also inspired by my imagination over the years. Anything to relieve the monotony

This summer, being somewhat older, and having a better grasp on what mortality means,  I chose to stick close to home (beats driving or being on any of Ontario’s highways). 

I have the financial means now to go away should I wish, but there are a few projects I wanted to concentrate on instead. Such as the ongoing renovations of my buildings community library.

With the help of my friend Drew Jones, who is staying with me as he tries to find an affordable place of his own here in Toronto (he normally lives in some far away land called Skugog, whatever that’s supposed to mean), we now have acquired 4 computers.

They all have Windows XP Pro installed on them as well as Office XP, and I have spoken to our buildings Property Manager, Patrick, and it looks like management is going to spring for the high speed internet access through Rogers.

This will truly be wonderful, as it will mean that our resident’s children, who may not be able to afford computers of their own, will now have access to the .NET and be able to do better on their homework, without being too far from their parents.
Our population of seniors may also be interested in acquiring some new skills that will allow to reach out to friends and family without having to leave home, such as email and general surfing, perhaps taught to them by those same kids.

John Corso, another resident here in my building, got me involved with the Annexe Resident’s Association earlier this month. The A.R.A will be having their annual book fair here at 250 Davenport, on the 16th of September. All proceeds will go towards some of their projects, like the Annexe Cat Rescue agency, and hopefully, the creation of a dog park, where our furry companions will be able to roam sans leash.

Any and all books left over will be donated to our library, which means I will have a whole slew of new books to catalogue, and I’m still working on the older stuff.

I doubt I’ll be finished anytime soon. Still, I’m busy and having fun, so that’s all that matters.