Friday, June 20, 2014

What's in a Name?

Some to the fascination of a name surrender judgement hoodwinked.
                                                William Cowper


It has always fascinated me the names that people will call the place where they live, or used to live or for that matter want to live.

 It appears Toronto has many nicknames and depending on who and what century these people are from you will always here a different one. Hog Town and The Big Smoke come to mind. It does not surprise me much as I know a thing or two about nicknames that stick and I do know I love this city no matter what they call it.

I was lucky enough to cruise into Toronto by train for a couple of hours to grab a quick lunch and some hugs to celebrate Kat’s Birthday we only had two hours but we jammed it full, this is an easy thing to do in Toronto, with its incredibly convenient variety of places to eat and those ever present views of the unexpected, the anticipated and its ever present stimulating environment.


The city was clad in a fog that shrouded most of its tall wonders and had my mind filled with questions about the mysteries that lie above. Could this foggy day be recreating The Big Smoke that sometimes surrounds this city from the massive chimneys spewing who knows what from industries that fill the city? I found the fog comforting and extremely beautiful and I do understand that those industries are what keep this city running.  


There is always something going on, be that the construction, the traffic waiting patiently or in some cases not. The different modes of transportation has always fascinated this girl from the country and the ease at which the people walking can find their way around with all the signs that one day will say go this way and the very next day say go that. Kat having lived here for a long time now is very good at figuring it out and we had no problems. We did come across a sign and a row of orange clad hard hat guys standing like soldiers guarding a hole in the ground in the middle of the downtown.


 I am not sure about you but this still has me wondering about what could possibly be lurking down there. I snapped a photo and commented to Kat in jest; we don’t see that kind of thing down on the farm. Two of the many construction workers who I am pretty sure were supposed to remain very staunch and firm giggled, oh yes you heard me they giggled. I suspect they never seen a country girl before.

I was amazed and saddened that those two hours went by so very fast and knowing Kat would be going on an adventure herself for a while I guess I did not want to leave her but Kat had to get to work so she led me through the busy streets of Hog Town, The Big Smoke or Toronto (whatever) making our way around all those confusing signs telling us where to go and she deposited me in front of the GO bus heading for Hamilton nicknamed Steel Town. 


She stood there making sure I did not wander off and watched me climb aboard, I wondered if she was thinking her old farm girl Mom may wander off and get lost. I rather like the attention and the concern for my safety, so I did not complain. I think she, like I did not want those two hours to end. She may have been right in her protective actions there could possibly have been some confusion if I had wandered off because there is so much to see in this city, I have to admit I tend to get distracted and ignore all those confusing signs.

 I am going to keep going back till I have seen it all, it may take some time but I am up for the challenge.


Happy Birthday Kat and thank you Hog town, The Big Smoke, Toronto or whatever name you go by today. 
I totally understand.  Buttons.

On a different note remember my friend Holly who I met in Hamilton on Locke Street last week she apparently thought the same of me as I of her. Love new friends, look forward to meeting her again...check out her version of our meeting HERE  she looks lovely in one of Bossy2's hats don't you think?  Thanks Holly.

Later
   

42 comments:

  1. i can't get over seeing you in the city. it is so different. i hope & see that you enjoyed your time there. i love all the flags. ( :

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  2. Great pics, especially the last, and narrative, as usual. Did you get my email?

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  3. Two hours is like a gold mine when spent with your daughter in the city . . .
    Thanks for some pictures of Toronto B . . .

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  4. I think you may be the only person who managed to be in the worst of the city's construction and yet still LOVES the place!!
    I've never heard anyone who lived there call it the Big Smoke, and it always sounds strange to my ears.
    Now Steel Town is a whole other matter... looking forward to your impressions of my new home town.
    - found you in a round-about way from other blogs, hope you don't mind :)

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  5. The last image is my favourite!!! I love the fog, too!!

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  6. happy belated birthday kat!!!!

    glad you didn't get lost, honey-bun. -gigggles-

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  7. Happy Birthday - how time flies :)
    We used to say we are going to big smoke...Hugs M xox

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  8. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Have lots of cake for me please :) so different seeing city pics on your blog. Have a great weekend!

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  9. Haven't been to TO in years but I still remember the jangle of excitement in my stomach as I stepped off the bus for a day in the city. Thanks for rekindling the memories.

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  10. aren't names interesting? roanoke used to be called big lick. i think it had something to do with salt. now it is also knows as "the star city of the south" because of a big star on the mountain that was put there about 50 years ago, or so!

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  11. Happy birthday Kat.

    I have never been to Toronto.

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  12. Happy Birthday Kat what a lovely way to celebrate with your daughter. In the Great TO, that's what we always called it, one of the times I went we went of course to the highest Tower but it was so foggy couldn't see a thing, I'm glad you enjoyed yourself and of course your daughter would make sure you got on the right track to home...Loved the photo, it's been a while..Have a great weekend x

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  13. We have always called it TO. I'm not a fan of big cities but have been to Toronto many times for concerts, plays, the zoo, Ontario Place, the CNE, the ROM etc. It's such a confusing and busy city, but there sure is a lot to do and see. I'm glad you were able to spend a couple of hours with your daughter. I can't imagine what it would be like to have my daughter live in another city, she lives 2 blocks from me, and I see her every day!

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  15. I really like your views of Toronto. Amazing how we can all visit the same place but find different things to photograph. ;))

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  16. i am not a huge fan of big cities and always feel quite confused while i am in one. i have been to canada....the falls and my son played soccer there several times but i don't remember where!!!

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  17. those hours were precious. :)

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  18. I so remember and love Toronto, and in the first moments I arrived my 9 year old self could still hear my Mom asking me to close my mouth as I counted the high rise floors, this was Vancouver but at 35 when I first visited T. I felt the same awesomeness as I did at 9 in Vancouver. Lovely post Buttons and you've resurrected some wonderful old memories for me-Happy Birthday Kat.

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  19. So sweet how your daughter cares for you. Glad you had that special time. The older I get, the more I want to retreat to the country and as far away from the big city as possible.

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  20. Lived and worked in T.O (T dot O) for a number of years.

    Since retiring to the country, I don't miss the gridlock or the noise.

    It offers foodies just about anything and everything. Entertainment venues etc. but best of all it is a wonderful meeting place.

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  21. I get scared in big strange cities when I'm alone but with my hubby or friends I don't mind. I like the last photo of the foggy skyscrapers. I've never heard of Toronto being called 'the big fog' before but I guess it fits. Enjoy your weekend.

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  22. Wonderful photos and words Buttons!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  23. Now thats a backhoe... ;)

    you have a wonderful series of photos here - i especially like the last one!

    hmmm, not just a great writer but an excellent photographer too!

    xoxo

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  24. Happy Birthday to your daughter! I'm so glad you had a good time with her in the city even if it was only 2 hours.

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  25. B,

    Happy Birthday Kat!!! Is this the daughter who is getting married?

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  26. Congrats to Kat! And to you, Buttons, for surviving your harrowing adventure in "Bad old Toronto the Good."

    This reminds me of a poem:

    In Toronto the good
    It must be understood
    That sin is a thing to be warry-o
    So if you've been bad
    Be sure to be sad,
    Cause nothing is fun in Ontario.

    (I believe that was written by the late Robert Thomas Allen, journalist, author, and Toronto resident.)

    For the record, I'm a native to Toronto, too, thought I'm not entirely sure I could find my way around it any more.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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  27. What a great way to spend a day! So nice to have that time together. One of these days I'm going to get to Toronto and to Montreal. But I don't think I'll ever go back to Quebec. They don't exactly put out the welcome mat for Wisconsinites.

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  28. It looks like you were in the middle of all the construction! It's soooo bad this year.

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  29. I have always wanted to visit there. I didn't know it has so many interesting names. The photographs of the buildings are incredible.

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  30. I much prefer your farm, cows and forested areas. It's a place of peace and quiet.

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  31. Happy Birthday to Kat! A little time in the city is always fun :)

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  32. Glad you gals were able to get together and have a nice time ! I cant stand Toronto never could , I really don't like any big city . Thanks for sharing , Have a good weekend !

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  33. Happy birthday to Kat. And I need to plan a trip to that city sometime soon....:)

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  34. Always nice to visit the Big Smoke - we use that expression over here sometimes too :D)
    Glad you had that time with your Daughter - it's lovely to love and to be loved :D)

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  35. Your excursions are always full of adventure! I'm glad you could go have a good time together! I can just imagine those construction workers on the farm...they wouldn't know what to do, I'm sure!!

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  36. I am glad you managed to get there - if only for a little while. I have never heard of Toronto as either the Ols Smoke or Hogtown, but will definitely be referring to it as Hogtown from now on!

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  37. Happy Birthday Kat! I'm so happy you got to spend such a wonderful time in Toronto even if it was short :) I've never been in Canada but I definitely want to visit some day - Toronto included. I had no idea about all the names it's called :)

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  38. I have not been to Toronto in years. 33 to be exact. I have heard that parts of Ontario have names other than their actual names.

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  39. OH what a wonderful day and reading of it makes MY day start beautifully. And I love the photos of a City I have never been to.

    Fellow Bouncer :-)

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  40. Its nice to know that you enjoy the city even though you are a country girl now. It must have been lovely to spend time with your daughter, I love visiting mine too.

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  41. I hope your Kat had a wonderful birthday! That's so nice that you were able to spend time with her. Toronto looks fascinating. I would love to explore, too, but I would surely get lost on my own. :-)

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  42. Visits with daughters always go by way too quickly. I liked your description of the hard-hat workers, they can often be found like that in the city. Had to chuckle, myself, at your thoughts on them seeing a country girl. They probably aren't used to anyone paying attention to them.

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