2014-12-31 Wed

The Crane Game

I play this game every day while I walk around downtown Toronto:-

While you walk, keep your eyes open and count how many construction cranes you can see from any spot in downtown Toronto. If you canít see four youíre a loser.

I started playing it by looking for a single crane, but that got boring after the first ten minutes.

Four cranes seems like a better challenge.

So there I was walking down to a Spectrum Improv concert (155 Walnut Avenue 2 p.m. last Sunday of every month) and found myself on the north-west corner of Bathurst and Dundas, not exactly downtown youíll agree, but with a good view of downtown.

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Looking towards the downtown core, what I think of as an ESE direction from this corner.

Cranes one, two and three, circled in purple.

Score stands at 3.

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Swinging a bit southerly, say SE, two more cranes.

The red circle shows what at first I thought was a crane but turned out to be a concreting-snorkel waiting for a load Monday morning.

And yes, thatís the Sanderson branch of the Toronto Public Library in the foreground.

Score 5.

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Two more cranes, and lest you think Iím double-dipping, check the backgrounds and foregrounds of the two cranes above with those in the preceding image.

Score 7.

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Another crane, almost hidden by the tree branches, but not by the Library Branch (hah hah!)

Score 8.

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Two more cranes. By now I am shooting almost directly down Bathurst Street.

Score 10.

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There IS a crane quite close to the intersection, north side of Dundas street just west of Bathurst. I still had the camera on zoom and so this is a great view of almost-Etobicoke; the crane is out of camera view, top RH corner.


Score 11.

Of course itís a lot easier to see more cranes when you are not right on top of them (or more correctly, right under them but surrounded by tall buildings) but eleven cranes is my record to date.

Clear Thinking

I had cause to replace the two Fluorescent Tubes above the bathroom cabinet last week.

You really have to ponder Sub-Contractors:-

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Here is what greeted my eyes when I removed the two old tubes Ė presumably valuable information about what makes a suitable replacement.

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I was curious enough to rotate the image and expand it to read it.

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Thereís no way Iím going to unwire the main-fitting and rotate it through 180ļ