A few weeks ago, I was popped out of my ‘walking to a specific destination’ bubble by a hand on my arm. It was a friend and roommate from university, whom I hadn’t seen in over a year.
I should say that if you ever see me on the street, and I am not expecting to see you, I will not see you. When I am walking to work, I am not expecting to run into anyone I know, much less someone I would stop and talk to. I’m listening to music or a podcast with my noise-cancelling headphones in, and I’m in a bubble. The bubble doesn’t go away until I’m in the office. Even at the elevators going up to the office, I’m still in the bubble and not expecting to see you. (That has lead to some slightly awkward encounters with coworkers in the elevator).
So when I say my bubble was popped, I really mean it. It takes me a second to realize what’s happening, and then another two seconds to turn off my music and noise cancelling headphones. And then I realize that I should just take my headphones out anyways. It’s never a great moment for me.
My friend was in Toronto scouting out where her new job was located. As I was heading to work, I didn’t have a lot of time to stand around and catch up, so we decided to get dinner together. We were originally planning on going to the Loose Moose, but what neither of us had taken into account was our downtown location and the restaurant’s proximity to not only the Rogers Centre, but the ACC as well. And as luck would have it, both a Blue Jays game as well as a Raptors game were happening that evening. So restaurants were busy. The Loose Moose didn’t have any room, but luckily (?) for us, there was a sister restaurant downstairs. Same kitchen, same menu, but a slightly louder, live music vibe.
Place #16: The Antler Room, 146 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J 1G2
Live music restaurants are not the best place to catch up with someone you haven’t seen in over a year, as the music isn’t exactly conductive to conversation. But we made do. We chatted briefly about what we’ve been up to for the last little bit, but otherwise just talked about causal stuff. Which I appreciated, because I’m not really one for dishing out a detailed account of the past year of my life all at once. It’s nice to know another person in Toronto, even if she’s only ever downtown for work.
Other places with week:
- Technically, the Loose Moose, but not for very long…