It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Babies Galore Meander Downtown

How long can this lovely mild weather continue? I don’t know, but I’m loving it! While I completely understand – and share! – the concerns about environment change, here in Canada it’s hard not to see a silver lining to this whole global warming thing…

So off we go, following our noses, seeing where they take us. They take us to the path along the canal, where we see “Guck! Guck! Gucks!” (Known more widely as seagulls.) We see “Fuck! Fuck! Fucks!” (Known more politely as trucks.) We see lots and lots of smiling people; more than a few astonished ones; one, a passenger in a passing car who stared and stared as she rounded the corner, who looked nothing other than completely stoned; and one grumpy one. (His mind was filled with something oppressive, poor man. I don’t think he saw us, not really.)

Our noses eventually took us to one of these:

Imagine that!!
Anyone who knows me knows that these are my particular personal vice, and that I believe the best ones in this city by far, are made at a particular Second Cup downtown. How good are they? Well, I will walk six km round trip pushing four toddlers – and passing TWO other Second Cups – just to have one of these. (Yes, I’m a bit compulsive, I confess, but hey, I figure that after all that exertion, I pretty much wear off the calories I ingest. Heart and lungs: check! Fresh air: check! Calories: null and void! A win-win-win!)

The babies drink their juice and eat their plum slices as I sip my chiller. They flirt with other patrons, they wave at pedestrians.

We leave when the local high school kids start pouring in during their lunch break. One young woman holds the door for us as she shrieks to her approaching friends, “Hey! Check this out! Babies galore!”

Babies galore. Maybe I should take that as my business name?

© 2006, Mary P

November 29, 2006 - Posted by | our adoring public, socializing


  1. The things we do to support our vices. Me, I hate to admit it, but I get up probably a half hour earlier than necessary so I can read while it’s quiet. Can’t read at night, I just fall asleep, so morning it is.

    Comment by Mamacita Tina | November 29, 2006 | Reply

  2. it’s my vice too, especially now that i have to be at the high school so early every morning. but it’s fun seeing my students every day at 7:45 in the starbucks across the street from school!

    also, babies galore? i’m already imagining the uber-chic business cards. you know you want to do it… πŸ˜›

    Comment by kari | November 29, 2006 | Reply

  3. I can have Heather make you up some business cards for that. LOL!

    Comment by Jenorama | November 29, 2006 | Reply

  4. And go to Cafepress and get tshirts. LOL.

    That chiller looks goood Mary P!

    Comment by kimmyk | November 29, 2006 | Reply

  5. I’m glad you’re getting nice weather. SwingDaddy is in Seattle this week, and they’re getting lots of snow. It’s even cold in California! (well, that’s relative, I guess.)

    Comment by Lady M | November 30, 2006 | Reply

  6. Mamacita Tina: You are hard up for vices if you count READING among them! Come now – reading is a virtue! Whenever, wherever.

    Kari: Ever since developing stomach problems some years back, I have had a pretty-near zero tolerance for caffeine. A cup of tea? Only if buffered before and after with double doses of my pills. Coffee? Can’t manage it at all. However, chillers? Chillers, a mix of espresso, milk and sugar, all frozen and churned up into a yummy slushie for grown-ups, go down without causing any stomach distress at all. I attribute it to the anaesthetic effect of all that ice. Too bad about all those calories. I only allow myself a couple a week. (A third, if I WALK to get it!)

    Jenorama: Thanks, but no. I’ll have people thinking I’m a surrogate mother or something!

    Kimmyk: T-shirts for the KIDS. Now, that’s a cute idea! And the chiller? It’s gooood, but the truly wonderful ones, can only be purchased from Dave and Wally’s Second Cup, Elgin and Lisgar, Ottawa, Ontario. (Just so’s you know.)

    LadyM: Our forecast for a week from now is -13C. Right now, right this minute, it’s 15, and we’re savouring every minute! (Every sodden minute, at the moment – it’s pouring out there!)

    Comment by Mary P. | November 30, 2006 | Reply

  7. oh yeah, sorry your forecast is for -13C, but I don’t have TOO much sympathy, ’cause I’ve been buried in snow for almost a week here on Vancouver Island! (photos on my blog if you care!)

    Comment by CeCe | November 30, 2006 | Reply

  8. CeCe: Yeah, I heard that Vancouver was getting some real snow for a change. Heh.

    Comment by Mary P. | November 30, 2006 | Reply

  9. Yes, we say that alot around here too.

    Now, I want one of those Second Cup concoctions. I think the walk from San Diego might be a bit far though.

    Comment by Matthew | December 3, 2006 | Reply

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