i cannot believe i have never done this before. you know, parcelled and enumerated all my many hates. briefly:
1. i took the 58 malton bus to the airport. and hey, the trip was really nice. the west end has grown into its discount modernism pretty well. i was even kind of agog at the regal constellation: they build a wicked 1960s sun-belt hotel and landscape it with pine trees? amazing. i was so enraptured, apparently, that i failed to notice as the bus whizzed clean past the airport, past the garages and fully out of sight of the terminal towers. usually in such a situation i just relax and wait for the bus to loop back, but the number of beturbaned passengers still aboard told me this particular bus still had a long way to go, possibly all the way to amritsar. i ran to the back doors and they didn't open. i rang the bell and they didn't open. "you gotta come pay at the front" the bus driver told me. i was like, dude, i paid back in scarborough. i have a metropass. "no, extra fare in mississauga. you gotta pay to leave." FUCKING MISSISSAUGA. the crushing ugliness/shittiness of my surroundings should have been my first hint, the chimneys belching steam, the rubble concrete, the little bald guy scuttling along the shoulder with a battered doctor's bag full of crumpled papers. but to be fair, that started about a mile back, around about boston pizza. "dude, shouldn't you announce this earlier?" i asked, rifling around in my bag for my wallet. "no," my man snorted, "IT'S POSTED." i still don't know what he meant. back at the subway station? i jammed an expired ticket in the fare-box and he let me go. but i noted, as i trudged back to toronto, scowling at every crappy, mud-caked fake-boulder-and-white-pine office-park tableau, as the sidewalk suddenly collided with a higway on-ramp and lost, that nowhere is there a sign warning you that you are now leaving toronto, "ontario's capital" and welcome to crap. so fuck the ttc.
2. and hey, not to belabor the point, but mississauga. it sucks.
3. my brother is currently proudly displaying the gift his mutant grandmother brought back from israel: a bullet wrapped in the magen david, hanging on a chain. i have a lot to say about like, arab baby carcasses, affluent jewish guilt, israel-centric cultural judaism is a sucking abyss of jewish anti-culture etc but man, suffice it to say that my mother is a conservative convert and he is thus ineligible for citizenship in the allegedly secular state of israel. the only comfort i can take from this is that the closest he will ever come to a dead palestinian is wearing the bullet that killed one. i hope someone wraps him in his own intestines. what a fucking idiot. so fuck zionists.