For the celebratory dinner, we chose to sit on the nearly empty balcony at a restaurant on Hess St. The mood was set: the bar across the way was pumping techno tunes, and the waitress told us there was no wifi because of the recent installation of bulletproof glass along the outside of the balcony. Grrrrreat.
Then the comedians came. At first I thought it was just a drunk random, taking advantage of this forgotten microphone on the patio. But then he introduced the next comedian, and I realized we were trapped in the “front row” of this spectacle. There was no escape. So we listened to jokes about:
- Inappropriately fondling powdered cannoli
- The fact that women should just give into what men need sexually
- A few other racist tidbits that I will spare you.
It was weird, and we got the heck outta there!
The next day, before the tearful goodbye, Alexi and I furiously unpacked as many boxes as we could (despite not having furniture to put the stuff IN) and then decided f*ck it, we’re going to Niagara Falls! It’s pretty spectacular, I will admit.
We saw a rainbow (my photography dream), took in the power house (because we are hydro nerds), and noted the insane commercialism that is generally not noted in the advertisements.
After all the remote stops we went to that were crowd barren, it surprised me to see so many people and huge skyscrapers surrounding the falls. Still though, a nice way to wrap up the trip.
9:30pm – I had to drop Ms. Murray off at the Toronto airport. We swerved around in traffic in the dark, missed exits, and I would say it the most stressful part of the trip for both of us. And then she was gone. Just like that. I kind of felt like I was on vacation with her, and that we would both be flying back together and I’d go to work, sit at my desk with my sunglasses, and go on with life.
I can’t say enough about what a good friend Alexi was to have come with me on this adventure, and just in general in my life. I am so grateful, and lucky, to have a friend like her.
Now my life here really begins, I guess