Recently, I’ve been having dreams that I have an apartment inside of Lansdowne Station. I suppose that I spent enough time going in and out of it that it wormed its way in.
(Woodbine station played a similar role for me when I was in the city in 2015.)
Some of the imagery in the dream clearly comes from what I had pictured when I heard Sharon Washington interviewed on Day 6 recently. Instead of a library, however, it was the simple tiled loveliness of Toronto’s Bloor-Danforth line.
I don’t know where the 50s street tough part came from, but it did all the same. Maybe it was because I was once threatened in middle school with a switchblade comb by a kid with a duck’s ass haircut, I don’t know.
Helpfully, I was reminded by Paul Croft and Andrew H that it sounded like Robert Munsch’s Jonathan Cleaned Up / Blackberry Subway Jam. Given its publication in 1981, I was most definitely the right age for it when it had been already well-established in school libraries, including that at St. Joseph’s in South Porcupine.
sounds a lot like Robert Munsch's "Blackberry Subway Jam" https://t.co/6V1ypOEvgx
— Paul Croft (@pcplans) November 28, 2016
It’s a hill I’m willing to die on: The Littlest Hobo represents some of the best in televised Canadiana from that late-70s/early-80s period.