Volume 94, Issue 20
Wednesday, October 4, 2000
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
A bus tour like no other
Arts & Entertainment Editor
Riding the bus can be the most mundane part of most people's day. But if you take a moment to think about it, there is much to see in this city from the dirty window of an London Transit Commission bus.
In light of this realization, I think it's crucially important for everyone to take some time out of their busy schedules, grab a carton of chocolate milk and a Big Turk and spend some quality time riding the bus.
If you catch the Richmond 6 in front of the Natural Sciences building, you can have a nice tour of the Western half of campus. A short drive by Huron College takes riders to Alumni Hall, where after a short layover (the driver usually needs a moment in the loo), the bus finally leaves campus.
As it meanders its way south on Richmond Street, past a row of front lawns strewn with BMWs, beer bottles and garden gnomes, the real fun begins. Beginning at the intersection of Richmond and Oxford Streets, the rider begins to see some of the eccentric characters who reside within the city's core.
Even more fun is watching these same people swear and flip the bird after the driver has left them behind because the bus is already full. On rainy days, their anger is amplified because the driver will gladly give them an unwanted shower. It's quite a sight to behold and good fun, too.
Once the bus gets to the intersection of Richmond and Dundas Streets, get off and take a mental inventory of the area. If you need extra cash, offer the kids hanging around the nearest variety store the following proposition: you buy them cigarettes and they give you a hearty tip for your trouble.
From there, grab the Dundas 2A and head East, but prepare yourself for quite a journey. This bus ride is so long that the LTC is actually considering serving a meal at the half-way point. If you're looking for some quality vintage shopping, the Goodwill east of Adelaide is second to none.
But now is not the time to shop you're getting to know bus routes. Meanwhile, a toothless man in a Stelco Steel uniform has positioned himself nicely beside you and is proceeding to get to know your upper thigh a little better.
A perfect time to change buses. Hope you're ready for what will surely be the greatest ride of your life the Wavell 7, which showcases residential London at its best. Stick with this bus until it brings you to East London's shining pinnacle of capitalism, also known as the Argyle Mall.
Among all the fine stores, I'm sure you'll find exactly what you're looking for. That is, if you could put this article down long enough to get off the bus and enjoy the sights.
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