Once again, I found myself walking to my destination instead of subwaying it. However, Bathurst isn’t that far from where I live and it’s 8 FLIPPING DEGREES OUTSIDE (<3), so I feel that my decision to walk is justified.
SHUT UP, SHUT UP, DON’T JUDGE ME.
Plus, I wanted to make a couple of stops on the way to Bathurst.
Quick note: CAN WE PLEASE JUST ADDRESS HOW PERFECT THE WEATHER IS TOGETHER?! HOLY. CRAP. I LOVE IT. I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT.
Great, now that THAT’S out of the way…
The reason I went to Bathurst was to go to Sonic Boom, which is this amazing (and enormous) music store. A couple of weeks ago, my friend took me to see Suuns play on the stage SB has set up on the bottom floor. The bottom floor which, may I just say, IS ALL VINYL AND VHS TAPES AND CASSETTES. A 90s child’s dream. I mean, nothing screams hardcore like an Aaron Carter cassette tape.
… I have all of his cassette tapes.
I can’t actually say why I had to go to SB in case a certain someone happens to read this, but even though I found what I was looking for in two seconds, I ended up looking around for a good twenty minutes. You can’t help it when you’re in there. They just have absolutely everything and it’s wonderful.
On my way to SB, I stopped into a little comic book store on Bloor.
I’ve only been there a couple of times, but the same guy is always working. He must own the place or something. Anyway, he’s very nice. If you ever want good recommendations for comics and the like, he’s always a good person to consult. Unlike the people at the Silver Snail, this guy loves talking. Not in an annoying way. In a good way.
(By the way: they also carry some art books, which is kind of cool!)
Another great thing about walking to SB is that you pass a lovely store called Wiener’s Home Hardware. One day, I want to work at Wiener’s Home Hardware, just so I can put it on my Facebook page. Is that sad?
Right across from Wiener’s (tee hee!) is Lee’s Palace.
Lee’s Palace always has so many good shows going on, but I’ve never had the chance to go to any of them. It sucks. Regardless, sometimes I like to stand across from the building and take pictures of it. Mhm, that’s my idea of a good time.
I must look like such a tourist, pulling my (NEW!) phone out to take pictures of everything.
Anyway, after stopping by The Labyrinth and SB, I figured that, since I was in the area anyway, I may as well stop into Honest Ed’s.
Oh, Honest Ed’s.
"ALL WET!! BUT HE NEVER SOAKS YOU!!"
Here’s the thing about HE:
It has this distinct smell. I can’t quite place it, but you walk in and immediately you know that you’re in Honest Ed’s. You quickly learn that, while in the store, you must at all times breathe through your mouth if you don’t want to experience nausea.
Also, the prices aren’t that good. You’d think that they’d be amazing, considering the horrible stench you have to endure to get to the products. BUT NO. I mean, some things are decently priced, I’ll give it that, but is it really work risking your health and well being to get a dollar off? Some things are actually kind of pricey, which makes me sad.
Finally, Honest Ed’s has a tiny grocery section. I hope that I never feel the desire to buy any sort of perishable food item from Honest Ed’s. Heck, I hope that I never feel the desire to buy any sort of NON-perishable food item from Honest Ed’s. I don’t trust it. I just… don’t. It’s the same with the beauty products they sell.
No, Honest Ed’s actually isn’t that horrible. Just bring a nose plug and you can get some great school supplies, cheap clothing (which I would still wash right away, just in case) and some cool novelty things. My mom’s office once had one of the golden Elvis heads that HE is known for selling. An Elvis head is always a lovely way to spruce up your dull home.
... there was another sign that said: 'Seating for "DENTAL PATIENTS" only.' Why the quotation marks? WHAT ARE THEY TRYING TO TELL US?! Maybe Honest Ed isn't so innocent after all.
Speaking of home decor, I quickly popped by the home decor section. Look at what I found:
How have I gone my whole life without having one of these beautiful pieces of art in my home?
So Honest Ed’s is actually not 100% terrible. Plus, I have a 10% off Honest Ed’s card, so I guess I can’t complain that much.
… I just wish that Honest Ed’s had maps of the store. It took me a good five minutes to find an exit. 😦
Okay, so before I end this post, I would just like to bring up one final thing:
A couple of weeks ago, my mother mailed me this clipping from 24 News reporting that, of all the subway stations, Bathurst was supposed to be the most romantic. I’m not kidding! The article is right here beside me, posted on my whiteboard.
SO WHY DID I NOT RECEIVE ANY LOVIN’ AT BATHURST STATION?! (By the way, Bathurst station has a cafe or bakery or something underground.) WHERE WAS THE LOVE?! I DID NOT SEE/HEAR/TASTE/FEEL IT.
24 News lied to me. They lied to all of us.
… I blame Honest Ed.
He really isn’t so innocent.