At the last minute I checked the weather forecast for the afternoon, grabbed my Mac in a Sac and headed out the door. I had three destinations. Via Rail to buy my ticket to Toronto for the following week; coffee; St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Although not initially a problem I realized I had forgotten to change into my sturdier shoes when I was more than a block from the house. I decided to forge ahead.
The Via station is a one person operation, I like the personal touch and it was important I have a manned station to use my e-vouchers. Sadly, the Kitchener Station will soon be fully impersonal. As it is the hours were cut. The clerk, perhaps they are still called stationmasters, he certainly was doing more than selling tickets – I did not think to ask, was very friendly and helpful. I used one of my $20.00 vouchers which meant I only had to pay the grand sum of $5.99! Onward to my second cup of coffee for the day.
A sign of visiting the same coffee shop too often is when the staff recall your order, and what you were doing the previous day. I had asked if my destination was easy to walk to despite the actual distance. My daughter called me so we had coffee together over the phone, then she ‘joined’ me while I walked to my final stop.
Keeping in mind there are a lot of food items I am not supposed to eat (big grrrr) I had packed a salad although I was hoping to partake of the lunch. For the extravagant price of $8.00 I could have the full lunch: sandwich – thoughtfully pre-cut into triangles to allow diners a mixed choice – ‘pickles’ (or just the thin vegetable sticks); dessert & tea or coffee and of course the concert. everything served on proper plates and in mugs too. I rather liked the idea of ‘lunch and a show’. We were also encouraged to eat in the pews!
What I had thought was an organ concert was actually a trumpet and organ – Piazzola, Pipes, Tangos & a Trumpet. If you can ever watch someone play the organ from behind do so – the solo organ, with fancy footwork, was amazing! I had no idea so much work was needed to play. Many cities these have summer noon concerts at churches that I highly suggest anyone try to attend. The music was fun, the audience appreciative, a lovely way to spend an hour.
They might have considered playing Copacabana (Barry Manilow) rather than Tico Tico (Zequinha de Abreu) as played in Copacabana the movie, with Carmen Miranda, to warn us of the weather outside! I am not a music aficionado, I just happen to know the Barry Manilow song and the movie!
I opened the door then rapidly closed it. Time to don my raincoat. Not that it helped much. It was a downpour. I most certainly did not like getting in the rain. Especially with significant changes to the transit system. Two stops were closed due to construction. By the time I sloshed onto a bus, and got back to the house I was soaking wet. My feet were still chilled two hours later.
I was quite shocked I spent so much money in one day! However, as with the previous day I do feel that the cost of lunch most likely went to something along the lines of a good cause.
Expenses: $5.99 one way Via Rail ticket Kitchener to Toronto; $14.10 drugstore (items needed); $8.00 lunch