Things I Learned Today

  • The early bus up University Avenue leaves at 8:08 a.m., not at 8:00 a.m. It doesn’t stop at the Farmers’ Market, but it will stop in front of the Subway, which is almost the Farmers’ Market.
  • Today is the last day that Garth and Peggy will be operating the Taylor’s Taters stall at the Market until the fall. Stop by and stock up on carrots and potatoes while you still can.
  • You can still walk from the Farmers’ Market through the UPEI campus, across the creek and up beside the bestofpei store, but just barely: the new Canada Games track has made it hard to navigate and you need to walk around the track and down a precarious hill to get to the bridge over the creek (the bridge is leaning at a 15 degree angle and is perhaps not long for this world). It would be nice if UPEI would recreate this path — not only is it a shortcut to the mall, but it’s the only bit of “natural area” on the campus. Here’s the route we took.
  • Basketball nets only cost $2.99. We bought two, to install on the Prince Street School court.
  • Canadian Tire sells plug-in battery packs for Motorola and Nokia phones that will give you an additional 60 minutes of talk time and 60 hours of standby time for only $2.99. Seems like a good thing to keep in the glove box.
  • You can now buy a 1 terabyte external disk drive at Future Shop for $169.00. The mind boggles.
  • Future Shop is also selling heavily-discounted Nintendo DS games: we picked up a Go Diego Go for $8.00. They’re on a table at the front right by the door.
  • Some people refer to a bus that is going from the Charlottetown Mall to the Confederation Centre as “going uptown.” I find this confusing, as I would call this “going downtown,” mostly because the Uptown Theatre in Toronto was at Yonge and Bloor, not Yonge and Front. As an aside, the first time I was ever asked for ID at a movie theatre was at a matinee screening of Beverly Hills Cop at the Uptown in 1984. It was rated ‘R’ and I was 18. I’ve never been asked for ID again.
  • Despite being technically “open to traffic,” most Charlottetown Transit buses seem to have given up trying to navigate Fitzroy Street, as it’s often clogged with construction trucks and parked cars. So much for the 6 to 8 weeks closing predicted in January.
  • One of the Charlottetown Transit buses has an internal code-name of “Little Junior.” Other buses are referred to by their colour scheme (“yellow over blue”, “green over burgundy,” etc.), or their destination (“Stratford One”). The Talking Bus is referred to internally as “The Talking Bus.”