You can see by their footwear if they work nearby, or have to walk to get to their destination. Some wear shoes ranging from kitten heels to stilettos, while others have their feet stuck in flats or trainers.
They walk like robots, not looking right or left, up or down. They know where they’re going and they can’t get their fast enough.
They don’t see the magnificent buildings that seem to rise like mushrooms, soaring into the sky. They don’t notice the begonias, petunias and violets, bobbing their friendly faces in the early morning breeze.
At the building where I work, it’s like I’ve arrived at a fashion show. Sharp business suits mingle with floral dresses and fresh striped shirts and blouses. Hairdos vary equally, from long and flowing, to intricate pin ups, buns and ponytails.
After 9:00, with the office staff safely tucked up behind their desks, the city dies down. But not for long, now it’s time for the tourists to come out and play.
The women generally wear sundresses or shorts and tank tops, the men cargo pants and shirts they seem to have picked up in Hawaii. They have sunglasses on their noses, a camera around their necks and a map in their hands. They walk at a pace that a snail could overtake them, completely oblivious to other pedestrians, trees and lampposts.
Sooner or later one of them will ask “Where can we find the CN Tower?”
Look up people, the CN Tower is not the size of a fire hydrant, it’s the world’s tallest free standing structure and visible from almost anywhere in the city.
Most tourists are satisfied with merely looking at the tower, or taking a ride up the tower to visit the 360 restaurant or one of its many other entertaining features, but a few want to take a walk on the wild site and walk the edge of the tower.
A fan of the tower as I am, this type of walk does not appeal to me. Call me chicken, I don’t care. If it was merely walking on the edge, I might consider it, but leaning over the site as seen in the video … no way, I would pee in my pants.
Would you dare to do this?