Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Don't Stop Believing

top to bottom: Me, Alison and Natalie. Our last day together at the Knotty Buoy
photo taken by the fabulous Norman Wong

The last summer I had living in Toronto before I moved to England was totally magical. Every day was exciting and fresh. Me and my beloved Alison were working together and we’d get up super early and set out for work. We were both about to move away from the city and we really really really savoured every waking moment of our lives. We worked a lot in the beaches and we usually biked but sometimes we had a car so we’d drive from our house at College and Spadina. This came in very handy one day because we’d left something really important at home and we had to drive from the beaches and get it. We got a tad grumpy because it was a total waste of time-not to mention the traffic was awful and we were barely moving trying to get onto the Gardiner Expressway. So we turned on the radio but we couldn’t find any station that wasn’t playing Nickleback. So we just sat in silence. Then this guy pulls up beside us in a black BMW and he’s blasting Journey Don’t Stop Believing. I yelled out the window “Hey, what radio station are you listening to?” He says to me “It’s not radio it’s a CD.” And Alison and I were like “Oooooohhhhh NOOOOOOOO!”

The traffic moved forward a bit and stopped again and we continued to sit in our silent brood. Next thing we see is this guy running towards our car and he throws this thing through the window and it plonks on Alison’s lap. It was the guy from the BMW! He threw us the CD! He just says to us “You ladies can have it!”. Then he runs back to his car and the traffic starts to move and he just takes off. He overtakes us, speeds up the ramp onto the Gardiner and disappears. All we had time to take in was his black BMW and the license plate TURBOFLM. We put on the CD and it was all Journey. Don’t Stop Believing was on the CD 4 times! Needless to say our moods were transformed. It was just so magical.

So, why am I telling this story? Well, other than the fact that it’s a fun story to tell... I really think that Journey is right. Don’t Stop Believing. Even when life feels tough you just gotta believe in what you do. Magical things will always happen when you believe.

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