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Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
12:48 pm
Toronto's War on Fun

"...But if Toronto is a competition, then city officials are dedicated to ensuring it’s the only one in the world where everyone loses."

Current Mood: pissed off
Monday, January 3rd, 2011
2:57 pm
Just heard on the Queen streetcar a few minutes ago.

One side of a phone conversation:
"Hey, was I mean to John yesterday? I feel like I may have been a little mean... I know but about what? Oh, the jew thing? Well, tell him I'm sorry... Oh, hi John... I just wanted to apologize for being mean to you just because you hate jews... A lot of people do and it's ok. I'm sorry"

He said this as he was getting off the streetcar and my jaw dropped.
Monday, June 7th, 2010
10:08 am
Strange taste
Overheard at the picnic tables at Centreville on Centre Island:

One mom to another: "Oh, Bryan Adams! Rock on!" (it was being blasted a short way away)

Same mom a few minutes later: "Oh we stopped at McDonald's on the way here. Much healthier."

(She seemed quite serious, was comparing it to pizza and other Centreville food.)
Saturday, December 12th, 2009
12:33 am
Girl studying for exam: Hinduism, I'm gonna rape you up the ass.

University of Toronto Scarborough Library
Saturday, October 24th, 2009
1:15 am
Well played.
Just heard on the eastbound train about half an hour ago.

PA: Now arriving at Pape Station
Guy behind me: Pape station? I got one of those in my pocket!
Thursday, October 15th, 2009
7:33 pm
Save balloon boy!
Guy 1: (about the boy set adrift in a weather balloon) Wait, why wasn't this kid in school?
Guy 2: Because he was in a fucking balloon. Duh.

-- King & Bay, waiting for an eastbound streetcar, 5:45 PM
Sunday, September 27th, 2009
10:31 pm
from my front porch
"I'm tired of your mother jokes!"

"Your mother is tired of your mother jokes!"
Monday, September 28th, 2009
3:15 am
Overheard while walking down Carlton St
"My father's ex-girlfriend's father is my dentist, and now that they broke up I don't know if I can still go there for free."

Current Mood: amused
Thursday, September 3rd, 2009
3:04 pm
jordin sparks is for white girls.
i took my little cousin to see the jonas brothers on sunday and jordin sparks opened.
i was on the bus on the way home and someone who had obviously also just left the concert was having a conversation about jordin sparks over the phone.

so i only heard her side of the conversation.

"oh. jordin sparks was singing but i didn't know it was her. i didn't even know it was her until the end and she sang that 'no air' song. she's so different now, eh! honestly, i didn't know until i asked some white girl that was singing along. remember she used to be more urban?! she had the song with chris brown and she was urban but now she's so different. now she sings songs for white girls. i don't like it!"
Friday, August 14th, 2009
9:04 pm
English people
Girl 1: "He bought an old house, like 100 yrs old or so, cause you know how English people like old things."

Girl 2: "No, not necessarily. That's racist!"

Girl 1: "Yeah they do! You know, like the Antiques Roadshow."

(that is when I had to stifle a laugh cause my husband is English and loves that show.)
Monday, July 13th, 2009
1:40 pm
overheard at warden station
"yeah. it's just like, so much fun to skip down stairs, y'know?"
Sunday, July 5th, 2009
9:48 pm
One-side of a mobile phone conversation in a restaurant
"Is he running from the police or the Hell's Angels?"
*long pause*
"He wouldn't have to leave town if he just owed money to some guy."
Thursday, April 30th, 2009
4:45 pm
should leave my ipod at home more often.
on the train this morning:

girl: i'm going to dye my hair
boy: what colour?
girl: something a little closer to my natural colour
boy: oh, if you do that maybe he'll think you really ARE a prostitute!
Monday, April 27th, 2009
8:36 pm
on king streetcar
Two old women start talking - one outgoing, one shy - the shy one mentions she is from poland, is taking italian lessons and eventually says she was in Aushwitz then gets off at her stop.

The outgoing one then proceeds to start crying and telling everyone how amazing the other woman was:

outgoing woman: (while bawling) oh my, that old bird was so so sweet. she's gone through so much and is still smiling and learning and was so nice

other passengers: nod in agreement and sniffle a bit

outgoing woman: Oh no, I can't stop crying and I have to audition as a bubbly grandma in 5 minutes!!
Friday, April 24th, 2009
6:41 pm
At the high park zoo, a woman standing with her toddler in front of the cow pen:

"Look, honey! Look at the pig!"

*long pause*

"I mean, look at the horse!"

*longer pause*

"Or cow, or whatever."
6:05 pm

Approaching this Tiger Exhibit at the Toronto Zoo

"OH MY GOD!  Look at the size of that Rhododendron!"


College Streetcar

Elderly Blind Man sitting at front talking with driver:  "so how long have you been driving the streetcar?"
Driver:  Oh, not long,  only about two years.
Elderly Blind Man:  I thought so, you have that 'new driver' smell.

5:54 pm
young girl on a streetcar
"I have no reason to like or dislike John Lennon. also, my mom likes him enough for the both of us."
Saturday, April 18th, 2009
8:06 am
I did a lot of walking yesterday and since I forgot to charge ny ipod, I heard a lot of conversations.


Walking on Queen West just west of Bathurst.
Girl: do you know where babies come from? Like where they come out of? Do you ever think about that?
Guy: all the time!
Girl: people forget

I stopped for a slice at gino's pizza at college and ossington. So did a skateboarder. A few minutes later a few of his friends walked by
Friend 1: hey. Stopping for some emergency pizza, eh?
Skater: yeah... Got a little too buzzed
Friend 2: that's cute you got buzzed off 1 beer
Friend 1: what's on your pizza? Is that mustard? Wow, you must be drunk! What are you reading?
Skater: uh... The chinese newspaper.
Friend 1: do you understand it or are you just looking at the pictures?
Skater: people watching
Friend 1: yeah, I guess it's a little more dignified if it looks like you're reading something

After that I made my way to the mod club. Just outside of blockbuster there was a (fully clothed) girl on her cellphone who informed her friend of the nature of her outfit
"I can't. I'm not wearing anything even remotely slutty!"

Who needs an ipod when the people of toronto are talking to each other? Good times.
Wednesday, April 8th, 2009
9:05 am
I'm having Flash Backs to "Alien"
1st Student - What does it mean when the back of my belly button hurts?
2nd Student - *Mumbles Something*
1st Student - It doesn't mean I'm pregnant! Just ask your daddy!

Sunday, March 8th, 2009
4:26 pm
"but, you know... in that GOOD way."

(hipster couple discussing a film on the streetcar)

Girl: "Yeah, that movie was really beautiful, but totally lacking in substance."
Guy: "So...  kinda like you, then...?"

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