The 2010 20K: Day 41 – Busking–busking-is-like-public-art

So it would seem that busking in the TTC might not be the best idea if I want to reach this goal in a timely fashion. If we consider that:

  • There's a $150 annual permit for busking in the TTC
  • One would need to commit to six-hour shifts three to four times a week, which would definitely cramp on sleeping time
  • I have limited musical talent – I don't think I could very readily pass a serious audition
  • It's a subway station. Those things are COLD.

So maybe we'll look to something more like street performing. Or maybe doing portraits of people – but WAIT!

  • If I'm just busking or drawing with chalk on the sidewalk, we're looking at a $35.69 permit fee.
  • If I want to draw portraits of people as takeaway items – it's a $300.00 permit fee. THREE HUNDRED. I'll need to think this over – see what approach might even be good to take care of this =/
  • The application for this is pretty lengthy – and there're a gajillion rules and regulations and bylaws associated with the practice – man. Buskin' ain't easy! I'm going to need more me's just to make this work!

I was going to enter one of those surveys you see on the back of your receipts from the fast food joints – you know – let us know your thoughts and you could win $1,000 – but damn! The recession must've hit Wendy's hard, because their is "tell us about this visit and we'll give you a free Single hamburger"! Wow, Wendy's. Wow. And you can only redeem one every thirty days. You know what – how about I fill it out and give it to a homeless person? Least I can do with this thing. Note: I actually would've done this, but just realized that I needed to fill in the survey within 48 hours of my visit. It's been 79 h 23 min. My bad, random homeless person 🙁 Also, in an amusing side, it appears that Burger King (huh – guess I have fast food more often than I think) doesn't even WANT your two cents – only a portion of it:


Still collecting Air/Aeroplan Miles like a fiend – kinda hoping that I'll be able to supplement some of the trips to come with these.

  • Aeroplan Miles to date: 1263
  • Air Miles to date: 609

If anyone has ideas on how to optimize collecting and using these, let me know! I'll post some ideas that I found and go from there – I expect that I have some fellow avid collectors out there!

And now, observe as I forge out into the snow to try and get to work on time!

Plus I have another couple of resumes to look at – commuter reading! Woo!


The 2010 20K Running Total = $192.14

Have a great day, y'all!

–case p.

Author: Casey E. Palmer

Calling the Great White North his home, Casey‘s spent the last few decades in pursuit of creating killer content. From novels as a kid, comics as a teen, to blogs and photos once he could grow a beard, he’ll use whatever’s around him to create amazing stuff. When he’s not creating, he’s parenting, exploring and trying to make life as awesome as possible for everyone around him. Because a boring life’s not a life worth living!

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