The 2010 20K: Day 41 – Busking

http://www.metronews.ca/toronto/local/article/456474–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!

http://www.toronto.ca/licensing/pdf/rd_allw_fees.pdf

  • 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!

Digits:

The 2010 20K Running Total = $192.14

Have a great day, y'all!

–case p.

By 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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