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03 Dec 06 Who needs a car?

So we’ve decided to sell our beloved VW Jetta station wagon (PDF 92 KB). I used the car to lug gear back and forth to gigs when I performed with blueScreen. We brought both Marley and Nicole home from the hospital in that car. And it got us safely to our new home in Brooklyn at the end of the summer.

We got sucked into the parking game here, flipping the car from one side of the street to the other for weekly street cleaning. We only got one parking ticket which is pretty good for New York City. We’ve decided to quit while we’re ahead and throw in the towel.

The car is now back in Toronto sitting in a heated garage and being well maintained by Karyn’s father. He has kindly offered to help us sell the car. If anyone is interested in a great family car that drives like a sports car, feel free to view our poster (PDF 92 KB) and share it with anyone that you think might be interested.

A review of this car on Epinions.com reads, “BMW performance and style for a VW pricetag.” A Canadian Driver overview of the car at says, “A handsome, practical wagon that’s well-finished and easy to drive.”

Not our car, but almost identical - 2003 VW Jetta Wagon

Update: We sold our car in mid-January. A huge thanks to Karyn’s Dad for finding the buyer and closing the sale!

19 Oct 06 The Top 5 Things We Miss Most About Toronto

New York has just about everything we could wish for. It even has things we never even knew we needed! However, there are a few things we truly miss about Toronto. So, here’s the Bradfields’ list of the top five things we miss most about our home town:

5. Our hairdresser;

4. Bloor West Village;

3. Several consecutive days without torrential rain;

2. Swiss Chalet;

And the number one thing we miss most about Toronto? Brace youselves, this’ll be a shocker:

1. The Leafs. Maybe this will be the year – we can always hope.

01 Oct 06 Buck Fush…

…and so began my (Karyn’s) introduction to the Park Slope Food Coop. Kirk, the orientation leader, displayed the saying prominently (and I suspect proudly), on the front of his tee. The Coop is a grocery store where members work 3 hours a month running the store to reap the benefits of cheap prices and almost entirely green and organic pickings. I’m exempt from my work shift until February. A maternity leave for members – how very socialist of them! Kirk’s t-shirt and the coop philosophies are typical for this area of New York. For liberal Canadians like Dave and me, it makes the Americans seem more, well, Canadian, than the stereotype some of us may have of the citizens of a country that voted Fush in twice. This is comforting, since we miss our home terribly.

11 Sep 06 September 11, 2006

We’re sitting at home tonight and every station is broadcasting an address from the President talking about the fifth anniversary of September 11, 2001. It is a solemn day. It still seems unbelievable to us. We cannot imagine what it must have been like here on that awful day.

The New York City we are getting to know is cautious, but boisterous and incredibly friendly. On the subway today, multiple announcements were made about the need to be aware and vocal at the slightest concern. It’s comforting to see such vigilance.

Last week, I flew from New York to St. Louis and was happy to go through detailed security checks both to and from St. Louis. Funny though, I did manage to sneak through with my toothpaste and shaving cream after the shakedown. What a rebel (with good breath and a close shave).

To be honest, I was just going to leave this entry blank to represent how speechless we are. We have nothing to contribute that will ease the pains of history, but we have unlimited hope for the future. We also thought that those of you not here might wonder how we’re reacting to the day. All I can say is with quiet and thoughtful observance.

07 Sep 06 Marley’s new daycare

Marley started her new daycare yesterday and was a superstar! She kissed me goodbye within 10 minutes of our arrival and that was it. The teachers say she was the star of circletime (that’s song singing, for those of you who don’t know the daycare lingo) and had a great day. She was supposed to go in for half days all week, but because she’s transitioned so well, she’s there all day today.

We’re learning about New York living very quickly. For example, I’m beginning to understand why people don’t have cars. Every Thursday, we need to move our car so the street can be cleaned from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. I found a parking space 3 blocks away, so that was cool. When I moved the car back at 2:03 p.m., however, all the spots on the entire block were taken. In the approximately six minutes it took me to walk to the car and move it, every space was gone. Crazy. We haven’t used the car since we arrived here a week and a half ago, so we really have to evaluate whether the insurance expense is worth it.

Every convenience is within walking distance and big things can be delivered – like diapers, which I ordered from 1800diapers.com. They have great prices and deliver right to your door. Gotta love the Internet!