2020-08-26 Toy Run haul from Cyber City Comix, Toys "R" Us, Walmart and EB Games.

Made another brief 24-hour errand downtown this week to clear out as much stuff as possible from my condo.

Unlike my first overnight clandestine exodus operation back in May, the germaphobe in me was slightly less fearful of leaving the house in the Virus Era so I had a bit more courage to go out to stores provided they were in less densely populated areas.

By no means have I happily adapted to the “new normal” crap and become complacent though. The fact of the matter is our daily lives have been altered for the worse because of mainland China and the politically-correct hesitance of blaming them is the elephant in the room nowadays. I resentfully tolerate these “unprecedented times” and even though I personally would not attend protest events myself, I do appreciate those who go out of their way to fight for our freedoms in COVID-1984 Canada.

By no means am I an anti-masker, but I comply with mask policies because I’m already a germaphobe to begin with. For months, I’ve been afraid to even step foot outdoors in fear of the air being toxic! So you can probably imagine how stupid I must look wearing a mask even when alone in the car… 🀑

If not for my silly mental quirks though, I’d probably one of the silent majority who still do so for the sole purpose of ensuring that I can still go to wherever I need to do on a weekly basis as my continued happiness is my utmost priority. However, I also refuse to shut up and put on a fake smile by pretending all is well. C’est la vie, my ass!

As if leaving the house wasn’t already difficult enough in itself for an agoraphobe like me in the past, the increased preparation effort needed for me to go out for even the simplest errand uptown and massive inconvenience of wearing a face muzzle anywhere I go outside of home cause me so much jitters as if I was embarking on some long-distance space expedition. Whereas most people seem to come and go as they please, it’s not that easy for me at all. By the time I get home, I’d always be so dead-tired as if I just ventured to Mordor to drop the One Ring down the fire pits of Mount Doom – though in reality, I’ve only accomplished very minuscule tasks. So if an outing as small as that makes me so exhausted already, I could only dread imagining how I would feel if doing any errands downtown. πŸ˜’

Today’s errands would prove to be most daunting as my plan was to swing by every feasible stop along the way downtown in search of toys I wanted, allowing me to drop by retail locations I otherwise would never go out of my way to visit across town.

Before heading towards downtown, I stopped by Toys “R” Us in Thornhill for a routine toy check. It was disappointing, to say the least, so I ended up getting a few ‘maybes’ despite not being sure if I was going to keep them. Not my primary objectives but I picked up Marvel Legends: Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow and Taskmaster from the upcoming Black Widow (2020) movie since all Marvel products were on sale for the week until today. Not even once did I care to watch any trailers yet due to superhero fatigue, but I felt compelled to get these knowing my feelings were only temporary and I’d likely regain my interest eventually. For the past 4 years, I have only half-assedly been in the collecting loop which resulted in me stupidly passing on many opportunities to get a number of figures while everything was still widely available only to regret it later. Hence, I was determined to not let history repeat itself with today’s offerings. πŸ˜’

Definitely had to get the main villain Taskmaster though, since I’m familiar with him from Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (2010–2012) and based on the trailer I just watched… thank god I got him or I’d be so annoyed at myself now! πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Luckily, I also had my receipt from last time when I bought Marvel Legends Doctor Doom a few weeks ago so I was able to get that price-adjusted too while there.

This weekend would have been FanExpo had it not been cancelled because of China. To commemorate, local comic shop Cyber City Comix was having an End of Summer sale starting today until August 30th. Decided to swing by since it was nearby Toys “R” Us… only to see a bloody stupid line-up just to go inside because of “social distancing” and all that “new normal” crap. What a despicable waste of my time – fuck you, China Virus! 🀬

Almost thought about just leaving instead of waiting it out since I wasn’t sure if lining up for god knows how long just to browse for the possibility of there being something of interest would be worth it, but I was already there and it wasn’t a perfectly efficient on-the-way stop so I ended up staying to wait in the queue…

The wait amounted to about half an hour, but turns out I didn’t end up wasting my time just to leave empty-handed. Phew! Even though they didn’t have much in terms of toys, I picked up Eaglemoss Star Trek Starships Collection #148 Jem’Hadar Battleship, which I’ve actually been wanting for a while now but my usual source still never got it in. Originally $31.99CAD, it was $25.59CAD after 20% off from their sale… though my usual source has overall lower regular prices, the difference was 60 cents more and I was able to inspect the paint job in-person as well as choose the best of two here – something I normally don’t get to do otherwise with my usual source shipping to me from Ottawa. An acceptable trade-off for one of my top favourite Star Trek warships, I suppose.

Stopped by Fairview Mall since it was en route downtown and dropped by LEGO Store, since it’s been such a while, and EB Games but nothing to write home about at either. LEGO Store was so dead that it scares me thinking they might close down too. πŸ˜’

Originally planned to use some of my $60 worth of Ritual credits in the mall food court but decided otherwise after realizing lots of new restaurants have since been added in my area uptown – including neighbourhood staple and childhood favourite Saigon Star Vietnamese cuisine. Rather support them since I haven’t really been in the adventurous mood to go around ordering random stuff to eat these days in the Virus Era. I was also pleasantly surprised that they did not demote me to “regular” member since I haven’t used Ritual at all since March. Thank you, Ritual, for keeping me on Elite status! 😎

Ended up just getting two $6.99 Hot Honey Chicken Boxes from Popeyes to tide me over in meals for the next 24 hours.

Dropped by Walmart at Eglinton Square in Scarborough hoping to find the new Power Rangers Lightning Collection – Wave 5 and of course, it was just a damn boondoggle once again. Picked up Ghostbusters: Plasma Series – Egon Spengler despite not being sure if I was going to collect this line since my Mattel figures still sufficed, but I grabbed Egon anyway knowing he’s only 1 per case in case I can never find it again.

Over at EB Games, I found a much-wanted Star Wars: Black Series – Dryden Vos and NECA’s Alien Resurrection – Newborn Alien. Well, finally… some good hauls today after non-stop disappointment all day! πŸ™„

Also swung by the adjacent Cineplex to redeem a free small popcorn offer for Scene Members. Initially unsure if it would be worth the trouble, I figured I might as well do so since it was just right there and the theatre would likely be dead quiet anyway.

Normally, I’d just go straight to the condo from this point but I opted to take the side roads instead of the highway so I could pass by Gerrard Square as well in case there might be anything good. Sigh. Of course, it was jack shit as well there though I picked up Marvel Legends: Black Widow – Yelena Belova at the EB Games there. Hopefully, I will end up appreciating these pre-emptive pick-ups in the long term. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Also thought about redeeming some of my $60+ worth of Ritual credits at Tropical Joe’s while there but sadly, as much as I’m all for supporting local business with takeout, I just couldn’t get myself to place an order knowing their foods were splayed out on a hot table all day long where the China Virus could easily have settled in anytime. Sigh. That’s the germaphobe life for you. πŸ˜‘

Upon arrival at my condo, the free popcorn turned out to be a much-needed lifesaver after today’s tiring string of errands since I didn’t pick up an abundance of take-out to last through tonight and all of tomorrow’s meals. Enjoyed the entire bag of popcorn in one sitting while watching Body Snatchers (1993) which I PVR’d a while ago but still never got around to viewing after 2 years due to too many distractions in the city. πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

After catching The Blob (1988) on Hollywood Suite a few months ago, I’ve been in the mood for similar late-80s/early-90s creature feature remakes and have been meaning to watch this one whenever I returned to the condo again. Evidently, I tend to enjoy many things a lot more uptown in the comfort of peace and solitude when not having to worry about the dreaded “fear of missing out” while I am downtown.

Spent the next 24 hours non-stop packing after some rest. Last time back in May, I was so focused on the mission that I didn’t even sleep and pulled an all-nighter! Though after my underwhelming crosstown toy hunt today, I inevitably felt tired and did manage to get some sleep this time later into the night.

One of my primary reasons to return downtown this time was to bring home my TNG Bridge Playset which acted as the coffee table centrepiece at my downtown outpost.

24-Hour Condo Errand

Executed a second clandestine exodus operation during an overnight trip to my downtown condo this week to clear out whatever remaining collection items I still had left there. I’ve now managed to move pretty much everything of importance out of the city. All of my collection is finally safely nestled uptown with me and I no longer have to worry about a small portion of my collection being at a remote location anymore.

It took five trips between my suite downstairs to the parking garage and my car was filled to the brim with so many boxes and bags that I couldn’t even see the right side-view mirror for lane changes and had to make a gap – like Charlton Heston as Moses parting the Red Sea into two huge walls of water in The Ten Commandments (1956) – for an unobstructed line of sight to the rear view mirror. πŸ™ˆ

Thankfully, I managed to make it home safe and sound with my exceptional spatial skills whenever needed while driving with virtually non-existent traffic at 1:30am. No doubt I was beyond exhausted after all was said and done! 😫

“Gasp! You came back downtown?! Why didn’t you tell me…”

My first and only priority was to evacuate all of my remaining stuff from downtown in just 24 hours and I fully intended to make use of every second as efficiently as possible. Any social plans regardless with whomever or wherever have been of absolute lowest priority for me these days. Not to mention, I hate wearing a face muzzle and social plans are simply not worth the discomfort to me. More importantly, I simply refuse to risk contracting whatever germs from others and possibly bring the China Virus back home to my family uptown. No ifs, ands, or buts! πŸ˜’

The Future of Starbase 25

From now on, Starbase 25 will only act as a hotel for me to stay overnight briefly in the city whenever necessary and my main base of operations will always be uptown at Central Command. Gone are the days of staying downtown for entire weeks as the constant homesickness I endured just wasn’t allowing me to be happy. That said, I also do not plan to have any of my important collection pieces there anymore. After living downtown for the past 5 years, I’ve come to the realization that I am simply antisocial by nature and tend to generally find people annoying. The fact of the matter is that shared community living which comes along with the condo lifestyle just isn’t for me – at least not on a full-time basis.

Even before the China Virus, I never liked running into people in shared common areas and especially when my elevator trip would stop at countless other floors before I finally got to where I wanted. Though I’ve had it somewhat easier since I deliberately chose to live in a smaller building with far less floors than the popular 30+ storey sky high towers, daily annoyances such as the “vertical commute” still annoy me to no end – especially when I’ve had a bad day and just want to get to my destination as soon as possible with no interruptions!

Perhaps there weren’t too many people around yet when I first moved in since my condo was newly constructed at the time, but my building now has too many variables when it comes to people – a few of them even questionable and I will always hate that disgusting marijuana stench in some of the common areas! πŸ¦¨πŸ’©πŸ€’

Don’t even get me started on how much I despise those dreaded fan coil maintenance or fire inspection visits regardless of whether I’m there or not. Since when does anyone have the right to simply welcome themselves into my home and “thank (me) for (my) cooperation and/or understanding?!” Nobody could dare to that at a house uptown because that is technically breaking & entering! That said, condo living just doesn’t feel fully secure to me when there is essentially a mandated open border policy. This contemptible system of presumed consent downright infuriates me beyond belief! 🀬

Reasons like that is why I installed smart security cameras at my condo for peace of mind while I’m out of town. Exhibit A: superintendent caught picking up my photos to look at. Since when are my personal photos any of your business?! Do your job, and only your fucking job, then promptly GET THE FUCK OUT! My 9-Eyes Surveillance Network caught him red-handed so I was able to file a formal complaint along with irrefutable proof from my security cameras to building management and the condo board of directors. However, they merely had a talk with him and that was it. πŸ”₯😑πŸ”₯

The rising number of shootings downtown doesn’t help make me feel any safer either. As I predicted, things have also gradually changed for the worse since Crime Minister Trudumb turned Canada into a shithole and that Bobblehead John Tory made us a sanctuary city. Toronto is no longer a safe city where I feel like I can call home. Anyway, I’ll stop here before this turns into another political post. Those who have followed me long enough know my stance.

Now that I’ve enjoyed both uptown and downtown living, I can conclusively say that I undoubtedly prefer the quiet suburbs more and where I shall always call home. That’s not to say that buying my condo was a total waste though. In a blink of an eye, it’s already been 4 years since I’ve lived downtown full-time and in doing so, I have emerged from my social hermit shell and changed more than I realized possible. Even if I still choose the hikikomori lifestyle, at least now I am reclusive by choice and not because I am helpless. Dealing with people may be frustrating but it is no longer as debilitating to me. Perhaps I finally learned to grow a backbone after being fed up of certain people.

Since last year, I’ve just grown so tired of the compelling downtown lifestyle and have been yearning for some prolonged peace and quiet again. The thought of moving out and renting for monthly income has occurred to me but I just can’t let it go. I still want my own place in the city where I can stay overnight anytime I need to. Not to mention, having my own sanctuary in the city certainly eases my agoraphobia when having to go downtown since “home” isn’t so far away compared to if I didn’t have a condo.

Well, that’s the last of it. Starbase 25 has officially been evacuated. This event marks the end of an era. Whatever remaining collection I still had left at my condo has now been transported back home with me after 5 years in the “Alpha Quadrant” – center of the universe that is Toronto. πŸ€ͺ

If Toronto is the Alpha Quadrant, then I suppose my forces have retreated back to the Gamma Quadrant like the Dominion from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993–1999). This is by no means a permanent withdrawal by the Dominion of Georgania though since I still own my condo, but I have no plans to return for leisure or social purposes in the foreseeable future due to the China Virus and my preference nowadays to remain in less densely populated areas under these circumstances.

“Second star to the right… and straight on ’til morning.”

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