new train was going to be commissioned and they planned to put the first one into service in the next year or so. Yeah, that was back in 2006 people.
|Pork Chop in the drivers seat, I told him to try and look like he was driving. If this is how he is going to drive, he is never touching my car.
|My paparazzi, they may have been there for the train, but I choose to believe I was the big draw.
|There were even police, I am that famous!
So I wracked my brain for oh, 10 seconds, to come up with the most amazing name ever. I picked something that I thought the TTC would like, as I wanted to win. Growing up the slogan for the subway was "Ride the Rocket." I will at this time not make the obvious joke about that and move on. I do, however, reserve the right to come back at any time and do so.
But on a nice note, that slogan was something I remember from my childhood so I wanted to keep it going somehow.
|I am a little mad my name is not on the front of the train, but you know, I cannot have everything.
Until, I got a message at home saying I had won. Now I never win anything, much less something that was a big contest like this. At the time they announced that I won, I was all, yay! Then I was all, oh no, people are going to see me, as there was supposed to be a big event when the train launched. Remember I was at my heaviest around then. Well, what could I do I won something.
Little did I know there was a bunch of people on line making fun of me for my lame choice in names. I mean someone even said they were embarrassed they lived in the same city as me. I found this out after the train went into service in 2010 and I was looking for pictures to print out for my son. Ya, I could never be really famous, I was hurt. No thick skin here at all. Although with lots of money I could have someone to be upset for me, that could work. Or just get them to hunt down the meanies and call them names. That will show them.
So fast forward like what, 4 years? And I get a few emails saying there are going to be events, but they were all last minute and I could not get out of work on short notice you know. So finally they gave me a bit of notice about the first run of the train, I did not want to miss that. My goodness, my son could tell his grand kids he rode the maiden voyage of the subway. And yes I doubt he will be telling the story, but you know, I am dramatic. So I managed to get the day off and went.
The plan was to drive to work then subway it to the station to meet up and be there and I had no idea what else. So of coarse there was a traffic accident and we were late, but we made it at least 10 minuted earlier than the mayor, so hey, I was on time.
|And here is Pork Chop skipping behind the media and the Mayor with his ribbon, he was mad they would not let him go first I think.
|This was the last professional picture, taken just as they were getting ready to let all the people on. My head looks like it's floating or something.
So after that they were going to start the train, they wanted to let Pork Chop in the front but they were not allowed due to something or other. So we stood at the front and all these people loaded in. Man there are some die hard train fans, so cute, and at every station they would yell for the people to get on, as it was not the usual train. So funny. Pork Chop kept looking at me like this was the craziest thing ever, usually only drunk people are screaming on the subway. Not that he has been on the train with drunks, not yet at least.
So we rode it back to work, had one of the TV stations talk to us and then we grabbed lunch and went home. But not after visiting all my "friends" at work. Pork Chop always wants to see my friends, but then acts all shy and doesn't say anything other than "hi" and "hmm." He is a real conversationalist in public. Oh and I bought him some lego because he had been so good. That was probably the highlight of the day for him
That night Pork Chop watched TV all night to see himself. He was not on TV at all, poor guy. The big news was the heat, it was super hot and that was the top story. There was a clip of us walking along the train, but that was it. He was so upset, so I spent the next day googling for clips, there were a few, mostly of us walking inside the train.
Now anytime the mayor is on the news Pork Chop asks why there is a new train, if he only knew right?
|I took this picture because it was going to be in my scrapbook of "The Amazing Life of Me" I have yet to start that book, so you know, now it's on the web,it's practically the same thing.
So there were a few professional pictures and a few I took on my phone. It was darn hot and my feet hurt, and the dress I was wearing makes it look like I have no boobs and I felt fat, and my hair was hot and you know it was not great. ( and I totally know I am whining like a baby, but you know, I have to start my Diva attitude somewhere right?) But, I named a train, and will go down in history as the girl who gave "The Toronto Rocket" it's name.
And was one of the first to ride it.
(that's what she said!)
All professional pictures by , Derek Stryland