Quinte, On. real estate agent: Overjoyed at Scarborough Town Centre

Overjoyed at Scarborough Town Centre

I was walking through Scarborough Town Centre this week. They happen to be renovating. It seems that they have been renovating this mall since 1980. When I was a teenager this is the place where I'd go with my friends to score weed hang out on weekends. I never used to like the Town Centre, but it's a pretty happening place now. They have some nice stores in there, not like the old days when it was dark, dingy and there always seemed to be a vague threat that I would be kidnapped and tortured by the vagrant who slept under the stairs leading up to the Bubbles Discount Emporium and Arcade.

To announce the latest round of improvements, strategically placed posters have been hung around the mall telling us, the public, exactly what will be happening. They have photographs of people who seem to be very pleased at the latest round of upgrades that are taking place. One in particular caught my eye.

happy guy at town centre

I don't know about you, but I get suspicicious when I see people who appear to be so deleriously happy. It almost looks like the bottom half of the photo (if there was a bottom half) would be x-rated, he seems to be pressed against the glass doing something. I was intrigued, so I had to read the poster and find out exactly what it is that's puting this fellow in such a great mood.


There we have it. He is happy about the "New and Improved Washrooms" on the Lower Level that feature new vanities. That is indeed a cause for celebration, no wonder this guy can barely contain his joy. The prospect of new soap and towel dispensers would be enough to make even the most jaded among us leap in the air and grin like idiots. Maybe he had a bad experience in the old washroom and is looking forward to trying out the new ones - maybe he'll be first in line when they open.

Whatever the case may be, it made me happy to know that there still are people who can can take joy in the simpler pleasures that life has to offer.


Comment balloon 8 commentsMalcolm Johnston • May 06 2010 02:53PM


You are so baaad Malcolm! LOL!

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) almost 10 years ago

Malcolm, there seems to be some sort of subliminal message going on as well.  He is prominently displaying 8 fingers.  So maybe it's EIGHT, I can't WAIT, this is going to be GREAT, what FATE, take the BAIT, bring your MATE, don't be LATE ... OK, maybe I'm just reading too much into this.

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA almost 10 years ago

Janice Ankrett ASP (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) Janice, I try my best.

Cynthia Larsen - Sonoma County Real Estate, CA (Safe Haven Realty) Cynthia, I'm sure there's a lot of subliminal stuff going on in certain ads, that's part of the reason why some are so absolutely ridiculous.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) almost 10 years ago

lol, Malcolm....

You would have a great time with the posters in the subway tunnels....


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 10 years ago


I suppose that if you need a washroom, you may as well go to a "new and improved" washroom. And, you're right, constant, continuous renovations seem to be the order of the day.


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) almost 10 years ago


When you gotta go, you gotta go.  Who hasn't felt that pressure then relief, but I agree deliiously happy for a bathroom break is a bit too much.  This is marketing gone wrong.

Posted by Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you. (YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles UnlimitedĀ®) almost 10 years ago

Jo-Anne Smith- Oakville, Burlington and Mississauga Region Real Estate, Ont (Brekland Realty Group) Haha Jo, if they are anything like the ones on the busses, I bet I would.

Brian Madigan LL.B. (Royal LePage Innovators Realty, Broker) In about 30 years I have never been to the Town Centre when it wasn't undergoing renovations Brian.

Larry Lawfer (EXIT Realty Metro Dallas) No doubt Larry, "marketing gone wrong" is an understatement. I wonder who the geniuses who decided to connect a guy in the throes of ecstacy with an announcement for a new bathroom were.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) almost 10 years ago


I have been to the Scarborough Town Center many times when I used to live in Toronto.

I enjoyed reading this post.   This is a testament to sometimes pleasure being very simple.    

I am deliriously happy today but hopefully my recent posts (along with my new avatar) explained it well and did not raise any suspicious.  :)  

Posted by Gerry Khatchikian, ASA, TRC, SFR almost 10 years ago