Is It Just Me …

… Or is January bringing out the crazy in people?

The month’s barely half over, and already there’s been:

That horrific mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona, among all the other incidences happening globally. I was at work when it happened and, several days later – even after watching the memorial – it still doesn’t seem entirely real to me.

And here in Toronto, things just seem to have gone haywire. In the last 48 hours, I’ve heard about:

  • Two bomb scares involving two suitcases left outside the CSIS offices downtown, plus a package later on. Luckily I was off yesterday, but I still had to go downtown for personal reasons … which means I got to see the police tape that blocked off a section of Front Street. Later, the man presumed to own the luggage returned to the area. Reports say he was agitated, and he was subdued with a Taser, taken into custody, then taken to hospital. The package he carried when he returned to the scene was the reason for the second bomb scare. That was detonated.
  • Early this morning, a man stole a snow plow from Toronto’s downtown east side (Dundas and Parliament) and went on a wrecking spree, killing a Toronto police officer in the process. The man was finally shot by police and stopped in the Junction (Keele St., just south of Annette St.). Details are still kind of spotty, but reports say the man was homeless, likely on drugs. Like most people who have been watching or reading about the story, the information that will be released in the coming days and weeks may help shed more light on this bizarre crime. But a policeman has paid the ultimate price, leaving a family heartbroken, and a little boy without his father.
  • This afternoon, I heard a weird story on CP24 about a dude on a bike in a section of Parkdale (Queen St. West and Lansdowne), who’s apparently beating up pedestrians at random. I saw it flash on CP24’s ticker, but haven’t heard anything about it since. Perhaps it was all a hoax.  But real, fake or otherwise, that’s just creepy.

And don’t even get me started on the poor sod who was run over by the streetcar yesterday morning. Not that it has anything to do with the previous three instances that I’ve mentioned … but it certainly adds to the list of bizarre things that have happened in the downtown core so far this week.

I’m trying not to let the “we’re going to hell in a handbasket” mentality get to me.

But I have to say, we’re having a hell of a January so far. And none of it has been good.