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Hot sauce and teenage lust

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Re: Osborne Village landlord admits gaffe (Dec. 23). I have lived in Osborne Village off and on for my whole life. As a child I remember the old Safeway, and that renovation. I remember that I didn't care for the cookie-cutter form of the buildings. The new Safeway, and the building that came to surround it, looked like all the other slapped-together, soulless plywood boxes that account for so much of our so-called architecture in this city.

But that was OK because Vi-Ann Restaurant and my beloved Movie Village were still standing. I remember goggling at the popcorn spilling over the ceiling of the movie store as a little girl.

I remember first asking about their renovation to discover a newly categorized-by-actor section on the upper landing, perfect for my teenage Willem Dafoe lust. I remember going on a date at Vi-Ann and how the guy spilled hot sauce all over his plate, but ate every bite anyway; and how we laughed along with the owners.

I'm not against business expansion, or change. I just don't understand how such a big part of my life, and so many other lives, is being bulldozed for mediocrity.

If there is a silver lining, I guess I have nothing to lose by asking out the gorgeous guy at the movie store I've crushed on for so many years. And if he says no, maybe he'll give me the Clockwork Orange poster I've pined for equally as long.

ANDREA TOEWS

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 29, 2011 A12

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