I've been riding my borrowed(!) bike from work to home for the evening shift works since April. It's not so bad. It's almost 20 KM and there's a big hill that I have to climb up(!) Everything was fine from Mon. to Wed. this week. But disaster showed up last night: I was so confident and feeling good, no sign of tiredness and I was almost halfway and boom(!) got a flat tire in the back! So I simply started walking at probably 02:00 AM in the middle of the city where there was nothing but the main road (152nd Street) and rows of houses at both sides!
There was no public phone and I surely had no intention to get a cab. First of all because it's would be very expensive. Second of all they mostly have no bike rack or something like that. And the last but not the least they don't trust someone at the side of a road at that time of the night. So I kept walking till I reached King George Highway. There's a gas station at the northeast side of the intersection, probably a Petro-Canada. I saw a pay phone by the store. First I noticed that the phone only accepts credit cards(!) and I said to me: ... well that's fine. Then I tried the number 2 times and when I got connected I noticed that there was no microphone on the phone! Everyone has a damn mobile phone these days. So why would the companies invest on pay phones?! especially with all the jackasses around trying to break in to them for a Quarter or so!
So I, again, started walking while swearing and cursing at everything I could, including me! Then at the corner of 104 Street, where there's a ESSO gas station I found another pay phone. I knew it was there. I dialed the number and the automated operator asked me to deposit 10 more cents! Damn! I fortunately had a few. I try to take one out of my pocket and dropped a few on the ground and eventually deposited one. The call was successfully made while I was only 15 min. away from home and it was almost 03:30 AM, almost 1 hour late!