Boots & Pine


Blair & Johnny Merritt in Barrie

Where did you grow up?

Blair: Barrie

Johnny: Guelph

What brought you here? 

B: We moved to Barrie from Toronto last July.  I got into school in Orillia and my whole family including a bunch of babies live here.  It’s a welcome change.

J: I moved to Barrie to support Blair while she went back to school and I knew she was looking for an excuse to move closer to her family too.  I’d never been here before I met Blair, but I’ve gotten acquainted with the city’s ample character.  Blair’s family has lots of character too, and I love it all.

What do you do for a living?

B: I am currently going to Teacher’s College.  Hopefully some arts related job with kids soon.

J: I work for Honda building cars, but I am going back to school in September.

How did you get started?

B: I went to Art School and then started doing a lot of work with kids and loved it.  I decided going to Teacher’s College couldn’t hurt.

J: One night I randomly applied to as many jobs in Barrie as I could.  I wasn’t expecting much.  The next day was my birthday, and all the jobs called me back, which was great, but then one of the postings turned out to be sort of a disguised job posting for Honda, which is hands down the best entry level manual labour job around.  Happy birthday to me.

What’s your favourite thing about your neighbourhood?

B: Quiet and proximity to a nice clean lake.

J: It totally reminds me of where I grew up- a small old brick house on a quiet street in an unassuming working class neighbourhood.

What’s the last treasure you found?

B: I’m obsessed with this cookbook “Crazy Water Pickled Lemons” by Diana Henry.

J:  I have yet to surpass my collection of Tintin books which I’ve had since I was a kid.  I’m pretty sure that a childhood of reading those books cover to cover in near darkness is mostly to blame for my current extreme nearsightedness.

If you were going to eat your last meal in Toronto, where and what would you eat?

B: Maybe a picnic in Dufferin Grove on a hot summer night.

J: Borscht at Prague Deli if it was cold.  Sardinha outside if it was warm.

If you could have a sleepover with anyone who has ever existed, who would it be?

B: My Gramma and Papa in the sunroom of their old house.

J: Genghis Khan.

If your life was a TV show, what would be the theme song?

B: Roller by April Wine

J: Against The Wind by Bob Seger

 What does Toronto need that it doesn’t have now?

B: A tunnel from my house to it.

J: Less smells.

© 2012 Arden Wray