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Journal: Merchandise Building

stairs up from the basement Merchandise Building (21 April 1999): The old Sears warehouse at the corner of Dalhousie and Dundas (Toronto) is still in the a strange netherworld between being a delicious industrial relic and a bunch of yuppie lofts. Scumbone and I went to check on its progress, and found an amazingly easy entrance to the building on the first floor. After surveying the relatively unimproved first floor and basement, we wandered up the stairs to examine the southwest portion of floors 2-6, which haven't yet been connected to the rest of the building. Lots of things have been torn down in this area but no building seems to have started yet.
         After we'd had our fill, we strolled back down to the first floor. Peering around the corner at the bottom of the stairs, I saw a security guard waving a flashlight around. There was definitely no way past him, and it seemed pretty certain that he was looking for us. "We're caught," I mumbled to Scumbone, who giggled, not realizing that I was serious until I put my finger to my lips. As it turned out, the guard seemed to be just doing his rounds and not looking for us, as Scumbone and I were able to escape from the building undetected after hiding out on a higher floor for 10 minutes or so.

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