Saturday, July 28, 2007

cat that predicts death

okay, so by now you've probably all already heard about the nursing home cat that seems to know when people are going to die.

If you haven't, well, here's the deal:

Cute fuzzy cat.

Lots of old people.

Cute fuzzy cat curls up with old person.

Old person kicks it.

The end. (Literally)

So, I have to ask you, would this not be the LEAST POPULAR CAT EVER??!?!?!

Doesn't the cat cause undue stress as it walks past people and slows down to sniff something, sending hearts into palpatations that the cat, the bringer of death, is going to spend the evening with them?

I mean, really, shouldn't they be finding another home for this harbinger of darkness? (or light, or nothingness, or whatever you believe...)

And no, no matter what you have heard about John and I and our propensity for taking in homeless cats, no, no, no, this cat is not joining our brood...

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Top Girls in Toronto

Okay, one last thing for tonight.

I highly reccomend you go see Top Girls.

Well, you know, if you like that kind of thing.

But it was great, I loved it.

I wrote about it here.

garbage picking

So, I like garbage picking as much as the next guy.

In fact, our first two apartments were almost completely furnished by big garbage pick up days in Oakville (people throw away good shit in Oakville!).

But since the liquor store instituted 'bag it back' for the deposit on, and subsequent return of, booze bottles, garbage nights (Thursday nights around this 'hood) because a bit of a rattle-filled affair.

People wander the streets digging through blue boxes and garbages to pull out wine and liquor bottles to return to the beer store for the 15 cent refund or whatever it is.

This is actually a really great thing for two reasons. The first is that it's the second tennet of the 'reduce, reuse, recycle' mantra, so, you know, chalk one up for the environment. And the second is that if someone collects enough bottles they can probably afford a meal (because, lets be honest here, the people digging through our trash for spare bottles, they're the people who can't afford a meal).

So, win win, right?

Except that in the summer, when the window is open, the window that is all of a foot and a half from the sidewalk, it's actually pretty disconcerting to have someone hanging right outside for an extended period of time.

Uh. Yeah. That's it. Not really anything interesting, just sitting here feeling kind of disconcerted and feeling it's funny considering my support for the activity, and I thought, hey! I could blog about that!

ta da!

Being fat is contagious...

Aww, man, now NO ONE will want to hang out with me! ;)

Study finds Obesity 'socially contagious,'

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Ed Mirvish has died

boo. hiss. yuck.

Ed Mirvish died today at the age of 92, only a few weeks away from his 93rd birthday.

Ed Mirvish has done amazing things in the city of Toronto, and amazing things for theatre in this city. He will be sorely missed.

It's funny, he was really old, and I didn't know him at all, but I'm really sad that he died. Like, feeling almost close to tears sad. Very weird.

Statement from teh Mirvish Family:

The Mirvish Family regrets to announce the passing of Edwin Mirvish on July 11, 2007 in the early hours of the morning at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto. Born July 24, 1914, he was only a few weeks away from reaching his 93rd birthday.

An entrepreneur, theatrical impresario and producer, Mr. Mirvish was known as “Honest Ed,” also the name of his world-famous discount emporium at Bloor and Bathurst in Toronto. He entered the theatrical business when he purchased and saved from demolition the stately Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto in 1963. Lavishly restoring the legendary venue, he began producing shows and soon became a major force in the theatre. He also bought and restored the Old Vic in London, England, and with his son, David Mirvish, built the award-winning Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto in 1993.

Mr. Mirvish was a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, a Member of the Order of Canada and the recipient of more than 250 awards.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Well, actually, I am alive...

Busy, but alive.

Fringe is very fun though. I highly recommend it.

And, well, there you go, that's my news for this month...

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