Thursday, 19 April 2018

Boston Pizza, Oakville, ON

I had lunch today at Boston Pizza in Oakville (North Service Road/Dorval).

I sat in the dining room

I ordered the Broken Lasagna (with no onions or parm).  I've had it a few times before and like it, though it's been a while since I've had it.  It was really good.  It was hot and freshly made.  There was a lot of sausage.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Book ~ "Off the Cliff: How the Making of Thelma & Louise Drove Hollywood to the Edge" (2017) Becky Aikman

From Goodreads ~ "You've always been crazy," says Louise to Thelma, having just outrun the police in a car chase and locked an officer in the trunk of his own car. "This is just the first chance you've had to express yourself."

In 1991, Thelma and Louise, the story of two outlaw women on the run from their disenchanted lives, was a revelation. Suddenly, for the first time, here was a film in which women were, in every sense, behind the wheel. It turned the tables on Hollywood, instantly becoming a classic and continues today to electrify audiences as a cultural statement of defiance. But if the film's place in history now seems certain, at the time its creation was a long shot.

Before Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon and a young up-and-coming actor named Brad Pitt got involved, "Thelma and Louise" was just an idea in the head of Callie Khouri, a thirty-year-old music video production manager, who was fed up with working behind the scenes on sleazy sets. At four a.m. one night, sitting in her car outside the ramshackle bungalow in Santa Monica that she shared with two friends, she had a vision: two women on a crime spree, fleeing their dull and tedious lives - lives like hers - in search of a freedom they had never before been able to realize. She knew in that moment that she had to be the one to write it.

But in the late 1980s, Hollywood was dominated by men, both on the screen and behind the scenes. The likelihood of a script by an unheard-of screenwriter starring two women in lead roles actually getting made was remote. But Callie had one thing going for her - she had no idea she was attempting the almost impossible. And she pulled it off, by dint of sheer hard work and some good luck when she was able to get the script into the hands of the brilliant English filmmaker Ridley Scott, who saw its huge potential. With Scott on board, a team willing to challenge the odds came together - including not only the stars Davis and Sarandon, but also legends like actor Harvey Keitel, composer Hans Zimmer, and old-school studio chief Alan Ladd Jr. - to create one of the most controversial movies of all time.

In "Off the Cliff", Becky Aikman tells the full extraordinary story behind this feminist sensation, which crashed through barricades and upended convention. Drawing on 130 exclusive interviews with the key players from this remarkable cast of actors, writers, and filmmakers, Aikman tells an inspiring and important underdog story about creativity, the magic of cinema, and the unjust obstacles that women in Hollywood continue to face to this day. 

Louise and Thelma
Thelma & Louise is a movie made in 1991 starring Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon as two friends who go on a road trip with unexpected results.  The supporting cast included Christopher McDonald, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen and Brad Pitt.

Thelma and Louise are best friends who set out for a weekend vacation at a fishing cabin in the mountains.  Thelma is a ditzy housewife married to a disrespectful and controlling man named Darryl.  Louise is a waitress in a diner and dating a musician named Jimmy, who spends most of his time on the road.  The vacation doesn't go as planned they end up on the run for murder.  Rather than be captured and spend the rest of their lives in jail, Thelma suggests that they "keep going" and they ride the car over the cliff to their deaths.

This book is all about the movie.  It discusses how the writer shopped the script around and Ridley Scott finally decided to direct it, the small budget, casting of the parts (Michelle Pfeiffer and Jodie Foster were originally chosen for the leads but eventually dropped out due to other commitments), the actually filming of the movie, the reaction after the movie was made, how it's become a classic and what the actors had done before and since the movie.  I found it interesting to get the behind-the-scene view of what was going on at the time and during the filming.

It's been a lot of years since I've seen Thelma & Louise and after reading this book, I'm going to watch it soon now that I have the inside scoop.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Topbox - April 2018

My April Topbox arrived today.

For only $12 a month, you will receive a Topbox with 4 carefully selected, indulgent, beauty products. Then test the products in the comfort of your own home.

Here's what I received ...

Total value = $38.81 value

Retro Suites Hotel, Chatham, ON

I spent the last night in Chatham (three hours from Toronto) at the Retro Suites Hotel ... I've stayed here a couple times in the past and liked it.

The Retro Suites Hotel combines historic elements of the King William Block with modern amenities, providing an unparalleled experience for guests to the region.

The buildings that encompass the Retro Suites Hotel have undergone a series of renovations, with an emphasis placed on preserving their original character and architecture.The Block has some of the finest examples of Victorian architecture in the city. T.J. Rutley designed the George Stephens hardware store in the 1888. The store featured a glass façade — the largest windowpane in Chatham at the time. The Chatham Tri-Weekly noted in its newspaper that “…Mr. Stephens is to be congratulated upon the enterprise and success.”

Later, the building housed Zink Hardware. The entrance faced the market square, where Chatham-area residents purchased their fruit, vegetables and meat products from local vendors. Today, the Stephens’ building has been painstakingly restored and now features the hotel’s hospitality suites.

The staircase, in the hotel’s lobby, dates back to 1895, when it was a part of the Merrill Hotel. The terrazzo floors and tin ceilings, along with the contemporary art and furnishings, give the Retro Suites Hotel its unique appeal. 

The suites all have themes.  This time I was in the Urban Studio.  It was a  huge room!

Monday, 16 April 2018

The Elephant's Nest, Chatham, ON

I had supper this evening at The Elephant's Nest (on King Street W).

It's a BRIGHT place.  I'd be inclined to turn down some of the lights.

I ordered honey garlic wings and they were good.  The fries were tasty too.

The language of the clientele was colourful but I was okay with that.

The Elephant's Nest Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Book ~ "V is for Vengeance" (2011) Sue Grafton

From Goodreads ~ A woman with a murky past who kills herself - or was it murder? A spoiled kid awash in gambling debt who thinks he can beat the system. A lovely woman whose life is about to splinter into a thousand fragments. A professional shoplifting ring working for the Mob, racking up millions from stolen goods. A wandering husband, rich and ruthless. A dirty cop so entrenched on the force he is immune to exposure. A sinister gangster, conscienceless and brutal. A lonely widower mourning the death of his lover, desperate for answers, which may be worse than the pain of his loss. A private detective, Kinsey Millhone, whose thirty-eighth-birthday gift is a punch in the face that leaves her with two black eyes and a busted nose.

It's 1988 and Kinsey Millhone is a soon-to-be 38-year-old private detective in Santa Teresa, CA.  Kinsey is in Nordstrom's and witnesses a woman shoplifting. She tells a clerk, who alerts store security, and they capture and arrest the woman (Audrey), who eventually commits suicide ... or does she?  Audrey's boyfriend, Marvin, can't believe she was part of a shoplifting ring and hires Kinsey to investigate.

Audrey was indeed part of a shoplifting ring, headed by Dante, who is also a loan shark.  In a side story, Dante meets Nora, an unhappy rich wife of a lawyer, when she tries to sell some jewelry in case she wants to leave her husband.  They are attracted to each other and hook up.  I wasn't crazy about Nora but did like Dante, even though he is a "bad guy".

I thought this story was okay.  There was a lot going on and lots of side stories!  It's written in first person perspective in Kinsey's voice but in third person perspective when it's in Nora and Dante's voices.  As a head's up, there is swearing.

This is the twenty-second in the "alphabet series" featuring Kinsey Millhone.  Though it is part of a series, it works as a stand alone.  I discovered this series in the mid-1990s and have read them all.  I started rereading them last year.  With the author's recent death, Y is for Yesterday will be the end of the series.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Dog & Bear Pub, Toronto, ON

I had a late late late supper tonight at the Dog & Bear (Queen W/Dovercourt), which is in our 'hood.

It was jammed and I was able to get a table by the window.  Yay!

I ordered Buffalo wings (there were seven to a pound for $12) and fries.  They were good!

Just after 11pm, my server demanded I pay my bill immediately because the "music" (ie DJ) was starting.  So with ketchupy fingers, I took care of it.  I wasn't offered another beer nor were the baskets which my food been served in removed.  So I wasn't crazy about the service.  I guess I'm not one of the kool kids.

Dog & Bear Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, 13 April 2018

Toronto Rock 11, Rochester Knighthawks 14, Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

Gord and I are season ticket holders for the Toronto Rock lacrosse team games ... the Rock is a professional lacrosse franchise in the National Lacrosse League (NLL).  This is our sixth year going to the games and our fifth year having seasons tickets.

Tonight was the last home game the Rock were playing Rochester Knighthawks.  Toronto and Rochester are both in the eastern division and all the teams are battling for a playoff spot, with just a few games left in the season. Going into tonight's game, Rochester was tied for first place with 8 wins/7 losses and Toronto was tied for second place with 7 wins/8 losses.

There was a moment of the silence to remember the Humboldt Broncos.

Scotty Newlands sang the American national anthem.

A choir/band from Upper Canada College did the Canadian national anthem.

Miller Tavern, Toronto, ON

Before the Toronto Rock game this evening, Gord and I had supper at the Miller Tavern (Bay/Queens Quay), which is near the Air Canada Centre.

We were seated in the bar area

Gord ordered the Swiss Mushroom Burger.  It was quite a hearty burger and he enjoyed it.  He said he'd get it again.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Ipsy Glam Bag - April 2018

My April Ipsy Glam Bag arrived today.
  • 4 to 5 beauty products in a collectible makeup bag 
  • Monthly videos showing you how to get the Look 
  • Win free products in contests and giveaways

Subscriptions are $10US a month or $110US for a year.  Shipping is free in the U.S. and $4.95US per month to Canada.

Here's what I received ...

Total value: $57.60US (without the make-up bag)