Saturday, 22 September 2018

"The Rocky Horror Show", Lower Ossington Theatre, Toronto, ON

This evening Gord and I saw The Rocky Horror Show.

We know you shivered with antici ... pation, and the wait is over! Rocky Horror is back for Halloween!

This comedy horror and cult classic tells the story of newly engaged couple Brad Majors ("A-HOLE!") and Janet Weiss ("SLUT!"), who meet a group of strange individuals!

Sold-out for 7 years in a row, you can't miss this Halloween spectacle, live on stage!

It is playing until the the middle of November at the Lower Ossington Theatre, which is in our 'hood.  We've seen a few plays there over the years and haven't seen a bad production there.  The Lower Ossington Theatre has a small intimate theatre (maybe 100 seats) and a great place to see a play or musical.

We've seen this musical a few times.  In fact, we just saw it at the end of July at the Stratford Festival.   We also saw and enjoyed the Lower Ossington Theatre production five years ago.

The actors tonight were entertaining in their roles.  It was interesting to see the liberties they took .... they embellished some of the lines, which worked out well.  I'm assuming there were some plants in the audience as they were yelling out lines to which the cast responded.  Nathaniel Bacon, the actor playing Frank N' Furter, exuded sexuality.  Callum Lurie and Amanda Milligan were good as Brad and Janet.  The part of the narrator was played by a female (very well by Dani Zimmer), which was different than other productions ... and she got drunker as it went on and was a hoot.   The part of Eddie/Dr. Scott was also played by a female, which was odd because it was a woman pretending to be men ... why not just have a man do these parts?   As a head's up there is swearing and sexuality (for example, Janet gets her boobs grabbed a lot).

This was a fun production and I'd suggest you check it out.

Toronto Wolfpack 20, Widnes Vikings 12, Lamport Stadium, Toronto, ON

The Toronto Wolfpack RLFC is a Canadian professional rugby league club, based in here Toronto, which competes in the British Rugby Football League system.  In 2018, the club is competing in the Championship, having begun to play in 2017 in League 1 and won a promotion in its inaugural season.  The club is noted as being the first North American team to play in the Rugby Football League system, the first fully professional rugby league team in Canada and the world's first transatlantic rugby league team.  Their home stadium is Lamport Stadium (aka "The Den"), which is just a couple blocks from where Gord and I live.  We are season ticket holders and we've renewed for 2019.

Today the Wolfpack were playing the Widnes Vikings.  It was the last home game of the qualifiers ... the top four teams in our Betfred League (the Wolfpack were first in the Betfred League) play the bottom four teams in the Super League to see who moves or stays in the leagues.  Widnes was in last place in the Super League and doesn't have a great record in the qualifiers.

It was a cool sunny day with a temperature of 17C.  Here are Gord and I before the game began (our pal, Trish, joined us later).

Here come the Wolfpack!

God Save the Queen and O Canada were sung before the game.

Book ~ "Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars" (2012) Scotty Bowers and Lionel Friedberg

From GoodreadsNewly discharged from the Marines after World War II, Scotty Bowers arrived in Hollywood in 1946. Young, charismatic, and strikingly handsome, he quickly caught the eye of many of the town's stars and starlets. He began sleeping with some himself and connecting others with his coterie of young, attractive, and sexually free-spirited friends. His own lovers included Edith Piaf, Spencer Tracy, Vivien Leigh, Cary Grant, and the abdicated King of England Edward VIII, and he arranged tricks or otherwise crossed paths with Tennessee Williams, Charles Laughton, Vincent Price, Katharine Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, Errol Flynn, Gloria Swanson, Noel Coward, Mae West, James Dean, Rock Hudson and J. Edgar Hoover, to name but a few.

"Full Service" is not only a fascinating chronicle of Hollywood's sexual underground, but also exposes the hypocrisy of the major studios, who used actors to propagate a myth of a conformist, sexually innocent America knowing full well that their stars' personal lives differed dramatically from this family-friendly mold. As revelation-filled as Hollywood Babylon, "Full Service" provides a lost chapter in the history of the sexual revolution and is a testament to a man who provided sex, support, and affection to countless people. 

Bowers was born in Illinois in the early 1920s.  He and his family were very poor and living on a farm.  He served time as a Marine and moved to Los Angeles and got a job working in a gas station.  From there, he started hooking people up when they came to him regardless of what they wanted ... basically he became a pimp and even "tricked" himself out.  He claims over and over that he never did it for money ... he just wanted to make people happy.  Gag!  He eventually quit his job at the gas station and became a bartender and handyman, while continuing to be a pimp.  This is his story, focusing mostly on the famous people he hooked up and/or tricked.

I like reading gossipy books and this was definitely one.  But it was also icky.  Bowers is quite graphic about what everyone did and to whom.  As no surprise, there is a lot of swearing.  It took me a while to read this book because I kept stopping and Googling people that I hadn't been aware were gay or bisexual ... and some didn't have a whiff of it attached to them.  All the people he writes about are dead so they can't speak up for themselves.  If we are to believe his stories, we have to take his word for it.

I didn't find him overly likable and, despite him saying over and over he just did what he did to make people happy, I found him to be a user.  He met Betty before he settled in Los Angeles and they lived together there.  He was sleeping with anyone and everyone and barely home, even after she ended up pregnant and they had a daughter.  It doesn't say much for her if she was willing to put up with all this stuff ... he says he doesn't know how much she knew as he tried to keep it from her.  I hope she was having lots of fun on the side since he was never home.  He even got married when he was in his 60s and kept the marriage from Betty even though he saw her daily (she passed away 20 years later).  His wife knew about Betty and was understanding about it.  Huh?!

According to him everyone wanted him.  He would be walking down the street and strangers would stop their car to invite him to their homes (and he went along) for sex.  All the famous people he supposedly met (male and female) wanted him and he tricked himself to them over and over.  And they all became his very good friends for years.  Really?

His introduction to sex was when he was a child and a friend's dad started putting the moves on him in a shed.  Instead of recognizing this as molestation by a pedophile, he looked at it as a wonderful and loving experience (which continued until they moved).  Seriously?

The book is the Bower's recollections.  Perhaps he is remembering the stories differently than how they really happened (he's in his 90s now).  Perhaps he is embellishing them to sell a book.  I found most of the book too unbelievable to be true.

Friday, 21 September 2018

Kelsey's Original Roadhouse, Guelph, ON

I had an early lunch today at Kelsey's in Guelph.

I hadn't had breakfast so was really really hungry when I got there.

The dining room
I sat on the bar side where it was livelier

I hadn't had Chicken Fried Chicken in a while so that's what I ordered.  I swapped my veggies for extra mashed potatoes.  The potatoes tasted "real" ... not powdered ... and were good.  The chicken wasn't processed and was tender.  It was a pleasant surprise to find that the coating wasn't hard and crunchy but soft.  I'd get this again.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Guelph, ON

I have seminars to conduct at a client's site in Guelph starting at 7am this morning so spent last night at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Guelph.

There was a pool and fitness room, though I didn't spend time in either.

Here was my room ...

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Crabby Joe's Tap & Grill, Guelph, ON

I had supper this evening at Crabby Joe's in Guelph.

The dining room
I sat on the bar side

I ordered Chicken Parm (without the parm cheese).  It was good.  The marinara sauce was thick.  Though I found the piece of chicken on the small side, it was real chicken rather than processed.

I had let myself get too hungry so couldn't say "no" to the Apple Crumble.  It was tasty and hit the spot.  No regrets.

 Sarah was my server and she was friendly and helpful.

Crabby Joe's Tap & Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Swiss Chalet Rotisserie & Grill, Etobicoke, ON (Dundas Street W)

I had lunch today at Swiss Chalet.

I ordered what I usually order at Swiss Chalet ... a half chicken dinner with corn. It's Weight Watcher friendly (just seven points!). It was really good. The corn was obviously frozen but hadn't been sitting around ... it was hot and crispy. The chicken was hot and tender. The roll was warm and the sauce was hot and tasty.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Swiss Chalet Rotisserie & Grill, Mississauga, ON,

I had an early lunch today at Swiss Chalet on Dundas Street E in Mississauga.

I ordered what I usually order at Swiss Chalet ... a half chicken dinner with corn. It's Weight Watcher friendly (just seven points!). It was really good. The corn was obviously frozen but hadn't been sitting around ... it was hot and crispy. The chicken was hot and tender. The roll was warm and the sauce was hot and tasty.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Ipsy Glam Bag - September 2018

My September 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 ...

Value:  $68.56

Topbox - September 2018

My September 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 ...

Value:  $36.01

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Terry Fox Run 2018 - Liberty Village, Toronto, ON

I participated in the third annual 2018 Terry Fox Run this morning in the Liberty Village run (it's close to my 'hood).  I'd done it last year for the first time and this year I was also a volunteer.  It was a great day for it ... hot and sunny!

Terry Fox (1958 – 1981) was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian and cancer research activist.  In 1980, he began the Marathon of Hope, a cross-country run to raise money for cancer research.  He hoped to raise one dollar from each of Canada's 24 million people.  He began in St. John's, Newfoundland, in April and ran the equivalent of a full marathon every day. After 143 days and 5,373km/3,339 miles, he was forced to end his run outside Thunder Bay, ON, when the cancer spread to his lungs. His hopes of overcoming the disease and completing his marathon ended when he died nine months later.
The annual Terry Fox Run, first held in 1981, has grown to involve millions of participants in over 60 countries and is now the world's largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research.  Almost $800 million has been raised in his name.

I raised $1,445.  Thanks to Gord, Christine, Sky, Darlene T., Shawna, Kim, Baljeet, Joanne, Yvette, Jennifer, Margo, Nawaf,  Marianne, Annie, Lance, Kevin and Rosemary,  Sox, Craig and Wendy, Elaine and Bill, Franca, Malcolm and Mary, Darlene M., Sandra, Trish, Mary, Simone and Steve, Judy and Doug, Andy and Nikki, Eduardo, and Liz!

I dedicated my brisk walk to Gord.

You could buy a teeshirt for a $20 donation.