Sunday, May 31, 2009

"The Producers", Stage West, Toronto, ON

Gord and I saw The Producers this afternoon at Stage West.

Mel Brooks' classic cult comedy film is turned into a Broadway musical about a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer, Max Bialystock, and his mild mannered accountant, Leo Bloom, who come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history, thereby bilking their backers (all "little old ladies") out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! At the core of this insanely funny adventure is an emotional journey of two very different men who become friends.

Gord and I had seen the big splashy Mirvish production a couple years ago and enjoyed it.

The last few plays we've seen at Stage West haven't been that great so I wasn't really expecting much.

But I was pleasantly surprised ... it's good.

My only complaint is that the quality of the food (we do the brunch buffet) has gone downhill.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Could charging smokers to clean up mess catch fire?

From today's Toronto Star:

Smoking is expensive, but not as pricey as it could be if smokers had to pay to clean up the butts they toss aside.

Since the ban on smoking in public buildings and workplaces took effect a few years ago, it has become an outdoor activity, attested to by the perpetual presence of puffers near doorways.

A few places provide a receptacle for butts, but most smokers prefer to flick their spent cigarettes into the street with flair, believing it to be a divine right.

You can read the rest of the story here.

Should a pack of smokes be increased with the $$ going towards cleaning up the mess they leave after themselves?

I so agree with this idea!

I hate seeing smokers flicking their butts ... the street and sidewalks aren't their ashtrays!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Toronto Nationals vs Long Island Lizards

Remember the Toronto Nationals lacrosse tickets Gord and I bought in April?

We went to our first game tonight.

There wasn't a large crowd ... it's the first year for them (they were in Rochester last year).

Our seats were good.

It's a fast fun game.


Then the clouds came in (even though there was no rain in the forecast!).

And it started pouring.

And they played on.

But when the thunder and lightening started, the players scampered off the field.

There was a 30 minute delay and then the game carried on.

And it was still raining.

Here we are sitting in the rain!

We finally gave up at the end of the third quarter and grabbed a cab home. We were soaked!


But some fan stayed.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

"Sound of Music", The Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto, ON

After lunch, Sister Sarah and I took the subway and got off at Yonge/Bloor.

We walked down Yonge Street and met Gord for supper at Pizza Rustica (King W/Blue Jays Way).



Then Sister Sarah and I saw The Sound of Music at the The Princess of Wales Theatre.

The movie is her favourite so I thought she'd like to see it ... and she did.

She had noticed yesterday it's playing here and mentioned it would be nice to see it ... but I put her off. That's because I'd gotten us tickets last month for it and planned to surprise her tonight. Hee hee hee!

I've never seen the movie so didn't really know the story. It's entertaining and goes by really quickly.

Kids in plays usually annoy me but these ones were good.

Moxie's Classic Grill, Toronto. ON

Sister Sarah and I met our aunt, Carol Ann, at Moxies today for lunch.

Carol Ann lives in north Toronto and is just a few years older than I am (she's one of our mother's younger sisters).

Sarah and Carol Ann

Sarah, Carol Ann and me

It was nice to see her and catch up.

BTW, if you see her, don't call her "Carol Ann". She dropped the "Ann" after she moved to Toronto years ago and goes by "Carol".

We have a lot of double names in our family. Sister Sarah used to be "Sarah Lynn" but she dropped the "Lynn" a couple years ago. I have cousins named Kathi-Jo, Kari-Anne , Sarah Ann and Lauralee. Must be a downeast thing.

My mother tried to make me a "Teena Louise" but thankfully that didn't stick.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Incense

I've been a fan of incense for about 25 years.

I can remember when I was first introduced to it ... I was visiting my then sister-in-law and she had a stick of incense burning in her kitchen. I got hooked and have been buying them ever since.

I've tried different brands over the years.

But I keep coming back to Gonesh ... they smell strong which lasts a while.

And you know me ... the smellier, the better!

I had bought some inferior incense last year and was waiting to use them up 'til I could buy some of the good stuff.

They just never seemed to end!

The nice incense I bought yesterday pushed me over the edge and I realized what I'd been missing.

So this morning I threw away what I had and bought some Gonesh at Walmart ... ten packages.

I have ocean scent burning right now ... I'm very happy.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Fin and feather dish cloth

I finished a fin and feather pattern dish cloth tonight while watching Mr. Brooks:


Cotton yarn and size 4.5mm knitting needles

Cast on 42 stitches (or a multiple of 18 plus 6)

Knit 3 rows of garter stitch for the border

Row 4: Knit

Row 5: K 3, P to last 3 stitches K3

Row 6: K3, *(K2 tog) 3 times, (yo, K1) 6 times, (K2 tog) 3 times, rep from * to last 3 sts K3

Row 7: Knit

Repeat Rows 4 - 7, keeping first and last 3 stitches in garter stitch, until piece measures desired length

Knit 3 more rows of garter stitch to make the bottom border

Cast off and darn in ends

Source

Humber Bay Park East

On our way home from Port Dover, we stopped at Humber Bay Park East.

Here's Sister Sarah.

It was really windy and the waves were higher than usual.

Here's me ... see how windy it was!

This beach is usually calm.

Then we went to Island Foods for supper. Sister Sarah had a veggie roti with chick peas and here's my chicken roti. Yum!

Port Dover, ON

Sister Sarah and I drove to Port Dover today (about two hours SW of us).

We had lunch at Willie's,which is a block from the beach.

Even though it was chilly and cloudy, we went to the beach, a block away.

Chia Kitty was sad it was too cold to go swimming.

We walked towards the lighthouse.

We stopped at a monument dedicated to fishermen.

There were some men fishing for perch on the wharf.

Here I am!

There's a cute store called Grand Trunk Station ... I bought some incense.

We went back to the beach. Here's Sister Sarah.

Here's me in the sand.

And Sister Sarah.

This fella didn't mind the cold. Neither did his buddies.

Tori's Law petition


The Tori's Law petition is to better the Amber Alert.

When a child under the age of 16 goes missing, an Amber Alert should be issued without question if the mother/father/guardian finds it out of character for the child to be missing for any length of time.

In the case of Victoria (Tori) Stafford who went missing April 8, 2009, an Amber alert was never issued.

Over 40 days later, a man and woman have been charged with the murder of 8-year-old, Tori. Police now search for her remains in the Guelph area.

Police say that in order for an Amber Alert Police must believe the child is in danger of serious harm and they must have a description of a suspect or vehicle to broadcast.

You can sign the petition here.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Collingwood Scenic Caves and Suspension Bridge, ON

Sister Sarah and I went to the Collingwood Scenic Caves today.

It was a gorgeous day!

We started by climbing the stairs into the woods.

It's quite a climb but we made it ... here's Sister Sarah standing at the proof!

There's quite a view at Signal Point. It's 550 metres above sea level and you can see about 10,000 kms towards Georgian Bay and beyond.

This is the Indian Council Chamber. Hundreds of years ago, natives would hold meetings there by putting a log across to get there to ensure privacy.

We went down into the cavern.

It was cool there ... literally! There's still snow and ice in the cavern. Here I am sitting in the snow, throwing a snowball at Sister Sarah.


After we finished exploring the caves and caverns, we followed the path back through the woods.

Then we crossed the Suspension Bridge. It's Southern Ontario's longest suspension footbridge.

Chia Kitty came with us. He found it relaxing to sit by the pond afterwards.

What a fun day!