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Tuesday, September 05, 2006


The SIC show at Arts Court was excellent on Friday night. The show is quite changed from its Fringe appearance, and much longer, but just as funny, just as clever. Jordan, Chelsea and Dom Paré were excellent, and Greg Cochrane gets an Oscar for his bang-on satire of the red-headed David Caruso. It was wonderful to watch him. The show was well-written and physical and tight.

The time waiting for the doors to open seemed like Canterbury Old Home Week, as Stephanie and I walked into the area outside the theatre and found Barry Karp there —and Barb Rager and Jim McNabb and soon Marjory Bryce, as well!! Steve Fisher missed the show - although he strove to get there in time, as he drove up from Toronto after his successful Fringe show, The Cuckoo. But he made it to the lobby after the show.

Picnic Scarecrow was disappointed about one thing though. They were told just before Friday’s performance that there would not be a matinee as scheduled on Saturday, because Arts Court couldn’t find anyone to handle the box office. We all thought the poor organization by Fringe/Arts Court personnel was really inexcusable.


On another note, I was so happy to see sweet Jess. Jessica Besser-Rosenberg visited me, and she is well, and is off for an exciting year in Chicago, studying Public Policy for her Master’s degree. She has quite a story to tell about gypsies trying to rob her in a laundromat in Florence. She held them off, good thing she’s a toughie!


I had a wonderful birthday that has gone on for a week! Stephanie came home this weekend to celebrate with me. I had four birthday dinners, lots of presents! And one of them is a flight to Vancouver and Los Angeles- first class! So I am pretty excited about going in November.
I will see my family and friends in Vancouver, and Martin, Levon, Hamza, Chris, Marjorie too... maybe I can even find Ed!
I haven’t been well enough to travel for a long time, and I am very excited about this trip!


There is so much about water. I am torn- I know you are supposed to drink 8 glasses a day- and I can drink close to that if I use bottled water. But now we learn that the plastic bottles are carcinogenic and all leach out carcinogens- http://www.ecologycenter.org/ptf/toxins.html ... so we shouldn't be drinking bottled water.
Never re-use one of these bottles.

Here are 2 paragraphs from http://www.yesmagazine.org/article.asp?ID=668:
Plastic water bottles may be convenient, but they are hazardous to your health and the environment. Many of the materials used to create plastic bottles, including lead, cadmium, mercury, and carcinogens leach into the contents of the bottle. That’s not to mention the toxins that are released into the environment during manufacturing, as well as the number of plastic bottles that litter landfills (see “Bottled Water Flim-Flam” ).
Reusing plastic bottles creates another vicious cycle of health hazards. Most plastic bottles are FDA-approved for one-time-use only, and bacteria will accumulate in the bottle after multiple uses. Cleaning and disinfecting the bottles only worsens the problem, because heat and handling helps to break down the bottles and speeds up the leaching process.

And we really shouldn't be buying water to drink, anyway. The more we buy it, the more likely that a basic human need be commercialized, totally, until we eventually have no choice but to buy drinking water.

Then there's the question of the pipes. Most pipes have all kinds of metallic residue, amongst them lead, a particularly dangerous thing to consume. Did you know that you should let the cold water tap run for minutes in the morning to flush out the lead and other elements in it? Of course heated water contains these leached chemical elements anyway, as the heat breaks them down. Always use cold water in kettles, and to boil food.

Check out: http://www.thegreenguide.com/

Did you know?
It is thought that Beethoven's deafness could have been caused by lead poisoning. An analysis of his hair recently showed 100 times the normal amount of lead in his body.


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