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Hollywood smile

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Well, life seems a bit too calm these days. I think I can count on one hand the number of weeks I have been home in Toronto this past year. But that number will surely grow as I have just taken some down time here. Abi wrote to me that Toronto sounds exotic to her, since she is currently in hot, hot Singapore, sweating it out, and single digit temperatures sound pretty interesting.I don’t often think of Toronto as exotic, so I looked up what exotic means- foreign, faraway, far-off, far-flung, distant, so guess that Toronto is exotic after all.
Being home meant that I took some time to slow down, slack off, and catch-up on “regular” life stuff. Unfortunately that included a few too many trips to the dentist and periodentist for work on a root canal that had become infected. Not a very fun way to spend time. But reminded me of Bella writing about getting her teeth whitened and getting an “American smile”. Funny, since when I was little I had crooked teeth, and it always really bothered my mom. In Czech at that time nobody I knew had braces, but in Toronto it seemed that every other kid in my class had braces, even the really evil torture device looking ones that not only were in the mouth, but attached to a wire that went around the neck or head. I think those are outlawed now as child abuse, but at that time it was just another thing pretty normal to do to get that perfect smile. I too ended up with a mouth full of metal for a few years to straighten out my chompers. So a bit of discomfort now and then to keep the smile is a small price.

Not me thankfully, but how crazy does that look now? Headgear.

Not me thankfully, but how crazy does that look now? Headgear.

Finally, this brings me to not being able to sleep the other night, so I got up to watch a bit of tv and empty my head. It was an odd show about women not knowing they were pregnant, and giving birth at home completely unaware what was happening. I know, crazy tv. The show had a re-enactment of the story, and then interviews with the actual couple. The very funny thing about this show was how the “re-enactment” couple was good looking, and kind of had some resemblance to the actual couple- just Hollywoodized. So tall, blond thin actor was actually blond, exceedingly gaunt, some teeth missing in real life guy. With each story the trend continued, good looking actors, with very similar descriptons to the actual people, just much, much better looking. Must be hard to find real looking people that can act I guess. Of course makes for a fun past time while on the trainer- coming up with actors to play each of the TBB gang when Doc’s stories become a book, and that book becomes a movie.

Usually Brett has a good boxing story for anything.

Usually Brett has a good boxing story for anything.

Belated Halloween

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

This past weekend it was Halloween here in Canada. I know Halloween is a very Canadian and American holiday, and probably seems a bit odd. When I was little and we moved to Canada I still remember I had trouble understanding the concept- dress up in a costume, wait till it is dark, and then go door to door, trick or treating, and people will give you candy? Very odd, but as a kid there is no need to explain anything twice when it comes to candy.

House decorated for Halloween.

House decorated for Halloween.

This year I had a chance to re-live it a bit, as I went to visit my cousin, and her four kids. The two oldest ones are old enough to trick or treat, so I braved the cold, and headed out with them. They were dressed up as Spiderman and as a Sleeping Beauty. Not quite scary Halloween costumes, but I think the scary concept when out the window when Disney started selling costumes to all their fairy tales, cartoons and tv shows. The rules are simple, if the house lights are on, if there are any Halloween decorations on the house, or a pumpkin carved as a Jack-o-lantern it means there is candy waiting to be given out.

jack-o-lantern on someone's front doorstep.

jack-o-lantern on someone's front doorstep.

Last year I gave out candy at our house. We bought a ton, so that we would not run out, the good kind too, lots of chocolate. As the night went on our door bell did not ring nearly as much as I had expected. But when I looked out there were quite a few kids wandering up and down the street trick or treating. I finally asked a princess who knocked on our door why there were not as many kids coming to our house. “Stairs” she says. The houses on our side of the street have about 10 steps to get to the front door, while the houses across the street have none. Wow, how lazy are kids now that they won’t go up a few steps for some free candy? Well, the ones who did manage to walk up some stairs got extra candy, since I gave them twice as much as I normally would.

All dressed up and ready for some candy!

All dressed up and ready for some candy!