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(from the mud to the stars)
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15th-Dec-2007 07:41 pm - No Whoa
Pixar Owl
Joel & I busted our butts to go downtown to see Juno last night.
We arrived at the theatre at 10 for the 10:20 show & it was SOLD OUT!
You know why? Because it's only playing at ONE theatre in Toronto.
Despite the fact it's getting nominated & winning 57402 awards.
So we paid to go on the metro twice for nothing.
Carly mad.

But I will see it... if it's the last thing I do!

In other news... Toronto is getting 20-30cm of snow. Can I get a ya-hoo? I think I'm seeing a white Christmas....

Hope everyone is well!
George Smiles
I had such a good week! I love good weeks, don't you?

Monday was a holiday & what better way to start the week than with a holiday?! I mean really. I posted on that day so there's not much to say.

Tuesday I thought would be a good idea to go down to the Film Festival office to pick up my volunteer t-shirt/ stuff I get for volunteering. I work so goddamned much that I had to wake up early (to go before work) but this was not in vain for I got to see my youngest brother off to his 1st day of high school! There goes my baby.... joking joking it was good times. Good on him.
Michelle was going downtown for her 1st day of classes in 2nd year at Ryerson so we commuted downtown together. I've never been much of a commuter (most I've ever done was once a week in grade 11 for co-op) but I always love commuting. (Don't worry, if I score a job downtown I know I'll say I hate it, aye.) So that was good. I met some of her friends & got to walk around the Ryerson campus for a bit. Saw lots of poor 1st years looking lost & trying to decipher maps. I must say it was a very diverse crowd, which is a nice change from seeing the mostly-white OttawaU campus all year.

So they had to go to class so I went to the TIFF office. The line was short (so perhaps it was a good idea to go in the morning) & here's what I got in my goodie bag! All free!
• T-shirt! It has the TIFF 07 logo on it & says 'volunteer' on the back. (See logo here, t-shirt is similar orange colour.)
• A bottle of Dole Sparkling Orange Tangerine
• A keychain flashlight from FedEx
• A highlighter from NBC Universal
• TIFF newspaper
Canada Locations Guide 2007 - a magazine discussing why YOU should shoot your film in Canada.. what each province is like, how much it will cost, etc. Very interesting!
• A fold out 2-week planner from the Fairmont Royal York hotel
• Complimentary winery tour pass to the Jackson Triggs Niagara Wine Estate
• Complimentary entry into 4 Toronto nightclubs
• $5 to Starbucks (I also get free Starbucks throughout the festival.)
• Mystery gift card to Pizza Nova
• Various flyers/ ads
• Everything came in a black bag that says TIFF07.
Pretty good haul methinks.

Then the day got bad cause I had to go to work. Blerg.
But at night I went out to dinner with Kirin & Michelle & that was mad good times.

Wednesday was chill. Not muh happened.

Thursday my family went out to dinner for Joel's birthday since it had been on Wednesday (& he had to work, how lame is that?). We went to the Keg Steakhouse & it was yummalicious. Came home & had cake. Mmmmm, cake.

Friday was the GENESIS CONCERT.
So this was my 1st real outdoor concert, the whole shebang with lights & screens, not just like seeing music outside... & it was a spectacle let me tell you! (At the very end they had fireworks go off! Madness!) Here's a photo of what the stage looked like... it was crazy! Above the big screen they have 6 pillars with lights on them too... imagine packing it in every night & transporting it to a new city. The graphics on the screen were really cool... there were some that were album art, & during 'I Know What I Like (In Your Wardorbe)' they had a nice montage (I love a good montage, don't you?); the one in the stage photo is from 'We Can't Dance' & I'd love to have it as my desktop, aye.
They sounded really good, the instrumentals were the best. Mike Rutherford has a cool instrument that's a bass & a guitar! Tony Banks was hot on keyboard of course but he never smiles! At one point Phil Collins & (amazing) backup drummer Chester Thompson were drumming on a stool & it sounded so cool! Phil Collins told lots of jokes & made the audience do funny things.

I heard alot of songs I knew & a few I didn't know so that was cool. Here's a setlist with some commentary by me:

Behind The Lines / Duke’s End
Turn It On Again
(they couldn't not play this one, it's the name of the tour after all!)
No Son Of Mine
(I really like this song, the lyrics tell a great story.)
Land Of Confusion
In The Cage / The Cinema Show / Duke’s Travels
(loved In The Cage, I had never heard it before, it's really intense.)
Hold On My Heart
Home By The Sea / Second Home By The Sea
Follow You Follow Me
(really great live & just a really nice song.)
Firth Of Fifth / I Know What I Like
Throwing It All Away
(also really great live!)
Drum Duet
Los Endos
Tonight Tonight Tonight
Invisible Touch
I Can’t Dance
(I was so excited because Daryl Sturumer, Mike Rutherford & Phil Collins did the dance!)
The Carpet Crawlers
(never heard this one before, I like it!)

(The only song they didn't play that I wish they had was 'That's All'... I know it's really poppy but I love it!)
The show was about 2.5 hours. The crowd was very mixed.... old & young... excited & just dull.... the guy behind us was in his 30's/ 40's & he was SO excited it was so cute. Right when the lights went down (que for the band to come on) he yelled 'C'mon guys, 15 years! It's been too long!' Then they came on. & he knew the words to all the songs & played air guitar/ drums to them.
So yes overall I am SO glad I went!!
(BTW those photos aren't mine... I was much MUCH further back... & the ticket said right on it 'no cameras' so I didn't risk bringing mine... other people got theirs in though....)

Today was BLERG. WORK. DULL. Lots of dance sign-ups... lots of answering the same questions over & over again... but at night Mom, Justin & I went for a walk with a friend of my Mom's from work & her basset hound so that was good.

Now for some rambles....

1. Did everyone see the fucking sweet new iPods? I also read that the price of iPhone just went down 30% so people who lined up to buy it when it was launched are pissed. It hasn't even come to Canada yet... I guess Apple doesn't like to rip off Canadians. ;)

Actually I just realised we are getting ripped! Know why? The Canadian dollar & the American dollar are pretty much equal right now. If I take $1 Canadian to an exchange place I would get $0.94 cents American. Pretty equal, yes? I went to Chapters last weekend & looked at the price of a book:
$18.95 American
$34.99 Canadian
That's not fair at all! It makes me so mad. I know the exchange rate changes every day & they can't change the prices every day but they should make it just a little more equal. At that rate it would be cheaper to go to the States & buy the book.
Actually, no it wouldn't be because I'd have to pay to fly there. Which is say, $500. Which equals $518.95 for the book. + duty taxes. + the time I'd have to take off work.
Damn you economics.
But I'm still mad about the expensive books.

Anyways, back to iPods Rolling Stone says the new iPod isn't all that great because it has 16GB memory for $449 CDN & a 160GB 'normal' iPod is only $399. The new one has touch, a calendar, wider screen for videos, wi-fi access... so if that's worth $100 to you then go for it.

2. This is also neat: the gorillapod! A very snazzy/ cool tripod.

So that's all from me! What a great 1st week this has been to start my year off... yay.

George Smiles
3 cheers for a quiz post! Yaya.

This one was stealed from glimmerless!

• Pick your birth month.
• Strike out anything that doesn't apply to you.
• Bold the five-ten that best apply to you.
• Copy to your own journal, with all twelve months under a lj-cut.
• Do it of you want to!

Has a lot of ideas. Difficult to fathom. Thinks forward. Unique and brilliant. Extraordinary ideas. Sharp thinking. Fine and strong clairvoyance. Can become good doctors. Dynamic in personality. Secretive. Inquisitive. Knows how to dig secrets. Always thinking. Less talkative but amiable. Brave and generous. Patient. Stubborn and hard-hearted. If there is a will, there is a way. Determined. Never give up. Hardly becomes angry unless provoked. Loves to be alone. Thinks differently from others. Sharp-minded. Motivates oneself. Does not appreciate praises. High-spirited. Well-built and tough. Deep love and emotions. Romantic. Uncertain in relationships. Homely. Hardworking. High abilities. Trustworthy. Honest and keeps secrets. Not able to control emotions. Unpredictable.

I was tagged by neveish!

(1) list 5 celebrities you would have sex with without even asking questions.
(2) put all of them IN ORDER of your lust for them. (5 - 1, 1 is the hottest.)
(3) say which movie/show/thing it was that hooked you.
(4) supply photos for said people.
(5) tag five people!

Well I wouldn't be brave enough to bang these guys even if I did meet them, but if I was, here's who I'd wrestle for a spoon inside a sleeping bag (har har).

10th-Aug-2007 09:34 pm - goals & cats [something fun]
George Smiles
Hello all,

I don't have much to say. I've been taking it pretty easy & can't believe summer is almost over! Less than a month (although I know some of you have gone back already, up here we go back the Tuesday after Labour Day.) But at the same time the end of the summer doesn't mean much for me since I'm not going back to school... dun dun dun! I'm still trying to decide what to do since I want some sort of goal to work towards. I am leaning heavily on traveling (next summer, perhaps May?), & I really want to go to England & Belgium. I am very stuck on Belgium right now. (You know when you have that one place you REALLY want to go?) Don't know who I'd go with, since most people are going to be broke & not afford time off at that time of the year.... but we shall see.
Short term goals right now are to do the Film Fest & quit my job... it's boring, I have learned nothing & don't want to work there all year. It wouldn't look good on a resume. I will get another job, & serious job hunting will happen after I do the Film Fest (if they ever send me the letter!). Oh & I need to start doing s'more art for zee portfolio.....

I guess I had more to say than I thought!

Wait! One more thing! August 9th was my 3 year anniversary on ES! Isn't that bananas?


Now who wants to see a scary video? Well, it's not scary if you like cats.... This is in Russia. She has 130 cats.

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George Smiles
Some things I wanted to mention in the last post.

Got this off a friend, who posted it on Facebook:
For those worried with energy consumption & all its downsides..... When your screen is white (eg, an empty word page, or the Google page) your computer consumes 74 watts & when its black it consumes only 59 watts. Mark Ontkush wrote an article about the energy saving that would be achieved if Google had a black screen, taking in account the huge number of page views, according to his calculations, 750 mega watts/hour per year would be saved. In response to this article Google created a black version of its search engine, called Blackle, with the exact same functions as the white version, but with a lower energy consumption. Check it out @
& those with Macs... press crtl+alt+apple+8 to inverse the screen & save a little power. ;)


& this is just a funny news story I came across today:
A giant piece of the Danish-created Lego left beachgoers in the Netherlands wondering yesterday when it washed ashore.
The super-sized, smiling Lego man was fished out of the sea in the Dutch resort of Zandvoort yesterday, British press reported.
Workers at a drink stall rescued the 2.5m tall model with the trademark yellow head and blue torso.
"We saw something bobbing about in the sea and we decided to take it out of the water," said a stall worker. "It was a life-sized Lego toy.
There was no word today on where the Lego man had come from, or what the words “No real than you are” emblazoned on the chest might mean.
A woman nearby added: "I saw the Lego toy floating towards the beach from the direction of England."
The toy was later placed in front of the drinks stall.
Hahaha, so funny. If you click the source, you can see a picture.


I forgot to mention that I went shopping on Saturday night. Just wanted to share what I bought.

I bought a shirt at Old Navy, but I can't seem to find it on the website. But it looks alot like this dress except that it's shorter, doesn't have the design around the neck, & it's blue.
& then I went into Holt Renfrew which is basically a department store for big name brands like Juicy, Burberry, etc. Basically somewhere my family cannot afford to shop (I even looked at the discount racks which were still too expensive for me) but I had alot of time so I thought I'd browse. I had the intention of buying new flats but couldn't find anything I really liked(/ fit) until my eyes fell on a pair of shoes there. I thought they'd be $457.90 or something ridic but they were actually just $49! On sale from $89. Score! They're like this pair except without the criss-cross strap (if they had had those ones, I would have bought them!). Oh & mine aren't velvet, they're imitation satin.

I suppose that is all.

George Smiles
I have a sweet new layout at this journal! Hooray for George Harrison! Opinions?

I think I am getting sick. Poo.

& now a quiz for I was in a quiz-taking mood....

27th-Jul-2007 01:38 am - Affiliates?
George Smiles
Hello all,

This is a message to those with icon journals/ icon communities or journals that have icons....


Perhaps there are more? I'm sure there are but it's nearly 2am so I can't think quite straight....

Anyways! Anyone who is on the friends list of hollywoodchuck that has an graphics-like journal would you like to be affiliates with thehourhas7days  (my graphics journal)? I only have 1 sad lonely affiliate & it needs some friends. So just comment here if you're a yes! Please say yes!

& while you're at it check out the hot new layout at thehourhas7days!

That is all.

7th-Jul-2007 10:13 pm - Horoscope [something fun]
George Smiles
Some people really believe in horoscopes.
I can accept that.
Some people think horoscopes are complete crap.
I can accept that.
I think I'm somewhere in the middle.

Either way, mine really freaked me out today. (I'm a Scorpio, for the record.)
As published in the Toronto Star:

You have passed a milestone. The point of no return has been reached. And this new ballgame in which you find yourself is going to lead to great things.

Okay, awesome! Great things to come! But what the heck did I do?! I feel like I should have conquered Everest or something based on these words.... & I really can't think of any milestones I passed. This 'point of no return' thing is kind of scary. Hey, prncessconsuela this is your horoscope too!

Anyways. Just felt like posting this somewhere. Perhaps months down the road it will make sense.

13th-Jun-2007 10:18 pm - Pets
George Smiles
I really want a pet.
I figure next year I'll have the time/ money to look after & love it & I just really want a little companion. There are studies that say people are more at ease with pets & such. I haven't had a pet since grade 10.

So, I really wanted a turtle but you have to be mad careful with them & can't handle them too much so that put me off them, even though I still think they're rad animals.
We can't have a dog, because my Mom won't let us, & we can't have a cat because my Dad's allergic.
Fish don't really do much.
I don't think I could handle a reptile (even though, they too are very very cool).
& hampsters have a very short life span.
So, I've narrowed it down to a rabbit or a guinea pig.

I love rabbits. Our last rabbit Petey was the most amazing pet: he was very loveable, sometimes energenic, & sometimes quiet. A good size for our house too.
I've never had a guinea pig but reading about them, you should buy 2, because they're social animals & don't like to be lonely. But they too seem loveable & a good size for our house, & a pet I've never had before. I just don't know if I could handle 2. I'd like to think that I'd have enough time to spend with the animal that s/he wouldn't be lonely but I work 6 days a week for 8 hours, so s/he'd be home alone all day.

The problem with both animals is that they looove to chew. This is why my Mom doesn't want another rabbit (even though she loooved the last one, I swear she could talk to him), because we live in a house built in the 1930's so we have lots of old woodwork & Petey ruined a fair bit of it. My Dad doesn't want guinea pigs because he had a bad experience with them as a kid.... but they weren't smart & bought a boy + a girl so they got pregnant alot. I'd get 2 girls.

So, my stroke of genius is to adopt from the Toronto Humane Society. I think that it's a great idea to give an animal a second chance.

They don't have alot of guinea pigs listed, but there's Archie who seems used to living without another guinea pig, but his previous owner was probably very quiet & my house isn't really. But it also says he would do well with older children or with a first time piggy owner & that's me.

Then there's a rabbit that I've become really attached to, Laurie. & I have become attached to her because like Petey she only has one eye. Most people were really put out when we told them Petey only had one eye, but we still loved him all the same. She's also alot younger than Archie. But if she's already had problems with her eye, then the chances are high that she'll have more problems.

Then there's the overall hurdle of death, which is why my Dad doesn't want a dog. (He was really really attached to the dog he had as a child, Jojo.) It makes me sad just thinking about it.

So I guess if anyone has any opinions or experiences with these animals/ my ramblings, please share, because I really am seriously considering getting some sort of pet. I'm currently reading a book about guinea pigs to learn more about them.

27th-May-2007 04:40 pm - the rain came down
George Smiles
In sad news, my Great-Grandma died last night. She lived to be 95. She came over from Czechoslovakia in the 1930's because her & my Great-Grandpa saw the world war looming ahead. They originally settled in Manitoba before going to southwestern Ontario. Every plot of land that my Great-Grandpa was shown he overturned the soil to see if it was good enough. The family has been harvesting tomatoes for 53 years, this will be their 54th season. (It's my Grandpa & Great Uncle that do it now.)

In other news, I needed an outfit to wear to the funeral & I got this dress 40% off at French Connection United Kingdom. So I'm really happy about that. The dress is so nice & I think it's very 'me.' The photo doesn't do it much justice. In other 'me' news, check out their other dresses, some are called Carly!

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