Friday, August 04, 2006

Frozen heroin juice

So it turns out they won't let a fella cross the border with his minor child unless he has his baby mama's notarized consent. They will keep him from boarding his flight. They will tell him the next flight leaves in nine hours. They will tell him that their website notes the policy, blah blah blah. They might even say something along the lines of "yelling at us isn't going to help, sir," even as he is only contemplating yelling at them. The moral of the story is, don't go anywhere. Just stay where you are and the people will come to you.

Anyhow, my bonus day here affords me the time to harvest some links. I heard a talk once by a guy who promotes films at festivals. (He would probably describe his work using other words, but that was the jist of it.) He summed up his job like this: "I come with my muffins and I say, 'Here are my muffins. If you don't like them, I'll be back next time with some other ones.'" This is a culinary metaphor I can get behind.

-Tom Waits has a novel way of getting around scalpers: you pay for your ticket at the door and then you have to go straight in.
The only way to tout, I suppose, is to establish your fleecing price, then stand in line with, and enjoy the show with, your prey. That seems to be a sufficiently weird prospect. Sure enough, there's not a tout in sight.
(The language is English in case you were wondering.)

-Seva Café, in India, asks for a gift but doesn't demand payment.
...an experiment in the joys of giving and of selfless service. Run mostly by volunteers, our wholesome meals are cooked with love and served with love and offered to you as a genuine gift. To complete the full circle of giving and to sustain this experiment, we leave it to you to pay from your heart. All profits are used to support social service projects.
There used to be a vegetarian cooperative restaurant and gallery in Montreal called Cafe Phoenix run by a collective of artist-owners. The service was atrocious and the food unpredictable but the vibes were always really good. It didn't stay open long. (via)

-If our documents are in order, we will not be in Toronto quite long enough to enjoy the fake prom.

-Sleater-Kinney are dunzo. Is it "the death knell of feminism itself"?

-Los Angeles: Good yogurt, bad customers.
"The bottom line is the customers that go to Pinkberry don't mind paying $68 for a tub of yogurt," said Huntley Avenue resident Oliver Wilson, handily adding the price of a parking ticket to the $7.45 cost of a large yogurt. "It's all Escalades and Mercedes and BMWs. You tell them, 'Don't park here,' and they do. They can afford it."

4 Comments:

Anonymous Rebecca said...

I have a friend who is divorced from her schizophrenic, physically abusive husband and was planning to move to Africa with their 2 young children to teach in a Christian mission school. She had raised a bunch of money to buy books and supplies for the mission, and with just days to go before their departure, the ex-husband made some waves, and it turns out that you can't leave the country with children if your ex doesn't want you to, no matter how crazy/abusive he may be. Huge disappointment all around.

Not sure if this has any relation at all to your post, though.

5:55 PM  
Blogger mzn said...

In our case we were coming to reunite the family--E had come here to Toronto to do some work a few days ahead of the little man and me. And we arrived here last night and everyone is fine.

6:24 AM  
Blogger Angel said...

It's to prevent kidnappings. If a parent takes a kid out of the country, it's next to impossible to get them back.

11:14 AM  
Anonymous lindy said...

I was on my way to Montreal with my then 12 year old daughter quite a few years ago. We were exhausted. My husband had recently died after a long illness, and were having a little holiday., They still insisted on the notarized note.(I guess I should have thought of it before he died.)

As this was,er, not possible-I did something sneaky on the spot, and we got to have our vacation.

But, obviously if a criminal brain as lameass as mine can improvise her way around this regulation , it is not going to work on anyone who starts out with a plan to defeat it. It really is just something the airlines do to keep themselves from being held responsible-I doubt if it has prevented a single kidnapping.

6:06 PM  

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