Thursday, July 24, 2008

Pop goes the....

So on the past Tuesday, I managed to tear something under my patella (knee-cap). Somehow I tore my left knee when I knelt down to show the St. John Ambulance brigade members how to strap down a casualty on the back board. It was an intense sharp pain at first like I just knelt on broken glass, then quickly it went into a burning sensation for the next 10-20 minutes.

I'm lucky to have my bro as a chiro, he was able to quickly get me checked out and an ultrasound done. I'm now waiting for the report. It does scare me to think....what if I'm going to lose the ability to use my left leg? But even if it heals now, I do believe that it will come back to haunt me in the future.....way in the future.....when I'm old and feeling all of the symptoms of past injuries. *shiver*

In other news, started watching two new television series: Flashpoint and The Mentalist. Both shows seem to have their captivating moments. Flashpoint was filmed and based in Toronto, which is the main selling point for me I guess. The Mentalist is more of a Sherlock Holmes in the present day type of mystery/crime drama. I can't wait to watch the next episodes. ^__^

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Cirque du OMG

OMG....I can't believe that I just went to LV and back. In that duration of 4 nights, I saw 3 Cirque shows. I went to see the 'O' show, Zumanity and then Mystere.

'O' (Eau) Show is a beautifully done show that seems very spiritual and emotional. The music and visuals all bring out goosebumps on me (or else it's the aircon). This is a first for theatre shows to have a large pool as the stage, and water being the main all works out. There are so-called intermissions in which two clowns go about and do small joke sketches. One of them being my favorite "Aye-Yai-Yai" clown.

Zumanity was somewhat a disappointment for me. The interaction with the characters pretty much start off in the front lobby. There I met many of the cast members strutting around in character. One of the characters freaked me out when he flapped his cloak right behind me with a loud "BANG" noise. Each of the acts weren't too entertaining to me. The only entertainment was really from the side stage jokes from the jokers/jesters. It was more of a standup comedy routine to me. Just with a lot of nudity and course language. I want to trade this in for a Penn & Teller show.

Mystere was a last minute impulse purchase. We got tickets at a discount price from the local ticket discount booth (yes, an official one, not a scalper....but I guess they're just a high end scalper). This was the original Cirque show in Vegas, since 1993. The stage was very well designed and the performers pretty much utilized the entire auditorium. I really loved the joker character who goes around and messes with the audience. Right off the bat, he pretends to be an usher and starts leading unsuspecting audiences around the whole auditorium only to place them in the wrong area. The huge baby was a great laugh too, he nominated a person to be his "Papa" and through out the show, he just picked on this "Papa" audience person. I had a blast at this show. But still, La Eau was better.

All in all, I think I'd want to see KA next if I got a chance. On a side note though, I think all of the sound tracks are great.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Use the Farce before it's gone

I just found out that the Royal Canadian Air Farce (LIVE) is going offline with their series finale on December 31st, 2008 as the New Years show.

I have grown up with watching it, with "Mike from Canmore" to "Celine Dion impersonations". It brought a lot of laughs and entertaining moments.

For a couple of years, I went to the live showings in the CBC building. They had great jokes that never aired, and as well they had the live band there with great songs. It is sad to see that it will be ending and that the new cast will not be continuing the legacy.

I hope CBC might push something out that will have Jessica, Alan, Craig, and Penelope.

Maybe I'll try to get tickets to the series finale. Hope I'll have time to go see it.