Q:Please tell me everything you can recall about the FIDO Casting Tour at Yonge & Dundas Square.
A: As I was looking with curiosity, a young girl stopped me on the sidewalk to fill out a short survey that would allow me eligibility to win $500. And of course, I welcomed the opportunity. After, I walked past the diaplay and gave my boyfriend a big kiss as he went back to work after lunch. I however, was curious to see what was going on with this truck, the people, and all the cute FIDO Dog photos. As I approached the front of the display I was welcomed by two friendly young men who asked if I wanted to have my picture taken for FIDO. I thought to myself, “I love having my picture taken!”, and walked up the stairs with a smile . I saw a crouded little studio as a man with a camera and a nice girl showed me to the far right side where there was a clean white background. He explained that he was going to ask me to show a bunch of expressions and I said with excement, “how fun!!”. I went throught happy, sad, angry, lonley, and excited. It was clear after viewing that EXCITED was my most pure expression. We chose my face to be matched with that of a playfull puppy and I thanked them for taking my photo. There was a big line to match your photo to a dog face on the spot and I close to have it sent via email and do the match at home. There are heaps of photos to match your face to and I believe it was over 5,000. With a smile, I told the boys outside to watch for my face as I walked into the sunshine and took a refreshing breath of cold air.
I’m not a big fan of animals (as pets). I’ve never had a dog before. My cat and I broke up years ago, she lives with Dad now. However, just because I don’t like animals licking or touching my stuff, doesn’t mean I want to eat them instead. I’ve been considering going vegan for a long time now. I rarely drink milk and grew up lactose intolerant. Alicia Silverstone has a great new ad that was banned in the UK due to her being, um…naked. Its hot! In the spirit of loving hotness and wanting to try this out today is the day I’ve decided to try vegetarian.
I want to eat better, feel better, and stop supporting cruelty to chickens, pigs, cows, fish, and other animals raised for food. By signing my name, I pledge to explore vegetarianism for at least 30 days.
Madonna sported Jewish symbols on her arm in the video for the James Bond theme song Die Another Day. The tattoo is written in Hebrew and is on her right shoulder written are the letters: the letters “lamed”, “alef” and “vav” (from right to left).
There is no such word in Hebrew and you can be sure that all the know-it-alls in the world immediately proclaimed it to be yet another celebrity foreign language tattoo gone bad. But the truth of the matter is that Madonna once again outwitted the sheep.
So called Rabbi, Yehuda Berg, a worldwide religious celebrity known mostly as the spiritual leader of the Kabbalah Centre which Madonna reportedly attends regularly provided the official interpretation.
The “word” on Madonna’s shoulder is not actually a word, but rather one of the names from the 72 Names of G-d. Kabbalah explain that Moses used these names to split the Red Sea, and that we can use them to create miracles in our own lives. Each name draws a particular kind of energy. The name in the “Die Another Day” video is for eliminating the ego.
Kabbalah finds its main source in the Zohar, a text revealed to Moses de Leon in the thirteenth century based ostensibly on the writings of a second-century scholar Simeon bar Yochai. The Zohar parallels a tradition of commentary on the Torah, the first five books of the Bible, but claims there are hidden meanings in the arrangement of and comparisons between letters and words in which these books are written. This form of interpretation becomes quite complicated when the numeric significance of each word (Hebrew letters are each associated with a number) is taken into account.
Madonna began attending the Kabbalah Centre, an international school of kabbalah studies, in 1997 in an attempt to explore spiritual aspects of her life beyond her family or her success as a Material Girl. She was following in a long line of celebrities who, having become disatisfied with mere fame and fortune, turned to mysticism for new insight. The Beatles anticipated this spiritual turn and the seemingly inevitable irritation it provokes in many people.
Rick Ross, an American lecturer on “cults”, suggests a more sinister aspect of Madonna’s specific spritual path by providing links to numerous news articles calling the practices of the Kabbalah Centre, and its director Rav Berg, into question.
The Kabbalarians, a group whose philosophy is inspired by kabbalah, claim the name Lav is associated with an “independent, practical, analytical nature with skillful business abilities.” This describes Madonna but does not shed led either on the process by which the Kabbalarians came to their analysis or the “Die another day” video.
Last week while visiting New Zealand metropolis Palmerston North city, Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement of Flight of The Conchords were exposed to radiation from an explosion at a power generating wind farm leaving them with super powers. McKenzie found that after exposure to the radiation he was able to send text messages with his mind and Clement reported that he was a bit stronger than usual and could lift about three or four more shopping bags than he usually could. But really full ones though. Effects wore off after ten minutes but during that time McKenzie managed to text his mate Dave “HPPY BRTHDY DAV. I M SNDNG THIS USNG MND”.
I was thinking about a line from The Sweetest Thing, Christina says “Don’t go looking for “Mr. Right”, just go looking for “Mr Right Now”.” I’m wondering why there is never a middle ground. How come one you meet someone and hang out a few times it is only a matter of time before the ‘awkward talk’. Both not looking for a ‘relationship’ but without saying it you become satisfied with relationshit’; unknown ground where you’re never sure where you stand. “Do I call?” , “Should I leave a message?”…its retarded. After dating, or being satisfied with Mr. Right Now, I find myself with an urge to drop out of the scene and stop meeting . It’s boring, draining, and it doesn’t take long to lose its luster. Dating, mating, what ever you call it, its a game and I’m done playing. I’m better off spending more time alone.
People like to compare Mickey Avalon to Eminem, and maybe that’s fair: Get rid of Avalon’s Holocaust-haunted family and hand-jobs-for-heroin career track and Eminem’s Detroit trailer-park background, and you wind up with two white guys who both rap about their hard-luck stories. What these people forget, though, is that Eminem would be a total sex god if he weren’t such a homophobe — come on, you saw 8 Mile — and Avalon has no such masculinity issues. And while Eminem has devoted his life to hip-hop, Avalon is more of a hustler, using music as a vehicle to get his life to a better place. Putting his lanky body on display, Avalon rhymes about “sassy little frassies with bulimia” (of which he’s had many), and strung-out male prostitutes on Sunset (of which he was one), single-handedly forging a new genre—call it glam-rap—with every bat of his mascara’d eyelashes. He’s like the product of an unholy union between David Bowie and Run-DMC.
Busting Out: Mickey Avalon goes through the windshield glass
When I sat down with Avalon in late August, I wasn’t expecting him to be an unassuming little slip of a thing, hardly taking up space in the booth at Cantor’s Deli. It’s hard to believe this waif is the same guy who’s been writhing around on top of windshield-blown cars in West Hollywood nightclubs, or that he’s about to become famous. But given his single “Jane Fonda’s” prominent spot in a recent episode of Entourage, his record deal with Interscope, and a much-passed-around LA Weekly profile that’s now been optioned for a biopic, it seems like Avalon is perched on the brink of something big.