Archives: March 2005

Thu Mar 17, 2005

Eating ice cream in Half Baked

I just saw Half Baked on TV last night for the first time. I wanted to see it since Jon Stewart and Harland Williams were in it.

It was clear to me, being from Toronto, that although the movie was set in New York, several scenes were filmed in Toronto. In particular, the scene where Harland Williams mistakenly kills the diabetic horse, and the scene in the ice cream shop.

I found the ice cream shop scene particularly exciting since I used to live right near it for 4 years. It's Dutch Dreams, located at 78 Vaughan Road.

At one point, I think it was about 1989, the place caught on fire. The owner called my father and yelled, "My store is on fire! What should I do?" It's not clear if he called my father because my father was also Dutch, or because my father was an electrician. But my father gave him some sound advice: "Don't call me, call the fire department".

All turned out OK since it wasn't long before Dutch Dreams reopened.

Posted by: jav on Mar 17, 05 | 11:34 am | Profile

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Sun Mar 13, 2005

My Annual Caricature

Regular readers of my blog will recall that I started a new annual tradition last year to get my caricature drawn. I got this year's caricature drawn a couple months ago, and just got around to scanning it in now. So, here's what you've all been waiting for:


Posted by: jav on Mar 13, 05 | 1:15 pm | Profile

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Thu Mar 10, 2005

On Crazy Apple Rumors again

I'm on Crazy Apple Rumors again:

Guy Stuck On Infinite Loop

Posted by: jav on Mar 10, 05 | 10:38 am | Profile

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Tue Mar 01, 2005

JAV auditions for INXS, results as expected

I went to Los Angeles this weekend to audition for INXS. The band is looking for a new lead singer through a new reality show Rock Star, produced by Mark Burnett of Survivor and Apprentice fame, and set to air on CBS this summer.

I'm a huge fan of INXS, and I was auditioning just for the fun of it. I am not a good singer, and I know this. I'm acquaintances of several members of the band, so I thought it would be funny to perform for them. My plan was to do a medley of 4 INXS songs, including 2 extremely obscure ones - "Happy Christmas" and "Any Day But Sunday".

I went to LA and waited in line for 5 hours. I was number 84. Here's me in line:

I got cut off quite early in my audition, after about 45 seconds. I sang a verse from Just Keep Walking, and a little bit from Happy Christmas. I guess they had heard enough of me singing a Christmas song in late February, because they stopped me and said, "Thank you. Next please."

Posted by: jav on Mar 01, 05 | 9:35 pm | Profile

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