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Woody and the SOL tour

For anyone who didn't know, actor Woody Harrelson has become an environmental activist and has a really interesting website here:

Canadian documentary producer Ron Mann has made two documentaries featuring Woody Harrelson. The first, called Grass, explores issues pertaining to the legalization of marijuana. I haven't seen it, but I've heard good things about it. The other, called Go Further, was screened at the Atlantic Film Festival here in Halifax Friday night, and B and I got a babysitter for Z and went to see it.

The doc follows Woody and his entourage on a 6-week, 1,300-mile bike trip from Seattle to Southern California as they stopped in at various universities to give talks on how to leave a lighter footprint. It's a really excellent film, and if you get a chance to see it, do. He follows a vegan, raw-food diet which sounds pretty austere but which takes full advantage of organically-grown food and doesn't support the commercial agri-business industry and all that jazz. He may also smoke copious amounts of dope in his regular life, but I'm not as sure about that.

While at the film the other night, I sat next to a friendly fat man who had a large order of nachos covered with jalapeno cheese sauce, a large bag of popcorn, and an extra-large pop. He finished everything by the halfway point in the movie, at which time the smell of the nacho cheese eventually dissipated to allow me to smell him. He smelled really nice. Sweet and spicy at the same time. I wanted to ask him what kind of cologne he was wearing, but I didn't.

Yesterday, I dropped off a bunch of empty beer bottles at a recycling depot and the young, black, gold-chained kid that was sorting bottles for customers went on a break just before my turn. He had beautiful clear skin, his hair tied back in a tight bun, and one gold hoop earring in each ear. As he walked past me, I caught his scent, which was identical to the friendly fat nacho man in the theatre from the night before. I made a mental note: was this a new cologne? I wanted to try and find it somewhere.

Later yesterday, I was at the supermarket shopping for replacement razor blades and for fun, I picked up a random bottle of aftershave to smell it. I was delighted to discover that it was the exact same scent as these two guys I'd recently encountered -- by fluke chance, I'd found the smell!

So I splashed a little on myself and bought the bottle along with my razor blades. The only problem is that B thinks it's old-man cologne that makes me smell like her 60-year old next-door neighbour from her childhood.

So now I'm at an impasse. But B's at work all day today so I put some on this morning. I can still smell it, and I think it smells great. Even in tiny doses though, it's possibly too strong to wear in public very often. So it might just become a private thing I wear at home or something.

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iamom September 21st, 2003
Why did you delete this comment, silly? Was it the comment about Woody liking your truffles? I was about to reply, asking if you meant that literally or figuratively: has he tried your truffles, and if so, how do you make them so that they're raw and vegan? I love truffles, but I can't imagine how they're made without chocolate...

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iamom September 24th, 2003
Cool -- so you're a genuine raw food chef yourself, then. I'd really love to learn more about it. Have you ever met Renée, Woody's chef?

If you can recommend any good books or anything on the topic, I'd love to check them out. Or perhaps you could start posting some of your favourite recipes in your journal? I know that I won't be visiting that culinary school in CA anytime soon...

You must also have some fun stories about catering for parties out there, no?

rhondak September 21st, 2003
Keep wearing it for you.

I keep a bottle of Brut that reminds me of my father. I wear it when I feel down. I feel like it is his strength.

I know better than to wear it out on a date. Its MY after shave secret.

iamom September 21st, 2003
Brut totally fits that bill, too. So does Polo, I find. And Stetson, as well.

Oh, there are so many!!!

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