Skipping out on Santa!

Posted by Bruce on November 16, 2014
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I know the Christmas season has begun in Toronto when I can see the river of cars rolling down the DVP into the downtown core.  They are all on their merry way to the 110th celebration of the Santa Claus parade.  Well as much as I love a good parade, this year I am taking my folks to the Science Center.  Yep that’s right.  There are a few Imax films I have been wanting to see and since it was my Pops 73rd birthday this past week, I think he would enjoy some Shark tails.
I feel like I’m skipping out on Santa.  Hopefully I don’t get put on the naughty list.  Actually I haven’t been back to the parade since the Four Seasons Performing Arts Center kicked my partner’s Mom off their steps so she was unable to see in her wheelchair; officially two parades ago.
I don’t hold a grudge but they were nasty, nasty jerks and completely unapologetic.  I discontinued attending any events there.  I don’t miss it!  Since this is the season of perpetual hope I will try to find it in myself to forgive how they treated our 82 year old Mum at the time.  Nah!
We, my folks and I, decided to visit the Science Center as I mentioned.  I haven’t been there with them since I was a child.  It was great to revisit some old stomping tourist ground.  We decided on a couple of Imax films. The first was the film Great White Shark.
“Misrepresented, maligned and on the verge of extinction, the great white shark is an iconic predator: the creature we love to fear.  Great White Shark explores the great white’s place in our imaginations, in our fears and in the reality of it’s role at the top of the oceanic food chain.  The film concentrated on key aggregation points around the world: Mexico, South Africa, Los Angeles and New Zealand.  Key figures in the history of shark research, people whose lives have been changed by contact with the great white, tell us of their experiences, culminating in a direct encounter between man and shark.

Great White Shark
is produced by Giant Screen Films, Yes/No Productions and Liquid Pictures, and is distributed by Giant Screen Films.  It is narrated by acclaimed stage and film actor Bill Nighy
.” Giant Screen Films
3 kisses out of 5
I liked it although it seemed a little dull, surprisingly.  How exciting can it be to watch a fish swim around for an hour.
The second film was Island of Lemurs!  Fabulous!  Narrated by Morgan Freeman it was brilliantly executed!
“Take a spectacular journey to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar and witness the incredible true story of one of nature’s greatest explorers – the lemurs.
Lemurs arrived in Madagascar as castaways millions of years ago and evolved into hundreds of diverse species.  They are now highly endangered.  Join trailblazing scientist Dr. Patricia Wright on her lifelong mission to help these strange and adorable creatures survive in the modern world.” Warner Brothers
I really enjoyed that film! 4 kisses out of 5
It was great getting out since I had been in bed a few days with my annual bout with the flu. Now you will have to excuse me as I enjoy a glass of vino and flick on the Santa Parade on CTV.
Let the Christmas games begin!
Happy Birthday Pops!

Editor: Mary Ellen Monk

A Word from the Editor:

I haven’t been to the Science Centre since I was a child.  May be worth checking out sometime soon.  My kids loved Ripley’s Aquarium this past summer.

We skipped the Santa Claus parade in Belleville yesterday in favour of seeing Big Hero 6.  It was a good movie.  Gray chose to spend the afternoon with nana and papa but Wesley loved the movie.  For a kids movie I have to admit I laughed out loud several times.

ME (Mary Ellen Monk)

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