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rotisserie chicken

The challenge: Oven roasted chicken or rotisserie chicken, which is better? I acquired a Deni Vertical Rotisserie a while ago - it's a long story - but had not got around to using it. My daughter pointed out that she had happy childhood memories of my oven roasted chicken dinners and wondered how rotisserie roasted chicken could possibly be better. We had two organic free range chicken to cook so voila- this was a perfect time to compare the two methods.

Susinn McFarlen & Anna Galvin. Photo by David Cooper

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
by Christopher Durang
directed by Rachel Ditor
Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

If the names did not already tell you that Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is intended to be a comedic homage to Anton Chekhov, the bust of Chehkov in Alison Green's wonderful book-lined sitting-room set would be a strong indication.

I took Dukoral

One of the things that can ruin a great vacation is traveler's diarrhea. And when going to countries where enteric diseases such as typhoid and E. Coli are even more common causes of traveler's diarrhea than salmonella and campylobacter, it makes sense to do all you can to avoid getting sick.

As well as obvious advice about frequent hand washing and not drinking tap water, our information sheet contained a stern warning about not eating food from street vendors as you can't trust the sanitation of the preparations. I am not normally that adventurous in foreign countries so that made...

Tilley hat and lightweight breathable shirt and pants

The most perfectly planned travel can be ruined by an unanticipated illness or injury. Obsessive as I am, I found it absolutely essential to check out all possible health precautions so I would not "check out" on my jungle trip.

From a health perspective, a seven day journey up the Amazon River into the jungle, even on a "luxury" river boat, is nothing like the luxury cruises in the Mediterranean or Caribbean, that I was accustomed to. The rain forest environment is hot and humid, and vicious little mosquitoes carry nasty organisms that cause malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever and...

Hiking boots, Dancing shoes!
Bet you are wondering about the dance shoes. Dance shoes - in the Amazon jungle? Well read on!
 
Before I embarked on this wild adventure, jungle cruising on the Amazon, I had three aspects to consider.
1) Planning the trip - How does one get to the Amazon?
2) Researching - What preventative health measures were needed to keep me healthy and happy? and not mosquito-bitten.
3) Preparing for travel - Finding the items I would need to take with me?
My travel and preventative health measure posts will come later in this A toZ Challenge. But here was my...
The Amazon River

One of my sensible and pragmatic daughters-in-law, on hearing my plan to cruise the Amazon River through the Peruvian jungle,  looked at me bemused and said "why?"

Since heat and humidity, bugs and butterflies, moths and mosquitoes rank far below the bottom of my list of favorite things, while comfortable beds, hot showers, flush toilets  and temperate insect-free environments place way over the top, I could understand her bewilderment...

A Piranha platter

I really did eat a  piranha on the Amazon River - it didn't eat me because it was a vegetarian. Really. 

I thought  - piranha - big, sharp teeth, man-eating carnivore. But did you know that in the rivers of South America there are more than 30 different species of piranha? And some eat primarily vegetation.

The theme of this A to Z Challenge is about my Amazon River Jungle Cruise adventures. Read about eating grubs to prevent jungle diarrhea, what you should take with you on a jungle expedition, dancing rumba in a backyard bar in an Amazon village,...

The ensemble cast of Trojan Women at Douglas College. Photo by Krista Graham.

On a miserably cold, rainy night we took the Skytrain from downtown Vancouver out to Douglas College in New Westminster. We went to see a student production of Charles Mee's adaption of Euripides' The Women of Troy. I was overjoyed to experience a production that was so much a visual and auditory delight that it made our sodden trek out to New Westminster more than worthwhile.
Euripides' The Women of Troy describes the fate of the women of Troy, waiting to learn their future after the capture of the city by the Greek Army......

The Vancouver Zoomer Show 2015 - billed as a Lifestyle Expo for the 45+ is on at the Vancouver Convention Centre today and Sunday. I volunteered for a short stint at the Vancouver chapter CARP booth, after which I wandered around the exposition. Had some unexpected encounters with people I had not seen since I retired. So nice to catch up. Among the many exhibits ranging from travel to healthcare there were two booths that I wanted to feature in this post...

Columbia University professor Wallace Sayre famously quipped in reference to competition in the academic realm, that "competition in university politics takes the most vicious and bitter forms because the stakes are so low."  The same concept, that the smaller the stakes the fiercer is the competition, has been promulgated by many others including educational guru, Laurence Peter of The Peter Principle ("In hierarchical organizations every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence").
In Sebastien Archibald's futuristic corporation, management has found a way to raise the stakes and beat the Peter Principle. Employees in line for promotion must...

The Fringe Presents: Marathon and Virtual Solitaire at Studio 1398, Granville Island,  March 17 to 29, 2015

In Vancouver, September is synonymous with Vancouver Fringe month. Over a couple of weeks, venues on and off Granville Island are crowded with people. Some love to cram in as many shows as they can, while others come to see a friend perform and the Fringe Festival may be their first exposure to theatre. Fringe 2014 featured  91 artists in more than 800 performances of over 80 shows in 11 days on Granville Island in theatre spaces and other odd sites as well...

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