Sounds of laughter, shades of life are ringing through my open ears

The Beatles’ music has had a great effect on me throughout my life. From the day that I first discovered my dad’s old records in the garage, a love affair was born. Last night Kristina and I hit up The Paramount and watched Across The Universe. This beautiful film is almost a music video of sorts. It uses thirty three of The Beatles’ songs and director Julie Taymor’s unique visual style to illustrate both a personal love story and the overall conflict in the sixties.
What I enjoyed most was how the film reinterpreted and revealed new facets of these songs. It seemed to serve as a tribute to their breadth and greatness.
The true essence of the era is captured perfectly. I love period films, especially when the costuming and sets are flawless. This movie transports the viewer back in time and slices into the hearts and minds of the generation that changed a world.
The artistic beauty of this movie is something almost unmatched. The colors and the psychedelic sequences make for an amazing movie-going experience and well, the music speaks for itself.
Pure emotion. This is a definite must-see.


You look just like…

The first time it happened, I was shopping with my friend Jenna and her kids at the mall. Over the last few weeks, it has continued to happen. I have been stopped countless times by little girls asking me, “Are you the girl from High School Musical?” or “Can I have your autograph, Ashley?”

Errr…who? So I had to check it out. Apparently, I look “just like the girl from High School Musical!” This girl, I discovered is Ashley Tisdale. It’s a compliment that these little cuties think I’m a superstar, and quite comical at the same time. It seems that I have a whole fan club of juniors. Turns out the”Celebrity Lookalike” application on Facebook thinks that I look like her too.

Maybe this will mean the end of my run as Chrissy Snow…I have forever been told that I look just like a young Suzanne Somers. When I wore my hair lighter especially, it would not be unusual for at least ten people to approach me to tell me this in one night out.

Who is your celebrity lookalike?

I’m sensitive and I’d like to stay that way

This has been one of those draining weeks that I have spent wondering when it’s going to end. Tonight, I was beyond happy to make some tea and collapse onto the sofa to watch the much anticipated season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy. After a letdown of a finale last spring, I didn’t have high hopes for the start of this season…but I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised. I got from tonight’s show what I always hope for in an hour of television; I laughed out loud, I cried like a baby and it made me think. What more can you ask for on a Thursday night?

On account of my extreme lack of motivation, and because my inbox was visited by the list fairy today, I decided to share my lists. Here goes:

My Favourites

  1. Flower: daisy
  2. Perfume: ‘Clean’
  3. Food: sushi
  4. Drink: iced tea with lots and lots of ice
  5. Song: ‘I Will’ by The Beatles…but so hard to pick just one

Pet Peeves

  1. People who don’t wave when you let them into traffic
  2. Bad spelling and grammar
  3. Overuse of “lol” online, come on! I know you’re laughing out loud!
  4. Pink, girly versions of team merchandise. Hello, pink is NOT one of the Canucks’ colours!
  5. Arrogance

Things I Like

  1. Opening up a brand new fashion magazine
  2. Hugs
  3. Songs with acoustic guitars
  4. Wandering around the city by myself
  5. Getting letters in the mail

I’m overrated, desecrated, still somehow illuminated, I know I’ve got a screw loose

I don’t know if my current mood is a result of the change of season and the recent gloomy weather, but tonight I am exhausted, emotional and uninspired. I’m having one of those days, I feel like I could cry at the drop of a hat. I have a migraine and I want to rip my eyeballs out of my head. Grrr. I have been so insanely busy lately that I feel like a crazed maniac. Too many messages that I haven’t returned, too many people I want to make time for…not enough hours in the day. I need to get it together before I become a mean, old hag. I’m trying to smile even though I want to crumble. Shake, some action’s what I need.

The Juice: Take Two

It wasn’t more than a few weeks ago that my best friend Edward was visiting from Paris. We sat around after dinner, reminiscing and drinking wine. We started talking about how much we loved to debate about current events and politics when we were in high school. In particular, he reminded me how obsessed I became back in 1994-95 with the O.J. Simpson trial. As I always tend to do when I become interested in something, I found every available resource that was relevant. I was 14 years old at the time and became completely enthralled with all the details of this case. I developed my own theories and arguments. I listened to every single word spoken in that courtroom and analyzed it. I became very familiar with all of main players: victims Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, plus Marcia Clark, Johnny Cochran, Chris Darden, Judge Ito, Kato Kaelin and Mark Furman, among others- and also with Mr. Simpson himself.

I read the book that O.J. wrote from jail, plus books written by Nicole Brown’s sister, by her best friend Faye Resnick, and countless others written about the case by lawyers and various experts. My television was pretty much permanently tuned into CNN that summer. When the trial went into the fall, I even had to call in sick for class the morning that the verdict was announced so that I would be able to watch it.

Being able to watch the court proceedings allowed a real glimpse into the case and I found it very interesting. Seeing the trial unfold with the whole media frenzy surrounding it was kind of like ‘reality television’ before its time.

When news broke recently that O.J. Simpson had been arrested again and may face life in prison for the ten charges against him in connection with an armed robbery and kidnapping incident in Las Vegas, of course Eddie e-mailed me right away, “So, you think he’s innocent again?”

I had to clarify. I have never said that O.J. is innocent. As a 14 year old, I said that I could prove that he is not guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. My point was that the American Legal System says that an individual is “innocent until proven guilty.” In my opinion, nobody was able to prove that he is guilty.

What do I think now? Well, I think that he’s certainly got some anger issues and obviously, he has a violent past. There’s no arguing that. Maybe he did get away with murder. He really lost me when he wrote and published If I Did It last year, a book explaining how and why he would have committed these murders, had he been the actual murderer.

The week that the new allegations were announced, I tuned into an interview with Kato Kaelin on CNN. All the characters are re-emerging, most likely trying to get new book deals and schedule interviews with the National Enquirer. The whole thing is just so sensationalized (as much now as it originally was back when it all started with the Bronco chase). I saw an interview with Marcia Clark on Entertainment Tonight over the weekend as well; she had freshly bleached locks and looked to have just walked out of the botox clinic. All of this really does take away from the point, which is that two lives were maliciously ended and the person responsible was never convicted.

This whole new case is definitely fishy…a set up? I think it’s a possibility. All of the victims are serious criminals. It’s certainly a sketchy story. Whatever the truth is, the chances of O.J. actually getting sentenced to life in prison are I’m sure, about as likely as getting away with murder…oh, wait…

Perhaps I have missed my true calling as a criminal lawyer. Maybe it’s not too late…but I’ll only work for high profile celebrity clients. And I will only wear Prada suits when I’m in the courtroom.