Dear Readers:
Ya always here about what happens to someone when they suddenly get famous…………., but the people around them go on this ride too!
Superman walked my dog. Twice. How many people can say that?
Back in 2005 I became friends with an extremely handsome restaurant host named Henry. Little did I know it was Henry Cavill, on the cusp of fame.
I used to walk my malamute, Buddy, by the new neighborhood tapas restaurant in West Hollywood, California, each night.
Buddy Buddy immediately took to Henry. And I must admit, so did I, almost immediately giving him the moniker “Hot Henry.” He was, without a doubt, the most handsome person I’d ever seen in real life and also, quite possibly, the nicest. The British accent didn’t hurt either.
I knew Henry was an actor, but when you live in the Los Angeles area — especially in West Hollywood — about 90 percent of the people you meet are “actors.” One day I naively offered to help him get an agent. He graciously declined, saying he was in good hands with CAA (Creative Artist Agency — essentially the Rolls-Royce of acting agencies). This was the first time I wondered to myself, who is this guy?
Buddy (Photo: Giana Mucci)Henry and Buddy adored each other. I was simply the lucky bystander of their friendship. Buddy had a huge personality, and when he really liked someone he would howl and give the warmest of bear hugs. Henry got this type of greeting nightly. It was incredible to see how kind he was with this big 100-plus pound, wolf-like dog that intimidated most people. After Henry offered a few times to walk Buddy if I ever needed help, I finally took him up on it. Henry just wanted to do this as a favor, but I insisted on paying him. After all, he was a struggling actor, right?
The next time I called Henry to see if he could walk Buddy, I didn’t hear back, which seemed a little strange. A couple weeks later, I got a voicemail from him apologizing for not being able to help and explaining he had been overseas auditioning for Bond. Wait, what? Bond? James Bond? Who was this guy? And how embarrassed should I be that I had asked him to walk my dog??? Suddenly my “Hot Henry” was up-and-coming actor Henry Cavill. After coming in second to Daniel Craig for the role of Bond, he immediately booked a leading role on the Showtime series “The Tudors.” It was a whirlwind. One second I saw him nightly and considered him my friend-slash-backup dog walker, and the next he was becoming a movie star. It still doesn’t seem real.
The Canadian Automobile Association has released its list of Ontario’s worst roads and four of the 10 are in Toronto.
The list is not compiled scientifically; voters cast their ballots in an online poll.
Ontario’s worst roads of 2013 are:
  • Dufferin Street, Toronto
  • Burlington Street East, Hamilton
  • Finch Avenue West, Toronto
  • Kraft Creek Road, Timmins
  • Bayview Avenue, Toronto
  • Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto
  • Wharncliffe Road South, London
  • Bouvier Road, Clarence-Rockland
  • Carling Avenue, Ottawa
  • Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls
I travel up and down Wharncliffe Rd here in London on a daily basis and it’s almost enough to make me move back to Sarnia!
(WAIT A MINUTE! What the hell am I saying!!!!)
New info on “The Heimers”
Contracting a common virus called cytomegalovirus (CMV) may be a major factor to the development of Alzheimer’s disease, a new study of the brains of older adults suggests.
The study found an association between patients’ immune responses to CMV and signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
However, more studies are still needed to understand how an active CMV infection might be related to this most common form of dementia, said study researcher Dr. Julie Schneider, of the Rush University Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago.
Coffee snobs can now take it to a whole new level. The world’s most expensive cup of coffee is made from beans that are extracted from the excrement of a small animal.
The Kopi Kuwak is famously produced by the Paradoxurus, a relative of three different breeds of civet, a slinky mammal that looks like a cross between a cat and a mongoose. The coffee blends originates on the Indonesian island of Sumatra and is produced when the Paradoxurus eats coffee cherries, digests them and then the beans are extracted, cleaned and roasted.
Amazingly, a cup of Kopi Kuwak typically costs about $90. Or, you can pick up a pound of the beans for around $1,000. Just getting a cup of the coffee typically requires an appointment.

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will take a picture of Earthlings’ home planet from the viewpoint of aliens on Saturn today, snapping the image from hundreds of millions of miles away.
“While Earth will be only about a pixel in size from Cassini’s vantage point 1.44 billion kilometres away, the team is looking forward to giving the world a chance to see what their home looks like from Saturn,” said Linda Spilker, Cassini project scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Earth will seem like a small, pale blue dot between the rings of Saturn in the image, part of a mosaic of the planet’s system that Cassini is taking.

Joni Mitchell;<–Joni Mitchell waves to the crowd during her 70th birthday tribute concert as part of the Luminato Festival at Massey Hall in Toronto on Tuesday. (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press)
After watching a succession of decorated musicians interpret her vast songbook in a celebration of her upcoming 70th birthday, Joni Mitchell took to the Massey Hall stage, kicked off her shoes and gave the adoring audience an unexpected — and exceedingly rare — gift of her own: a public performance.
Mitchell, who rarely makes appearances and hasn’t toured since 2000, looked comfortable and even revitalized on stage, telling blissfully meandering stories, reading a new poem inspired by Emily Carr and singing three songs, each of which was rewarded with a resounding standing ovation at a tribute concert arranged in her honour by the Toronto arts festival Luminato.
“Tonight I must say I feel greatly honoured,” Mitchell said upon first taking the stage, only after holding her hand to her forehead and peering into the crowd as they roared.
“I wasn’t sure if I could sing tonight. I’m still not sure, but I’m going to try.”
Contracting a common virus called cytomegalovirus (CMV) may be a major factor to the development of Alzheimer’s disease, a new study of the brains of older adults suggests.
The study found an association between patients’ immune responses to CMV and signs of Alzheimer’s disease.