Good news! The plumber I consulted about the toilet problems at my work assured me that no one's life is in danger. The toilets are not going to go off like grenades, driving chunks of porcelain into some unlucky person's frontal lobe. Although there is a dramatic noise when the bowl cracks, there's not enough pressure to cause a bona fide explosion. Any bits and chunks that detach from the bowl will simply fall to the floor. Phew! That's a relief.
My feet hurt because Ken and I walked halfway to tarnation and back again today. We have reached that phase of it's-not-yet-spring-but-we're-all-dying-of-cabin-fever-let's-go-out-ANYWHERE-WILL-DO so we ended up visiting two different conference-centre shows back to back. Neither one blew our socks off, but it was better than bumming around the house.
The Green Living Show sticks to an eco-friendly theme. I thought it was pretty neat that Samsung sponsored free admission for anyone who dropped off e-waste at their booth. Exhibitors fell into a few basic categories:
- Educational: This is how you recycle your old car tires. Use less toilet paper. Teach your kids about wood.
- Selling Things: Water filters. Essential oils body butter. Other water filters. Sprouting kits. YOU CALL THAT A WATER FILTER? THIS IS A WATER FILTER. Tie-dye yoga pants. Water filters.
- Selling Food: Organic coffee. Organic milk. Organic chocolate. Organic chocolate milk. Organic milk chocolate. Green sludge in a cup, and variants thereof.
It was busy, and felt busier because the show space was set up with unreasonably narrow aisles. There wasn't much of anything there that I haven't seen lots of times before. It was okay, though. At least we got in for free.
The Artsy-Craftsy Show was more promising and therefore more of a disappointment. I have been there once or twice before. It seems like such a good idea, in theory. One of a Kind! Who can resist the chance to support local artisans while searching for unique treasures? Unfortunately, it's gotten a bit predictable. Truly unique designs are thin on the ground. Things there are a lot of include:
- Artisanal jams.
- Hunks of homemade soap that look like they were chopped with an axe.
- Whimsical infinity scarves.
- Ornaments made of fused glass.
Can you picture it? Ken summed it up as "stuff white people like", which is pretty accurate in terms of both the vendors and the customers. There was a smattering of brown people, and quite a lot of French being spoken by artisans from Quebec and northern Ontario, but that's the extent of the diversity.
We didn't buy anything at the Artsy-Craftsy show. But we did get out of the house! We got fresh air and exercise! We got a little sun on our pasty hides! (At least the face parts.)
We did pick up a box of 12 fair trade, organic, gluten-free, beef-free, non-radioactive chocolate bars at the Green show, for half price. Yum yum. (I'm not sharing. Get your own.)