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I had a chance to attend the Cirque du Soleil press conference for their show Saltimbanco – which will be in Hawaii beginning October 30 to November 16. The name comes from the Italian phrase “Saltare in Banco” which means jump on a bench. From what I gathered from the spokesperson – the story line is supposed based in an urban city and tells the story of its people.

Tickets go on sale on Monday, August 4 (I think). I’m sure they’ll go like hotcakes, so get em while they’re hot.

Those who came to the press conference got a sneak peek….and now you can too.

Enjoy!

As a “public relations practitioner,” especially one in the field of public affairs, I have become a current affairs junkie. Spending even one day without reading a newspaper or watching the news or reading a magazine makes me feel nervous. I even have a fabulous Firefox addon called WizzRSS to keep up with my RSS feeds.

Neurotic? Yes. Although if you know me, you’ve already figured that out.

I took an inventory of my RSS feeds, which I browse on a daily basis and it includes the following:

Local News

  • Honolulu Advertiser
  • Honolulu Star-Bulletin
  • KITV
  • KGMB
  • KHON
  • KHNL
  • Pacific Business News

National News

  • MSNBC
  • CNN
  • Fox News
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • Oregonian
  • New York Times

Other News

  • Google News
  • Yahoo News
  • The Economist
  • BBC
  • Utne
  • Time
  • Newsweek

This doesn’t even include any of the blogs that I keep track of. I probably spend at least 1-2 hours reading news everyday. Not sure if that is good or bad….maybe both?

I guess living on an island gets to me sometimes and its nice to feel connected to the rest of the world, even if its just reading about it.

The other great thing about reading a lot of news is finding jewels such as this one:
It’s funny how a great headline can make one’s afternoon just a wee bit brighter. On that note I leave you with two questions:

  1. Where do you get your news?
  2. What was the most memorable headline you have ever read?


Working for a p.r. firm is not something I dreamed about doing since I was a kid. Hell, I didn’t even know what p.r. was until my sophomore year in college.

It’s funny how I ended up in this field. Well, it’s not funny, although some days I have to laugh to stay sane.

When I was a kid I had many aspirations…I was a dreamer, a thinker, a doer (a joker, a smoker, a midnight toker) and somehow I ended up sitting at a desk for most of the day. Go figure. Let’s explore some of my past career path ideas:

Archaeologist
My favorite movies growing up (and even now) are the Indiana Jones series. I loved him so much as a kid, I refused to think he was an actor (regardless of the countless times I saw Indie playing Han Solo in Star Wars). I thought that someday I would uncover cool biblical artifacts, get chased around by Germans and, if I’m lucky, save a few starving Indian kids. There was even a point where I was obsessed with Egypt and uncovering secrets of the pyramids. While other kids were happy with a new Nintendo game, I got an Ancient Egypt book and “exploratory kit.” It came with a paper pyramid, paper sarcophagus you could put together, “authentic” hieroglyphics with translations so you could write/draw your own…I was in nerd heaven.

Engineer
My dad is a chemist…I figured, I can do something science oriented too. Sure, why not be an engineer? Oh yeah, I don’t know much about physics (thanks high school!)….What do you mean I have to take three years of calculus? No.

Teacher

I haven’t actually given up on this career. It’s something I want to do in the future, after I’ve burnt myself out in public relations. No elementary – too young and irritating. No middle school – this is when kids realize they can be a–holes to….everyone. High school – ah, just my speed…still can be a–holes, but at least you can tell them that (well, you can’t really call then a–holes, although it does have a much better sound than the other a-word).