Tuesday, December 24, 2002


Because we are not able to visit Toronto this holiday season, my parents were kind enough to send my sisters down here for a weekend visit. We had a fabulous three days shopping, socializing and touring. There were two great highlights of our weekend: the Winchester Mystery House and Cirque du Soleil.

The Winchester Mystery House was built originally by the Winchester family, owner of the rifle company. After the premature death of her husband and child, Mrs. Winchester was left with a large house and a $20 million inheritance. It is believed that she was a few cards short of a full deck.

The house itself is one big, massive maze. Construction on it continued for 36 years straight until her death, as she believed she was keeping the spirits of those killed by the Winchester rifles at bay. The workers built tiny doors, doors that open into walls, stairs to the ceiling, a window in a floor, and doors to the outside that open into 20-foot drops to the ground below. If the passages throughout the house were not roped off, it would have been very easy to get lost. The whole house, and the psychology behind the woman who built it, is fascinating, and creepy at the same time. Check out the whole story at the Winchester Mystery House website.

Cirque du Soleil was another experience, much like Tap Dogs, that must be seen to be believed. No email, newspaper article or camera can do even a small bit of justice to the phenomenal experience it is. The costumes, the colors, the lights and the music all combine to form a truly mesmerizing and entertaining show. There was humor, as well as incredible displays of human capabilities. I took a few non-flash photos with my camera, but the pictures are a mere shadow of the true greatness of this show.

GO SEE CIRQUE DU SOLEIL. You heard it from me. You won't regret it.

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