Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Rick Mercer at the Hoito
Rick Mercer, one of Canada's best comics and possibly our funniest political commentator, visited the Hoito Restaurant recently--Family Day to be exact. Being on the board, I got short notice the night before that his film crew would be at the Hoito around noon, so I made sure to be there! I went with my eldest son, Tammem, and my sister, Katja, and her son/my nephew, Elijah. Our table was just by Mercer's, so I snapped a photo of him over my son's shoulder. What did he order? That I don't know, but I had a Finlandia burger. Mercer came to Thunder Bay to fry some Finnish pancakes, to climb some ice, and to fry in the sauna and then freeze in the snow. You can see all of that in the CBC video, which I found on Facebook, posted by Saku, Pasi's brother. Pasi, the eldest son of Kaija Pinta, the former head cook of Hoito, is the president of the Hoito board. In the interview at the beginning of the video, Pasi is to the left of Rick Mercer; on the right is Marvin Salmi, the president of the Finlandia Club board. You can see me in blue and long hair and my sister, too, in the distance between Mercer and Salmi but we're just a flash! (at about the 34 sec. spot on the video). That's my .005 minutes of fame.