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On January 25
, I took the Go Train into Toronto to see Gene Simmons at the SONY Centrefor performing arts. His was the kickoff presentation for Toronto Star's Advertising week.When I arrived, aside from the presence of only one other person wearing a KISS T-shirt, andthe style of lettering that spelled out “Welcome” on the marquee, there was little else to tell methat this was a KISS/Gene Simmons-related event. There seemed to be quite the assortmentof people from all walks of life, many with the media and most of them entrepreneurs likemyself.Gene spoke about his experience with KISS and the multitudes of endeavours he wasinvolved in including a new life-insurance agency for multimillionaires. We saw video clips of the KISS empire, as well as his “I am Indy” advertising campaign and scenes from “My Dadthe Rock Star”.I love it when Gene talks about his mom. He has such a great bond with her and she is suchan amazing woman. When she was 14, she survived a Nazi concentration camp. Shewitnessed the rest of her family being annihilated, though. However, she never looks back.Her motto is “Every day above the ground is a good one.”I thought of those words of hers often when I lived in that last apartment of mine in Torontobefore Dave and I were married. It was a prime example of God's sense of humour after allmy years of living in that gronky old basement apartment at Ruth's. The new apartment, thatlast place I lived, above the falafel restaurant near the corner of Yonge and St. Clair, offeredthis amazing view outside my kitchen window, of a CEMETERY of all places. I was notbothered or creeped out by such a view. In fact I was strangely comforted, especially when Ithought of Florence's words and how glad I was to be out of that miserable basementapartment!At the end of the presentation there was a time of discussion between Gene and several of uswho stayed afterward.