Monday, February 19, 2007

Waxing Philosophic (Ken)

We have now met, in person, several of our Internet friends that we made while preparing for this trip. First, there was Deby with whom we spent New Year's Eve, where we also met Perry. Shortly there after, we had coffee with Tom and Maya. Then I spent the day at the racetrack with Tom and Alan. Today we met Jude.
Jude is a British woman from London who has been here a few years. She has a shop, that is remakably close to where we live, where she does waxing and makeup. I have been reading her blog since last summer, and she also is one of my myspace friends.
Jude is also the co-founder of a non-profit organization called Aesthetic Argentina. This is an organization she started with her co-founder, Philip. They work with an organization called Piel.
This organization provides reconstructive surgery to poor children who were born with cleft palates or other facial deformities. As Jude says, "It gives them a chance at a normal life, to be able to speak properly and eat properly. It gives them a chance to smile."

The doctors at Piel perform these surgeries free of charge at Buenos Aires hospitals. The hospitals, however, charge for the use of the facility. Jude and her co-founder, Philip, help to raise these funds. Just US$150 can fix a child´s cleft palate. Jude hopes to raise US$100,000 to turn a Piel facility into a proper operating theater so more children can be helped.
You can make a donation to help these children at this link.
Oh, my reason for going to see Jude . . . I got my back waxed.

Before and After


Chas said...


Holy Mother of God, what made you go and have you back waxed?? I hate to be the bearer of bad news, muh dawg, but... it's gonna grow back. When all the hairs reach a length of about 3-5 millimeters, it will drive you INSANE! They'll snag on your clothes, and all day they'll itch like a you-know-what for weeks until it all grows back to its normal length. The alternative, of course, is to continue to get it waxed every week or so FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE! Sounds appealing.

(You may wonder why I know about this: once I played Mrs. Whatserface in a play, and, in preparation for the role, I thought I should shave my chest to enhance the authenticity. Turned out I was wearing a dress that was buttoned all the way up to my neck, but it was too late -- the damage was done. The ensuing weeks were maddening, my friend. Maddening!)

emilyeffinconrad said...

straight gangsta

Mia said...

Helen, do you have anything to do with this???

dunnhj said...

Ken - We are quite enjoying your adventures. A scrub brush with with long handle will be a great investment. Baltimore had nasty weather last week, snow, sleet and freezing rain with morning temps around 8. Your rain is tame.

The Dunns