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By Ken Kalfus

Equilateral is an highbrow comedy set ahead of the flip of the century in Egypt. A British astronomer, Thayer, excessive on Darwin and different revolutionary scientists of the age, has come to think that beings extra hugely advanced than us are alive on Mars (he has facts) and that there'll be an ideal second during which we will sign to them that we're the following too. He will get the help and investment for a huge venture to construct the Equilateral, a triangle with facets enormous quantities of miles lengthy, within the desolate tract of Egypt in time for that excellent window. yet as paintings progresses, the Egyptian employees, much less advanced than the British, also are below cooperative, and a bout of malaria that turns out to turn on on the worst moments makes all of it even more complicated and intricate than Thayer ever imagined. We see Thayer additionally throughout the eyes of 2 women—a triangle of one other sort—a romantic one who consists of a secretary who takes care of Thayer yet doesn't endure fools, and Binta, a houseservant he covets yet can't speak with—and via them we trap sight of the intensity of self-delusion and the folly of the firm. Equilateral is written with a refined, sly humor, yet it's additionally a version of reserve and ancient accuracy; it's approximately many stuff, together with Empire and colonization and exploration; it's approximately "the other" and who that different can be. we wish to speak to the celebs, and but we will slightly consult one another.

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Did you know that the training industry is unregulated and that anyone can call himself a trainer? Be sure and look for the letters “CPT” next to a trainer’s name; this means that he is a certified personal trainer. Ī What’s the most popular month to sign up with a trainer? A. January B. April C. December The answer is A. January. New Year’s resolutions, anyone? THE TRAINER 39 four C THE THERAPIST Signs It’s Time to Dump Your Therapist Ī You spy a crossword puzzle on the clipboard where he’s been taking notes.

I was a New Yorker, after all. I checked in at the front desk, took a seat, and stared at all the perfect bodies working out. And when I say perfect, I mean zero body fat. The gym looked like something off the cover of Fitness magazine: rippled men lifting weights and flexing as perfectly sculpted women with little more than a washcloth covering their bits ran on treadmills. I started to feel anxious and intimidated, so much so I decided to bolt. I clicked my heels, pivoted, and smacked into Anthony, my assigned trainer who was standing in front of me, arm extended, ready to introduce himself.

Then do yourself a favor and look around for a salon that uses natural, organic products. 22 UNSUPPORTIVE SUPPORT In a Pinch SURPRISE! GUESS WHO’S A HEALTH INSPECTOR! Tell your manicurist/waxer that you’re a health inspector. Let her know that she doesn’t have to worry, that even though she is in violation of a number of codes, you’re not going to write her up just as long as she promises to fix a few things. Don’t like the water-stained artwork hanging on the wall? Add it to your list! TEXT MESSAGE BREAKUP It worked for Britney Spears, so let it work for you.

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