I just had another great weekend. The kind that makes all the kids and their bullshit antics worth it. While it wasn’t flashy or crazy, it was super laid back and enjoyable.
On Friday, I had supper with some close friends and then went out for drinks. The bar we went to (Loa bar), had a little flair bar tending display thing which was cool. It also served as a reminder that I’m not in Canada anymore. Imagine this. The bar’s in a basement with one exit. There are lights and stuff on the ceiling and the floor (around the bartenders) is rubber. Basically, it’s the perfect place for a fire show. The bartenders did this (admittedly cool) show where they had these flaming nunchucks and twirled them around, juggled flaming bottles and, the grand finale, the bartender caught a small table on fire, took a drink of alcohol, lit is own finger on fire, spit out a giant fire ball in the general direction of the customers. Anyway, I was feeling pretty tired after my week, and I started saying I was heading home at around 10:30pm, but I only managed to sneak out at 1am. Time flies when you’re hanging out with good friends.
Saturday was a day I’d been looking forward to for a long time. My friend and I went to see The Swell Season in concert. The Swell Season consists of the two main characters in the movie Once. If you haven’t seen the movie, you really should. It’s a very refreshing watch. Void of high budget theatricals, it’s pretty much just the story of two strangers making music together. No dramatic love triangle, no car chases; just people and their music. When we got to the show, I was looking around to see if I knew anyone there. I saw this one guy I’m pretty sure I saw at the GEPIK teacher’s conference I went to last year. I’m not sure if that was actually him though. I just noticed him because he had a cool hat and a purple sweater (I was hoping is was a Bishop’s grad). Anyway, towards the end, between songs, the musicians sorta took a tiny break, and this guy stands up and yells (from the 3rd floor balcony!) something along the lines of “Hey, sorry, I know musicians sometimes don’t do this, but I was wondering if you could play “Into the Mystic”. I really like the song. My girlfriend too!” Sure enough, they played it. It was cool to see audience and musicians directly interact at such a big concert. Overall though, the concert was super good. These guys are so talented. It was just them, a piano and a guitar. Just some good unplugged music.
On Sunday, I watched Angels and Demons. Here’s the thing with the movie. It’s basically an extended “Visit Rome” commercial. I hope Ron Howard (the director) got a giant check from the ancient city for the movie. It’s cool watching the movie if you’ve been to Rome. You’ll recognise all the famous sights (“Oh neat! I’ve been there!”). While the story is a bit weak, it’s a fun movie. Probably more of a rental or watch-if-it’s-on-tv movie though. I read the book a few years ago. As I recall, there’s a few things they left out, plot wise, but the movie still works. Personally, I think the book’s the way to enjoy this story, but the movie’s the way to capture the beauty of Rome. This book, the Illustrated Edition of Angels and Demons, is probably the best way to enjoy teh whole package. You get the whole story and it shows you the sights.
Funny story, I was talking about the movie with my friend Josh, and he said he hated the book. He thinks Dan Brown is a total hack. A few years ago, Josh was travelling across Europe. His last stop was a 2 day stop over in London. He miscalculated his finances and ended up in Heathrow broke. He stayed in the airport for 48 hours and the only book he could afford was Angel and Demons, because it was on sale for 2pounds. So he’s got a pretty big hate on for the book. I guess I would too if I read it in those circumstances.