July 27th, 2004

last unicorn

The official post-vacation update post

Hi everyone! I am back!

The mini-vacation was lovely. I had a great time. My only complaint is that it wasn't long enough. These things never are. I have to head off to work soon, so I'm going to try and keep this update short and sweet. We'll see how that goes.

Thursday was mostly driving. We made good time most of the way, but there seem to be some curious time-warping effects in both Kingston and Kitchener, as we ended up spending inexplicable amounts of time in each of those places. I'm still not entirely sure how that happened. Anyway, as a result we were rather late getting to the campsite, and got to set the tent up in the dark, which is always a fun adventure. Fortunately, the tent we had borrowed is fairly easy to put up, so we didn't make too much of a mess of it. And then we went to bed and slept.

Friday, we went in to Stratford to see Timon of Athens. I knew very little about the play beforehand, which is kind of a nice change from my usual experience with Shakespeare. It was very good -- extremely well-acted, though you could tell that, as the program notes said, it was unfinished. There was a roughness around the edges of the plot that suggested some details remained to be ironed out. Very enjoyable all the same, though.

Then we had dinner and repaired to the campsite, where, after numerous false starts, we eventually managed to start a fire. We then curled up in front of it and chatted and hung out -- it was a very pleasant evening.

Saturday was Cymbeline, another play I didn't know very much about. It was generally very good, although I was a little disappointed with the actress who played Imogen -- she stumbled on her lines a couple of times (and always recovered quickly, to be fair), and I didn't find her appealing. But the other actors were great -- particularly the villains. I was also most impressed with the fight scene, which was very well-handled in my opinion.

After the play, we went to Kitchener and had tea with C's great-aunt. She's a very nice lady, and it was pleasant. Then we hit the road for Toronto.

Once we'd found a hotel and gotten ourselves checked in, we set out for a night on the town. We had a wonderful dinner at the Friendly Thai on Yongue, and then tried to see Emily Haines (singer of the band Metric, promoting her solo album) and Amy Millan (of the band Stars, also promoting a solo album). But alas! We got to the club only to find that they were completely sold out. I suppose we should have planned ahead and found out what was going on... It was a disappointment, but we had a nice ramble around the city anyway, and then went back to the hotel and to bed.

Sunday we did some shopping (I got a cute little evil cat purse and a t-shirt), and then came back to Ottawa. And now the daily grind has resumed, and I must away to get myself to work on time. But you may officially consider yourselves updated.
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I don't think there are any thematic connections here. Just some links I felt like sharing...

Neil thinks you need to hear William Shatner (with help from Ben Folds) singing "Common People". I'm going to let it pass without further comment.

Barbara Ehrenreich on women who won't admit they've had an abortion (NY Times: registration required, but you can get one from bugmenot.com)

Dan Brown on continuity

Theresa Nielsen Hayden on the Colour Conspiracy (I always knew about this, but could never prove it before)
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