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28 Apr 02

a new chapter in the book of rob

well, i’m home, and i guess today marks the beginning of the next phase of my life. i left sarah in toronto so it’s now time to start moving on.

so let’s see, i’ll do my best to recount my weekend. lots happened so i’ll do my best not to forget anything good…

friday afternoon was chaotic and stressful. i went to pick up sarah at around 2 and she had SO much stuff to bring to toronto. we took a bunch of clothes to goodwill first (which was a bonus for sure because all her clothes wouldnt have fit in my car). when we got back we spent about an hour arranging and rearranging stuff in my car (i have a cavalier so it’s far from huge), and we fit everything in except for her ancient tv, so i thought that was pretty successful.

on the way to toronto my shoe got caught on the trunk release lever beside my seat (because i’m a fucking moron), so we had to pull over on the don valley parkway (crazy traffic-y) to close it. god i suck. so anyway, we got to toronto and unloaded the car (after trying forever to parallel park blindly…i couldn’t see anything out the back of my car), and took a cab to the opera house to see spiritualized+the dears. i’m a HUGE dears fan so i think i was probably the only one there more excited about seeing them than the headliners. i like spiritualized too but my opinion of them has sorta always been that they’re good background music, perfect for listening to in the dark in bed.

so, the dears kicked my ass as usual. they came out and said “we’re going to play all new songs, so if we fuck up please forgive us. forgiveness is a virtue”. i’d heard two of the songs before, and they’ve lost a bit of their british blur/smiths sound, although murray lightburn can’t help but sound like morrissey. anyway, they were great but didnt play as long as i wished they had…and the hot flautist didn’t bring her cello along, which was too bad. as for spiritualized…they were what i expected. they basically had two songs (loud and distorted vs quiet and spacey). and wow, they made murray lightburn seem almost charismatic with their stage presence…they looked down the whole time or had their eyes closed, and they never said a word to the crowd. i’ve never seen that before. i ended up leaving just before spiritualized’s encore because my back was absolutely killing me…god i’m old. oh, and at the show i saw bill priddle from treble charger (the guy who sings ‘red’). well, i didnt so much see him as i stepped on him while leaving… more on celebrity sightings later.

on saturday i spent the afternoon shopping on queen west in toronto. i bought a great new t-shirt, the rushmore dvd (finally) and a cd by neuseiland. i was trying to find some other olivia tremor control but, no luck. saturday night was kristina’s birthday party, and it was alright. we went to a pub called milwaukee’s and drank too much. it was interesting though: i was the oldest one at our table by about 3 years, and they all kept complaining about how old they felt. (the bar’s patrons were at most 19, with many fake ids i suspect). guess how THAT made ME feel.

oh, i missed celebrity sighting #2: while we were on the queen st. street car on saturday afternoon, sarah poked me repeatedly and said “look look!” turns out hayden and his compadres were walking down queen by augusta drinking coffee. yay canadian celebrities!

know what one of my favourite things in the world is? making someone laugh until they cry…man that’s satisfying. i did it to kristina while waiting for a street car after the pub (yes, it is easier when drunk). i can’t remember exactly what i was doing, except that it involved pretending that the bus shelter was a sound proof booth. it wasn’t really one of my finest moments, but making people laugh is awesome. i know, that was deep.

i have a poll question: how many people who’ve been out of highschool for 3 or more years still reminisce about it on a regular basis? i mean, i never do..ever. in fact, i pretty much forgot about highschool the day i left it. but, i found a lot of the people i hung out with on the weekend spent a lot of time thinking back to highschool. i wasn’t sure what to think of that…maybe i’m weird.

finally, one more bit of randomness before i finally stop writing:
there’s a church in toronto (i think on roncesvalles) offering animal blessings on may 5th! if i had a pet, i’d so be there…no hellbound cats for me!

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