So I went to the Our Lady Peace concert last night. They were shooting for the DVD, so if you're really lucky, you may be able to spot me in the crowd. I'm the one in the Sluts 4 Jesus shirt.
This was, quite possibly, the loudest concert I've ever been to. I mean, there was a good baseline crowd noise but whenever the cameras swept in the crowd's direction it got into ear bleeding levels. Very very cool.
There were two opening acts, Seether and Finger 11. I missed Seether and feel okay about that given the mumblings in the crowd when I arrived. Finger 11 was cool - their lead guitar player looked like he was having an epileptic fit. He was swinging his guitar around his neck like a marching band flag bearer. However, he "had white socks with his black trousers" as observed by someone I was with. Kids these days.
Just prior to OLP coming out, there was a quick comedy routine by the Trailer Park Boys. Now, I had never heard of these guys before but I learned very quickly that:
– They have a show on Showcase
– They like to talk about pot and booze alot
– Most of their jokes consist of saying 'fuck' alot
All in all, they weren't bad, and the crowd really seemed into it. So I recommend you check them out if you get a chance. They definitely seem destined for the Canadian Cult TV Club (along with SCTV and Kids in the Hall, etc.)
Which brings us to Our Lady Peace. Some observations:
– They rock a surprising amount
– Raine Maida spends a disproportionate amount of time singing while curled into a ball, or lying on the floor, or some other twisted position
– They OLP bass player is very animate, especially compared to the Finger 11 bass, who was possibly a statue with a guitar around its neck
– They played pretty much every OLP song I knew, which is essentially "what's been on the radio." The few songs I didn't know kinda sucked.
– Raine Maida is surprisingly adept at singing consistently while getting pawed by fans or trying to balance on the boards (the concert was at a hockey rink). I think this is a very useful skill
– The girl in front of us should have either sat down, or pulled up her pants. Unless she's a plumber, which would explain a lot.
Anyways, that's the rundown.
Man... I was just thinking of moving to San Francisco and now this.
I just don't know if I can live in a city where I'm not allowed to use gyroscopic-powered vehicles. What's next? Recumbent bicycles? Pogo sticks? Little bikes?
You know, the Nazis didn't have Segways either. Think about it.
Well, I made it back alive but sore. I'm reminded of why I don't go snowboarding very often – my shoulder was simply not made to bend that way. On the bright side I have no visible scars.
I believe fun was had all around. There was much beer and hot tub, and we played 'find the beer bottle that fell in the water.' Sadly, this included a real beer bottle falling in the water so it wasn't near as much of a super-sexy result as one might have hoped.
I've posted some photos of the trip. If you're so inclined to visit, you'll notice there's two albums there - one black and white, and the other colour. I took a hike to take some snaps, but it was pretty overcast and snowy when I started, so I decided to try out the B&W feature on my camera. It got sunny later, so I switched to colour, but still took some B&W for comparison. Dare to compare!
Well, it's finally winter enough that I'm heading to the ski hills. This weekend is the annual Fernie Booze 'n Snow trip. This involves renting a cabin, skiing/boardnig until you can no longer walk, and then soaking in the hot tub for the rest of the day.
Sadly, it's been crazy warm lately, so the snow is poor. On the bright side this just means more quality time in the hot tub.
Here's hoping for a bear free weekend.
Wow. It's been a long time since I posted.
In my family, Christmas is an insane time of year. Family outings and gift-buying frenzies - today it was like I woke up from a nap that I started December first, and all of a sudden I'm five pounds heavier, the river's frozen over and I have to start putting 2003 on my cheques. In addition, as some of you know I'm putting in my MBA applications right now. Busy Busy Busy.
So in the spirit of New Year's lists, I've come up with a list of my five favorite lists of the New Year.
Enjoy, and Happy New Year.
I'll also include this one, which I thought was a good list until I figured out it was taking itself seriously. Even so, it's kinda funny.