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We spent the afternoon and evening on Saturday in Stratford. The town is small but quite nice, with lots of little shops and restaurants. After eating a tasty caramel apple and some very tasty chocolate, we shopped around and bought a few pieces of art for our house, all at reasonable prices. Four small pictures for the kitchen are of fat French chefs, and one for the living room is a print of the hebrew blessing said when you are called up to the Torah. All add a nice touch of personality to the house.

In the evening we saw Macbeth, which was excellent.  Fittingly, it was stormy and pouring rain, and the theatre even lost power until just before the performance started.  Luckily it came back on, or they would have only performed the first act.  The performance was very well done; acting, music, lighting and the interpretation were all top notch.  Especially good was the actress who played Lady Macbeth, who apparently also played Regan in King Lear on broadway with Christopher Plummer.

During the intermission, a number of big American ladies sitting behind us started commenting loudly about how they couldn’t understand what was going on, and how much they were not enjoying the performance.  I can imagine how if you havn’t been exposed to Shakespeare before, it would be difficult to comprehend the play, but they showed no sense of embarrassment and found it just fine to let everyone know how little they could comprehend, as if the rest of the audience would for some reason agree with them.  Quite amusing.

First Aid

Over two days last week at work, I took a first aid course offered by Saint John Ambulance. I’ve been interested in learning some first aid for a while; of course you hope you will never need it, but in case you do it’s comforting to know that in an emergency you may be able to help. I thought the course was well-delivered, and the concepts were mostly common sense.

We saw “13 Going On 30″ last night, which was a light-hearted, fun flick, which managed to avoid falling into the cliche traps associated with the over-done plot of a teenager suddenly turning into an adult. Overall, it was like a female version of “Big”.

New York Cafe

This morning we went for breakfast at the New York Cafe, right around the corner from our place. It’s a nice greasy-spoon with great
prices–breakfast for two for $10 is fine with me.

I finished reading Michael Moore’s “Dude, Where’s my Country?” today, and I have to say it was refreshing to hear a perspective so different from what comes out of the main-stream media. I don’t necessarily agree with or believe everything Moore writes, but he does bring up good points about the state the United States finds itself in, and what could be done to improve things.

Back in Calgary

I write this tonight from my suite at the Mariott in Calgary, where I find myself for a few days to meet with some of my fellow network team members at our Calgary data centre, and tommorow to meet with one of our customers.

Today I discovered that I have been to Calgary enough to be able to navigate my way through the city with little need of a map.  This surprised me, considering how easily I used to get lost.  I think my sense of direction has improved over time.

On the flight over I finished Davies’ “What’s Bred in the Bone” and started Martell’s “Life of Pi”, which I finally received from the library after being on the waiting list for a number of months.  I’ll have to read it fast–in three weeks or less–since I won’t be able to renew it due to the next person on the waiting list eagerly awaiting its return.

Conan in Toronto

This week Conan O’Brien has been hosting his late-night talk show in Toronto. I find it a little embarassing how Torontonians seem to be so in love with Conan, and more specifically overjoyed any time he mentions something Canadian. Are we, as Canadians, so insecure that we need a big-name American to mention our attributes to make ourselves feel good?

Work has been busier the past couple weeks since my group has re-taken responsibility for the hosting centre networks, in addition to the outsourcing customer networks. Lots of politics and disfunctional processes to try to iron out.


Since I’m on vacation this week, and we don’t have many plans, Merita and I have been watching a bunch of movies that we’ve saved up on the PVR, or have come on the movie networks.  We’ve watched Angus, One Hour Photo, The Pianist, and Rules of Attraction.  We also saw The Last Samurai and The Return of the King in theatre before leaving for Jamaica.

They were all very different works, but I enjoyed them all to varrying degries.  All this movie watching has given me the idea of creating an on-line list of all movies I have seen, and all movies I would like to see.  I could do the same for books.

Cookie was at the vet today, and had her eye opened up.  It looks better than I thought it would, and the vet was pleased.  A few more weeks of recovery and we should be able to take the cone off her head.

A Song for Arbonne

I recently finished reading Guy Gavriel Kay’s A Song for Arbonne. I have always enjoyed Kay’s novels, and this one did not disappoint. Short of doing a complete book review, I will say that the plot was intricate and engaging, the characters were unique and vividly described, and the themes were powerful. It did drag at times, but that’s probably more because I read it over so many months. Recommended to anyone who likes fantasy novels.

Now I have started Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. So far it is extremely engaging, and hard to put down. The writing style is very simple, almost child-like, which is refreshing after so much of Kay’s eloquent style.