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great big sea concert

Enjoyed the X-Files movie (won't say more about it in case some of you are going to see it). Went with Cathy, Scott Murray, Mark & Wayne Thompson. Some people in the line had been waiting since 7 am! A rumour briefly circulated that one of the trailers was going to be of the new Star Wars movie due out next summer, but it proved false.

The Great Big Sea concert was amaaaaaaaaaazing, really great. Jeff and I both agreed it was one of our all-time favourite concerts, and this is a bit surprising since he and I don't always share musical tastes. :-) The warm-up bands were The Blue Meanies (I think that was their name) and Squeeze. I quite liked Squeeze, especially the lead singer. Jeff says he has two Squeeze albums on vinyl.

The Great Big Sea guys were very energetic and happy and cute. :-) Everyone in the crowd seemed to know the lyrics to all their songs; I'd better listen to the albums more often! Anyway, 'twas a fun evening. Jodi, Allison, Jeff and I had seats fairly close to the front, near the speakers...conversation was nearly impossible, so we passed notes back and forth instead. :)

Last night, Jeff and I went to a computerfest organized by our friends Reid and Luisa. About twenty-five people showed up with computers and network cables and played computer games for twelve hours straight. :-) Most played Quake. I didn't play much because I get motion sickness during Quake and Doom-type games, but I still had fun hanging out as well as catching up on my reading (Painter 4 Wow! book, a CGI programming book, and a book I'm reviewing for Inklings). We were only a block or two away from the Japanese Cultural Centre, so we dropped by the Tokyo pavilion (part of the current Caravan festival, I think) for some sushi.

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