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#Rocktober 30 volume 31: Logan’s Run

This month I turn 30. To mark such a remarkable event, I’m spending every day of October drenched in awesome-sauce.

Well, the tale comes to an end. October is over, and it seems I’m old. Not much I can do about this.

I watched Logan’s Run with some friends. For those who don’t know, Logan’s Run is a film about a society where they must limit the size of their population by killing anyone at 30.

It’s not a brilliant film, but is appropriate for one’s 30th birthday. I’m still hoping to be renewed, but we’ll see.

#Rocktober 30 volume 30: Bloggers who Brunch

This month I turn 30. To mark such a remarkable event, I’m spending every day of October drenched in awesome-sauce.

Once again, the bloggers brunched. There was a lot of food. I provided juice, as I am a Jew. There was much bacon to be had. I’d say “don’t tell my rabbi,” but I don’t have a rabbi.
Has anyone else ever noticed that when you want to type “rabbi” you often type “rabbit?”
This is a hinderance in my professional life, as I work with a rabbi. Hi Noam.

#Rocktober 30 volume 28: Dan Mangan

This month I turn 30. To mark such a remarkable event, I’m spending every day of October drenched in awesome-sauce.

There are times I feel that concerts are really just an excuse to see a large group of awesome people. That seems to be exactly what happened last night. Marta took my extra ticket, and while I’ve known that cute Polish doctor for probably 5 or 6 years now, we’ve never actually met in person. It was nice to finally meet her, and she brought along her sister Joanna (who I actually hang out with in person frequently), Jon (Jo’s man), and a friend of Jo I had never met before. Seeing as we’re a group of five, we somehow found a chain of seven seats together in the eighth row. We held onto those extra two seats, as I knew many others were going to be there. Eventually we saw Mari and Phil looking for a pair of seats, so I waved them over, and it was an awesome sevensome.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWNAFe1n_Ws&w=450&h=259]

During the first opening act, I got a text from my friend Julie who was also there, a few rows behind me. Between acts I squeezed out and chatted with her in the lobby. Then we noticed the second opener was playing, and I squeezed back through to my seat. I realized at this point, I probably planned poorly by sitting so far in… should’ve taken the aisle seat.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9wQV-Pl1Ag&w=450&h=259]

The first opening act was members of Mangan’s band led by his drummer. They played some good songs, but nothing thrilled me. I also noticed at this point that it really hurt to clap my hands and pondered that maybe I should go get an x-ray. It’s been a week.

The second openers were okay. I liked their harmonies, the rest didn’t really thrill me, but it was then I started getting texts from Caity who apparently was also there. Much like Julie, she was able to spot me in the crowd. I know I’m giant, but am I really that easy to spot in a large and somewhat full theatre? I couldn’t find that tiny blonde girl, but between acts she came over and we chatted. She seems to like her new job next door to my current (and her former) place of employment. We made plans for a lunch date or three.

After that I saw Frank of Chromewaves fame. We didn’t have much time left to chat, as the band was just about starting to perform, but I will see him tomorrow at the Blogger Brunch! WOOT!

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtmvelyIZ9A&w=450&h=259]

Dan Mangan played music. His set was comprised mostly of material from his latest album Oh, Fortune and his previous album Nice Nice, Very Nice. While I’ve been liking the new album, it hasn’t really jumped at me like Nice Nice, Very Nice did. The songs work extremely well live and the band were tight.

I was surprised that he leaned so heavily on songs from Nice Nice, Very Nice, but I’m also happy about that, as the songs were so good. The audience was singing along to songs new and old, and at a few points, someone in the audience got ahead of Dan, bring laughs to everyone. Specifically during “Basket.” Mangan seems to be a born entertainer, his charming ways are a perfect frontman’s persona. There really are very few shows as entertaining as a Dan Mangan shows.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZfP8yIYy1U&w=450&h=259]

#Rocktober 30 volume 27: Nerds eat sushi

This month I turn 30. To mark such a remarkable event, I’m spending every day of October drenched in awesome-sauce.

I was asked to pick a restaurant and couldn’t think what was in-between my place of employment and their place of employment (another Jewish school). So I went with the sushi place we had one before gone. The three of us ate sushi. It was tasty, even though I really hate that plaza (Sheppard and Bathurst).

I had some salmon. I don’t get it. It doesn’t have any taste. Tofu has more taste than salmon. Why would someone want to eat that?

#Rocktober 30 volume 26: Holy shit! I’m 30!

This month I turn 30. To mark such a remarkable event, I’m spending every day of October drenched in awesome-sauce.

My 30th birthday started with me not wanting to get out of bed. As I had to go to work and fix my work computer, which had hardware issues. Sigh. It was a really insane day, and I didn’t really want to do it.

I got to work, and got a-fixin’. Didn’t really work. Took the hard drive out, and begun a data transfer to a MacBook, as a temporary solution.

I hadn’t originally planned to be at the North Campus that day, but since I was there some of the younger staff members took me out for sushi. I was the only one who was 30 in the crowd. I’m old. We had fun, ate sushi, and was late at returning.

After work, I headed home, and barely made it home in time for party fun times at The Old Nick. First there were the Millers, all three. Violet was adorable, and friends were awesome. Violet was wearing her Beatles onesie that I bought her, before she was born.

Later a lot more people showed up, and we had fun, and we drank, and we ate, and it was good times.

I had their steak sandwich for the first time, it was good. Not my favourite thing there. I think that’s still the Razzle Dazzle, but that’s a brunch menu item (poached eggs on english muffin, with avocado and hollandaise).

We ended up leaving around 12:30, and the bar was empty, but for staff. It was a great way to spend a birthday.

Also, BOW TIES! I now own two bow ties1, both are amazing!2

  1. Bow ties are cool. []
  2. Thanks Nick & Alicia []

#Rocktober 30 volume 25: Coyote Willy’s

This month I turn 30. To mark such a remarkable event, I’m spending every day of October drenched in awesome-sauce.

I used to work at Broadview and Queen. I hated the job, but there were some aspects of that neighbourhood I loved. One of them was a Mexican restaurant called Coyote Willy’s. I would go there all too frequently, and enjoy their veggie burrito.

So I went out for dinner with a few of my former coworkers from that Computer-Store-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named (It wasn’t ClickOn), and once again ordered a tasty burrito. SO FUCKING GOOD!

I missed them.

#Rocktober 30 volume 23: Canzine

This month I turn 30. To mark such a remarkable event, I’m spending every day of October drenched in awesome-sauce.

Went to Canzine. It was fun. Got a copy of Static Zine volume 2, and bought one of Aviva’s killer cookie stuffed cookies. I also bought a present for Violet.

#Rocktober 30 volume 22: Lunchy Lunchy

This month I turn 30. To mark such a remarkable event, I’m spending every day of October drenched in awesome-sauce.

Gathered with the Millers (all three) and Wat for lunch. Not much to say about this, other than we ate an exorbitant amount of food. It was tasty. They were awesome. I was still in pain.

#Rocktober 30 volume 21: To Emily’s!

This month I turn 30. To mark such a remarkable event, I’m spending every day of October drenched in awesome-sauce.

Emily invited me out for drinks, unfortunately she lives in the middle of nowhere, aka Parkdale, so after I got the “COME ON OVER” text from Emily, I decided to drive. I popped in my car and drove all the way to Parkdale.

After exiting my car, I tripped on a piece of an old sign post. There was about 10-15cm of this former signpost protruding from the ground. Fortunately I had something to soften the blow of hitting the pavement, my forehead. I was up in short time and collecting the many pieces of my glasses from the sidewalk. There were many people who seemed polite enough to fake concern, one of whom then thought that his pseudo-concern was enough to believe that it would be appropriate to ask me for $5. Umm, no.

I grabbed my prescription sunglasses from my car, and proceeded to Emily’s place. Where the look on her face made me believe that my injuries might not be as minor as I thought. And by the time I got to the top of the stairs, it turns out I was losing a small amount of blood. Fortunately it turns out that Andrew loves administering first aid, and so he cleaned up my wound, and put on a band-aid. Alexi, however, like getting people drunk, so his thought was to get me booze. Both were greatly appreciated.

We then drank, talked, watched Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel, then we went to a couple of bars, one was loud and played shitty music, the other was too crowded for my tastes.

Don’t worry, I only had two drinks, and waited many hours until driving home. I am responsible.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyDSEG9petk&w=450&h=259]

#Rocktober 30 volume 20: Nothing

This month I turn 30. To mark such a remarkable event, I’m spending every day of October drenched in awesome-sauce.

Sure I’ve had some really lame Rocktober days, like the one where my event was sleeping for over 12 hours, or the one where I upgraded my phone to iOS 5. They were barely Rocktober days.

Emily told me that my plans for the night, seeing Royal Wood at the Rivoli, wasn’t going to work, turns out the show was sold out. Instead, I stayed at home, and did nothing. Fuck, I’m useless.