And to make it worse, my wireless was all cockeyed at work today - no internet ALL DAY - so I couldn't even sneak in and say hi at lunch. Oh yeah, I couldn't get a lot of work done either.
But we've got some semblance of normality returning to the Zombie household after a nutty-as-hell week. Oh don't get me wrong, it was great to see old friends again and go see Eva's play and celebrate her birthday and launch the new blog, and have the CBC van park in front of my house so all the neighbours could see it, but fer cryin' in the corn, all in the same week? Still though, I made it through without succumbing to that H5N1 that the family's been battling for the last month or so. Watch, the Karma Police will now strike me down with Ebola or something.
Being interviewed by John Spittal, the Arts Reporter for CBC Calgary, was an absolute blast! What a cool guy he is. Besides blogging, we talked a lot about music - the Buzzcocks, the Constantines, Joy Division. He's a big Joy Division fan and quite taken with the hobo sign I have on my front porch, the one that supposedly means "mean-tempered owner lives here" as it reminded him of the FIVE Joy Division t-shirts he owns with the mountain range thingy on them.
And being the shameless self-promoter that I am, I even managed a parting shot of "tell them to give me a call!" when the subject of the CBC's need to hire some more Arts Reporters came up.
The interview will air on CBC Radio One (Calgary) - 1010 on your AM dial - on Tuesday, June 13 at 4:15 pm MT, and again on Sunday, June 18 (nice Father's Day present!) at 8:50 am MT. You can listen on-line here in real time or you can listen to a permanent post here on the Eccentricity! segment of the CBC website for the next year or so.
The segment is going to run about five minutes. If you get a chance to listen, let me know how dorky I sound. But be kind please.
The notpaidbythehour gang also launched our new joint blog yesterday. Through the machinations of some brilliant minds in our little group and the near-simultaneous suggestion by the The Hour's website producer that we start a blog dedicated to The Hour, we pushed and grunted and swore and we birthed that sucker. It's a thing of beauty - looks a lot like its dad. Drop by the Stroumboulopouli when you get a chance and say hi. Barbara W might let you use one her Hour coffee mugs.