- painting by Beryl Cook -
Mind you, the real ladies who lunch likely do not have to take the crowded C-train home after their day spent lunching, book store browsing, and museum-shlepping, so they don't have to shuffle their sore feet while clutching onto a ceiling strap for dear life, while some kid with white ear-buds keeps lurching into them. But it was still so worth it.
Eva had last week off school (those kids never go to school!), so we decided on the days I was home from work we would do some fun shit.
On Wednesday, we decided to see the exhibit on Egyptian and Greco-Roman art at the museum. That place is pretty much dead midweek. You can take all the photos you like and make immature jokes about sarcophagi to your heart's delight.
I found this great book at McNally-Robinson, which I sent to Bruno. I figured if he's just going to lounging around the hospital, he might as well be doing something productive, like learning how to protect his family from a zombie invasion. It's got chapters on weaponry and hand-to-hand combat techniques, and even demonstrates how to fortify your home. Critical information.
We met the most charming panhandler to whom we gave a few bucks for tap-dancing lessons, and he gave us a big smile and a wave when we saw him again a couple of hours later, passing on the other side of the street. I find that most of the folks whom I have met downtown, who ask for change, generally have the most compelling stories to tell and are often really helpful. I think it's a bit of give and take - they tell you the idiosyncracies of that parking ticket machine, you give them a few bucks. Karma works it all out in the end.
I reserve the right to avoid obviously impaired panhandlers, but I always give some money to buskers, no matter what they sound like. You never know when the next Chad VanGaalen will come along.
The highlight of the day was sitting outside on a bench on Stephen Avenue, drinking a coffee. At the end of January. In Calgary. With no mitts on.
If you have been avoiding seeing A Scanner Darkly because Keanu Reeves is in it, fear not. It's really good! And the character that he plays is very confused, which is perfect for him. Robert Downie Jr is sooooo good in this film! And the animation makes it feel like you are watching a graphic novel come to life. It's the perfect treatment for this quite faithful adaptation of the Philip K Dick novel.
Oddly enough, Primal Scream's "A Skanner Darkly" mp3 was not used in this film. But Thom Yorke's "Black Swan" mp3 was, which is even better.