Monday, August 13, 2007

All his friends will smile as he waves to greet them

It's nut-cuttin' time around here.

I've got two days at work to finish pulling this grant together as far as possible before I leave on holiday for a week, and when I get back I don't expect to see my bed for a couple of days until this baby is handed over to the courier. I sure know how to plan my holidays, don't I?

But I'm pretty much at the point where it's just a matter of waiting for other people to get their parts ready, so ... I'm taking my kid to the Fringe Festival! We can only spare Wednesday afternoon, so we are only taking in two plays - Jihad Me at Hello and The Circus is Coming to Town. The first one was at the Fringe last year and I really wanted to see it then, but couldn't fit it in, so I'm chuffed that it's back.

You may recall me going on and on last year about the Marthas doing the fringe, when we saw Drinking in America, PS-69, and that zany zombie survivalist production, Eat My Brain
. And if you are planning a trip to the big show, the granddaddy of western Canadian fringe festivals - the Edmonton Fringe Festival - you must see Eat My Brain, which has a half dozen showings there this year. You'll be glad you did. Honest and for true.

I've had the theme song to Postman Pat stuck in my head all day, possibly because we watched 24 Hour Party People last night. I guess if you have never watched the film, the connection between those two seems tentative, but there's a character in 24 Hour Party People, John the Postman, who's ... well, he's a postman. Like Pat. See?

Anyway, I used to make Eva watch Postman Pat when she was a toddler and now I 'm trying to force you to watch this clip. Awww, go ahead, it's really cute.


Allison said...

Does seem like a rather bad time to go away ;) However at least most of your part is done now or soon will be, then you can enjoy the holiday. Do you guys do the drive in one big swoop or take two days?

Have fun at the play this week, once again I'm jealous of your concert/play going. When I grow up I want to be just like you :-)

phlegmfatale said...

I love "Jihad me at hello" for the name alone. Postman Pat is kewt!

Anonymous said...

Grants are universally tedious. I loathed all my experiences with them.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Summers are way too short to be able to plan anything properly, Al, makes me crazy trying to coordinate the schedules of a handful of people. We will be doing all 13 hours in one go. We have taken 2 days in the past, but our time is limited this year.
Looking forward to fringing - hey, you'll be able to go the the original fringe next year!

Good to see you up and about, Phlegmmy! POstman Pat's cat is pretty cute too.

The only good thing about grant application time, Leazwell, is that it gives me the freedom to indulge my OCD tendencies. In fact, that's a requirement.

Becky said...

I hope you have a good holiday! It sounds like you definitely need the break :)
I love Fringes... I'm lucky to be able to live right by the Edmonton one, although I think I'm missing it this year due to family vacation. Have fun at the plays in Calgary, the your line-up looks like an excellent one!

Haha, I used to have a Postman Pat picture book... good times :D

JustRun said...

I've never even heard of Postman Pat but can't believe they rhymed "singing" and "beginning." :)

Evelyne said...

I've never heard of Postman Pat but it seems like something that I would have enjoyed as a kid.

Summer is great but it also means nightmare at the office for the people replacing people on vacation and for people coming back after a few weeks off. But we need those days away from the office!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You had a Postman Pat picture book, Becky? Had I known you then I would have been at your house every afternoon. Too bad you'll be missing the Fringe this year, although family vacations are a trifle finge-like on their own sometimes.

Yeah that rhyme is a bit of stretch, Justrun. Good thing it wasn't an edumacational show. There's a song I quite like otherwise which rhymes "shit" to "bullshit" which is almost as big a stretch.

It's true, Evelyne. One of my coworkers just came back from a month in China yesterday and I think he is a bit shell-shocked to to walking into this grant craziness. But holiday we must!

Deb said...

I like the "Jihad Me At Hello" title too...that alone would make me want to take it in.

"Postman Pat, Postman Pat...." - now look what you've started! :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Jihad Me at Hello was hilarious, Deb! I'll post about the Fringe Festival later.

Damned catchy kid's show songs!

Will said...

Good luck pulling the grant together, and I'm sure we've talked about 24 Hour Party People before, but I just love that film.

Anonymous said...

The Shatner Show is a MUST! Bought the book for the show and the Shatner Love God print! Groovy baby! LOL!


Barbara Bruederlin said...

Me too, Will! I love how they break down the fourth wall and I love how real Howard Devoto and real Tony Wilson show up in the film. In fact I could watch it again right now.

You are too cool, Blondie! Shatner prints will be adorning your house! We actually went to the Shatner show yesterday afternoon - it was great.