I just submitted an article that turned out to be twice as long as I originally told the editor I expected it to be. And it was a pretty weighty topic. I feel like I just finished writing the final exam in Oil Sands 101. Go ahead, ask me anything.
I did take the day off on Saturday to partake of Record Store Day, though, and to attend a screening of some really dark and twisted shorts at the Calgary Underground Film Festival.
Although one independent record store in town apparently had cupcakes on hand, I didn't hear about that little detail until it was too late. We went to Sloth Records, where everything was on sale, but there were no festivities going on, unless you count the perma-stoned guys who take ten minutes to ring up your purchase. Seriously. That store is aptly named.
They were funny though. The really skinny heavily tattooed one kept trying to pawn his ska cd off on customers, doing a little who-will-buy-this-ska-cd dance periodically as we waited in line for the dude working the cash to find the cds that went with the cases. I bought a Sigur Ros cd and the new Deep Dark Woods.
The shorts program we saw at the film festival was called Dark, Daring and a Little Disturbing. It too was aptly named. I voted for the six minute short entitled The Facts in the Case of Mister Hollow as my pick for best. It was really imaginative - a single photograph circa 1930, through which the details of a kidnapping and murder are revealed simply by the camera moving around and into the details of the photo. Quite unlike anything I have ever seen.
So anyway, I've met my publication deadline and have time for a little bit of catch-up before I start on the next article. Anybody want to meet me for coffee?