Saturday, May 16, 2009

and flowering cherries rain on kids like you

Am I the only person in Canada who was not aware that this is a long weekend? That's what happens when you don't have a real job, I guess.

I assumed it was next weekend, which is after all when May 24th falls. And we all know Queen Victoria enjoyed her case of two-fours. Which is how we came to celebrate the May Two-Fer weekend in the first place.

But you folks don't need a history lesson from me, surely you know all this already.

What you may not know is that I have a couple of new magazine articles published and linked on my sidebar. When you have finished admiring my smooth segue, you can check them out, if you like. Surely you have nothing better to do on a beautiful warm long weekend
(for some of us) than read my blatherings. Surely not.

Our Heads in the Sands appears in Gonzo magazine and is a look at oil sands development in northern Alberta. I won't exactly say that the oil industry is going to come gunning for me. I'm not delusional enough to believe that they read Gonzo or care about what I have to say, but I suspect I am not going to be asked to deliver the keynote address at the Petroleum Club any time soon.

You can download Our Heads in the Sands right here. And if you would like to download the entire issue, so that you can also read Jen's snarky observations, you can do so over here.

Beyond the Alpenhorn appears in BC Musician magazine, and features an interview with someone that many of you know well. In fact, some of you are going to be visiting with her this weekend, you lucky ducks! Bonus points to the first person to identify the subject of my interview.

I was in a used bookstore yesterday, and was surprised and delighted to see a pile of free BC Musician magazines, right next to the usual FFWD and Exclaim. Naturally I loudly proclaimed my delight and talked about what a great magazine it was to my shopping companion. A bit of guerrilla marketing never hurt anybody.

You can download Beyond the Alpenhorn right here.

Enjoy your weekend, long or regular. Whether you are garage-saleing or roto-tilling or visiting port cities or cracking open a two-fer with your peeps, do so with gusto. Queen Victoria would insist upon it.


Dale said...

You're the busiest slacker I know. Sadly, I had to be reminded mid-week that it was this weekend too. I'm working pretty hard at not working at all and I still get confused. Congratulations on all the articles and your sexy marketing ways!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

And here I always thought that you were so on top of all things statutory holiday related, Dale. I'm shocked by your confession, frankly. But I am glad that you go by the old school May 24 system of measurement.


This weekend really crept up on us didn't it! Way to early if you ask me for a Victoria Day weekend but I'll take it seeing as I've just joined the ranks of the EMPLOYED!

I start my new job on Tuesday (full time!) so I'm appreciating this weekend for all it's worth cuz come Tuesday AM I'll be schlepping with the C-Train crowd downtown and back everyday.

Have a great weekend! Off to read your articles!

*I almost wrote schlepping with the great unwashed downtown but quite frankly I'm hoping the majority of them are. Washed that is.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

WOW! Congrats on the new job, Urban Blonde!

I can't wait to hear all about it, but I guess those coffee get together days are now over. I'll email.

Allison said...

So far this weekend has been ace. Minus the horrible blisters that cover my feet. I'm hoping the weather holds out for tomorrow as well.

So glad to see the article in print! It was great to get a chance to work with you, and many thanks for the free publicity for the museum. :) Greatly appreciated! Installing the exhibition next week!

bloody awful poetry said...

And what is Victoria Day weekend, may I ask? Sounds positively queenly. Also I must register my jealousness at the Calgary Festival lineup. Iron & Wine! And I've followed your Chad van Gaaaaaalen exploits so many times on this here blog I feel like I've practically met the dude already.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I wish I could see the exhibition, Al. I am sure you are going to do an ace job. And I feel I haven't really lived till I've seen a real Harmonettes' uniform.
Take care of those feet.

You really have practically met our lad Chad, BAP. He's like everybody's best friend.
The May 24 weekend is a throwback to the days that we were a British dominion. We kept as many holidays as we could after gaining self-governance.

Remi said...

It kind of snuck up on me too, but in a good way. Today I only have to work 10 1/4 hours, not the normal 15. Even better, I got to sleep in until 4:30 in the morning. Long weekends were more important to me last year when I wasn't actually working them.

But the overtime helps pay for the vacation, at least.

Charlie said...

I just downloaded your "Sands" article and I'll leave a comment after I read it (duh). I just wanted you to know that I'm not ignoring it or you.

Just remember, or put it on a sticky thingie, that the word "swift" in not in my vocabulary.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's a balancing act, I guess, Remi, although a 15 hour day doesn't really sound all that balanced to me. Still, having the extra cash to blow on that Icelandic delicacy - smoked sheep head - will be well worth it.

I guess I will also cross "fleet of foot" off the descriptor for you that I have stuck on my fridge, Charlie. I am particularly interested in getting your impression of the article, since you have also read Nikiforuk's book.

Gifted Typist said...

seemed weird to me too about the weekend fallng on this day

Great i'll download your articles immediately

And I don't know, the Tar sands folks are pretty sensitive about what people are saying, with Greenpeace on their asses and all, so they will have their clipping services taking note of your words.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh no, I am going to end up on a hit-list somewhere, aren't I, Gifted? Can I come and hide out at your house if things get scary?