Sunday, October 03, 2010

tape hiss and the modern man

The Spousal Unit returned from a three-day fishing trip yesterday to be met with absolute bewilderment on the part of the Slightly Retarded Kitty. Stranger Danger! As far as she could remember she had never seen this man before in her life.

I don't know what to expect when we come home from our upcoming six-day jaunt to Vancouver and Seattle. One very confused Ramona, I assume. Although she may remember me. They always seem to remember the one who feeds them and cleans their litter box, don't they? Even the intellectually-challenged ones.

It's going to be quite the epic adventure, this jaunt to the coast, and one that will have to serve as birthday, anniversary, and Christmas gift for the foreseeable future. What started innocently enough with a sigh of oh look, Eels is playing in Seattle on the Thanksgiving weekend snowballed into five nights, two countries, and not one, but two, concerts.

I'm very excited to see the reincarnation of James at the fabulous Commodore Ballroom on Thursday night. Hopefully frontman Tim Booth is still rocking his legendary whirling durvish stage moves, although being a little more prone to movement-induced vertigo myself these days, I will certainly forgive him if he prefers to remain motionless. My record tent buddy and I are going to try to find one another in the crush of James-loving fans. Record tent secret handshakes will prevail.

Then it's a land-crossing to Seattle in the morning. I've not made that drive before and am really looking forward to what I expect will be a stunningly beautiful drive. But if it turns out to be 2 1/2 hours of strip malls and MacDonalds signs, I may just be driven to cut a bitch.

Even though I don't expect to find any turkey dinners available in Seattle on Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, I am surprisingly fine with missing out on the noble bird. An evening with Eels (complete with a BLIP and FB buddy meetup) and the possibility of hanging out with our favourite Seattle family will drive all thoughts of crispy golden fragrant poultry right out of my head. Mr E just better not have any new songs about roast turkey though, or all bets are off.

There will be a whole new adventure awaiting us a couple of days after we return home, putting proof to the adage that it does not in fact merely rain, when pouring is a distinct possibility. I will fill you in on the details later, but for now I will tell you that I will be experimenting on an unsuspecting group of local bloggers and a few hearty souls who were willing to travel in order to test out the beta version of what I hope will be an annual celebration of us blogging types.

BlogCon (beta) will be hosted at my humble abode, but in future incarnations I hope to hold it in various cities around the continent, and to open it up to anyone who wishes to attend. The focus of this inaugural BlogCon will be Wordfest, which is conveniently taking place in Calgary at the same time, but we will also try to jam in as much music, conversation, food, exploration and collaborative creativity as time and energy allows. My hopes are that BlogCon will become an annual meeting of adventuresome bloggers, a chance to enjoy each other's company, to explore new cities, to share ideas and new experiences, and to open up space for creative synergy.

And you are invited.


Allison said...

Definitely sounds like you are starting October off on the right foot, albeit a busy one!

I wish I could join you for James, but Commodore Concerts are just too spendy for me these days. Hope you have a blast!

I don't mean to burst your bubble but the drive (as far as I can remember) is not that fabulous. There are a few spots (maybe 30 mins) which are quite lovely, but it depends which route you are taking. The real drive is from Seattle to Portland. Regarless of the drive, sounds like you have lots awaiting you in Seattle!

Can't wait to see you when you return. :)

p.s. word verification: huzzlom

phlegmfatale said...

Sounds like a grand time. Wish I could make the jaunt to Seattle and hook up with you at John Fluevog or somesuch. Ramona may be dim, but she shore is purty!

Dr. Monkey Hussein Monkerstein said...

Your kitty never recognizes me either.

Missy said...

I am very excited for you. Love James. Maybe you should leave photos of you around for the cat.

umbrellalady said...

Your trip sounds great - have a good time and watch out for the side of the road - never know when those zebras may appear!

L said...

I don't mean to laugh, but poor Ramona. Constantly living in surprise has to be tiring. I'm sure many naps are necessary.
That sounds like a wonderful Thanksgiving trip! And no, the Vancouver-Seattle drive is not ALL strip malls and fast food!

Wish I could come to Blogcon/Wordfest! Can't wait to hear about it!


Barbara Bruederlin said...

I did not even consider that there might be more than one route to get from Vancouver to Seattle, Al. I guess that's one more thing to add to the to-do list! (I have learned not to leave these things to Lady Garmin, because we all know that computers are about trying to murder you in a lake.)

Hey, they sell Fluevog here in Calgary now, Phlegmfatale! You know, in case you were thinking shoe road trip...
Ramona is a sweetheart, I have to admit. Sweetest cat I have ever lived with.

It's that Mexican wrestling mask that you always wear, Dr M.

I'm really excited to see James too, Missy, hoping they play lots from Seven!
Maybe I should set up the skype and we can talk to Ramona every evening.

Those west coast zebras are the worst, Kathy! Very stripey!

You absolutely have to come to BlogCon next year, Lesley, once I get all the bugs ironed out. Or you could always take a break from renovating and take a quick trip up to this trial one!
I'm glad to hear there are some good sections on the Vancouver to Seattle trip!

John Mutford said...

SRK is hilarious. Mine puked on my bed at 7 AM this morning. Not hilarious.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Not at all funny, John. Mine may be perpetually puzzled, but oh so considerate. She actually went outside to barf the other day!

Wandering Coyote said...

Allison nailed it: the drive from Van to Seattle is not that exciting, especially if you go the Bellingham route. Still, once you get there, you'll love it! Seattle is one of my fave US cities.

Poor Ramona! It's a tad bit funny, I have to say, though. Is she cuddly? Will she cuddle with me at BlogCon???????? I will be missing Juno!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I love Seattle too, WC. It's high on my list of cities I could easily call home.

Ramona is pretty shy, but once she gets to know you, she is very loving. She prefers to cuddle you, instead of vice versa, ie she lies on top of you and her nose drips. Very charming.