I had such a good week! I love good weeks, don't you?
Monday was a holiday & what better way to start the week than with a holiday?! I mean really. I posted on that day so there's not much to say.
Tuesday I thought would be a good idea to go down to the Film Festival office to pick up my volunteer t-shirt/ stuff I get for volunteering. I work so goddamned much that I had to wake up early (to go before work) but this was not in vain for I got to see my youngest brother off to his 1st day of high school! There goes my baby.... joking joking it was good times. Good on him.
Michelle was going downtown for her 1st day of classes in 2nd year at Ryerson so we commuted downtown together. I've never been much of a commuter (most I've ever done was once a week in grade 11 for co-op) but I always love commuting. (Don't worry, if I score a job downtown I know I'll say I hate it, aye.) So that was good. I met some of her friends & got to walk around the Ryerson campus for a bit. Saw lots of poor 1st years looking lost & trying to decipher maps. I must say it was a very diverse crowd, which is a nice change from seeing the mostly-white OttawaU campus all year.
So they had to go to class so I went to the TIFF office
. The line was short (so perhaps it was a good idea to go in the morning) & here's what I got in my goodie bag! All free!
• T-shirt! It has the TIFF 07 logo on it & says 'volunteer' on the back. (See logo here, t-shirt is similar orange colour.
• A bottle of Dole Sparkling Orange Tangerine
• A keychain flashlight from FedEx
• A highlighter from NBC Universal
• TIFF newspaper
• Canada Locations Guide 2007
- a magazine discussing why YOU should shoot your film in Canada.. what each province is like, how much it will cost, etc. Very interesting!
• A fold out 2-week planner from the Fairmont Royal York hotel
• Complimentary winery tour pass to the Jackson Triggs Niagara Wine Estate
• Complimentary entry into 4 Toronto nightclubs
• $5 to Starbucks (I also get free Starbucks throughout the festival.)
• Mystery gift card to Pizza Nova
• Various flyers/ ads
• Everything came in a black bag that says TIFF07.
Pretty good haul methinks.
Then the day got bad cause I had to go to work. Blerg.
But at night I went out to dinner with Kirin & Michelle & that was mad good times.
Wednesday was chill. Not muh happened.
Thursday my family went out to dinner for Joel's birthday since it had been on Wednesday (& he had to work, how lame is that?). We went to the Keg Steakhouse & it was yummalicious. Came home & had cake. Mmmmm, cake.
Friday was the GENESIS CONCERT.
So this was my 1st real outdoor concert, the whole shebang with lights & screens, not just like seeing music outside... & it was a spectacle
let me tell you! (At the very end they had fireworks go off! Madness!) Here's a photo
of what the stage looked like... it was crazy! Above the big screen they have 6 pillars with lights on them too... imagine packing it in every night & transporting it to a new city. The graphics on the screen were really cool... there were some that were album art, & during 'I Know What I Like (In Your Wardorbe)' they had a nice montage (I love a good montage, don't you?); the one in the stage photo is from 'We Can't Dance' & I'd love to have it as my desktop, aye.
They sounded really good, the instrumentals were the best. Mike Rutherford has a cool instrument
that's a bass & a guitar! Tony Banks was hot on keyboard of course but he never smiles! At one point Phil Collins & (amazing) backup drummer Chester Thompson were drumming on a stool & it sounded so cool! Phil Collins told lots of jokes & made the audience do funny things.
I heard alot of songs I knew & a few I didn't know so that was cool. Here's a setlist with some commentary by me:
Behind The Lines / Duke’s End
Turn It On Again
(they couldn't not play this one, it's the name of the tour after all!)
No Son Of Mine
(I really like this song, the lyrics tell a great story.)
Land Of Confusion
In The Cage / The Cinema Show / Duke’s Travels
(loved In The Cage
, I had never heard it before, it's really intense.)
Hold On My Heart
Home By The Sea / Second Home By The Sea
Follow You Follow Me
(really great live & just a really nice song.)
Firth Of Fifth / I Know What I Like
Throwing It All Away
(also really great live!)
Tonight Tonight Tonight
I Can’t Dance
(I was so excited because Daryl Sturumer, Mike Rutherford & Phil Collins did the dance!)
The Carpet Crawlers
(never heard this one before, I like it!)
(The only song they didn't play that I wish they had was 'That's All'... I know it's really poppy but I love it!)
The show was about 2.5 hours. The crowd was very mixed.... old & young... excited & just dull.... the guy behind us was in his 30's/ 40's & he was SO excited it was so cute. Right when the lights went down (que for the band to come on) he yelled 'C'mon guys, 15 years! It's been too long!' Then they came on. & he knew the words to all the songs & played air guitar/ drums to them.
So yes overall I am SO glad I went!!
(BTW those photos aren't mine... I was much MUCH further back... & the ticket said right on it 'no cameras' so I didn't risk bringing mine... other people got theirs in though....)
Today was BLERG. WORK. DULL. Lots of dance sign-ups... lots of answering the same questions over & over again... but at night Mom, Justin & I went for a walk with a friend of my Mom's from work & her basset hound so that was good.
Now for some rambles....1.
Did everyone see the fucking sweet new iPods
? I also read
that the price of iPhone just went down 30% so people who lined up to buy it when it was launched are pissed. It hasn't even come to Canada yet... I guess Apple doesn't like to rip off Canadians. ;)
Actually I just realised we are getting ripped! Know why? The Canadian dollar & the American dollar are pretty much equal right now. If I take $1 Canadian to an exchange place I would get $0.94 cents American. Pretty equal, yes? I went to Chapters last weekend & looked at the price of a book:
That's not fair at all! It makes me so mad. I know the exchange rate changes every day & they can't change the prices every day but they should make it just a little more equal. At that rate it would be cheaper to go to the States & buy the book.
Actually, no it wouldn't be because I'd have to pay to fly there. Which is say, $500. Which equals $518.95 for the book. + duty taxes. + the time I'd have to take off work.
Damn you economics.
But I'm still mad about the expensive books.
Anyways, back to iPods Rolling Stone
says the new iPod
isn't all that great because it has 16GB memory for $449 CDN & a 160GB 'normal' iPod is only $399. The new one has touch, a calendar, wider screen for videos, wi-fi access... so if that's worth $100 to you then go for it.2.
This is also neat: the gorillapod
! A very snazzy/ cool tripod.
So that's all from me! What a great 1st week this has been to start my year off... yay.