Buff ‘n Stuff

Hey folks… well, it’s been an interesting past 5 days since I got back. Cam called me up 15 minutes after I got home, and I met him at the pool despite my better judgement (12 hrs flying + Krishen should = bed).
Other than that, life’s been a combination of work, sleep and procrastinating doing the dishes.
That ends tonight, however. I am now the proud owner of FOUR new dish cloths! Ain’t no pile-a flatware gon git inma way.
So I’ve been watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer — the TV series — for the past three weeks. Working mostly from the fact that my friend Daniel is a big fan (and he and I have similar tastes), I bought the entire fourth season on DVD a few weeks ago. It’s great! Funny thing is, he tried to show me a few episodes back when he bought it a couple years ago, I remember not being into it at all.
I can’t understand why. The show is freekin funny. The writing is spectacular. Zero fluff. Every seemingly innocent little detail weaves into the story being told either in the episode or the season. A joy to watch.
So last night I decided to rent the movie which started it all. Wow!! Everything I expected! Total cheese! Man, did the writing ever get better in the TV series. …Still, it wasn’t all bad – there were definite moments which separated it from the typical trash teen movies out there. In particular, a dream sequence where our protagonist lies down to go to bed and is blissfully unaware she’s embracing a demon instead of her teddy bear. Heh.
Also watched last night: Startup.com. I have lots to say about it, but that’s a topic for another post.
Anyhow, now it’s off to the pool to meet Cam again, then down to the Paddywagon to meet Eric and Sonia and watch the Canucks kick some Oiler booty! πŸ™‚

The SueWedding VicTrip

So what can I say? I had a most fantabulous weekend in Victoria. Started off by me going to sleep after staying awake all night in the Vancouver airport so I could catch the first ferry to Victoria on Friday.
After catching 4 hours of sleep, it was 2pm and time to head down to the CFUV studios to watch Davin guest DJ on Resonance. *grin* The set was excellent of course (my favorite track being the Luke Chable meets PQM mix of “PQM – You Are Sleeping”).

After that it was off to Davin’s workplace — Coppermoon — something I intended to do last time I was in town but never got around to it.

The fog was thick on the way there. That’s the sun!
It was a sweet setup — Davin has a 17″ LCD iMac as his main workstation, and there were Macs and Mac software all over the place. Yeah! I also got to meet Jacob (Davin’s manager) and Jonathan (Jacob’s brother) — both very cool people.

Jacob at the wheel, Jonathan in shotgun
We invited them both over for dinner, and my, what a fantastic dinner it was! Mom made turkey/pop-overs (yorkshire puddings), along with cranberries and all the fixins!! MMmmmmmmm, yum. Dun get much betta!
After dinner I gave (friend, fellow weblogger and wedding photographer extraordinaire) Julie a call. I accidentally left Sue‘s wedding invitation back in Sarasota and didn’t have her number, so I’s a lucky boy Julie was home!
I tried to get ahold of a few people to go dancing, but didn’t have much luck. Really, it was probably a blessing in disguise since I would have gone against my better judgment (I was still exhausted from the flight to Vic).
Ended up going on a late-night trip with Davin and Nathan to Denny’s. Got the Buffalo Chicken Burger. Not quite as good as the ones down here, but still good. I want to note, I hardly recognized this Denny’s. It’s been greatly improved since I was last there (about a year ago), both in terms of décor and service. It’s amazing what a facelift can do… I think the food might have even tasted a little better!

Sue’s wedding was great! As it turned out, my friend Sean and his girlfriend Laura were also attending, so we met up beforehand and carpooled down together.

Sue and Simon walk the aisle.

Sean, Laura ‘n me.

Julie reloading.
Sean and Laura needed to leave a little bit early, so they took a cab back home, leaving me with the car. After the reception had mostly thinned out, Julie and I grabbed mini-mickeys of Jagermeister and took a walk down the breakwater.

The lighting was fantastic!
It was a really nice way to relax and spend a little time with a friend I rarely get to see. Plus, Jager has a nice way of warming one’s stomach when it’s chilly out!

I joked this was a ghost ship — what’s a ferry doing docked at Ogden Point?
Sunday morning was the photogroffee massive! And wow, what a morning it was! Here’s links to everyone’s posts/galleries:

It was a totally exhilarating experience. So neat to see how everyone sees things just slightly differently. And (as Jim mentioned) — how we see things the same.
After the photogroffee massive, it was back home to relax for a few minutes — but before I knew it, I was back out — this time to the Oak Bay Rec Center for some uber-fun swim action with Jim, Gurton, Julie, Davin and Neil!
Was back home by about 11:30pm; shortly thereafter, I finished up posting my photogroffee pics and listened to a preview of Davin’s new track, “Caveman”. If what I heard was any indication, this track is going to be huge!! Can’t wait to hear the finished product.
Got to bed at 2 and got up 2.5 hours later to get ready for my trip back to Sarasota.
As promised, here’s some pics from my flight back to Sarasota (in particular, these come from the Vancouver to Houston leg). Hope you like ’em!

Whew! Congrats on reading this far!! Now…. No Loafing!


[picture: plane to van]
Oh man, am I *ever* tired! My weekend in Victoria was stellar! Can’t think of a wasted minute. Well, okay, I can… waiting six hours in Vancouver International for the Tssawassen ferry terminal was a bit tedious.
But once I was *in* Vic, fantastic! I shall be posting a few pics from the weekend soon; for now, though, I totally need to go to bed. I went to Ultimate practice tonight, and there’s a few new folks out who definitely gave me a run for my money. Have a good night, I’ll talk to you all soon. πŸ™‚

Timo Maas at HoB Orlando

[picture: timo promo screen inside the House Of Blues Orlando restaurant]
Well, my explanation for the poor crowd at the Timo Maas show probably didn’t warrant such a big delay between posts, but here it is–
“Wait a second!”, you say. “What poor crowd?” Well, the same poor crowd in which half wanted dance, whilst the other half wanted to stand in the middle of the dancefloor and take up space. “But Krishen,” you add, “people just taking up space on the dance floor is nothing new… so what?”
Well, it would have been just that, “so what?”, if it weren’t for two girls I’d never seen before who moved directly in front of me and then told me to move out of their space. That kind of sealed my opinion on the crowd. I don’t think I’ve ever had that happen before.
Cam mentioned that he wasn’t really into the “ghetto” scene, but the breakdancers he was referring to certainly weren’t the problem. The rave and hiphop scenes have peacefully coexisted for a *long* time.
Here’s the scoop — or at least my theory. Turns out that Sundays (the night of Timo’s performance) are “Service Industry” night. What does that mean? It means that if you’re a service industry employee, you get to attend for free.
This corroborates well with Cam’s observation that everyone seemed to know each other. What you end up with is a bunch of people who may just be there to hang out with each other rather than to observe/dance to the headlining act. In this case, “headlining” might even be too strong a word. The erasable board (outside the House of Blues entrance telling Downtown Disney passersby who was playing that night) wasn’t even updated until an hour before the show. I mean, come on House of Blues Orlando. ItÒ€ℒs Timo!
But enough on that. Timo played an excellent set, skillfully mixing tracks with his unique style of deep, fat-bassline house. About 15 minutes into his set, he mixed from a fantastic tribal-house track with Indian (you know, the ones from India) vocals into a remix of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. The response from the active half of the crowd was just phenomenal. You could feel the atmosphere of the place charge. He also dropped remixes of two Nirvana tracks I’d never heard before either, which was a real treat. Timo was obviously at ease with the show, which in turn made him a lot of fun to watch. He sang along to a number of the tracks he played (without a mic thankfully :-), and completely stopped the music on a couple of occasions just to play with the crowd.
It was great fun. πŸ™‚ At about 2 am, he threw on the White Stripes’ tune “Seven Nation Army”. And it wasn’t a remix, crazy! Unfortunately, the next time I looked up — right after that song — Timo was gone from the decks and was replaced by what was presumably a resident dj (probably to fill the gap between 2-3am). The music from was a complete departure from Timo’s set — much faster. It didn’t help that by this point, the half of the crowd which /was/ previously dancing had now stopped.
So we decided to call it a night.
And with that, I think I’m going to too.