Hi-res Garbage


Well, it would appear my fears were unfounded after all. It didn’t happen right away (and I haven’t left Columbus yet, so my fingers are crossed) but it looks like things are going to turn out just fine.
In other news, I saw Garbage on Monday! And thus fulfilled a desire to see them live, ever since I bought Version 2.0 seven years ago. Shirley Manson ran the show. I’d expect nothing less, of course. I gotta say, at first I wasn’t sure how I was going to get back into the Garbage headspace — it’s not the easiest place to be… but the way they came on stage, with the lights off and Johnny Cash’s incredible cover of Hurt playing, whoa man. It all came rushing back, it was so perfect.

The show was awesome, but it was a bit surprising, in that for a tour which was supposed to be about their new album, Bleed Like Me, they played a high percentage of classics (including, among others, “Queer”, “When I grow up”, “Hammering in My Head”, “Push it”, and “Only Happy When it Rains”.)
And, well, the more I think about it, the more I can’t help but think there might be some credence to this review, which suggests this might be the group’s last tour together. That would make me sad 🙁
<time passes>
Okay, enough with the sad, after searching around for a bit, I found this interview with Garbage drummer Butch Vig about the new album, and their breakup in 2003 which I didn’t even know about.. I figure if they broke up so recently and are back together touring, that makes the odds of their breaking up now quite a bit lower. Not to mention that their latest CD is their best-debuting album ever.

Findings


Wow.. well… the original plan was to head to a nice Italian restaurant downtown, but the concierge drew the location of OSU on the map along the way, and, well, let’s just say I never made it downtown.
OSU’s campus is just gorgeous, especially the architecture. Tons of brick and stonework. Made UVic seem quite quaint in comparison. I’d say it was maybe even a little nicer than Cornell — and Cornell is nothing to sneeze at. I’ve thrown a bunch of photos up in the gallery; go have a look!
I think this was the first time I’ve felt positively old on a university campus. I’m not sure if only the new students are here this week, or what, but I’m telling you, practically everyone I saw looked like they were in highschool. That was kind of weird.
I ended up eating at a sandwich place called Jimmy John’s — $6 something and probably as good as anything I would have gotten at the Italian place. Mmmm.
Around 9pm, I headed back home with the intent to call Mom. That call was doomed from the get-go. Trying the calling card access number from the hotel phone gave me “all circuits busy”; trying from my work-cell got me through, but then I discovered my card had expired; trying to buy a new card at 7-11 didn’t work because new cards were “unavailable until monday”; trying a different 7-11 I found out that 7-11 corporate just switched management and as a result wouldn’t be able to activate any new cards until Monday. And she wasn’t on iChat, so no audio-only chat, either. I *did* end up making her a video-card though 🙂
Guess what I found on the way back from 7-11?

Arrival in Columbus


So, I made it in, safe and sound. Total travel time, from my front door to my hotel room: 7 hours, 15 minutes. Seems like a long time but it didn’t feel that way at all. And I’ve gotta say the Charlotte airport (where I had a layover) is one of the nicest looking airports I’ve ever seen (though at times it was kind of hard to find the flight information screens).
I’m staying at the Fairfield Inn & Suites — a division of Mariott. I’m really happy with the room I got. I took a little video clip so you could see what the place looks like. It’s 10 mb, so it might take a little while to load in.. but yeah. Nice eh? And I get the feeling I won’t have shampoo troubles. 🙂 The icing on the cake is that the in-room internet doesn’t even make you jump through any funky authentication hoops — you just plug in the supplied ethernet cable and boom you’re online. I don’t see any wireless networks, though.
Anyway, off to see some of the OSU campus and find dinner. I’ll check back in a little later and let you know what I found.

Lots-o-thots


How about a little stream-of-consciousness blogging?
So, I’m just doing the last load of laundry here, then it’s off to the pool to meet Cam’s dad. I was trying to remember what I did last night, then I remembered: I was at work until 8pm.
Worked another five hours today, then got a haircut. Now everything’s neat and tidy up top. Even the white hairs.
Don’t forget to phone your mom tomorrow.
All that remains is a little bit of packing and I should be ready for my trip to Columbus, which, although I’m looking forward to, I’m somewhat nervous about. I can’t exactly say why here, but with any luck the planets will align, the improbability drive will kick in and I’ll be fine. Okay, okay, it’s not that bad. There’s just a lot of variables floating around right now… I’m sure I’ll have a much better idea how things are going to go by Monday night. </windtalking>
Random link-o-the-day: I found these reviews pretty entertaining. If anyone would like a postcard from Ohio, just email me your address. 🙂

Children


*crawls from under the blogspam*
I returned to visit the new parents Tuesday night with a bunch of coworkers — that was fun 🙂 Almost made me want a kid of my own. I say almost, because, I’m pretty sure I’m not ready. If I were to have a kid right now, they might start saving for their retirement around age 40.
In any case, I think Cam and Melissa are going to be great parents (they both hate Barney — is there more?); looking forward to seeing Joe grow up into his own, wonderful person.

Welcome Joseph Lorne

This just in! Cam just phoned to let all of us here at work know that — after just 4 hours of labour — Joseph Lorne was born at 2:00pm, weighing in at a mighty 7lbs 14oz and measuring 20 1/4″! Mum, baby and Dad (and Kurtis, too) are all healthy, happy, and doing fine. 🙂
Update: Just got back from the hospital, and all I can say is WOW! I am just stunned by how small a person can be. Don’t let that fool you, though: Joseph Lorne Bahan has an iron grip. All the better to hold a hockey stick! 😀
Here’s a few pics I took (be sure to check out the much bigger collection over at BahanClan):

Spot the proud papa

*smooch*

Cam had his Powerbook in the delivery room, so the tunes were in full-effect

Cam: “You were gonna crush my hand!”. Melissa: “Was not!”

Cam back home, updating the blog between phone calls

Buffy Season 7


Saturday night I finished Buffy. That’s it. I’ve watched all 144 episodes start to finish, and well, I’m not sure what I can say other than (a) I loved it, and (b) I know I’m going to go through some serious withdrawal. I’m presently finishing the last of the Season 7 special features, but I have no idea how I’m going to get my Whedon-fix after that. Actually that’s a lie. I’m pretty sure I’m going to do like any other crazed fan would and pick up Firefly 🙂