I started my week of vacation by working an overtime shift Saturday morning. They were short and I was greedy.
That evening I went down to Nathan Phillips Square to see The Weakerthans play. I've been a fan of them for a long time but this was the first time I've had a chance to see them live. They do a great show.
The singer, John K. Samson is also one of the people behind the Arbeiter Ring, a Winnipeg-based publishing collective that put out Alissa York's excellent story collection Any Given Power. It's a book everyone should read.
This probably accounts for why the Weakerthans songs seem so literary, more short fictions than songs. You have to love a band that can write songs from a cat's perspective, songs about long evenings at a curling rink and even a song that bears the refrain "I hate Winnipeg".
Yesterday, I went to see the play 12 Angry Men with my grandfather. It was quite good and reminded my why I really need to go see plays more often. After that, it was dinner and then I watched the Super Bowl in his hotel room. Who would have thought the Super Bowl could actually be exciting without wardrobe malfunctions?
Today, it's cleaning. . . Or a movie. I can't decide.
Two days until New York.