by Randy Reichardt on 27 June 2015 · 3 comments

in Buffalo Tom

.: Another year, another birthday. I cannot process, let alone fathom, that I am 62 today. The number is virtually meaningless. That said, I can feel my body aching just a bit more than it usually does as time slowly takes its toll.

I am celebrating my birthday in Cambridge MA. Just returned from a second brilliant Buffalo Tom concert in two nights at The Sinclair, followed by Chinese cuisine with Dave Roe and Mike Haverty afterward. Thanks to both of you for the company, drinks, and very late dinner, guys.

They say as you get older, time seems to move faster. It’s the truth, my friends. I am grateful to have made it this far in life, grateful that my parents are still with us, as well as my brothers and their families. I blessed to be working at the University of Alberta Libraries, now for over 31.5 years, in the great city of Edmonton AB, in the amazing country of Canada.

Thank you to my family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances for being an important part of my life to date.

Happy Birthday. To me.


You Can’t Take It With You

by Randy Reichardt on 29 October 2014 · 2 comments

in Miscellaneous

.: I am in the midst of my 27th trip to NYC. Ostensibly, the reason I came this time was to attend a Knovel Library Advisory Board meeting, which happened on Monday and Tuesday this week. Now it’s Wednesday morning, and I’m preparing to check out of the hotel and move to the Upper East Side (East 91st Street) for the next four days.

Last night I saw this play, and really enjoyed it. I especially loved Annaleigh Ashford‘s performance. Annaleigh plays Betty on Masters of Sex. She plays Rose Byrne’s sister, and her character dreams of being a dancer, so most of her moves on stage are that of a ballerina. Clearly she had taken ballet lessons, because she moved easily and fluidly back and forth, to extremes that had the audience roaring with laughter.

I’ve also seen two movies: Gone Girl and Birdman (Or: The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance.) One of the fascinating aspects of Birdman is that the movie is made to appear as one continuous shot.

Tonight it’s dinner at Strip House with my friend, Barbara.

Upcoming on Friday, I’ll be spending most of the day with my friend, Nisa. We will go to Roosevelt Island, have dinner, watch the Village Halloween Parade, and then we’re going on the Haunted Halloween Walk, which is probably one of these. Saturday night it’s the Justin Hayward concert, then home on Sunday morning.


LaGuardia Side Bar

28 September 2013

I want to tell you this story, not because I was the Good Samaritan here, but because it’s an example of how we must treat someone we meet who is in distress. I think I’m writing it more for me so I can remember exactly what happened. I arrived at LaGuardia on a flight from […]

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30 Something

19 September 2013

Today is the “official” 30th Anniversary of the first day of my employment at the University of Alberta Libraries. I remember the sequence well: I was interviewed on Friday, 09 September 1983, for a contract position in the Science & Technology Library. The job was basic reference, and I would be working from 13:00-21:30 M-Th, […]

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Dark Days At The University of Alberta

23 August 2013

Hard to know where to begin. With the announcement below from President Samarasekara, a new era begins for the University of Alberta, one in which what was once a university with a goal of becoming one of the top 20 in the world instead will become one in which it will slowly descend into an […]

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Stanley Kubrick Exhibition – Los Angeles County Museum of Art: Photos by Emily Nguyen

21 July 2013

.: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art recently featured an exhibition on Stanley Kubrick.  On Facebook today, I discovered a set of photos taken by Emily Nguyen during her visit to the exhibit in November 2012.  A must-see if you are a Kubrick fan.  I am grateful that Emily has made her photo album […]

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