A Steely Indentity Weekend

:: The weekend is coming to a close, and it’s been a good one, my head and throat notwithstanding. On Friday night, I hung with some cool colleagues after work, at Martini’s on 109th, followed by some tunes at G&K’s pad. On Saturday I was lazy, did little other than see two films: The Lizzie McGuire Movie (don’t shoot me for that, I took a little one who wanted to see it and she had a great time), and Identity (which has a cool web site, check it out). Identity is a thriller with a great cast of character actors, including my man John Cusack, Clea DuVall, Amanda Peet, John C McGinley, Ray Liotta, Jake Busey, Alfred Molina and Pruitt Taylor Vince. The film wasn’t as edgy as I hoped, but was still a good watch.

I wrote a short review of TLMM for BlogCritics. BlogCritics, btw, now has links to groups of reviews of CDs, DVDs, and books.

Today I had dim sum, and then jammed with Deb. But I’m not feeling 100% – last night I went to bed with a sore throat, and today I feel like I’m on the edge of a cold. I hope it doesn’t get any worse. The good news is it’s warmed up in Edmonton considerably from five days ago, when we had snow-covered ground, and the temperature was hovering around OșC.

:: Steely Dan will be heading out on their next tour, beginning in July, in support of the new album, Everything Must Go. Three years earlier, Chris and I drove to The Gorge to see Steely Dan perform, in June 2000. This year they are playing The Gorge again on August 2nd, which is the long weekend in Alberta. So I went online and bought two tickets. I’ll worry about the details of the trip later in the summer.

:: Finally, mention of a column by Al Franken, one of my favorite comedians and political pundits. Franken writes about a conversation he had with Minnesota senator Norm Coleman, who replaced Senator Paul Wellstone after he was killed in a plane crash in 2002. The conversation happened after Coleman made some controversial remarks about him being a 99.9% improvement over Wellstone, who was much loved by his constituents and well-respected in the US Senate. (Thanks, Derryl.)

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