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.: After my brief trip to San Francisco, I flew to Victoria where I spent a few days visiting friends, including Tony, and my high school friends Barry and Liz. It was a relaxing time, and I spent a lot of time resting when not doing activities with my friends. I’ve uploaded a few photos from the trip, with more to come.

After my return from the trip, the band worked hard in rehearsal for a gig on 29 April 2007 at a local venue called On The Rocks. We played well and were quite tight, considering this was only the third gig we’d played, and the first this year. Pictures from the gig are here. The following Saturday, Amelia and I played a one set gig at a venue in St Albert for what was called Celtic Pub Night. I wasn’t feeling too good that night, and by Sunday night I was battling a sore throat. The sore throat morphed into a chest cold, and then into an uncomfortable flu. Needless to say, I missed work for a week and one day before returning the following Tuesday. As of this writing I’m still fighting residual coughing. In the midst of this, I did see my physician, who confirmed that I had one of the flu strains making its way through the city, and that it would take 2-3 weeks to clear itself from my weakened system. I’m hoping by next weekend I’ll be completely clear of it.

June promises to be a very busy month. I’ll be in Denver from 02-07 June, attending the SLA Conference, and then in NYC from 09-18 June. Denver is work-related, NYC is vacation time only. In NYC on 11 June, I’ll see Steely Dan play on their Heavy Rollers Tour at the Beacon Theatre with my friend Lisa, and the next night it’s Lily Allen at The Roseland Ballroom, with my friend Noella. Other NYC events are still being planned. When I return, I am speaking (albeit briefly) at the 5th Annual Canadian E-Learning Conference as part of a panel called Library Access & E-Learning.

This past weekend I drove to Lethbridge, where I visited my friends Robert and Mary and their two daughters, Tigana and Kasia. On Saturday, I drove to Sunburst MT to attend the high school graduation ceremony of the daughter of my good friend Sharon. Afterwards, I drove to Shelby MT where I bought six boxes of Rice Chex and Corn Chex cereal at the local Albertson’s. Yes it’s true, I would do such a thing because I really do like those cereals, and no, we can’t buy them in Canada. Call it a weakness. Returning to Lethbridge (about one hour from the Canada/US border), I stayed for another day, and on Sunday, Robert and Mary and the girls and I walked all of about 90 seconds from their home to Brad and Jacqui’s place, the next block over from Robert’s place. (Background: Brad and I lived on the same floor in residence in 1976-78 at the U of Alberta, and I met Robert around the same time. In the period from late 1987-1989, Robert, Brad and I were members of the committee that organized ConText’89, the now-legendary sf conference at which (what is now known as) SF Canada was formed, and at which the first issue of On Spec was launched.) We all had a great visit, and after Mary took the girls home to bed, the rest of us, including Brad and Jacqui’s son Sean, watched Children of Men. Monday morning I drove back to Edmonton, including having to drive through a snowstorm just north of Calgary.

Good night, and good luck.

6 Responses to “Update”

  1. Brad Says:

    And a geezly good time it was, having you, Robert, Mary and the girls over, too!

    Sean thought you were “A very cool guy” and has been working diligently on Kashmir since you left. You’d even recognize it.

    Come again soon, and more often.

  2. Tony Says:

    The SLA? Does Patty Hearst come to the meeting? Am I the only person who remembers when that acronym meant something else.

    Did you meet Judith Merril in your travels in fandom? I saw a reference to her in “From Slogans to Mantras” (a book by a U of A Sociology Prof) in connection with her involvement with US anti (Vietnam) War groups after she moved to Toronto. I had the vague idea that she was a fantasy writer involved in Goddess fantasy stuff. I never realized she was a deeply committed socialist activist.

  3. Diane Walton Says:

    Hi Randy,
    Thanks for posting the link and mentioning On Spec. We appreciate anything that brings new folks to the website.
    Hope to see you sometime! It’s been way too long. Danica is off to Red Deer College in the fall. When was the last time you saw her?


  4. Derryl Murphy Says:

    Tony, Judy Merril was one of our GoHs at ConText 89 (I also sat on the Board with Randy and co.). She was a great guest and a delight to meet.

    I don’t know where you got the “Goddess fantasy stuff” from. Check here:


  5. Tony Says:

    Derryl: I don’t know where that came from either. I didn’t read much of her stuff (and I have missed just about everything in sf after the end of the 1970’s. It was a mistake.

  6. Derryl Murphy Says:

    Not a problem, Tony. Hope you don’t think I was criticizing you.


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