the seattle space needle, september, 2009
Mike‘s hit it out of the park again:
I had completely managed to escape noticing Lady Gaga until William Gibson pointed out that Bad Romance was directed by Francis Lawrence, the man responsible for one of my favourite videos, the Alice in Wonderland couture themed What Are You Waiting For that Antony worked on.
This morning’s facebook update:
Jhayne Holmes was violently woken up this morning by the ceiling above the bed being smashed in by inept contractors. Tony Jackson and I are fine, there was -just- enough of sound warning to have us in the hall by the time pieces were falling.
An interesting subplot to this trip to Montreal has been the rather immediate crumbling decay of the building we’ve been staying in, where Lung and Melanie have been living. One of the main walls of the building half fell down recently, as it seems mold got underneath the bricks and simply sloughed the outside layer off. Not a trivial thing, this, especially as we’ve been staying in the room most affected. In the corner of our bedroom is a mad crack that runs all the way from the ceiling to the wooden floor, casually snapping the baseboard along the way. Every day it seems to be a tiny bit bigger. Sometimes there are threatening sounds.
Yesterday Melanie had inspectors come by, as the landlord has been too scummy to reduce their rent, and after some mandatory tapping on things, they quite promptly condemned the building, claiming that it’s too dangerous to inhabit, as the ceiling “could come down on your heads any minute”.
This morning they’ve come by banging up some sort of metal scaffolding to attempt to shore it up before it collapses, so Lung and Melanie can at least stay until December 1st. Tony and I have retreated to the livingroom with our electronics, as out of all our options, it seems safest.
my photos of lung
photos by lung liu
Sunday : Breakfast with Lung in Outremont with Jamieson & co, shopping at Simon’s, duck in a can dinner at Au Pied de Cocho w. Mike Kitt & Lung, dessert there w. Vanessa & Dee, tea and cider after w. Mike, Dee, & Vanessa at Laika on St. Laurent.
Monday: Shopping at the Le Chateau Warehouse, (coats acquired!), Michel’s studio, sandwiches at Atomic.
Tuesday : Breakfast at l’Avenue De Plateau, visit with Michel & Julie at the studio, then Silophone, Body-worlds, and Avesta’s Turkish dinner w. Christine, take-home cake.
thursday: Patati Patata & La Croissanterie Figaro w. Dee and Vanessa, new moon twilight opening w. lung and melanie at star city at 10pm.
friday: write Lung’s Canada Council Grant application essay, dinner at dee’s w. vanessa
saturday: brunch at fuchsia w. christine & Dee, Juliette et Choclat on St-Denis, borrow camera flash, find a teapot for Melanie, dinner at La Academie on St. Laurant,
Welcome Winter Prom! w. Mark Berube at 5386 St Laurent
sunday: Pick up picture frames at Zone on St. Denis, Michel et Julie’s wedding, Resevoir, Le Banquis
monday: Work, terible headache, Best Croissants Ever at Au Kouign-Amann, just west of the Mont-Royal Métro stop near Mont-Royal and Rue Drolet,
tuesday: Jean-Talon Market, Santropol, Santropol w. Christine, and animated movie, Max and Mary.
wednesday: pictures with Michel & Julie, Frank Wimart’s movie, “c’est notre histoire” 7 pm, cinematheque, corner of st. denis & maisson, projection room: fernando, dinner at Confusion w. Mike & friend, dancing at Passeport.
thursday: CEILING FALLS ON BED, Breakfast at Le Cafeteria w. Dee & Vanessa, St. Joseph’s Oratory w. Vanessa, The Musee Des Beaux Arts (Waterhouse til February!), dinner & dessert at Rockeberry w. Dee, Michel, Julie, and Vanessa, hotel check-in, dancing at Passeport, tea.
friday: fly back to vancouver
saturday: bus to seattle w. Tony, That 1 Guy, dinner at 13 coins w. Mike, Cherise, Heatbox Aaron, Rafael.
Goodbye Vancouver, see you in two weeks!
september, seattle, fire spinning at gasworks park
One of the most amazing things about this trip, past the fact that it’s happening at all, is that Tony and I are going to get to spend an entire two weeks together, the longest period of time in each other’s company we’ll have had since we met in 2002. Once he gets off today’s bus, we’ll be inseperable until November 29th.