saved from my own ways by beautiful boys

sanfran leap
San Francisco 2008

My summer is about to explode. It has already started, a little, (I sneaked into a rave on Friday night, spent Saturday on a cross-Atlantic guitar lesson with Richard, Saturday night with dear friends at a dinner, blowing people’s minds with synchronicity, and Sunday at an epic wedding that involved a boat, a full-sized, bright red, radio controlled dalek wedding cake that shouted EXTERMINATE, (part gluten free, too!), a hexacopter ring-bearer, and friends from six or seven countries), but this past weekend was just the amuse bouche.

My comrade Nathan is taking us to Cirque Du Soliex’s Totem tonight for my upcoming birthday, then we’re leaving on Thursday evening for the Sasquatch Music Festival. The line-up is absolutely fantastic, many of my favourite bands are playing, (Elbow, Mogwai, Die Antwood, The National, Cut Copy, TuNe-YaRds, etc.), and it’s going to be our first road-trip. I almost cannot wait. I feel like a little kid, counting sleeps.

Then, on the way back, Nathan is dropping me off in Seattle and I’m going to California for my birthday, courtesy of my ability to fit into a suitcase AKA a sweetheart’s business trip to the Google mothership! Flexibility pays off. Apparently I’ll be flying from Seattle on the 26th or 27th and staying for approximately two weeks.

I leave Canada in four days, but know zero about my flights or even where or when I’m to meet up with my dear B. It is so strange and yet delightful to know I am to be travelling, but not know when or precisely where to. It’s like a trust exercise with the universe that I am surprisingly completely fine with. Are we meeting in Seattle? In California? Where? No idea. I have zero information, but it’s.. gratifying? It feels proper. Makes it more of an adventure, for sure.

I imagine I’ll be taking the train a lot back and forth between SF and Silicon Valley for the first week and tucking in for work during the days, but other than that, my time is open. B. will only be there for the first week and mostly busy with work, which is a bit sad, he is smart and sassy and wonderful, but I’m still thrilled. Once I wave my kerchief goodbye to him at the airport, I’ll couch-float with friends in the Mission or the Castro or the Tenderloin.

The only plans I have so far: Jed and I are making sultry eyes at Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind on May 30th, (come with us!), and Richard has informed me that must visit him at the Vulcan on the first Thursday in June. And Morissa says I can use her house for a birthday dinner party! (Party date as yet to be determined). Other than that, it’s almost all a giant question mark. Do you know of anything going on in SF between May 26th and June 6th-ish? Let’s adventure!

Then I’m back to Seattle for a week to go to the the Georgetown Carnival and the Power Tool Drag Races and all that fun stuff. Maybe play some flaming tether ball. Mars and I are learning to be friends again, too, which makes Seattle much better to visit. I don’t know if B. will be around, but I hope so. (If he isn’t totally sick of me after sharing a hotel room for a week, that is. “Why are all the towels stained scarlet?”, “Why is my pillow purple?”, “How did the room ceiling end up covered in glow-in-the-dark stars? Are those constellations.. accurate?”)

I plan to return to Vancouver on June 15th, immediately put my passport in for renewal the day I get back!, collect certain papers from my mother, Vicki, that she’s bringing back from Ireland, do all of the laundry in the world, maybe throw a quick Vancouver-based birthday party, then head out to Ontario. The plan is to go to REcon (June 23rd – 29th) in Montreal via Waterloo courtesy of Ian, my besty who wants to drive up from Ontario in my fine company. Improbable, yes. Possible, very. I owe his cat Dewie about a thousand snuggles. And I think he’s starting to get tired of carrying his favourite Internet Girl around in his phone à la Her. And Audra has offered us her charming AirBnB apartment in Toronto for a couple of nights, (she has a cotton candy machine!!!), so we could home base out of Toronto and visit with people and stay up late in the city rather than having to go back to Waterloo. I’m sure we’ll use it, as I’m five or six years overdue for a visit and the good people just keep piling up. I even have an uncle there I’ve never met who seems supracool. Why don’t I live in Toronto? I Do Not Even Know.

We’ll be stopping by in Ottawa on our way to Montreal, too, to stop by the river market and stuff our faces with scrumptious berries and sugary beaver tails and APPLY FOR MY IRISH PASSPORT WITH THE EMBASSY! Happy birthday to me! I’m Irish! I HAVE EU AND EVERYTHING. As of, like, six days ago. My mother, bless her, went to Ireland as part of a Canada Council art project with Paul and took the packet of my needful documents with her, followed the very detailed instructions, and has filed my birth with the Irish government!

REcon is apparently a marvelous time, too. It’s run by Hugo, who I love to hang out with at CanSec. I’ve never spent as much time with him or his friends as I would like, so this is perfect. And apparently the Circus Festival starts in Montreal on July 2nd, so maybe we’ll get away with sticking around for a day or two longer for that. Either way, I plan to get fat and happy on delicious food, hug a lot of people, dance my face off, and ride a lot of city bikes. Christine wants to go to the new Cirque show, Kurios, too. I approve. There will also be chocolate and a stop by Santropol. Oh yes.

And no, I don’t know anything solid about flight dates on this trip yet either. IT IS ALL A FANTASTIC MYSTERY.

And then I’m in Vancouver until ToorCamp. (That might be for less than a week, oi). ToorCamp is another hacker event, but in Washington State on July 9th. Nathan wants me to go with him, so of course I said yes. Hopefully my passport will have come back by then and I’ll be good to go. I don’t know much about it, except that the people I know who’ve gone in the past are all excellent.

I have also been tapped to work as the Art Director for Hacked Festival, another hacker event from August 11th – 14th, but this one in Vancouver. It’s their inaugural year and maybe I’ll be able to help, even though I’m barely going to be around for the next few months. (Apply to be a speaker or an artist naow!) I’ve told them about my travel schedule, but the founder met me at BIL and he seems to want me involved anyway, so I might end up going through with it just because. If that ends up being the case, that will fit in right after ToorCamp. And right before Burning Man.

I have a number of options for Burning Man this year, but I think I might be tossing a bunch of them over to stay with a lawyer friend from Seattle. Not only do I appreciate him a metric ton just in general, I cannot get enough of his art project, an infrared photobooth. People step inside into pitch blackness, the infrared flash goes off, and though all they see is a small red light, the pictures look like they were taken in daylight.

And then, come September, rest. Playing with ferrets. Adventure is fine, (dying is fine)but Death), but I’m going to miss my ferrets. Pepper and Selenium are the best.

TLDR; If all goes well, I’m going to live out of a suitcase this summer.

And with a lip this fat, we can tickle all the “bits”. (I never do stop missing him.)

that 1 guy – mustaches

My wackiest sweetheart Mike, That 1 Guy, has done it again, this time wearing all black out in the middle of the hot Nevada desert to wear fake mustaches for your amusement.

The new video is so much fun, he’s devoting the next leg of his never ending tour to Mustaches and Laserbeams!! If you buy tickets for November’s Mustaches & Laserbeams Tour before Aug 27, you get a free download of Ki:Theory’s remix of Mustaches. Also, every presale ticket enters you to win a signed Mustaches & Laserbeams silk screen poster & tour t-shirt. (One winner per show.)

The start of the Mustaches and Laser Beams Tour:

November 5: Sioux Falls, SD. Nutty’s North.
November 6: Fargo, ND. The Aquarium – Dempsey’s Upstairs.
November 7: Minneapolis, MN. The Cabooze.
November 11: Montreal, QC. L’Astral.

November 12 : South Burlington, VT. Higher Ground.
November 13: Allston, MA. Harpers Ferry.
November 14: Philadelphia, PA. World Cafe Live.
November 15: Vienna, VA. Jammin’ Java.
November 20: Denver, CO. Quixote’s True Blue.
November 21: Fort Collins, CO. Hodi’s Half Note.
November 22: Aspen, CO. The Belly Up.

September 12: Clarks Grove, MN – Harvestfest at Harmony Park.
September 15: Seattle, WA – The Moore Theatre, (supporting Porcupine Tree).
September 16: Portland, OR – The Roseland Theatre, (supporting Porcupine Tree).
September 18: San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre, (supporting Porcupine Tree).

September 25: Bloomington, IN – Lotus World Music & Arts Festival.
September 27: Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen Chicago.
October 1 – 5 : Noumea, New Caledonia – Femmes Funk.

that 1 guy updates (i’m there where it’s bold)

To celebrate ten years of the Magic Pipe, Mike’s latest big crazy That 1 Guy tour kicked off this week with a matching crazy big new That 1 Guy website!

February 6, Toronto, ON, Rivoli (facebook)

February 7, Guelph, ON, Hillside Inside – Island Stage (tickets, facebook)

February 10, Coos Bay, OR, The Green Spot (tickets, facebook)

February 11, Eugene, OR, WOW Hall (tickets, facebook)

February 12, Bend, OR, Silver Moon Brewing Co. (facebook)

February 13, Portland, OR, Doug Fir Lounge (tickets, facebook)

February 14, Seattle, WA, The Tractor Tavern (tickets, facebook)

February 15, Bellingham, WA, Wild Buffalo (tickets, facebook)

February 18, Moscow, IS, John’s Alley (facebook)

February 19, Missoula, MT, University of Montana (tickets, facebook)

February 19, Missoula, MT, The Palace (basement bar) (facebook)

February 20, Bozeman, MT, Gallatin County Indoor Arena (tickets, facebook)

February 20, Bozeman, MT, Filling Station (Girl Talk After Party) (facebook)

February 21, Billings, MT, The Garage at Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co. (facebook)

February 25, Winnipeg, MB, Pyramid Cabaret (facebook)

February 26, Fargo, ND, The Aquarium (Dempsey’s Upstairs) (tickets, facebook)

February 27, Minneapolis, MN, The Cabooze (tickets, facebook)

February 28, Rhinelander, WI, LRC Theater – Nicolet College (tickets, facebook)

March 1, Milwaukee, WI, Shank Hall (tickets, facebook)

March 3, Madison, WI, The Annex (tickets, facebook)

March 4, Chicago, IL, Schubas (tickets, facebook)

March 5, Holland, MI, Park Theatre (facebook)

Making the impending mayhem official

Cross-posted from the ever sassy Cherie, cat mother, darling friend, and author extraordinaire:

paranormal_bender_tour Mario Acevedo (Jailbait Zombie), Mark Henry (Road Trip of the Living Dead), Caitlin Kittredge (Second Skin), and Cherie Priest (Fathom) are cruising the west coast (Las Vegas, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland) for five evenings of witches, vamps, shapeshifters, zombies and all things weird. Just look for the classic Impala and listen for the questionable content, as the authors read choice selections from their latest works, bandy about prizes, and sign their new releases.

The Paranormal Bender Tour is for mature audiences only –- though an immature sense of humor is welcome and even encouraged. So bring your fangs, your cauldrons, and your appetite for brains. This is a night for kindred spirits and killer stories, from the demented minds of four of the most twisted purveyors of paranormal fiction (and a few special guests).

Think you’re brave enough to attend the Paranormal Bender Tour?

Mark, Cherie, Caitlin and Mario are terrorizing the population in the following urban areas:

    March 11th: Las Vegas • Clark County Library, Jewel Box Theater @ 7 PM
    March 13th: San Diego • Mysterious Galaxy @ 7 PM
    March 14th: Los Angeles • Dark Delicacies @ 2 PM
    March 15th: San Francisco • Borderlands @ 7 PM
    March 16th: Portland • Powell’s Beaverton @ 7 PM

I’ll see you where it’s bold

That 1 Guy‘s remaining 2007 tour dates:

December 1, 2007 – Fort Worth, TX- 6th Street Live
December 6, 2007 – Calgary, AB- The Liberty Lounge
December 7, 2007 – Edmonton, AB- Starlite Room

December 8, 2007 – Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre

Five things you might do with “all that ass”
1. open a modest home ass business
2. serve hot meals of ass to the less fortunate
3. hold a weekend “Ass Sale” on your lawn
4. make colorful ass gift bags for the holidays
5. give sympathetic testimony for recovering hump drunks

on your mark, get set, go

That 1 Guy‘s next batch of tour dates:

Mike at the Metropolis
thirty-second WACOM sketches
by Michel Lacombe.
Mike at the Metropolis

November 1 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall
November 2 – New Market, NH – The Stone Church
November 3 – Boston, MA – Paradise Lounge
November 4 – Providence, RI – Decibel
November 5, 2007 – New York, NY – The Bowery Poetry Club
November 7, 2007 – Philadelphia, PA – North Star Bar
November 8, 2007 – Baltimore, MD – 8 x 10
November 9, 2007 – Vienna, VA- Jammin’ Java
November 10, 2007 – Charlottesville, VA- Gravity Lounge
November 11, 2007 – Wilmington, NC- Soapbox Laundro Lounge
November 13, 2007 – Tampa, FL – Skipper’s Smokehouse
November 14, 2007 – Orlando, FL- Taste
November 15, 2007 – Delray Beach, FL- Dada

keep you on your toes

Originally uploaded by anialodz.

That 1 Guy‘s October tour dates:

October 15, 2007 – Columbia, MO – Mojo’s
October 16, 2007 – St. Louis, MO – Billiken Club
October 17, 2007 – Iowa City, IA – The Mill
October 18, 2007 – Madison, WI – The Annex
October 20, 2007 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
October 21, 2007 – Chicago, IL – The Beat Kitchen
October 22, 2007 – Peoria, IL – Sop’s on Main
October 24, 2007 – Hamilton, ON – The Pepper Jack Cafe
October 25, 2007 – Toronto, ON – El Mocambo
October 26, 2007 – Guelph, ON – Club Shadow
October 27, 2007 – Syracuse, NY – Mezzanotte Lounge
October 28, 2007 – S. Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
October 30, 2007 – Montreal, QB – Le Savoy(Metropolis)

Chelsea and Scott are attending the Chicago gig, and Katie will be at the one in Toronto.

UPDATE: Karen will be attending the Madison show, Ben will be at the Vienna, VA, show, and I’m hoping to convince Gunn to drop by in Minneapolis. (Maybe, hypothetically, it could be a chance to hug her long-distance). Michel, Dee, Victoria, and skinny video-game Mike and Mike’s office will be at the Oct 30th Montreal show.

Also, I ran out of things to do at work yesterday, so now there’s a Flickrpool.