Superfluous Matter
More Awesome Times

I've been doing all the things lately and thought I'd like to write a few of them down for posterity while I wait until it's time to leave for the airport to do my next awesome thing.

I've been on three weekend snowboarding trips: Tahoe (Northstar+Kirkwood with Trevis), Seattle (Stevens Pass+Crystal Mountain with Trevis), and Salt Lake City (Snowbird with Alex). Despite sub-optimal conditions due to horrific drought on the west coast I had a blast on all three trips. Salt Lake City was the winner though for it's amazing snow and wonderfully run resorts. There was public transit to the mountains and I could pay with my iPhone using Apple Pay! I will definitely go back to Utah.

I went to several events with Keizo for SF Beer Week including the opening gala at Fort Mason. My favourite beer was from Speakeasy: a crazy blend of barrel-aged wonderfulness called "Joe's Ale of Strength."

I went with Mike to see "Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play" at the A.C.T.'s Geary Theatre. It was ostensibly about apocalypse survivors attempting to entertain each other by trying to recreate old episodes of The Simpsons. In actuality it ended up being a really cool commentary and exploration of how legend and myth can be born. Really surprisingly deep stuff and excellently staged.

Also with Mike I went to a fairly exclusive whisky pairing dinner hosted by the Dr. Bill Lumsden, master distiller for the Glenmorangie and Ardbeg distilleries. There were about 30 people total in attendance and Dr. Bill spent some time addressing the group and some time chatting with people individually. Along with Bruichladdich, Glenmorangie and Ardbeg are my favourite distilleries so this event was just amazing. The food was prepared by the Farallon Restaurant's chef Mark Franz and expertly paired with six different whiskies from the two distilleries. Mind-blowing.

Tonight, with Mike and two of our co-workers, I attended an interview of Neil Gaiman by Michael Chabon. Neil Gaiman is easily one of my favourite authors (hello, Sandman) and Michael Chabon is great too. He read from his new book "Trigger Warning" and I was able to pick up a signed copy before the talk. Sadly, fellow amazing author and Neil Gaiman's close friend Terry Pratchett passed away this morning. Neil spent a bunch of time reminiscing and telling awesome stories about that clever man's life. It was sad, but also very interesting and cool. He also read a bit of Good Omens, a book they co-authored.

In a few minutes I'm headed to the airport to catch a flight to Guatemala to begin a 1.5 week adventure in Central America finishing with three days in Roatán to attend and celebrate Rob and Janet's wedding! Woo!

All the things!

Books - Scott Pilgrim (Vols. 1-6), by Bryan Lee O'Malley

Scott Pilgrim (books and/or movie) is a giant love-letter to Toronto and anyone who grew up in middle-class North America in the 80s/90s. It's completely ridiculous that the movie even was made, much less widely distributed. I love them both and if video games or music or Toronto or being awesome sound good then you'll like them too.

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