Superfluous Matter
Weekend Stuff

This weekend was lots of fun! On Friday night a whole bunch of us went to the Madison for Jeff's birthday. It's a pretty good place and absolutely huge. Simone had reserved a whole section for us and we had lots of beer and wings and even a cake! It was really good times!!

Saturday was the annual Rib-O-Rama at my boss's house. They smoke ribs in smokers and there are lots of salads and desserts and stuff. Kim came with me this year and it was lots of fun. The thunderstorms went away just before it started leaving us with perfect weather. The food was great and the beer was cold. I brought a strawberry-rhubarb crumble pie from Dufflet and someone else brought homemade vanilla ice cream. I combined these two and received very positive feedback.

Also on Saturday I read "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card. This is a classic of science fiction (it won both the Hugo and the Nebula award) and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I found the suggestion of "morality of intention" a bit strange, but I really liked the emphasis on using children for morally difficult tasks because they are free from all of the preconceptions that burden adults. I'm not saying I think we should enslave children for all our dirty work, I just think it is interesting how much the world changes people and how settled you can get with your notions of the way the world works. This idea became most apparent to me when I read a couple critical analyses of the book and could see the essayist's world views and preconceptions biasing their work. Anyway, the sequel to the book also won both the Hugo and the Nebula (crazy!) so I'll be reading that one as well.

Sunday morning Jen and Jeremy made a brunch of delicious crêpes for all the Cityplace dwellers. They had all sorts of fruit and toppings and of course a lot of Nutella. We all had a good time chatting and eating and when we were done I took my bursting stomach out east on Queen to do some rock climbing. It was a good outing and afterwards I enjoyed a peaceful relaxing evening.

Tonight, for wing night, after years of failed attempts, we finally made it to Duff's for wings. Duff's is supposed to have some of the best wings in Toronto. I liked them, but they really made me long for Morty's in Waterloo. I think it might be time for a road trip.

This weekend is camping in Algonquin! I can't wait!!

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