Who You Gonna Call?

I’ve just returned from dropping Amanda off at the airport so she can get back to life in Calgary. It was good having her out, especially on such a beautiful weekend.

Last night we met up at David Lam Park to watch an outdoor screening of Ghostbusters. Now I’ve never seen Ghostbusters. When that film came out I was living in Summerland and the town wasn’t big enough to warrant building a movie theatre. We didn’t own a VCR until we moved to Vernon, long after Ghostbusters had come and gone and I never took the time to watch it when I got older. So I was excited last night to finally see this classic film!

I’m glad I saw it in a crowd of a couple hundred Ghostbusters fans. Cheers and applause would erupt whenever one of the classic lines came out, people sang along to the Ghostbusters theme song, and there was a pack of fanatical girls who would screech at all the exciting moments. It was way more fun to watch it in such an enthusiastic crowd rather than sitting at home.

Yesterday we all drove up to Cates Park in North Van for an afternoon of kayaking. Takaya Tours has pretty good prices on kayak rentals and they’re at a good jumping off point for exploring the bottom of Indian Arm. We took a leisurely paddle up to Deep Cove and back and enjoyed the sunshine and scenery. Deep Cove is one of the most beautiful spots to be on the water in the Lower Mainland.

We were pretty hungry after kayaking so we hit the Raven Pub for some of their pizza, which is some of the best pizza in the area. That evening I didn’t have heaps of energy to go out so I wandered down to the Reel Bulldog video store to pick up a copy of Apocalypse Now, which was recommended to me recently. I’ve been meaning to check out Reel Bulldog since it looked like a funky little place that stocks all the interesting films instead of rows of crappy Hollywood paint-by-numbers type films. I’m glad I checked it out! The owner, Mike, is a super nice guy who gave me a comprehensive rundown on Apocolypse Now (apparently his favorite film) and I’m looking forward to going back in for some more recommendations. I love going to places where people are passionate about what they do.

Friday evening I joined Reilly and Miranda at the Folk Festival to watch The Weakerthans and Iron and Wine. The Weakerthans were awesome! I swear their shows are better each time I see them. During their set I realized that sitting in the sun watching The Weakerthans at Jehrico Beach is about the best place in the world to be. There was a funny bit during the show when John, the singer, started talking down the Olympics and someone from the crowd yelled out, “what’s wrong with the Olympics?” John responded by saying they were going to displace people and then said they should head to the beer gardens afterwards for a debate! I doubt that happened but it was fun to imagine.

Samuel Beam, performing as Iron and Wine, walked on stage dressed in brown old-man-pants hiked up past his belly button and a red button up shirt that would have been right at home in a 70’s disco club. I saw him at the Sub Pop 20 festival last year and wasn’t particularily impressed but this time I found his music really compelling. He also had a whole bunch of funny stuff to say in between songs and got into some particularily hilarious banter when someone called out asking if they could “have his beard.” Sam said he figured it was cool that drugs were legal up here but if you went around asking people if you could have their beards then you had a problem!

Thursday night was another great show with the New Pornographers and Death Cab For Cutie over at the Pacific Coliseum. I had an extra ticket so Amanda joined me, which worked out well. We met up with Josh and Kimli for some sushi beforehand and then headed down Hastings to the PNE for the show. I was glad to catch the New Pornographers again since they’re one of my favorite bands. Their sound was a little muddy and bass heavy, but I still enjoyed their set. Death Cab was awesome and they’re another band that I like more and more every time I see them. Their new single, Little Bribes, is a great song and I loved it when they played it! They had a funny story about playing the Starfish Room about 9 years ago when the promoter took them over to see the New Pornographers after Death Cab finished their show. The promoter said to help themselves to a cooler full of beer backstage at the Pornographers show and the Pornographers came in to find the Death Cab guys smashed in the back room with all the New Pornographers beer having been consumed! So Death Cab thanked the Pornographers for not being totally mad at them after that.

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