Anyway, after the footage in the studio, we jumped into our cars and drove into Vancouver to the Grind. Peter interviewed me outside first at one of the tables and people driving by were openly staring. Then when we went inside, Gallent filme as dwe swapped ATCs and chatted and it was amusing watching people staring but not staring.
I don't know how people who do TV for a living ever get used to the fishbowl feeling. I really enjoy talking on camera and sharing whatever art I am talking about but it's so different when you are not in the controlled, insular environment of the studio. If nothing else, it provided a unique people watching opportunity for me. I am sure they were wondering what all the fuss was about!
Backtracking a bit, Penn and I went to Word on the Street on Sunday, down in front of the Vancouver library. (Which is not only a beautiful, but interesting piece of architecture.) We walked many, many laps around the building checking out all kinds of books and collecting the freebies our purchased book bags entitled us to. It ended up we got so mush free stuff we had to go back to where I'd parked and offload. I swear those bags weighed a good 50lbs. each!
When I got home, I dumped 2 bag's worth of stuff out onto my bed and my son and I divided up the spoils. It was like the literary version of Hallowe'en trick or treating. FUN! I've always wanted to go to this event, but in past years was teaching Sundays. It was great to be able to finally get there! In addition to all the wonderful swag we got, we were also able to pop by and support our friend Alyx who was doing a reading and representing On-Spec Magazine.
And lastly, Saturday night was my 20th High School Reunion. They held it at a pub and this picture about says it all-crowded, too loud to talk and everyone more interested in partying than in catching up. *SO* not my scene so I cut out early.
The funny thing was that what little conversation wasn't
"How the hell are ya?" but "WHO the hell are ya?" Most folks didn't recognize people unless they were in their own little cliques. Add to that that there were people there who left in grade 10 or so, who didn't actually grad from my school and there were alot of unfamiliar faces!
Well, to my credit, I went, I saw, I likely won't do it again. I doubt there will be anymore-after your 20th, who cares? Seriously, I am not as jaded as I sound, it's just that going to one of these things is awkward and not much really changes in 20 years.
Today I am going to ease into the day with a nice long walk with my puppy around the lake a couple of times, followed by some chai from Starbucks. I have some design work for Hannah Grey to get to and then I am meeting up with my best friend to catch up in the afternoon. Somewhere in there, I plan to grab a nap. It's just been go, go, go, but I love that every day is something new.
Speaking of new, over at Artsmiths, our latest Artist of the Month has been posted. You can learn more about the eclectic, free-spirited Sarah Fishburn this month and if you want to catch up on past AOM features, just click on the archives!