We went to Blues Fest.
We saw Devrotchka -- which was AWESOME! -- on Friday. Three cheers for rockabilly gypsy fare! :-D
We had a fabulous time and danced like amazonian fiends! It was great! :-D
I totally want to pick up some of their music! :-D
On Saturday, we went to Loreena McKennitt -- I danced like an amazonian fiend and fretted that my girl was not enjoying the show. As it happens, she was just being her musician/composer self and was listening intently to the textures. She slow-danced with me through a song or two, though, just to make me feel good, which was really sweet of her. :-)
A gal who I nearly smacked in the face with my flailing arm responded with "Hello, beautiful dancer," and gave me a hug. Which was, I think, remarkably good-natured of her considering how we met. ;-)
Some guy, late in the show, told me that I should be up dancing on the stage because I was so into it. I told him I'd freeze right up - which is true enough - but it was nice of him to say, certainly.
We *also* saw the Brian Setzer Orchestra on Saturday.
*THAT* was the most fun of all the shows, I think. I large part because (A) I love that rockabilly/swing/jump!blues style of music, and (B) Sara loves to swing-dance.
So she and I cut a rug (and a couple of amazons doing make-shift swing dancing do tend to get noticed) during the show.
I'm still trying to learn how to partner-dance, though I'm getting better every time I do it.
But it was a lot of fun and we didn't fall over, so hey! :-D Mission accomplished. :-)
We are thinking of taking dance lessons together, though that may or may not actually happen, given the long-distance thing. ;-) Still, if anyone local is moderately-versed in salsa/fox-trot/really-basic-swing/tango-
esque/waltz/etc and feels like teaching me some moves, they can go ahead. ;-)
Sunday we went to see Neko Case -- who is, unfortunately, not the greatest as far as live shows are concerned (she's great on the CD-player as background music during a conversation, or as part of a mixed CD, or what-have-you, but live? Kind of dull).
So we left early and went to stake out a spot near the stage for the Ani show.
Which was, not surprisingly, fantastic.
My gods, she's so TINY! :-)
She did some new stuff, she did some old stuff that I didn't know, and she did a few of my favourites (which, apparently, were the entire audience's favourites, 'cause absolutely everyone sang along).
Hex was there. As was IClysdale. Sadly, we didn't see Skylar. Or my sister and her friend, Sarah, but c'est la vie. Saw someone from my slasher brunch in the distance, think I saw Jessica Ruano (<*cough*> our VoV feature <*cough*>) across the crowd, and definitely saw one of the burlesque-esque belly-dancers from the YWTF launch standing near-by. :-)
It was fun.
I think it would have been more fun if I wasn't seriously running on totally exhaustion, but it was still fun.
Anyway. My young lady has called to let me know that she's in The Heart of the Adirondacs, getting some food (YAY!) and managing to stay just behind the rainfall and, as such, dry (so far).
Hopefully this will last.
I'm hungry as all get out, and have a few errands to run, so I think I'll mosey on up into the Glebe and see what I can do in the way of putting up a sign or two and snagging some groceries from Somewhere or Other.
P.S.: Two links:Lads in Latex: Why Hetersexual Young Men Don't Use Condoms
about how masculinity and/or masculine sexuality is defined and why those definitions are likely to result in young (insecure) het-cis guys not practicing safer sex (and, as such, AIDS prevention).
Infuriating, but interesting.
ANDVampire Sluts and the Virgins Who Love Them
. Okay, slight no-brainer here about how vampire stories are all about sex, and it *is* posted on DoubleX. But it's written by the editor of Racialicious, and it's a decent read.