You know that scene when Clara steps into the Doctor’s timestream and is everywhere in his life at once? (If the answer is ‘no’, then you should be catching up on several series of Doctor Who instead of reading this.) That’s sorta how I feel after doing reconstructive surgery on my old blog posts in preparation for this website’s Next Big Upgrade™. Suddenly I find myself getting distracted by a photo of the old Box Office in Willesden Green Library, or Waseley High School, and I need to focus if I’m ever going to get it finished.
Back in the present day, I’ve started a new role at Groupon, and Randi and I celebrated our anniversary at Carnivale. Together with Amanda and our neighbours, Joe and Julie, we also attended ‘After Hours’ at the Museum of Science and Industry. Aside from standing in creepy tubes (see below), the highlight was a science-themed Second City improv performance.
Also, last Friday night, we had a really lovely evening on McKenna’s rooftop with some friends from work, her dog and plenty of drinks. There’s no fun photo or quirky anecdote from that one, but it was too enjoyable not to include, and it will bring a smile to my face a decade from now when I’m going back through this old post to upgrade it to a series of telepathic impressions.
But mostly this post is dedicated to Amanda! This week we marked her birthday with sushi, cake, promises of a forthcoming cat sculpture which I nabbed in an internal charity auction at work (holding an auction over Google Sheets doesn’t make it any less intense) and more games of Dominion. (If anyone is keeping score, we’re up to three expansions and counting…)
Her mum, sister and niece visited over the weekend, and they came bearing copies of the Belleville Area Independent (“Belleville’s Favourite Newspaper!”) from the hometown where they grew up in Michigan for us to sample. And so in the spirit of nostalgia, I would like to reprint below a column which Nic would have rejected from Ruberyvillage.co.uk in a heartbeat. It’s worth reading in full for all of its raw, gonzo journalistic insight.
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