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The Life and Times of Donald F. Simmons

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Company Sold!

We found out this weekend that my company has been sold to a group of private investors. What this means for everyone's job nobody seems to have any idea yet, or if they do they're not telling us. It may well be a few months before things really shake down so I'm not planning on spending high amounts of money between now and then.

However, the last time this happen it didn't work out well for me (got laid off, although I was eventually re-hired after doing some contract work for them). I'd really hate to have to leave here, because the position suits me in so many ways and working anywhere else is almost certain to be less convenient and fun. Still, it's not like I have a family or mortgage to look after like the other guys here. I could afford to just ride my bike and watch anime for a while, which does have appeal.

That evening I went to see Tokyo Sonata, a Japanese movie that's been getting a lot of buzz. While it was very good, it opened with an executive type getting downsized from the company he's worked for for years, which didn't help my mood any.

Saw Le Mans in Yonge-Dundas Square with Regina Tuesday, and I can see why racing fans call it the greatest racing movie ever. Le Mans is a 24-hour endurance car race, and the film ("starring" Steve McQueen, who was a racing fanatic) is practically a documentary, focused almost entirely on the race itself and the intensity of it. It's 37 minutes into the movie before there's an audible conversation between two characters, and I'd say there's maybe 10 minutes of dialogue in the whole thing. Not that there isn't acting, but it's mostly done just thru facial expressions.

In sad news, Pages Books on Queen Street is officially closing down in August after 30 years, victim of constantly increasing rent. Fortunately, This is Not A Reading Series, one of my favourite, well, reading series', which was started by the owner of Pages, will continue in its own, spun-off, not for profit.

Sigh. Every time a bookstore closes down, an angel gets SHOT IN THE FACE!