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The Life and Times of Donald F. Simmons

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Weekend update

A fun weekend. Got my new bike from Curbside and went on some rides Friday and Saturday. I'm pretty pleased with it. It's a Devinci St. Tropaz, which isn't quite a nice as my old Specialized, but I got a really good price for it. Picked up all the little extras i needed (bell, water bottle holder, new bracket for my speedometer, etc) and it's fully kitted out now.

Sunday was the 20th anniversary of the Space-Time Continuum, my SF book club. We had brunch to celebrate down at the Hot House (which is one of the best buffets in the city). We unfortunately overlapped with Aaron Yorgason's farewell Dim Sun, organized by some other friends, but as they started earlier than we did, Aaron came by ours for the latter half. Aaron is moving down to Costa Rica to work on his writing. He's been down a few times already to arrange for a place to live and the like, and will be going for good mid-October or so. All the best to him.

Janet had come into town for Aaron's Farewell and to see Ong Bak 2 at Midnight Madness (more on the Film Festival shortly), and stayed at my place for two nights, which required some furniture re-arranging so I could get the couch/bed fully open.

Yesterday evening Joel and Melanie came over with Joel's Criterion Collection copy of Melville's Le Samourai with Alain Delon, which I have somehow never seen. Delon plays a perfectionist hired killer, who's plans go awry due to some bad luck, resulting in both the cops and his employers chasing after him. The movie was a huge influence on John Woo, although it has rather fewer shots fired and dead bodies than a typical Woo film. Afterwards we all headed out to Clinton's for a while.