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Monday, November 03, 2008
Ah, Kelowna. My brother brought his Nintendo Wii and we bowled the entire Thanksgiving weekend, hilarious. My friend Kyle the Kiwi was able to join my family for Thanksgiving before returning to New Zealand, that was a treat. A bit of a wrinkle at The Minstrel Cafe & Bar - unfortunately I was double booked over another act, forcing me to play early during dinner. I was disappointed; although it was out of my control, I apologize to anyone who was turned away due to the capacity dinner crowd. Thanks for coming! Also, too bad that I missed performances by Nat Jay and Adrian Glynn, who had the original show that night. Finally, Ralph and George, it was great driving from Vancouver to Kelowna with you, thanks!
Calgary. My sinuses clogged, lips cracked, and face transformed into a cracked mud-bed. I drank beer every night, which didn't help my reaction to the arid climate. But I had a blast - I was overjoyed with the quantity of friends I was able to catch up with, and with the quality times we had. And I met some great new people, too, which is always exciting. Love those autumn leaves along the Bow. Oh, I was very happy with my show at the Ironwood Stage & Grill, thanks to everyone who came! Much appreciation to Shelly Groves and Kodi Hutchinson for charming everyone with their violin and bass skills, too. It was a real treat for me to experience Mark Berube and the Patriotic Few afterwards... awesome show!
So, New Zealand. It's a great place, truly. I am here, it just takes a bit to get accustomed again. A few weeks back home in Canada really made me feel... at home. I look forward to being home again. In the meantime... come visit??
p.s. Moon, don't think I'll forget you being the biggest that I've ever seen you, crawling up and out of the pink and blue over Calgary's "work stacks", near the end of another Greyhound Through the Rockies.
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