Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Time to Scream

"Listen to the children of the night. What sweet music they make" -Gary Oldman as Dracula

It’s the spookiest time of the year, when children appear as angels and demons.

So far, I’ve had an active October with lots of theme dress-up parties, tricks and treats, barbecues, candy and special songs, like Micheal Jackson’s Thriller but it's not over yet.

A few of us (like 20) want to dress up like zombies, take a ghetto blaster downtown and pump that tune up to choreograph creeping out of fountains, disrupting traffic and taking over the town.

In keeping with the dark and supernatural themes, I watched Return of the Living Dead, an original cult classic zombie horror flick. It is basically the definition of campy, when the acting was bad but the undead were quick and intelligent (non of this modern slow-moving zombie stuff). I am also very excited about the new 3D version of Night of the Living Dead coming out this next month.

In terms of my day-to-day life, I have been very busy making calls, sorting out customer complaints and learning more about technology.

Working at the new job has been quite a learning process, learning about the features, plans and technological functions of various telecommunications devices and of course the world-famous makers of Blackberry, RIM. I’m most impressed by their fairly recent launch of the smallest Smartphone on the market, the Blackberry Pearl, which is capable of voice-activated dialing, real-time internet use, GPS maps and a keypad that learns your own language as you type (SureType). It also has many other features useful for business. Of course this job comes with its own complexities, including how to repair phones, where their orders went, who said what, under what conditions and unexpected technical difficulties.

On my few days off I practiced music and hung out in the hospital for six hours because my leg has been bothering me. I was getting quite into reading the Da Vinci Code but still tired of waiting and almost ready to throw in the towel when my name was called. About a half hour later, having been informed to get into a gown and await the doctor, I was told to take ibuprofen and wait longer. “Sometimes these things take time to heal” was the official medical prescription.
As part of our employment perks, we attended a social function this past weekend in Toronto to see the launch of new products. It was swanked out with caterers supplying free sushi, fondu fruits from a chocolate fountain, drinks and performances from acrobats and robot-impersonators sporting the Sony Ericsson Mp3 phone with up to 4 Megabytes of expandable memory, the W810. There was new Motorola RAZR V3t which is thinner than the V3i, Sony Ericsson K790, which has the highest quality (3.2 megapixel) that I’ve seen in a phone yet. So we had fun competing for draws and going to the various demo tables to fill out quizzes and chat about biz.

This week I look forward to more launches and releases, such as my friend Ambre’s CD release at the Gladstone hotel on Friday Nov 3rd, and one of my first shows, an opportunity to open for Barzin and Bellewoods the day before(Thurs Nov 2nd) at the Ebar in Guelph, Ontario. I am both nervous and excited to play a half hour set. Doors open at 9pm.

Tonight I wish all a safe and spooky holiday. Don’t provoke the spirits too much, they might just possess you! Or, if you ask too many questions, like I did to one ghost named "Hek" did during a Ouija session, they might tell you to "F--- off!"

Movies and Personal Diegesis

5 Comments:

Anonymous Adorable Girlfriend said...

Happy Halloween S.B.!

Glad you like your new job -- you worked hard to get here.

Good luck with your leg.

8:07 PM  
Blogger Kunstemæcker said...

So, did the zombies take over town in the end or not?

2:30 AM  
Blogger {illyria} said...

that's it! of all the things i did, i forgot to watch a cult classic. hope your halloween was a good one, stranger. :)

4:23 AM  
Blogger sirbarrett said...

adorable girlfriend -You know, something that's very important to me regardless of where I work is the people I work with. So I'm lucky to work with such characters who make the day go by so quickly.

kunstemaecker -The zombies went to a party and crashed it by eating everyone's brains.

{illyria} Oh you must watch a campy horror flick. May I suggest From Dusk til Dawn II?

2:38 PM  
Blogger iamnasra said...

I have stopped going to movies long time..Im happy to say this week I cought and watched I think its call the new world...it amazing

2:05 PM  

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