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[Life] A Day on the Town
You may have noticed, but it's been a long time since I wrote an actual, substantial LJ entry. So let's fix that right now! Today was my first day off of the week, after several really rotten work shifts, so I made plans to just enjoy myself. And for once, I went out to do it.

At 4:30 I hit the movie theater over by the mall, to see Ratatouille! And I loved it. Which is only natural, of course. It's Pixar. They have yet to produce anything I haven't, if not loved, at least enjoyed. The animation was gorgeous, of course, especially the motion! The character designs, too -- the rats were adorable, and all the people were awesome and exaggerated. I loved the weird head shapes and Linguini's noodly body and everything! And of course it had a perfect story, with a couple twists I didn't expect. More than that I shall not say, for anyone who hasn't seen it yet (but do so!).

(Dreamworks and Pixar continue to crack me up. All those other parallels, and now they've both done movies about rats, too! I'm not saying that to impugn either of them, mind; I loved Flushed Away and Ratatouille both, for their own reasons, and they both covered unique ground under the umbrella of "rats". And okay, I wrote that sentence mainly so I could use the phrase "umbrella of 'rats'".)

Final note: I have to confess, one of my first thoughts upon arriving home was, "Yay, now I can read memlu's fanfics without spoiling myself! :D" And indeed, that's the first thing I did.

Then at 8:30, it was time to head over to the Common Ground Festival! Why? Well. "Weird Al" Yankovic. Need I say more? It's been years since the last time I saw him in concert, so when I found out that he'd be playing literally three blocks from my apartment, wild horses could not have dragged me away. I'm only sorry I never remembered to mention to reynai that I was going; I know he was interested too. (Even saw him at work a couple weeks ago, although it took me a while to remember who he was. -_-;; My memory fails.)

The concert started at about 9:00, and it went until around 11:30. And it was a blast. A few stray thoughts I had:

* They changed around the order of the songs a bit, from what I remember. The Saga Begins and Yoda came earlier than I expected them, at least.
* At the beginning of White and Nerdy, he actually rolled onto the stage on a Segway. XD
* There were several Al TV interviews shown (played in between songs while they changed costumes) that I'd never seen before. Lots of fun.
* At the end, for an encore, they played Albuquerque -- which, if you didn't know, is 11 minutes long on the album and ended up being close to 15 minutes performed. Best encore ever, in my humble opinion.

All in all, a very nice day. Tomorrow I've got a full shift to "look forward to", but for tonight I'm just going to relax and get some dinner together.

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Listening to: DDR 5th Mix - My Generation (Fat Beat Mix)

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reynai From: reynai Date: July 12th, 2007 05:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Reminds me that I was meaning to ask you, I was planning on going to Common Grounds, but decided it wasn't worth it to go for Weird Al... but would you be interested in coming with me for the Friday show? The Exies, Papa Roach, Hinder, and Buckcherry will be playing, starting at 6pm.
truebluespark From: truebluespark Date: July 13th, 2007 04:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, I've only ever even heard of one of those bands, and unfortunately my finances are tight enough this month that another $30 ticket might even be pushing it. Would you like to meet up somewhere for lunch or dinner instead? That way I can still wish you a happy birthday in person.
reynai From: reynai Date: July 13th, 2007 05:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I quite understand; that was my reasoning for not attending Weird Al, much as I'd have liked to.

And certainly, I'd love to do lunch or dinner sometime. As it is, at present, my schedule is pretty much wide open, so whenever would be convenient for you. And I'm not one of those sticklers for 'birthday celebrations should happen within a week of the birthday'. I've had birthday celebrations in August, even...
ningen_demonai From: ningen_demonai Date: July 12th, 2007 05:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes! Another person who likes Ratatouille! ♥ I adored Colette~ :D

LUCKY! I wanna see him perform live at least once. T^T
truebluespark From: truebluespark Date: July 13th, 2007 04:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I can't imagine anyone wouldn't, although I suppose it has to be possible. Yes, Colette~ I loved the montage of her teaching Linguini (and Remy!)

You'll get a chance! I'm quite sure he'll be performing and writing music until approximately the end of time. XD
shizukun From: shizukun Date: July 12th, 2007 06:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Ratatouille was fantastic. Saw it last Tuesday--I'd go see it again, if I ever went to theaters regularly and didn't have everything else to watch too. :o

Weird Al concert. I am envious. :|
truebluespark From: truebluespark Date: July 13th, 2007 04:38 am (UTC) (Link)
*nod* Definitely one for the DVD collection, when it's released and finances allow.

Hee. *sheepish grin* I was lucky reynai mentioned it, or I might have passed the festival over altogether.
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