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Before it's the weekend again...

I should get this post up.
Good weekend past. On Saturday I went to the Regal Cinema in Lincolnshire to see "The Barber of Seville" on a really big screen with excellent sound. It was a live broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera's Saturday matinee and it was fantastic. I wasn't familiar with any of the artists (couldn't decide whether to call them actors or singers) in the leading roles but (obviously) they were very good. Figaro especially (Peter Mattei) was charming and I could see him as 'The Mayor' of Seville. The costumes were gorgeous and it was great to be able to see what was going on, the camera work was very well done I thought.
The series is apparently popular enough that they sold out one theater and opened a second one. The only slightly negative thing was that close to the end of the first half someone a few rows behind me started snoring. Not too loud or obnoxious, but they were definitely sawing logs. I thought it was kind of funny actually but wouldn't have been so amused if I'd been behind them (making the noise harder to ignore) instead of in front of them. After the intermission I was pretty sure the problem would be solved, but no, 15 minutes after the lights went down they were fast asleep again.
The show was over around four so I had a couple hours to kill up north. Good thing I had downloaded some geocaches to my GPS! I found three before it was time to quit and head into the city for a games night. That was quite fun, played a few games I hadn't had a chance to before. Then Sunday I went to the Century Landmark to see "The Host". It was very good, an excellent monster movie and family drama. Grabbed a couple caches after the show as well as a very tasty burger at Frances' Deli. Made my train home by minutes.
Mixed in with these various activities I had time to finish my third book by Chuck Klosterman, Fargo Rock City, which I liked quite a bit. (He talks about growing up near Fargo as a rural metalhead and discusses a lot of the bands my friends and I used to watch on "Headbangers' Ball".) After finishing that I started on The Brief History of the Dead which I also like very much (so far). It has a really interesting central idea and lots of nice character studies. I wanted to have it done last night so I could attend the book discussion group at Borders in Oak Brook. A friend of mine runs that group and I thought it would be interesting to see how another book group works, but alas, I didn't make it.
Made my room reservation for Penguicon last night, if my vacation gets approved (and I can get a ride there) I'm all set. I don't really care about the 'open source' part of the program, I want to meet matociquala, autopope, and John Scalzi and have liquid nitrogen ice cream.


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