I am a giant nerd.
I'll get back to that in a minute.
Tonight I took some time out to go see the Tragically Hip show. 'Twas a lot of fun, as should go without saying. Gord Downie was his expected gleefully effervescent caricature, mincing writhing and grimacing in an epic battle with his microphone stand. We had a pretty good vantage point; got there a few hours early so ended up about four rows back from the stage. Herr Downie seemed as much as anything to be stealing a page from Captain Jack Sparrow's playbook. Or is it rather that Depp stole a page from Downie's?
I'm getting too old for this shit; was reminded that you don't need to bring any weed to these things—stand close enough to the stage, and the massive cloud submersing the audience will do the trick quite nicely.
Was a little surprised by the set list—most was culled from the most recent album, World Container. Not that I'm at all complaining; said album is one of the better in recent memory. I just expected that with such a large repertoire they would have played a few more of the crowd-pleasing standards. As it was, I think there were only 4 or 5 songs (out of a 2-hour performace) that were not from their latest.
Now about that nerd part...
A couple of the songs, at about the 3/5 point, were from In Violet Light, which I do not have and have never really listened to. Thus, not knowing the songs, I found that part kinda dragged a bit. So what did I do? I did what any good grad student would. I, *ahem*, dragged a paper on polyproducts and polycoproducts in linear distributive categories out of my pocket and got in a spot of reading. Yes. At a Hip show, four rows back from the stage, I was reading up on mathematical proofs. (dubaiwalla, I believe this is your cue?)
I'm apparently incorrigable.
The other lowlight of the night was that during a spot of bouncing around, the strap on my (AUS) watch broke, causing the watch to fall to the ground, whence it was promptly stomped upon and enbrokened.
The Hip: 1, AUS: 0
And now back to grading these damnable 417 assignments.
"And I feel like a newborn, kicking and screaming..."