I like it when your friend Col starts writing, especially at 1:56am, and I also like that I am still very much your friend Col. Pre-shower, post-skytrain. Day-in, day-out. The train wasn't as nuts as expected, but that's the ole roll of the dice when it comes to skytrains, and most things in general.
*cracks 2 beers at once to lower the risk of waking up sleeping wife
That was a special kind of show. Hard to explain but really easy to explain if you were there. What is punk in Vancouver BC? Well, that was. 4 fun and fast bands in a weird but cool restaurant in East Van, supported by a hundred hungry and huggable fans. Try the vegan veal, it's the best in the city. It's an exclusive feeling to have been there, amid the denim and leather and perogies and passionate aggression.
My friend Andrew Pederson switched glasses and wigs with me at the most perfect time and now I AM HIM. And I am suddenly way better at guitar. Hopefully this memory will still be here in the morning delivery, with a smile and a sip of stale beer that shouldn't be. And should I fall behind, wait for me.
A cool thing about being a sweaty musician is hugging other sweaty musicians at shows. The mutual respect reflects thousands of hours of time that was not spent together. But it was still most certainly spent. We understand the value of the investment that this passion provides. So we hug, and cry, and soak ourselves in rye.
Feels weird to play AFTER bands like Contra Code and The Corps (and now Mooshy Face). They have WAY better bass players than we do. Their drummers DON'T fall off the stage. SO lucky. AND, let us remember that we owe them 'we-will-open-for-you' slots in the future. Playing last is a gift that band friends share with each other. Cause after all, we are all sailing down the same punk rock river, swinging our hips, and forging the rapids in a thousand thirsty ships.
Thank you for reading, and singing along, and please remember:
You are smart and special,
and soft to the touch,
and no matter what happens,
Grandma loves you very much.