My weekend was packed with learning, socializing, and martial arts. On Friday and Saturday, I attended Can-Con 2017. I had a fantastic time seeing old friends and made a few new ones. There were many panels over the weekend and I learned a lot of things such as that beer was literally a chunk-filled “smoothie” they used straws to drink in order to avoid the chunks at one point in history. Gross. The earliest was made in China, not Egypt as many think. To learn more about beer, check out Black Creek Brewery. Oh, apparently it’s also unclear whether or not beer or bread came first.
I’ve come out of the weekend with a list of Canadian Horror films I should check out, a list of absurdist UK comedies to watch, some screenwriting facts that I haven’t heard at school, some new perceptions about the world as it may be for others, some books to read, and a new appreciation for George A. Romero. I also enjoyed a lot of laughter with friends I haven’t seen in a while. I even have a few story ideas to file away for later, which is always a good thing.
The panel I was on didn’t have a large audience, but we had fun and I have some strange stories to post in my flash fiction area later this week.
Thank you to the organizers. This con has grown a lot and I always enjoy going. It gets better every year.
On Sunday, I was part of the Ottawa Welcomes the World event held at the Horticulture building at Lansdowne, which is next to Jack Astor’s if anyone ever needs to find it. My dojo demonstrated kata and other techniques in front of a large crowd of people. I was a bit nervous as I haven’t been making practices lately with homework and such, but it went well and we had a captive audience.
I have a few story ideas to file away for later, which is always a good thing.
Many drinks were had over the course of the weekend and a nap was needed when I got home.
I felt like I had to stay up late to find out about the strike. I also needed to relax after the busy weekend, so I tried a few TV shows. I didn’t find anything I really liked and I ended up watching Death Note while mending a pair of comfy pants. I found the romantic subplot a little hurried and twisted, but otherwise I enjoyed the story. It was fluffy enough that I didn’t have to think much, which is good after a weekend filled with learning and emotional stress, but had enough complexity that I wasn’t bored. I could tell it was an anime plot based on the backstory of ‘L’ though. There were a lot of plot twists that had me captivated.
It turned out that I didn’t need to stay up late to find out. As of 9PM, the strike was on. What a sad way to end an otherwise wonderful weekend. That’s life sometimes though.
I slept in this morning to recover from Can-Con. Despite the unfortunate situation, the sun is shining and it’s a beautiful day.
It’s time to rustle up some food and then head to class to meet with my peers to figure out what to do about it.
Guid cheerio the nou,