Monday, July 02, 2007

A Weekend Of Contrasts

If Saturday was labelled 'chalk' or 'black' or even 'Laurel', then that would make Sunday 'cheese' or 'white' or 'Hardy'. You couldn't get two days more dissimilar. Like matter and anti-matter.

Saturday I did absolutely nothing. Zip. Nada. Sure I showered, did a bit of laundry, did some knitting, and at one point took a walk down the street, but that's it. I didn't do anything social. Didn't really go anywhere. It was cool and windy, and I just kind of stayed in and futzed around, and the time passed.

Sunday on the other hand I was out the door at 8.30 am and didn't get home until 10.30 pm. My friend Judy and I hit the giant Craft & Quilting Fair (shut up) at Darling Harbour first thing. I bought some knitting yarn, we found things both hideous and fabulous to look at, we wandered and wondered.

[Updated: Oh, I should add that one of the highlights of the craft fair was being mistaken for a woman. Judy and I were perusing some yarns, and even though I was sort of turned half towards her, the stall owner said "Can I help you girls?" And you know what, she wasn't being ironic. I would have thought the short crew cut and beard would have tipped her off, but apparently men don't buy yarn. It's a question od context maybe?]

Afterward I hauled ass over to the 75th birthday celebrations for the ABC (the nation's public broadcaster) to have a look around and meet my friend James for lunch. I'm pretty good with crowds, but after a couple of hours of the crush of humanity and playing Dodgem Cars with my shins Vs a few too many strollers I was just about ready to leave (or kill).




Some of the assembled hordes. Note the hundreds of shin destroying strollers.



It was at this exact breaking point when James rescued me by taking me to lunch. As it turns out a Yum Cha lunch in Chinatown + a beer was the perfect antidote. Who knew?




The set of one of my favourite shows "At The Movies", unfortunately sans Margaret & David



James works for the ABC and was being a 'talent' wrangler for the day, so he headed back to face the hordes and I headed off to my third social engagement of the day.




The set of "The Chaser's War On Everything". Kind of like every university share house I have ever visited, only with a model Trojan Horse and stronger lighting.



I met Mikey (the lovely ex) for a few beers at The Green Park hotel in Darlinghurst, or as it turns out the home of the Beautiful People. Man, it's winter here which traditionally means a degree of hibernation, but that memo didn't get around because not only was the pub packed but the handsome quotient was even higher than normal. It was both fabulous and daunting, in roughly equal measures. After a couple of hours we were joined by some more friends, and then headed back to Steve & Bec's house for dinner. A few hours of good food, wine and conversation later and I was headed home in a cab.

Phew.

So that's my weekend accounted for. How was yours?

16 comments:

Cecilia said...

I believe yum cha can cure almost anything!
Time to 'fess up: what did you buy at the fair?

The Other Andrew said...

It's true. Yum Cha is certainly the best hang-over cure I have ever discovered!

I nearly bought some Noro Silk Garden, and nearly bought some hand painted yarn from Touch Yarns of NZ, but in the end bought 3 balls of yarn from Bendigo Woolen Mills (on sale!). I was a bit strapped for cash so only bought some yarn for a blah, blah, secret project, blah, blah. I was a bit disappointed in general with the yarns on offer. Lots of quilting and scrapbooking suppliers...

thombeau said...

Sounds good, kiddo!

I've been gardening all weekend. It's a lot of work! And finishing the graphics for the upcoming album insert. Turned out beautifully, just like the music!

Oh yeah, spent some time in Fabulon. And IN YOUR HEAD!

The Other Andrew said...

Ha ha! While you were in my head, did you happen to notice what I did with the keys to the padlock on my big suitcase? Not that I'm going anywhere, but it's had me stumped for a while. If you could help me out with that one I'd appreciate it.

I can't wait to see the new album graphics (do they still call them 'albums'?). Do you have a distributor, or are you only selling them direct? Is there anywhere in Oz I can buy Arcanta CDs? Enquiring minds need to know.

thombeau said...

The previous discs were sold in stores, but they're old now and hard to find. Still available through Amazon.com, though.

We are forgoing the labels Arcanta was associated with in the past and releasing this one ourselves, at least initially. It's the thing to do these days! We're starting up a label or our own, it's all rather exciting. The date we're shooting for is 21 August, after that who knows? You will be very surprised by the disc, Andrew. Hopefully in a good way!

(Thanks for asking. I thought you didn't care...)

We'll start touring in the fall, but no plans to hit Australia. Yet.

thombeau said...

Andrew, here's a strange turn of events that occurred just moments ago. Go to this post and read the comments. Tell me what you make of it. I'm a bit befuddled...

(You can delete this comment after reading. Or it will self-destruct!)

The Other Andrew said...

Thom, of course I care about Arcanta! :) You know what though, I still haven't heard it because of my home pc issue (old, and a creaky slow internet connection) and my work pc issue (they block multi-media of all kinds). Partly why I was asking about your disks.

Also, I just checked out that comment on your blog and it is a bit weird. I'm sure he's not trying to overtly infer racism, but it could be taken as a slight criticism. I do think you've included all the colours of the rainbow on your blog. Fabulousness knows no colour boundaries!

thombeau said...

LOVE YOU!!!

XOXOXOXO

The Other Andrew said...

Right back at ya, girlfriend!

xoxoxo

Kt said...

I'll have you know that a certain Mr. Poon was also seen at the Quilt & Craft show...

Cecilia said...

Resisting Noro! I'm impressed!

Therin of Andor said...

My Sunday sounds like it was a rival to yours for packing in maximum action.

The Other Andrew said...

Kt, that's love. When straight men accompany their female partners to a craft fair, then that's REALLY love. :)

Cecilia, yeah they had a pretty good price on the Noro too - but I had something specific in mind and shallow pockets.

Therin, sounds like a great weekend! (BTW - do you need a photographer for that costume shoot? I'm available!)

Jodie Sorrell said...

Did you pop intoteh quilt show at all? The show winning quilt was amazing! (and no it wasn't mine;()

The Other Andrew said...

That quilt was amazing, but 17,000 hours of work? YIKES.

Kt said...

Two of my dearest friends won three prizes between them in the professional categories. Did you happen to see the wholecloth one "Bluebird of Happiness"?