Concert Review: Hall & Oates, Tears For Fears, and New Kids on the Block

Hopefully, my boss isn’t reading this. If she is, she’ll know why I missed work for the past few days.

I went to two concerts in a row and now I’m deathly sick. Obviously I’m too old for this. But I have zero regrets because it was worth it.

Night 1: Hall & Oates with Tears for Fears

Two of my favourite bands in the same night? Heck yes!! I’ve honestly never been able to see either of these bands because the only times they’ve recently been in Toronto, they’ve played up in Casino Rama, and after almost dying in a tornado on my way to a show to see the Beach Boys play there in 2009, I am so over Casino Rama. Also, I’ve never had a car. Also, never known anyone who would want to drive up there with me to see them. But then, thankfully, they both decided to tour together!

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The night started with Tears for Fears. The band was great. They played all of my favourite songs except for Elemental, but that’s okay. Of course everyone went nuts for Shout and Mad World.

To be honest, I only became a fan of theirs after seeing this video and realizing it was filmed at the University of Toronto.

I just found this version students remade of the video, and it’s hilarious!

Anyways, a lot of their songs have really stuck with me through the year. The band was really into it and you could see they were having a good time on stage. Roland and Curt still have solid vocals. Funniest part was when they messed up the lyrics to one of the songs. It happens to the best!

Then it was time for Hall & Oates.

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They were great but they basically sang all my fave songs at the beginning and launched into saxophone medleys of their songs and I was a bit bored in the middle when they sang songs I wasn’t familiar with.

Still worth seeing them, though!

Night 2: New Kids on the Block

I will confess: when they announced the tour I wasn’t too keen on attending. I’ve seen them and I’ve seen them and I’ve seen them. Sure, they always put on a good show, but I’m starting to get NKOTB fatigue. But then my sister wanted tickets for her birthday, so we ended up going.

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Of course, it was worth it. Donnie Wahlberg standing on a flaming piano while singing Cover Girl was one of the best performances of that song I’ve ever seen!

My favourite part was the pure 80s medley of Stop It Girl and Popsicle. Those were the first few songs I remember listening to and it was great to hear them live!

The next day I woke up with a sore throat. I thought it was from the excessive screaming and headed into work, but halfway through the day realized it was a full on cold. I’ve been in bed ever since, nursing a nasty cold. Obviously people over the age of 30 shouldn’t go to two concerts in a row.

Does that mean I’ll never do it again? Of course not! It was definitely worth it.

Prompt: The Accidental (?) Boob Grab

Prompt: Tell us about a time someone accidentally grabbed your boobs.

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Okay. So there I was, walking down Bay Street, heading back to work after lunch. I was late, of course, because I had to pause to visit the LCBO on my way back. I was rushing like Usain Bolt to get back to my desk before my boss decides she prefers my desk to be empty, which caused me to dart in between the slowpokes. In front of me, a man was talking with a lady. They were so engrossed with their conversation that they were not in any hurry to get anywhere and clearly were in my way.

I rudely darted in front of the man so I could pass them at the light. The light was red. As I took a step forward, he took a step forward. Our bodies collided. Instinctively, his hand went up to pat my shoulder as he apologized. Accidentally, his hand landed riiiiight on my boob.

It was not a soft graze. It was a full on, palm flat against my breast. But it was totally accidental. Which is what made it so hilarious. Especially the look of horror on his face as he realized what he did.

The light turned green and I boltedย forward. Both humiliated and amused.

 

Na Na Na Na Na Na Train

Does anyone remember the TV show Train 48? I absolutely loved this show back in around 2003, and now that I look at that wiki page, I’m actually shocked it went on until 2005! I thought it was only on for a year…

The basic format of the show was a bunch of commuters meet on their daily train home. It was filmed every day on that day so they would talk about topical news/pop culture things, as well as carrying on characterization and plot points. It was quite interesting at the time, just because it broke a lot of conventions and it was just addicting to come home and sit down and watch these characters who oddly started to feel like friends.

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I just recently remembered back to this show because I’ve started taking the GO Train home, where this show was set.

Basically while every normal person out there is Netflix Marathoning Game of Thrones, I’m sitting here lamenting the fact that I can’t find this show online ANYWHERE!

The only thing on Youtube is this clip:

Which has all 3 of my favourite characters.

And this was the awesome theme song:

Come on, cruel and unfair world…get me this show!! I would actually pay money for it, too!

Nostalgia is a tricky thing though. What if I watch it and it’s not as awesome as I remembered it to be?

Today’s Writing Location

Since I work full time, it’s hard to make time to write. But I still always make time to write.

Today I spent my break writing at Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market.

Why’d I choose this location? Well I had to pick up some things, saw a chair, and figured I’d sit down.

Pros: Free. Nobody cares if I’m not eating or buying anything. I could sit there for an hour or so and not be bothered. Also chance of running into people from work who will start talking to me and ask me a million questions about what I’m doing.

Cons: Lots of tourists. Dim lighting. Tons of distractions.

But hey,ย I still got shit done. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

New Leafs Logo

After a lot of hype, the Toronto Maple Leafs revealed a new logo:

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My reaction:

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Expectation: I wanted to see something modern. Innovative. Fresh. Although change can be scary, I still wanted to see something brand new. I mean a lot of teams make disasters out of new logos (See the Edmonton Oilers’ third jersey circa 2003), but I was hoping for something sleek and sophisticated, like some of the more recent Team Canada re-dos (as a Canadian yes, I get bonus karma points for including Sidney Crosby intoย a post).

Reality: Um, I’ve seen this before. It’s not modern. And definitely not innovative. It’s basically a re-do of some of the vintage Leafs logos.

I mean, sure, the symbolism is great:

17 veins = 1917, the year the Leafs were created
13 veins = 13 Leafs Stanley Cups
31 points = Maple Leaf Gardens’ opening in 1931

I love that kinda stuff.

But other than that…no. It’s 2016. We should be looking forward, not backwards.

 

Awkward Subway Moment #4382

I swear the most awkwardest things in the world always happen to me.

I am literally this all the time:

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The other day, I was on the subway rushingย home after work, crammed into a subway car. We stop at a station, and the guy standing in front of me tries to get off the train.

But he couldn’t. My scarf had gotten stuck in the zipper of his backpack.

(I was wearing a scarf I bought in Ukraine, that looks like this:)

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Somehow, one of the tassels got right into the part of the zipper, and he couldn’t get off! He was literally trying to drag me off the train with him. I tried desperately to pull it out, but it was really jammed in there. The more I panicked, the harder it was to pull it out.

The doors closed, and he missed his stop.

By the next stop, we both managed to get it out and he got off at the next stop. But I was absolutely MORTIFIED.

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At least the guy was really really really nice about it. I’m surprised he didn’t punch me in the face.

Too bad he wasn’t cute. That would’ve been quite a story, right?

“How did you two meet?”

“On the subway. My scarf was so attracted to him, it didn’t want to let him go.”

Winter Jays

The mid-January blahs are starting to hit me.

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My solution to escape the frigid cold?

I went skating during my lunch hour at work.

I’m one of those people you hate – I love winter. I love the crisp air, the frostbite that burns my cheeks, and the fact that everyone else is usually hiding.

Some of it sucked, though. The wind was burning my eyes, so they were watering, and I nearly slammed into a dozen kids on the ice. I had to pull on sweatpants in the changeroom surrounded by random tourists, and did I mention I don’t actually know how to stop on the ice?

The best part about today?

I WAS JOINED BY ACE!!!!!!!!!!!

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ACE!!! The Blue Jays mascot!!!

Literally the highlight of my week. MONTH.

Look at his fancy moves:

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There’s a lesson in this. Get outside and do shit. You never know who you might run into!

 

 

 

Sidewalk Sale

Hide yo’ purses, hide yo’ wallets…it’s that time of year again. The PATH sidewalk sales!

It’s the worst. It’s impossible to avoid, because it’s too cold to walk outside. The only way to get from my workplace to the subway is to navigate through throngs of people who walk too slow, suits who talk too loud, and tables crowded with things 50% off.

I need to wear blinders, need to shield myself from the mountains of shoes, scented lotions, bins of bling, and the NEON GREEN SHOES.

DID YOU SAY NEON GREEN SHOES?

YES. OMG.

FML. I caved.

They’re mine.

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Let’s all hope I’m still employed by the spring…