>Weekend Update

>I had a mellow Friday evening hanging with Jason. We braved the crowds at Swiss Chalet, then stopped in at FutureShop so I could pick up Gran Turismo 4, which we brought back to my place and played for a bit before we headed to the Somerset Pub to join a few friends for a bit.

Saturday I got a few errands done and then spent a few hours playing Gran Turismo 4. Saturday evening was a fun little road trip. Jay, Stephen, Jamie Suzy M, Cheryl and I hired a driver and hopped in Jamie’s stretch-limo to go to Fredericton for the evening to see The Crucible at St Thomas University. It was a fun trip down and I’d been looking forward to seeing The Crucible. The show was a bit long and it didn’t help that I was very thirsty and craving a big glass of water through the entire thing. The black-box theatre that they have was awesome. We are SO missing a venue like that in Saint John!

Sunday was a busy day. I spent the morning tidying my apartment, then got together with a few friends in the afternoon to do a play reading. I then gave Jay a lift out to Hampton (I hope all went well for you Jay) and went home and made supper and played a wee bit more GT4 before folks started coming over to watch the Oscars with me.

The Oscars were fairly interesting this year. I really like some of the format changes that they made. Instead of watching people get up from their chairs and make thier way up to the stage to accept an award, they were well-organized and made sure that the nominated folks (for the most part) were either already on stage or they presented the awards in an area near where they were seated. This seemed to keep the show running a bit more smoothly. After Beyonce sang two of the songs from the movies we started to joke that they’d use her to sing every song. It was a treat to see Antonio Banderas and Carlos Santana perform the theme song to The Motorcycle Diaries, and then imagine our surprise when Beyonce came out to sing ANOTHER song! Why on earth didn’t they use the people who did the actual songs in the first place? And even if they decided to use guest performers, surely to God there are more singers out there than just Beyonce! I have nothing against the girl. She is a fine singer, but to have her sing in French, and to perform more than one song was more than I could take.

I was holding out a bit of hope that Finding Neverland would get an Oscar for something. I really enjoyed that movie. I’m glad The Incredibles won best Animated Feature Film. I’m glad Sideways won best Adapted Screenplay. There are a ton of movies that I haven’t seen that I want to see, including Million Dollar Baby, Ray, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Motorcycle Diaries, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Being Julia. The only other thng that I couldn’t help noticing at this year’s Oscars, was the large number of yellow dresses. Yellow is not an easy colour to wear adn since it’s a pretty bold colour, I think it takes a bit of chutzpa to pull off. Most of the women who wore yellow dresses managed to pull them off rather well, probably thanks to a bit of help from a good stylist. So, all-in-all I’m glad I got to see this year’s Oscars. Thanks again to my friends who came over and hung out and helped to keep me awake to catch the entire show!