Last night, Jeff, Josh, Yvonne, Carina, Jen, Norm, Adrian, Don, and Mike came over to watch Legends of the Superheroes. LotS consists of two TV specials from the 70’s – “The Roast” and “The Challenge”. They are live action, and star Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin, plus a host of ‘where were they ever’ actors filling the roles of Hawkman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Black Canary, The Huntress, The Atom, Captain Marvel, and who could forget Retired Man. The villains included Frank Gorshin as The Riddler, plus Legion of Doom regulars Giganta and Solomon Grundy along with other forgettable villains. Although Charlie “voot voot” Callas was pretty entertaining as Sinestro.
“The Roast” consisted of Ed McMahon… oh god how do I describe this…making completely awful jokes at the heroes’ expense, peppered with a series of special appearances by their arch enemies, special guest heroes like Ghetto Man, and even Hawkman’s mother showed up. Truly terrifying stuff. But we washed the taste out of our brains with some Futurama, Clone High and Black Books. Giggles commenced.
Today Chris & Nicole (and Katie) from Green Ronin Publishing stopped by. GR is the company that published Spaceship Zero. They brought over some swag for H.P. Lovecraft’s Birthday Party, my contributor copies for the Monsters of the Mind book, and a big fat check. Joyous day! We sat around and talked about GenCon and Kolchack the Night Stalker. They left to take Katie to Science World and I had to scoot for my appointment with Dave & Ann.
Dave is my acting teacher and he’s also the director of the play Aggravated Assault in which I’ll be playing a lawyer. They took me out to a consignment store across from the Hollywood Theater and I tried on some suits. We didn’t end up getting any of them but they picked out a pair of pants and a shirt for me. We’ll get shoes later. I won’t need them for the shoot we’re doing on Monday (yes, I did say a play – but it’s kind of multimedia, in fact it’s a kind of commentary on the media and spin-doctoring). While I was there I got a couple of shirts for myself for (on average) $4 each. Nice. By the way – if anyone knows where I can get a pair of orange cargo pants in town, please let me know.
Tonight I had a fantastic night hanging out with Yvonne, whom I haven’t seen for a while (except last night but that was in mixed company rather than one on one – my optimum friend enjoyment situation). We went for a smoothie (free) at Wrap Zone. Incidentally I like Wrap Zone better than Steamrollers and I’ll tell you why:
1. They have 3 sizes to choose from
2. They have Greek wraps every day, not just Wednesday.
3. They give me a free smoothie when they run out banana.
But I digress. After the smoothie we went down to Anapurna, the vegetarian Indian restaurant on the corner of 4th and Burrard. It was pretty good. Yvonne even had the candied fennel seeds at the end. Plus – I grabbed one of Chris’ coupons from his big book o’ coupons for $10 off the meal so more savings were to be had. Then we walked along the Burrard Street bridge until we found a good spot to watch the fireworks. We were about 2 hours early so we spent a lot of time sitting on the bridge, singing Monty Python songs, watching people walk by, and getting in their way. The fireworks were pretty good. Then we joined the throngs until we got to Bean Around the World where we enjoyed hot beverages and a trip to the lavatory. Then we walked up to Broadway – encountering what looked to me like a banana tree – and solemnly waited for the bus. Yvonne leant me Belle & Sebastian and Tortoise, but she also returned my Masters of Reality CD so that is what I’m listening to right now.