Sunday, September 12, 2010

The National in Vancouver

stuck-in-elevator
I started this post the night of the concert, after I got back to our room at the Sylvia, and now I'm finishing it eight months later. This photo commemorates the experience of getting stuck in one of the ancient hotel elevators with our three kids and Sam for nearly an hour, which turned out to be much less awful than it might have been. It was also the trip of the trapped rat in our room early one morning, which Tannis delivered to the front desk in a sand pail. Perhaps unsurprisingly, we have not been back to the Sylvia in eight months.

tannis-barb
Barb has a beautiful baby now, but back then, she just had a bump in her tummy. It was great to see her early in her pregnancy, getting her perspective as the mom instead of the midwife (she was our midwife for all three of our home-births). We had breakfast with Angelo and Esther too; always a treat. And hooked up with Bill and Sam for a walk that ended with the elevator incident.

I'm struggling to remember what else we did, as there's not much photographic evidence other than our stop at Bridal Falls on the way (below). The concert was amazing. Andrew and I walked to Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park and had a beer before the show. The National is probably my favourite band right now, and it was a real thrill to experience their live show -- very tight and slick. Highlight songs for me: Mistaken For Strangers, Afraid Of Everyone, Conversation 16, Apartment Story, and Fake Empire.

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2 comments:

BobbyRisigliano said...

did the kids go to the show as well?

Jeremy said...

No, just Andrew and I...same friend who joined us at NIN in Kelowna. Tickets were something like $70, so there was no way I was dragging non-fan children to the show.