Friday's dinner with the coworkers was not quite as agonizing as I'd expected, but I was glad evil_jim called me as we were leaving the restaurant, and they were discussing what to do next. Jim invited me to accompany him to the Theo Kupfer Foundry and Ironworks on Waubesa Ave. to hear Beet 9 Stretch by Norwegian composer Lief Inge. It's a 24-hour version of Beethoven's 9th Symphony, and if that sounds incredibly lame, well, it wasn't. It was really... um, I'm not sure how to describe it, really, but it was definitely good, and I'm definitely buying the DVD when it comes out in June. Jim did a better job of describing the experience than I would be able to, so check out his entry on the subject. We didn't stay the full 24 hours, but if I'd had more notice I would probably have brought a blanket and spent the night.
On Saturday I was considering accompanying Ellen on an impromptu road trip, but ultimately I decided that it would be better to prepare for the party nobody bothered to tell me about. Ellen came over later in the evening, and once the party got going, there were quite a few people here. I didn't really talk at length to anybody, and I feel kinda bad about that... I did actually speak for quite awhile to xoshua's friend Josh. He was a pretty cool guy. aethicite, exairian, juniperlore, and emjay42 showed up, Anne (one of the girls who lived downstairs last year) and her boyfriend Steve. Steve is less of an ass than the last time I saw him, and I'm sure he told Anne the same thing about me after Ellen and I left for Rocky Horror. It might have something to do with the fact that this time I wasn't rudely interrupting him while he was trying to fix Anne's car.
Rocky Horror was good, or at least most of it was. Technical difficulties halted the film and the rest of the show ended up being cancelled, but (barring cancellation by the theater) the show will run next week. I managed to coerce Keith, Lindsay and Tom up from Janesville. This is more difficult than you'd expect, and I was surprised to see them. Also got to see agaysexicon, fuzzyinthehead, april_tehe and her friend Walter. Will need to talk to some of these people at some point in the future. I felt very bad for ribsinbacon who had to walk home through the torrential downpour. I would have given him a ride, but I'd just promised the empty seats in my car to other people.
I spent the afternoon at my parents' house, and watched Lost in Translation, which I enjoyed very much. Sophia Coppola is turning out to be a very capable and competent director. Bill Murray is turning out to be just as good when he's not being funny. Why didn't I see this when it was out in theaters? Oh, that's right. With the exception of Rocky, I try to avoid seeing movies in theaters. Oh, well. If you haven't seen Lost in Translation yet, add me to the list of people telling you that you should. I also got a phone call informing me that a couple of close friends are (possibly) breaking up. This is actually sort of a big deal in that a rather large social structure has its keystone in this particular couple. I'm too lazy to put together a diagram to explain the gravity of the situation, but suffice to say that I have to either start making connections like crazy, or resign myself to never seeing certain people again. I can't really come up with a hypothetical situation that would parallel what's happening here.
Anyway, that was my weekend. Discuss.