It was an interesting week here in the North Country. I got a notion over last weekend to go across the border into Canada to catch HeatherRankin at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium. She rarely comes this far west, being a Cape Breton girl, but doing a holiday themed show is an old family tradition.
I left work at a little after 1pm on Monday, washed the car for the first time in a while as it was just above freezing, and headed home to pack for the overnight stay in a foreign country. Don’t worry, I speak the language. I left about 2:30 and headed toward the border. The weather was nice, the trip was uneventful, the border patrol didn’t question my motives, and I arrived at my hotel about two hours later. The auditorium was about four blocks from my hotel and it was a nice night to walk. It was about 15F (-9C) with a slight breeze, so it was a brisk walk. My seat was about 8 rows back from the stage so I had a good view of the performers.
When Heather and the band came out on stage the first thing she did was to take off these shoes
and do the first set barefoot. Just that little thing made it all seem homier. She did songs that she had done with her family years ago as well as some of her solo tunes and a mix of holiday songs. It was a nice blend to lift everyone’s spirits! When she came out for the second set she was wearing fuzzy white slippers! She was very engaging as the well seasoned performer she is and came out into the lobby afterward to sign autographs, CDs and talk to her fans. Of course I had to get an autographed CD and a chance to talk to her for a few moments. After being a fan for thirty years I figured it was about time. One of the things I love about Canada is that people are so accessible and friendly. I had a nice visit with the guy sitting next to me during intermission which added to the whole experience.
I left before dawn because I had a three hour drive to the dentist before coming back up the shore. I punched in to work at noon. I felt like I packed a lot into 23 hours.
In other news there is a comet in the sky. I went out to look for it last night before bed as it was clear and relatively warm, just a little below freezing, which is unusual for this time of year. I didn’t see the comet, but as it is the Geminid Meteor Shower I saw about 4 meteors in just a few minutes! When I got up this morning at about 5 am, I went out again and there it was! In the southeast sky just below Pleiades was a bright blue green glow that was the brightest thing in the sky! I couldn’t make out a tail, but was too lazy to get binoculars to try. It was a very interesting thing to see!
P.S. Not my pictures this time.