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weather: raining
outside: 11.2°C
mood: cheerful
Weekend. Right! =)

Had a wonderful Sunday brunch with cloganese and cavin who came up from Seattle for a weekend getaway to see the Vancouver Opera production of Turandot*. Vancouver also had a home hockey game and a home football game on that Saturday night, all in that same area of downtown, so it was totally bananas, I hear =P And they say we're the No Fun City...

But, I'm glad the guys had a good time despite that.

I suggested The Elixir again, a French restaurant at the Opus Hotel in Yaletown. I'd been here for lunch before and it's very nice.

Lots of laughter, chatting, geeking, eating, way lots of fun =) I forgot to tell them about the washrooms though, but that's okay, I don't think anyone noticed. XD XD

We did get a group pic of the four of us, but the cables and camera software are on userinfoHusband Guy's machine =P

I'll get that uploaded as soon as I can... PROMISE! =) Or I could hold it ransom for the .mov of cloganese's rendition of Nessun Dorma (he's a Tenor, see) =D

"Turandot" is pronounced either "TOOR-ahn-dote" or, if you subscribe to Puccini's artistic flair, "TOOR-ahn-doh" (he pronounced it "Turandò" in speech and it's always "Turandò" in the arias). It is not an Italian word because I read somewhere that there are no Italian words that end in 't'. Italians will either use a follow-through epenthetic or drop trailing 't's in pronunciation. It's not a Chinese name either even though she is supposedly a Chinese princess. "圖蘭朵" sounds very foreign to me.

But it is NEVER, under ANY circumstances "ter-ANNE-dott".

... sheesh, how am I supposed to tag this entry?!?! XD


Oct. 26th, 2005 06:21 am (UTC)
I know it as "TOOR-ahn-doh" only because I saw a PBS special on it a long time ago. I don't know why it stayed in my head.
Oct. 26th, 2005 08:28 pm (UTC)
OMG!!! the washrooms were spectaculastic
Though you have to walk a mile to get to them, I really liked the design and layout. What was really interesting is that you could see into the women's (as we call them in the states) restroom. As I was washing my hands and using one of the fluffy hand towels to dry, I saw movement out of the corner of my eye. My immediate thought was, "Oh, that's a mirror behind the beads." Then I saw long hair, a different colored shirt, and hips and thought, "Wait, I don't look that girly; that's a woman." That's when I noticed the difference between the two rooms and walked over to the beads on the men's side and pushed a few a side to verify that there was a divider and that I wasn't seeing stuff.

Great choice!
Oct. 26th, 2005 08:49 pm (UTC)
Re: OMG!!! the washrooms were spectaculastic
I missed the washrooms! Arrgh! Ok, next time!
Oct. 27th, 2005 01:01 am (UTC)
Re: OMG!!! the washrooms were spectaculastic
Heh, the Cactus Club Cafes here have really geeky-amusing washrooms =)

How sad are we? We pick restaurants by their washrooms XD
Oct. 27th, 2005 12:58 am (UTC)
Re: OMG!!! the washrooms were spectaculastic
Haha! That's exactly what everyone says =D They think it's a mirror, until they go peek and it's actually THE OTHER WASHROOM XD


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