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元:Hits of the 80s, Part Deux


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Get in on the Ground Floor

I was riding down Ocean blvd when I encountered a construction crew pouring the ground floor for a luxury condo building. Since I have an ongoing interest in concrete construction, I thought I'd ride in and take a look. I stood there for a bit, snapped a quick photo, and then rode around and noticed the sign on the construction office trailer: Ledcor.

Don't You Forget About Me
Won't you come see about me
I'll be alone, dancing --- you know it will be me
Tell me your troubles and doubts
Giving me everything inside and out
Love's strange --- so real in the dark
Think of the tender things
That we were working on
Slow change may pull us apart
When the light gets into your heart, Baby

Don't you forget about me
Don't, don't, don't, don't
Don't you forget about me
Will you stand above me
Look my way, never love me
Rain keeps falling
Rain keeps falling
Down, down, down
Will you recognize me
Call my name
Gonna walk on fire
Rain keeps falling
Rain keeps falling
Down, down, down
Ledcor is a Canadian export out of Alberta, Canada. The son of Ledcor's founder, Mark Lede, was a friend of mine in college. He was a great guitar player, very precise. Every year the guys would throw a big party event for the girls (called "The Guys Party for the Girls"), and one year he and I formed a band to play "Don't You Forget About Me (by the Simple Minds). This was the first time I sang a song without a guitar strapped to my body, and I remember being kind of nervous because, the crowd was (OMG!) like, 800 college girls. Plus, we didn't have a drummer. My friend Derek played keyboards, as I remember. I've lost touch with Mark, but as I understand, he married Kate, the college roommate of my then girlfriend, Siri. Siri is now a professional singer, and she was the last Canadian I saw before heading to La Jolla, CA in 1991. By that point she had moved to Vancouver and it had been afew years since I had visited with her. Since this post is a re-creation of a "blogger ate my homework", I goog'd Siri again and found her husband, Steve Maddock (look->cast). I didn't know Steve very well - I believe I met him once when he gave Siri and I ride from Camrose to Edmonton - kind of a fuzzy memory at this point.

Later, I started another band, which featured Siri's brother Jan on bass guitar. We did alot of band-things, including a 'Battle of the Bands' style contest. Probably our peak experience as a band was playing at this Edmonton venue called The Sidetrack Cafe, which is where country music superstar KD Lang launched her career. I remember that we were extremely well-rehearsed for that gig and got onstage and kicked ass. It's weird how you can have a visceral memory without any facts. It's just a blur of impressions at this point, really. My little sister named one of her girls Siri, which undoubtedly pissed-off the original Siri, who was happy to have a unique name. Of course, now, with Google, having a unique name is somewhat more difficult than it was pre-internet.

Sometime in the future, the idea is that Google and other search engines will automagically build a FOAF network out of posts like this one. I guess we will have to see, and until then we are stuck with Friendster (never been able to logon) and Orkut.

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