last night i took a walk downtown. it was raining lightly (i love walking in the rain) and i hadn't gone for a downtown evening walk in a while, so it seemed time to do so.
on the way i passed a movie theatre playing radiant city, a documentary (with a bit of fictional drama thrown into the mix) about suburbia and urban sprawl. i thought i'd check it out.
as the movie found its pace on highlighting the challenges (read: problems) with modern suburban development i thought, "wow. how true. this so reminds me of the city i live in." (calgary)
the people looked so .... familiar. then i started to notice scenery that i recognized. and roads. and ... street names? yep. it was filmed in calgary. it was so surreal to watch a movie about a particular modern ill that i was agreeing with and whose message i was relating to and to slowly realize it was my city they were using as the example.
so if you want to see the city i live in and the biggest reasons it sucks, check out this movie. they don't cover the good parts of this city, and there are many, but boy... do they hit the nail on the head. and yes, if you see "radiant city", this city is sadly really like that.
afterwards i went out dancing. someone asked me if my umbrella was a club ("the way you were holding it made it look like a club"; boy, didn't know i was so menacing ;). the music was tolerable and the crowd was young. literally upon walking onto the dance floor, a girl in a really cool 1970s style green dress grabbed me and we danced the night away.
see, there are good things about this city, you just have to get away from the suburbs =)