What a weekend, and it’s only Saturday. Yesterday was busy and a lot of fun. I ran errands and then met up with one of my best friends for dinner before going to the rend collective concert.
The Rend Collective concert was amazing. It was something I had never experienced before. Rend Collective is a worship band from Northern Ireland, with roots in Irish folk / folk rock. While it was a concert it was also a worship service. I have never been to a mega church where they have youth worship services with a praise band and a sound and light show, so experiencing one was new for me.
Today I was out and around the city. It still feels weird that I live here, even though I have lived here most of my life. The past couple months I have had a different perspective on the city. While I would still love to move away from the city, at the same time I am trying to see the city, and explore. Trying to get out of my rabbit tracks and see the city and its culture as it really is.
Today I had spent some time up in the Hawthorne/Belmont area as well as NE Alberta. I used to work up in the Alberta area. Both of these areas are artsy/alternative areas that have strong working class backgrounds and the main streets are lined with mostly mom and pop locally owned shops with a couple chain stores (primarily grocery stores) in the area. There isn’t a Walmart for miles around. There is a yarn store I like to go to and a bakery I love that are both locally owned and operated, which is something I love. I love supporting local small businesses, especially when their products are so much better than what you can get at the big box stores.