On my flight to Toronto, I sat beside a white man in his 30s, 40s who clearly just attended Burning Man.

A female Asian flight attendant hands him a declaration card.

Man: Can I get a pen?
XX Attendant: I'm sorry. You don't have a pen? I gave mine to someone already.
Man: But I paid $600 for my ticket.
XX Attendant: Erm… If you can wait a few minutes…
Man: I paid $600 for my ticket.
XX Attendant: Unfortunately, I can't carry around 300 pens.
Man: But I paid $600 for my ticket! What kind of service is this?

"You're sitting in a middle seat in economy class," I thought. "What kind of service do you expect? Also, $600 for a one-way middle seat in economy? Sucker!"

A white male flight attendant comes over.

XY Attendant: What's the issue?
XX Attendant: He wants a pe–
Man: [to XX Attendant] Go away. I can talk to him directly. [to XY Attendant] Can I get a pen? I paid $600 for my ticket.
XY Attendant: I'll get you a pen.

A bit later, the female Asian flight attendant returns.

XX Attendant: Did you get a pen, sir?
XX Attendant: Sir? Did you get a pen?

The man ignores her until she leaves.

My AirBNB is on the 57th floor of Canada's tallest residential building.

While squeezing in a nap before a midnight screening nearby, I periodically heard what sounded like crowd cheering outside. "Why is… From where? Or is it wind?" I wondered.

On my way to queue for the midnight screening, I passed uni students exclaiming, "I can't believe I saw Drake for free!"

Not wind.

Drake, Future, Miguel, and Zeds Dead for a frosh week concert – damn.

Seen and heard on the subway:

"I was a wardrobe buyer for Hannibal. After production on season three wrapped, my department held a clearance sale. [points at shoes] Prada, [points at sweater jacket] Burberry, Boss – all for $10, $5."

Adam Riff™ Karaoke Playlist – September 16, 2015

1. Our Lady Peace – "Superman's Dead"
2. Serial Joe – "Skidrow"
3. Drake – "Back to Back"
4. Bedouin Soundclash – "When the Night Feels My Song"
5. The Righteous Brothers – "Unchained Melody"


Adam Riff™ Karaoke Playlist – September 7, 2015

1. Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats – "S.O.B."
2. Harvey Danger – "Moral Centralia"
3. Otis Redding – "That's How Strong My Love Is"
4. David Bowie – "I'm Afraid of Americans"
5. The Righteous Brothers – "Unchained Melody"


Works about Steve Jobs have become something of an industry in the four years since his death. In 2017, there will be an opera. [source]

Adam Riff™ Karaoke Playlist – August 31, 2015

1. White Zombie – "More Human Than Human"
2. Bob Dylan – "Ballad of a Thin Man"
3. Groove Armada – "At the River"
4. New Found Glory – "It's Been a Summer"
5. The Righteous Brothers – "Unchained Melody"


Made in America Festival
Meek Mill (6:30-7:30 PM)
Modest Mouse (8:30-9:30 PM)
Beyoncé (10:30 PM)

Lulz at making the Beyhive endure Modest Mouse for a good spot.

The receptions for Meek Mill and Modest Mouse could both be disastrous.