So a buddy of mine asks me to take a ferry trip to the island (Vancouver Island) to stand in for his bass player who broke his arm in an accident a week ago. The gig was supposed to happen yesterday, at a luncheon for some conventioneers visiting from Toronto. Well, just as I'm about to drive to the ferry terminal, I get a call on my mobile. The gig is off because a few of the conventioneers showed symptoms of SARS and the group never left Toronto! I guess that kinda makes me the first Talkbass casualty of SARS.