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I haven't blogged here since 2012. Why am I making a stab at it again?

I realized two things about social media I wanted to get away from. First was that I was often using it as a journal, which is boring and maybe TMI for those platforms. Secondly I was using it too much for my taste, so that I felt like a tool for marketers rather than using social media as a tool for my ends.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

On The Road, Nearly

I cancelled my chiropractor sessions Thursday, a flight lesson Friday, and my plans for one today. A Summer cold or touch of the flu. What timing. It could be worse, as I'm taking vacation from the eleventh until the fifteenth of September. The nuisance part is I have two auditions coming up, Tuesday evening at UW for Capulet in their production of Romeo and Juliet. That would be a great experience, and while I'm not writing it off I expect it to be good audition experience.

The only suitable audition piece for the role I have near ready is Friar Lawrence from the same play -- which concerns me. I wonder if I should dare working on a piece from a different play, or risk the one I have. The latter I think, as the risks seem less. The fact that I've been sleeping most of the day since I put in a request for an audition time slot makes it difficult to get much prep work done.

On Friday I'll be auditioning for a community theater piece in Portland, Oregon -- the rehearsals and production will be in Seattle. I've worked with them before and hadn't really planned on auditioning for them in the near future, until I saw the resume for the guest director. She has an MFA and lots of wonderful professional experience and training, both as participant and facilitator. I decided I wanted to work for this director. The problem is the two audition days were in the middle of the vacation I've been planning. I want to visit my sister's family again next weekend, and Vancouver, Washington is just an hour or so from Portland, Oregon.

Two different productions, both of which I'd very much like be involved with for different reasons. The latter I have a better chance as I am a member of the company, which gives priority to members. The former, is Shakespeare and at the UW. I haven't figured out whether it is part of the BA or MFA program, though I suspect the former. Either way it would give me a chance to exercise my Shakespeare chops and to get a feel for the UW environment for future endeavors. The latter, a comedy with some delicious characters, and so far I like the lunatic host, would give me a chance to work with a professional director. I've done so several times before, and have enjoyed and gotten a lot out of the experiences.

Interesting change for me. I look for roles that I want to do and/or will help build a strong resume. Not long ago, it was anything where I thought I might have a chance of being cast. After working on a couple productions I didn't enjoy greatly and getting more training with an eye towards more, I have direction in what I'm doing, or at least what I want to do.

My friend George got married yesterday. He and Abby met several years ago at an astrology seminar. I think this was the third or fourth time I'd met Abby, and I like her more every time. Her mother read a short Dickinson poem, with a very nice brief impromptu exposition about Emily Dickinson. George's mother read from Corinthians, the verse which finishes, "and the greatest of these is love." I believe it was a Wiccan ceremony, and very nice in allowing the kids to participate, as they formed an arch with swords for the couple to enter the platform. In the navy we did the same for when they left altar, with a slap with the flat of the sword to the civilian getting married, and a "welcome to the navy!" None of that here. It was a very inclusive ceremony, so I doubt people of any of the many faiths represented felt uncomfortable.

I imagine George's folks had sort of a reverse My Big Fat Greek Wedding experience, though it was catered by an outstanding Greek restaurant (Yanni's). I'd not met them before, but heard lots. I was keeping an eye out for a bottle of Windex.

I'm still feeling a bit off, so I left pretty quickly after the vows, which were conducted by our mutual close friend Kalon. Murphy was unkind, as I hit a one hour traffic jam. I suppose sitting in the heat, in a suit, suited up for a motorcycle, helped cook out some of the illness.

Time to start cooking up meals for next week, watching Romeo and Juliet, reading more of Amateurs, and getting some rest. My nephew's band has a gig at 6:45pm, and I want to feeling as good as I can for that. Steve may join me for that, which will be fun. My nephew and nieces are a bit older than his, but just as charming if you ask me.


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