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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.




Wednesday, September 20, 2006

New Discovery

Met with Trina last night at the Pro Sports Club, and we reviewed our fight choreography in a vacant racquetball court. Wow, all sorts of memories and inputs. It's been too long since I played racquetball. I played regularly in college, and a couple times in the Navy. Here's to hoping a niece or nephew that likes playing goes to college locally. I'd also forgotten about racquetball court acoustics. We worked in some great text from the Kate/Petruccio scene, and making it understandable in that echo chamber required some of the enunciation tools from Speech classes.

I'd also forgotten about the elitist feeling of that sort of club. My Grandfather was a life long member of the Washington Athletic Club, which I last visited with him about 25 years ago. Going into that atmosphere again after living a life around wholesome people was a little discomfiting. I expected some big vicious bastard in a too tight tux to roughly escort me out the door for being too poor. I think the locker room was bigger than the last health club I visited, and posher than the last couple dozen upscale restaurants I've been in. It made McCaw Hall, the very posh venue for the opera and ballet seem a little seedy. It was very nice, but the $18 guest fee seemed out of line, but then again I didn't really use the facility. The only reason I saw a small part of the locker room was because they didn't label the toilet. Couldn't think of a suitably Victorian word I suppose. No coarse signs indicating where you could pee. Eventually I found the appropriate porcelain fixture, but not before the drinking fountain started tempting me. My mind was occupied during the search with trying to guess whether I'd be sent to a secret prison in Eastern Europe or Gitmo if I committed the collegiate faux pas of using the wrong plumbing for my need.

I'm thinking of joining a health club. However, the Y is more my speed.

We had a good rehearsal. Getting our fight scenes back up to snuff, and really having fun with the text. The break, though unplanned, may have served us well. We're getting the awkward parts to flow well, and doing a better job as well. It is really fun now and I'm actually looking forward to the certification test.

I hung around the office last night until it was time to meet Trina, and hilighted my lines for Amateurs. I mentioned I was cast as Wayne, the role which was my second choice. After the quick read while hilighting Wayne moved up to become my favorite role. The character has an arc and journey. I'm really looking forward to it, and getting ready to start in depth character and text analysis. I was talking to Bob yesterday and mentioned that one thing the training has done was make for more work when doing a show. You learn and use different techniques for working with characters and text, and they become part of your process. Enjoyable even. Using the tools all year long on a daily basis can't help but create a habit and faith in the effectiveness. Many of the discoveries I'd made in the past while on my feet in the rehearsal room can now be made during the research and analysis phase. Something I hadn't really appreciated, until a little while ago as I started feeling antsy wanting to dig into the script. Well, I'm going to follow that impulse and head home now to do just that.

2 Comments:

Blogger B.D. said...

S has invited me to the Pro Club a couple of times. I've never been because, from the descriptions, I'd feel like moss in the desert. Like you, I'm more of a Y guy...though it would be nice to get back to playing racquetball some day...

5:18 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

I'll be sure to let you know when I join up with the Y and we can flounder about the courts.

10:43 AM  

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