Looking Back Through ’11 (Part 4)

PART 4

Tom and Jery

At the end of September, my BFF Tom moved back to the East Coast.  I had a hard time dealing with it through the rest of the month.  I was crying on the way home from dropping him off at the airport.  It wasn’t the bawling, I-can’t-control-my-car kind.  It was more like the angry if-I-could-stop-my-eyes-from-watering-so-you-don’t-get-the-satisfaction-of-seeing-me-cry-I-would kind.  I held on to that sadness and even now, still can’t see a blue mini cooper without him popping in my brain.  But with the show to distract me and my favorite holiday, I began to deal with his choice.

My favorite scary movie!!! Along with Poltergeist and The Exorcist.

October, my favorite month!  That’s usually when all the fun scary stuff happens, like haunted houses and scary movies.  And of course, there’s Halloween.  I love the thrill of getting scared.  It’s kind of exhilarating.  I don’t dress up for Halloween anymore.  I haven’t in years!  I think I’ve only dressed up for costume parties.  And even then, not often.   I think I associate the holiday with the cooling of the weather and the crunching of leaves under my feet.  I find that sound really soothing when I am out walking in the day.  At night, it’s a little like “Shut up!! People are gonna know where I am at!”  It’s kind of sad that I always assume the worst about people when I am walking about at night.   I think the getting mugged really took a lot of that adventurousness that I had when I was a teenager.

Oh, speaking of scary movies: Paranormal Activity 3 came out…and it sucked!! I think I may have jumped once.  The big ending that was supposed to “mess you up for life” (yeah, the commercials really said that) was LAME!!!!  So lame that merely typing it in caps and making bold wasn’t enough.  It needed to be italicized too!  If you were scared by that, I would be shocked.  I am the biggest chicken and I really wanted to just scream “are you frakin’ kiddin’ me?!”  I regret going to see this movie.

The Purple Gang. And we are SO hard core! So watch it!

Due to the rash of children committing suicide, October became the National Stop Bullying Month.  Yay!! It’s hard enough just to walk with your head high for who you are without having people making you feel less than.  The 20th was designated as the month to wear purple as a show of solidarity that you are against bullying.  Thankfully, I wasn’t alone in that belief.

I went to a cool conference that was all about figuring out ways to bring the theatrical experience to the audience in different ways.  It was enlightening and supremely informative.  The only downside is that I don’t really have a place to test these ideas out.  Also, figuring out the logistics of them would be a pain in the ass as well.  I regret that I didn’t get that much audio to make a podcast for it.  But I even more regret paying $37 for parking for 5 hours in San Francisco!

The Occupy Movement grew from just Occupy Wall Street into a much bigger force to be reckoned with!  Which is good because, this whole gap between the have and have-nots only seem to keep growing and growing.  It’s no wonder that all, yes ALL, politicians aren’t in the loop when it comes to what the people really want.  Have you noticed that they all promise everything just to get into office and fail to deliver.  They got what they wanted, why bother with the rest?

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Ending of H2$

November marked the opening of H2$ and it’s run began.  So many smiles and happy times with that fabulous cast.  I love them all.  Hot stuff!  I’ve heard nothing but good things from the people leaving the auditorium, and read an accurate middle of the road review of the show, but the tickets sales were a bit on the lacking side.  I even got to have my first TheActorvist.com contest for free tickets, and got about a hundred hits on that post but only one entry!  I don’t know if maybe the show wasn’t something people weren’t interested in seeing or if the prices were too high or if people thought it was a bad show.  While the sales were disappointing, it was fun. And as much time as I had the chance to spend with them, I regret that I didn’t spend more.  Oh, and I regret that my Podcast isn’t working.  It featured a pretty good interview with Brett Carlson.

Aside from the show, the month was slow.  Thanksgiving was uneventful, but pleasant.

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Hong Kong's Times Square. Do you see what the hearts are saying?

Which brings us to December!  It’s currently 4:45 on the last day of the year.  People are already starting 2012 and the East Coast begins it’s countdown in about 4 hours. Looking back at this month, there were only two things significant about it.

The first is that we closed out H2$ with a bang!  While perfection was never achieved like I so wanted, the attempt, I feel, only made my enjoyment of the show that much greater.

The second thing that happened was our 3rd annual Pajama/Donut/Game Day!  Again a very pleasant success.  Basically my friends and I hangout in our pj’s the entire day, doing nothing but having a good time and allowing our childish indulgences come forth.  It’s basically our version of Disneyland.  With this being our third year, I wonder if we have to now add a new element to it next year.  No, no, that’s like a 5th anniversary thing.  Nevermind.

SO, that was my year.  Not very exciting and filled with regrets.  But there were a lot of lessons learnt as well.

I look forward to 2012 and possibly the end of time with optimism and hope that people will change.  That the good of very soul will step forth and show itself to everyone else and the world will become a much better place to live.

Thank you all for being a part of my life and I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you in 2012!

All the world’s a stage.  Now get out there and Break A Leg!

Looking Back Through ’11 (Part 3)

PART 3

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I cannot believe that I forgot the most important event of the year.  Ugh!  Sometimes, I wonder how I survive!

Sadly, in early March, an earthquake created a devastating tsunami that affected a large part of Japan, and essentially the world.  I say the world, because of the Fukishima nuclear power plant that was damaged in this event.  There was a meltdown, and at this point in time, it’s no longer news here in the U.S.  In just a few months, there has been amazing progress made and if you want to see what I mean, check out these pictures on Totally Cool Pix.  In regards, to the triple meltdown, about 2 weeks ago, the plant has reached “cold shutdown ‘conditions'”.  According to the Canadian Press “A cold shutdown normally means a nuclear reactor’s coolant system is at atmospheric pressure and the its reactor core is at a temperature below 100 C, making it impossible for a chain reaction to take place.” So now that things have cooled enough, the work to actually shut the plant down  will begin.  This is still expected to take 30+ years to reach complete decommission of the plant.  Interesting side note: The government also says the amount of radiation now being released around the plant is at or below 1 millisievert per year — equivalent to the annual legal exposure limit for ordinary citizens before the crisis began. – Canadian News.

Thousands of people perished and thousands more displaced, and yet, they are rebuilding their homes and country quicker than the U.S.’s involvement with the Katrina Fallout still!  Remarkable for them and sad for us.

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July was a mess of things, ideas gone astray, cool events, and a lot of nursery stuff.

I don't remember the name or the Artist of this piece. I apologize, but if you know I would love to give credit!

I finally got to drag myself down to the art walk which was the ONLY time this year that I was able to go!  I was really really bummed.  In 2012, unless I have a show, I plan on going to them each month.  I know Campell has the same thing happening as well, so I may switch off between the two, because sometimes, the museums still have the same stuff up from the last walk.  That was one of the coolest pieces of this particular event for me.

At work, they asked me to step into the role of a social media admin which is all well and good.  I don’t mind it at all, but when I have to spend more than a little time finding something cool on the web or in the nursery, I am rushed.  You know how when you are looking for something interesting, it takes a while to find a blog or article that captures what you want, be it information, gift ideas, or useful tips.  For a business, you have to be sure the content is factual and non-offensive.  But because we are always looking for “the most efficient way,” there is always the question, “How long do you think it will take?”   It’s hard to want to peruse for cool stuff, when there’s that little voice in your head saying “Hurry up, hurry up, hurry up!”  I found out that in another nursery with a successful social media campaign the admin who works 4o hours a week is alloted 20 hours to just focus on this kind of thing.  Half their shift and they have a very successful campaign.  Just sayin’.

Charles Ross came to town with his frakin’ awesome One Man Star Wars Show!!  THAT was awesome!!!  I geeked out over how much fun and just clever this was.  If you get the chance to see him perform, DO IT!!  This is the show you are looking for.  *Waves hand over your face*  Yeah, I Jedi Mind Tricked ya!  I regret that he can’t perform his one man LOTR!  That is something I would love to see!  Check out his videos!

I got to perform in my first ever Flashmob!  There were so few of us that it was like a Flashbunch?   It was fun, very quick and virtually painless.  Looking back on the video, that’s where the pain is.  hahahaha!  And no, I am not showing it again.  If you missed it, it’s in the blog…somewhere.

Oh, yeah, and I celebrated another birthday with the revelation: that I really need to get a move on this whole acting shindig.  I am wasting WAAAAAYYY too much time just thinking about it.

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August was bitter/sweet.  Bitter because I learned that I have to really fight to get what I am supposed to get.  I am speaking of the contract that fell through.  I just guessed that when people talk of the industry being cut throat, I was expecting that of actors and not so much of the board of directors and all that junk.  But I have learned from the experience, so I can’t say it was a total waste.  That was a tough lesson to learn though.

What was really sweet was that I got to attend a seminar that is designed to help you break past the barriers that you are putting up around yourself.  And I learned SO much from that.  So I began relearning things that I “knew” about theatre and hopefully will be able to find it useful in creating future opportunities and abilities for myself.  It’s exciting.  In a way, it’s like I am rediscovering theatre.  I love it.

And that’s all for August.

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September brought us the 10th Anniversary of the 9.11 attacks on the WTC.  Something that riled up the country enough to allow us to go to war without finding out all the facts and helped to put us into the financial crisis we as a nation are in today!  Considering that hundreds of billions of dollars are  put into this useless war for oil that could have been used to revitalize our country’s economy (well, I guess it probably wouldn’t have gotten this bad.) it’s a wonder our debt is so high and still climbing.  The Republicans are trying to pin all of this on Obama in an attempt to take back the presidency, and with their constant in your face assault on the pubic  with it all over tv, I wouldn’t be surprised if it happens.  I just want to point out that it was the Republicans in the Oval Office for 8 of the 10 years we have been in this predicament.  A fact that they conveniently overlook.

Some old and new favorite people: Top Row: Adam Weinstein, Lea Simon, Karl Schweitzer Bottom Row: Cindy Powell and Melissa Weinstein

Aside from that, only one thing happened for me in September that was significant.  I began to work on my next project, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.  Gawd, they couldn’t come up with a longer title than that?  I got to work with some old favorites and meet some new people who quickly became faves!  H2$ took up so much time that I really didn’t have any time for anything else.  And I didn’t mind it a single bit!

That was my Q3.

How did you do?  Did you do anything that you really enjoyed? With only a few hours before 2012, did you regret anything in your Q3?