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