2003-03-20 Untitled Well, I'm excited. (:
It isn't terribly impressive, but it does mark a first for me: I played a part of a song entirely by ear.Admittedly, that part was the second half of 'Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star' but hey, ya gots ta start somewhere, yo.
This is the first time I've ever played music without having anyone tell me which notes to play. I'm excited.
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2003-03-19 Untitled And Speaking of The Breakfast Club
You know that scene where Bender gives his impression of his home life, and then shows off his cigar burn? I now have a cigar-shaped burn of my own, courtesy of a red-hot 6x9 C-clamp. I need to watch that movie again and memorize his speech, so I can impress my friends whenever we get locked in a library together.
On the bright side, I just made right around $372 (before taxes) in three days. Thre very, very long days, I should add. However, I am done and fin... more->
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2003-03-18 Untitled The Breakfast Club
I got home from work at 3:30 in the morning, so of course I watched the Breakfast Club. I really like that movie, although I don't think it's terrbily good from a literary point of view. It makes me happy, though. And I dearly love the 80's... from a safe position in the Future. I wouldn't want to live there, of course.
Ally Sheedy was my favorite character. I'm not sure what that says about me.
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2003-03-18 How cool is that? I was drooling over Julie Taymore with a co-worker on Friday, and he asked who she was. 'Is she the person who doesn't use theatrical fixtures, and is obsessed with color temperture... always using sodium-based streetlights and whatnot?' On a whim I said, 'You don't mean Heather Carson, do you?'
He did. 'Yeah, I love her work.' So immediately I'm congratulating myself for having been taught by a genuine Great Figure of the Lighting World, and kicking myself because we both lived in New York... more->
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2003-03-18 Untitled Singing in the Rain
I just worked on the electrics crew for Singing in the Rain for ten hours, without a break. It was surprisingly fun. Scott, Bob and I circuited and troubleshot all of the instruments, and right around the point where we were starting to get hungry Scott though that we were almost done, so we just carried on. Five and a half hours later we finished. But it was a good five and a half hours. And, of course, it was at $13 an hour. That doesn't hurt.
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2003-03-16 And this is all true... It's a little-known fact that the world's best chicken sexers come almost exclusively from Japan. Poultry owners once had to wait until chicks were five to six weeks old before differentiating male from female (the sex became visible when adult feathers started appearing, on the basis of which cockerels and pullets could easily be distinguished). But for commercial egg producers it's important to identify the females as soon as possible, to avoid unnecessary feeding of unproductive male chicks. ... more->
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2003-03-14 Untitled Archetypes
In addition to the gender equality of theater, I was surprised by how many other aspects of call were familiar to me. Even though the last professional theater I sat foot in was 700 miles away, and not a single person there even went to the same college as the people I worked with on Wednesday, it felt like old times. The particular inflexion in the master carp's voice as he called, 'Carpenters...' allowed me to mentally finish with 'take a break' seconds before he said it. There was a ... more->
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2003-03-14 Theater I had almost forgotten how much I love the theater community, and how reliable it is for finding Good People. I've been reading Raising Cain, by Kindlon and Thompson, and so I'm even more acutely aware of gender politics than normal. It struck me that in all of my experience, the gender balance for theatre tech is surprisingly equal. The work itself it absolutely of the 'male' tradition, like car mechanics and construction workers. While women are certainly capable of handling the work,... more->
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2003-03-13 Good Fortune Whew. I got ten hours work at the Chicago Opera Theatre ($13 an hour -- woot!) today. It was kind of a freak chance, too -- I just happened to remember that I had heard there might be overhire starting in March or May... it turned out it was March.
And I got to meet a bunch of cool people, some of whom might even hire me for more work. One guy, Scott, has already hired me to help him hang his show this weekend. SAVED!!! Just in the nick of time.
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2003-03-11 Untitled Argh.
Remind me to mention nard. Sometime when I'm feeling more boistrous. I just realized that if I landed a job today and managed to earn $650 over the next two weeks, the paycheck would just barely clear before I had to pay rent. I don't think I'll be getting a job today. I will apply at the grocery store and at K-Mart, however, and if you know my previous experiences with that then you may realize what a state I am currently in.
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2003-03-04 Untitled Blah
I decided not to go to juggling today, for reasons running from pathos (no kidding, honestly, an extra $3 or $4 is I don't have correct change isn't something I can afford) to pathos (and besides, I'd already left the house once today).
Now I'm trying to gether my courage and figure out how to apply for a teaching position at New Horizons. My main block here is that they aren't advertising.
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2003-03-04 Untitled Time to start drinking heavily. --
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2003-03-04 Untitled Interesting, frightening. I went to a seminar designed to convince me that I should take this place's (New Horizons) certification training programs. They succeeded, although it remains to be seen whether or not they can convince me that it is possible to do so.
The woman leading the seminar does not ask rhethorical questions. Ever. Sometimes she asks us all very obvious questions ('How many large corporations don't have an IT department?') but she always pauses afterwards, and waits for some brig... more->
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2003-03-04 Untitled Another Interview
I really, really want this job. Interning for a certification-training company, the pay is $12 - $15 an hour. I suspect that you must be certified (a $1,500 course) in order to become an intern.
Anyway, I was really nervous so I wore the Conservative Navy Blazer and my Nice Shoes. I knew I looked nice when a man stopped me on the way to the bus to ask me if I was a lawyer. --
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