Scott’s continuing theater involvement!

Current Mood: lethargic
Current Music:The Blessing – Birdhouse


D-man rings me about noon on Monday – ‘hey, what you up to?’ – innocent enough question.
having been dislodged from sleep by boo’s early departure, I had honestly just gotten to getting up – remember, day 6  or so of my thera-flu binge, which, though making the flu ickys go away, leaves me a tad toasted from the drugs. “not much, what’s up?” was my response.

Needed help moving some flats – sure, no biggie. gets me out of the house and the whole joy of manual labor is it’s manual. Cool.

A hit at the King for him and we’re at the remnants of the Fist; he’s leaping over the marquee that’s on the floor, and we’re discussing the clapper for the light switch. Some flats, a couple of jacks, and a door. Cool – onto the roof of the jeep, well secured and we’re off to ACME Theater.

We don’t even interrupt a show, and it’s wrapped up in the ‘few hours’ that D-man initially ponders about. A few words with the Dan-man (he plays the wife in the show) and we’re off to downtown, our most favorite place in the world! Needed some tools and materials that the LATC had, and again – no biggie. it’s 2’sh or so, but still early in the day, and I had a quiz to deal with that’s all when I got home.

It’s actually good to run to the LATC, we see Dave, and D-man chats with the Colin about things – big multi-state tour next year for Colin – yay!

we make it to the Groundlings – I help unload a bit and D-man sends me off with his truck – it’s 4’sh or so; he says “meet me here at 9:30”, so I go home, take my quiz, and relax a bit. I’m at the groundlings on time, we load up the jeep and roll over to ACME.  I note that D-man is loading a lot of raw material, not so much finished boxes. That’s ok cause he rocks at getting things put together. It’s all good.

So, around midnight, I’m on the sidewalk in front of the theater, cutting masonite. If I had had a couple of sawhorses and a few work lights – oh, and the snap line that X. had inside – it would have been fine. More of an adventure for me, and in the end, a finished fireplace emerged.

Now, it did drag on unreasonably into the wee hours of the morning. But, it was enjoyable for the most part – big kudos to the ACME peeps for being dam well put together – things were easy to move, and easy to find. More kudos to X., Stephen and glen, who also worked way past their bedtimes. I got to illusion a window, watch a door get massaged into a frame, and the final touches with the modern equivalent of a sharp rock by X. made Stephen’s door slamming shenanigans possible. Christmas with the Webers –  I recommend it, and I haven’t even seen it!

All hail the Pushticks, from Poland. You need them if there’s shit to push around.
Oh – papajohn’s pizza at 3 in the morning is heavenly.

And so, another episode of hanging with D-man wraps, and not one fatality.

Here’s some pics to make things better to understand:

I think this has a time stamp of 2 pm.

And this one was about 2 am.

and this one had a 5 am timestamp. Weeee…..

Dim, but a cool ramp set D-man built for The Odyssey at LATC. That was probably 1 or so in the afternoon.

Gas… and puppies!

Current Mood:good
Current Music:Silverfish – Jimmy


As noted on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 at 10:43:47 am –
2.439 a gal I saw last night on the way back from the ovation awards…
I paid 2.67 just on the 6th… 2.50 something on Saturday while out with D-man was cool to see. I read an automotive editorial about gas being $1.50 again… I laughed, but you know, he may have had a point.

Hmmm…. record profits for the oil industry…

Now, Sunday, November 20, 2005 at roughly 9:06 am…
I just read a San Fran article on the life of a gas station owner – and the sad truth that the oil companies make sure that their company owned stores are doing better than the franchisee run stores, through ‘zone pricing’ of the wholesale gas. Nice.

Some one point out the good things we fight for in  America, please? Our government ‘of the people, by the people, for the people’ seems to have forgotten those people who don’t represent the massive monies in our economy.

Same old song, though, right? Really, scott – when HAS the government really been on the people’s side? Any concrete examples? I suspect I’d throw out the new deal, but that was probably just a good idea to keep people from revolting against the gov’t/rich people.

So, where does an idealist go in this modern world?

Can I speak of the loveliness of this morning? Woke up not too long ago, played mildly with Blue in living room as Boo continued her sleep. Stepped out with Canela for her morning duty, and it was just wonderful – sunny, but with a mild breeze and a crispness to the air – nothing chilly, mind you, just crisp – fall-like. We’ve been enjoying a return to summery day-time temps, but this morning was fantastic – reminding me why SoCal has so many people; it’s nice here.

So, almost halfway through the great MP3 Burning of 2005 – all in the name of making Boo and Mable happy. Was totally rocking until I noticed I changed the tagging for one disc (so I wouldn’t have ‘Various Artists’ at the front of every track) many many discs ago. So I’m using my lappytoppy and the desktoppy to rip the tunes she so righteously deserves!!! (Flesh, Fangs and Filigree anyone?)

Hopefully I’m on the far side of my annual Thera-Flu marathon – hate it when the side of my head hurts from ear to below my jaw – makes me think that bad things are doing bad things in there…

Things have been going pretty well lately – learning all sorts of good stuff in my classes – InDesign has me excited about the level of understanding I now have of the print world, and of the minor basics I’m learning about design. We did spend some time on color this week, and that’s always a downer for me. Good news is that I truly comprehend spot/process/and RGB coloring now. even if I can’t see the right colors…

XHTML is gong well – got through tables and forms, and will hopefully finally get my CSS on and that will change everything I ever did and will do on the web!!!! Nothing like catching up to the standard of 5 years ago! Ha

Best story of the past week would have to be this. Friday morning is a typical morning – too much sunlight too early, the dogs doing their morning thing (blue randomly barking, canela napping), when – as I survey the daybreak, I notice blue out back all antsy and shit – ‘but it’s too early for her to be chasing the possum’ I ponder. Nope, not the local possum, but…
our neighbor Yin’s puppy – Pepper!

Pepper Plays!!
What’s so great about this is that we’re fearful of Blue’s inability to deal with other dogs. Boo will tell you all about on-leash aggression, etc., etc. … but I think it’s just us. and when I stepped out back to see what blue was all excited about, and saw that it was Pepper, I was impressed. So it seems that Blue has a new friend. One that’s been chillin’ for a month now, or so says Yin. It does make D-man’s sighting of ‘something small and brown’ in the back bathroom less concerning for me – I presumed the possum was bold, and Blue was semi-useless in defending the homeland. But no – just Blue being chill with her new friend visiting. That I can deal with, hell – embrace!

So, one last pic –
Pepper makes three
Canela is barely visible, on my lap of all places, and you can see that Pepper is barely bigger than some of Blue’s toys. All in all, a fantastic development, one I’m happy to see happen.

And there ya go – maybe a week in the life, eh?
Oh – rode in the rain two weeks ago – not fun, but not as bad as one would think. Finally got some Rain-X (best. invention. ever!), and of course it’s just beautiful out there… go figure. Oh, paid $2.439 a gallon, and saw $2.369 a gallon. Early holiday gifts?


Veteran’s Day 2K5

Current Mood:contemplative
Current Music:dog’s psychic whining – feed us feed us

A Friday. Some things were closed, some things weren’t. Garbage was picked up, right on schedule.
Stephen Cobert tried to help out and make Armistice Day relevant – xTreMe!!, in today’s marketing parlance.

I thought of Richard D. Bartley for a bit. Also thought of my dad, and Boo’s dad. My uncles. Wallace boys didn’t do to shabby at the service to country part.

2,000 crosses are in the sand at Santa Monica. Sunset candle-light vigil was scheduled. Bush got angry at his critics.

I used to make my way down to the Mall in DC on Veteran’s Day. All somber and shit – trying to figure out what it was all about, why we’d keep asking so much from our citizens. Just caught the last 15 minutes of a Discovery-Times docu on ‘Citizen Soldiers, about our reservists who’ve been to Iraq. The price that is paid for the gift that is given… possibly a fair trade in some valuation, I just kinda wish we were dying for a more righteous reason than, and I quote the AP on today’s visit by Condi Rice – “religious unity.” Uh, yeah, Condi – that’s what’s gonna happen in Iraq… oh, wait – maybe not.

Well, it’s troubling to me to ponder what exactly it is we give those who give the most. I recall reading about crappy death benefits being doubled by concerned congress-critters. I recall reading about the ones who make it back, but spend time at Walter Reed, only to see that they have bills from the government for issued equipment that they might not have been in the position to turn in, what with the bleeding and holes in their bodies and missing limbs. But God bless us, our gov’t sends the bills out. It’s just the way we say “Thanks” – kind of gets you right in the heart, doesn’t it?

Yet, what have I done? I had a bumper sticker (or three) when I had a bumper. I’m thinking of finding a POW/MIA plate holder for the Radian. I’ll occasionally ponder losing 70 lbs and checking back in with The Blue, but not because I believe in what we’re doing in Iraq (I don’t – being lied to isn’t really a compelling reason to invade a country, or to die trying), but because I’d love to get my security clearance re-activated. Ha… there’s a good reason to sign the dotted line.

Support. Respect. Wish they were home – all things I do for our troops. And then I think about going to see Jarhead, cause I like the soundtrack on the trailer. Three Kings was decent – god, I remember checking that out with Snoozie and being impressed – who knew that would be a movie about the ‘first’ Gulf war? Wow…

And so I blog. What the hell, right? Here are some words about how I’m feeling, and what I’m thinking on Veteran’s Day, 2005. As a country, we are at war with terrorism er… involved in the Struggle Against Violent Extremism, but still at war on Drugs, Poverty, and let’s not forget, Homosexuals!!! (Or is it only them marrying each other? What if they wanted to marry straight people? Hmmm… Next on Fox – Gay + Strait = Gaits!! or Stays!! … talk about wedding disasters!)

Where was I? Oh – yeah – Thank you, America’s Military Forces. I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without your support. I’ll buy you a beer when you get back, ok?



November rain…

November 9th, 2005
Current Mood: busy
Current Music:Black Coffee in Bed – Squeeze
Wasn’t that a G’n’R’ song? Well, here are some truths about November rain in LA.

It’s cold. Really. Like chilly.
It makes the roads slippery.
As a motobiker, I want to say that it also makes me realize just how many manhole covers there are in the road. Not just the circular ones the Wallace Boys once upon a time tried to roll down Genessee street. No – there’s also square ones, with a nice filligre relief in them – doesn’t add one iota of grip or traction, but it shines nicely in the rain.

Also noted – motobikes don’t come with windshield wipers; no windshields, natch’.
Helmets don’t have wipers either.

This combines to cause sadness.

Other things – my legs do pretty well in the rain – got my pants soaked, but the legs were like “ok, that’s nothing. We shower regularly – it did make me ponder why I don’t have better weather gear than what I grabbed. Let’s see – it last rained (not counting ‘fall’ season three weeks ago) in… carry the 2, root of 4 – April. That’s more than a semi-year ago. And let’s see – last time I rode in the rain would be… um… 4 years ago? Ok… so that’s why my weather gear sucks.

For the record – rain pants are needed. Got a rain coat with my jacket, and it worked well. Gloves – need to grab some of the yellow dishy jobs soon, or splurge and get some gore-tex leather ones. Boots with goretex and a decent tread, cause the roads look scary in the rain.

I’ll let you in on a secret, though. I had a blast. As always, you can only get so wet; then it’s nothing. I didn’t get that drenched, but man was it cool to be so ultra-focused on the road – watching people, predicting their bad moves, staying upright, watching the road the sky the side streets – all nicely heightened – no beautiful sunset to distract myself with. So yeah, probably should have spent the bicycle money on decent bad-weather gear, but it’s not like I’m back in DC on my Hawk. Shouldn’t see freezing rain for a few more months. Right?



Current Mood: optimistic
but not quite winter. er… actually, quite nice here, but disjointing in the fact that it was cold and dark two weeks ago, and it’s sunny and nice now. I blame it on travel!

Speaking of which, here’s the first group of pics from our Orlando jaunt. No captions cause I was lazy, but I’ll work on it.

Work. School is working out fine – I’m learning a lot. I have to pause and consider that from time to time – like last night when ‘jump to baseline’ was exposed to me for the first time. Wow – I like it when technology makes your life easier, and all I need now is  a good gig at a print shop so I can get my bleed and slug on, and throw down some bad-ass baseline jumping!!! Woot!!

But then again, how’s my XHTML going, you ask? Fine – got through frames and realized their power, and now we’re onto tables, and just a short chapter away from CSS. I feel the power.

Journo is the biggest challenge… and that I am sure says something.

Hung out with Declan some this week and have to accept that I’m not too shabby around the wood shop. Pleasantly surprising, that. Now all I want is a shop to make things!!! Creation, or at least assembly, is cool.

Speaking of which, keep your fingers crossed for the chance that Waving Goodbye will get an Ovation award for set design. We’ll also think good thoughts for Papa over at The Fist…

Boo made it through October is fine form, what with nice toys, a nice trip, and great friends to help her. Yay Boo!!!

The pups continue to rock, and Boo might have to leak the news about Zuma, but I’ll let her be the excited one.

And there ya go. A brief update. Let’s see how the next few weeks go and I’ll share the good stuff with ya!