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Ballet in the night by Corporate Art Task Force

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What? I can't hear what you are saying!

That's pretty much what everyone was saying last night at the opening of Matilda. Preview night (Wednesday), the sound guy (a newbie and friend of James) got heat because everything was too loud, so last night he didn't turn the body mics on for the first act. Between that and everyone affecting British accents - the only eight year olds who should have British accents are British eight year olds - the kids were impossible to understand and I still have no idea what the first act is about. I have never seen Barb more angry. Jeff, a dialect specialist, was fuming as well. He would have happily helped them, but James said he was quite capable of teaching accents.

The big problem with James is that he wants total control over everything, except he doesn't know how to do everything. He designed the sound, the projections, was vocal coach, director and choreographer. He would have been conducting if he could have figured out a way to get into the pit.

I notice CJ was at the sound board, training him, and we could actually hear people. However, it was too little too late. We lost people at Intermission and the word of mouth is not going to be good. Even Ken, who loves all theatre, was angry.

All that said, the set was great and the guys in the shop did an incredible job.
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I'm sure we will be discussing it tonight over many glasses of wine.

Dennis announced A Christmas Story and people seemed to be happy about it. I know I am.

The day is going well. Grocery shopping this morning and a lazy day the rest of the time. The cats are busy languishing in Amazon boxes and all is right with the world.

On the Bullet front, he seems to be doing well and is letting me get closer and closer. I could have touched him today, but I didn't try. He seems to be tolerating the loss of his little tail well and isn't having any ill effects.

Tomorrow is Princess Mononoke and I'm looking forward to that. Hope everyone is having the best weekend possible!

The Friday Five for November 15, 2019

The eastern/southern part of the US was gripped by an early Arctic blast this week, Venice is, once again, suffering from excessive flooding, while Australia grapples with record drought and fires. It seems as if the weather is making everyone miserable one way or another.

1. Have you ever had a vacation ruined by the weather or did you just work around it?

2. What small changes do you feel people could make to give the planet a fighting chance against global warming?

3. Are you adversely affect by the weather, such as SAD?

4. How is the weather where you are and have you seen drastic changes in it during your life time?

5. Do you think we can stop global warming or is it too late?


1. I don't think I've ever let the weather slow us down. Certainly we've had plans change because of it, but as someone else said, "We're on vacation!" Even last year when the massive flooding in Venice saw us stuck in our hotel for the day, it gave us a chance to relax and repack (we were heading for the ship the next day. We'd been there for a week already). We had the foresight to make reservations in the restaurant the moment we realized there was an issue, so we had access to food and drink, which many people didn't. All in all, it wasn't a bad day at all.

2. Recycling, think about other options, walking, using mass transit, instead of a car if it's possible. Support local, buy local and reuse when you can.

3. Not as a rule, although I do think it was an issue when I was a kid. I hated snow and the cold. I was sit and cry at the thought of another snowy day. At least it's not an issue now and in fact, I look forward to a cloudy day.

4. Sunny, mild (70's), clear, although they say we might get some rain midweek. We've lived here nearly 30 years and I have seen some changes. We are drier than we used to be and the springs are colder. We still get hot at the end of July and first of August, but now we see the same temperatures in October. It's pretty crazy, but it seems like our winter lasts about two weeks now.

5. I hope that we are, but until more companies start taking things seriously, we aren't going to win. The folks burning down the Amazon for land just don't get how much we need it and they aren't going to stop as long as there's money to be made. It's a few greedy people destroying it for everyone else, imo.

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Desiccated peas, maybe pate with prunes? and I have no idea what the red stuff is... the mind boggles.

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