I'll add context links later. Given my track record around here for "later," use the handy search function on the siderail if you can't wait. For now, go here.
Man o man. I can hardly wait for the day I can afford to turn over a significant portion of my flesh to this place, so he can unify the five tats I already have. I know what I want done. I also know I still can't afford it.
But I will, one day.
For now I keep checking in on the site every few months to drool, dream and plan. The site didn't look *anything* like this last time I glanced at it! Nice.
Last night was one of the most fabulous live theater experiences I've had in a while. It involved people from here, here and here, three cameras, one (possibly) AVID editing bay and other tech set up on the stage, and a horde of players split into three teams and dispersed throughout Hollywood Boulevard on a Saturday night filming scenes they make up on the spot. Runners brought the tape from wherever each team shot back to the theater, where the two editors set up on the stage slammed the tape, edited on the fly and ran the result on the big screen.
Just to emphasize the point, the players did not know what they were going to do until they started to do it. The editors did not know what the players were up to until they got the tape in hand. Then the editors had to cut a narrative from the raw footage while sitting on a stage being watched by a full house.
It was amazing.
The film they improvised, based on an audience suggestion, was called "Dr. Who and the Whatchamacallits." Turned out to have nothing to with the Dr. Who we geeks know and love, but it was hysterical anyway. They used three props collected from audience members - an iPhone (boy is *that* guy trusting...and also he's either got 20 of those blue & white 3/4 sleeve t-shirts or he's got just the one and wears it all the time), a tube of eye medication, and a pair of broken sunglasses. I'm not going to attempt a plot summary because, as when I've tried to describe to people what a Catnip (no website yet) or 313 show is like, it doesn't work that way. Comes down to You Really Had To Be There.
This was the inaugural effort. Based on conversations and eavesdropping
in the bar before the show, those involved had no idea if they would be
able to pull it off or if it would end in complete and total disaster. Months of planning went into pulling off this one hour feat. They're going to do the next one Feb. 24, 11 p.m. at IO West. I got in for free so I'm not really sure what the tickets cost, but it can't be more than $10. Mark your calendars and get there a wee bit early. Last night's event was a packed house even though it was pretty much only advertised among family. Whatever they do next time will be completely different from last night as that's the nature of this art form. I don't know if they saved what they did last night, but if Agent A cuts and uploads a video down the road, I'll share.
I love this town!
(Obama stuff soon. I'm going to wrap in select picts from all of the events, the ones I still have, anyway...)
Okay, while I'm fiddling with the ho-do-i-get-the-pictures-from-the-camera-to-the-world, elsewhere a bunch of us have been swapping around post-election editorial cartoons, some of them truly outstanding. This is my favorite (so far). I particularly like the Vulcan ears!:
My local Obama group did its service day last week in part because where we live getting into/out of the neighborhood is going to be hell on MLK day due to the fabulous giant parade that shuts down a whole hell of a lot in the surrounding area, and in part because everybody had already scheduled things before the call for national day of service was announced. Doing it early actually worked out great for Moi. This weekend because of the day job, class and finish sewing my outfit for Tuesday, I have precious little time to get the rest of the Inauguration Day cooking done and clean this pit so that it will be all sparkly for my open house celebration that will run all day and into the night. I took the day off as vacation. Only later did the thought hit that I should have taken Wednesday off as vacation as well for recovery....
This week the leader of our local Obama group, a teacher in South LA, got word from up the chain that we are Officially Sanctioned. ! MUPPET DANCE ! This is *entirely*because of her work organizing us. Our page at the Obama Digital HQ is restricted so I can't give you a link, but if you are local to South Central-adjacent South Los Angeles want more info, use the email over there on the sidebar and I will put you in touch with our leader. We came together because she opened up her house in the historic Village Green and said come. I was like Village Green?! TOTALLY there (locals will understand why). I stayed because they are an incredible group of people, though kind of intimidating (more on that later), and when we meet there is an Agenda and we work through it - none of that frittering around. People after my own heart, let me tell you. We already have a general outline of our community service projects stretching into summer, with people assigned to research potential projects and report back. One of the things we're talking about could possibly turn into a significant, year-long effort. Warms the cockles of my Franklin Covey.
It's also so nice to have an administration inviting/encouraging/bullying you to take a hands-on part in doing what you can to brighten the corner where you are for the greater good as opposed to informing you that we've-just-stripped-away-some-more-fundamental-constitutional-protections-oktnxbye.
Which is a long way of saying I have a shitload of work to do before the doors open here at BGF Central on Tuesday and there will be no updates around here until then. But several far away friends who can't get here for the gathering asked if I was going to stream it. AHAHAHAHA. I don't know how to do that, don't have time to figure it out, and don't have the money for the equipment needed anyway. Instead what I will try to do is update a post throughout the day. It will have pictures! Due to the glory of Craigslist I have joined the digital realm and now have my own semi-pro digital camera which I need to learn how to use. Perfect opportunity! I've been looking for one for quite a while, and when this one came up *all* of my Consultants said get that one. Man I love living in a town where professionals upgrade and hand off their leavings and astonishing prices to others down the chain.
Okay, more later.
Image is a Wordle created by manipulating the text of his New Hampshire concession speech. Rather proud of it.