Whew!

Thankfully, the system let me in this time. Not sure what I did wrong last attempt, but I couldn’t sign in. Unfortunately, I don’t recall what the topic of that last post was going to be, and still haven’t solved the photo-posting problem. “Alas. Ear wax.” (Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” I […]

Ocean Breeze

Sorry for the delinquency in posting. Coming to post again about a month ago, I discovered that things have changed here in wordpress and for some reason I can no longer post photos – or at least haven’t figured out the new system. Too bad, because I had some neat posts and pics, but spent […]

Street Art

Street Art

Last Sunday, a local side street was blocked off. Navigating around the neighborhood, I discovered that four blocks were barricaded radiating out from a specific intersection. There are several events annually, hosted by the city, community, businesses, and clubs, and including everything from street parties and runs to bike races and large scale picnics. It looked as though an event was going to pass by on the way to/from down town.

The surprise came after being out of town for most of the day and returning to see sandwich-board hurdles still cordoning the streets. Looking closer showed a few people on their knees in the middle of the intersection. Hmmmm.

Walking to work Monday morning, I detoured slightly to pass through that area. Wow! Lots of bright color, fresh paint with no road dirt to speak of, the gold in the center is a “man hole” cover. It’s colorful crop circle legal grafitti in the middle of the road!

On the Threshold

On the Threshold

We’ve been getting some much needed rain. Perhaps food prices won’t be quite so bad this year after all. In any event, this morning I’m in a liminal space. Looking out the West windows it is overcast with patches of blue. To the South is another matter: It is raining and the heavy, dark clouds covering the sky promise more moisture.

I sit here, not having to water the bonsai and other little trees, watching rain out one window and none out another, on the line between, at the intersection of both and neither, in the gap where yes and no meet. It’s pretty cool!

Theater Props: Jar o’ Flies

Theater Props: Jar o' Flies

The show closed Sunday; always bitter-sweet. It was a lot of fun, a terrific cast, and a big learning curve. There is something to forget during every performance. During this run, it seemed like opening and closing the window curtains was the big problem for me. Such a simple but big thing. It mattered more than other things, like replacing the bottle of “Jack Daniel’s” in the buffet, because of our fireworks effects. Keep the curtains open except for Act II when the fireworks go off. It’s all in the lighting.

This show was different for me because I was off stage. I handled most of the props (thanks to UCD Theater Dept, Davis Musical Theater Co, L Street Furniture, and Yolo SPCA Thrift Store for help with that). This photo is one of my favorites. Fifty cent jar from the thrift store with bits of black cloth on string taped to the lid. Just what it looks like here. But from the audience it looked like a bunch of flies flying around inside the jar! Pretty cool, eh? Another simple thing, but I feel kinda proud of it. I’ll get a photo of the watermelon I made from couch foam and post that next (thanks to Marie Petersen, DMTC, for tips on making fake foods).

Cheers!