Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Luminescent

A firefly coolly accentuates 

my yard while searching for hot dates.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Intimate Apparel

I went to see Intimate Apparel, which is reportedly Lynn Nottage's most popular play.

Liked it, didn't love it. Well acted, but some characters who should have had chemistry... didn't seem to have enough. Last night was opening night, so maybe they were just nervous. That can throw things off.

I admired a lot of things about the heroine, an enterprising seamstress of ladies' undergarments in early 20th century New York.

I was kind of waiting for something at the end - and I missed it. Today I looked at the script, at the library - and there it was. The stage directions have the heroine make a certain gesture, which informs you of a new fact, which lends a sense of completion to the play. Anyway, I missed it last night.

Did the actress not make the gesture, or not make it "big" enough... or did I blink?

I was in the front row,
but I really don't know.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Rock'n'roll Half

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That's my every-finisher-gets-a-medal bling from this morning's half-marathon. I dithered over whether to do this race or a half-marathon yesterday evening. Finally I decided this course was more fun - and better supported - and would be 10 degrees cooler - and was therefore worth the extra money.

There were some fun live bands and DJs along the way. There were at least 12,000 finishers. I did see a few people being treated for medical problems along the way. I hope everyone's okay.

The course went right by the downtown building where I work every day. I resisted the urge to go in and get some stuff done!

I achieved my goal,
which was not to fall in a hole.

Dream Laboratory

I went to see the latest incarnation of Anna In The Darkness at the Dream Theatre Company's new space, which they are calling Dream Laboratory. It's a smaller space, but plenty big enough to put on a show, and there was a lot of audience with me. So I'm thinking that means the neighborhood is actually a better one for putting on shows.

It's a one-woman show performed by Megan Merrill, who is a real trouper. At one point, some late-comers arrived, and Megan managed to find them seats while performing. She did this while remaining in character, of course. It actually "worked" because the piece, like most one-person shows, punches holes in the fourth wall.

When there's no one else up on stage,
you look out and try to engage.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Silent Treatment

Bowe Bergdahl is the American soldier who was recently released by the Taliban in a trade for 5 of their own. His parents were happy at first, but now they're not so happy. One of his mother's friends says:

'"She puts on a smile but you can tell she's suffering in all this," O'Neill said, without offering an explanation for why Bergdahl had not spoken to his parents. "She doesn't understand – how could any mother understand? – why her child literally won't take her phone calls."'

If I had to guess, he's ashamed. I'm not even saying he's necessarily right to be ashamed. But some captors go out of their way to humiliate you, to crush your spirit, to make you feel that you have betrayed your deepest loyalties. It can be hard to face your parents after that.

Of course, to his mom, he's still her little boy,
and she can't understand why he doesn't call her with joy.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Plane Down

Not comforting:

"It's pretty scary to consider that three fighting forces in the area—Russian government forces, Ukrainian government forces, and separatist rebels—have the technology that could have taken down the airliner."

But... is that really 3 fighting forces? Or just 2?

Just how separable are the Russians and the pro-Russian separatists?

It's one more way to die in a plane...
Maybe next time I'll just take the train.

But, then again, trains have been targets too.
Staying home might be the smart thing to do.

But, houses have also been known to go boom.
So I'll just dig a hole and await certain doom!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Six Californias

There's a proposal, which is getting publicity, to split California into 6 separate states.

'The quixotic effort, spearheaded by venture capitalist Tim Draper, needs officials to deem at least 807,615 of those signatures valid in order to qualify for the November 2016 election.'

Besides being voted on by the Californians themselves... it needs to get through the U.S. Congress.

Perhaps it would be better for Californians. Perhaps their state is too big to manage right now. It would also have some national political impact, inevitably. The area now known as just-plain-California would have 12 U.S. senators instead of 2.

And it would have 10 more electoral votes. But presumably the whole area wouldn't always go for the same presidential candidate.

Finally, someone needs to figure out how to put 55 stars on the flag.

Anticipating success from California's fracturers,
I'm investing in flag manufacturers.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Countercyclical

The weather turns strangely cool
as if it were time to head back to school
instead of a summer day
designed for play.