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April 18, 2008:

THE WET METAPHOR

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Well, dear readers, it’s very late, my eyes are very bleary, and I shall have to write these here notes very fast because I must get them posted pronto and get as much sleep as I can before what will be an incredibly long and arduous day doing long and arduous things. So, let me not dip my little toe in the water, to use a wet metaphor, let me dive right in. Yesterday, was a long and arduous day. For example, I got up. That was long and arduous. I then did a bunch of stuff on the computer, printed out all orders I hadn’t gotten around to, picked up 1000 shipping labels and waited for Fed Ex to deliver the digital postal machine. Naturally, when you want something delivered on time it never is. So, it did not arrive in time for me to pick it up, so someone else had to retrieve it and by the time they did it was too late to call Pitney Bowes and address the disastrous screw-up they’ve made. Everything machine-wise is fine and is already working. However, I ordered and paid for six hundred postage strips (that the postage is actually printed on) and they were not included, which means I’m royally screwed unless Staples has them. Had the box arrived in timelier manner, I could have called and had them overnight them. Now the earliest I can get them here is Saturday (IF they’ll do that) or Monday. I really wanted to get this all done today, but thanks to this snafu it probably won’t be possible. I then headed to the Heim of Ana for my eye examination. The gal who did it is our assistant stage manager and boy is she good at her job and very thorough. The exam took an hour and she told me I have very strong eyes in very good condition. She gave me a new prescription, and then I went and chose frames and my new and improved glasses will be ready in about ten days. The only downside was that she dilated my pupils and it made being outside really uncomfortable, even with my sunglasses on. In fact, I kept my sunglasses on even for our run-through. We went to Knowlwood for dinner, had a good sandwich, and then went to the theater for our run-through.

Last night, we had a run-through. We were missing one of our leads, but his stand=by filled in, so we did manage to get through the thing without stopping once. The pace of act one was a little off (it ran five minutes longer than it should have) but act two was better. Everyone did fine, and frankly I think we’re all in need of an audience right about now. There are still things to focus and clean up, but everyone’s got their characters and we just need to start making the show as much fun as we can.

After the rehearsal, I came home and e-mailed my notes to our stage manager, who will forward them to the cast. They have two days off while we paper tech and then dry tech. After that, I had a splitting headache and my eyes still haven’t quite recovered from the drops that were put into them.

Well, why don’t we all click on the Unseemly Button below because frankly I hope we find some more wet metaphors in the next section, because one simply cannot have enough wet metaphors.

Funny, I don’t see a wet metaphor in sight. I hate when that happens. Today, I’ll be arising by seven so I can call Pitney Bowes and see why this screw-up happened and so I can try to do as much damage control as I can. Then we’ll get the postal machine set up and working, and then workers will arrive and we’ll spend the rest of the day addressing packages. At some point I’ll find out whether they can bring the CDs to me or if I have to go get them. My goal is that by the end of the day we’ll have addressed and packaged all CD orders, so that all we’ll have to do is put the postage strips on them once we have the damn postal strips. I’ll also go over to Staples and see if they have them.

After that, I will be ready for a relaxing supper and a DVD. Then tomorrow, I’ll be at the theater for dry tech most of the day, and then someone is taking me to dinner tomorrow evening. And then, Sunday we start teching the show.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, wake up early, do damage control, address packages, get CDs, package CDs, eat, and then sit on my couch like so much fish. Today’s topic of discussion: It’s Friday – what is currently in your CD player and your DVD/video player? I’ll start – CD, Stu Phillips score to the surfing documentary Follow Me, which is lots of fun. DVD, not sure what’s up next. Your turn. Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, and do post all your favorite wet metaphors, won’t you?

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