It’s that special time of year when I use my blog to update my family and friends in a way that will bore the snot out of you if you don’t know me personally (and likely if you do, but you’ll feel forced to trudge through out of fear I might present you with a pop quiz at some happy hour). Plus, let’s face it, at this moment I can’t think of a clever way to make my adventures seem all that interesting and I unfortunately feel the need to write. (That urge is being spurred on because if I move from this spot a certain beagle will race to the kitchen, convinced it’s actually dinner time when it’s not. So, I’m hyper-focused on not noticing that she’s desperately trying to get my attention right now.)
I can’t type. I also can’t edit. David can’t be expected to comb through the myriad of grammatical, typographical and some other -cal mistakes that I’m doubtlessly making every time I write. Basically, you get what you get in all its flawed glory. Just be thankful that I catch a ton of things before I hit post, so it could be worse for you – much, much, much worse.
Over the summer I got to be the Assistant Director for a sketch show. Hrmm… let me restate that – over the summer I got to hold the title of “Assistant Director” for a sketch show. As part of that title I did some standing, a ton of sitting, some thoughtful nodding and agreeable grunting. This is all very important when you’re putting on a production, or so I’ve told myself. I was the gal that when an actor said “line” I was “on book” and would say things like, “uhh hold on… ummm…” My other duties seemed to include coaxing the director off the ledge. I kind of expected a big thank you card from the cast, since no one was injured in the production by said director. I didn’t receive that. I can’t guarantee what will happen at the next show when the next set of ledges present themselves. Guys, invest in football gear. Just sayin’.
In truth, I met some wonderful, talented and genuinely fun actors. I loved that they were able to heighten the crazy from show to show (this was a show featuring hard-living, sassy-talking puppets) and they sincerely made me burst out laughing with each performance. This is saying something considering I’d heard the script numerous times over an eight week period. At our own sketch show a couple of years ago, I couldn’t say the same thing. In fact, had I heard one of the over-rehearsed sketches one more time, I was going to start screaming like a lunatic and running my head into the paneled walls.
I then stole some of those actors for…
A Commercial Shoot
A couple of weeks ago we shot four low budget commercials for our friend Steve who has a new computer shop. Three of us wrote four sketches and each took a turn at directing ours. In a short 10 hour day, we knocked out all four including one involving a fairly shy, but adorable three year old. The bummer bit is that we learned at the shoot not all of them would be used, so hopefully you’ll get to see mine one day. At the very least, I’m hopeful the cast for mine will be able to use their bits in their own personal reels – so when they’re famous they can say, “wow, I can’t believe I shamed myself like that”. My kudos to Gene, Taylor, Jonathan and Mike who were great to work with as always. Also, thanks to Topping, Mike and Jonathan for sticking around at the end and helping me with a project for my Video Sketch Class I’m currently in – a Blackout Sketch. My understanding of what that is – a very fast joke that leads with a misdirect. It’s the best I could think of while trying to produce a commercial shoot.
As for that Video Sketch Class
What can I say? The people are extremely funny. The teacher has a nice take on things. I’m learning, but I hate every single solitary minute I’m in it and I absolutely dread going. I’ve been sitting on my own personal ledge for awhile while Jay and some friends try to talk me down. I know it’s my crazy, but I can’t break out of it. There may be a separate blog piece on it and my crazy later. Three more classes (like years) – we’ll see if I survive that. No guarantees.
An Awkward Segue to New Orleans
Somewhere in all of this I went to New Orleans with April and had a grand time even if I’m not as plucky, fun or as fast moving as I’ve been on previous trips in years past. April said I’m supposed to tell you she didn’t try to kill me. All I’m saying is two of my toes are still black and its been 6 weeks since I’ve been there. Nosiree, didn’t try to kill me at all. That was all “me” mmm hmmm.
I did see and experience new things. I rode a paddle boat down the Mississippi in a rain storm, which was lovely, explored the cemeteries, visited a former home of William Faulkner (a co-worker asked me later who that was, please don’t make me hyperlink it – I believe in you), ate some amazing food, and of course, then tried to order nachos in New Orleans, because well… I’m not a very seafood-y person and nachos really sounded fantastic in that moment. I later griped about them to my husband in a text, and got a very sympathetic, “and that’s what you get for ordering Tex-Mex in New Orleans”. I also discovered Buc-ee’s a convenience store chain I had never heard of which I think I will make a blog post of its own.
That’s about it. I have no other adventures planned at the moment. No shoots. No writing (other than that Buc-ee’s thing). No shows. No trips until Thanksgiving. It’s back to my normal waddle-y, self-deprecating routine.
How was your summer?
Nodding and agreeable grunting is a life skill. (As long as people are still funny, you’re more than surviving)
What a lot of people don’t know about me is that I’m quite the accomplished nodder and agreeable grunter. Some might even go so far as to call me a natural – from a long line of nodders and agreeable grunters. Family gatherings are kind of quiet, but they are rather pleasant. 🙂
On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 6:27 PM, The Big Blue Mess wrote: