Oh it's blazin' hot and I've given up. Birmingham will just have to deal with my pale, pale knees. :/
tomorrow:

Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Harrison Museum
Aldridge Botanical Gardens
Vulcan Park

+ camera + battery
In Birmingham now and deciding that tepid cold water is worse that tepid warm water. :/

My schedule for tomorrow is being reworked as quickly as I can think the possibilities through. I think I may visit the Botanical Gardens since they are open at the crack of dawn, and lately (read: the last 9 months), my acquaintance with the crack of dawn has been ridiculously frequent to such a degree that it's unwanted.

Alabama is lovely. Mississippi is lovely. I stayed in Tupelo, MS and saw Elvis' birthplace. I drove the Natchez Trace Parkway and saw a Christopher Durang play Beyond Therapy with [livejournal.com profile] shonn who was beyond nice to suggest the performance.

I'm now on the southern-side of Birmingham, and will enjoy the cold, cold AC that is making the late night exterior mugginess relatively bearable. That, and the wireless internet availability means that I can check things online instead of depending upon those heavy, heavy AAA books that I brought with me (and may abandon).
RARGH!

less than 24 hours before I'm meandering through O'Hare to catch a flight... things left to do:

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more little blanks filled in.

This is nothing compared to the Word document that I need to fill in, with a bazillion boxes, and maps, reservations, and contact information.

planes, trains, and automobiles )

Theatre, theatre, and other stuff.

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The rule of flight purchases always comes into play.

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Why?

Jul. 13th, 2009 04:33 pm
If I'm willing to take the train slash underground system from (DCA) Reagan International, why wasn't my brain equally willing to take the MARC train from BWI (Thurgood Marshall/Baltimore-Washington International) in order to land back into the City?

Obviously I fail at geography once more. I think I will opt for Delta as ATL/BWI with checked luggage which would still be less than Delta ATL/DCA with no checked luggage. Else, I should leave my Leatherman kits at home and buy another one while I'm in NYC (again!)
Usually I wouldn't step foot into a casino since my track record there is more mediocre than winning. Nonetheless, I did trek up to the casino's Entertainment Centre yesterday evening because Liza Minnelli was giving a concert and well... why resist?

It was a 90 minute set list, and much of it following Liza's at the Palace.

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Ah! Back from yesterday's Liza Minnelli concert... awesome seats and a lovely 90 minute set from Liza with a Z. Audio should be forthcoming soon. Preferably before I run off to hot and hotter places.
or so the parody goes... :)
I has two. If anyone requires one, comment, and I shall distribute all two of them. :)

Of course, I should also be writing, and I'm not... and not even for the lack of trying. :/ WOE.

Random...

Jul. 5th, 2009 10:45 am
I'd never noticed the strange discrepancies between clothing sizes until I started paying attention to the differences. I presumed that if I pulled two shirts out of the SAME stack (of the same colour: Pacific blue) at the store, that they should be the same in fit and so forth... and yet, yesterday, not so much. Was looking for collared golf shirts, or what most would call Polo shirts, or I've heard others call them Izod shirts, and learned that one size at this store does not carry through to other stores, and sometimes, even the size at the same store will not be consistent. :(

So I came back with shirts from TH (the place with the inconsistent size), EB, but not PRL (their 'classic' seems to change every year - how is this classic?). Colours are: dark navy, pacific blue, blue, and black.
Oh Happy Independence Day to my friends in America... :) I'll probably hop across the border to watch the fireworks display and so forth. :)

Schedules

Jul. 2nd, 2009 10:41 pm
So. (shed-joules, or sked-joules?)

The tentative planning is as follows:

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Or so the Beyoncé lyrics might suggest. However, turning to the left, only to scrap the right knee against a sharp edge (courtesy of Ikea) is not how I'd want to describe the state of the knee at 6AM. There was skin and blood shed and I hope that any scabbing and peeling will happen quickly before I start traveling.
These are prompts from the [livejournal.com profile] even_angels_ prompt community which is organized (and prompted) by [livejournal.com profile] fewthistle and [livejournal.com profile] flying_peanuts. :D :D

The prompts are actually the first and last sentences of the drabbles (in italics).

I. )
II. )
III. )
I'm not sure I like the translated lyrics...

June 26, 2009

THEATER REVIEW | 'TWELFTH NIGHT'
I Love You, You’re Perfect. You’re a Girl?

By CHARLES ISHERWOOD

“Most wonderful.” The exclamation of joyous surprise that bursts from the lips of Countess Olivia at the climax of “Twelfth Night,” when she discovers that her new husband appears to have divided himself in two, seems an apt reaction to the scintillating new production of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy that opened Thursday night at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

“Twelfth Night” is a perennial favorite, and with its multifaceted plot mixing sweetness, sadness and silliness it is also about as surefire as Shakespeare plays get. If the romances are dreary, the comedy may still crackle. And vice versa. But this polished staging, expertly directed by Daniel Sullivan, is the most consistently pleasurable the city has seen in at least a decade. And it is certainly one of the most accomplished Shakespeare in the Park productions the Public Theater has fielded in some time. Incidentally — or perhaps not — the varied talents of its all-American lead cast help restore faith in the city’s ability to cast Shakespeare in depth.

All together now: most wonderful!

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Some days, I'm glad that there are nine justices on the Supreme Court because my mind boggles at having something like this decided by one Justice (especially if it was Justice Thomas who seems to always land opposite to my opinion).

June 26, 2009
Supreme Court Says Child’s Rights Violated by Strip Search
By DAVID STOUT

WASHINGTON — In a ruling of interest to educators, parents and students across the country, the Supreme Court ruled, 8 to 1, on Thursday that the strip search of a 13-year-old Arizona girl by school officials who were looking for prescription-strength drugs violated her constitutional rights.

The officials in Safford, Ariz., would have been justified in 2003 had they limited their search to the backpack and outer clothing of Savana Redding, who was in the eighth grade at the time, the court ruled. But in searching her undergarments, they went too far and violated her Fourth Amendment privacy rights, the justices said.

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Rethinking Gender Bias in Theater
By PATRICIA COHEN

When more than 160 playwrights and producers, most of them female, filed into a Midtown Manhattan theater Monday night, they expected to hear some concrete evidence that women who are authors have a tougher time getting their work staged than men.

And they did. But they also heard that women who are artistic directors and literary managers are the ones to blame.

That conclusion was just one surprising piece of a yearlong research project that both confirms and upends assumptions about bias in the playwriting business.

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So, round 1 was my random mp3 playing, round 2 was random mashups as suggested by other people, and this round 3 is based on songs suggested by other people..

The songs are loaded to the folder here: http://www.sendspace.com/folder/jwu24z

Feel free to suggest songs/artists, and I'll write drabbles based from them. :)

3.1 )
3.2 )
3.3 )
So, round 1 was my random mp3 playing, round 2 was random mashups as suggested by other people, and this round 3 is based on songs suggested by other people..

The songs are loaded to the folder here: http://www.sendspace.com/folder/jwu24z

Feel free to suggest songs/artists, and I'll write drabbles based from them. :)

3.1 )
3.2 )
3.3 )
June 21, 2009
Theater
The Three Sisters of ‘Twelfth Night’
By PATRICK HEALY

AT the first preview performance of “Twelfth Night” this month two newcomers to Shakespeare in the Park — the actresses Anne Hathaway and Audra McDonald — were greeted by the sort of old friend oft seen at the Delacorte Theater: a raccoon, waddling across the stage during the first scene between Viola (Ms. Hathaway) and Olivia (Ms. McDonald). Audience members giggled, but the two women did not break focus.

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I'm woefully behind on a bunch of things... but this --

If there is one person or more on your friends list who makes your world a better place just because they exist and who you would not have met (in real life or not) without the internet, then post this same sentence in your journal.
Title: Tip
Fandom: DWP
Words: 320 words
Notes: Miranda Priestly
A/N: Written for the prompt meme and [personal profile] punky_96's prompt on the phrase: "You sunk my battleship." followed by Emily giving a tip.
A/N2: A sequel to Wet for [personal profile] punky_96.

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Title: Tip
Fandom: DWP
Words: 320 words
Notes: Miranda Priestly
A/N: Written for the prompt meme and [livejournal.com profile] punky_96's prompt on the phrase: "You sunk my battleship." followed by Emily giving a tip.
A/N2: A sequel to Wet for [livejournal.com profile] punky_96.

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Title: Wet
Fandom: DWP
Words: 282 words
Notes: Miranda Priestly
A/N: Written for the prompt meme and [livejournal.com profile] punky_96's prompt on the phrase: "You sunk my battleship."

Wet )
Title: Wet
Fandom: DWP
Words: 282 words
Notes: Miranda Priestly
A/N: Written for the prompt meme and [personal profile] punky_96's prompt on the phrase: "You sunk my battleship."

Wet )

[livejournal.com profile] ellixian!

Jun. 19th, 2009 10:10 am
Happy birthday :)


May the next year be full of happy flails :)
Title: Loco
Fandom: DWP
Words: 241 words
Notes: Miranda Priestly
A/N: Written for the prompt meme and [livejournal.com profile] streep_party after [livejournal.com profile] ll_alleycat and [livejournal.com profile] ff_addict78 asked what happened next.
A/N2: This is a sequel to Smooth and uses a mashup prompt provided by [livejournal.com profile] la_fono

2.31. Loco )
Title: Loco
Fandom: DWP
Words: 241 words
Notes: Miranda Priestly
A/N: Written for the prompt meme and [profile] streep_party after [profile] ll_alleycat and [profile] ff_addict78 asked what happened next.
A/N2: This is a sequel to Smooth and uses a mashup prompt provided by [personal profile] la_fono

2.31. Loco )
Hmmm... apparently Hart House is presenting the Canadian premiere of Bare: the Musical this summer (July 17 through to August 1). See this for ticket information: http://www.uofttix.ca/view.php?id=518

Why do I know this? Apparently, this production has a twitter thing and pinged a request to me the perennial non-twitter-er. O+o; Whatever.
Just because I love to see discussion on line readings - from inanimate (words on the page) to animate (speech on the stage).

the spectator

The Best Way To Speak Shakespeare

It will make you catch your breath.

By Ron Rosenbaum

Will she do it as a dirty joke? I'm talking about a certain line in Twelfth Night that can be read either way, innocuous or salacious. And I'm talking about Anne Hathaway, the beautiful Hollywood ingénue most known for squeaky-clean roles (though there was Havoc and the ex-junkie she played in Rachel Getting Married). Anne Hathaway, who, as I'm sure you know and will nevertheless be told incessantly, has the same name as Shakespeare's bride, is doing Shakespeare in the Park this summer.

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August: Osage County to End Broadway Run June 28

By Ernio Hernandez
June 17, 2009

The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning August: Osage County will end its Broadway run June 28 at the Music Box Theatre, producers announced late June 17.

When it closes, Tracy Letts' acclaimed drama — which opened on Broadway Oct. 30, 2007 — will have played 18 previews and 648 regular performances.

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Title: Smooth
Fandom: DWP
Words: 328 words
Notes: Appearances by Nigel Kipling and Miranda Priestly
A/N: Written for the prompt meme and [livejournal.com profile] streep_party for [livejournal.com profile] rysler
The prompt was: Muses are evil.

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Title: Smooth
Fandom: DWP
Words: 328 words
Notes: Appearances by Nigel Kipling and Miranda Priestly
A/N: Written for the prompt meme and [profile] streep_party for [personal profile] rysler
The prompt was: Muses are evil.

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There is lolling about even though the birds (which are robins) are up at really inhuman (but very bird-like) hours (4-ish?).

random discussions on what to do with two weeks in hand )
These are prompts from the [profile] even_angels_ prompt community which is organized (and prompted) by [personal profile] fewthistle and [personal profile] flying_peanuts. :D :D

The prompts are actually the first and last sentences of the drabbles (in italics).
I. )
II. )
III. )
These are prompts from the [livejournal.com profile] even_angels_ prompt community which is organized (and prompted) by [livejournal.com profile] fewthistle and [livejournal.com profile] flying_peanuts. :D :D

The prompts are actually the first and last sentences of the drabbles (in italics).
I. )
II. )
III. )
1,600+ songs into the folders... so, anyone/everyone can do this here meme with all the songs here: http://www.sendspace.com/folder/gc6d4s

2.28 )
2.29 )
2.30 )
1,600+ songs into the folders... so, anyone/everyone can do this here meme with all the songs here: http://www.sendspace.com/folder/gc6d4s

2.28 )
2.29 )
2.30 )
Dear Driver of a Silver Sedan;
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