Wednesday, November 30, 2005
My program for "Kiss of the Spider Woman" lists three actors who are happy, three more who are delighted, one who's excited, two who are very excited, and one each who are glad, pleased, thrilled and, finally, tickled pink to be appearing. It gets worse. Several bios include thanks at the end to friends, family, lovers (straight and gay), God--you name it. There are also dedications of the performance to someone special and messages in acronyms that only one or two people will be able to understand. It looks like the program bio is morphing with the acceptance speech the actor hopes to deliver at Boston's annual Elliot Norton Award ceremony. It also looks uncomfortably like the program material at a grammar school production. Basingstoke! (Gilbert & Sullivan fans out there will understand that reference).
We're in another run of unseasonably warm weather days. Not that I'm complaining, given home heating costs this year. We reached the lower 60s in Boston on Tuesday and mild temperatures will persist through Thursday. When I came home on Tuesday night, the front of my house was covered with small, prettily patterned moths--probably 60 or 70 of them, all in the light from my outside light fixture. These guys were supposed to be dead a month ago. The fact that they popped up this week leads me to think they're a whole generation whose larvae were supposed to remain in hibernation over the winter and come out next spring. Well, they're here now. Amazing. So, will there be any moths next year or will the entire generation get wiped out when the cold returns this weekend?
Also, Fritz told me this morning that there's a daffodil up and getting ready to blossom by the flagstone walk leading down from the Center to his house. This season reversal is really something.
Below is an example of the latest spam I've been getting on my primary email account, the one provided by MIT that has supposedly unbreachable spam filters. Shorter and far more amusing than the long-winded Nigerian money transfer scams, they have internet translation site services written all over them:
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Like to Hell, perhaps? I know better than to click on that. And right after Thanksgiving, a "precise weighing up" is probably NOT a good idea.
Will is ecstatic to the point of creaming his briefs to be back posting again at DesignerBlog. Since his last three posts (in which he was like totally overwhelmed, eternally grateful, and absolutely stupefied, respectively) he has designed Anouilh's "Leocadia" at MIT and been hired to design Lee Hoiby's "The Scarf" for Intermezzo, The New England Chamber Opera. Opera Pig that he is, he's also accepted an invitation to join Intermezzo's Board of Directors. Will wants to thank his wonderful husband for putting out on a regular basis (ILYFAAW), and his cat for allowing him into the bed she sleeps on. Thanks to my daughters for putting up with me all these years. Go New York City Opera!
Isn't it scary that gMail has a hundred times better spam filter than the pinnacle of technology school that is MIT?
Did a quick google-monkey dance and found this:
"The word Basingstoke ...a city in England...is used in the operetta Ruddigore, as a reminder to a once-mad maid ...that she should not relapse into madness, and that she should control her behavior."
Oh, and, ugh, here comes the cold outside...
I've always wondered if those who are very excited score more points toward being cast in the next production than those who are only excited or just glad. I took my parody over the top, of course, but yes, the real bios are very much like that--one after another after another.
However, I AM an opera pig--big time.
I figure the real gung-ho attitude works best with gung-ho employers from gung-ho new companies that want to do a kick-ass job making a name for themselves as a gung-ho kick-ass can-do company.
I bet it works less with world-weary employers who've done and seen all the bullshit and really just want to hire a good person for the job.
I suppose in theater, every new show is a new gung-ho kick-ass enterprise, so this approach works.
Just a theory, though.
Help, please. All recommend this program to effectively advertise on the Internet, this is the best program!