Monday, May 3, 2010

A Little More about Life than Movies

Well, things certainly are interesting right now.  My soul is slowly being devoured by "Grease" and I feel like I barely have time to breathe.  I did a costume run this weekend, and I'm trying to get my publicity kids on the ball.  Also, it seems that everyone wants our auditorium during our production week...which makes it difficult to rehearse and build the set.  We open a week from Friday, and I'm rather proud of myself that I haven't yet started to freak out.  I think we'll be fine...well, I hope we're better than fine but right now we're sitting pretty at fine.  I expect that the kids will really pull it out by next weekend and we'll be great.  Hopefully everyone in the audience thinks so, you never know.  I've never directed a musical before and I'm finding it relatively easy...though much more choppy an experience than doing just a straight play.  You can't run everything all together until weeks into the production, which makes everyone very antsy.  We only started seeing coherency last week, and its looking more and more like a show.  My biggest fear is that we will be missing a costume or prop on show night and it will mess us up.  We've got good people though and no one wants us to we'll make it.

After that, we will be two weeks from the end of the school year and I can't believe how quickly this year has passed by.  I can't wait for summer, as I'm looking forward to some R and R as well as taking some theater related classes for my license renewal.  I get to spend part of the summer in Athens, which will be great as I still have some friends here, and I'll get to do some travelling.  But the big news is that right at the end of the school I get my new Home Theater set up!  I will be retiring my old CCT tube HD set (which has been slowly dying for about a year) and my old Onkyo audio reciever for a 50 inch 1080p plasma television (either a Sammy or a Panny (that's Samsung and Pannisonic for the uninitiated) and a fresh Onkyo 7.1 reciever with HDMI inputs.  Oh, and I'll have to get a fresh TV stand.  Its a lot of money to spend, but its so worth it to finally launch myself into the HD arena.  I've had a Blu-ray player since Christmas, when Dad got me a PS3...and I've been watching BD discs on standard definition you realize what that does to a movie geek like myself?  It makes me feel....inadequate.  But that will soon end, and I will have a set up to make other buffs jealous.  Now, you're probably wondering....will he be getting 3D?  The answer is...yeah, eventually.  I figure in a few years it will be as common place as plasma TVs are now, just another feature if you will.  Right now, however it is not perfect.  Don't get me wrong, I think it looks cool...but its not a sale or no sale thing with me.  So yes, I'll be getting 3D eventually...when it becomes a more integrated and user friendly technology (its just too soon right now).  The only sad thing about my new set up is that I will only get to use it for a few weeks before I have to move to Athens...but Dad will have a similar set up so I'm not missing out too much.

Other than unbridled averace and fun times, there's nothing else filling up my summer and I kinda like it that way.  In the past I've always had to work during the summer and it often slipped away from me before I could really enjoy it so this time, I plan to enjoy my time.  I shouldn't be bored because of the course work, and I'll still get my teacher pay throughout the summer so there's no financial crisis and I won't need to do minimum wage work (no Cold Stone...yeah!).  I'm really genuinely excited and I hope it doesn't disappoint.  Well, time to get back to work.  I'll be back later.

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