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                       So this weekend I went Maryland to their Renn Fest.  Along the way my mother and I letterboxed.  We were invited to drive up with the group we were with, but instead opted to go alone because my mother likes to drive and we would be stopping a lot to letterbox.  So we got to Maryland and checked into our hotel Friday night.  We were staying in a hotel right by the airport that was 20 minuets from the Faire, while everyone else in our group was staying at somebody's house an hour away.  
                      Our hotel was really nice, except for the checking in part.  Mom had been told that we would have a fridge in the room and had planned accordingly.  When we were checking in the girl at the desk asked if we wanted a fridge in our room.  We said yes, and while we were waiting, a woman came down saying that there was no remote for the TV in her room.  The poor girl, who was there by herself and multi-taking as best she could, gave that woman a new room key.  We went up to the room, and there was no fridge.  So we went back down.  We waited while the girl was checking in two pilots and the woman from before came down and said that there was someone else in her new room.  We all laughed at this, and she and we got new rooms.  Up again we went, and lo and behold there was someone in our new room.  Back down we went, and finally said, just give us a room, we don't care about the fridge.  Third room was the charm and we went to bed.  Well not before watching a bit of TV, and we caught the second half of an episode of the show Girls Next Door, which is about Hugh Heffner’s three girlfriends.  I know, classy.  The reason we watched was because in this episode they went to the LA Renn Faire. We also made plans to meet Scarab, a native Marylandian and placer of a few letterboxes at the faire.  Then sleep.
                      Bright and early the next morning we got garbed and went to breakfast in such attire.  This sparked a conversation with one of the other hotel stayers, and we promoted the Faire before we even went.  We got into the car, got lost on our way to the faire, and still arrived ahead of our friends.  We hung around and enjoyed the people, then enjoyed the faire, until around lunchtime, I saw a man who was wearing a letterboxing patch on his backpack.  I asked if he was Scarab, and he said yes.  We sat down to a wonderful exchange and Scarab and I bonded over Edward Gorey.  His family went by the name Doubtful Guests as a unit, and he was part of a postal ring of Gorey art.  He had also been to the Gorey House and placed a letterbox there.  We parted ways, but not before he managed to plant a cootie on me.  Next we met back with our friends and hung out for awhile, and then they came with us letterboxing.  On of the shops at the Faire has a box in it, but when we got there Scarab was there and he said it was taken by some boxers that were there!  They were at the nearby pub, so we joined them for exchanges and to get the box.  Jackie and Lexi were with us and found the whole thing fascinating.  Lexi especially got excited about it and went with us to get the other two boxes at the faire.  (She even changed her plans so she could come home with us to letterbox!  I'm so proud.)  We shopped some more until the day ended.  Lexi, Jackie and the rest went back to the Hose, and we went back to the hotel.  We stayed awake for awhile, but we were pretty beat, so we fell asleep early.  
                      Early the next day we got up, got garbed, checked out, and ate breakfast.  Again the garb sparked conversation, and again we promoted the faire, though this day with a bit more enthusiasm after so enjoying the previous day.  We got lost again and mom cursed the Maryland Highways, but we again arrived before everyone else.  This day we resolved to see shows, and I adored London Broil, Shakespeare Skum, Johnny Fox, and Fight School. I bought myself some things and generally had a great time.  I was really sad when it was time to go.  We went back with everyone else this time to the house.  We went out for Seafood, which was OK, but the company made up for the not-so-great service and food ten-fold.  After that we went back to the house where we talked on the porch for awhile then went inside to bed.  
                         Monday morning I awoke to laughter from outside, and we again hung out on the porch, this time looking at pictures.  Our wonderful hosts served us breakfast and we spent some time laughing and visiting.  The it was time for us to leave.  As I mentioned above Lexi changed her plans so she could letterbox on the way down with us.  We did just that, so she got her first 10 finds in one weekend.  I also broke 100 finds at this time, and couldn't feel more proud or geeky.  We took Lexi home, through Knightdale while she gave us a fascinating tour.  No really, she gave us a fascinating tour of Knightdale.   Finally our day came to an end and I fell asleep quickly. 
Current Mood:
cheerful cheerful
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 I broke 100 Letterbox finds!
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I apologize for not posting recently, but school, work, and the new play have taken over.  School started last week, and I like most of my teachers.  I'm taking Intro to Computers, Abnormal Psychology, Storytelling, and Western Civilizations 2.  I've made some new friends, and some old friends are in the classes with me.  (I'm so glad H is in Intro to Computers with me, she makes it a lot less boring)  Work is the same.  I am no longer allowed to have headphones, so I started watching movies with the sound off and the subtitles on.  I just finished Rain Man.  It's interesting to see Tom Cruise before he went crazy.
Then of course there is the play.  I had it pointed out to me that I never said who I'm doing it with or what play it is.  Originally this was because I was afraid that if I talked about it on my blog, it might come back to haunt me.  However, because my current readership is limited to a small group of family and friends, I don't think I have anything to worry about.  So, the play is Twain By the Tracks, with the Cary Players.  Don't bother to look up the play, it isn't a published work, or rather it is, but not under that name.  It consists of a bunch of one act plays by Mark Twain. Some are published by Samuel French under the title Five One Act Plays by Mark Twain, though they are actually adapted from his short stories.  Some are adapted from other sources, such as Tom Sawyer.  The title comes from the fact that the building we are practicing and performing in is by a train track.  I have a very small part, well two tiny parts.  Yeah, yeah, I know there are only small actors, but come on, 11 lines!  But it’s a foot in the door I guess. 
Anyways, I guess the point is that while I am still alive, I won't be posting as often as I was. 
Current Mood:
tired tired
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I have recently been trying to get into shape, via weight lifting, bike riding, and walking on a daily basis.  And I'm not doing it for a role, a boy, or even for myself.  I am doing it because I value my brains.  When the zombie uprising comes, I want to be able to out run the living dead.  I have also been studying the Zombie survival guide, and plan on reading World War Z.  You may laugh, but it gets me to the gym.  Thusly I am cheered by the knowledge that my government is addressing this threat.

Current Mood:
amused amused
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I usually look to my cell phone to tell me what time it is, but lately I've been thinking about getting a wristwatch.  Of course, with me, it can never be a simple watch.  I want one that expresses my personality somehow.
I could try a Dalek watch, but I don't want that much evil on my wrist. (They also have a TARDIS watch)
There is an entire set of Alice in Wonderland watches, with art from the original books.
Or how about a pirate watch
Duct tape, anyone?
Finally we have a Shakespeare watch, with the line, from 12th Night, "O time you must untie this, not I, it is too hard a knot for me to untie."

How can I decide?

Current Mood:
amused amused
Current Music:
Because of You - Kelly Clarkson
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I got in!  I'm really excited, and don't really have anything else to say.  First rehersal is monday!
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Meg, the brains behind Cute Overload, hasn't posted in 3 days.  She usually posts 5 or so times a day.  (Not long winded blogs of course, mostly pictures with a comment)  This happened with PostSecret a couple of weeks ago.   It is usually updated every Sunday, but one Sunday there were no new postcards.  I wasn't upset, just worried.  Turns out the guy behind it just took a break (his first since starting this a few years ago) and he was fine.  So even though I had never met this guy and know nothing about him personally, I was one of thousands of people who were worried.  The internet is a wonderful thing isn't it.  I feel for Meg, who posts multiple times a day, because I post an average of once a week (except this week for some reason).  

Current Location:
Job #2
Current Mood:
worried worried
Current Music:
Stuck in the Middle With You - The Radio
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So my new cell phone came in the mail yesterday, and I like it ok, but I miss my old one.  I'm always amazed at how attached I become to inanimate objects.  My car, my laptop, my phone, all of them are extensions of me.  It feels weird when one changes or gets replaced.  I guess I'm just a really sentimental person.

My audition went well last night, I hope (knock on wood).  I felt I could have done better, but I think I showed my talent well.  I must admit that this group's audition process isn't nearly as nerve wracking as RLT's.  RLT has auditions on Monday and Tuesday, callbacks are announced at 2 on Wednesday, but callbacks aren't held until Saturday.  Then the cast list is posted at 2 on Monday.  So if you auditioned on Monday, you have an entire week of worry.  Well if you worry like I do.  The group I auditioned for last night holds auditions on Monday and Tuesday, Holds callbacks on Wednesday, but only if needed, then announces the cast on Friday.  

I really want to go letterboxing but it is too hot.  Yeah, I know, its Summer, and therefore naturally hot.  However, the part of my brain that makes me Bi-Polar, and is therefore whacked, is also the part of my body that regulates body temperature, so I have trouble with that too.  When it gets hot out I get cranky, sleepy, and I feel sick.  Now try adding in a hike to go letterboxing and I have trouble breathing.  So, I guess I'm trying to say that Summer Sucks and I wanna go letterboxing.  I would be a horrible Egyptologist.
Current Mood:
drained drained
Current Music:
White and Nerdy - Weird Al
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So I think I'm seeing things.  Allusions, that is.  See, I'm reading (well, listening to) Eragon by Christopher Paolini, and there is a scene that, to me, screams act I scene iii  from Hamlet, which is also one of the most quoted bits of Shakespeare.  Maybe I'm reading too far into it, but I can't imagine I'm the only one this has occurred to.  Yet, as far as I can tell, no one else has written about it.
Next, I was listening to the soundtrack to the new Hairspray movie (which I loved, by the way.  Go see it!) and there is a moment when the Dynamites, 3 african-american singers shout, over the course of a song, "Lookout! Lookout! Lookout! Lookout!"  Well this reminds me greatly of the opening song from my other favorite musical Little Shop of Horrors.   In it the "greek chorus" of 3 black women sing "Lookout! Lookout! Lookout! Lookout!"

Speaking of my two favorite musicals,  it occurred to me that they have had very similar paths.  First they were movies, with little or no singing, then they were reinvented as successful Broadway musicals, then made into movies.  Also both had their endings changed, in Hairspray I understand and like the change, while I think they should have left Little Shop alone.  I can only think of one other show that that has happened to, The Producers, though I am sure there are others.  It could happen to Legally Blond, but I don't know if it is successful enough.  

Well,  I have an audition tonight.  Wish me luck.  Or leg breakage.  Whatever.

Eye of the Tiger
Current Mood:
chipper chipper
Current Music:
Ladies' Choice - Zac Efron
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When one spends most of your work hours surfing the internet, you come across some strange stuff.  StumbleUpon doesn't help either.  So I had to share.  I will warn you, any link marked with an asterisk is gross.  Only those with strong stomach's should proceed to those.  They are, however still interesting.
The first, and probably grossest, is Stinkymeat*.  This is an experiment in what happens to meat when left to the elements.  
Secondly, I present Steve Don't Eat It!*  It is precisely what the title implies.  This has strong language, but it extremely funny, to me.
Next, Kitsch Korner.  I have a policy against anything spelled wrong on purpose, still this is another funny site.  It makes fun of homemaking manuals and Cookbooks of the 50's.  My favorite has to be the last one listed in 1940's to 1970's category, a book called Alcoa's Book of Decorations, which is, in fact a book of ways to use aluminum foil to decorate.  I kid you not.
 
Well that is all for now, I actually have to work now.
Current Location:
A chair
Current Mood:
complacent complacent
Current Music:
Boondocks - Some Country Band
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