We're coming off of a quiet, lie-low weekend. Tom and I both felt the need to stick close to home. I don't know about you, but as much as I enjoy getting out with my friends, dancing, eating, shopping... there are times when I just want to burrow into my cave, hide the entrance, and have some down time.
This was one of those weekends. Tom and I burrowed, going for walks, playing ping-pong, and tackling projects during the day (I cleaned bathrooms and my "library" - fun stuff like that) and then relaxing and watching movies at night ... "Gattica" (great science fiction) and "The Madness of King George" (historical fiction.) Both from the '90's. Both really good! Jude Law, Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Helen Mirren, Nigel Hawthorne... it was a star-studded weekend!
I never realized we missed so many good movies in the '90's. Grown-up movies, anyway. I think we were busy watching what the kids wanted to watch... "The Mummy", "Mystery Men"... I enjoyed those, too, but wow, how did I miss so many others?
But the big news of the weekend is... Tom fixed my lens!
Need proof? I took this of him cleaning up his tools at my junky little work area (he found the instructions on the internet)... the very first photo with my refurbished lens...
I swear, this man can do anything he puts his mind to, especially if it's going to save him some money! Even after almost 30 years, he still amazes me.
...now, I admit I had to nudge him a little to fix it. I planned to see my friend Amory Castro's play on Sunday, and I wanted to be ready to take photos if the chance arose... not impossible with my zoom, but a tad awkward. I didn't have to nudge too often or too hard, though. I didn't have to go into an all-out nag over it, thank goodness.
(But I was prepared to.)
I've always been too shy to be an actor, so it always amazes me how someone can step out on a stage and transform into a different person altogether.
It takes a great script, of course, one with believable characters, action and dialogue, and this play had all of those. The actors were amazing; even though this was all they had to work with - two tables, a ladder, and a branch -
- once the play began, instead of these simple props, I saw a kitchen, a meadow, a craft store, a dining room... pretty much a small town, right there in front of me!
How do they do that?
I forgot to take photos during the play - too swept away by the story! But I managed to corral Amory (on the right) and Erica Heidepriem, who played the part of Charlotte. for a couple of shots when it was over.
No way to get the rest of the cast - as you can see in the background of this one, they were already busy striking the set. Ah, show business...
(Open your eyes, Amory! You're a successful playwright!! Congratulations!)
Don't worry - it's not too late to see the play yourself! There are still two more performances of "What You Touch is Gold" at the Salvage Vanguard Theater - Jan 26th at 7:00pm and Jan 30th at 7:30pm.