Monday, October 16, 2006

God Bless Us Every One (And There's A Lot)

Here's an interesting old Tom Spurgeon article about "A Christmas Carol," in honor of my next musical. (Also my last musical for a while, I dare say, since I feel like I've really hit the limit of my ability to contribute to that exciting form-I need to do a few small-scale plays again.)

Anyway, this production has the biggest cast I've ever seen. I think there are more people in this show than Bush has looking for Osama bin Laden. There's a slew of people I've done shows with, which is one of the best parts of doing community theatre.

Friday, October 06, 2006

War on Hornets

I know I'm not the first person to think of this, but suppose the government had declared "war on terrorism" after the Oklahoma City Bombing? Imagine if they'd had soldiers occupying rural towns, firing cruise missles into Baptist churches, bars and pool halls, abducting folks with anti-federal government leanings and torturing them in secret locations? I know a few Clinton-haters with guns who only needed a flashpoint to join an insurgency. I suspect the USA would look a lot more like Iraq currently does.

So I'm glad the government didn't do that. Instead they treated it like a law enforcement situation, so the only anti-government types they threw in prison were the ones who'd actually pulled the bombing. So the others had no real excuse to insurge, if "insurge" is a word. If only the Bush Administration had shown such restraint.

If you don't kick a hornet's nest, you're less likely to get stung. If hornets build a nest on your porch, smoke 'em out, but don't declare war on hornets and go looking for nests to kick.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

33

Sunday I turned 33 and my electricity went out. Coincidence or omen? A friend of mine sez this is my Jesus year. Great. The pressure's on.

Anyway, there's so much theatre in town this month! There's about a half-dozen shows I wanna see over the next few weeks.

I also gotta scrounge up a halloween costume for a party. Perhaps someday I will have a girlfriend with whom to do one of the two two-person costume concepts I yearn to do: Connie and Raymond Marble from Pink Flamingos, and Cora and Clarice Groan from Gormenghast.