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These ten (10) questions originally came from a French series, "Bouillon de Culture" hosted by Bernard Pivot. They're better known as the questions that James Lipton asks every guest at the end of "Inside the Actor's Studio." 

1. What is your favorite word? 
singing

2. What is your least favorite word? 
utilize

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? 
Good music/well done performances

4. What turns you off? 
meanness

5. What is your favorite curse word? 
Damn

6. What sound or noise do you love? 
voices in harmony


7. What sound or noise do you hate (dislike)? 
loud thumpty-thump bass

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? 
oceanographer

9. What profession would you not like to do? 
sales

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? 
Rehearsal's at 8
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For britgeekgirl, radarwylie, and everyone else who hasn't seen it.

http://tennantnews.blogspot.com/2009/08/david-tennant-russell-t-davies-exit.html
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I don't expect anyone to get all 25 questions right. If I've done this correctly, most people should score less than 50% correct.

www.quibblo.com/quiz/apt4wIL/Uber-geek-Classical-Music-Quiz
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First, my new-ish Canon XSi, with the f/2.8 zoom takes very acceptable opera pictures in a darkened theater. This means that the pictures with the 85mm f/2.0 lens will be super! ANd in one evening, I gained back most of my photographer's eye. It's been Too Long since I did enough photography.

And digital photography means never having to pay for development, so I can take as many pictures as I want.

ziibphoto, watch out! :-)

Second, I got cast in a show!! It is a sort of one-day Topsy-Turvy. I will be the Bass. I have solos. Whee!!!!

This offsets some of the worries for a little while.
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In case you haven't seen it:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/torchwood/download/

Torchwood plays
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So here's my unscheduled posting of what's happening to me...

Hmmm.. Dickens Fair 2008 went well - I think the Music Hall was a successful show, at least it started on time and ended on time almost always - the only problems were with AL taking too much time, the lack of volume from JP and KM.

On the plus side, RF & MM & EG were spectacular - especially EG who exceeded her own expectations (though I knew she could do it the first time I heard her).

And of course, PJ was a fantastic chairman.

I wish I wish I wish there was a way to do the Music Hall outside of Dickens Fair, but I just don't have the money.

Pirates went well, too - especially with ME having changed in appearance for the better.

Then, after the new year, I got laid off from my great job in early February. THis sucks, as I was perfect for the job - both a training and an accounting background! My boss even offered to resign instead of me, because she knew the company needed me more than her. But the stupid ex-IBM CEO couldn't see that. Even though the ONLY thing that was marked down in the PC magazine review was that the product was "hard to learn" (that happened before I could start on End User training).

So here it is, nearly 5 months later and I'm still unemployed. I've had to stop helping DB and BW financially, which breaks my heart, but I have to take care of my own house first.

On the good side, I've been able to sell some Lego sets to bring in a bit of extra cash. They were Arkham Asylum (7785) sets which I wouldn't ever really use,a nd I made great profit on each...

I did have some high job hopes for a little while - in late April I heard from a recruiter about a job that I know has been open for over a year - and I got through the phone interviews, resume look-see and onsite interview really well. That meant I got to fly to London for the final round of interviews with the company brass. Telecommunications industry, which I have very little background in.

And there's where things went wrong. They sent me a scenario (customer-facing technical briefing) that I had to prep a 45 minute presentation on, with my UK interviewers playing the roles of the customer. The goal was to leave the customer feeling good about 'our' technical ability and expertise, and customer-oriented focus.

I didn't really know how I was going to proceed, and so after the coaching session I got (which everyone gets) I put together a slide presentation to help get me through the meeting. Now, the VP had asked me if I had slides when I arrived in the morning, and I had said no, so he was surprised when I asked to use the projector.

Because I'm not a telecom expert, I punted a lot on specific technical questions about equipment, falling back on "our team will do whatever it takes to enable your success" as a mantra. Well, apparently that was the wrong thing to say, as I didn't get the job - and they weren't sure I could make a week-long class fun and entertaining for the students. (My job is to teach them, not entertain them). I thought that in light of the requirement for customer-focus feel-good, I was judged unfairly. OTOH, there would be a long ramp-up time because of my lack of industry experience.

So it all came to naught, though I did get one evening out at a pub.

And amazing coincidences with people I met while traveling - proof that the world really is smaller than we think.

Back to square 1. Recruiters who contact you, chat you up, take your resume, then never call you back or answer their phone/email. People who think their bits and pieces of writing and SME interviews and a few presentations make them a senior technical communicator / trainer (YES, L. - I'm talking about you!!!)

And god knows WHY they are considering LR as the SM for the Big Venue,w hen most of the management dislike her and she has the people skills of P12 (extra-coarse) sandpaper which is 90% of the job.

Grr.

Especially since because Stark Ravens are coming back with a new Panto, so there will be only one performance of the G&S show at Dickens 2009, and my Music Hall is history because there's no time for it. At least it's a new G&S show - Mikado...

Anyway - I'm feeling isolated, lonely, panicked over lack of money, and hopelessly despairing of ever getting a permanent job (and attached benefits) anytime in the rest of my life (assuming I'm not living in my car at the end of the year).

Now you know why I rarely post here. The world has enough troubles without my unloading everything onto you who have read this far.

And if you have read to this point, thank you. And please consider getting hold of me for nighttime gatherings. I do have wine I can bring....

Ouch!

Apr. 22nd, 2009 04:07 am
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Oh yeah - about 2 weeks ago, I fell down the front steps of our house, onto 3 boxes of books. My right hip is still hurting from that one. This may be a permanent injury, but without insurance, I can't go see a doctor.

It is affecting how I walk, even.
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So SUnday afternoon, Denise & I spent several hours consolidating the storage unit down from 5 x 15 to 5 x 9 - this will save $50 per month.

It meant getting rid of a couple of office chairs, which we now won't ever need, a large wicker storage chest, and 3 shelves from a Banker's bookshelf set (Don't panic, Babs - they are the units from Roger's set, and he dumped the base years ago. I still have a complete set if you want them.)

But the moving of stuff tired us both out completely. And it was scorching hot, too. We didn't really recover until Tuesday morning. (Monday was a complete loss).

But Denise is not happy that we are spending so much money on storing Lego. So the next step is to clear out ots of stuff from the garage so we can get all the stuff from the storage space into it and stop paying for the storage space.

The biggest things to get rid of are two really fabulous deco chairs with really wide sold arms - almost like built-in tables. They need reupholstering, but the frames are in good shape. we just don't have room to use them.

And what do I do with the sound system stuff? I have 4 great concert speakers, a great pre-amp and amp, a good 8-channel (6 XLR) mixing board, and 2 solid speaker stands. And at least 7 mic stands, and roughly a dozen microphones.

This is all stuff that was really useful when I was doing acappella, but I doubt that I'll ever be in a group again; I'm getting too old for it, really. If the economy was better, I'd try to sell it...
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Using only song names from ONE ARTIST, cleverly answer these questions. Pass it on to people you like and include me. Try not to repeat a song title. It's harder than you think, although it really isn't.

Pick Your Artist: Elton John

Are you male or female: Big Man in a Little Suit

Describe yourself: Heart in the Right Place

How do you feel about yourself: I'm Still Standing

Describe where you currently live: Shaky Ground

If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Made in England

Your favorite form of transportation: Let Me Be Your Car

Your best friend is: Old Friend

Your favorite color is: I guess that's why they call it the blues

What's the weather like: Empty Sky

Favorite time of day: Don't let the sun go down on me

If your life was a tv show, what would it be called: Madman across the water

What is life to you: Too Low for Zero

What is the best advice you have to give: Circle of Life

If you could change your name, what would it be: Captain Fantastic

Your favorite food is: Elderberry Wine

Thought for the Day: Don't go breaking my heart

How I would like to die: Last to Arrive

My soul's present condition: Rocket Man

The faults I can bear: Sad Songs

My motto: I Just can't wait to be King
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I need help creating a Yeoman/Beefeater drawing in Illustrator. I have good source photos, but I'm no visual artist.

I can't really pay, but I have lots of Lego I can trade for your services...

The goal is to come up with designs for a Lego minifigure costume (stickers) so I can really display Yeomen of the Guard in Lego...this is the last frontier for this project!

Anybody interested?
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1 question...
1 chance...
1 honest answer...
That's all you get...

Ask me 1 question.
Any 1 question, anything,
no matter how crazy it is.
An honest answer.

No catch.
Except one. All comments will be screened so your question stays private between you and me, and only you will get to see my answer to your question.
But I dare you to repost this
and see what people ask you.
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RE.0900021 -- Performer 1

DEPARTMENT: Educational Theatre Programs

SCHEDULE: Full-Time Regular, 40 hours per week, Day shift. Monday
through Friday: 7:30am to 4:00pm.

EDUCATION:

High school, acting training. Bachelor's degree in related field
preferred. Valid California Drivers License.

LICENSE/CERTIFICATION: N/A

QUALIFICATIONS:

Desire to work full-time, term acting position with community
services health education theater programs. Ability to learn and
perform a variety of roles; ability and willingness to participate in
ensemble process. Background and training in theater performances
essential. Ability and desire to play characters between 12 and 18
years old for "Peer Education" component of program. Re-hire
dependent upon continued ability to look and act the assigned part
appropriately. Demonstrated commitment to working with ages 5-18
years old. Willingness to be excellent role model for making healthy
choices. Photo and resume are required. Must be able to work in a
Labor/Management Partnership environment.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Health education training and experience. Touring theatre experience.
Bilingual Spanish, Cantonese, or Tagalog preferred.

SKILLS TESTING: N/A

DUTIES:

75% Responsible for exercising discretion and independent judgement
while touring in accordance with position duties and Kaiser
Permanente policies. Perform all aspects of position, which includes,
but is not limited to, preparation, rehearsal, and performance for
acting roles assigned. Apply creative, original and intellectual
skills in developing and performing various roles and scripts.

10% Participate in training of health education and peer counseling.
Serve as a peer educator and role model for students at all times.
Represent ETP to the community and media. Appear at community and
company events.

15% Work with and perform for audiences of different ages, different
socioeconomic backgrounds and social climates, in a manner that
captures audience's attention and interest and most effectively
communicates health education message.

Assist with evaluation of program effectiveness by gauging level of
audience responsiveness and providing feedback. Approximately 8-10
weeks out-of-town travel required. Drive company vehicles, set up and
strike set, production related administration work.

Consistently supports compliance and the Principles of Responsibility
(Kaiser Permanente's Code of Conduct) by maintaining the privacy and
confidentiality of information, protecting the assets of the
organization, acting with ethics and integrity, reporting
non-compliance, and adhering to applicable federal, state and local
laws and regulations, accreditation and licenser requirements (if
applicable), and Kaiser Permanente's policies and procedures.

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The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me. It will be about or tailored to those five lucky "victims."

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:
- I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!
- What I create will be just for you.
- It'll be done this year.
- You have no clue what it's going to be. It may be fic. It may be poetry. I may draw or paint something. I may bake you something and mail it to you. It might be Lego. Who knows? Not you, that's for sure!
- I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.

The catch? Oh, the catch is that you have to put this in your journal as well, if you expect me to do something for you!
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Rules: It’s harder than it looks! Erase my answers, enter yours and send it to 10 people, (or post it to your journal). Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following questions. They have to be real places, nothing made up. Try to use different answers than the person who sent this. You can NOT use your name again in the boy/girl question.

1. What is your name? Paul

2. A 4 Letter Word: Pail
3. A Boys Name: Peter
4. A Girls name: Portia
5. An Occupation: President
6. A Color: Purple
7. Something you wear: Pants
8. A Beverage: Pepsi
9. A Food: pasta
10. Something found in the bathroom: paper
11. A place: Paris
12. A Reason for being late: procrastination
13. Something you shout: Pack it in
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Regfoghorn is a contractino of the stage name I use at Dickens Fair - Reginald Foghorn

Reginald was always a favorite of mine (so veddy British) and Foghorn gives people an idea of my vocal range (bass).
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I hope that 2009 brings all of us much more happiness and prosperity than we had in 2008.

Hugs to you all to start the new year with.
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Here I am as a junior in high school.


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