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Strapping on in for the ride

Ah, the rollercoaster of my life. Looks like its off again to another fine adventure.

Today was going so smoothly, too. Nice day at work. Chatting with friends throughout the day. Making plans to see people. All good.

Went to go see Hairspray with Lolita. Great show, and Bruce Villanch steals the stage.

Then comes intermission, and the news. My mother is being admitted in the hospital... again.

She has been running a fever for the past two days, sometimes as high as 104. Shivering, always cold, not good. So, into the doctor's today. We find that her blood pressue dropped dramatically... 60 over something, according to my father (his memory isn't so good.) Once they got the IV in her it rebounded, thankfully. Tomorrow they do tests to figure out what the hell is happening.

Back to the show, because what else was I gonna do? Second act better than the first, then the nice ending. After all the applause died down, Bruce Villanch shut us all up, gave us a few more zingers, and then gave an empassioned speach over the importance of New Orleans to the artist community. They then asked for everyone to contribute some money in the buckets waiting for us on the way out, with the quote "if everyone here gives a dollar, that's $1,500." It turns out all of Broadway is doing this.

Yet another example of why I have always loved theatre and the people drawn to it. I have always found that community to be leaps ahead in terms of ethics and care for the world, compared to the rest of the entertainment industry. I'll never stop going, if only for that reason.

Tomorrow will be another day. Hopefully my mother will be out soon. Back to work.


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Sep. 1st, 2005 04:43 am (UTC)
Thank you from and for the Big Easy!
Everything will be appreciated. Sitting here in Houston with friends from our local club who moved here a year ago (actually during Ivan evacuation) it is frustrating to see a city lost and feel so helpless. It is heartening to know that there are efforts such as this on a grass roots level to aid in the relief effort.
Sep. 1st, 2005 05:08 am (UTC)
OH NO! So sorry to hear about your mother. If there is anything you need, please don't hesitate to ask.

i agree about theatre folk.
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Sep. 1st, 2005 02:53 pm (UTC)
There are plans hatching for me to come out and teach in Seattle. Your ass better be there when I do.
Sep. 1st, 2005 07:47 am (UTC)
keep me posted.

We can talk more tomorrow.
Sep. 1st, 2005 12:04 pm (UTC)
Good luck to your mother!
Sep. 1st, 2005 01:33 pm (UTC)
I think sometimes people up here in the Pacific NW get very removed from the rest of the world. Or maybe it's just the people I work with, I dunno... But I've been disturbed. For example, not once did anyone say anything about Hurricane Katrina in my professional life, until I brought it up a couple times over the last week.

Thank you for giving me hope that there is still compassion and public investment out there - and it's not at all about the money, but the money will save lives.
Sep. 1st, 2005 01:53 pm (UTC)
I'm so very sorry to hear about your mother *hug*

I will keep her in my thoughts.
Sep. 1st, 2005 02:45 pm (UTC)
I'm really sorry to hear about your mother...she's in my thoughts.
Sep. 1st, 2005 03:02 pm (UTC)
Oh honey... I hope your mom is feeling better soon.

Glad you enjoyed Hairspray. I just loved the end of that show. I'm stingy with my standing ovations, and I leapt to my feet. I was grinning for about a half hour after.

I was going to email you today -- Jason and I were thinking of trying to see "Pillowman" in a Saturday matinee this weekend, either through discounts (sometimes they're around on Labor Day weekend) or TKTS. Not sure if you'll be up for it with your mom and your schedule, but let me know? I'd love to spend some time with you and finally do theater with you.
Sep. 1st, 2005 03:46 pm (UTC)
Hi Sue, I don't know you, but GO SEE PILLOWMAN! The most phenomenally written, acted, staged, and directed piece I've seen in, quite possibly, my life, and I go to the theater a lot. It's a hard piece to sit through, but with a healthy dose of levity, and ultimately very rewarding. Two thumbs way way way up.

Sep. 1st, 2005 04:26 pm (UTC)
I don't know you either, but I've often seen your name on LJ in my friends' posts. :) Wow, that's some review! I've been dying to see it, and reading what you wrote just confirms that I have to get there before it closes. I'm hoping we can swing some not-so-pricey tickets this weekend, but if we can't... I'll pay full price. (And I rarely say that.) Thanks for the two cents -- definitely worth more like a nickel.

So Phil... you in? you free?
Sep. 1st, 2005 04:31 pm (UTC)
I'm in. Might be for two (eisa might be in town as well.)
Sep. 1st, 2005 04:37 pm (UTC)

It would be great to see eisa, hope she can make it.

Any chance of getting an answer on whether you need two tix soon? There's a great discount out there -- $50 (+ usual service charges) for this Saturday's matinee, and there's still good orchestra seats available. Same cost as doing it through TKTS, and saves us the time standing in line and wondering. Let me know...

Oh, and we can move this out of your LJ and into email, I guess..
Sep. 1st, 2005 03:15 pm (UTC)
Mmm, hugs for you.
Sep. 1st, 2005 03:46 pm (UTC)
You've got a friend
Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, all you've got to do is call, and I'll be there, yes I will...
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