|Everyone Has a Summer They Want to Remember
||[Aug. 21st, 2009|02:25 pm]
Got some time to myself, so time for an overdue update.
This has been one fantastic summer, marked by four major events.
Life really is pretty good right now. Tomorrow I'm going to North Carolina for a week to install hardwood floors with my aunt for a lot more money than I could possibly make at Target. Then the next semester will start and we will see how far I can ride this crest of this high and beautiful wave.
- A Girlfriend. I've been dating Jess since April, so for about four months now. It was super casual at first and has progressed to the pretty serious. As I've gotten to know her, it has slowly dawned on me that she is exactly what I've been looking for in a girlfriend since I've started being interested in girls: someone who doesn't get sick of watching movies with me, someone to fall asleep with, non high maintenance and has a mean sarcastic streak. She's crazy about me and I'm growing just as crazy about her. By a million miles the most rewarding relationship I've ever been in.
- The Lighting Final. For my Advanced Lighting Final, the assignment was to put moving lights to the song(s) of your choosing, with your actual grade being based on your performance in front of a live audience. I chose the crazy noise metal band that is the brainchild of Mike Patton, Fantômas, the songs being 04-01-05 Friday, 04-02-05 Saturday, and Cape Fear (with my preshow music "The Beatles: Hello, Goodbye" lulling the unsuspecting portion of my audience into a false sense of security, lol). I poured all my heart, sleepless nights and technical abilities into this project, probably tallying around 50-60 hours of programming time on the light board in the studio theatre. And the result was as perfect as I could ever have hoped for. I picked frantic music that was never boring in any spots, which meant me having roughly 300 light queues, with the majority being bumps (0 counts). SO much timing and precision was required, so I can say without the slightest hint of arrogance that I even impressed myself. I will forever remember the loud cheers when my show ended and I brought the house lights up, knowing the applause was all for me and my creation, the sense of overwhelming accomplishment and approval; it might just very well be the proudest moment of my life so far. There will be a DVD of it some day, as it was video recorded, so I could probably share it with all of you sometime in the future.
- Beauty and the Beast. I stage managed the FCCJ theatrical production of Beauty and the Beast , by far the biggest production I have ever been associated with. It was another huge time commitment, but it got done. Disaster was around any corner, from keeping everybody calm to major sound issues (GodDAMMIT Sean!), from Beast flying issues to the 700 pound false proscenium crashing to its destruction just a few feet in front of dozens of children. But it all came together. Stage management has definitely made me into a more responsible person, as a great deal of responsibility falls upon the stage manager of every show. I do need a break from stage management, as I have either stage managed or assistant stage managed a show the last four semesters. Both of those jobs require you to be there for every rehearsal. I will be Master Electrician for this next show, a job that I only show up for about the last month. I'm looking forward to it, lol.
- Moving Out of Melrose. They can call it The District or even Green Acres, it's just a name. It's Melrose to me, and moving out of there is long overdue. I moved to Riverside with my best friend Mae. Jess wasn't cool with it at the beginning, but she's getting better. It really is a gorgeous place. I have about three times more the space than I did at Melrose. I absolutely love the location (you can walk down the street, bounce a bouncy ball and hit historic Five Points, a cool place in Jacksonville that has lots of potential photos for http://www.latfh.com). As we are slowly furnishing the place, it is slowly becoming home to me.
Everyone has a summer they want to remember. I think I may have had mine.