January 31, 2009

The wind in Wellington is like an abusive lover. It punches you and pulls your hair and tries to shove you out into traffic but then it repents and gently caresses your cheek while whispering apologies. Don't believe it, it's just waiting to throw dirt in your face again.

And in haiku form:

Wind in Wellington
shoves like an angry lover
then coos to make up

January 28, 2009

There's a dog named Al in rehearsals who may be the coolest dog ever. First of all, he's named Al. But in a close second, he will sit ignoring a piece of ham between his paws for five whole minutes until he is told he may eat it. And if you run into the street with him at your heels, he will stop at the edge of the curb and look at you with an expression that clearly says "Moron, don't you know that's the STREET?"

I am reminded of Poe when I'm with Al. Mostly because she never met a rule she couldn't break and an attempt at discipline she couldn't flip her tail at.

And this is probably the fundamental difference between cats and dogs. It's not just that dogs are trainable, it's that they care what you think of them. So they aim to please. Whereas cats, you know... let's just say they are a set of opposable thumbs away from ruling this world with an iron paw.

January 25, 2009

I have decided that today is David Bowie appreciation day in the Crypt.

In his honor I have compiled the top five reasons (among hundreds) why I love David Bowie.

5. He just gets better and better looking with age.


4. He played a sexy vampire in The Hunger opposite Catherine Deneuve.


3. He was Jareth, the Goblin King, in Labyrinth.


2. His songs are heavily featured on the soundtrack for The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.


1. He did Under Pressure with Queen.
I've finally put my finger on precisely why I dislike doing rehearsal notes so much. It's not that I think they're intrinsically useless - quite the opposite. I fully understand their value. The whole production team benefits from the constant flow of communication. It's just that essentially what they are for me, since I'm the one who has to write and send them every night, are homework.

Homework!