Sunday, August 17, 2008

recap '08

I'm home now, and ready to shut this site down for another year. It was an amazing month, and with the exception of my missing wallet (which I was notified yesterday was found!), everything went smoothly. Unfortunately, coming home has been more difficult than usual. As I sat on the plane from Newark I started getting chills, which broke into sweats, which became a monster flu. Yesterday, pushing myself a bit too hard while working on the lawn, I threw my back out. And then last night I received word that my younger sister and her husband had been in a small plane crash, and had been burned pretty badly. They are alive, but could certainly use your prayers to ease a difficult recovery. They have four small children. It's been an adjustment, certainly. But all of this makes me even more grateful for my wonderful, caring wife, who soldiers on with energy, enthusiasm, and wit. I have missed her so much and it's good to be back home.

A couple of details about the trip, more for me to remember than anyone else:

The Group:

Alex Ungerman, Jaclyn Hales, Emily Dabczynski, Anne Mangum, Kevin O'Keefe, Scott and Alta Stringham, Daniel and Liz Whiting, Joe Spear, Jacob Squire, Jana Grass, Anna Mortimer, and Kelsey Howell.

I read:

Will & Me: How Shakespeare Took Over My Life by Dominic Dromgoole

I listened to:

The Mysterious Production of Eggs by Andrew Bird
Armchair Apocrypha by Andrew Bird
Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends by Coldplay
Leaves in the River by Sea Wolf
Pride & Prejudice by Dario Marianelli
Atonement by Dario Marianelli and Jean-Yves Thibaudet

People I met:

The Irish/Spanish couple I sat with on the plane over, Charlie Chaplin in a tutu, Murch and John, the old woman who sat by me at Pygmalion, the grouchy lady at the Jarndyce Book Shop, Nigel from Southwark Cathedral, Gary Reimer, Bruce Young, my friends in the standing-only line at the Donmar, the bossy lady at St. Martin's-in-the-Field, the Brazillians, Sam Andrus, Naomi Miles and Emma, Richard III, Emma Rice, David and Gillian, the "always behind my back" guy, the bellhops at the Ajiel (he and she), the nice metro ladies in Paris, the Hegstrom-Pratts, Christian Emmerson, Dreen and Paul, Jason the coach driver, Eric and Sara Davis, the tour guide at Hall's Croft who was obsessed with Mormons, the bobbies in Victoria Park, Ciaran Hinds, Tom Wilkinson, Will Young, Kate and Matt Ngai, Kekoa and Carolyn, Christina and Nick, An American Named Eric, Shirley from "Best of the Fest," the man who got mad at me at the Tattoo, the lady from New Jersey who was smuggling Scottish Bread and was trying to cure Alzheimers.

Quotes to remember:

"MaMA! No que pasa NADA?"
"Flat 17.....wha-WHAAAAA!"
"Tangerine, Tangerine pants."
"Tragic. Tragic, really. Cast himself in all the parts. Tragic."
Any line from James Blunt's All the Lost Souls
"You old rat! You Jesuit!"
"I'm having so much FUN (fake laugh)"
"Three things I love: FUN, LOVE, and KISSING."
"No Student."
"Heyyyyyy (raising the roof)"
"I love Captain Wet-Wet."
"Who killen 'em in the UK? Everybody gonna say UK..."
"That's where Queen Elizabeth was born."
"That's Madame's house from The Aristocats."

My favorite shows:

The Chalk Garden
The Merry Wives of Windsor
Brief Encounter

Pretty darn good:

The 39 Steps
Twelfth Night
Pericles Redux
The Two Widows
King Lear
Macbeth: Who is that Bloody Man?
Revenger's Tragedy
Some Trace of Her


A Slight Ache
On the Waterfront
Timon of Athens

Avoid at all costs:

Taming of the Shrew

DVD's I watched:

Deadwood: Season One
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Little Britain: Season One

TV I watched, via the internet:

So You Think You Can Dance
Project Runway
The Closer

I think this completes my account. This was a wonderful trip. Until next summer, Cheerio!