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Avatar Wednesday

January 13, 2010

Patrick and I finally were able to see Avatar today. We went for the IMAX 3-D version.

I, for one, really enjoyed the film. Ok, so the basic plot may not have been the most original thing ever to grace the big screen (my personal favorite interpretation is Ferngully meets Terminator). But I thought the telling of the story to be enjoyable and compelling.

And, boy, was it visually stunning!  I loved how subtle the 3-D effects were. Sure, there were the classic gimmicks that are in everything like this (floaty dandelion fluffs that almost tickle your nose…). What was impressive was the depth in every scene. It felt like we were simply on the other half of a room full of people, that the forest really would go on forever.

That was awesome.

Patrick’s Windows 7 upgrade is going to drive me crazy. … Well, let me correct. Getting his Blackberry to work as a modem with the required Verizon software on Windows 7 is going to drive me crazy. Everything else seems to be working so well as of yet. Better than so well, in fact.

Why can’t this?!

Argh. I will try again in the morning. See how that goes.

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Sushi Tuesday

January 12, 2010

Today, we finally did what Patrick has been waiting to do since we last left Florida: Go to Kyojin for lunch.

Kyojin is a haven for sushi lovers. Their lunch buffet is $10 and they have quite the selection of sushi. And, for the non-sushi eater in the group (that would be me), they have really nice pot stickers, excellent spring rolls, and a small mongolian grill that gives me a happy tongue. We went today to the Boca Raton location with the Jousters and had a marvelous time. I think, perhaps, next week we will renew Sushi Monday and go to the one we saw in South Miami.

It was Windows 7 installation day, too! I have never done a clean install of an operating system and was quite nervous about whether we properly backed up the key files (namely Patrick’s email). But it worked! Hooray!

In order to complete the install, we had to find some internet and power. We have power at the tent, but no internet. In the process, we found a new place to eat! It is called 100% Natural Restaurant, has vaguely Mexican flavors, and incredibly affordable prices! I think we have found our new favorite restaurant.

But they are about to close… so I must wrap up. I sigh a happy sigh.

Things are Heating Up

January 11, 2010

It was so nice to get out of bed and not shiver. Patrick was convinced that it would be cold but, while it was not precisely warm, it was not terrible.

Monday is Laundry Day; not quite as exciting as Sushi Monday with friends. We could probably have held off until tomorrow had we not dirty clothes left over from before we flew out after Louisiana. Ah, well. That is what happens when you wear things, right?

We had a run-in with a lizard this afternoon. Well, not so much a run-in as it was an encounter. And maybe even that is too strong a term. Ok, we saw a lizard. Patrick saw him first, then made sure to point him out to me. I was happy to have had my camera with me!

He was actually rather large for a lizard to be found in the parking lot of a laundromat, but considering he looked like a tiny crocodile I would say he is a lizard of a little size. I looked online for what kind of lizard he might be and came up fruitless. Perhaps someone who watches my smugmug will let me know what kind of lizard he is…

How the Winds Do Blow

January 10, 2010

Ok, and I thought the rain was bad. Today was brutal with that windchill of 15-20 degrees. When the wind would die down for ever-so-brief moments, it was actually quite pleasant. But then it would come back and the moments would be ruined.

However, bless ‘em, people came out today! We had four singing shows, which is fun and all but nothing passes time on a festival day like doing our real shows. Also keeps the blood going with all that bouncing around. It is days like today that make me want to learn a performable skill.

We did see several friends who come to the Deerfield Beach show (which is about an hour north of here and about a month from opening!). That was nice.

As we walked back to camp for lunchtime, Patrick and I saw a beautiful thing. The ocean was the most stunning turquoise! White caps dotted the surface. It was breathtaking. Is it not wonderful how beauty can be found in the most challenging of times?

(Even so, I am very much looking forward to the weather turning around. My fingers are numb as I type this and the wind continues to howl. I would rather hear the sound of the ocean than the sound of our tarp rustling.)

I sent Patrick back to the tent at the end of the day with our lunch bag and thermos while I put things away. We would meet at the pub tent for pub sing shortly. As I wound the power cord for our mic boxes, I heard someone making bird noises. Looking up, peeking over the backdrop of our stage, was Ace!

Ace is a falcon, a kestrel I believe. And he is my favorite falcon ever. He is tiny and I love him! We walked by the falconry area today and he was so fluffed up because of the cold! Adorable! Ray, the falconer, said he was on his way home while feeding Ace (who munched away the whole time) and he ran into my “man” who asked him to come visit me. Ace has such beautiful markings. He kept spreading his tail, which I assume was to help battle the winds while he perched on Ray’s hand.

That little visit made the afternoon better. Still cold! But warm on the inside.

I have a thoughtful husband. :)

We Are In Florida, Right?

January 9, 2010

Wow. I was rather excited for this day. Looking forward to a new festival, excited to be part of it from the beginning… And then the weather hit. It was sort of surprising after such a lovely Friday. I had hoped it would not be as bad as everyone was predicting.

False hopes.

It rained in the night, misted all morning, and then started to rain again. We were all being troopers. We were ready to fight it out, plough through our shows. We did the opening gate parade. Twice in fact, for the live feed. Patrick and I stood on stage and sang for twenty minutes.

But no one came.

It was a sad morning.

After the festival closed forty-five minutes after opening, Patrick and I went back to the tent, exchanged our soaked clothes for dry ones, and took a nap. At lunchtime, we ventured out in search of wi-fi and soup. It took longer than it should have, but that extra time in the car with the heater going at full blast was heavenly! We finally ended up at an Offerdahl’s in South Miami for several hours before zipping up the road to the cinema.

The plan was to see Avatar in IMAX 3-D. When we got there, it quickly became evident that everyone in Miami had the same thought for what to do today. It was sold out, the next showing was sold out, normal 3-D was sold out, and 2-D did not show for several hours. Our next choice was for Sherlock Holmes. We were two people away from the front of the line when the time flipped over to sold out too. Grr.

So we wandered around the mall (which was of the outdoor style with some covered walkways) until Patrick decided he wanted Cold Stone Creamery. Okie dokie! And, actually, it was delicious! And since the store was gently warmed, it was actually quite comfortable to sit in.

As we huddle in the tent until bedtime, space heater going as hot as it can, the wind whirling outside, I cannot help but wonder: is it natural for a tent bend inwards like that, even with the bendy poles? Come to think of it, is it natural for Florida, southern Florida at that, to be this cold???

I just want it to be nice enough to be able to wander down to the beach without becoming an icicle. Or even just to the port-a-potty. :|

Last Day of Vacation

January 8, 2010
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What a day off! … Well, it was not, really.

After sleeping in sort of, Patrick and I started off our day by going to the bath house and having lovely, COLD showers. We found out shortly that the power had gone out in the administrative buildings in the park, and apparently that includes the bath house. Which is better than our initial thought that it was going to be a long two and a half weeks!

Then, after getting half registered (again, the power issues) and our props unloaded at our stage, we ventured into Key Biscayne in search of breakfast! Which may as well have been lunch, since it was already 11:00. We ended up at a little bakery called La Boulangerie. Yum!

After that, we went back to Jouster Camp to help out with a promo. Patrick got in basic costume and helped squire while I tended to Lulu. She cracks me up (she is three) and I think I got the better half of the deal. Then it was time to get back on the road to get our last-minute supplies, some for the weekend and some for the full run. It turned out to be a lovely day and Patrick and I shared a sundae. Yum! Again!

When we got home, Patrick unloaded the car (completely!) and started to get the tarp atop the tent while I attempted organizing our stuff into a space too small to hold it. This was interrupted by the cast, vendor, and crew meeting for the festival.  We then waited in line for our passes (power had come back) and by the time we got back to the tent, it was quite dark. We did our best to finish up (I finally resorted to putting things back in the car), took our showers (hot water this time), and were ready for bed!

But I had promised Patrick a walk on the beach, not realizing the unpacking/sorting business would take quite so long. So we got our coats on and wandered on down, trying to stay out of the water and enjoying the patterns on the sand. It was not a long walk, but it was a pleasant one. The Atlantic stretched farther than we could see and the stars peeked out between the fluffy clouds.

That was the best part of the day, and a great note on which to end our time off.

Two More Days…

January 6, 2010

I was right. Once the plane took off, all was fine. And neither Patrick nor I really slept much last night. But that is fine. The blueberry muffins I made last night were scrumptious for breakfast! And for second breakfast…

Now we are back in Louisiana for the evening. We arrived in time to help our friends bury their dog. :( It was hard; I do not do well with loss. But I am happy we could be here for them. Lighten the mood at times, or offer a hand when needed. We talked a lot about the circle of life, about losing loved ones. But we also talked about happy memories and happy moments.

Tomorrow we head off to Miami. With any luck, we will get there before it is too dark to get our tent set up. Otherwise, it will be a cold night in the car! But it will mean an early morning, so I must away to bed…