Off-Topic

I Never Trust Jesters

When I go on vacation (as I most recently did — went out to Mississippi to visit my sister and her husband), I often feel like I could use a second vacation to get back on track with life, one where I shut myself in a room for three days with a stack of Orson Scott Card novels and bolster my opinion that Bean’s character is far superior to Ender’s.  And, perhaps, if I had a more freelance profession like a writer or a life coach or a juggling instructor I could make room in my schedule for such detox — but, alas, as I have neither the education nor the experience to hack it as teacher-to-the-juggling-stars, I’m stuck for the time being as a government stiff in front of a computer, compelled by limited PTO hours to jump back into life’s routine without a running start.

I got back into town on Tuesday after being gone for 8 days, and I still feel like things aren’t quite right yet.  The last thing on my mind the past few days has been formulating thoughtful arguments for the explanatory merits of the Christian faith.

So, to kick-start the intellectual juices and overcome this bout of writer’s block, I’ve decided to ease back into my blogging routine with something a little… lighter than my usual fare 🙂 (more…)

A Complete Mythology of “Mary Poppins: the Musical”

Hey, check this out!… *dusts off blog* I forgot I had one of these lying around!

Just kidding 😉 Truth be told, I’ve been immensely busy these days, mostly in preparing to be in a local production of “Mary Poppins: the Musical,” wherein I portray the role of Bert.  It’s a significant experience for me, because it was precisely Dick Van Dyke’s portrayal of Bert in the movie that inspired me, at the age of three, to pursue the performing arts.  It’s been a great experience so far — we have a phenomenal cast and crew, and I think this production will be one for the books.

And, as I’ve always said, what’s the point in being in a musical if you don’t over-complicate and over-intellectualize it and ruin it for everyone else?

See, because this is the question that always gets asked: “What exactly is Mary and Bert’s relationship?  What is their history?”  And, since I’m portraying one of the roles central to this enigma, I see it as my job as an actor to get the the bottom of it — you know, motivation and all that.  So, I’ve been thinking about this for a long time (i.e. since I had a brief conversation about it last night at rehearsal with Christy, the actress portraying Mary), and I’ve come up with my interpretation of how Mary Poppins’ universe works, and what Bert and Mary’s history might look like. (more…)

Scared straight

Some off-topic fun today:  Lately I’ve been shaving with a straight razor.

I received a wet shave kit with a razor from my dad about a year ago for Christmas.  (I had actually told my wife I wanted a safety razor hoping to work my way up to the straight, but communication got crossed somewhere I think — I guess God decided I should just man up and go for right for it.)  I’ve been using it sporadically since, perhaps once every couple weeks.  It’s more time-consuming (I think because I’m not entirely comfortable with it yet) and there’s a steep learning curve, with unfortunate (and conspicuous) consequences. Trying to pass off a razor cut as a shark bite or something else equally manly will only work one or two times, apparently. (more…)

Christmas and Classic Movies

Hello Readers,

Merry Christmas, one and all!  Thought I’d post something quick and light today to have a break from the weightiness of the discussion on scientism.

I’ve had a cold the past couple days, and being not much use on my feet I felt a jones for classic movies.  So I watched most of Citizen Kane (am I a Philistine that I don’t see what’s so great about it?) and 12 Angry Men.  The latter, in my opinion, is one of the best movies ever made: If you haven’t seen it, get your hands on it ASAP and give it a watch — and if you have seen it, get your hands on it and watch it again.  Great movie.  (Some spoilers follow for those who haven’t seen it.)

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