Sunday, January 23, 2005
Snowy and beautiful
In spite of all the media exclamations of snow gloom and doom, it wasn’t that bad. It’s absolutely gorgeous outside, and I’ve enjoyed the beauty the snow brings to the area.
It barely started to snow as I came in to the city – although all non-emergency personnel were encouraged to stay home, and only two guys who couldn’t speak English and I were in our train car. Everyone made it in for the matinee and then stayed put. A friend and I ordered in Indian food for the break.
We had two sad incidents. The first is that the colleague for whom I am filling in this week lost her mother after a long illness. We’re glad she was already down there instead of trying to get there in a blizzard, but wish we could do something helpful for her through this. She still plans to be back at work next week. Also, during the second show, one of the ensemble injured his neck and had to be taken to the hospital. He’ll be fine, and I felt terrible having to climb around the EMTs to grab clothes and move the quick changes to another area. But, since they weren’t stopping the show, the changes had to continue.
I even got about three pages of Ransagh done and finished reading Bandbox on the way home.
Traveling back through the snow-covered streets was a bit effort-intensive, but it was so beautiful, and two friendly Norwegian tourists helped me scale a snow pile I couldn’t quite handle on my own with my bags. We had one of the GOOD trains back, and they’re only running diesel right now.
Supposedly, the storm will intensify overnight. I’d estimate we only had about 10 inches so far (by the time I’d left for work they wailed it would be 36), although they claim it will hit 36 inches by morning.
Because the moon will shortly be full, it’s also expected to flood tomorrow. Icy floods – not quite sure what that will be like. Guess I’ll find out.
All of us are hoping for a Snow Day tomorrow, but I doubt it will happen. I’m still irate that they pull us in to work in a blizzard without making any arrangement for accommodations in case anyone got stuck. Several colleagues offered me a place to stay, which was greatly appreciated, but I’m glad to be home. I’m relaxing with a nice glass of wine (part of which I spilled on the Ransagh folder, but I’ve rescued the manuscript pages before they got drenched. Ironic, when I was so worried and left them at home to protect them from liquid)!
I’m going to write Glamourous Hearts for Hereafter – that’s the romantic comedy set in 1920’s NY. I’ll need to do a bit of research on the end of WWI and read some newspapers – I want to make sure I’m not using references that are later in the decade than I want to set it. I start it Monday and it’s due February 21. I’m very excited.
Trains are only scheduled to run once every two hours tomorrow, so I’d better get some sleep, as I have to get up early and figure out which train I need to take. Provided we don’t get our much longed for snow day.
“Trust the storm” worked. I took a slightly different route from the station to the theatre, which kept the wind at my back the entire time instead of walking into it, as I usually do. That also worked coming home – and I was able to get home, which is better than I’d hoped.
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