Sunday, July 10, 2005

Sunday, July 10, 2005
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Chiron Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Hot, cloudy and humid

What fun yesterday was!

Of course, after being sunny and lovely all day, the minute I walk outside to trek to the train, a deluge explodes over the town – thunder, lightening, pouring rain! But by the time the train reached Grand Central, it was sunny and lovely again.

Meeting Debra was wonderful! There’s always a wonder, meeting someone you’ve known online for a while, if they’ll be different from the online persona. The only difference is that Debra is even more vibrant and wonderful in person – and she’s pretty amazing on the page! I took her backstage and showed her how things work. She met some of my colleagues – actors, dressers, and sound people – and I got to take her underneath the stage, where the automation runs.

We went over to Maison for a lovely dinner and talked and talked and talked and talked. Then we strolled around Times Square – you’ve got to see the Crossroads of the World if you’re in NYC! We went up the glass elevators in the Marriott Marquis. Unfortunately, they renovated their 8th floor restaurant – it used to be a revolving one, with the best views over midtown one could imagine. Now, it’s like any eatery with windows out onto the Square. What a lousy “improvement”!

So we went back down, through the famous Shubert Alley, and to Sardi’s for a drink. If you love the theatre, you’ve got to go to Sardi’s. The staff’s very nice, there are people from all over the world, and, of course, the caricatures on the wall are amazing.

I love re-experiencing the city through a visitor’s eyes. It reminds me of all I’ve loved about the city and experienced in it.

I pointed out my former apartment building, and we headed back to the theatre up 8th Avenue. We ran into one of my best friends, a guy I haven’t seen for a few months because our work schedules kept us separate. He walked partway back with us, en route to his own show, and we all caught up. I dropped Debra off at the show, and I came home.

The only unfortunate part was my choice of shoe was less than wise. It was one of the first days without the tape on my broken toe. So I picked a low-heeled sandal with a closed toe. Unfortunately, the soles are a bit slick and, although the shoes seemed comfortable when I put them on, by the time I got home, I had blisters under the balls of my feet.

But it was worth it!

More frustration with the KIC publicity revolving door. Supposedly, there is yet ANOTHER new person – the last guy didn’t even make it a week. The publisher knows I’m pissed and OVER it all, and had her contact me immediately. I responded this morning, as politely as I could under the circumstances, sent her a batch of info on unfinished projects and told (not asked, told ) the previous guy to turn over our lengthy e-mail discussions from the past few days.

This is my business, not my hobby. KIC does not pay the bulk of my bills, yet it eats more and more and more of my time, mostly because I have to redo the same work. I’m not talking about revisions – I’m talking about redoing publicity stuff, repeating conversations, resending stuff that’s been lost . . .enough already.

I managed to do quite a bit of work on the text for both new DE pages and for the Cerridwen’s Cottage site. I want to rebuild the latter – the page that’s up is really only a temporary holding page. I’m slowly learning how to do it, but it is learning a foreign language. At least I managed to switch over the blog template and not lose anything. Thank goodness all the stuff Colin told me over the months when I’ve had blog problems actually STUCK and it only took me about 45 minutes to get it transferred. I’m fortunate that Colin is such a good teacher. But, because my brain works differently than a computer program – in other words, my idea of “logic” is quite different – sometimes he has to re-explain things because I don’t quite get them the first time. In other words, I’ll think I’ve got it and go sailing along, and then it turns out not to be right, and I don’t see why because I followed what I thought was the correct procedure, but I have a typo or what I thought was the correct coding wasn’t.

I’ve been so frustrated with the PR stuff that I haven’t focused on Elusive Prayers the way I should be, and it’s due on the 15th. So, I better get to it.

Lovely drive to Hartsdale yesterday morning to find the perfect buttons for the journal travel packs. If I can get snaps and buttons done tonight, the first three journals can go out tomorrow, with the fourth going out at the end of the week.

Phew!

I keep forgetting to relate an amusing anecdote from Friday afternoon. I was done with my day call early and dashed to Grand Central to catch the earliest train I could back out. With everyone so tense from the events in London, it was eerily echoing in the warren of tunnels that you can enter from farther uptown (quicker to get to the trains sometimes).

Anyway, as I’m barreling through the oddly quiet corridors, I realize I’ve accumulated about a half a dozen or so commuters that are working to keep up with me.

I finally stop and turn around and say, “Is there something going on that I should know about?”

“You look like if something went wrong, you’d have a plan,” one woman said.

“Well, I do know where the exits are.”

“So we figured we’d stick close by.”

“If this was Lost, you’d be Jack,” one guy said.

“I’d rather be Sawyer,” I replied. I thought about it for a minute, and then said, “Hey! What’s wrong with being Kate? I AM a woman, after all.”

“Kate hesitates,” someone else said.

“Okay. Then I’ll be Sawyer.”

And off we went. I thought it was pretty funny. Shows what all of us like to do on Wednesday nights, right?

Better push aside all the annoyances and work on what’s important.

Devon
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3 Comments:

At 2:55 PM, Blogger Michelle Miles said...

Sounds like you had a great day, blisters and all! :)

 
At 2:00 PM, Blogger Eileen said...

Our family is enjoying our Wednesday Family Game Nights. I'm so glad that we've carried on with carving out time for a get together to play games, enjoy a meal and discuss world events.


However, as each week comes and goes it is becoming increasingly hard to wait for the return of LOST.

I'm feeling the need!

 
At 9:26 AM, Blogger Debra Young said...

Hi, Devon! You're too kind! It was great to meet you. Thanks for showing me about. My friends are probably sick of hearing me talk about the wonderful time I had. I hope we're able to get together again some day. Happy writing! d:) (Like the new blog look!)

 

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