A recap on the places that I’ve been…
First off I ended up working for the first half of the weekend. I’ve been one of the technical resources on a project we’ve been working on for the last four months, and last weekend was finally the end of the project, where we deployed everything out. So I had to "come in" on the off-hours to work on the installation & upgrade. I ended up working on Friday from 9am-1pm, spending time with the fam, then going back in from 4pm-12am. Then I woke up early Saturday morning and worked from 8am-12pm again, then I spent a good part of the weekend monitoring. The good news is that outside of a few hiccups here and there, the upgrade went without a hitch. We didn’t have any major issues and now I am ready to move into my next fun project here at work Hopefully things will begin to calm down, but we’ll see…
So when I finally got my work done on Saturday I had lunch with my mom and my uncle (who was visiting in town all this week – there’s where I’ve spent a lot of time this last week), ran some errands with them and then went home to get ready for my big date with Bethany to celebrate her birthday
On Friday I surprised her by having flowers delivered to her at work, and in the flowers was a card that finally revealed what I’ve been planning (she has been in suspense all month): Saturday evening at the Boulder Dinner Theatre to see the Wizard of Oz So that’s where we went on Saturday.
We had a blast! I hadn’t been to a dinner theatre in like 6 years, and I’ve forgotten just how much fun they are! The dinner was pretty good, but it’s obvious you go for the entertainment. We had seats at the highest level in there, in the middle, towards the left. The play was a blast! There was tons of singing and dancing, and I loved the acting! My favorite characters were the Cowardly Lion & the Tin Man. The Tin Man’s costume was really cool, except he had this silver thong thing over his spandex (ummmm.. yeah). I’m not the biggest theatre buff out there, but I was very impressed. I enjoyed the way they did some of the "effects" from the movie: the tornado, the "no place like home" sequence, along with the flying monkeys and the jitter-bug scenes. The sets were really cool, especially the Wizard (with the exception that they could have put some black fabric inside his mouth so we didn’t have to see the guy moving it.
Bethany and I had a blast. In the beginning though, I did something really stupid. Right as the play started I thought to myself "It’s so quiet in here, it would really suck if someone spilt their drink." and sure enough, freakin’ me moved my arm and knocked my coke over, getting it all over the table. Luckily the table-cloth absorbed a lot of it, then I was able to quietly clean it up with the napkins, but I felt like a total dumbass. Argggh…
Seeing all of those songs again was awesome. It’s been a good 10 years since I’ve seen the movie, and I never actually saw the live production before. It was awesome re-living those songs again. One in particular cracks me up. It’s the one when they first get into the Emerald City and sing the "Merry Old Land of Oz". In case you don’t remember, some of the words are:
"Ha – ha – ha, Ho – ho – ho – And a couple of tra – la – las
That’s how we laugh the day away, In the Merry Old Land of Oz!
Bzz – bzz – bzz, Chirp – chirp – chirp – And a couple of La – di – das
That’s how the crickets crick all day, In the Merry Old Land of Oz!
We get up at twelve and start to work at one.
Take an hour for lunch and then at two we’re done.
Jolly good fun!"
Well to show you how much I’ve been shaped by comedy, all I could think of was the "Family Guy" version of this song when Lois talks about how she doesn’t want Chris to go to prison because "(she) know what goes on there. We’ve all seen ‘Oz’ " then cuts to these guys in the shower singing:
"Scrub scrub here! Scrub scrub there! Whether you’re white or bronze!
A man can wash another man in the merry old land of Oz!"
lol, too funny…
So that’s how my weekend went. Today was spent doing some work, cleaning up my place and taking a break after a busy few weeks. Tomorrow I get to go back to the grind and work – beginning another busy week. Tomorrow night is a Pastoral Council meeting, so I’ll bet I’ll have some thoughts on that tomorrow (never too much drama).
More to come tomorrow