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“…and everything will be just fine.”

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"...and everything will be just fine."

Monday – 31 January 2011
Another week begins. And this one starts with Mother Nature’s frozen, mocking laughter blanketing the valley. That’s okay. It’s warm in the office.

Yesterday was a lazy day. SaraRules! and I lounged about the house all day. We filled a little bit of the afternoon catching up on a couple episodes of Young Justice. After that, I tinkered with my new game PC for a bit. DC Universe Online was still locking up at random, making it… difficult (read: “damned near impossible”)… to play. *sigh* I headed to the local Best Buy to put a hypothesis to test: Maybe using an off-board graphics card in the system would help. I picked up an new nVidia card (GeForce 210) to be tested out after dinner.

We went up to the in-laws’ for dinner and to watch the Pro Bowl. I’m not sure if it is because of the new schedule or the changes in rules, but the game just wasn’t “good.” Sure, it was football… kind of… but, the AFC just didn’t seem to have their usual fire or passion. It looked like they were just “there.” It was disappointing. I’m glad that it wasn’t the last game of the season this year. We turned from the game at halftime to watch RED, which the in-laws hadn’t seen; it was also far more entertaining than the game.

Back at home, SaraRules! and I started watching last week’s Fringe. Until the recording just went blank. Laptop to the rescue! I hooked up the BlacBook to the TV, surfed to Fox.com and finished the episode. After that, SaraRules! called it a night, while I installed the new video card…

…and, lo and behold, it worked! I logged into DCUO and played for about an hour. It didn’t cut out once. It’s a beautiful-looking game. The texture maps and environments look really nice. And, I also appreciated the fact that I didn’t have to run everywhere to get around, working my way up to Hover, the second-most useless superower (See: “Adventures of a Novice Hero,” in this post); I picked Flight as a travel power to start and it was immediately available.

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Lazy Sunday…

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Lazy Sunday...

Sunday – 30 January 2011
We’re almost done with the month and my fingers still want to type “2010” half the time…

Yesterday was a long and event-filled day. I started the day by volunteering at the Salt Lake City Habitat for Humanity ReStore. I did a mix of things from some retail-prep work to organizing (yet more) doors to helping to unload donations.

Leaving the ReStore, I met SaraRules! at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center for our final movie of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, Salvation Boulevard (1 , 2):

Pastor Dan is a charismatic preacher who has captivated a city with his charm. Ex-deadhead and recovering hippie Carl is one of the loyal sheep in his flock. When Dan finds himself in a compromising situation, Carl is called into service in a most unconventional way. The megachurch is cast into shadow, and a hellish storm begins brewing that could jeopardize its entire existence. The road to hell—in this case, Salvation Boulevard—is paved with good intentions—gone hysterically wrong.

This movie cast a very satirical look at mega-churches and their followers. I liked the movie; SaraRules! didn’t. I stayed after the credits for a brief Q&A with the director, George Ratliff, and his co-writer, Doug Stone. An audience member asked:

“Was there any problem from any real mega-churches, since you were making fun of them?”

Ratliff and Stone looked at each other, and with a tone that was filled with both mock-incredulity and mock-innocence, both proclaimed:

“We weren’t making fun if them!”

After the movie, I stopped at The Train Shoppe. I’ve been looking at picking up some SuperStreets to my layout… and the shop has had some on their discount table for the past few weeks. I decided to bite the proverbial bullet. Not only did I take a fair portion of their stock, but Jeff cut me a rather nice deal. Win!

Next, it was down to Thanksgiving Point (again) to meet Perry and the kids at the train show. I wound up getting another railroad car: Lionel’s Railway Post Office Boxcar and a few street signs. On the way back home, I drove out to the Hobby Lobby in South Jordan to see what – if any – O-gauge items they had. Not too much, but what they had was 40% off. I left with an Atlas O Norfolk-Southern Tank Car.

Back home to clean up and have dinner before SaraRules! and I headed to Abravanel Hall to see Utah Symphony’s performance of selections from Bizet’s Carmen, Mark Adamo’s Four Angels (Concerto for Harp and Orchestra) and Stravinski’s Pulcinella. The symphony was conducted by Gilderoy Keith Lockhart. Before the performance of Four Angels, Mark Adamo came out and spoke briefly about it and how much of a pleasure it was to work with Louise Vickerman, Utah Symphony’s principal harpist, and the symphony. One doesn’t often see/hear concertos for harp, but this was a very spirited piece. Attendees could also see the sheer… joy… on Ms. Vickerman’s face as she played. It was not only quite fun to hear, but also very fun to watch.

Today has been relatively lazy and quiet; that’s not a bad thing. Hopefully, the day will remain that way.

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Yeah… not so many right now.  Check back tomorrow.


Thank God it’s…

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Thank God it's...

Friday – 28 January 2011
It’s finally Friday. Granted, it’s my “on” Friday, but that’s okay… I’m cutting out of here a little early and heading to Thanksgiving Point with to check out the Ophir-Tintic &Western Model Railroad Show.

Last night, SaraRules! and I – along with about 18 other people – went to The Bayou to celebrate ‘s completion of coursework for college. It was a fun evening out. I had an Epic Brewing Imperial Stout, along with dinner, a bowl of Gumbo and a bowl of Crawfish Etouffee. The food and the company were both quite good.

Back at home, I called it an early evening. To say that I slept “poorly” would be an understatement. I first woke up – screaming – from a very odd dream around 0100. After managing to get back to sleep, I woke up again, around 0415; this time, it was from a raging heartburn. I set a couple of Tums on the job and drifted off again. When the 0630 alarm went off, I was in the middle of another disturbing dream and was in no mood to get up. 0700 wasn’t much better. At 0725, I decided to drag myself out of bed and start the day.

Here’s a little something to help kick off the morning:

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And with that…


“Cruising under your radar; Watching from satellites…”

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"Cruising under your radar; Watching from satellites..."

Thursday – 27 January 2011
Another No Bad News Thursday is upon us. This one greets us with sun and the hope of a (reasonably) warm day.

Last night, SaraRules! and I met downtown for dinner at Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana. I had been there twice (I think) before, though I’ve been to Capo, the gelato shop next door, a few times. SaraRules! had the Margherita; I had the Quattro Stagioni, which was quite good. After dinner, we walked to the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center for our fifth Sundance movie, Perfect Sense:

When Susan (Eva Green), an epidemiologist, reemerges from an affair gone sour, she encounters a peculiar patient—a Glasgow truck driver who experienced a sudden, uncontrollable crying fit. Now he is calm, but he has lost his sense of smell. Susan learns there are 11 cases like him in Glasgow, 7 in Aberdeen, 5 in Dundee, and 18 in Edinburgh. In fact, Great Britain has 100 cases, with additional ones reported in France, Belgium, Italy, and Spain, and they all appeared in the last 24 hours.Although Susan’s encounter with Michael (Ewan McGregor), a local restaurant chef, holds the promise of new love, the world is about to change dramatically. People across the globe begin to suffer strange symptoms, affecting the emotions, then the senses.

This description doesn’t really do the movie justice. While it does touch on the epidemic, it focuses mostly on Susan and Michael, their relationship and how it changes as the world around them changes. It was a dramatic piece with very human comedic moments interspersed through it. I’ve noted before how I appreciate movies that use silence – or, more aptly: the absence of sound – well, like Contact and Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams. This movie joins the ranks of those films in its excellent use of silence.

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“The milk of human kindness is distasteful stuff…”

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"The milk of human kindness is distasteful stuff..."

Wednesday – 26 January 2011
Midweek is upon us once again. Of course, that means that it’s Comics Wednesday. Additionally, it means that SaraRules! and I have another Sundance movie to attend; tonight’s movie is Perfect Sense.

It’s grey and foggy outside. I half expect to see creatures from Stephen King’s The Mist appear at any moment…

Last night, we had a quiet night in. I cooked dinner – chicken over rice (all cooked in cream of mushroom soup) with green beans – and we knocked out another couple of hours’ worth of DVR fare. After TV-watching, I went in to have another go at playing DC Universe Online.

I’d gotten another couple of responses from Sony’s Support Team, so I figured that I’d see what worked. The solutions worked better than before, but I still wound up crashing… but not before I got out of the introduction/tutorial. Finally. There are a couple of other things that I need to try before emailing the Support Team and telling them that their suggestions only partially worked.

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“You know, the nearer your destination, the more you’re slip sliding away…”

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"You know, the nearer your destination, the more you're slip sliding away..."

Tuesday – 25 January 2011
We’re almost a full month into the new year, but my fingers still want to type “2010.”

Today is my sister-in-law, Chelsea’s, birthday:

It’s snowing again. It’s not a heavy snowfall, but it is constant.  The snow doesn’t appear to have affected drivers in this part of the valley too much… but we’ll see how it goes as the morning progresses.
UPDATE: It’s gotten a little worse:

With that in mind, the Council for Better Driving: Utah would like to remind drivers to exercise caution when traveling today.

Last night, SaraRules! was kind enough to pick up the engine, tender and boxcar that I was having repaired at The Train Shoppe:

The locomotive now goes like the proverbial “bat out of Hell” — I hitched it up to a nine car consist and opened the throttle… and off it went. With the quickness. I am happy. I am also happy because I now have three (3) fully-functional locomotives.

SaraRules! fixed a very tasty recipe of stuffed peppers for dinner. As we ate, we cleared another couple of episodes of NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles off the DVR. Then, it was time to catch up with a few coworkers for CoD: Black Ops online. It was fun; I even tacked three more levels onto my character. After the group broke up, I tried to play a little more DC Universe Online. Once again, it locked up on me. (I’m going to be Level 30 before I ever get out of the introduction, at this pace…) I have a support ticket logged with Sony. In the past 12 hours, I’ve had two responses on it – one was a request for more information; one was a possible solution to the problem. I’m going to test it out this evening.

Chew on This: Food for Thought
This morning, Marvel’s latest event, “Fantastic Four: 3,” kicked off.

In this event, a member of the Fantastic Four dies. There’s been great speculation as to which character it would/could be. Comics news sites announced, as early as last night, that some mass media sources were spoiling the news of which member died.


It was bound to happen, I know… but I still held out a glimmer of hope that I would be able to make it until tomorrow – when I pick up my books – without hearing who the doomed person was.


This morning, on the drive in, an announcer on a local radio station just blurted it out. There was no “Hey, if you’re a fan of the FF, you might want to turn the volume down for a minute” warning or anything.  Just “BAM!


Ear Candy
I heard this on the way to work this morning…

…which, for some reason, made me think of this:

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And with that… on to the rest of the day!


“Carve away the stone (Sisyphus)… Carve away the stone…”

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"Carve away the stone (Sisyphus)... Carve away the stone..."

Monday – 24 January 2010
Well met, work week. Let us see what we can accomplish.

Yesterday, I met up with Chris and Jeremiah for a HeroClix game. We played 800 points, per player. Chris fielded his X-Force team, Jeremiah brought five White Lanterns, and I played the Teen Titans. The game lasted almost three hours and, in a rare twist, didn’t involve two of us ganging up against one player. It was probably one of the most balanced three-player games I’ve ever played. In the end, Jeremiah lost his team first, I came in second, with Chris winning.

After the game, I met SaraRules! at her parents’ place for dinner and football. Later in the evening, the two of us headed downtown for our fourth Sundance movie: Benavides Born. The movie told the story of Luz Garcia, a high school senior in a small Texas town. Her dream is to get put Benavides in her rear-view mirror. Her means for doing so is to secure a powerlifting scholarship to the University of Texas. The movie follows Luz as she competes, in hopes of winning a scholarship, and as she interacts with her family and friends. This is also a coming of age movie, as it deals with Luz learning what it takes to achieve her goal and dealing with the obstacles and setbacks that arise, making her dream seem unattainable. It was a very “human” and very good movie.

Instant Replay: Football
There were some only two games over the weekend: the AFC and NFC Championship Games. I only watched the AFC game:

New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers
19 – 24
The Jets flew into Heinz Field, coming off a big win against the New England Patriots.

I don’t know what happened to the Jets in the first half, but they were completely shut down by the Steelers. Their run game was ineffective. There was almost no pass game. The were just… there.

In the second half, the Jets remembered what they were there to do and played ball. Their game wasn’t perfect, but it was fairly solid, they posted sixteen (16) unanswered points, but their last defensive stand failed to stop the Steelers from attaining first downs, allowing them to run out the clock.

And so, the Super Bowl game will see the Steelers taking on the Green Bay Packers.
Guess I’m going to be a Packers’ fan.

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Bang. Zoom.


“Hello and welcome to Weekend Update. I’m Chevy Chase and you’re not.”

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"Hello and welcome to Weekend Update. I'm Chevy Chase and you're not."

Sunday – 23 January 2011
It’s a quiet, but sunny (and cold) Sunday morning.
I haven’t looked outside… at least not beyond the immediate neighborhood, so I have no idea if yesterday’s snow flurries managed to clear any of the haze out of the air.

Over the past couple of days, SaraRules and I have attended three movies that are part of the Sundance Film Festival: I Saw the Devil, Sing Your Song and Knuckle. Trying to compare the movies would be like trying to compare apples to elephants, so I’ll just cover each one on its own merits:

  • I Saw the Devil – This movie follows agent Kim Soo-hyeon as he pursues the man who killed his fiancee. His aim is not to bring him to justice, but to torture him… repeatedly. This was a straight-up revenge movie. Unlike other movies, it was more of a game of cat-and-mouse, with Kim Soon-hyeon tracking the movements of his prey, waiting until he was about to commit another murder and then ruthlessly and mercilessly attacking him. It was a good example of the Nietzsche adage: “When you stare into the abyss the abyss stares back at you.” The director, Ji-woon Kim, pulled no punches in showing the savagery and brutality of the murders or of Kim Soo-hyeon’s actions against the killers. And, at the movie’s end, it’s hard to say whether “good” truly triumphed over “evil.” All-in-all, it was a good movie… but I am not sure that I really need to see it again.
  • Sing Your Song – This has been my favorite movie, so far. (We still have three more movies to see…) This was a documentary about Harry Belafonte and the journey his life has taken, from a poor boy born in Harlem to an international crusader for civil and human rights. His work as an activist was interestingly juxtaposed against both his career as an entertainer and as a husband and father. Belafonte spoke, rather candidly, about his life and work and detailed the things – good and bad – that have driven him. This film presented an interesting counterpoint to last year’s Freedom Riders, in the way that it showed one man’s struggle with the hatred around him, as opposed to the organization of a group of people to fight injustice.
  • Knuckle – This movie, another documentary, related twelve years of feuds between Irish families in Ireland and England and the manner in which they (temporarily) settled them: Bare-knuckle fights. The movie mostly focused on two of the clans involved: The Quinn McDonaghs and the Joyces. The curious thing about it all: The families are related. The feuding had a very strong Hatfield vs. McCoy feel to it, with the origins leading back to the 1980s, when a member of one clan was killed (manslaughter) by a member from another clan. There was also a level of honor (upholding the family name) and an odd kind of one-upsmanship (“No [Family A] will ever beat a [Family B]…”) that was heaped onto the fights, fueling the animosity between clans. After a while, I found myself mostly feeling sad for the families, as there seemed to be no way to end the cycle.

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And with that, I’m off to have breakfast with SaraRules! and then on to play some ‘Clix with the guys.


“Started with a pow and I’m’a end it with a bang…”

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"Started with a pow and I'm'a end it with a bang..."

Friday – 21 January 2011
Hello, Day Off!
I greet you with coffee and Irish cream!

Today is also ‘ birthday:

Last night, UPS finally delivered my copy of DC Universe Online.

Oddly, I didn’t immediately bound downstairs to install it. No, instead I waited until after dinner (I cooked burgers on the grill; SaraRules! fixed Tater Tots and green beans). It was one of the longest game installations I’ve dealt with… well, at least since playing games on my Commodore 64. Yeah, it was that long. But, it installed.

And then it patched.

And then I had to update the .NET Framework on my computer.

And then… it started.  Finally.

For the most part.

There still seem to be “a few” problems with the game. But, I have it. And that’s a start. I… recreated (sort of)… Nefer Tem. This version is a little different than his CoH counterpart. I’ll have to see how his power set progresses and how close/different he winds up.

After I got the game going, SaraRules! and I headed to the gym. Having come to the conclusion that I need more of it in my workout routine, I did… cardio. Well, a little. I spent 15 minutes on the elliptical, maintaining roughly a 5.5 MPH pace.

  • Elliptical: 15 minutes, ~5.5 MPH
  • Bench Press: 3 sets/8 reps, 185 lbs
  • Shoulder Press (dumbbell): 3 sets/10 reps, 30 lbs
  • Curls (dumbbell): 3 sets/10 reps, 30 lbs
  • Sit-ups (incline): 3 sets/10 reps

Not too big a workout, but it was still a good one.  And I don’t know what I was thinking, but I completely forgot that my last bench press weight was 165 lbs, not 185. Nothing like jumping 20 lbs in weight… after nearly 2 weeks out of the gym! UGH!

Here’s a little something for your Friday morning:

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Up. Out.


“When I’m strollin’ through the wild, wild west…”

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"When I'm strollin' through the wild, wild west..."

Thursday – 20 January 2011
I almost typed “Friday,” as today is NBN Technical Friday. Wishful thinking, I guess.

Last night’s D&D 4.0 game was cancelled. That meant that my Wednesday night had a gaping hole in the middle of it. So, after collecting this week’s four-color haul from Dr. Volt’s,  SaraRules! and I capitalized on the free evening and turned it into Date Night! We went to Pawit’s Royale Thai for dinner and then headed down to Jordan Commons to see True Grit. I’ve not seen the original, but this one was a very good movie. I have heard a number of people talk about how good the main actors’ performances were, especially Hailee Steinfeld‘s… and am happy to report that they were correct.

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“Conjunction Junction… What’s your function?”

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"Conjunction Junction... What's your function?"

Wednesday – 19 January 2011
Midweek is upon us once more.
And it comes to us with a mixture of sun and snow. At the same time.
But, it’s also Comics Wednesday. And also possibly even “Caramel Apple Wednesday,” in lieu of Sushi Wednesday.

Last night was D&D 3.5 game night with and company. I’m not sure what the deal was, but most of the game’s disruptions came from the lot of us behaving like high schoolers. (Let’s just chalk it up to “puerile behavior” and move on.) Last night’s challenge came from our group trying to parley with a group of frost giants for possession of a crown… and not get squished. Things went well: No one died, we have favorable status with the tribe of giants and we may even have new trade partners. Not bad for a night’s work.

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“Hand over hand is the strength of a common touch…”

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"Hand over hand is the strength of a common touch..."

Tuesday – 18 January 2011
Back in the work-a-day groove.  It’s sunny and… clear today. And it’s relatively warm, too.

Yesterday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. For the past couple years, I’ve wanted to do something for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, but for reasons that pretty much come down to neglect and procrastination, I haven’t. But, this year, I did. I worked at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

When I got there, I met Bill Huntzinger, the manager of the ReStore. He gave me the overview of the store’s mission and told me to get familiar with the place. Twenty or so minutes later, I had the rough lay of the land and went back to find out what Bill wanted me to do. There was a plethora of doors and windows that needed to be sorted and moved into sales areas. That was going to be my job. To that end, I was introduced to Mike, another volunteer and I was put in charge of a group of volunteers from The Bennion Center at the University of Utah: Brandon, Drew, Jason, Ken, and Miguel. The guys were great – I explained what we were doing and they jumped right on it. There wasn’t any “Aw, man… I don’t want to do that” or slacking. A little later Dalton and Blake, a couple more volunteers, as well as Andana and Sam (both from The Bennion Center) joined our merry little band and the work just flew… as did the time.

After the Bennion group left, I worked with Mike, Dalton and Matt (more on him later) to clear out a couple of work areas and sort through some donations. Part of the fun of this was piloting a pallet jack – and I didn’t drop a pallet on anyone’s foot! Part of the “not as fun” was going through some donations from the former Roberts Arts & Crafts Store — there were LOTS of scrapbooking and crafting material. LOTS.

I left the ReStore about 3:30 or so. I had a great time and got to meet a number of interesting – and fun to work with – people.  I will definitely be going back there to volunteer… and I won’t be waiting until next year to do so.  I would recommend it to anyone.

On the way home, I stopped at The Train Shoppe. I asked about getting an older engine and a boxcar repaired; I’ll be taking them in on Friday to see what can be done. I also managed to walk out without buying anything new. (Besides, it’s only 10 more days until the train show at Thanksgiving Point…)

Last night, after dinner, SaraRules! surprised me with a trip downtown to see the Preservation Hall Jazz Band perform. It was part of the JazzSLC 2010-2011 season. It was a fun – aside from the 10-12 year old kid with a bad case of the fidgets – and a fantastic way to end a good day.

Back at home, I wasn’t quite tired enough to hit the rack, so I played a little LEGO Universe. I completed a couple of missions and also started building my property before calling it a night.

Chew on This: Food for Thought
As I mentioned before, one of the guys I met yesterday was named Matt. His full name is Matt Livermanne. He’s the guiding force behind TransWalk, the Transcontinental Walking Association. Matt became a volunteer at the ReStore after one of his walks (Wendover, NV to Salt Lake City) ended there. He told me stories of some of his encounters while walking – he’s met some really interesting and good people, as well as a few “less than savory” people, including one who got a Super-sized dose of “instant karma” served to him.

If you should find yourself at the ReStore, as either a volunteer or a customer, see if Matt’s there and have him tell you a tale of his travels.

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Ah, Sunday…

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Ah, Sunday...

Sunday – 16 January 2011
So far, it’s been a quiet and grey morning in the valley.

I slept in a bit and then headed over to Rich’s Bagels. Sunday breakfast with SaraRules!, bagels and Ray Charles in the background… can’t really go wrong there. Later today, I’m heading over to and Jack’s for D&D; we’re playing catch-up, so that our game is back on-schedule. Then, there will be dinner with the in-laws. After that, possibly a movie or a couple episodes of Mad Men.

Yesterday was a busy day. It started with breakfast with SaraRules! and Rachel at Millcreek Cafe and Eggworks. Next, SaraRules!, Jana, and I went to brunch (Market Street Broiler) and the matinee performance of Spring Awakening. I didn’t know what to expect going in, but I quite enjoyed it. It was an interesting play; it was set in the late 1800s, but the music was mostly modern rock. I found that the dichotomy worked well, with the music providing an interesting undertone for the angst and rebellious thoughts/natures of the youths.

After Spring Awakening, we came back home and I watched my recording of the Ravens-Steelers game. (More on that in a moment.) Then, it was time to get ready for Utah Opera’s Hansel and Gretel.

The performance also featured Angela and Kate (two of the Utah Opera’s Resident Artists), as “The Dew Fairy” and “The Sandman,” respectively. It was a… “fun”… opera, and more light-hearted than many/most operas that I’ve seen. There were a couple of special effects that added to the enjoyment of the performance, most notably the “dancing broom.”

Instant Replay: Football
There were some good games over the weekend… even though I missed both of Saturday’s games.

Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
24 – 31
The Ravens, coming off last week’s big win over the Chiefs, flew into Heinz Field to take on the Steelers for the third time this season.

The first half of the game was fantastic. The Ravens worked rather well on both sides of the ball, while the Steelers had… “some issues.” The Ravens went into halftime with a 21-7 lead.

I don’t know exactly “what” happened in the second half. Complacency? Overconfidence? Whatever it was, the teams seemed to switch playbooks — the Steelers came on like gangbusters, while the Ravens looked more like the Keystone Kops. It was both sad and disappointing.

And with that, the Ravens’ season comes to a 13-5 end. While I’m sad that they didn’t hold on for the win, I am glad that they had such a good season – it speaks well to the commitment of the staff, management and players.

Lewis: “We’ll be back.”

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  • My new desktop is up and running. Now, all I need is for DCUO to show up…

Time to get ready for gaming.


Saturday quick hit

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Saturday quick hit

Saturday – 15 January 2011
The sun is having a go at the clouds… and seems to be winning.

SaraRules! and I just got back from breakfast with Rachel (one of the MFAs from SaraRules!’ class). We went to Millcreek Cafe and Eggworks. Both the food and the company were very good.

That was also the start of a busy day: Next up, we’re having lunch with Jana and and the lot of us are going to see Spring Awakening at Kingsbury Hall. Then, it will be back home for a bit to get ready for the opening of Utah Opera’s  Hansel and Gretel. Yeah, it’s going to be a busy and arts-filled day.

The only down side is that the AFC Division Game between the Ravens and the Steelers. Fortunately, I have a DVR and it will watch the game for me… in a manner of speaking. So, God willin’ and the creek don’t rise, I’ll get to see the game tonight or first thing tomorrow morning. (NOTE: I’m going to be pretty much ignoring calls and messages this afternoon — partly because of the musical and the opera, partly because I don’t want the game spoiled for me.)

And with that… let the games begin!


“We’re all made of stars…”

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"We're all made of stars..."

Friday – 14 January 2011
Winter: Hazy Shade.
Leaves: Brown.
Sky: Grey.
Dreaming: California (…or just about any place that has temps above 40F).

It’s my 9/80 “on” Friday… which means that it’s pretty quiet in the office. And I’m quite alright with that. I had a meeting this morning, which wasn’t at all painful. I consider that a definite “plus.”

Last night, SaraRules! had a Justice League Junior League meeting, so I fended for myself for dinner (Greek City Grill) and hung out online with and a few of his friends, playing CoD: Black Ops. (MENTAL NOTE: The controls for Black Ops are not the same as the controls for HALO.) I got killed… many times. But, I also had lot of fun playing.

Stray Toasters

And with that…