Posted By Kathleen David on May 24, 2013
The travel to the airport got a little exciting due to some accidents including one on the Meadowbrook so we ended up taking Sunrise Highway into the Belt and getting to JFK that way. Once at the airport, except for always being at the end of one end of the airport and having to get to the other, it was pretty smooth sailing. The flight was normal as normal could be.
We arrived and were taken to our hotel. Because Sunday is our Anniversary, the convention booked us in a very nice suite. Caroline has her own area and bathroom which she is quite happy about. She declared it “best convention hotel room ever”.
While getting our badges, we ran into the Pinis and caught up on various pieces of news. We went to our table (2416) and set up.
The rest of the afternoon and evening was spent catching up with old friends and talking to the fans. It was a very nice day.
Today I have some repair work to do on a couple of Docs before the puppet-slam this evening (RM 122 starting around 9pm). We are performing Lord of Time.
So far enjoying Phoenix and the convention. Hope to see some of you there.
I am grateful that we are being so well taken care of.
Posted By Kathleen David on May 20, 2013
I am asking for speculation only. I have managed to avoid the 50th anniversary spoilers so far. This entry goes up to the end of this season and stops. All previous episodes of Doctor Who may be discussed in comments.
Overall this half season has been good but not Great. I have enjoyed that nods to the previous incarnations of the Doctor. There has been great affection to the previous incarnations of the Doctor and it is nice for them to re-enforce that 8 is canonical.
I enjoyed the Name of the Doctor and thought that, over all they played fair with it. It did bring together all the threads starting with the Christmas episode and the rest of the season along with the previous part of the season. Moffat seems to like doing the making each episode important at the end and has done so with varying success.
I am looking forward to the next episode a lot.
Spoilers behind the cut and in the comments since I am assuming that not everyone has seen this episode yet.
Posted By Kathleen David on May 18, 2013
As I have stated before, this weekend is Ariel’s graduation. There are various activities that we are participating in to celebrate this momentous occasion including a dinner dance this evening. Tomorrow she walks and receives her undergraduate diploma. Then she will spend the next year working on her Masters in Early Childhood education and will be receiving that in a year.
Just to make some of you feel much older, Ariel is now 21 going on 22. I know there are a number of people who remember her birth announcement in CBG.
We have some errands to run before we go. I have to finish the packing for the short trip and make sure that the cats are set up for food and water. It will all be fine but I have quite a list of things to do.
Next week is getting ready for Phoenix Comic Con. Including making a couple of new Doctors and possibly some Phluzzies to sell. But that is next week. This weekend is first.
I am grateful that Ariel is graduating.
Posted By Kathleen David on May 17, 2013
Yesterday afternoon I lost my reading glasses. We figure it was the usual that I put my glasses down and a cat knocked them off the table and they went into the warp hole of temporal displacement. We went through the living room, the last place I remember seeing them, and came up a blank. Today I poked around a bit and the glasses reappeared. I discovered last night how much I need them now. It use to be close work like threading a needle. Now words are blurred unless I have them on and tiny print is impossible for me to read. Ah the problems of getting old but it sure as heck beats the alternative.
I cleared off the couch and am in the middle of washing the throws that we use in the winter to keep our feet and legs warm along with the cats. If it doesn’t rain, I can dry everything outside I think.
I now need to discover where the gremlins put my good sunglasses. I know they are in the house but not much more than that. I have a vague recollection of seeing them and saying that’s not a good place for them to be but I can’t reconstruct where that was in my head. So I continue to search for them.
Tomorrow we head for Connecticut for Ariel’s undergraduate graduation. There are a couple of things we are going to attend before the actual graduation. I honestly don’t remember so many things attached to my undergraduate graduation but that was a long time ago. I have clearer memories of my MFA graduation.
Next week we are Phoenix Comic Con. Peter’s table is 2416. Caroline and I will be there with him. Also we will be participating in the Puppet Slam on Friday Night. Yes, we will be doing Lord of Time probably for the last time. Now I have to figure out how to top that at the next Dragon*Con.
Elementary took a page from “The Adventure of the Dying Detective” and did a good job of it. I didn’t see it coming until the end. Overall not too many quibbles with the season. But more on that in my end of the season wrap up. I will say I am looking forward to next season.
I am grateful for anything I get done today.
Posted By Kathleen David on May 16, 2013
I was finishing up my MFA at the Yale School o’ Drama. I had turned in my master’s thesis and was waiting for approval. My last workstudy gig was being a stage-hand on the main stage’s production of Pygmalion. It was pretty fun. The cast was nice and I got rail duty, which is pretty easy if you know what you are doing.
I went in for a Matinee. It was a Wednesday School matinee which can be rather trying because you are presenting culture to a group that is just glad to be out of class especially so close to Summer vacation. The sound operator came in and said, “I didn’t expect to see you here today with Jim Henson being dead and all.” We didn’t get along very well after I had to fill a report with management about some of their off the book activities that were interfering with the show. They felt that I ratted them out. That is when I first heard about Jim Henson’s passing. It was confirmed by a couple of actors who checked in with me to see how I was doing. I knew then it was true. I went to the stage and sat at my station with tears streaming down my face. I got through the show even though the stage manager was willing to let me go.
I heard later from those in the know what happened that day. It was a simple case of 24 hours. If he had gotten medical attention 24 hours earlier, there is a good chance he would still be around. But nothing is absolute and some one my family admired greatly shuffled off this mortal coil.
I went to the memorial service which was a celebration of life and possibility. There were tears but I was comforted by total strangers as I comforted total strangers. We were there because we loved Jim and we wanted to spend some time with others who understand what we were going through.
Jim Henson has been an influence on my life. I make no bones about that. I have tried to continue his mission of bring puppetry to the people in my small way. But I will always remember that day that I found out.
I am grateful that Jim Henson has been such an influence in my life.