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During the show tonight I made a big list of “I want”s. It actually made the last 40 minutes of the show move rather quickly, which was a splendid change from the usual ploddingness that is Mamma Mia for the hundred and somethingth time. At any rate, I made a list of I wants and put it in my tux pocket and forgot to bring it home with me. Not that I plan on sharing it on livejournal, since that’s one of those things I’m just not willing to do at this point, but hey…

Dayle has an overwhelming hatred for the vaccuum. It’s in pieces right now (we’re replacing the belt) and he’s been attacking all the pieces, and the body of the vac itself. He really hates the thing. He’s a freak. I love him.

Today was apparently my Nanny’s 80th birthday. Because I have idea when birthdays are, or how old my Nanny is, I never called her or anything. I got home from work just after midnight to a message from my mom on msn that said “Did you call your nanny today and wish her a happy 80th birthday?” Now I feel guilty. Blasted! I hope she’ll forgive me. Maybe she’d want to see Mamma Mia? Hmm. I somehow doubt it… I don’t think Nanny’s into really loud musicals full of ABBA songs. I can ask, I guess…

20 Comments

  • youenjoymyself

    February 26, 2004 at 10:42 am

    Hey, you’re working on Mamma Mia? I used to be the head of the cable department at the lighting shop that supplied all the lights, rigging and cable for the show. Fourth Phase Toronto (formerly Westsun) – what are you doing there?

    Do you find the entertainment industry really annoying and frustratingly wasteful? Anyway, next time you trip over a soca cable, remember that I probably tested and coiled it neatly into a big, black coffin full of other stupidly long, thick and heavy cables…

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      February 26, 2004 at 10:47 am

      I’m an usher. It sucks. It’s the bottom rung of the ladder, and it’s definitely not a real job. but hey, I’m a part of the Usher branch of IATSE. (EVIL.)

      My friend Phil and my roommate Ian both work for Fourth Phase.

      I hate the entertainment industry. Passionately. I want out.

      • youenjoymyself

        February 26, 2004 at 11:12 am

        How did I know you’d know Phil Wilson???!!!! Ian wasn’t there when I worked there, but I think he’s working there now.

        But Phil is a seriously great guy. Sure, he likes to talk, maybe a bit more than some people can handle, but it’s mostly intelligent conversation. Just don’t mention anything about trucks – that will get him started big time. He gave me an old wool coat he never wears and it fit me perfectly. We’re the same shape and size – like, almost exactly. People at fourth phase used to get us confused. Indeed, Rusty, the VP actually thought I was Phil on my last day working there!

        But hey, you’re in IATSE – it’s not that evil. Whenever IATSE guys would come in to prep a show (like Mamma Mia) they would take their time, but do really really good work and they weren’t obnoxious like some of the crews (ie: the guys that do Bryan Adams or the infamous Jay Z crew). Plus, the older guys (actually, most of them are old because it takes so damn long to climb the ladder) were willing to explain what was going on, etc. When I started working there I had no idea what any of this lighting shit was but after a few months I started getting the big picture. Then, when I got comfortable with the regular IATSE crew, I started asking questions. They were prepping for the Royal Winter Fair when I got in good with the electrician and he was on the verge of offering me a job/membership! All you have to do is show interest. Of course, if you’re not interested that may be difficult 😉

        But whatever, I’m back in front of a computer doing database design and interface as well as R&D for GPS tracking systems, so I’m pretty happy where I am. I’m not sure which is worse though – the Entertainment industry or the Trucking industry!

        • Jenny Lee Silver

          February 26, 2004 at 11:18 am

          Yes, Phil Wilson. Adam (my boyfriend) went to college with him (theatre tech.) He’s a really nice guy.

          The problem with IATSE when you’re an usher is that you’re not realy IATSE, the ushers are lazy and don’t care, and you only get more responsibilities and/or extra shifts or whatever other stuff based on seniority… so people who have been there longer can, say, take a first aid training course offered, even if they tend to break and disappear in emergency situations, not because they’re capable but because they’ve been there longer. It annoys the crap out of me. Not the same as actually doing theatre tech stuff, and it doesn’t interest me at all to stay there. I’m aiming more for photography, thanks 🙂

          • youenjoymyself

            February 26, 2004 at 1:22 pm

            Ya, get the hell outta there asap! Hey, so Ian is your boyfriend – I almost thought he was Phil’s! hehe…just kidding – I’ve heard Phil mention him a few times…

            Anyway, speaking of photography, I ran into Jim Prue on new year’s eve. He’s starting a publishing company mainly dedicated to photography stuff. Do you remember Jim? He was the old rocker – little guy who wore a jean jacket all day…anyway, it looks like your off to a good start – and indulge and get yourself a guilotine already!

          • Jenny Lee Silver

            February 26, 2004 at 1:28 pm

            No no no… Ian is a friend of Adam’s who lives with Adam and I. Adam is my boyfriend. 🙂 Ian and Adam grew up together, Adam knows Phil from College. Ian, Adam, and I share an apartment.

            I kinda remember Jim Prue… chances are if I ran into him on the street I’d have no idea who he was. I never was any good at remember people’s faces…

          • youenjoymyself

            February 26, 2004 at 2:42 pm

            Oh, sorry ’bout that – something to chuckle about later, I guess. Anyway, I’m in the market for a digital camera – got any suggestions? I just want the best quality possible. I’m not really interested in effects or the ability to take short video – I’m pretty versed in photoshop, so the effects are useless and I’d rather have a dv camera to do video. I’m obvisouly not Lorenzo diMedici, so I’m not considering XLR, but if there are SLR cameras that have interchangeable lenses, I’d be all over that. I’m just lazy to do the actual research.

            I just got a great printer to do photos – HP 5650 – it does 6 colour printing, but you need a special cartridge for that. It’s great with the 3 colour though – on the worst setting on regular paper it looks fabulous!

          • Jenny Lee Silver

            February 26, 2004 at 10:00 pm

            Heh… wouldn’t worry about it 🙂 It’s a confusing thing to explain.

            Most affordable and kickass Digital SLR is the Canon Digital Rebel. It’s sweet. Retails for about 1500$ or so, but I think it’s on sale at Henry’s right now for around 1150$ or something. Personally I’m saving up for the Canon 10D, but it’s hardcore…. like 2000$ or so.

            How much do you want to spend, otherwise? I rather like the Olympus Cameras, and the Fujis are generally quite nice also.

          • youenjoymyself

            February 27, 2004 at 6:20 am

            I’m looking at the $500 and under range but now that I think of it, I’m never gonna get different lenses – I just want the best quality I can get and I did do a bit of research last night and the Cannons seem to get the most consistent positive reviews. I still don’t know model numbers or any of the crap yet..

          • youenjoymyself

            February 27, 2004 at 6:20 am

            I’m looking at the $500 and under range but now that I think of it, I’m never gonna get different lenses – I just want the best quality I can get and I did do a bit of research last night and the Cannons seem to get the most consistent positive reviews. I still don’t know model numbers or any of the crap yet..

          • Jenny Lee Silver

            February 26, 2004 at 10:00 pm

            Heh… wouldn’t worry about it 🙂 It’s a confusing thing to explain.

            Most affordable and kickass Digital SLR is the Canon Digital Rebel. It’s sweet. Retails for about 1500$ or so, but I think it’s on sale at Henry’s right now for around 1150$ or something. Personally I’m saving up for the Canon 10D, but it’s hardcore…. like 2000$ or so.

            How much do you want to spend, otherwise? I rather like the Olympus Cameras, and the Fujis are generally quite nice also.

          • youenjoymyself

            February 26, 2004 at 2:42 pm

            Oh, sorry ’bout that – something to chuckle about later, I guess. Anyway, I’m in the market for a digital camera – got any suggestions? I just want the best quality possible. I’m not really interested in effects or the ability to take short video – I’m pretty versed in photoshop, so the effects are useless and I’d rather have a dv camera to do video. I’m obvisouly not Lorenzo diMedici, so I’m not considering XLR, but if there are SLR cameras that have interchangeable lenses, I’d be all over that. I’m just lazy to do the actual research.

            I just got a great printer to do photos – HP 5650 – it does 6 colour printing, but you need a special cartridge for that. It’s great with the 3 colour though – on the worst setting on regular paper it looks fabulous!

          • Jenny Lee Silver

            February 26, 2004 at 1:28 pm

            No no no… Ian is a friend of Adam’s who lives with Adam and I. Adam is my boyfriend. 🙂 Ian and Adam grew up together, Adam knows Phil from College. Ian, Adam, and I share an apartment.

            I kinda remember Jim Prue… chances are if I ran into him on the street I’d have no idea who he was. I never was any good at remember people’s faces…

          • youenjoymyself

            February 26, 2004 at 1:22 pm

            Ya, get the hell outta there asap! Hey, so Ian is your boyfriend – I almost thought he was Phil’s! hehe…just kidding – I’ve heard Phil mention him a few times…

            Anyway, speaking of photography, I ran into Jim Prue on new year’s eve. He’s starting a publishing company mainly dedicated to photography stuff. Do you remember Jim? He was the old rocker – little guy who wore a jean jacket all day…anyway, it looks like your off to a good start – and indulge and get yourself a guilotine already!

        • Jenny Lee Silver

          February 26, 2004 at 11:18 am

          Yes, Phil Wilson. Adam (my boyfriend) went to college with him (theatre tech.) He’s a really nice guy.

          The problem with IATSE when you’re an usher is that you’re not realy IATSE, the ushers are lazy and don’t care, and you only get more responsibilities and/or extra shifts or whatever other stuff based on seniority… so people who have been there longer can, say, take a first aid training course offered, even if they tend to break and disappear in emergency situations, not because they’re capable but because they’ve been there longer. It annoys the crap out of me. Not the same as actually doing theatre tech stuff, and it doesn’t interest me at all to stay there. I’m aiming more for photography, thanks 🙂

      • youenjoymyself

        February 26, 2004 at 11:12 am

        How did I know you’d know Phil Wilson???!!!! Ian wasn’t there when I worked there, but I think he’s working there now.

        But Phil is a seriously great guy. Sure, he likes to talk, maybe a bit more than some people can handle, but it’s mostly intelligent conversation. Just don’t mention anything about trucks – that will get him started big time. He gave me an old wool coat he never wears and it fit me perfectly. We’re the same shape and size – like, almost exactly. People at fourth phase used to get us confused. Indeed, Rusty, the VP actually thought I was Phil on my last day working there!

        But hey, you’re in IATSE – it’s not that evil. Whenever IATSE guys would come in to prep a show (like Mamma Mia) they would take their time, but do really really good work and they weren’t obnoxious like some of the crews (ie: the guys that do Bryan Adams or the infamous Jay Z crew). Plus, the older guys (actually, most of them are old because it takes so damn long to climb the ladder) were willing to explain what was going on, etc. When I started working there I had no idea what any of this lighting shit was but after a few months I started getting the big picture. Then, when I got comfortable with the regular IATSE crew, I started asking questions. They were prepping for the Royal Winter Fair when I got in good with the electrician and he was on the verge of offering me a job/membership! All you have to do is show interest. Of course, if you’re not interested that may be difficult 😉

        But whatever, I’m back in front of a computer doing database design and interface as well as R&D for GPS tracking systems, so I’m pretty happy where I am. I’m not sure which is worse though – the Entertainment industry or the Trucking industry!

      • youenjoymyself

        February 26, 2004 at 11:13 am

        Oh ya, I forgot to mention that me and Phil (and some other geeks at fourth phase – well, it’s almost all geeks at fourth phase) used to play magic on lunch breaks – talk about nerdliness!

      • youenjoymyself

        February 26, 2004 at 11:13 am

        Oh ya, I forgot to mention that me and Phil (and some other geeks at fourth phase – well, it’s almost all geeks at fourth phase) used to play magic on lunch breaks – talk about nerdliness!

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      February 26, 2004 at 10:47 am

      I’m an usher. It sucks. It’s the bottom rung of the ladder, and it’s definitely not a real job. but hey, I’m a part of the Usher branch of IATSE. (EVIL.)

      My friend Phil and my roommate Ian both work for Fourth Phase.

      I hate the entertainment industry. Passionately. I want out.

  • youenjoymyself

    February 26, 2004 at 10:42 am

    Hey, you’re working on Mamma Mia? I used to be the head of the cable department at the lighting shop that supplied all the lights, rigging and cable for the show. Fourth Phase Toronto (formerly Westsun) – what are you doing there?

    Do you find the entertainment industry really annoying and frustratingly wasteful? Anyway, next time you trip over a soca cable, remember that I probably tested and coiled it neatly into a big, black coffin full of other stupidly long, thick and heavy cables…