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Going to do a numbered list because... it's best suited to my semi-sleepy brain.

1. And probably most important... a HUGE thank you to [ profile] daleked who bought me a permanent account for my IJ. I seriously do not know what to say, hon. Aside from, after my week, to open up my inbox and see that absolutely made my week.

Which leads into number two.

2. Thank you all for.... well, for everything this past week. I can safely say it was one of the most hellish weeks probably ever, especially down at the theatre.

What went on -- the reader's digest version is that I had words with a very good friend at the theatre who was also directing the show. What happened -- is that, while doing Miss Saigon we don't have the instruments, namely the percussion instruments or the bamboo flutes. So Patrick (the music director) in his infinite wisdom rented this machine called an OrchExtra. For those not familiar with it, it's a machine that, with a press of a button can basically play the ENTIRE show, consequently making actual musicians not needed. Well, to start with, the machine wasn't used as just the percussion because "the orchestra was having problems so we're just going to have it play the WHOLE score for a couple of nights." See the orchestra get pissed. I said I was going to leave and come back when the OrchExtra wasn't playing everything because I knew my part. Richard (said director) YELLED at me from across the theatre and basically implied that I was a prima donna and how DARE I walk out on the theatre. Etc and so forth.

That was sunday. Tuesday, the guy playing the OrchExtra had to leave early and the entire thing just fell apart because Patrick refused to use someone playing the piano conductor score. We have yet to get through the show without stopping for any number of reasons... and we opened Thursday. Our two leads nearly walked out. The orchestra nearly walked. I spent probably a good three hours on the phone with Andrew down in Florida talking to him about how we could fix this. In the end, the show did go off fine and it's getting better each night. It just... has been one of the worst experiences.

I have since talked to Richard and he said that the issues with Patrick would be resolved. So -- they get one more chance. I'll do Thoroughly Modern Millie in September and if things aren't better -- especially Patrick learning to talk to the orchestra without sounding condescending and acting like he knows everything when he really is a fucking idiot -- then I am done. So they have one more chance as much as it kills me to say it.

So... just... I thank you all for your support and comments. I cannot tell you how much it meant to me and was the only way I actually got through this past week.

3. I tossed my name into The Epilogue Meme so -- there's that.

4. I also have tried to friend as many of you lot as I can find on IJ, GJ, or JF. So if I've missed you, please do poke me. :)

5. Probably should have mentioned this sooner -- but I DID get the job at Penn State. I've mostly been doing editing, but I love it anyway. Right now it's just 9 hours a week and I'm enjoying what I'm doing. Yaye!

6. I'm in the process of moving fic, most likely to IJ right now. I will get you guys more info on Scribblit too, even in spite of the fact that the servers are hosted in Canada. Also, once I get through all the current members of [ profile] hp_summersmut I will begin posting fics once more. I'm hoping to start posting once more by Wednesday. I've hated to not have fics going up, but I have to cover my own ass too. >.<


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Date: 2007-08-13 06:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wow, now I see why you've been so upset lately, and I can totally understand that. I would have walked out too.

I already have you added on IJ, but I just added you to my GJ (pridefulpenguin) and my JF (lupusbasilicus).

Congrats on the Penn State job!

I wish I could say more, but I need to pack up to move back home for the next couple weeks during the interim period between summer and fall semesters here at uni.

*hugs* Take care of yourself, dear.

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Date: 2007-08-13 08:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
OMG that's fucking insane.

I think I would have refused ever to do anything more at the playhouse unless they swear never to rent a fucking OrchExtra ever again. Don't they remember the strike on Broadway?

I mean, if they're going to do that, why don't they just record the singers as well?

Or, better, record one performance and play it several times?

Aw, hell, why don't they just show the movie!

I am against mechanized orchestras in any way, shape, or form . . . well, okay, when my cousin danced the Nutcracker they played a CD, but I know that a tiny dance troupe in Podunk, MI couldn't afford an orchestra. Your Playhouse can, and does. Why couldn't they find more percussionists? I mean, seriously.

I'll go find you on IJ, and probably start one just to be able to see your stuff. I may find myself moving to a self-host blog thing (oh, having a computer-nerd boyfriend). Anyway, good luck. *hugs*

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Date: 2007-08-13 09:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] do you post to multiple journals at once? I just can't figure it out...:(

(((hugs))) I'm glad things are settling out for you.


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