Thursday, July 29, 2010

Higher and Higher

641 unopened emails!

The email - oh, the email. The old records just keep falling. A month or two ago I complained about my 200 or so unanswered emails. Hah - I knew I could take this to new heights.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Free Time

[Yeah - back on the walking path again.]

Amazing what life is like after Oliver! Both the kids and I are in withdrawal, uncertain of what to do with our free time. One thing I’ve been doing: catching up on sleep – sometimes getting as much 7 or 8 hours a night! What do you know; tired and crabby is not my normal state! Every day it gets easier to enjoy the new found freedom.

Twice this week the kids and I (and a friend) visited the local community center for open swim hour. That was fun – felt good to exercise my shoulder muscles – I’ve been having a bit of a re-lapse of back pain – related somehow to last winter’s fractured vertebrae – and jumping off the stage on the opening night of Oliver! As we like to say around the family, “You’re not 15 anymore!”

But now work looms large in my life. Without the all consuming extracurricular activity to keep me pre-occupied, I have to buckle-down and focus on work. I’m still crazy busy. The new person I hired has been whisked away to work on another big project. Good for her (and us in general) but that leaves me where I was a few weeks ago – working a large product launch by myself.

Found time yesterday to hit the walking path. It goes without saying but I need to do that more often. Snapped the two photos – the top one with some sort of purple flower (I should know what it is) and this monarch caterpillar on a milkweed plant.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

John and Major

I’ve posted about Officer John Jorgenson and his K9 partner, Major before. John is married to my cousin Heather. It’s been interesting few years for John. After being shot in the line of duty last year, he and Major recently had an amazing encounter with a suspect.

It’s a great story – fascinating writing for a little weekly. Here is a highlight:

Watery struggle

As Jorgenson peered from the brushy bank, he could see Major swim northwest along a peninsula stretching into the lake. The dog then clambered out and raced along the shoreline, trying to find Eberhardt. Jorgenson reported he again shouted a warning but didn't receive a response.

Major, the report notes, then hit the water again and swam north along the shoreline. He was out of Jorgenson's view when the officer heard him make contact with Eberhardt. Jorgenson then moved along the shoreline and saw Major had a grip on Eberhardt's arm. Still, Eberhardt moved out into deeper water and continued to ignore Jorgenson's commands to come to shore.

At this point, Eberhardt took hold of Major's collar and held his head and body underwater in what the report said was an "obvious attempt to drown him." The report adds both Major and Eberhardt went under water for more than five seconds. Jorgenson then entered the water and pointed his weapon at Eberhardt.

The report says after he pulled his weapon, Jorgenson ordered Eberhardt to stop fighting with the dog; this order was also ignored.

The report noted Eberhardt continued swearing at Major and Jorgenson feared "the suspect was going to kill my K9 partner."

Read the whole story – it turns out OK in the end.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Oliver! - The Proof

Since I haven't blogged in ages, I thought I'd better submit photographic evidence of my participation in Oliver! since I provided no updates during the rehearsals or performances.

Unlike last year where I blogged a great deal about Music Man complete with pictures and even some video, this year I rely on others for photos. These were all taken by Carl Berger, friend of the family and great photographer.

The Dude as Orphan during the opening number, Food.

M (on left)as Pick Pocket.

Yours truly as "buyer" in the Who Will Buy? scene. Yes - they used real roses.

Sunday, July 18, 2010


No, I’m not dead – just dead tired. The final performance Oliver! was last night though it was cut short by storms. The tornado sirens went off just as intermission was ending and we called the off after Scene 2, Act 1, the Oom Paa scene.

Some of the crowd left – running quickly to their cars – the others joined the cast in the basement of the Como Park pavilion. At first the basement scene was chaos with lots of crowding and folks running around trying to make sure all their loved ones were accounted for. After a while the kids decided to run through the songs that the audience was missing – and then eventually ran all the songs, ending with Don’t Stop Believing (definitely not an Oliver! song – but a crowd pleaser nonetheless.) Someone captured a bit of the action.

Check out the Rosetown Playhouse Facebook page for more pictures of the show.

Now it’s back to the grind and 639 unopened emails. I’ve been putting in full days, but always running out quick at the end to make rehearsals. I will miss the diversion of Oliver! – the singing and dancing. Nine hour work days, plus constant BlackBerry action, and an hour or so online after rehearsal is not enough to get it all done. I fear the future will belong to the twitchy – those with incredibly short attention spans who do not suffer anxiety, depression, and what-not from the stresses and strains of the modern workforce. For better or worse, I am not twitchy.