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November 06, 2007

Dress Rehearsal

    Tonight was the dress rehearsal for UW-Rock's production of The Shadow Box. It wasn't perfect, but I think it still went well. Some of my light cues needed work, but for the most part, we're ready.
    Pictured is "Maggie" getting makeup work done by our stage manager, Amber.
    This evening was the Garage's Halloween Party.  James sponsored the Whopatooli, which, holing to tradition, was apple cinnamon.  We had an alright turn out and were making noise till the sun came up.
    Pictured is a member of the U.S. Border Patrol and Dubya.

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From echo

November 06, 2007 at 11:38 PM

aww, looks fun.
Gene

Gene

    Today we worked on the light cues for the Shadow Box, then visited Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.  The drama club has planned a production for sometime in February to be preformed for the students there and we wanted to have a look at their auditorium.  Then it was back to U-Rock for rehearsal.  All of act one is complete and the beginning of act two is done.  Just a few more things to work out for lights and we're ready to go for next weeks show.
    Pictured is the director, Gene, following along with the script during rehearsal.

October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

    Happy Halloween!  I think this has been the warmest October I've ever experienced.  Tomorrow is Furnace Monster Day and as is tradition, the furnace has not been run since early spring.  Normally, waiting until November 1st is rather difficult near the end of October, but this year it was easy.  I even had to turn on the air conditioner this month, which is really strange.
    Anyway, many people at U-Rock were dressed up for Halloween, and all those pictures are now up.  Pictured is our vampire Danielle biting our Oger James.

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From DRE

WI

November 01, 2007 at 4:51 PM

Nice pic. thanks Que. Actually i think James was being an Orc. To be more precise he was being a Half-Orc. But the pic is great.
    Some time ago, I recall hearing a song by Carrie Underwood called "Jesus, Take The Wheel". It's an uplifting country song with a strong religious message. The one problem with the song is common sense. The lady in the song is driving home and her car begins to spin out of control. The next lines are "She was so scared, she threw her hands up in the air. Jesus take the wheel. Take it from my hands." It's really a pretty song until you take a moment to think about what she did. Rather then fighting to maintain control over her car with her child in the backseat, she simply lets go of the wheel and hopes somehow everything will be alright. While in the song, everything ends up alright, what kind of message is this conveying? When in extreme danger, abandon reason and turn to faith? Seems like it. That might seem subtle until you look at the reasoning in a different context. A friend of mine's bother refused to get a car-seat for their child with the excuse "It's in God's hands and the Lord will provide." I think most people would agree: that isn't a positive statement of faith--it's nothing short of negligence and a recipe for disaster. How is it any less negligent to advocate that people should relinquish control when under crises and focus on the totally unproven supernatural power during a crucial life-threating moment?
    I recall taking a flight from Baltimore, MD to Chicago, IL once and sitting next to a man who said a prayer before the flight departed. On the approach we had a little turbulence. It wasn't bad (relatively speaking), but the man was clearly uneasy about it. As often happens, we were rather bumpy until the aircraft was experiencing ground effect right above the runway. We landed safely and to me, as I'm sure to the pilot and flight crew, it seems business as usual. The man next to me then said "It's a good thing I said a prayer before we took off." It reminds me of an infant with a pacifier. While studies show pacifier are useful within an infant's first year, it creates problems after that. When a person reaches adulthood, it's probably time to stop pretending that talking to your imaginary friend is somehow going to influence the world around you and start facing the reality. If you're going to get on a plane, do so because you feel confident the aircraft designers, flight and ground crew are competent--not because you think your faith will protect you.  And stop pretending your prayers are being answered just because what normally happens, happened again.

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From Hiep Nguyen

San Jose, CA

November 08, 2007 at 1:23 PM

I'm a Catholic and can identify exactly what you said. I recently started going back to church and had that feeling in towards a lot of church goers to lol... But anyway, I pray for them because there isn't a thing in the world that I can do about it. Whatever I can do, I've already done it. Other than that, I just pray for 2 things: that they grow smarter with their faith, and that I can look past whatever I don't like about them to love them as a human being. I'm not sure if you tried it, but prayers do work *for me*. I wouldn't say that 7 8 years ago.
    Random pile of bricks.  Why they live here I do not know.

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From Ericasaurus Rex

Earth

January 22, 2008 at 6:07 PM

I don't think that they appreciate you spying on them.