December 4th, 2011


Sing Along Sound of Music

I've heard from two of the people to whom I sent holiday cards, and apparently their mini-collages survived intact through the mail, so I have high hopes for the rest. If you received a card from me and it did not appear to be missing any significant pieces, please let me know, just so I can rest a bit easier. The cashier at the post office was discouragingly concerned re: the inconsistent thickness of the cards, so I've been fretting a bit more than I would otherwise. She advised me that some might be returned to sender, then noted that they didn't have a return address on them, and so warned me that some of the cards might just disappear into the bowels of the USPS. I aspire to a happier future for my little works of art.

Today Shannon and I headed off to the city to see "Sing Along Sound of Music," which was a lot of fun. The public transit on the way there, however, was sub-par:

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The actual show was great. Not quite what I was expecting, based on what I'd seen locally in previous years and what I'd seen online, but still fun. There weren't nearly as many costumes as I was expecting. Collapse )

The movie itself: great, as always. The crowd was sometimes so noisy that I missed favorite lines, but you don't really go to this kind of rowdy event to hear every line. Or if you do, you're stupid. At the door, we were given a "fun bag," filled with mostly useless crap, but the one cool thing it contained, which did not immediately impress me, was one of those little bottle-shaped plastic poppers that get handed out at New Year's and are full of these thin paper streamers. The hosts instructed us that we were to pop these when Maria and the Captain kiss for the first time. That didn't sound all that exciting to me -- and Shannon and I both lost our "fun bags" before the movie even started, as the bags were very slippery and the seats very crowded and all that -- but people used them far more creatively than they'd been told to do. And so, instead of waiting for the big kiss, people would set off their poppers at various moments to mark the exchange of a significant glance between the two characters, or when the Captain first obliquely admits that he is in love with Maria, or something else like that. It ended up being this sort of shorthand for "Captain/Maria moment here! Check it out!" I liked it tremendously.

The other really cool prop was one that people brought, themselves: flashlights. I don't know if people were using actual flashlights or if they had extremely powerful cell phone screens, but when the Nazis entered the crypt in the abbey, searching for the Von Trapps, and they were shining their flashlights all over the place, suddenly there were 6 or 7 flashlight beams from the audience, shining all around the screen. It was sooooo cool!

We arrived at the Castro around 12:45 p.m., and left around 5 p.m., so it was a bit of a marathon theater experience. I was surprised I didn't feel more claustrophobic or people-averse over the course of the afternoon, but it really didn't bother me. The only thing that bugged me, I think, was the people who kept using their cell phones during the movie, and there were several people in our immediate vicinity -- in all directions -- who were doing this repeatedly. None of them talked on their phones, that I heard, but they were doing things that involved a very brightly-lit screen in a darkened theater. Over and over and over again. Dude! Can't it wait until intermission? You don't even have to sit through the whole movie at one go! It was extremely distracting and -- I think -- extremely rude.

So we were gone aaaaalllllllllllll day, from around 10:40 a.m. to around 6:30 p.m., and we are both exhausted by the time we staggered through our front door again a couple hours ago. I'd been planning to go to CWC tomorrow, but now I'm wondering if I really want to be around people again so soon. But I'm sure by tomorrow morning the crowded Castro will feel far behind me and I will be ready for a bit more humanity.