31 May 2009
Imagine for a minute that I'm a big star with a movie opening next Friday, am I going to appear on both Jay and Conan on NBC in LA? If so, which first? I can't imagine that Jay's show will not be the preferred, and more prestigious, program, so why bother with Conan at all -- much less with that Jimmy Fallon -- although at least he's on the opposite coast.
I must admit I laughed heartily at Tom Hanks' recent appearance on Letterman and his suggestion of a "Dave at Eight" show (a.k.a., CSI: Dave).
I remember when Johnny's retirement meant something: he was leaving and a new era was beginning. No such drama here: no one's leaving, no one's changing. It's instead much ado about time slots.
Of course the real time slot news ain't Tonight (or Earlier This Evening or whatever Jay's show's name will be), it's rather that, in order to appease the East Coast and perhaps even prove to youngsters that "Yes, Virginia, there is a Fall Classic," World Series games are going to begin before 8 PM --- at 7:57!
(No, seriously, that's what MLB announced.)
This fact was driven home to me today when I went to the Plainville YMCA to go swimming.
It was the first time I had gone without my daughters (their having a theatrical engagement at the entity formerly known as Newington Children's Theatre). When they're with me, I play with them, swim a little, play with them, sit in the hot tub, play with them, swim a little bit more...
Alone, however, I had to swim exclusively.
How bloody boring is that, I've learned?!
Growing up, my family had a pool in which I could spend hours alone playing around, splashing, sitting on the bottom of the pool, exploring the sides with goggles, etc... Indeed my favorite game was to play any number of television private detectives/cops (divided into two teams) who then fought one another -- the way they did the bad guys on all those shows I watched: Mannix, Kojak, Cannon, The Mod Squad, Baretta, Banaczek, Starsky and Hutch... Why both sides were technically good guys, I don't know, but I'd throw myself into and all around the pool, pretend I was being punched and almost drowned, and fight back, as well...until I was, well, exhausted.
That's how I'd still spend my time in a pool, if I had the opportunity.
Of course, you've already figured out my problem: None of these activities is really an option for a 47-year-old man in a public pool (even one as empty as the one at the Plainville Y on a sunny Sunday afternoon). I'm not sure what they'd make of a goggled man pretending to be thrown around a pool by an invisible Telly Savalas, but I'm fairly certain they wouldn't allow it for very long.
Ah, youth, who loves ya, baby?
We were 16 strong, with plenty of CCSU stuff to give away (foam fingers, frisbees, t-shirts, key-rings, pens, post-it notes...).
The weather was beautiful: sunny and dry with a cool breeze!
And who doesn't love a parade on a night like that?
The omens suggest that this looks like the beginning of a great CCSU tradition.
29 May 2009
This led me to think:
Read aloud half of some 1350 names at the CCSU Undergraduate Commencement at the XL Center in Hartford, CT
Read aloud half of some 300 names at the CCSU Graduate Commencement at Welte Hall in New Britain, CT
Wished there were more opportunities to wear academic regalia
Watched my younger daughter come in 4th in the New Britain District-Wide Spelling Bee (4th grade division)
Had lunch with and heard three entertaining talks by Merlin Mann (just Google him)
Watched two Bing Crosby movies, The Emperor Waltz (wittily written and well directed) and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (so-so), while on furlough
Attended my older daughter's school Spring concert (...her fellow singers need to remember that they are performers by whom people want to be entertained)
Watched way too many commercials for Land of the Lost
Pondered why people go see Will Ferrell moviesHelped my older daughter practice her 8th grade oration -- on the importance of arts education
Went to my daughters' dance recital but left as soon as they both were finished (at the 3 1/2 hour mark!)
Orchestrated the first-ever CCSU contingent to march in tomorrow night's New Britain Memorial Day Parade (note the traditional date!) by asking folks to march and collecting a variety of things to pass out to the crowd (foam fingers, frisbees, t-shirts, ice scrapers, pens...) Some of us are wearing academic regalia!
Wrote the 2008-2009 English Department annual report
Been puzzled by why anyone watches any more than the final 3 minutes (i.e., last half hour) of an NBA playoff game
Went to a great NB Rockcats baseball game/birthday party for my favorite young man under the age of 9
Celebrated my younger daughter's 10th birthday (best gift IMHO: a Tintin activity book; best gift IHHO: iPod Shuffle)
Went to the CCSU-AAUP Day at the NB Rockcats game with my younger daughter and her gentleman caller but left in the 4th inning because it was cold and rainy!
Celebrated my 21st wedding anniversary
Missed my last three tap classes (most recently because I spent 50 minutes on an exit ramp due to a multi-car accident at the base of the ramp)
Watched my older daughter win the district-wide New Britain Spelling Bee (8th-grade division), becoming the first student to ever win five in a row.
Began helping my younger daughter with her science fair project: growing a geode of copper sulfate pentahydrate (thanks, Barry!)
Cursed my temperamental laptop
Cut my lawn six times
Hosted my weekly radio show five timesShopped unsuccessfully for a 21st wedding anniversary gift
Saw my older daughter perform twice in the Newington Children's Theatre production of The Hundred Dresses (good play, well done)
Saw two excellent CCSU productions: Waiting for Lefty and a new play Still Waiting by my colleague Josh Perlstein
Saw 42nd Street at the Goodspeed Opera House
Bought new tap shoes
Promised myself I'd start blogging regularly again