Once we got past the earthquake thing, California was great for the rest of the week. The company holiday party was at a fairly local (within about 45 minutes of the office) winery. Our event took place in the "tasting room" which was very nice - with the "casino" in the barrel room (which was kind of coldish). The food was terrific, the music was unobtrusive (and mostly instrumental), the casino games entertained us - and since we were not "playing" with real "money" losing didn't suck - the dealers just gave you more chips to keep you playing and entertained. I understand blackjack, but its kind of boring. Didn't make it over to the table to see the poker going on, and got sucked into the rhythm of craps. I still don't understand it - would probably not play it for real - but the rules were starting to make sense to me when I finally got tired of standing there collecting and losing colored chips (I am still unclear about *why* the dealer paid out what he paid out when he paid it - and how much.).
Getting home was alright - the new NY JFK terminal is sparkly and new - and quite spiffy. I expect the shine to wear off pretty quick, but for right now JetBlue's new home in NYC is pretty sweet. My layover was all of an hour - we were half an hour early from Oakland, so my layover ended up being almost twice as long as it was scheduled to be (35 minutes).
I saw the sun rise over the Oakland airport as we left, and the sun set over the JFK airport - also as we left. It was an enormously long day.
Yesterday was the Players holiday party which was great fun. C and K brought their seven month old son A and I got to make faces and blow kisses and generally act very foolish in the direction of the baby. I guess tomorrow is a big day for them on the path to finalizing the adoption. I'm not sure what other than going into court it all entails at this point, I didn't get a chance to really ask.
Feeling kind of crappy about declining assisting with a show with my home theatre group today. I was right to say no, but I'm still going to feel torn and maybe a little guilty about my decision. But there comes a time when stuff just gets to be too much, and I guess I found where I draw my line. I'm also telling myself it is good to say no once in a while on general principal, and hoping the producers eventually realize it is nothing against them. But I do theatre in my spare time because I love it. And I do it on a volunteer basis. And it tends to give me something back - sense of community, fun, purpose, creative outlet, etc.
I just don't see any of that being true for this show. So I explained pretty carefully *why* I was saying no, but I'm going to feel crappy about it for a while, and I just have to realize that, own that, and be okay with that. I think I will be better off having said no, than having said yes and regretting it. Because I don't think I will ever regret saying no - and that just makes me feel a tiny bit guiltier. Love the catch 22s.
So music. I've been listening (trying to anyway) to other kinds of music lately. My collection is pretty much mostly broadway. I've got a few CDs that are other (kids, classical, folk, country, little bit of rock, more a cappella than I should, some random mix tapes). And Broadway tends to run the gamut from what people think of as typical "showtunes" to country, hard rock, and pop, even stylized near-opera. Anyone out there have a favorite band currently? Because I am realizing growing up in the era of bubblegum pop and metal hair bands did me no favors, because between you and me, a lot of the popular music from the eighties was fucking horrible. And a lot of the stories you see on VH1 and MTV just don't touch me because my musical taste, while wide-ranging in style, didn't make me a rabid fan of any particular band or genre.
My iTunes is completely schizo - and I haven't even loaded all my CDs into it yet.
What are you listening to right now? Why - and how did you get to like them? Rec me something!