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classicman 11-01-2015 07:40 PM

Love seeing you happy. That's one of the very few times I've seen you smile that much.
Really good. That even makes me happy :)

xoxoxoBruce 11-01-2015 07:43 PM

Where is your left hand? :eek: http://cellar.org/2012/nono.gif

Sundae 11-02-2015 10:26 AM

Fantabulosa, Mr UT!

I love Rocky Horror, and sod the people who think it's just for obsessed teens.
I was an obsessed teen obsessed with it (the film) but over the years got to appreciate that Richard O'Brian actually did a bang tidy job on the soundtrack. My lovely bro bought me a compilation CD set for birthday or Christmas one year, and I could hear the changes through the different years. Lost or sold or lent out now sadly.

I agree that even a poor musical sounds better live. And this is a musical designed to be belted out. I've seen it a few times live now, and if it was close and I had the I'd be back there no question.

Undertoad 11-02-2015 10:58 AM

Three shows down and audience participation really changes from show to show... it's very interesting. Every live show is different, that's one of the amazing things about drama. And here every show is *very* different, depending on whether people in the audience know lines, and how drunk they are. It's so wild to hear audience members get laugh lines. So great to hear them get into it. It makes me so happy when they are into it.

J swears our Rocky had half a chubby for part of his midnight performance. You don't have to be *that* dedicated to the role...

xoxoxoBruce 11-02-2015 01:29 PM

Or that dedicated an audience member, tsk tsk, fixated on Rocky's half chubby. Such a pervert, no wonder you two get on so well. :lol2:
Uh oh, you embarrassed her, you're in trouble, time for make-up sex.

Used to watch Rocky on TV every Halloween. So sad/angry when they stopped showing it. But happy when I found out they stopped because CBS-FOX bought it, and it was coming out in limited numbers on VHS. I plunked down $93(1990 dollars), to preorder for the first day of the release... and we did the Time Warp again, we did the Time Warp again...

DanaC 11-02-2015 01:51 PM

One of my favourite movies of all time. I would have been 17 or so when I saw it first time. I still get a kick out of it all these years later.

Undertoad 11-02-2015 02:56 PM

Movie-goers, imagine this:

- The third gasp from the audience is the reveal of Brad during the floor show. (First gasp the reveal of Frank, second gasp the reveal of Rocky) In the movie it's like nothing, and we've already seen him in his skivvies, but live... whole different feel to it. And the fourth gasp is Dr. Scott's reveal moments later (under that blanket...)

- "I'm Going Home" gets massive, thunderous applause. It's the big number.

- Subtle, funny line dropped from the movie script: they are searching for the escaped Rocky, and Riff Raff finds Rocky and Janet together in the "lab". He announces: "I've located him... in the female's quarters, master."

BigV 11-02-2015 03:21 PM

What a great experience!

I'm having a good time just reading about your good time.

Gravdigr 11-02-2015 03:43 PM

Me, too.

Sundae 11-03-2015 09:18 AM

My brother got to see his wife's (maybe then-to-be wife's, can't remember) first reaction to Frank. Because he grew up with me, he grew up with Rocky Horror. I even told him when to close his eyes, because I thought the exy-sexy bits would embarrass him.

But they saw Frank in all his glory at a theme park.
Not even in the bizarre context of the film.
Talk about W T F!!!

busterb 11-03-2015 05:02 PM

County finally closed on mine and Sis's house and little dab of land.
I have a living will to stay till I bite the dust.

glatt 11-03-2015 07:06 PM

Awesome, Buster.

Clodfobble 11-04-2015 07:05 AM

Good news!

xoxoxoBruce 11-04-2015 02:12 PM

Now you have to watch your back Buster. :unsure:

Undertoad 11-07-2015 09:42 AM

Just cos it started in this thread

Last night we had a replacement drummer, as our regular was booked elsewhere. And while it's a bummer to deal with a replacement drummer, who plays the show differently, in this case it was the drummer from the Allman Bros tribute band "Live at the Fillmore East" so he was very good.

(I had a shot to be in that band, but was recommended for it a week after they had already found a bass player. It's not a brag, if you only had a shot.)

Last night two shows, 8pm and midnight, and the theater company made a big mistake having three midnight shows in this run. All the 8pm shows are sold out; only a third of the seats were occupied yesterday at midnight. I personally don't care what the audience size is (it's not the size that matters), and would have gone full energy even if it was only to one person. The audience still gave a standing O to "I'm Going Home". But I did spot a few points where the cast only gave 109% and not the usual 110%.

Griff 11-07-2015 09:47 AM

lazy bastards :)

classicman 11-07-2015 10:12 AM

Good for you T! I'm liking all this good news I'm hearing from you lately. You deserve it :)

Undertoad 11-07-2015 10:30 AM

That is nice of you to say, sir you are and remain an officer and a gentleman.

lumberjim 11-08-2015 12:17 AM

Is there any chance we might get a video of any part of this show?

Is it over now? Will there be other gigs coming from this source?

Griff 11-08-2015 06:53 AM

That would be cool but I bet there is a rights issue.

sexobon 11-08-2015 08:52 AM

There's finally something in the works to help people sort through their old stored images:

Quote:

US Army lab develops a way to read soldiers' brains

Military intelligence analysts spend a lot of time scrutinizing countless images from various sources, such as drones and surveillance systems. An automated program developed by cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Anthony Ries, however, can make the process a lot faster. Ries works for a US Army research facility called the "The MIND (Mission Impact Through Neurotechnology Design) Lab," which just began testing a program that can interpret brain waves. In simpler words: it can read human minds. During a recent test, he hooked up a soldier to an EEG connected to one of the lab's desktop computers and asked him to look at a series of images on screen flashing at a rate of one per second. Each image falls under one of five categories -- boats, pandas, strawberries, butterflies and chandeliers.

The computer revealed by the end of the experiment that the soldier chose to focus on images that fall under the boat category. How did it know? By taking note of the changes in the subject's brain waves. The soldier produced distinct brain wave patterns whenever he looked at something he deemed "relevant." ...

... For now, the scientist plans to continue improving the system and adding new features, including eye control. In fact, he already tested the capability at the same time by asking a soldier to play a simple video game on a separate computer. The subject was instructed to shoot a bubble at a cluster of other bubbles and to aim for the same color just by moving his eyeballs, which he successfully did.

[Ries explains:]

... One thing we have done is instead of having people view images at the center of the screen, we're leveraging eye-tracking to know whenever they fixate on a particular region of space. We can extract the neural signal, time-locked to that fixation, and look for a similar target response signal. Then you don't have to constrain the image to the center of the screen. Instead, you can present an image and the analyst can manually scan through it and whenever they fixate on an item of interest, that particular region can be flagged.


Undertoad 11-08-2015 09:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lumberjim (Post 944771)
Is there any chance we might get a video of any part of this show?

Prohibited, correct call Griff.

Behind the scenes matter that all these community theater groups pay good money for the rights to put on these shows. Which in turn is why none of the actors or musicians get paid.

Quote:

Is it over now? Will there be other gigs coming from this source?
Next weekend is the final weekend; two shows Friday one Saturday.

I've proven myself to be a very reliable musician to two music directors. The problem with me is that I don't read music. I prepare in advance and learn the entire show. I'm sure the director and music director of this show would bring me back instantly for any project, but I'm not a good candidate to show up and say, I would like to be your bass player for this run of "Hello Dolly". And I don't think I want to spend a few weeks learning all the music for "Hello Dolly".

However my guitarist is very involved in one of the theater groups, and knows which shows have been chosen for next season, and has basically informed me that I will be doing "Rent" in the Spring. It's a non-lame show so I will probably do it. The opportunities to make live music dry up as we get older.

limey 11-08-2015 12:34 PM

(Learning to read music is not so difficult ....)


Sent by thought transference

Undertoad 11-08-2015 01:04 PM

I would have to learn the fretboard too apparently

I understand the notes have letters... but they only use like 7 letters and I KNOW there are more notes than that

limey 11-08-2015 01:25 PM

Spend a week in our house, bring your guitar and we'll sort you out! X


Sent by thought transference

Undertoad 11-08-2015 04:32 PM

Best offer ever, plus you guys play instruments where you only play one note at a time, which is best.

limey 11-08-2015 04:38 PM

Sorted. See you soon!


Sent by thought transference

xoxoxoBruce 11-08-2015 05:08 PM

Ooh, "sorted" by Mr & Mrs Limey. Kinky.
http://cellar.org/2014/groucho.gif

monster 11-08-2015 08:06 PM

Even I can read music, it's not that hard, you can do it :)

fargon 11-09-2015 04:38 AM

If I can do it, anybody can.

monster 11-10-2015 08:11 PM

...and the thing is, I can read it but do bugger all about it.

Oh the places you'll go, Undertoad.....

Oh the places you'll go, There is Fun to be done
There are songs to be scored, a bass to be strummed
And the magical things you can do with those strings
Will make you the winning-est bassist for sings
Fame! You'll be famous as famous can be
With the whole wide world watching you win on TV

:D

lumberjim 11-10-2015 08:48 PM

Very nice pome monsuess. Just change strummed to plucked

lumberjim 11-10-2015 08:49 PM

Oh wait. Then you'd have to change done to something that rhymes with plucked

lumberjim 11-10-2015 08:50 PM

Maybe thumbed instead of plucked

lumberjim 11-10-2015 08:55 PM

Can you link the venue ticket source again? I might could make the Friday show

monster 11-10-2015 09:21 PM

One car
Two car
Red car
Blue car.
Black car
Blue car
Old car
New car.
This one smells of dried up pish.
This one smells of rotting fish.
Say! What a lot
Of cars there are.
Yes. Some are red. And some are blue.
Some are old. And some are new.
Some are sad.
And some are glad.
And some are very, very bad.

Why are they
Sad and glad and bad?
I do not know.
Go ask Ip’s dad.
LumberJim.
And some know him.
The fat one with
The chick who’s slim.
From there to here, from here to there,
Funny cars
Are everywhere.

Undertoad 11-10-2015 09:22 PM

http://www.playcrafters.org/the-rocky-horror-show/

However.... only midnight is left. A third sold now, I think it will wind up over half full? Maybe more now that the 8pm shows are sold, I don't know how these last weekends sell. It'll be enough to have fun.

If you decide to go, I would not suggest front row as it is really close to the actors. Of course there is some advantage to that in this show

xoxoxoBruce 11-10-2015 10:51 PM

And don't forget the toast. :haha:

Gravdigr 11-18-2015 01:10 PM

I don't know if it made me happy, per se, but it made me smile a little:

Gate A-4

DanaC 11-18-2015 01:29 PM

That was really moving.Thanks for posting, Grav.

xoxoxoBruce 11-18-2015 02:30 PM

:thumb: Excellent.

Sundae 11-20-2015 06:51 AM

Things is generally grim.
Otis is still ill (I have made a considered decision NOT to put him in for further treatment, which I question every day)
Auntie Joyce is dead.
I'm waiting for a call from Mum which may say Christmas is cancelled.
I've had no electricity for 24 hours.

BUT
The sun is shining.
I am going somewhere warm and safe with a shower on Sunday.
I have hope.
And my Doctor has still not contacted me re my last blood test (one which had to be redone) so there is no way there can be anything wrong, as it's been a week.

And I'm here in the warm and the light and feeling positive.
Which I know doesn't match my opening lines, but I really do.

Clodfobble 11-20-2015 08:04 AM

Good for you, Sundae. I'm usually a grump during the whole holiday season, but your outlook has helped cheer mine. We'll be smiley in the face of stress together. :)

xoxoxoBruce 11-20-2015 02:16 PM

Got a postcard today from Billy, came from Stockholm where he was playing tourist. :thumb:

glatt 11-20-2015 02:27 PM

Cool! Thanks for letting us know about him.

DanaC 11-20-2015 02:38 PM

You're had no electricity? Ah hell, that sucks. Is that your heat?

Gravdigr 11-20-2015 02:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce (Post 945994)
Got a postcard today from Billy, came from Stockholm where he was playing tourist. :thumb:

Quote:

Oh, where have you been,
Billy Boy, Billy Boy?
Oh, where have you been,
Charming Billy?
Stockholm, apparently.:)

Aliantha 11-25-2015 05:14 PM

The school year only has another couple of weeks to go here, so I'm looking forward to a nice long summer holiday with the kids. Hopefully they wont drive me too crazy. :) On a positive note, we're looking after a friends house while they're away for the whole time (collecting mail, tidying the gardens, feeding the fish etc) and they have a pool which we can use every day if we want, so that will be nice. :)

Aliantha 11-25-2015 05:18 PM

Oh and something else I'm happy about. The sinus infection that had me by the balls seems to have responded very well to the antibiotics I got on Monday. I was even able to have a glass of wine last night after a 2 week drought!

xoxoxoBruce 11-25-2015 06:15 PM

Excellent, the ladies' duct tape is back on the menu. :thumb:

orthodoc 11-25-2015 09:44 PM

Family are on their way from DC, house is clean, and I made it to Walmart before closing to get extra toothbrushes (because somebody always forgets one) and odds and ends. Truffles for the pillows! You'd think I was running a bed & breakfast. Can you tell I'm excited? :blush:

xoxoxoBruce 11-26-2015 12:10 AM

Sounds like your running for Hostess-with-the-Mostess, which is impossible to win because...family. Just keep in mind it's them, not you. ;)

Griff 11-26-2015 07:04 AM

Our Thanksgiving run around is starting a little later this year so coffee and cellar!

Thanks be to Tony btw.

glatt 11-26-2015 09:23 AM

What a nice lazy morning this is today!

Clodfobble 11-26-2015 11:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by glatt's wife (or whoever is cooking)
You go to hell and you die.

:)


In truth, though, I agree. I've been cooking for a few hours, but everything's casual and on-schedule, and the kids are staying quiet upstairs. And my new blueberry pie recipe is turning out fucking awesome.

glatt 11-26-2015 12:10 PM

Whoever is cooking would be glatt's wife's cousin. We are headed over there in two hours. Just finished throwing the nerf football around for half an hour. Good times.

Gravdigr 11-26-2015 12:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Griff (Post 946470)
Thanks be to Tony btw.

That.:notworthy

xoxoxoBruce 11-26-2015 01:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Clodfobble (Post 946513)
:)


In truth, though, I agree. I've been cooking for a few hours, but everything's casual and on-schedule, and the kids are staying quiet upstairs. And my new blueberry pie recipe is turning out fucking awesome.

Uh Oh! :eek:

xoxoxoBruce 11-30-2015 05:26 PM

Life's little pleasure, easy not to even notice. Got a box of gifts I'd ordered from The Library of Congress gift shop. To take up the extra space in the box instead of those vile peanuts, the plastic pillows, or crumpled newspapers, they crumpled up one of their shopping bags. It's a big one with two handles, a piece of cardboard in the bottom to keep it's shape, plasticized for water proof, with a nice bookcase design. Definitely a usable item. See, it doesn't take much to amuse the feeble minded.:D

classicman 12-05-2015 09:20 AM

Lil late, but my new job. Its been fantastic helping people and getting out of the high-pressure of advertising sales. It was always something I was good at, but never really enjoyed. Especially since Dan's accident, it was all about the money and that wasn't even there really.
Well on Monday my new boss, also a good friend for about 6-8 years, asked me what I was doing mid January. I was like, nothing planned at this point. He then tells me there is an HVAC conference with one of our largest suppliers happening and he wants me to go and represent our company. I was thinking it was in the Dakotas or Iowa -somewhere like that because that is where a lot of the companies are headquartered. He then tells me its a 5 day 6 night event at an all expenses paid resort in Cancun! Totally floored me. I'm still not sure I believe him even though I got my flight info this morning.


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