All posts for the month October, 2005

Farmers, BBQs, and Dogs

Had a pretty good weekend. It started with a viewing of “The Real Dirt on Farmer John.” It showed at the La Jolla Museum of Contempary art and was the first movie of their fall season so they had free snacks and sold beer afterward. After the movie they had an interview with the producer and then a Q&A. It was a lot of fun but I did discover what I want to call social liberals. This is the equivelant to Lindsay Bluth from “Arrested Development.” So, it was an odd mix of artsy people with funky clothes, died hair and pierced earings and young socialites who were there because it was part of the art “scene.”

“The Real Dirt on Farmer John” was a great movie in itself. It was a documentary that looked like it was made for TV but was shown at a few film festivals. It portrayed that life of an alternative lifestyle farmer who eventually became an organic farmer. It was well filmed and delightful to watch.

On Saturday was sponcered by rpg-sandiego at Fiesta Island which is an island in the middle of Mission Bay across from Sea World. It was drizzly when we arrived but they had a fire going and it was a ton of fun. Stephanie went with me and she also had fun when we weren’t talking about gaming (which was about %90 of the time).

In the evening Stephanie and I went to a play called “Dog Act.” This was a post apocalyptic play that is described as “Mad Max meets Shakespear” which is a good description. It was produced by Moxie Theater, a group the promotes woman in the theater and “Dog Act” was written by Liz Duffy Adams and directed by two women: Sonnenberg and Kraus.

The play itself was amazing. This is the first time I had seem a genre piece in theater (ie scifi, cyberpunk, post-apoc) and it was done well, really well. If it was still playing I would have taken a bunch of friends to it. Here is a synopsis:

“Dog Act” is set in a post-apocalyptic time, when the world has been decimated by wars between “tribes” such as the Panamerican Casino Nation, the Lone Star Revisionists and the Nuevo Aztecs, and each season arrives with the force of a nuclear blast. The war’s scrappy, mostly illiterate survivors subsist on genetically mutated wildlife and their spoken language has devolved into choppy, obscenity-laden doggerel (“good” has become “mooey jiggie” and a well-known expletive is now “Jesse fuggit crisco”). Violent “Mad Max”-style scavengers Coke and Bud, whose dialect is more than liberally peppered with the “F” word, rove the American countryside for victims to rob and rape, but they steer clear of the oddball-filled vaudeville wagon troupes that roam the villages.

One such troupe consists of Rozetta Stone and her talking Dog (Jason Connors), who are working their way toward a mythical engagement in China. Their act includes songs, dances, plays and a big finale in which Dog recites beautiful classic poetry. Dog isn’t a canine, of course, but a seemingly well-educated, guitar-strumming man who chooses to live a subservient existence as a mysterious act of contrition (in this topsy-turvy world, nobody seems to question his pedigree as a loyal pet).

One day, “Zetta” and Dog are approached by two other “vaudsters” who ask to join their troupe —- the ironically named Vera Similitude, who offers a “tableau of human tenderness” as her act, and JoJo the Bald Face Liar, who delivers nonsensical folk tales at hyper-speed and ear-splitting volume. JoJo’s on the run from scavengers and Vera plots to enslave Dog (she’s the keeper of his darkest secret) and to kill Zetta.

I had attempted to write an cyberpunk play 4 or 5 years ago which turned out really silly and I gave up on the thought of ever seeing a genre piece on stage. I’m really glad I saw this and have hope that more attempts will be made.

Broken Into

My car got broken into. Friday morning Stephanie and I got up around 4am to get ready for her trip to Florida in which she was going to hang out with her girl friends. She woke me up at 4:40 and I got up, threw on some clothes and we headed out to my car. When I opened up the door I realized the car lamp did not turn on and when I got in there was this a thing in the way. It was at this time I realized someone had been in my car. When I turned on the lamp, someone had broken into my car.

I quick survey revealed they had taken my stereo and some cds. They had broken the very back passenger window (not the window that rolls down, but the little one in the far back). They also took an 80G external hard drive I had just bought and a set of tools.

Luckily I didn’t have my ipod in the car.

I was pretty upset and layed around when I got home. I called the police and ended filing a report two hours later. I also filed with my insurance who couldn’t do anything because I only have liability.

On Saturday I got the window fixed and now need to get the front panel replaced. I’m debating getting a new stereo. The face to my stereo was hidden and there was no way that the burglars would have known that the face was inside the car. So, even if I had taken the face with me they would have broken in. Maybe I’ll get one of those where the entire stereo pulls out.

This weekend Stephanie and went to see “Curse of the Starving Class” at our favorite theater, The Cygnet. We have seen so many plays there we are thinking about getting season tickets.

The last play we went and saw was called “The Invention of Love” by Tom Stoppard. I decided to make a big deal of it and invited a bunch of friend: Erik, Emily, Jonathan, and Michelle over to Stephanie’s for dinner then we all went and saw the play. Unfortunetly, it was extremely confusing and not very good for a bunch of friends who want a good time.

I should have taken everyone to “Curse of the Starving Class” by Sam Sheppard. This play was fun and enlightening and has to be one of the top I’ve seen in San Diego. It was commentary on American life in a funny if not terrible way. The acting and imagery was spot on as character kept opening, slamming and talking to the refridgerator.

They also cooked bacon and eggs right in the theater. This made Stephanie hungry and she could help but comment on the smell, and should could not help comment on the character, Wesley, who appears naked while walking across the stage.

In other news I won a DVD player at the Vons Supermarket which was having a grand reopening. So, I’m the lucky guy!

Neil and Geekatude

On Saturday Erik and I went to the Neil Gaimen signing. We got there half an hour early so we could hear him talk. I knew it would get crowded in the bookstore. By the time it started there were people trying to fit in the doorway.

This was the third signing I had been to and the best. Gaimen certainly knows how to appeal to the fans and even dedicated his latest book, “Anansi Boys” to the fans. When Erik and I went up to talk to him Erik started to discuss his last book “American Gods” and Gaimen actually showed interest in the conversation.

After that Stephanie and I went and saw “Serenity” the movie following Joss Whedon’s short lived scifi TV show, “Firefly.” I absolutely loved the show and the movie was great.

On Sunday, I went and saw Mirrormask, a movie created by Neil Gaimen and Dave Mckean that was a modern retelling of Alice in Wonderland. I thought it was good with an ok story but was visually spectacular and could have enjoyed it without any story.

The only non-geek thing I did this weekend was on Friday Stephanie’s grandparents come down to go on a cruise that was leaving from San Diego so we had dinner with them.