Went to see A Christmas Carol at the Shakespeare Tavern on Saturday. It was, by far, the best production–play, movie, whatever–of that Charles Dickens classic that I have ever experienced. I’ve been feeling pretty saturated on the CC front for several years now, and I was actually not all that enthusiastic about Saturday’s theater outing as I was beginning to come down with some phlegmy cold symptoms, but we had the tickets so out I went. They started with several, lovely madrigalish carols and I was laughing out loud within the first five minutes of the first scene, a state of mirth I generally maintained for the whole play. Not that there weren’t poignant bits; but, like with all productions at the Shakespeare Tavern, the director knows that humor is the best stage device there is. I’m still blown away by their amazing sense of pacing. Never a dull moment. It got us properly into the festive, holiday spirit. I highly recommend the Tavern’s Christmas Carol to any and all in the Atlanta area. Go see it before the run ends!
Did a lot of prezzie shopping over the weekend. At something of a loss as to what to get Matthew’s mother as she also has a December birthday. Erk. We got his folks a Kodak digital camera. They got themselves a new Compaq computer to replace their aged and expiring iMac. Unfortunately, they’re still on dial-up and having major issues with it. And they’re not exactly savvy on the technological front. When Matthew asked them what OS they were now on, his mother replied, somewhat bewildered “AoL?” And when he tried to get the computer model number from his dad, we ended up with the monitor specs. We’ll see what we can do when we go up to see them at Christmas. But I’m pretty sure the camera should be compatible with a new Compaq.
The phlegm continues to rise in a snoggy wave from my chest to my head. I have decided not to inflict my coughing, sneezing, wheezy self on the poor folks at my place of work, and am oozing out the day in the comfort of my own home whereupon there will be much Tylenol, Sudafed, and Robitussin .
Got an invite from ghostgrrl to be a guest again this year for Fantasm’s Ink Track. Of course I said “yes,” so I’ll definitely be at Fantasm for its final blowout year.
Saw that Issue #40 of The Third Alternative with my novelette “Running on Two Legs” is back from the printers and being mailed out! Very excited. Can’t wait to see it.