I’ve now been going to Glendale Centre Theatre for 10
years. I first ventured down there at the end of 2005 after hearing
great things about it for a couple of years. That first play I saw
was Arsenic and Old Lace. And last weekend, I got to see that play
Of course, with a different cast and a different director,
the play wasn’t completely the same. That’s one thing I love about
live theater. But the play was still fabulous. It has so
many witty lines and just absurd situations that you can’t help but love
it. And yes, it is better than the movie, which I watched after the
first time I saw the play. Much, much better.
The first couple of plays I went to see I went without
Angelique, but once we discovered how much we both loved that theater, we’ve
been going together ever since. That means she hadn’t seen this play
the first time, and I was thrilled to get to introduce her to it. She
enjoyed it as much as I did, which made me feel good.
I only wound up seeing one play in 2006, and it’s one of
their plays next spring. I can’t wait to see it again and enjoy some
plays I haven’t seen there before as well.
Obviously, I may have gone full circle, but I’m not planning to stop
going any time soon.
Last weekend, I did my final obstacle run of 2015 – the
Wipeout Run. This used to be known as the Ridiculous Obstacle
Challenge, but they teamed up with the show and rebranded themselves.
As a run, I found it disappointing. We wove back
and forth in a parking lot. I’d be shocked if we really ran a
mile. The ROC races were definitely closer to 3 miles long.
However, the obstacles were fun. Yes, they had
the big balls, although they were really more like small/medium balls and in a
bounce house. Still, that was enough for me, especially considering
I couldn’t land a jump to any of them. There were a couple of giant
slides and a balance across a beam while dodging big balls spinning around
obstacle. That one was tons of fun. No mud at this one,
but water in a few obstacles.
Afterward, I got together with Joy and Christopher, who
lived in the area for a late lunch. We hung out at the restaurant
and talked for a couple of hours, and it was a blast.
Plus I got to listen to half of a book on tape that day,
which is always fun.
Sadly, I stopped at Downtown Disney trying to find a
calendar. I spent almost two hours looking around for it, but when I
finally found the right person to ask, they were sold out of it. I
would have liked that time for other things. Oh well. That
was the only bad part of an overall fun day.
My new roommate moved in a week ago. He’s a
friend of my current roommate who is looking for a place for just a couple of
months, although there is a possibility that he could stick around longer,
we’ll just have to see.
The ironic thing is that I have two roommates with lots of
stuff right now. Usually, my roommates are young enough that they
have clothes and a few books. These guys don’t, so between their
stuff and all the junk I have, we are out of room in the condo. I
need to weed out junk, but I sure don’t want to do that. It sounds
suspiciously like work!
Saturday being Halloween, I went to my friends Josh and
Beth’s annual Halloween party. Of course, since they decided to have
it at the last minute, the turnout was very small. As in, it was
just the three of us.
Of course, since I hadn’t seen them for several months, it
was good to have a chance to sit and catch up. We talked for quite a
bit, ate dinner, and then played a couple of games. Yes, it would
have been fun with more people, but, selfishly, I’m kind of glad it was so
small. It was relaxing and fun.
We played Sequence for a while, and then they introduced me
to a new game called Bubble Talk. The idea is kind of like Apples to
Apples, only this time, you have a picture on the table and seven captions for
it in your hand. It was so funny I was laughing so hard I was crying
at one point. Definitely getting a copy for myself!
Friday night, I went to a book launch party. Even
better? The book didn’t officially come out until today, so I was
able to buy it early. (You’d think with all the pre-release books I
get these days it wouldn’t be a thrill, but it still is.)
The book is Neverseen, the latest in the Keeper of the Lost
Cities series for middle grade readers by Shannon Messenger. Unfortunately,
the signing was a ways away, and with traffic, especially on a Friday night, it
took me a long time to get there. So long, in fact, that I missed
Shannon answering questions from the audience. But I got there for
the actual signing.
And oh the line! I was actually there for three
hours waiting to get my book signed. During that time, I finished
the novella I was reading and wandered around the store some. Then I
stood in line.
Mind you, I’m not really complaining. It is
wonderful to see so many kids exciting about reading. I mean, this
was a hardcover, and all the kids had copies. And Shannon was taking
the time to talk to fans and not just signing books, which is great for keeping
them engaged in reading the books. Plus Shannon is a truly wonderful
person, and I’m thrilled to see her reaching this level of success. I’ve
been reading the series from the beginning, and I’m thrilled to see it doing so
Still, it made for a long night, although I was able to get
home a lot faster because the traffic had died down by the time I left. It
was a great day all the way around. Plus I’ve passed the half-way
point of the book already (which is saying something for a 700 page book) and
am fast closing in on the final quarter. Goal is to finish it by
Wednesday, and things are heating up, so I am sure that will happen.
When my brother and sister-in-law were living in Dallas,
they loved to go to Dave and Buster’s on date nights. I had never
been to one, but I finally had a chance to fix that back on the 17th. (Yes,
I’m still back that far behind.)
After the mud run, I met up with my friends Chris and
Charles. Hadn’t seen them in a while, especially Charles. Anyway,
we headed out to Dave and Buster’s. If you aren’t familiar with it,
it is a restaurant and arcade. Most of the games give you tickets
(electronically on your card) that you can then redeem for prizes.
Actually, Chris and Charles hadn’t eaten there before. They
were planning to eat elsewhere, but I suggested we eat there. The
food was good, but our service was lousy. Everyone else seemed to be
getting good service but us.
The games were fun. There were lots of skeeball
and those types of games. There are also some fun video games that,
yes, can give you tickets. I have no clue how much each game cost
since you swipe your card and pay with credits, but I didn’t spend through all
the credits I’d bought. I started getting into it the longer we were
Okay, so the company helped, but I had a good time. Unfortunately,
the restaurant is a ways from me, so I don’t know when or if I will go back and
use the rest of my credits and redeem my tickets, but you never know.
Oh, and yes, I did make sure my brother and sister-in-law knew where I was so they'd be properly jealous.