Theater == Profit$

Filed under:General — eric @ 2:03 am

I held the first night of auditions last night for The Cold Sassy Players’ upcoming production of Our Town in Commerce. The show runs the first week of October.Like my other directing work for this theater, I’ll be paid for my efforts. Exactly enough, in fact, to fund a two-week vacation to New Mexico in late October. Two years to the day after our wedding, we’ll finally get to go on a honeymoon!

M has groused about the lack of announced activities for the weekend we will all be back in Socorro. It’s 49′ers weekend, the closest thing to a homecoming that our nerd school has. I haven’t spoke with the alumni office, but I can name some of the activities: Riding block of ice down the big hill on the golf course, (not) throwing darts at the cue ball at The Capitol Bar, biking along the arroyos (maybe all the way to the Coyote Moon in Lemitar (roses are red, violets are blue, I’m going to Lemitar so … ), eating wicky-soaked fruit late at night in Box Canyon, driving to Pie Town (with stops at the VLA and the Eagle Guest Ranch for ginormous steaks), walking through the Bosque del Apache, stopping by the Owl Bar for green chile cheeseburgers, having stacked Enchiladas del Mar at El Sombrero, eating at la Pacadita several times, having coffee at Martha’s Black Dog, playing Wiz War over a plate of fries and gravy at El Camino, looking for pottery sherds on the hills south of town, and enjoying the company of all of those I know that are also visiting or live there still. Should be a full two weeks, and I know I’ve forgotten to list plenty.

[Listening to: Where’s Me Gold - Trenchcoat Club - Edsel ]


  1. Yes! As I was mentioning to M in a letter yesterday, the “official” events are becoming more and more in my mind ancillary to the actual reunion. To you’re list I would add a visit to oldtown ABQ, a cinnamon role at the Frontier, and a tour of the rebuilt Workman and Wier halls.



    Comment by Matt — 8/12/2003 @ 2:25 am

  2. To your list I’d add a visit to the grammar checker. What was up with that? :^)

    Comment by eric — 8/12/2003 @ 2:38 am

  3. I have always relied upon the kindness of editors!


    Comment by Matt — 8/14/2003 @ 2:35 am

  4. To your list I can add only one thing: Crap, Crap, Crap! How in the hell can I not make the drive. October.. Let’s see, if I get four days off and leave directly from work, travelling south at 70MPH, while a train leaves El Paso traveling west at 74MPH, where in the hell is the cow in the pasture where it is supposed to be? It was always there in the past. Mad, Bad Cow!

    Comment by Randy — 8/14/2003 @ 3:01 am

  5. Some of us here in Socorro would like to add running
    Paranoia with friends. hint, hint. Whadd’ya think?

    Comment by K. Scott — 8/15/2003 @ 9:46 am

  6. Gravy fries? Heck, I could play Wiz War over that at home. It’s all about the Green Chile Cheese fries. To continue the trend of expanding the list, I’ll also throw in Green Chile Bagels at Fred’s, a quick visit to the English Department, and an eager voice of support for K. Scott on the Paranoia request (better still: Brittania or Civilization. Sadly, all three are probably logistically unlikely). Do make sure to schedule the ice blocking for the 49ers weekend itself - Lysa has been doubting the existence of this sport for nearly 10 years, now, and needs to be shown.

    Comment by Jason — 8/17/2003 @ 2:17 am

  7. One more comment — if you’re there for 2 whole weeks, and plan to have arrived by the 17th, the current Tech calendar shows that Arlo Guthrie is playing at Tech that night. Probably you already knew this, but given how much effort you put into trying to get him there all those years, thought I should mention it.

    Comment by Jason — 8/17/2003 @ 2:26 am

  8. I wasn’t grousing…I was just SAYING. I know that the official events don’t matter…but I was hoping that they’d HAVE some official events to make the whole thing more festive. Me and the sweetie will arrive in NM Oct 17th for…adding to the list…a visit to Museum of Science and Industry, Old Town in general, Nob Hill (hopefully at least ONE of the old shops will still be there) in ABQ, a comletely unnecessary, yet mandantory, whirlwind tour of Santa Fe, a visit to the two museums in Los Alamos, an amazing gaze from the Los Alamos bridge, a long-ass drive to Arizona for a completely unnecessary, yet mandatory, whirlwind tour of the Grand Canyon…then settling in Socorro sometime on August 23rd for…iceblocking, guaco and bean dip at The Hat, chile relenos at the El Camino (may I sit in on this game of the War that is Wiz? Not THAT Whiz!), a green chile cheeseburger at the Owl Bar (with perchance at stop at the Bosque), a hike to the top of South Baldy (we’ll probably cheat and drive most of the way up) for a glimpse of the vantage point of Douglas West’s “Evening Song of Water Canyon”, a bonfire at Box (with alcohol this time!), and if there is any time at all left, maybe a visit to Kelly Mining Town. Oh, and maybe stopping to get my picture taken by Schlacke.

    Comment by M — 8/18/2003 @ 7:35 am

  9. I think you should add seeing an Oh-My-God horrible movie at the Lobo. Or the Guild, if the Lobo is closed (again). K.Scott, will there be a Rocky that weekend? That’d be fun, too… I’ll be celebrating my 10th consecutive 49er’s this year. One of the things I remember VIVIDLY is Amy Koerner letting me taste one of her Randy Sours. We should have some of those and B-52’s, too.

    Comment by Joleen — 8/18/2003 @ 10:20 am

  10. Sadly, the Lobo is closed as a theater. But it has
    become a rather interesting church. As for Rocky, I hadn’t planned on one. But the Highland Theater in Alb. is putting on The Rocky Horror Show (that’s right, the stage version) Oct 24, 25 and 31. I am
    certainly planning on seeing at least one of those shows. Check out http://www.musicaltheatresw.com/
    And yes, drinking sounds like a very good idea.

    Comment by K. Scott — 8/19/2003 @ 2:42 am

  11. Paranoia might just be doable… I’ll get back to you on that.

    Comment by eric — 8/20/2003 @ 3:39 am

  12. I’m sure that Amy Koerner has tasted her share of “Randy Sours” if you know what I mean (nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more)…but I didn’t know that she was ever authorized to be passing them around!!!

    Here’s hoping that there is Randy sour enough to go around in October.

    Comment by M — 8/20/2003 @ 6:52 am

  13. If anyone happens to be around on Oct. 26, David Sedaris is speaking at Popejoy Hall .

    Comment by Joleen — 8/24/2003 @ 9:39 am

  14. wow its amazing how a quick list like that can invoke nostalgia. Well have fun, sorry I just blew my vacation time this year in a Flash flood trip to Vegas.

    Comment by crash — 8/26/2003 @ 11:34 am

  15. So…Jason…what, they don’t have ice blocks in California? When my sweetie doubted…we jaunted right down to the local liquor store and made an evening of it.
    Note: Making your own ice block is a tricky business…start with one garbage bag set into one shoe box…freeze at -15 degrees F. Only problem…faults in the ice block likely due to air bubbles = block splitting half way down hill and riding the rest of the way on your ass.

    Comment by M — 8/26/2003 @ 11:41 am

  16. I’ll have to spend a couple weeks making sure there is enough sour to go around. Ah, to ice block at 2am. I have ice blocks not 300 feet away and a couple hills that I would surely kill myself on a little beyond that. Without the proper company, though, it is just a slick bit of water.

    Comment by Randy — 8/28/2003 @ 2:47 am

  17. As is so often the case, I now return to the party long after the conversation is over, for one last post.

    You’re right, M — I certainly could have sat the missus down on an iceblock and given her a push. But, as Randy points out, it’s really the gestalt of the experience that’s the cruical bit. Besides, doing it out here wouldn’t have convinced her that everyone I knew at Tech was this crazy; just that I was. Since she’s already well aware of that through repeated observation, the experiment seemed pointless. (Well, except for the thrill of possibly breaking a rib. That’s always good, no matter what the circumstances).

    Anyone up for some sand surfing?

    Comment by Jason — 9/5/2003 @ 6:24 am

  18. Hood? Luxury! I always used the roof of an old tractor - replete with brain-skewering struts pointing upward at a properly dangerous angle. I also walked up hill both ways en route to doing so, and wore an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time. ‘Course it was a yellow onion — you couldn’t get white onions, on account of the war.

    “Me sit on a spike? Two spikes would be LUXURY! Edward sits on a spike, and I sit on Edward.”
    -Blackadder 2

    Comment by Jason — 9/18/2003 @ 7:47 am

  19. Yes, the SLUG will definitely be up to pulling
    duty for sand surfing. All you need is a spare
    hood (I had one but Danny’s bachelor party
    destroyed it a few months ago). Shouldn’t
    be difficult to find around Socorro :-) .


    Comment by Bob Broilo — 9/18/2003 @ 12:43 pm

  20. Man, does this list of stuff proposed for 49ers weekend sound good. By the way, Jason, nice Grandpa Simpson reference - well done!

    Comment by David — 9/21/2003 @ 6:04 am

  21. Gee…I guess your name really is “David”…I just thought you came out of the womb as “Dave”

    Comment by M — 9/26/2003 @ 5:15 am

  22. His name is actually “DEnnis”. Just look at his underwear and linens.

    Comment by Bob Broilo — 9/29/2003 @ 9:22 am

  23. My secret has been revealed!

    (….and stay out of my underwear Bob…….)

    Comment by DEnnis — 10/11/2003 @ 2:02 am

  24. God, you assholes are pathetic. NMT is a shitty overrated school in a fucked-up grubby town full
    of inbred morons. Worst 4 years of my life.

    Comment by trlby — 10/14/2003 @ 11:08 am

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  27. Hey, people should tell me when there are sexual references made about me on a web page! (”Randy sours”?!? I don’t even remember calling them that.)

    Sorry I missed 49ers and all. I should have known there was a reason to postpone the wedding and honeymoon.

    And who is that looser “triby”? I happen to like inbred morons!

    Late and lastly,

    Comment by Amy — 12/30/2003 @ 12:37 pm

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