Busy weekend. We're in the last throes of preparation for running a murder mystery birthday party for a friend of ours who turns 16 this week. This will involve up to forty teenagers, so it will be interesting to see how it works out. We have a fair amount of experience doing these events, so we're not overly worried.
Tomorrow we have the cast party for Arsenic & Old Lace - several weeks after we wrapped it up. Even though most of us see each other every week it will be fun to reconnect as a group again.
Then one day back at work and it's off to jolly old England on American Airlines via Chicago. Oh well, at least there'll be plenty of time to read the last Harry Potter book that I haven't had time for yet.
Somewhere lurking around the fringes of my brain are a few thoughts about church leadership, spurred by Maggi's recurring posts about the topic. Just as a teaser, I've been asking myself why I feel more appreciated at work (major aerospace company located in the Pacific NW USA), than I do at church. Hmmm...
Had a pretty good weekend. Went to the ballet Friday night. Dave's rule (*) did not apply that night, which was a good thing. Peter Boal, the new artistic director was going for as wide a range of styles as possible, and succeeded magnificently. The most adventurous piece was Mopey, an amazing solo piece set to music by C. P. E. Bach and The Cramps. No, that's not all one band (although it would be an interesting combination). [Update - Seattle Times review] Friday was also the first time we stayed behind for the post-match interview - a Q&A session in the theater with Boal and one of the dancers which was well worthwhile. The dancer in question was Jonathan Poretta who danced the only role in the aforementioned Mopey. And hey, we missed the traffic, too.
Indoor soccer also continues, and even though my team (Team Brown) continues to get clobbered week after week, it's fun when we score goals. I managed to score one with each foot last night (ambifootrous?), and had a hand in setting up the other two, so "yay me!".
I'll be posting up the next installment in the Musical Influences real soon (we're up to #3, so the tension is mounting...)
Off to England next week to see family - mostly Sunderland and Nottingham, but if you're there and want to touch base by even just phone, drop me a line with a phone number. Who knows, a day trip to somewhere exotic may be in the cards.
And finally, thanks for all the well-wishing for my birthday.
(*) Dave's Rule: When a ballet performance consists of three separate pieces, one will be fab, one will be so-so and the other one will be so bad it will make you want to throw yourself out of your box onto the seats below, hoping and praying that you die in the ambulance on the way to hospital to make the pain go away. If there are more than three pieces, the additional pieces will not be fab, but may fall into either of the other categories.