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17 November 2005 @ 06:49 am
I can't live in the city! And "White Christmas"... :)  
Last night I had my very first lesson in hailing a cab in the city. :( I'm SO not a city person and that much was pretty evident last night. I went to the Orpheum Theatre on 8th Street and had to go less than a mile (only 3 blocks or so) to get back to my hotel, but everyone made me promise NOT to walk there by myself (including my boss). So I opted for a cab... What an experience! :( Thankfully I was finally able to get one (after a long time of trying) and I was able to make it back to the hotel. :) The cab ride was really so short that it literally would've been faster for me to have walked... but to keep Mark's sanity, I promised him I'd take a cab...

Speaking of the Orpheum, I went to see "White Christmas" last night. It was one of those big, old fashioned, grand scale musicals with gorgeous sets and nice costumes. :) It was a cute show and I enjoyed it, except that I had the misfortune of being seated next to several theatre patrons from hell. :( The three middle aged ladies next to me insisted on talking (VERY loudly) through the entire show (I don't mind talking before the show starts, even obnoxious talking, but once the show starts I expect people to stop!) They were having full-fledged conversations in the middle of the show! :[ If that wasn't enough, one of the ladies started singing "Sisters" in the first act. :[ I had bad flashbacks to that Saturday I went to the matinee of "Carousel" at Cabrillo Theatre... :( My patience was running really thin by the end of the show and when it ended and they just took FOREVER to get out of their seats for no reason other than they were still talking and not paying attention to the fact that everyone was waiting for them, I thought I'd scream. :[ I think it's wonderful when people are enthusiastic about the theatre, but please... have some consideration for the rest of us!! :[

On a completely non-theatre note, the conferences went pretty well yesterday. I saw the two people I knew from our home office (one was the auditor who came to audit our office last week.) It was pretty surreal to sit in the meetings, having just come from being surrounded by theatre people - to sitting in a room full of compliance men in suits. :P VERY different end of the spectrum! I did meet two very nice ladies who were more interested in cutting out of the afternoon sessions to go shopping. :) They told me I should go shopping too, but I felt guilty -- almost like I was cutting class, and I ended up going to all the sessions.

The one thing I'd forgotten about these conferences was all the eating!! It seems a little odd, but that's all we seem to do - sit and eat! They fed us breakfast, lunch, and dinner with two HUGE breaks in between the sessions. This time they had trail mix packs & power bars after the first session and :) HUGE warm pretzels, bowls filled with HUGE Butterfingers, HUGE bottles of Arizona Iced Tea, and oatmeal & chocolate chip cookies after the next session. Oh my gosh, this conference has been incredibly bad for my diet - I'm going to be 500 pounds by the time I come home! :( *SIGH*

Before I forget, I was tagged by queenstacey_25:

RULES OF THE GAME. Post six weird and random facts about yourself, then at the end, list the names of five other people who are next in line to do this.

1. I can't hail a cab to save my life! ;P

2. In addition to being able to curl my tongue, I can also flip it upside down.

3. I don't listen to the radio at all.

4. I love LA theatre more than theatre anywhere else I've ever been, including NYC.

5. My favorite voice in theatre is some tall guy with curly hair and a killer baritone. ;)

6. I don't watch TV, but on the rare occasion that I do, I like to watch "Animal Planet," "Food Network," or "TLC."

Ooops! I forgot to tag... If you'd like to do this, I'd love to read your answers. :)

I'm just SO exhausted! I have tickets tonight to see "Prelude to a Kiss" at the SF Playhouse, but I may opt to skip it and just get some sleep before my flight back to Burbank early tomorrow morning.... we'll see. If it involves hailing another cab, chances are good that I won't be up for it. ;P Hope you all have a nice day. :)
 
 
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the girl who's a goddessvsprtn on November 17th, 2005 02:59 pm (UTC)
In addition to being able to curl my tongue, I can also flip it upside down.

Hey! I can do that too! Yay, I'm not the only freak in town.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 17th, 2005 03:08 pm (UTC)
Haha! Glad to know I'm not the only one! :D

BTW, I was wondering if I'd see you at the Ovations on Monday...
the girl who's a goddessvsprtn on November 17th, 2005 03:14 pm (UTC)
I wanted to go, esp. since I know some of the people who were nominated, but Monday was my only night off due to rehearsals & shows.

So sorry that you won't be able to make it to see Equus.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 17th, 2005 03:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, totally understand taking your only off and doing something NON theatre releated! :)

So sorry that you won't be able to make it to see Equus.

I really wished I could've seen it! :( I'd heard SUCH good things about it! :D
Daniel the California Highway Guy: dpf-ACSACcahwyguy on November 17th, 2005 03:26 pm (UTC)
The one thing I'd forgotten about these conferences was all the eating!! It seems a little odd, but that's all we seem to do - sit and eat! They fed us breakfast, lunch, and dinner with two HUGE breaks in between the sessions. This time they had trail mix packs & power bars after the first session and :) HUGE warm pretzels, bowls filled with HUGE Butterfingers, HUGE bottles of Arizona Iced Tea, and oatmeal & chocolate chip cookies after the next session. Oh my gosh, this conference has been incredibly bad for my diet - I'm going to be 500 pounds by the time I come home! :( *SIGH*

And think about it from the organizers side. For each meal, the hotel charges between 25-40$/head, and for the breaks, between 10-15$/head. We've actually been cutting back on the food at ACSAC due to cost, but we used to do spreads like that regularly.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 17th, 2005 03:37 pm (UTC)
WOW! Now that's a lot! :o Hadn't realized that they pay extra for the snacks at break -- I was under the impression that it was some sort of package deal with the hosting of the conference!
Daniel the California Highway Guy: dpf-ACSACcahwyguy on November 17th, 2005 03:51 pm (UTC)
At a conference, you pay for everything. About the only thing you get for free might be the meeting rooms, and that's only if you bring in the minimum number of room nights in your contract. If you don't bring in sufficient room nights (something we're facing again for ACSAC this year), you pay for the guaranteed nights you didn't get (and then the hotel can resell those nights), plus there is often a penalty. The projectors and screens for the rooms are pricy (on the order of $500 per projector per room per day... $100 per screen per room per day... they even charge for extension cords). Meals are pricy as well. I'll give you an idea. Here are some quotes I found online from the Hilton Sante Fe (NM):

Traditional Continental
Assorted Breakfast Mini Pastries and Muffins, Flaky Croissants served with Preserves and Honey Butter, Sliced Seasonal Fruit, and Assorted Fruit Juices. $14pp

Cowboy Barbecue Buffet
Mixed Garden Green Salad, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Barbecue Spare Ribs, Smoked Barbecue Chicken, Corn on the Cob, Baked beans, Corn Bread with Honey Butter, Assorted Desserts. $23pp.

So, you add it up and you can easily see why registration rates for conferences are so high.




Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 17th, 2005 09:40 pm (UTC)
WOW! That sure is pricey! I guess that's why our registration fees were so high! :o
Kawaii Momiji-chan: playfulskittlex on November 17th, 2005 07:39 pm (UTC)
I added you as a friend Sheri, :)
karmastyxkarmastyx on November 17th, 2005 08:15 pm (UTC)
He's a good friend to have. :)
Kawaii Momiji-chanskittlex on November 17th, 2005 09:28 pm (UTC)
he? oh my now im confused!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 17th, 2005 09:35 pm (UTC)
I think maybe Laura was saying that you were a good friend to have. :)
Kawaii Momiji-chanskittlex on November 17th, 2005 10:03 pm (UTC)
O C now that makes perfect sense! lol
Kawaii Momiji-chanskittlex on November 17th, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC)
Thoroughly Modern Millie is awesome too saw that last year along with Hairspray. THe year before we saw Mama Mia, and the year before that was Kiss Me, Kate.

This year was Wicked, Anything Goes, and I am hoping Sound of Music.
Sheri: Kevin - as Trevor Graydon in shutterbug93 on November 17th, 2005 09:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, did you see "Thoroughly Modern Millie" in NYC or did you see it on tour? The reason I ask is because the beautiful guy in my icon was Trevor Graydon last year on Broadway. :D

*SIGH* I have yet to see "Anything Goes!" I really wanted to see it on my trip out here, but alas... there was no time! :(
Kawaii Momiji-chanskittlex on November 17th, 2005 09:58 pm (UTC)
I saw it at the Pantages Theatre in LA.
same with wicked, Hair Spray. Mama Mia, Kiss me Kate, were at Ahmenson in LA. and Anything Goes was at a small dinner theatre in Garden Grove, CA. with an amazing cast!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 17th, 2005 09:34 pm (UTC)
Yay! I added you back! :D
Kawaii Momiji-chanskittlex on November 17th, 2005 10:02 pm (UTC)
woot, i feel loved.
karmastyxkarmastyx on November 17th, 2005 08:15 pm (UTC)
I'd more than likely have just as hard of time hailing a cab as well. I'm glad you got one though.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 17th, 2005 09:42 pm (UTC)
I didn't think it'd be hard to do,... until I did it, that is. :P I'm so happy I got one, I almost gave up and walked (but shhhh! Don't tell Mark!) ;)
carush_girl on November 17th, 2005 08:56 pm (UTC)
Why oh why do people do that - go to a show and be so inconsiderate. You we're deprived of some of that enjoyment because of those women....*sighs*



Ohhh gosh, hope ya didnt gain 500 pounds. Because then how will you fit in that lil black dress again... *winks*


Ummmm as for no tv or radio, welp I could not do that. Ummmm but if need be I can hail a cab uhhh I think....But I would have to yell not whistle cuz my whistler is not that good.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 17th, 2005 09:45 pm (UTC)
*SIGH* I just don't understand some people. I usually have really good luck in LA and all the theatre patrons I get seated next to are usually REALLY nice (I've even met some friends that way!) :)

I MUST get back on my diet when I get home, but AHHHH! Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Wah! :(

You could probably hail a cab a lot faster than I could! I stood there for a LONG time trying to get one! :P If I didn't get one when I did, I might've just tried walking back to the hotel (shh! don't tell Mark, though!) ;)
carush_girl on November 18th, 2005 12:03 am (UTC)
Its sooo wonderful that you met some new friends in this way (face to face) and had a postive experience. I have yet to meet any people this way....

Forget the diet for now, yep Thanksgiving is gonna add 10 pounds to most of us.....

he heh heh I shall not tell Mark heh eh hehe...