June 15th, 2003

Doug & Sheri

Follies & Father's Day...

Mark & I went to Diamond Head Theatre tonight and watched a performance of "Follies". It was a little odd to be seeing a show in Hawaii (I have to admit it's the first local production I've gone to in almost 10 years...) but he and I were both pleasantly surprised at the talent on stage. Some of the directing choices were a bit questionable - but by and large it was a pretty good production.

Some of the cast was even better than the cast we saw in LA - though I have to say Harry Groener was a much stronger Buddy and Kevin was much better as Young Ben (and no, I'm not biased at all ;)) in the LA production. But I'm happy because now Mark & I have finally found a theatre company that we enjoy going to here. :) And it wasn't until Mark pointed it out that I noticed it was exactly one year ago (June 14, 2002) that we went to see Kevin in "Follies" in LA. Talk about coincidences...

In non-theatre related news: I bought a tiny hand bouquet to take with me to Punchbowl tomorrow for Father's Day. I feel a little bad because it's been a while since I've been there (I used to go every weekend with my Mom) - but lately I've only been going on special occasions like his birthday, Father's Day, Christmas, and New Years. My Mom still goes quite frequently, I think. I can't believe he's been gone for 12 years now... I don't want to turn this into a depressing post or anything - but some days are harder for me to deal with than others and I guess Father's Day is just one of them. :(
Doug & Sheri

Survived Another Father's Day...

First of all I wanted to thank all of you for the wonderful words of support in my last post - I was getting a bit depressed about Father's Day and you all helped to pull me out of the funk I was in... *hugs* to all of you! :)

I have to say that today wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be - I had been dreading today for a while now - whenever I turned on the TV or opened a newspaper all I saw was talk of Father's Day sales and Father's Day this or that and it was getting a bit depressing. But Mark & I did go to Punchbowl today to visit my Dad and I brought him the little bouquet of flowers that I got for him and I was pleasantly surprised to see so many beautiful flowers, leis, etc. there. I think Mark is a bit uncomfortable whenever we visit my Dad's grave because he doesn't know how to act. I usually don't stay there too long, and I think he wonders if I leave so soon because I don't want him feeling uncomfortable. It's partly that, but to me, my Dad isn't there at Punchbowl - he's there everyday with me in my memories and though I'll go to visit and bring him flowers, the place that he's most alive in is my heart. :) And I don't feel bad about that at all. :)

SO - on to happier things since I've probably be-labored this Father's Day issue enough for one day. ;) I've semi planned out my next LA trip... but once again, I'm waiting for the last minute air fares that Aloha offers and just kills me that I probably won't know for sure about my flights until a week or so before I leave. :P Contemplating other shows while I'm in town - but all the theatres that I usually frequent (The Colony, Laguna Playhouse, Reprise) are all dark that weekend. :(

And how I wished I lived in NYC sometimes... THIS would be just wonderful to see... Not for Melanie Griffith, though - but for Norm Lewis (the man has the voice of a God!), Raul Esparza, and Carolee Carmello. :) But, *sigh* no NYC for me until next year... :(
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