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This is where I jabber, blather, ramble, rant and comfortably insert foot in mouth as often as humanly possible. You may also find posts with art in the form of icons, wallpapers, banners and story cover art, thanks to discovering Photoshop a few years ago. I love creating fandom artwork almost as much as writing. Everything else you need to know about this journal or me can be found under the cut (including samples of my 'artwork' in the form of icons, banners, cover art; which are also links to the stories, and even samples of a few photo restorations I've done). You'll find more samples at my photo_fixer journal.

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To the wonderful, incomparable sara_merry99!

Birthday's come and go, and as they do, you can choose to age gracefully...

...or follow my example;
and be dragged, kicking and screaming, into your new age!

OTOH...you could fall for that old chestnut; "You're not getting older, you're just getting better...."

Of course, there's a reason something's called an "old chestnut"....

All this to say:



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Only wish I hAd more to offer than
these simple words!



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Two bits of news (good and not so good) for our beloved Big Bear Alpine Zoo:

1. As of January, a building contractor was finally chosen: "PGAV Destinations has been selected for the design of the relocation of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo." And with that news came a 'tentative date' for breaking ground: October of this year. If they actually start in October, and construction is expected to take 18-24 months - that means that unless there's a miracle, 2017 is the earliest for the opening. But hey, that's something anyway.

2. The zoo's curator, and a women many of us have come to love, Debbie Richardson, has retired. I believe it was effective in February.
She must have given notice last year as the zoo has been posting for a new curator since November of last year. As of last month, Bob Cisneros became the new General Manager and Curator. He was, I believe, the curator for the San Diego Zoo for many years. I know every one who has been to "Moonridge" for the charity events will miss Debbie. :( Below is my favorite photo of Debbie from all the Moonridge events I've attended - and you can see why. :)

We'll miss you, Debbie!

gm 2005


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Follow Theater of Note's Twitter too! New photos there as well. Remember, Garett is on the Board of Directors for the theater!!!

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Here are links to the three so far found:

3) NEONTOMMY REVIEW (USC) (this one singles out Garett's primary scene as, "...one of the most noteworthy...")

You can also find more photos of Garett as Bale - and other photos of him - at the Theater of Note's FB page and website.

REMINDER: You can see the play until March 28th!!

Do try, fellow TS fans, do try!!! Hook up, line up, drive up, fly down, swim, crawl, run, but



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Yesterday, when posting our fun evening at Garett's play, I left out a few rather important things, and I blame my advancing age and the Oscars. Everytime I had to stop writing to look up at the Oscars, I lost my  train of thought and during the commercials, the trains left the station, heading for some place exciting, I hope. Like New York. Anyway, here's the rest of it:

Garett is not only in the play, but he's also on the Theater's Board of Directors - AND - serves as their "Master Carpenter", which in a Black Box theater, is often required because the 'stage' is often changed per the needs of any certain play. BTW: His handiwork was very - and beautifully - evident in this play's 'stage'.

The other part I forgot was that wonderful Marilyn had the very brilliant idea of delivering Garett's birthday present early since the play offered the perfect opportunity.  BTW: Every year she puts together a 'basket' of goodies; like his favorite coffees, etc, and in the name of the fandom and his website, sends it to him, so this one acted as both a BD present and the fandoms version of 'flowers'. When we arrived inside the small lobby, she asked if they'd deliver the gift bag to Garett and they did so very kindly and came back a moment later to let her know he had it.

And finally; the big one; the one I thought I'd added last night, but didn't *slaps self*:  When we left the theater heading for the parking lot - we were stopped.

By Garett.

Who actually ran after us saying something like how we couldn't leave without saying hello - or something like that.

I must confess, once he'd stopped us, I was - well - nonplussed. And now I know what that word REALLY means. I was the perfect definition. As Suzanne mentioned in her comment from "Garett's Play Part One", intros were made as neither Suzanne nor Regina had seen him, let alone met him. He introduced himself and Regina said something I'd wished I'd said when he first introduced himself to me (at the William Shatner Charity Horse Show), namely, "Oh, I know you're Garett!" and Regina said it just right because he gave her a beautiful grin in return. He was so totally wonderful and thrilled we'd actually come;  thankful to Marilyn for the gift, and wanted to hear what we all thought aboout the play. It was a short discussion because...well...how many ways can you say, "It was wonderful, amazing, you were fantastic..." and so on, right? But it was also short because he had to get back for an 'after the premiere performance' review to ensure all the kinks were worked out before Saturday's 'official' opening. Did I forget to mention earlier that Friday turned out not to be Opening night? That the theater changed it to Saturday (which was SOLD OUT - HALLELUJAH!). Anyway, it was better this way - we caught the "Premiere". *G*

There are now a few photos of the play up (probably more will be added after the opening), so head on over to the site, but here's the best one of Garett:

I think *now* I've covered everything a TS fan would want to know about Friday night. I'm so thankful I was able to go, that I have such wonderful friends, and that Garett is...well...Garett. He's *real*, you know? Just a 'real' guy, with so much talent both on and off the stage. Oh, and a final huge thank you to... oh my gosh, was it zz on senad who told us? God, my memory really is gone. *rolls eyes* Anyway, THANK YOU!
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I WENT! Four of us; Marilyn (caarianna aka Arianna, Suzanne aka knitty_woman and Regina, aka magician113 and Merlin) traveled to LA; the Theater of Note, to see Garett in Niagara Falls (and thanks to Regina, I made it, but that's another story). Note to everyone, TS fans or not: if you have ANY chance of being in Los Angeles between now and the end of the play's run; GO! You have until March 28th to see it, so do what you must - sell your first born - and I repeat; GO.

Yes, Garett is in it. Yes, I'm prejudiced, but still, he was MAGNIFICENT. And yes, I believe if you had no idea who he was, you'd agree after seeing his performance as "Bale"; PERIOD. I'm not going to explain the play in case you DO get to see it, because I don't want to spoil it for you (yes, it's that kind of wonderful, stupendous play that has so much more going on than you originally believe, thus yes, spoilers would, indeed, spoil it for you!) but I will explain Garett's character. He plays a 'carny', a guy who works for carnivals doing whatever required. In the play, he's the carny for the Niagara Falls Carnival, and when the time comes for him...all I can say is...WOW WOW WOW. He was funny, brilliant, and the highest compliment possible; after about 30 seconds, I forgot I was watching Garett. And that's saying more than you know, because I was in the front row; the only row actually on stage, and at one point in the scene, "Bale" moves downstage and was literally inches from me. Inches.

I don't think it will be giving anything away to explain that Bale has the job of trying to talk a man out of...burning down the rollercoaster. Why does he want to burn it down? Because his girlfriend has broken up with him and he's burning down everything having to do with her. It sounds heavy, right? Not with Bale in charge. It was pure genius. Funny, serious (in the subject) and down right brilliantly written with the manner in which Bale deals with this man and talks him out of his plan, leaving us laughing and silently clapping (because this play moves too fast to applaud out loud - and no, btw, there's no intermission).

So, the big question you're probably asking: "But how did he LOOK?" Fair question. It's been ages for most of us, right? Close to 20 years since seeing young Blair, if you've not been able to get to any of the charity events. Our guy will be 46 this May, so to answer your question: God, he looks good. I mean...really good. Yes, he's let his hair go naturally gray, but it's curly and beautiful and I know you're really wondering about that, so don't deny it. *G* "But aly, his eyes?" Guys, I can't even begin to describe them other than to say; there's no blue that can adequately define them. I've seen him up close before, sure, but with dark hair. And then, well, come on, the man has beautiful eyes. But now? With that hair? Yowzer. And what that man can do with a bowler hat? WOW (you need to go see the play because I'm not going to explain anything until after the 28th or March; again, the end of the run!).

The play was fun, funny, mysterious, uplifting, and I'd go again in a NY minute except I wouldn't want Garett to think I was stalking him! *G* But truly, I could honestly see that play every night - and that's with the character of Bale not coming on until about half-way through, so it's not just because of Garett, okay? It's truly that good a play. If I were reviewing, I'd have only two nits to pick: Big nit: Either lose the 'Fortune Teller' scene or do a rewrite because as it stands, following Bale and the would-be (and has-been) arsonist, it's the only slow scene in the play. Second nit: a better wig for a certain female character.

The day and evening was great, and being with those three other women lifted it up to level of outstanding. We ate at the famous "Umami Burger" restuarant which is across the street (sort of) from the theater (the girls treated me to a bd dinner, so a major thank you) and the Food Network didn't lie when they offered it up as one of the best burgers (it's actually been showcased a couple of times on the Food Network) around. It was. Then we headed excitedly over to the theater for the play. Oh, and one thing to remember about the theater is that it's a 'black box' theater, which means the 'room' can be anything and the audience can be seated anywhere. Black box refers to not only the fact you're in a small (and mostly black) room, but also the seating is on moveable black 'boxes' that allow the theater to place you anywhere necessary for a play, including "in the round". For "Niagara Falls", we were seated in the typical format except the front row, which as I mentioned, is actually on the 'stage'. The lobby will have snacks (homemade in some cases *g*) for you, but remember, this is a small theater. As in, like, 40 some odd seats? Get the picture? Small But powerful if Niagara Falls is any indication of the talent it presents!

So that's about it, fellow TS fans. Oh, and I wrote this during the Oscars, so it's taken me quite awhile, plus taking time out to cry for the most beautiful memorium the Academy has ever done, which reminded me of the incredible losses this last year brought us in entertainment. It's almost 8 now, it started at 5:30 (on the dot), so has about four more hours to go *snicker*, but I got done what needed to be done, so once again, I say; GO SEE NIAGARA FALLS.
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