IT'S NEVER TOO LATE!

September 30, 2010

It’s Never Too Late!

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It’s never too late, (or too early) for me to update my blog.  This was the first day of our play, (or yesterday was since it is now September 30).  It went well.  The audience was somewhere between 25 to 50 people and they seemed to have enjoyed it.  I knew a few of the people who were there from other RC activities, one from chorus, one from Improv, two from our last Primus production “70 Girls 70.”

The author of the play was there and he told the director what he saw that needed to be changed, so it will be a little different today, (I almost typed tomorrow).  Regardless of what the clock says, I don’t consider a day over until I go to bed.

I ate at McDonald’s before I came home and on the bus my stomach began to cramp.  I did not feel like going to church.  It would not have been much good for me to be at choir practice since Iwill have to miss church to do the play Sunday.  As I wrote in my journal this morning, I am sure the Lord will forgive me for that.  I do not make a habit of it and this is an exception.

September 29, 2010

It’s Never Too Late!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ccassello @ 3:26 am

Today was dress rehearsal for the play “It’s A Comedy, Right?” which starts tomorrow and runs through Sunday.  The director began the day by telling us how she wants us to come out for a bow at the end of the show. No one gets individual attention, we all bow together. A couple of women, who I believe she said were her nieces, or some relatives, came to see us because they will not be able to come to the performances. They came a little late and missed the opening scene, but they enjoyed the play.  It went pretty smoothly. Some lines were missed but the actors were able to cover up for them without it being too obvious or delaying the action.  was pleased.  

Win said that her son, the playwright told her he will be at all except one performance, I believe it is the Saturday he will miss.  More tickets were sold today, so we may have a pretty good attendance after all.

I remembered all of the small lines I kept forgetting this time, but I think I said one of my partner’s lines in error. It really didn’t make any difference though. No one but us would really notice. I don’t even think the other actor in that scene would know, since he has so many lines of his own to remember.

We took a lunch break and did the play a second time. The timing  was better then.  Win had told us that the beginning was dragging, so they picked up the pace. With no intermission the play will run for an hour and a half.

Win told us not to go out late tonight and be sure to get a good night’s sleep, but I don’t know if I will be able to because I’m already excited. We go on at 2 PM and have a 12 PM call, but I think I will have to be there earlier. I will be too anxious to stay home

September 28, 2010

It’s Never Too Late!

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Today was the tech rehearsal where the prop people and lighting and sound technicians are given a chance to set things up for the performance. The lighting was a problem though because it had been set up for another group who was using the stage tonight, so we could not change their set up to accommodate our play. We worked with what we could and changed some of the movements of the characters to better use the lights as they were.

Our performances were not the best. The main leads especially missed many lines and were throwing each other off. Even though the two stars went over lines when we were getting things ready and while we took a short break.

Our director has more confidence than we do that everyone will do better when we have an audience. She has been directing plays for at least 13 years, so she knows more about it than most of us who have only been in a couple, or are doing one for the first time. We hope she is right.

Win was very disappointed by the low advance ticket sales. She expected a much better response, so we hope that there will be many people getting tickets each day when they come. We know that some people prefer to wait to see what the weather will be and how they will be feeling, especially our senior friends and relatives. My Aunt for example is unsure if she will be able to come, but is planning to make the effort.

Tonight we had what will be our last neighborhood walk because the days are shorter and the weather is turning colder now. We had a good turn out. There is another woman who lives in my building who joined the church and she and her daughter joined us.

Another family in the building is also coming to the church now and I pray that soon the whole building will be filled with Labor of Love members. I’m sure that would please the landlord also, as we would be more responsible tenants than some of those they have had here. I’m going to have to get to know them all better. Right now we have been just on a saying hello when we see each other basis.

September 27, 2010

It’s Never Too Late!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ccassello @ 5:23 am
I was having computer problems and could not access hotmail or any of its related sites for several days, so for any of you who may read this blog.  I apologize and I have copied my enties from my other blog into this one.
 
167.  Surprise Prize ID #706762 
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This morning I had nothing on my schedule, so after doing my journal I read some more of the book about the girl who gets cancer. I’m about half way through now. I also went online to look at emails and I wrote a poem for another writing.com contest. I would have that to share with our poetry group tomorrow, but we have a play rehearsal in the morning which will go through the times of my writing groups, so I will not be able to go to them.

I went downtown for a Tai Chi class in the afternoon, stopped to get something to eat. Then I came back home.

Tonight was Bible study and choir rehearsal. Pastor spoke on a passage in Exodus 38, where the people of God were bringing items to be used to build the tabernacle and they brought so much stuff the workmen went to Moses to tell him they had more than they needed and he told the people to stop bringing the offerings. He brought up the fact that the people were giving offerings over and above their tithes because they were "willing hearted" as it is described in chapter 35, verse 22. If we gave that way he too would be able to tell us to stop bringing offerings and there would be more that enough to do all the Lord asked us to do for Him.

We had a good choir rehearsal. We warmed up with songs we had sung, rather than the vocalizations, and began learning a new song. At the end of choir practice our music director gave us a quiz on things he had been teaching us and he had prizes for those who got the most answers correct. Two of us tied at 100%. He only had one first place prize so he had pastor draw one of the papers to see who would get it. He drew mine. The director is going to get another Pizza Hut gift card, for the gentleman I was tied with, and give it to him next week. There was also a second place prize for someone with only one wrong answer. There were a lot of them, so pastor pulled a paper again.

168.  Computer Woes ID #706936 
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Edited: 9-25-2010 @ 2:12 am EDT 

I did not update my blog yesterday, because when I was about to that night, I found out that my computer was not functioning properly. There are programs I can’t get into, including ones designed to get help. I was up til 4 AM trying everything I could think of to see if I could solve it, but nothing worked.

The worst part is that I don’t know what caused the problem and I believe I may have made matters worse by my efforts. I know there are help desks from the computer company, Microsoft, and the company I had protection for the computer from, which may have expired since it did not prevent, or correct, the errors. I am not sure who I should be calling and even a computer programmer friend of mine could not tell me who to contact. The systems are so complicated and interrelated that what effects one will also effect another.

About my day yesterday, I was mistaken about the time for the play rehearsal. I thought it was earlier and would conflict with the writing groups, but we did not get to use the room until 3 PM. I was there early, so I was able to go to the writing groups. I thought I would just sit in, since I left what I had written at home, but I used the computer at RC and printed them out and had the staff make copies for me. So, two writing groups and play rehearsal took up all of my day.

Today I had an appointment to see if I could qualify for food and/or medical assistance. I will not be able to get the medical assistance, but will be on Medicare soon anyway. I did get a LINK card with a small amount of money per month just because I am a senior. My income was too high to be able to get more.

From there, I went downtown for chorus rehearsal and then after that another play rehearsal. Our directors, both for the chorus and play are still making changes in how they want us to perform, but they are just little nuisances to bring out the meaning of the words more effectively.

I came home and began fooling around with the computer again and had a long phone conversation with a friend, who does most of the talking. I do not like late conversations like that because it is too stimulating to my brain and makes it hard for me to sleep. So, I end up staying up until my body won’t take it any longer.

 

169.  Computer Problems ID #707070 
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I am still having computer problems. I thought the condition was over when I found out today that I could get back into hotmail today, but I still can’t access the spaces where my other blog is located. I saw it once this afternoon, but did not try using it then and now I can’t get it to come up, I’m only getting a blank screen. This is so weird and frustrating.

Today I did find out that I was approved for a cell phone service that will eliminate a big bill I now pay to Verizon. That was good news. I will miss some features I now have that I am sure will not be included in the new deal, but I will get over it. The money I will save will make it worth the sacrifice.

Today was the Lord’s day, so of course i went to Sunday school and church. The Sunday school lesson was about God creating man and woman and the roles of each being different. The man is to be the leader and the woman his helper. She is to be under submission to him, but that does not make her inferior, not give him the right to abuse his authority. The relation of a husband and wife in particular is to represent that of God and Jesus. Jesus was fully submissive to God, even though He had all of the attributes of God because He was a part of God.

Pastor’s message was about Jesus telling us to come to Him when we are burdened and "heavy laden" and he will give us rest. We are told to take His yoke upon us because it is easy and light, (because He takes the brunt of the load on Himself). Pastor titled his message "Take a Load Off." Many people responded to his invitation to give our concerns and worries over to Jesus.

The second service today was at 7 PM, rather than 4 PM. This is the first time in the six years they have been in this location that they had an evening service. Pastor wanted to try something different to see if it will attract people from the street We did a lot of singing and the choir sang and we had a good time of testimony sharing before he gave a message.
This time he took an Old Testament passage about David taking back what was stolen from the Children of Israel by the Amalekites. He said that Satan is our Amalekite who has stolen our joy and praise and we need to take them back from him. We had a good number of people in attendance and even the children in the church are giving testimonies. It is always good t hear that and see them serving as Junior Ushers and choir members, because they are the future church leaders.

 

168.  Computer Woes ID #706936 
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Edited: 9-25-2010 @ 2:12 am EDT 

I did not update my blog yesterday, because when I was about to that night, I found out that my computer was not functioning properly. There are programs I can’t get into, including ones designed to get help. I was up til 4 AM trying everything I could think of to see if I could solve it, but nothing worked.

 
 

September 23, 2010

I’s Never Too Late!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ccassello @ 4:38 am
This morning I had nothing on my schedule, so after doing my journal I read some more of the book about the girl who gets cancer. I’m about half way through now. I also went online to look at emails and I wrote a poem for another writing.com contest. I would have that to share with our poetry group tomorrow, but we have a play rehearsal in the morning which will go through the times of my writing groups, so I will not be able to go to them.

I went downtown for a Tai Chi class in the afternoon, stopped to get something to eat. Then I came back home.

Tonight was Bible study and choir rehearsal. Pastor spoke on a passage in Exodus 38, where the people of God were bringing items to be used to build the tabernacle and they brought so much stuff the workmen went to Moses to tell him they had more than they needed and he told the people to stop bringing the offerings. He brought up the fact that the people were giving offerings over and above their tithes because they were "willing hearted" as it is described in chapter 35, verse 22. If we gave that way he too would be able to tell us to stop bringing offerings and there would be more that enough to do all the Lord asked us to do for Him.

We had a good choir rehearsal. We warmed up with songs we had sung, rather than the vocalizations, and began learning a new song. At the end of choir practice our music director gave us a quiz on things he had been teaching us and he had prizes for those who got the most answers correct. Two of us tied at 100%. He only had one first place prize so he had pastor draw one of the papers to see who would get it. He drew mine. The director is going to get another Pizza Hut gift card, for the gentleman I was tied with, and give it to him next week. There was also a second place prize for someone with only one wrong answer. There were a lot of them, so pastor pulled a paper again.

September 22, 2010

It’s Never Too Late!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ccassello @ 2:05 am
I did not do my journal entry this morning because I had to be downtown for an early play rehearsal again.  After the rehearsal, I ate lunch and then went to a Poetry Coffee House at the Cultural Center in the Studio Theater.  Small round tables were set up with plastic table clothes and small candles in jars on each table.  Most of the poets reading were from our Brown Bag Poets group and one of them, who was on the program, did not come.  I had heard the poems that the people in our group read before, but I didn’t mind hearing them again. There were a couple of people I did not know and two guests on the program as well.

The guests were a guitar player, who played classical Spanish guitar music, and a poet who read several of her poems, sometimes with the guitar player accompanying her even though they had not worked together before.  We were served cookies (the more expensive type) and coffee.  It was a nice program they charged $2.00 for, but it was not well attended.  
I have not done any other writing yet today, but I hope to before I go to sleep tonight, if I don’t wind up staying up till early morning again.  I had a cup of coffee, a cherry coke and a decaf coffee, so I am pretty wired up.  I still have not finished reading the book I have to review yet either. 

September 19, 2010

It’s Never Too Late!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ccassello @ 4:55 am
I did not return the DVD’s of Ran yesterday because I remembered before I left to come go downtown that the library would be closing and with all I had scheduled i would not get there in time.  Fortunately I was able to renew them again.
This morning I did a long journal entry, praying about a multiple murder and a tragic car accident that killed a young father to be, who sacrificed himself by swerving his car so he took the impact of the head on crash that was coming.  His wife and unborn child survived as a result of his quick thinking and action, but will have to go one without him in their lives now.  I cried when I heard that story on Yahoo and the story about the murders on Michael Savage yesterday.  
The murders were especially disturbing because police who had responded to the call for help stayed in their police cars and did not go into the house while the victims were being tortured and killed.  They did not get help for the father who managed to get out, but was beaten and bound.  They did not even cut him loose, nor did they call the fire department when the house was set on fire.  They just waited to catch the murders coming out.  As terrible as this was, I prayed that the father will not become bitter toward the police and I prayed for all of those who will be effected by this crime, including those who committed it.  I asked that God would make His will known when they are brought to trial because He is the only one who can know what a fair judgment should be.                 
After releasing my emotions about these news stories, I went down to RC for another play rehearsal.  We only got through the first part today though because we were having our pictures taken and that took up part of the time we had to rehearsal.  Tuesday we will do the second part of the play.
Today we had more of the props and set we will be using including two small desks and chairs.  It helps to have them on the stage so we know how we have to work around them.  There is also a prop of a piece of wall with a cut out square and what was to be a picture frame around it, which is now being used to represent a window and not a picture where the figure in the picture talks.
After the rehearsal, I took the DVD’s back to the library, (but not to the one I took them out at).  I got more to view.  This evening I went online to read emails, played some Scrabble games and then watched TV.  I caught Back to the Future II near the end and watched, (or I should say more listened to) Back to the Future III.  I was trying to work some crossword puzzles at the same time.  My attention span is like people complain about kids today, I find it difficult to sit and watch something straight through and with all of the commercial breaks on TV, I am used to having my attention on something else at that time.  When I put on a DVD, I have to remind myself there are no commercials and if I need to do something else I have to pause or stop it.

September 18, 2010

It’s Never Too Late!

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The movie that was being shown today at RC was District 9.  I was not really sure what to expect from it since so few science fiction movies have been made lately and I did not like the remake of War of the Worlds or the movie Avatar. This one, however, I did enjoy. It was different from most sci-fi movies even though it did have elements of an old plot. It was pretty politically oriented too. 

After the movie there was a discussion group which I stayed for even though I do not answer the questions the woman leading it asks. I like listening to what other people say about what they got out of the films. Sometimes a person will bring up something that it reminds them of that most of us were not very familiar with and we learn something new. This is particularly true when the movies deal with prejudice and genocide and there are people in the group whose families experienced such treatment.

Our chorus rehearsal was after the discussion. Tim did a lot of talking and we did not do a lot of singing, but we did go over the chorus from the opera Nabuko and a fun song. Carol brought desserts that were left over from our party last week, so we had snacks.

When the chorus rehearsal ended, I had a short break before the play rehearsal, or what the director called a speed reading. We just did our lines straight through in order without being interrupted and told to repeat, but when one of us forgot or missed a line that was given to us. Tomorrow we will rehearsal with the props and will have our pictures taken for the poster they make advertising the play.

September 17, 2010

It’s Never Too Late!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ccassello @ 3:33 am
Today I did begin the morning with a journal entry before I went downtown for the two writing groups.  I shared yesterday’s blog entry with the journal writing group and another poem I wrote for a contest on writing.com.  The comments made on that poem were positive with the exception of the last stanza.  Some liked it but others were not convinced it was a good ending.  As usual, they were right.  This is the part of the poem that gave me the most trouble and I am the least satisfied with.  I think I will have to try a new stanza, or at least replacing a couple of the lines.

A group called Urban Explorers met today too.  This group was formed to share information on events going on around Chicago that are free or inexpensive. Those of us who choose to attend such events and do not want to go alone with be able to contact one or more people in the group and set up dates with them. Some of the group had gone to the recent Jazz Festival together and others went to one in Geneva, Illinois.  Since we aren’t all interested in the same things and live in neighborhoods all across the city, it is pretty unlikely that all of us will ever attend the same function together.  I think there were about 30 of us.  But, because we do come from all over, as I said, and many events are only publicized in the neighborhoods where they are being held, it is good to hear about them. Virtually all of them can be reached by public transportation, for those of us who don’t drive.  The only problem there is that they are often pretty late at night and I won’t go past the loop in the evening.  I would have to be with a group and preferably with someone who drives and could drive me home.
When I got home tonight, I listened to Michael Savage on the radio while I looked at emails.  Then I watched the end of the Japanese movie Ran and part of an interview with the director.  That was starting to get boring though, so I shut it off.  At least I will be able to return these three DVD’s on time.  Luckily I was able to renew them, so they are due back tomorrow.  

September 16, 2010

It’s Never Too Late!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ccassello @ 5:01 am
Today was a little different for me at the Cultural Center.  Instead of writing groups, I went to one on the Supreme Court and the Constitution.  There was a little discussion on whether it was good for Supreme Court justices to have lifetime positions as they do now.  Some of us would prefer that they have term limits, but others, including a lawyer who has tried cases before them, felt that it was good.  He believes it prevents them from getting caught up in the political games that go on around election time, where votes are bought and traded.  I can see his point,t but I favor all government positions having limits in length of terms and number of times a person can serve.  Would anyone care to comment on this?  The main purpose of the class was for the presenter to share information about the Supreme Court.  I did not pay that much attention to those details, since I am not in school now and will not be tested on it.  But, she mentioned some things I may want to find out more about, like one of the early Chief Justices being a con man.
After that class, or meeting, I went to a Tai Chi lesson.  I had attended at least one a long time ago but did not go consistently for some reason.  It probably conflicted with something else I was doing.  This time I signed up, and paid, for a full 8 weeks.  There are people who have been doing this each quarter and some of us who were new to it.  It was a little hard for me the follow some of the moves, but I like the slow movements and did feel more energized, and relaxed at the same time, after it ended.  I then broke my fast at 4:00 pm and had a turkey Subway sandwich meal.
When I got home it was around 6:00 pm and church, Bible study and choir practice, began at 7:00 pm.  I sat down to relax a bit and almost fell asleep.  It was very hard do get my body to get up and go to church, but I did and am glad.  The pastor had a nice message from Genesis 2:7 and II Corinthians 4:7-12.  The first verse is about how God made man out of dust and the passage in II Corinthians talks about how we have a treasure (the Holy Spirit) in earthen vessels and that because we are earthen vessels, we will have trouble in the world.  Pastor called the message "Trouble, You’re in Trouble." reminding us that we can get through anything that gets in our way because of the power of the Holy Spirit, or Holy Ghost as they still call Him.
Choir practice was good.  On one new song the director was trying to teach us, when he had the sopranos singing their part someone was off pitch.   So, he had each of use do it individually to find out who it was.  This was not meant to embarrass and no one was offended because we knew he was trying to correct the problem.  He did correct the women who were not hitting the right notes.  I was okay.  My voice cracked a bit at first from nervousness, but I did not get the notes wrong.  I usually don’t, unless I am next to someone who does and that person has a more powerful voice.  Then I tend to follow her, or if I am next to a strong alto, I will end up singing alto notes.  He had us move away from them to help prevent that until we get confident with our part.  Pastor heard me sing and complimented me.  I will not be surprised if one Sunday he asks me to sing during the offering.  He does that to a couple of women now.  It, would be alright with me if he does.    
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