The Ciel Show

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Speaking to the desk clerk

me: The bed is set really, really high. I had to stand on the coffee table to get into it. clerk: Yeah, we hear that a lot, that the beds are really high. me: Why hasn't anything been done about it, then? clerk: Well, we are scheduled for renovation (vague gesture towards a wall calendar) me: You could provide footstools in the rooms for people to get into bed. clerk: That's a great idea! I'll pass that along to management! Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Pirate Fest Friday

We started out an hour later than planned... drove in 3rd gear most of the way, and still arrived on time. We got into place, unhitched, then drove off for breakast, hotel check-in, and a bit of thrift store shopping. We got back to the site and got busy setting up. Naturally, some things had been left behind, namely the patio blocks we use to level the stage extension on its legs, and the plank we use to level the stage itself on slightl y uneven ground. We did without the plank, but had to get... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The long day before...

So, we decided not to take the big tent, but then got thinking how useful a small tent could be, to have some away-from-the-madding-crowd space. I spent the next several hours visiting every place I could think of where tents are sold. REI, Target, Big 5, Sears, and Dick's, where I finally settled on one that will do. It is tall enough, big enough, easy to put up enough. Then, on a less-considered but reasonable impulse, bought one an actually comfortable camp chair. Not just a chair... a... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Getting ready...

The Northglenn Pirate Fest is happening this weekend--Friday and Saturday--just north of Denver. It is our third year providing their second stage for various events. My step-grandson, Vale, arrives this afternoon from Nevada. He has also been with us every year as Charlie's Assistant Roustabout: Together, they set up the stage and do all the heavy lifting after I have done all the driving. Today we will finalize the set decor, too, and re-hang the sign on the doors which was so weathered, it... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Thoughts on Vietnam

I have been watching Ken Burns' documentary series about the Vietnam War. I was just beginning to notice the world around when we became enmeshed in the Vietnam War, and it was a constant element of my life from grade 3 up through college. Nightly body-counts; fears and sorrows for the brothers and sons of people I knew; the moral questions, challenges, doubts that grew to reach and define personal tolerances and limits--more than a decade of a hideous monster hovering over life in the United... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 6, 2018


This time in the morning, 33 years ago, I had just seen Charlie for the first time. He certainly has grown since then! Here are a few of his growing-up pictures... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Good day!

After dropping Charlie off at work, I took my photo canvasses to the Academy Art and Frame shop a few miles away, and discovered that the person I needed to see to drop off my work was not going to be in until 1pm. So that gave me a couple of hours to do other things in the neighborhood. I went thrift-store shopping--sale day on Tuesday--and found some interesting and useful items including several pieces for the costume collection and the perfect shirt for one of Charlie's characters. He has... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, September 1, 2018


All is well again between Embers and me. By evening she was upturned on my lap and purring loudlier than usual. Her blood-work returned with no problems. I have found another show to watch through all its few episodes. This is one especially for our TAPS who loves wandering trails. It is called WALKING THROUGH HISTORY. A fellow named Tony Robinson strolls along British footpaths talking about the historical events that happened there. The history is great to put together with the scenery, and... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Embers doesn't like it.

Embers had one of those terrible excursions to the vet this morning, the first well-cat check since I've had her, as she was never well before. She was very distressed on the ride there, arrived panting heavily--not a good sign in an elderly cat--so they took her back immediately and gave her oxygen to calm her down. The carrier required some cleanup, and so did she. The rest of the visit was of no great upset: she had her shots, a couple of needles for fluid extractions, and the worst--a nail... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

I met Billy Boyd today.

If the name doesn't ring a bell, think of Pippin Took in LORD OF THE RINGS, and Bonden in MASTER AND COMMANDER. Pippin and his best friend Merry start off in LOTR as comic relief and end the long journey as heroes. With all the disgruntles I feel about some of Peter Jackson's artistic choices for this tale, I have always felt that he totally nailed it in his casting of the hobbits. They have always been my favorites. Sometime around 2005, I wrote a poem, DUET, in which they have a chat. This... Sign in to see full entry.

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