The Ciel Show

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Plans gone awry...

This weekend was full of plans! For a moment, they included going to the zoo with a friend and her two young lady daughters, but I knew when I woke up that my back was not going to the zoo. Then, as it happened, she was not up for much either: She has been having some 'minor' surgeries to deal with melanomas, and 'minor' it seems can be quite debilitating in a practical sense. So there was no zoo, and no after-zoo party at my house to celebrate all the birthdays they and Charlie and I have in... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, September 28, 2018


Just a little moment of inattention... then suddenly seeing that the line of cars ahead, coming up fast, was not moving though their light was green and their tail-lights were dark! I floored, absolutely floored the brake pedal, as everything loose in the pickup flew forwards, and the brakes slipped and stuttered... and the truck stopped about 5 feet behind the little car in front. In the mirror, I saw the car behind me brake hard and swerve into the right lane to avoid hitting me. Nothing... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Midweek adventures

Autumn blustered in yesterday, bringing the first leaves down, and the temperatures, too. This morning it was 42F. Closing doors and windows at night time. There is news on the costumery front: We have decided to upgrade the storage unit to a 10X40 with front and back garage-door access. It will make so much difference in how we store stuff, where now we have to get through the back of the costume collection to access any of the random other stuff stored behind it. The additional cost of it is... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 24, 2018


I saw a list posted on Facebook about things to do when you get older. The first one was, Spend your money. And then, there is that that finds low fares to... well, could be anywhere. They came up with one yesterday that looked very attractive. So--Charlie and I are going to Beijing for a week in April for less than $1000 for both of us, not each, and that's inside the plane! Hotels are inexpensive, I have looked up some costs there, and they range from $30/night on up to lots and... Sign in to see full entry.

Query Quora...

Quora is a place online, the word 'platform' might apply, where anyone can post a question, and the community of Quora is invited to answer it. Some of the questions are silly, go-look-it-up kinds of questions, or so poorly worded that they make no sense. It is a global thing, and English is not everyone's first language which accounts for some of the odd wordings and assumptions inherent in some questions. But many of them are intriguing, and really do rouse the imagination and the teacher, the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, September 21, 2018

On the boards again...

Charlie is in rehearsals again. The show is THE BOYS NEXT DOOR by Tom Griffin. It is about four mentally disabled men living in an apartment together, and their burnt-out social worker, who is ready to make a career change. This is called a comedy, and there are laughs in it, but it is also a drama, and kind of heart-wrenching, as these characters try their best to live in a complicated, often unkind world. The real challenge of the play is to put it on in a way that moves the audience to laugh... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018


Last night when the sun went down, and the temperature descended from 90s down through the 80s, into 70s, I breathed such a sigh of relief... Too hot, and I am useless, totally unmotivated, lethargic, and kinda pissed off. The weather report last night, though, promised a high of 80 for today. Another heat spell out-lasted! Then, this morning, the forecast was for 89F, teasing with a suggestion of the potential of a possibility of thunderstorms this afternoon, which could cool the day down.... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Small black cat sighting

Twice now, in the past week, a small black cat has appeared at the back door to vex Embers. We do get such occasional visitors, but this one is smaller and better groomed that some. For this reason I guessed he isn't a stray, just on walk-about. He has a collar, so somone cares. But because of Embers' extreme opinions, I have not invited him in. Then, yesterday I saw a Lost Cat sign in the neighborhood, and it could well be this little guy. So I called and spoke with the owner. Kitty's name is... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Pirate pix! Here are the best of the shots from the Pirate Festival over the weekend. And the bed. The Mile High Bed, in the Mile High City. I guess that makes the bed two miles high. Certainly felt like it. It may seem that some of the pirates are a little out of focus, but that's not my fault. I blame the rum. There are a few pictures of the adult costume contest, and several from the cardboard boat regatta, as well as the Compass Rose stage, and our favorite... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

The Pirates have dispersed...

...though they will return next year, and we expect to be there with them. The hotel changed my room without a fuss. The bed was still way high so I brought in the step stool we use with the stage and that was satisfactory. The window looked out on the parking lot instead of the freeway, so it was much quieter, and it was right near the elevator so there was not the long, painful hobble to the far end of the corridor, and that also was much of an improvement. The included breakfast was okay,... Sign in to see full entry.

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