Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Daily WiLL - Tuesday July 15, 2014

Still searching for gainful employment.  I've spent the entire morning revamping and revising my resume for ease of emailing.  I've uploaded it to my Google Drive as well, Noetling Full Resume
I also have a PDF file of virtually everything I've written that I've published to the net.  You can find that List of Links Here.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

The dAily WiLL - FrIday July 11, 2014

Every now and then I feel like my life is simply a film adaptation of a Raymond Carver short-story adapted by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Spoke Jonze.  With a soundtrack by X.

I caught a slight case of food poisoning on Wednesday night.  Mel had her first read through for Into the Woods which went well.  She had been going to meditations on Wednesday nights and getting home later, which is no biggie, she has a habit of grabbing some food on the way home, and she did the same this week even though she was not at meditation.  Circuitous way to go about telling this I know.  IN any case, I ate some bad Jack in the Box.  Must have been.  'Cause at 4:30 AM I awoke with a nasty headache that turned into simultaneous regurgitation and diarrhea.  Let that sink in a sec.  I'll wait.

Yeah, it knocked me out for most of yesterday.  Which sucked because I had wanted to accomplish something yesterday.  Not sure what that might have been, it may have just been to work on Another Scene #7 which is not coming along as I'd hope.  Perhaps I should be working on Revenge of the Void Queen (title pending) instead.  Either way I got nothing done.

Kaylee had her last day of Hollywood Yoga Camp yesterday and they did a little show last night in order to show off what they'd done this week.  She's been working with her Yogi Laura Fuller for over five years now, and she's really come a long way with Yoga.  Next week she'll be back at Robertson Day Camp.  Which reminds me, we have to go over there and pay for next week, so there's something to do.  It's also 7-11 day so free slurpees at your local 7-11.  Get there before the machines break, because they do.  Often.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Daily WiLL - Tuesday, July 8, 2014

My dreams are becoming increasingly disturbing to the point where remembering them (and I do) is getting painful.  People who haven't been with us for years are popping up and whatever unresolved issues I have with them are being played out in my subconscious in a nasty manner, and I have no idea why.  I wish my id would just stop being so weird for a change.

So I see that Ms. Jo Rowling has written yet another short sequel piece to the Harry Potter universe.  I read it already, it's...well...I really wish she'd stop writing sequel pieces to the HP story and just let it go.  I have much respect for Ms. Rowling, I really do.  I don't think she did anything overtly original with her books, but much like George Lucas she captured the right zeitgeist at the right time and became a billionaire from her ingenuity and hard work.  Really though, stop Jo, just stop.  The epilogue at the end of Deathly Hallows was bad enough.  LET US WONDER for a change.

Kaylee is at Camp Hollywood at Pamper and Play this week with her wonderful Yogi Laura Fuller and guest instructors Jameson and Wendy Reeves.  She had a blast yesterday, but unless she seriously cleans her room she's not going to be a happy camper.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Daily WiLL - Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - RIP Paul Mazursky 1930 - 2014

Multi-talented Paul Mazursky died yesterday at Cedars-Sinai in LA at age 84.  If you're of a certain age you know him for the fantastic 70's films Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice, Harry and Tonto, and Next Stop Greenwich Village, all films he wrote and directed, and all with a huge cultural impact on society.

In the 80's he directed Bette Midler and Nick Nolte in Down and Out in Beverly Hills which was huge at the time.  Another statement movie that resonated far beyond it's comedic exteriors.  He followed that up with Moon Over Parador which I still quote to this day: "You're a funny guy." - Raul Julia to Richard Dreyfuss.  Interesting trivia - that line is in the Addams Family pinball machine when you tilt the table it plays Julia's voice.  

I knew who he was when I got a chance to see 2 Days in the Valley at a premiere at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art Summer 1996.  In that film he plays a suicidal former TV producer who ends up saving the day at the end, and he's wonderful in that role.  Ever since then I kept my eye out for this wonderful artist.

I'd see him in person every once in awhile at the world famous Farmer's Market in Los Angeles.  He's got his picture on the wall up there, and he'd always be holding court with several other older ladies and gentlemen.  One day when I had Kaylee with me I decided to talk to the man, and found him to be warm and charming.  He loved my daughter too.

When the most recent version of The Tempest adapted by Julie Taymor was released I asked him if he had seen it, because he had directed the fantastic 1982 version which introduced the world to Molly Ringwald.  He hadn't, but he was going to see it.  I noted that the costumes were then on display at the then-new Landmark Theater at the Westside Pavilion and were very detailed and intense.  

He was cool.  Beyond cool.  This morning he's gone.  The world is a little less bright.  Dammit.

EDIT: Ms. Ringwald Tweeted:  38m
I just found out that the man who gave me my first part in a film has died. Paul Mazursky, you were my first and favorite. I'll miss you.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Daily WiLL - Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Hobby Lobby - SCOTUS
Israel - HAMAS
Iraq - ISIS

Crises on the Real Planet Earth.  

I often wonder about infinite Earths and Parallel Dimensions.  I completely believe that in some quantum form even if it's only within one's own brain, whenever a decision is made, there is some version of a reality that is created regardless of the decision.

Even within one's own brain.  You think about the consequences of your actions and for a moment, within your own mind, a version of a reality is formed.  It most likely is not a full formed reality, it's a tiny fragment, or a sliver of your dimension.  No larger than a grain of sand in the proverbial desert.  But it's there.

Other realities formed in your mind may end up more fleshed out.  For example, I often posit what life would be like if my Father hadn't died.  That reality exists within my own brain, and because of the time and effort, even subconsciously through my dreamscape, that landscape is fairly large.  Though it too isn't complete.

Take all of these fragments of realities stored within each of our collective subconsciousnesses and we have parallel dimensions.  The worlds within our own minds are the real "what if" universes.

Those S words above, in all capitals, they are our current boogey-men.  These are the pernicious events of the last week that have the good denizens of this planet concerned.  I don't know what the connection between these three news events and parallel dimensions might be.  I'm just free-flying here.

Familial Business, Odds and Ends

It was my Mother-In-Law Patricia Pritchett's 70th Birthday this weekend, and it was also her official retirement party.  I have a great deal of respect and admiration for Pat, she's dealt with adversity with tenacity and an unwavering support of family.  She's a great woman, and I really couldn't ask for a better MIL.  We obviously disagree on a great number of political and philosophical issues, which makes for interesting conversations, as we both have too much respect for each other and for family to really get too heated.  IN any case, when I discovered that Pat's children were all going to be in Utah for her Birthday, with the exception of Melissa, I knew that we had to send her as a surprise.

So we did.  Got her round-trip tickets to SLC on Delta Friday morning for a Friday afternoon flight.  We had to go tell Kaylee that Mommy was going to visit Grandma Pat, so we went over to the day-camp to let her know.  When presented with the fact that no, she couldn't go with, and that Mommy would be gone for a day or so, Kaylee bawled like Mommy was never coming back.

Remember, Kaylee hasn't really gone without Mommy or Daddy for more than a day or so thus far.  She spent a few days with her Grandparents and cousins at LegoLand and we did not go with, but that doesn't really count.  This was the first time Mommy was going away and Daddy would stay with Kaylee in a long time.

Of course the bribes for good behavior started soon after we dropped Mommy off at the Airport.  I did say WE.  Kaylee had to come with us to the Airport to see Mommy off and we had to sign her out of day-camp for the day.  At Noon.  She'd been there a whole three hours.  Ah well.

I believe that my spoiled child received a plush animal each and every day of last week.  She LOOOOVES plush animals.  So, if you are ever wondering what to get my daughter for any occasion, something stuffed is always good.  Not that she needs more I might add.  But she does love each and every one of them.

She even has a stuffed Jonathan Quick.  They actually have more guys too, I think she'll be getting a couple more hockey players.  And a Bailey.  Gotta get a Bailey.