Still Topsy Turvy

Sorry for the false starts Dear Reader but I’m still acclimating to my new environment and finding some semblance of a schedule.  NaNoWriMo has started and I’m behind the eight-ball.  Because there wasn’t time to outline a new novel, I’m revising the psychological thriller from last year – only I started last night.  Ahem.  I promised the London recap that’s almost two months late as well as another The Man story. Both might take a little time.  I need to read the Crucible before delving deeply into an issue I have with the play and discussing Richard Armitage’s performance.  An “end” post has been drafted about the trip’s surprising effect on me, so I am working on things.  And as for poor The Man, I have to check in with him; he must be exhausted.

While I handle time management issues, here’s a video from RA’s last stage door on September 13, 2014.  Sadly my iPhone stuck in portrait mode while filming in landscape, hence the small picture.  I flipped the view so we can at least see him properly.  As you will see, the line extended down the street and around the front of the theater. People stayed calm until halfway down the line when things became a little rowdy.  More aggressive fans pushed my friend against the wall, blocking her filming my encounter with RA.  This was unfortunate since I will talk about that moment in the “end” post.

So here’s a taste of what it was like.  Enjoy.

RA at Crucible Stage Door

Richard Armitage runs the gauntlet at The Crucible’s last stage door – September 13, 2014. Sorry for the small portrait view. My iPhone refused to flip to landscape mode.

Serene Sunday: On My Way

On Saturday nights, the family would gather together and watch movies on the only television. (Yes, I’m dating myself here.)  One night Elmer Gantry, about a wayward conman taking advantage of a simple religious town, televised.  The incomparable Burt Lancaster played the conman.  Towards the beginning of the movie, he sang “I’m On My Way to Canaan’s Land.” Our pal Wikipedia doesn’t have an entry for it but suffice it to say, it began as a an old negro spiritual.  It was sung frequently during the Civil Rights marches of the 1960’s.  I recall it’s upbeat swingy rhythm that made it a joyful song to hear.  Lancaster starts singing at about 0:48.


Elmer Gantry.

Burt Lancaster singing “I’m on my way to Canaan’s land”