Woofy Wednesday

I’m back from Palm Springs– and the desert has left me very, very thirsty.

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Back to life…

Back to reality.

All good things must come to an end, and my vacation ended when the plane wheels touched down at 6:40pm last night. Home again, home again, blah blah blah.

I really did enjoy my time in Palm Springs. It was sunny. It was warm. It was very relaxing. And I got to dance on Sunday to great old disco remixes at Oscars.

But I was also kind of ready to come home.

Traveling by myself is fine- but it does get a bit lonesome. Luckily a fellow Minneapolis guy was also at my resort so we went out a couple times. Plus I made friends with a couple from Chicago, so that was nice.

But they all had their own plans. And had friends to visit, etc. So….

Also, the resort I stayed at this time had so many couples. There were only two single people there, and while the couples were friendly, they kind of kept to themselves.Which makes it dinner for one. Jacuzzi for one. Lots of quiet time.So after 4 basically sedentary and solitary days, I was getting antsy for my routines. And I was missing my cat. And my space.

But not the cold weather.

Or work.

Now if only I could figure out a way to retire early……

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Ah vacation

Greetings from sunny Palm Springs!

I’ve been here for a few days and have managed to unwind. At least a little. Most of my time has been by the pool, with some hiking thrown in.

The weather has been in the 80’s and sunny. A far cry from the 20 and snow that I️ left.

I️ love that there are so many hummingbirds here. It’s unreal!

The resort I’m staying at is called Inndulge. It’s clothing optional– but not slutty. Mostly it’s couples, which just kind of throws my singleness into sharp relief.

While I’m enjoying my stay, it’s hard for me to sit still and do nothing. I️ miss my routines (and my cat). I️ will be ready to return tomorrow- even to the land of ice and snow.

I️ think.

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Woofy Wednesday

Let’s hope I find some of this out west!

Num yummy.

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I need a vacation

I haven’t been on any sort of a vacation for over 2 years now. What with one thing and another (parental health issues, plans falling through) I just really haven’t gone or done anything “relaxing”.

So here I sit, closing in on the end of the year with 11 vacation days to use or lose. And with holidays coming, and Christmas Chorus concerts and such, there just isn’t a lot of time to wedge in these days.

Also Work is in the shitter right now– and I’m just fed up with it. So I loosened the purse strings and booked myself a trip. To Palm Springs. I want warmth. And sun. And relaxed atmosphere. And hiking. Ans midcentury modern splendor. And nakey time. Minneapolis has direct flights, so that’s what I’m doing. I leave at the tail end of this week for what I hope is a relaxing/recharging time in the desert. So- if anyone has any recommendations of “must do” things out there, please let me know.

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6 to 10

Or should I say “X”?

Yeah yeah, I’m a sheeple. I went out and got one. A new iPhone X. I’d been waiting several years to upgrade my phone, passing over the 6S, the 7, and the 7S (was there a 7S?).  I was waiting for the X— but damn Apple!  Price tag?!?

I was a bit daunted by the cost. And I’m not the “get up at 2am to order one” kind of guy so I waited and figured I was fine with my 6 for awhile longer. But after seeing everyone posting about getting one, I decided to see if any were available.

And there WERE!

Apple Stores had some, so fuck it. I made my plan. Step 1– get rid of AT&T. Their plans sucked and I was paying out the ass. 2- order t mobile iPhone X for store pickup. 3- activate new phone and have cheaper monthly cell bill.

Which is exactly what I did.

By noon I was in possession of a new iPhone X and a new cell phone carrier.

I did get a nice trade in for my old phone (almost 200) so that helps mitigate the sting. Still- it’s a fucking expensive, tiny piece of electronic goodness

Is the phone all that it’s been cracked up to be?  Meh, I’m not sure yet.  At the end of the day it’s just a phone.

Well, a phone and a very mobile personal computer.

The one thing I’m having difficulty adjusting to is the size. While the screen is close to the size of my old 6 plus, the physical size… isn’t.  The keyboard is just that much smaller that it’s causing me thumb typing issues.

Other than that, the phone is… nice. Facial recognition is cool. The lack of a home button was weird at first but I adapted really quickly. I haven’t played with the cameras much.

We’ll have to wait and see if being a sheeple was worth it.

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This past weekend I was flipping channels and something made me stop at PBS. It was one of those “Live at Lincoln Center” shows and it was showing the broadway revival of Falsettos.

I loved it!

Falsettos (really two one act musicals combined— March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland) is an 80’s family dramady about a gay man struggling to hold his ideal life together amidst a divorce, a new gay lover, his son’s bar mitzvah, and the AIDS crisis.

I’d discovered Falsettos a long time ago— probably 15 years ago, and still had many of the songs memorized. But I’d never seen a production of it. This revival was cool to see (and it did add a song and change quite a few lyrics).

It had an all star cast— including the guy from Book of Mormon and the guy from Somethings Rotten. And the musical is almost entirely sung. And much of the music is pattern and difficult, and the cast pulled it off.

The hospital quartet that sang about “how did we become lovers” was so poignant and heart wrenching. *sigh*

But my far the most magical thing for me was the set.

It consisted of a large, cement grey, rigid foam block. That’s it.

But this foam block was a three dimensional tangram of interlocking shapes that was broken apart and turned into all the set pieces.

Chairs. Tables. Beds. Couches. Cityscapes. Headstones.

And the cast had to manipulate and position the blocks while singing to create their environments.

As they sing about making a home, they are physically constructing the home set from these blocks.

It was minimalist. It was elegant. It was unfashionably complex.

It was amazing.

And best of all, the musical begins with the big, full grey block on stage as a “bed” that gets deconstructed rapidly. And then the musical ends with the two halves of the block coming together like a puzzle and forming Whizzer’s mausoleum.

The set literally AND figuratively bookended the musical.

Mind. Blown.

If you get the opportunity to catch a rebroadcast on PBS, I highly recommend seeing it.

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Woofy Wednesday

When life gives you lemons…

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Scenes from a Walk

Lunchtime walk on our last, nice Autumn day.

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Woofy Wednesday

I need.

Mmmmm. Yaaaas.

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