Archive for February, 2011

Sigh No More

From Kenneth Branagh’s 1993 version of Much Ado About Nothing. This song brings back memories. The first stage play I did was Much Ado, playing Leonato, the father of Hero and Uncle of Beatrice. A couple of years later, I was playing Shakespeare for the Santa Fe Community College Shakespeare Festival. It was in February and each year had a theme. My favorite was, no question, 1999, when the theme was Shakespeare’s Extraordinary Women. We lucked out, since so many of the extraordinary actresses I knew participated. And it capped off with the night show, which opened with all the women singing the above version of “Sign No More.” I knew they could all sing, so I thought it would be a great way to open the show. But I underestimated them. I had to introduce, as Shakespeare, each segment through the night. When I heard how amazingly astoundingly lovely “Sigh No More” was, I was crying tears of joy, and almost couldn’t do the first intro. But I pulled it together, and the show went on. Smashingly too. Thank you, ladies. And gents too.

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Had some vacay time to use, so decided a couple of weeks ago to take this past Monday off. I really wanted to go up west of Tallahassee, and in Tallahassee, but wasn’t sure the weather would cooperate. Fortunately, it did and then some. It was in the upper 20’s in the morning, but warmed up to the high 50’s/low 60’s, which is just about perfect to me.

One minor downer was I dropped my digital camera in a river on the first day. Not completely, fortunately. I was trying to get shot of the Victory Bridges and Woodruff Dam in Chattahoochee. I stepped out on a small projection of sand and stones in the Apalachicola River. It turned out to be more sand than stone, and I sunk in over a foot. In trying to extricate myself, and not lose my sneakers, I lost my balance and the camera lens went in the water. When I got it out, the lens wouldn’t retract completely, and when it finally did, it wouldn’t come out. After some shaking, I got it to mostly function. The dial at the top to turn it on and off and change settings was sticking too. It was touch and go, but seemed to be ok.

The next day it was even more difficult to turn the dial, but as it warmed up, it got easier, so maybe it was ice. Rest of the trip was fairly lovely.

Favorite part? I’d say most of day 2, driving through the Apalachicola National Forest, seeing the Fort Gadsden site, driving along the Gulf Coast Highway (what I call US 319/US 98 between Port St. Joe and St. Teresa), and Carrabelle. Very little traffic, so a very relaxing drive. I can’t recommend the area too highly.

Google links below to the routes I travelled:

Day 1Day 2Day 3

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