Rocky Mountain National Park’s Trail Ridge Road takes you from Estes Park to Grand Lake reaching over 12,000 feet above sea level. I traveled that road many times in my ten summers at camp. Here you can take the whole trip in five minutes.
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
It’s amazing what a good night’s sleep will do for you, and I finally got one.
The last week has been all go-go-go, what with traveling to the Inge Festival with its events running late into the night and then getting up the next day to go to workshops. Then I got up really early on Sunday to get to the airport to get back here for the staged reading of my play, which lasted until 10:30, which is late for me. So I took a half-day at work yesterday, came home, and zonked out on my bed. I got up in time to make dinner, catch up on TiVo, and go back to bed at 8:30.
I’m back on my regular schedule now.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
This will be a very long day. I’m leaving Independence at 3:00 a.m. local time to catch a 6:55 a.m. flight out of Tulsa in order to get back to Miami, where I will arrive around 1:00 p.m. EDT. From there I go home, drop my bags and computer, then head out to Miami Beach for the reading of Can’t Live Without You at SoBe Arts, which is located at 2100 Washington Avenue.
The reading is free and open to the public. Curtain time is at 7:00 p.m. It will be directed by William Roudebush and feature Terri Garber in the ensemble cast.
So this will probably be it for posting today. I don’t know what time I’ll get back from the reading, and after traveling halfway across the country and then going to the reading, I’ll probably be a little tired. I also have to go back to work first thing in the morning.
Spring break is over.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
I’m on the way to the 33rd annual William Inge Theatre Festival in Independence, Kansas. For you regular readers you know what that means: four days of theatre and writing from the home town of the playwright who wrote Come Back, Little Sheba, Picnic, Bus Stop, Dark at the Top of the Stairs, and won the Oscar for the screenplay for Splendor in the Grass.
It also means that blogging will continue to be light and variable, and when I do, it will be about the goings-on at the Festival.
I’ll check in when I get to the Apple Tree Inn and get settled. Until then, if you’re at DFW this morning, you might see me running like crazy to make my connection to Tulsa.
Friday, February 21, 2014
This weekend is a busy one in the car show world here in South Florida. I’m heading out this morning for Port St. Lucie and the AACA national winter meet where the Pontiac will be going for its second Driver Participation chip.
Then on Sunday I’ll be a judge at the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance which brings together some very nice cars from the 1900′s to the 1980′s. Because I’m not one of the 1%, I won’t be going to the hangar party or the gala banquet, but the fun stuff — for me — happens on Sunday anyway.
Blogging will be light and variable until Monday.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
What should have been a leisurely drive home from Orlando yesterday — four hours, tops — ended up being nearly eight hours because of… well, we’re not really sure why. There was a fifty-mile long back-up of stop-and-go traffic on Florida’s Turnpike between Kissimmee and Fort Pierce that didn’t seem to be caused by an accident, weather, or construction. The only thing we saw was a huge line of cars getting off at Yeehaw Junction (yes, there really is such a place) and another long line of taillights getting into the Fort Drum service plaza. But that’s it.
Anyway, I got home a lot later than planned and I’m slogging it to get going this morning, catching up with the news and bracing myself for going back to work after a four-day weekend and a long day at the Festivals of Speed event in Orlando. So forgive me if things are a little pokey around here until I get back up to speed.
How was your weekend?
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Friday, November 1, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
Vacation is over; I’m heading back to Miami today and back to work tomorrow.
As I alluded to last night, it’s been a bittersweet time: great to be with my parents and to go to Stratford, but also a goodbye to a place that will always be a part of my life.
Today is also the first day of school in Miami-Dade County. Best wishes to the teachers, staff, and kids, and yes, I’m also wondering where did the summer go?
See you when I get back unless I see something worth posting.
Friday, August 16, 2013
We’re getting ready to head back to Perrysburg. We had a great time seeing some great theatre, having some nice meals and discovering a couple of new places to eat.
I posted my thoughts on the last two plays we saw over at Bobby Cramer, and now I’m trying to get packed and make sure I don’t leave anything behind. Wouldn’t want to make a sock an undocumented immigrant in Canada.
Monday, August 12, 2013
We’re out of here today, heading for the border and the True North. I’ll drop you a note once I’m settled in.
By the way, we watched The Grapes of Wrath last night on TCM. I’ve never seen the whole film before. Still very relevant after all these years.
Monday, May 13, 2013
I’m hitting the road in a little bit to head back home to Miami. I’ve spent this weekend poking through the basement and the attic and in-between at my parents’ house to decide what to take back with me in August. Along with some pieces of furniture from childhood and a collection of books from grandparents and the family library, I’ve set aside some little things that mean something to me.
This is a bittersweet kind of thing. My parents are glad to be scaling back their house and possessions in anticipation of being in a place where they don’t have to worry about things like yard work and snow shoveling, and they have also gotten to the stage where they are happy to be looking forward, not back.
For the kids, we’ve each had the chance to look through what they want to share with us, putting dibs on things we want to add to our own homes and carry on the family memories: the music box from my father’s family, the collection of books that my mom’s mother bought when she was teaching herself about the finer things in life in the 1920′s, and the many, many photographs of my ancestors, going back to the 1890′s. It’s amazing to see how much we look like them.
I’ll be back in August to pack it all up and take them to their new home… again another road trip for them in their long life.
Friday, May 10, 2013
I’m heading out later this morning for Perrysburg to visit my folks for the weekend. It looks like it will be a bit of a cool change compared to South Florida.
But at least it won’t be snowing like it was last week in Kansas.
Monday, May 6, 2013
All good things and all that….
It’s time to get back to work after a whirlwind tour of Kansas (and winter) and then the premiere of a play of mine up in Lake Worth. Going back to the office will be a breather of sorts.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Yesterday was my big day. I presented my paper to the scholars conference along with three other scholarly types. The presentations went very well and they sparked a lively discussion with the participants; something that doesn’t often happen with such events. It helped that we had some nationally-recognized actors, directors, and teachers in the crowd.
Last night was the big gala dinner with some fun entertainment and some poignant moments. When it was all over I and two other participants went back to our hotel and packed up. We were picked up around 10:45 p.m. and driven to the airport hotel in Tulsa to spend the night so we could be up and ready to catch our flights home. The festival isn’t over until tonight, but we all have other obligations, mine being the premiere of a play of mine this evening at the Lake Worth Playhouse in Lake Worth, Florida. More about that later.
As it is, I am sitting in the gate at Tulsa International waiting for my flight back to Miami. I’ve had about four hours of sleep, so that’s why this post is a tad abbreviated. I took a bunch of pictures at Inge with my phone camera, so I’ll post the good ones — if there are any.
I will now embark upon a search for a good cup of coffee and a doughnut.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
I made it safe and sound to Independence, Kansas. It is sunny and warm here, but the weather faeries are predicting that the storm that’s burying the Rockies in snow will bring cold winds and rain here by tomorrow. I’ve packed accordingly, so I’m ready.
It’s nice to be back. Kansas is getting a well-deserved bad rap politically because of Gov. Sam Brownback and his plans to move the state back to the 19th century in both fiscal and social policy, but it is still a beautiful place and the people are very friendly. I hope they can back away from the fringes and get back to electing governors like Kathleen Sebelius and, dog help us, a few moderate Republicans. The current crop makes Bob Dole sound like a secret gay Kenyan Muslim socialist.
The Inge Festival starts tonight with a production of Bus Stop.
I’m off to Independence, Kansas, for the 32nd William Inge Theatre Festival. You know the drill: it’s non-stop theatre fun and workshops and hanging out with my Inge family and friends.
Oh, c’mon, you’ll survive.
Friday, February 22, 2013
I’m heading out this morning for a rather historic trip. This weekend is the national winter meet of the Antique Automobile Club of America in Lakeland, Florida, and the Pontiac has been entered in the Driver Participation Class. This is its first official show as an antique, and while it will not be judged and accorded points for restoration, it will be evaluated for its overall condition and authenticity; which, if I may say so (and thanks in large part to the good people at A Auto Tech), is pretty damn good.
In a way, I’ve been waiting a very long time for this weekend. When I bought the car in 1989, I didn’t really think about it becoming an antique, but I did decide that I would keep the car as long as it ran without going to extraordinary measures to keep it going. Well, that was 24 years and some 250,000 miles ago, and it’s still going.
I’ve taken some good-natured ribbing from friends and fellow antique car hobbyists about driving a car that bespeaks a movie starring Chevy Chase, especially given my love for Mustangs. But in a hobby where a lot of other people have Mustangs or Corvettes or the high-end cars like Mercedes-Benzs, I’m confident that there won’t be too many other 1988 Pontiac 6000 LE Safari stations on the show field.
This is also the weekend of the 7th annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance. Once I’m done with the show in Lakeland, I and some friends are heading back across the state to be judges at the show on Sunday. (No, the Pontiac is not entered in that show. Maybe next year.) I’ll get to dress up in my navy blue blazer and khakis and hang out with some very high-end cars and rich white Republicans. It is always a fun show, and I love being an infiltrator because I grew up with people like that and I can hold my own with the best of them. Besides, I drive a car that is the quintessential RWR vehicle of Suburbia and country clubs. I’ll fit right in.
What this also means is that blogging will be minimal between now and Sunday evening. I’ll check in and perhaps post some pictures of the the shows, but for now, this is it. Wish me luck (and a minimum of car trouble), and I’ll see you Sunday after the show.
UPDATE: Just to let you know that we arrived safe and sound in Lakeland. The Pontiac did fine: it got about 27 mpg, which is pretty damn good for a car of that age and size.