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February 7th, 2003

Poll #99821 Let's solve a few things!

The best way to fix Buffy the Vampire Slayer's sagging ratings is:

Dawn the Vampire Slayer
1(5.3%)
Turn Xander into a vampire
0(0.0%)
Tara's back, and she's mad!
0(0.0%)
I thought "Hush" was good, because then Sarah Michele didn't have to talk
0(0.0%)
UPN's been taken over by The First Evil, if you ask me
0(0.0%)
The show lost heart when Giles chose to depart
6(31.6%)
Did they have to blow up the mayor?
1(5.3%)
Faith the Vampire Slayer
3(15.8%)
Sarah Michelle Gellar should grow her hair like Felicity's
1(5.3%)
Are you thinking a crossover with Star Trek, too? Seven of Nine visits Sunnydale!
1(5.3%)

It's time to launch our first moon colony. The colonists will be unable to appear on TV for five years. Let's choose the mayor of the colony.

Donald Rumsfeld
4(15.4%)
Carrot Top
3(11.5%)
Courtney Love
2(7.7%)
Charlotte Church
3(11.5%)
Michael Jackson and every person who wishes to interview him
1(3.8%)
Jimmy Kimmel
2(7.7%)
Lisa Marie Presley
1(3.8%)
Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter
4(15.4%)
Jennifer Lopez, but only if Ben Affleck has to go, too
2(7.7%)
All participants in American Idol, the Bachelorette and High School Reunion
4(15.4%)

If I could choose one thing to help with this year, I'd choose

the food bank
6(22.2%)
the library
7(25.9%)
college education for those who can't afford it
5(18.5%)
the domestic violence shelter
5(18.5%)
affordable housing
4(14.8%)

What makes you the most hopeful about the universe?

The entire WB network program schedule
1(3.8%)
The thought that if somebody has to be omnipresent, it might as well be Catherine Zeta-Jones
4(15.4%)
All those new planets they're discovering tells me there must be intelligent life out there. I'm ready to move!
3(11.5%)
The Return of the King, December 2003
3(11.5%)
New Harry Potter book, June 21, 2003
2(7.7%)
Presidential term limits
8(30.8%)
just thinking about the look on Lara Flynn Boyle's face when she found that Jack Nicholson was with....well, never mind
2(7.7%)
I've given up on people, but I love to watch the birds!
3(11.5%)

I had a lot of fun writing posts recently on topics suggested by my readers. I'm down to the last suggestion or two, and then I'm tapped out. My journal bores me now. What topics should I write about now?

Seeing a play

We went with our friends Scott and Donna to the Plaza Theater in downtown Garland tonight to see the Garland High School version of Allen Meyer and Michael Nowak's play, the "Signal Season of Dummy Hoy". The play told a story I did not know until this week. William Ellsworth "Dummy" Hoy, a deaf man, played professional baseball in the late nineteenth century. His story is pretty interesting, and has generated a website or two. The play uses the bare bones of the story to communicate some things about the issues relating to deaf people living among those who hear. The entire cast was comprised of ninth graders, some of who had to learn sign language from scratch in three months in order to put it on. Playwrights Allen Meyer and Michael Nowak flew in from Chicago yesterday to see the play performed, and Mr. Meyer was at tonight's performance. He allowed us a short question and answer session after the play, which was interesting. The Plaza Theatre is an old movie theater converted into a several hundred seat live venue--it really is a nice place to see a performance. The cast did a great job. My favorite, apart from the fellow who played the lead role of Mr. Hoy, was a woman named Michelle. Despite being a somewhat diminutive woman, she put on a faux handlebar moustache and a bowler hat and assayed a male role with a rather macho swagger. I was so impressed with how polished the actors were. I was also amazed that I did not know this story, about a fellow who made a niche working against a number of societal prejudices. This story deserves wider airing, although apparently the play has already had a good run. I think it was great for a high school tropue to take on a fairly ambitious work; those who think that high schools are stuck with "Annie Get Your Gun" and "The Mousetrap" are mistaken. I suspect it had not gotten many high school performances before, but that it will get more now. The issues of deafness in a hearing society fascinate me.

What a great live venue! I'd love to see an ambient music concert at the Plaza--it would be a perfect place for a concert. The spaghetti before the play at Eduardo's restaurant on the square was its usual well done. I looked with longing at the cool quilts in the quilt shop on the square. I had a momentary fantasy recently of learning to make quilts, but then I read an internet site about it and realized I'm better at lying under quilts than at quilting them.







I must work tomorrow. It is possibly going to snow tonight.