Nov 192014

IMG_4173By the time we hit the halfway mark in our trip, the weather turned from record-breaking cold into something much nicer. The morning started with really appreciating the view from our room (and its small—but existent!—balcony), the blue skies, the sun, and the fact that we no longer had to worry about wearing layers. I’d tweaked our FastPass and dining reservations several times for the first weekday, and while things weren’t exactly ideal, we were happy to at least have a plan in place.

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Nov 172014

IMG_0900Yes, it’s happened again… I convinced my wife Gina to return to Walt Disney World for our fifth trip, five months after our last trip, to celebrate our fifth anniversary, before the fifth performance of the show I was directing. I sort of had to sell my soul for this one: I’ve agreed to not ask to return—to any Disney park—for two years (it’s not that we can’t return, I just can’t ask to do so). So, hopefully I’ve packed in enough memories to satisfy my Disney desire for a couple of years. Of course, at my age, two years doesn’t seem like that long of a sentence. Plus, Gina started prompting us to look into Disney Vacation Club, so I can keep the magic alive for the future. Continue reading »

Nov 102014

accomplice-200I just finished my latest directing endeavor, the Rupert Holmes comedy-thriller Accomplice, at the Barley Sheaf Players in Lionville, Pennsylvania. I’ve decided to make a few “behind the scenes” posts, documenting some of the process and the decisions involved. There’s no plan as to how or what I’ll post, so don’t expect a chronological or comprehensive guide to all things Accomplice; I’m just writing about what strikes me, when I have the time to do so. To begin, the story behind the somewhat polarizing curtain speech that I created for the show. Continue reading »

Sep 182014

It’s been several months since I first posted about our “small trip” vacation planning. The plans went through a few iterations, temporarily settling on Cape Cod… then veering south after seeing hotel prices in that region. Eventually, we decided on a multi-stop driving trip focusing on Williamsburg, Shenandoah National Park, and Gettysburg: Hence, “The ‘Burgs.” Or, possibly “The Beers.” Continue reading »

Jul 282014

Three years ago, I wrote a long note on Facebook explaining I was going to be taking an extended absence from directing community theatre. I returned about a year ago to direct Boeing Boeing, which went up in September of 2013. This past weekend, I attended the theatre’s annual banquet, at which Boeing Boeing won the “Best Production” award.

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Jul 222014

I like new cars. I mean, really, who doesn’t? But I particularly enjoy the shopping process, and the researching, and I tend to get bored with cars relatively quickly. We replaced my aging and rapidly failing Acura RSX about three years ago, and I’ve been driving a Mazda CX-5 since then. This past weekend, we replaced Gina’s aging and slowly failing Nissan Sentra. But that was not our original plan.

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Jun 202014

Most years, we take one large trip and one small. The Disney trip we just completed was this year’s “large trip.” Our previous Disney trip in 2013 was our “small trip.” We’re currently beginning to think about this year’s small trip, meeting with friends tomorrow to see about traveling together. It’s brought up some interesting thoughts.

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May 302014

Animal KingdomThe week was winding down, but there was another birthday left to celebrate: our friend Camara’s! The plan for the day was Animal Kingdom, with a full day of FastPass+ rides wherein we actually were interested in 2/3, lunch reservations, and a fancy dinner at Jiko in Animal Kingdom Lodge. Gina and I headed out fairly early (well, as early as we seemed to be able to on this trip), though it was an exceptionally long bus ride down to Animal Kingdom. By the time we finally got there, Camara had already been on Expedition Everest once or twice, to prepare herself for our first FastPass+… on Expedition Everest. Well hey, it’s a pretty damn good ride, right? I mean at least I’ve enjoyed it when I’ve been on it before. Unfortunately, the spill I took the day before was beginning to take its toll.

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May 282014

Boat to Magic KingdomWednesday was probably the only day we had with no real plans other than dining reservations. Given that our first reservation was for the Rose & Crown Pub in EPCOT—and that Gina and I had only been to that park briefly so far this visit—we decided that’d be the best place to start our day. So, fairly early in the a.m., we headed out to the boat dock to get to the Magic Kingdom area, where we’d pick up the first of two monorails that’d allow us to reach EPCOT.

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