August 3rd, 2008

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Fandom alert!!

***Warning*** This post contains crazy fandom ramblings on Harry Potter. Do not read if you are not FANATICAL about the series ... because it will just bore you to death, and I really wouldn't want anyone's 'died of boredom' death on my conscience.

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Titanic is on TV right now. All of you who went to see it in theaters multiple times know that you can't watch that movie, even to this DAY, without crying. And after seeing Total Eclipse, I have a much higher respect for DiCaprio. I hear he and Winslett are teaming up again for another film. Due out next year, possibly. I'd like to go see it. But first I have to see every other goddamn blockbuster that's come out this summer first. Iron Man, Dark Knight, X-Files, The Mummy 3, Wall-E, Kung Fu Panda, Hancock, Hellboy II. I haven't seen any of those, and I really want to. X-Files should be my top priority right now, though. I just found my old VHS tapes of my favorite episodes, but still cannot locate that elusive VCR player! Imagine that, I can't find my VCR.

Good news surrounds my father. His latest battle looks to be shaping up already. Which is such good news, it's such a relief really. But I'm not letting my guard down. I can't do that, otherwise all of that hard work will be for nothing.

Talks have begun in possibly getting a *gasp* real job. A graphic design one, even. Imagine that. I've realized, thanks to insight from many folks with far more knowledge in the matter, that what I do as a hobby should remain a hobby. It will lose all of it's joy if it is not properly turned into a career, and I don't feel I'm ready for that type of a commitment to it. Life has delt me a pretty shitty hand as of late, and I can't play pretend AND work to support myself. I realize this now and I'm starting to bite the bullet. Becoming adult, some might even say. No more parties, I'm getting rather wasted on energy for conventions, as much as they are the most difficult habbit to break. Worse than cigarettes, I'd even say. I'm not saying I'm giving up completely, I'm just looking to better myself.

There's this most amazing sign up at the Jimmy John's I've been eating at lately, trying to stay as far away from fast food as humanly possible. The sign says "Do the things you have to do because you have to do them. Then, and only then, you can do the things you want to do when you want to do them." Or something to that effect.

Progress on steampunk Remus is 100% complete. Lisa will be coming over a little later tonight to take pictures. Right now, though, I have a few teasers up on my facebook here. Just a shot of the goggles and ears for now. More photos to come later.
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I forgot one thing. Last Friday was the Night Under the Stars John Williams Tribute at Ravinia. Eric, Lisa and I all went and had a lovely picnic (read: wine and cheese and more wine). The CSO played all of my favorites, which included the Olympic theme, Indy, Jurassic Park, E.T., Jaws, Close Encounters, and of course Harry Potter.

The entire second half was all Star Wars, working in chronological order of the films, with a song from each film. Well, somewhat chronological order. They chose the Flag Parade and Dual of the Fates from Episode 1, Battle of Anakin vs Obi Wan for Episode 2, and the love theme from Episode 3. Then there was Luke's theme from 4, the Imperial March (duh) from 5, and ... *sigh* the Ewok theme from 6. And lastly was the title scroll theme. Now, all of those are good choices for the most part. But what truly made my evening was ... the actually had a chorus for Dual of the Fates and Battle of Anakin vs. Obi Wan ... I about shit a brick when I heard the chorus start off Dual. It's my biggest dream come true, to hear that piece live and with a chorus. I just instantly got chills. And then, to top it off, to perform the Battle song with the chorus as well, I could've died happy right then and there. It was a fantastic performance, really one of the best concerts I've been to.

The conductor, Eric Kunzel was escorted onto the stage by a troop of the 501st and Vader at the beginning of the 2nd half. There were also stormtroopers holding the 'Quiet' signs, an Old Ben Kenobi, a Luke and Leia, Boba Fett, a TIE fighter pilot, and even an R2-D2. He wasn't remote controlled (is R2D2 a guy? o_o) but did have blinking lights and made sound. Only Star Wars fans dressed up. Lisa and I needed to represent Harry Potter, so we brought our student robes and wore them when the sun went down. I also spread my goth Harry blanket out on the back of my chair so that anyone that passed down the trail could see it and know we represent for all the HP lovers everywhere.

All in all, it was a fantastic evening. I even learned that Williams himself will be coming August 20th and 21st to conduct the CSO again, with Yo-Yo Ma. They're doing a whole Memoirs of a Geisha program. That got me thinking that I should suggest an entire Harry Potter evening. So what if Williams only did the first three? You've got enough themes in those to have an entire concert.