Thursday, March 31, 2005

The Longest Yarn

During today's monthly staff meeting we had to do this little activity that involved tossing a large ball of yarn around, letting it unspool as we passed it off to different members of the staff. The idea was that at the end of the exercise there would be yarn everywhere, proving that we are all connected, that what we do influences everyone. Now, I work with a bunch of timid librarians. They don't normally throw stuff. Because of this, you would think the majority of them would choose to hand it off to the person they're sitting next to, avoiding the awkward embarrasment of throwing it across the room. Of course, nearly every single one of them decided against that, instead channeling their inner football player and attempting a 40 yard-pass. Because librarians aren't known for these kinds of skills, some innocent bystander would always get beamed in the head or grazed by an out of control ball of yarn spinning across the room. At the end of this "fun", I discovered two things: 1) I was awkwardly connected to my fellow co-workers by a bunch of red string, and 2) no one chose to lob the yarn to me. What the hell, man? Don't they appreciate my mouse and keyboard swapping skills? Let's see what happens the next time they have a sticky space bar.

They're also putting together some homemade "We Like to Read" posters for National Reading Week featuring all of us. Every single staff member will be photographed with a book of his choice to be used for posters that will be scattered throughout the library. I dismissed my initial humourous idea of what I would like to be reading in my poster - The Joy of Sex - due to the fact that I want to keep my job. I will probably go with either something dealing with film, music, theatre, etc. or my old childhood favorite Harry the Dirty Dog. I'm thinking of choosing the latter title, just so I can imagine the confused looks on people's faces as they try to figure out what the hell a man in his early thirties is doing reading a children's title.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Waye's World 2.0

I've decided to give the blog a facelift since it's become more popular thanks to the JCS crowd. I've been thinking of changing the template for some time now and have settled on this jazzy black-background-with-white-text thing. Not sure I like it, but we're going to give it a spin.

Jenn - 2nd mention in two days! - also suggested I add comments to the site, which I have. She is also the winner of the first person to post something. Congrats, Jenn, you win a round-trip car ride to beautiful Lebanon, IN, to participate in a Jesus Christ Superstar rehearsal! (Estimated prize value: $2.50.)

I've also added titles to the posts. Yeah, I'm playing in the big leagues now.

The plan is to send an e-mail to all my friends today with the JCS ticket info, and, like a politician, I'm going to piggyback a mention of this blog in it. That will hopefully do two things: 1) Drive the readership of Waye's World up, and 2) Force me to update it more often. We'll see if that happens.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

What's the Buzz?

Somehow in the course of conversation last week it got out to the majority of the cast that I have this blog. Many of them have been reading it and some have already been on my case to update more often. My standard response: Give me a break, man, I've been busy! Anyway, welcome cast of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Jenn wanted me to mention her specifically in today's post because she likes it when people talk about her on blogs. Here you are, Jenn, your very own mention. And now, something only she (and Matt) would understand: "YEEEEEOWWWW, DO YOU HAVE YOUR KROGER PLUS CARD?!?!?!?!?"

And that will be the end of the in-jokes.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Yes, I Have Seen Bon Jovi Live

A few weekends ago I was really bored, so I put together a list of all the concerts I have seen in my lifetime. Using the Internet, I was even able to find dates for the majority of them. Now I'm in the process of tracking down setlists which, surprisingly, I'm finding with a lot of ease. Because I can't think of anything else to write about today, and because I know a few of you have been asking for this info for awhile now, here is the list of all the shows I've ever seen:

01. Neil Diamond, Market Square Arena, May 25, 1982
02. Billy Joel, Market Square Arena, 1986
03. Billy Joel, Market Square Arena, 1990
04. Vixen, Pendleton Heights High School Gymnasium, 1991
05. Huey Lewis and the News, Deer Creek, July 12, 1991
06. Genesis, Hoosier Dome, May 21, 1992
07. Richard Marx, Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1992
08. Bryan Adams, Ball State University Arena, November 18, 1992
09. Don Henley, Deer Creek, 1992
10. Bon Jovi, Deer Creek, July 23, 1993
11. Billy Joel, Market Square Arena, March 24, 1994
12. Pink Floyd, Ohio State University Stadium (Columbus), May 29, 1994
13. REO Speedwagon, Deer Creek, June 23, 1994
14. Yes, Deer Creek, June 26, 1994
15. Billy Joel and Elton John, Ohio State University Stadium (Columbus), August 6, 1994
16. Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Market Square Arena, April 26, 1995
17. The Eagles, Deer Creek, April 27, 1995
18. R.E.M., Deer Creek, September 26, 1995
19. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Market Square Arena, March 1, 1996
20. Sting, Deer Creek, July 26, 1996
21. John Mellencamp, Murat Theatre, March 28, 1997
22. Fleetwood Mac, MGM Grand Arena (Las Vegas), October 25, 1997
23. R.E.M., Greek Theatre (Los Angeles), August 9, 1999
24. Billy Joel, Conseco Fieldhouse, December 14, 1999
25. "Weird Al" Yankovic, Emens Auditorium (Ball State), February 10, 2000
26. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Conseco Fieldhouse, March 24, 2000
27. Elton John, Conseco Fieldhouse, April 15, 2000
28. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Firstar Center (Cincinnati), April 30, 2000
29. Don Henley, Deer Creek, June 20, 2000
30. Pat Benatar, Murat Theatre, July 29, 2000
31. Steven Wright, Murat Theatre, 2000
32. U2, Conseco Fieldhouse, May 10, 2001
33. Black Crowes, Deer Creek, June 1, 2001
34. Paul Simon, Deer Creek, July 4, 2001
35. Aerosmith, Deer Creek, July 9, 2001
36. Styx, Deer Creek, July 13, 2001
37. Barenaked Ladies, Deer Creek, July 18, 2001
38. Rod Stewart, Deer Creek, July 20, 2001
39. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Deer Creek, July 21, 2001
40. James Taylor, Deer Creek, August 1, 2001
41. David Byrne, Murat Egyptian Room, September 16, 2001
42. John Mellencamp, Deer Creek, September 22, 2001
43. Ray Davies, Murat Egyptian Room, September 30, 2001
44. George Carlin, IU Auditorium, November 3, 2001
45. Barenaked Ladies, Pepsi Colliseum, December 13, 2001
46. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Conseco Fieldhouse, February 20, 2002
47. Great Big Sea, The Metro (Chicago), March 17, 2002
48. Penn and Teller, Emens Auditorium, March 18, 2002
49. Paul McCartney, United Center (Chicago), April 11, 2002
50. Pete Yorn, Murat Egyptian Room, May 29, 2002
51. David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar, Deer Creek, June 2, 2002
52. Melissa Etheridge, Deer Creek, June 30, 2002
53. Chris Isaak, Deer Creek, July 1, 2002
54. John Mellencamp, Deer Creek, July 12, 2002
55. Sheryl Crow, Deer Creek, August 8, 2002
56. Dave Matthews Band, Deer Creek, August 11, 2002
57. The Who, Deer Creek, August 25, 2002
58. Hall and Oates, Murat Theatre Parking Lot (Rib Fest), September 1, 2002
59. Aerosmtih, Deer Creek, September 22, 2002
60. Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Murat Theatre, October 13, 2002
61. Beck, Murat Theatre, October 22, 2002
62. Bob Dylan, Murat Egyptian Room, November 5, 2002
63. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Conseco Fieldhouse, December 17, 2002
64. The Pretenders, Murat Theatre, February 13, 2003
65. Bill Cosby, Emens Auditorium, February 15, 2003
66. Billy Joel and Elton John, Conseco Fieldhouse, March 4, 2003
67. Frank Black and the Catholics, Birdy's, March 27, 2003
68. Pearl Jam, Deer Creek, June 22, 2003
69. The Jayhawks, The Vogue, June 23, 2003
70. Fleetwood Mac, Conseco Fieldhouse, June 24, 2003
71. Peter Gabriel, Deer Creek, July 2, 2003
72. Liz Phair, The Vogue, August 26, 2003
73. Tom Tom Club, The Patio, September 10, 2003
74. R.E.M., Blossom Music Center (Cleveland), September 27, 2003
75. The Eagles, Conseco Fieldhouse, October 25, 2003
76. Barenaked Ladies, Murat Theatre, November 2, 2003
77. The Thorns, The Vogue, November 16, 2003
78. "Weird Al" Yankovic, Murat Theatre, April 1, 2004
79. Prince, Conseco Fieldhouse, April 12, 2004
80. David Bowie, Murat Theatre, May 20, 2004
81. Simon and Garfunkel, Conseco Fieldhouse, June 23, 2004
82. Van Halen, Deer Creek, July 1, 2004
83. Barenaked Ladies, Deer Creek, July 20, 2004
84. Sting, Deer Creek, July 23, 2004
85. R.E.M., Murat Theatre, October 20, 2004
86. The Finn Brothers, The Vogue, February 22, 2005

Yes, I know that Bill Cosby and Penn and Teller aren't really "concerts", but I looked forward to them just like I would a regular show. Besides, they were fun to see and deserve to be included.

If we went to a show together and it's not on this list, please e-mail me so I can add it.

Good God, I've spent a lot of money. But, with the exception of the Van Halen concert last summer, it's been worth every penny.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Superstar

Is anyone even reading this thing anymore? Because I know I'm slacking when it comes to the posting updates. Oh, well, if no one's reading it at least I'm practicing my writing.

The big news is that I'm in another show: Jesus Christ Superstar. I'm both an apostle and a guard, which means I get to show my range and love and hate Jesus within the span of 90 minutes.

The apostle I play is Thaddeus. Who is Thaddeus, you might ask? I have no idea. I didn't even know there was an apostle named Thaddeus. Then again, I don't know much about the apostles. Or religion, for that matter. But he does exist. If you look at the Last Supper picture by DaVinci, Thaddeus is the second guy from the right. The dude cupping his hand and looking like he's going to kill the guy in the red cape.

The play is being done contemporarily, which means we get to wear our own clothes. I don't know why, but my idea is to make Thaddeus look like Eddie Vedder circa 1992. Long hair, flannel, ripped jeans, etc. I want him to look different than the soldier-ish guard that I'll be playing in the latter half of the show and, from what I've gathered, it sounds like Thaddeus was the slacker apostle, the one more interested in having a good time than spreading the gospels and stuff. Plus I always liked Eddie Vedder's energy onstage and want to use some of that in the role. More than likely my idea will be shot down because that would require the purchase of a wig with money the production doesn't have, but I'm going to try.

As for the guard, well, he's a guard. Boring. Dull. He does a lot of standing at attention, this guy. Although I do get a solo singing line as the guard, so he's not all boring. And I do get to push Jesus around.

Last night's rehearsal was a prime example of why you must sometimes do more waiting than actual rehearsing in community theatre. We showed up at 6:00, as asked, but not everyone made it there on time because of their jobs, traffic, etc. We didn't get started until 6:30, when all of us ran through one of the dance numbers. At 6:45, we ran through another dance number I wasn't in. At 8:00, they asked me to be a stand-in for one of the dancers who wasn't there. At 8:10 they moved onto another dance I wasn't in. At 8:30 we reran the first number. At 8:35 they ran through the other numbers. At 9:00 we were dismissed. That means I worked for 30 minutes and sat around for two-and-a-half hours. Not all the time was wasted, though. Jenn - our Mary - and I made up nicknames for everyone that was there. For example, the girl named Bridget is now "Bridges". (That's shortened from her original nickname, which was "Bridges of Madison County." But that was too unwieldy and Bridget, I mean Bridges, didn't care for it.) The girl named Britney is now "Spearsy", which isn't really a compliment but it stuck so she's going to have to learn to like it. My favorite is Krista's nickname: Krista Ball. As in, "Look into the future, Krista Ball, and tell us what you see."

OK, so they're not that great, but they entertained us last night. What else were we going to do for two and a half hours?