Monthly Archives: September 2008

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I’m busy these days. Not ridiculously so, but well enough. Mostly electrician work, which is too bad, but I have design stuff coming up. In November-january. But it feels soon, I feel more productive at the moment. I also feel very spoiled. The company I mostly work with is really great. They give us breaks on time (it’s really sad that I’m excited about this), my regular boss is super organized and everything runs very smoothly, I work with smart interesting people, and the work doesn’t require too much thought, so I get to listen to them talk about all sorts of other stuff. And when the work does require thought, they’re smart enough to do the thinking and not fuck it up. They also pay me 25 bucks an hour. I worked for them yesterday, and it was a good, fairly easy day, made much more enjoyable by the fact that I had worked for someone else the previous 4 days. Someone who did not give us well regulated breaks (actual quote “oh, just take your break whenever”. Also, I worked from 9 pm to 6 am, and got two 20 minute breaks. Though they did buy us pizza), who was not so well organized, it was in a crappy space, and I was working with idiots. I’m decently intelligent, I’m good at logical puzzle type things, but it’s really really sad when I’m the smartest one ont he crew. And they only pay 20 an hour. And no overtime. This is the part where I feel spoiled. Every now and then I go online and I look for other jobs, boring desk type jobs that I could wear skirts to, and not need to take a shower after every day, and then I look at what those jobs pay, and I think “13.50? Are you kidding?”. Oh the hubris. I now have a very hard time working for under 20. And 20 is on the edge. Keep in mind, though, that I don’t work regularly at all. Maybe half of every month, and some of that is design or assisting that I get paid a flat fee for, say 500 for 2 weeks of drafting, and 2 weeks of being in the theatre. But I love doing that so it’s okay. Also, I live in new york, and my rent just went up. Oh well. Enough whining about this, I just wanted to get that out of my system.

I have new pillows! Complete subject change. My parents finally sent my birthday pillows to me, and they are fantastic. I have 3 normal sized pillows now, all thick and firm and new. One of them is even a fancy latex foam one. My old pillows were king sized, which was nice, but they were older than me, I think my mom said 26? and really flat. Also, I only had one set of pillow cases because I was too lazy to ever go track down more in that size. I will need more cases for these, my mom sent me some, but they’re all fancy, slightly shiny, and white or pale blue.

John is going to Prague (or Chile or something) in november. I wish I could go with him. But a) no passport (I know, I know! I’ll go apply for one this week!) and b) I’ll be working on shows around that time. And I might not have the money, but really, if I started planning for that now, I’d be able to save up money.

My friend Jesse is starting up a theatre company, which is really cool. It’s called Full of Noises, the premiere performance will be Hamlet, in January. We’re going to register as a 501c3. I say we because I am both on the board of directors (woooo!) and the resident lighting designer (double wooooo!). This is all very exciting. We’ve started fundraising, and I’m the treasurer, so I’ve been researching banks to start a personal account with for this money. We can’t open a business account with the company name on it until we have the registry papers and can prove our tax status. I hadn’t realized that so many checking accounts have fees on them. I found a couple possibilities, one being a smaller local bank. I also looked at their business accounts, but because they’re smaller, their website kind of sucks, and it’s hard to find a straight answer. They want you to call them. Who knows. It’s also a crappy time to be fundraising, and dealing with banks at all. Oh well. I miss my old credit union in california.

I also need to get up and start working on stuff. Like registering to vote. And grocery shopping. And maybe playing with the cats.

I never have a good title in mind.

Hmm. I had a bunch to say, but now I forgot what it was. Today I’m embarking on more work. Which is good. It’s electrician stuff, which is bad. but it’s money, so I’m not really going to turn that down at the moment. My rent went up a hundred dollars this month, which is not that bad, especially as it’s split 3 ways. Except that it went up a hundred dollars last september. If he keeps raising it each year, that’s no good. He’s a great landlord, and fixes problems right away, and is always really helpful, but I’m poor. But maybe I’ll be richer in a year. Ha.

I have a bunch of little projects coming up, and I need to sort them all out. I’m assisting Peter again for the same company that we worked with last year, and I’m doing the staged readings with them again as well. Then I’m lighting two shows for Jesse, one of them at nyu, one for his company that he’s just starting up (which I’m also now on the board of, how official!) What else? That might actually be it. It feels like a lot, though, especially as a couple of them overlap, or near overlap. I need to check dates on everything.

I had trapeze last night. I’m feeling the strain of having to be somewhere that’s not paying me. It’s tough to make myself go. But I’m so so glad I did. I had fun. We were doing stuff that I can do and am fairly confident with, so I got to work on my form some. And I got to show off a little. I kind of hate dragging out the mats and putting them away, but whatever. You do it, and then it’s done. I like the people in my class, too.

Almost time to actually get up. I’m not excited about this work at all. But we’ll see.

Oh, also, yesterday I went to go get my depo shot, but pre-thought-out parenthood was switching to a new system of some sort, and it was fucking ridiculous. I was there 3 hours. 3 hours! No good. I hope they have it better figured out soon. On the good news side, I might qualify for their version of insurance, which is totally free, no co-pays, deductibles or anything, and all the depo and annual exams would be free as well. So that’s pretty exciting. It’s not terribly expensive, but I have been putting off my annual exam because I don’t have the money for it. That’s really sad. I can’t wait till I get my fashion week check, and can roll around in all it’s glory. And then give it away to sallie mae and maybe a credit card, and then try to save some of it, while thinking about how I really need new shoes. Which I actually do. My converse are dying, and they’re really not great for working on my feet all day.Good thing I have more work lined up. Now I just have to worry about october.

I lived through Fashion Week again. It was tough. There was a 30 hour day involved. After which I went to a trapeze class. After working 30 hours. It was ridiculous. But I made bank and a half. So that’s good. I also got to work with a few different crews. I had my regular people at the armory for the Mark Jakobbs show (which I actually liked! I usually really dislike the high fashion junk, but this was all 30’s inspired and pretty, though I would have picked different colors/patterns. But still, it was good) and then I got to be at y3, Marta Stuart, and Kelvin Clein. They were all interesting, and I got to hang out with different people. Highlights- the MS strike, I got to be up on a roof next to the Hudson, on a really beautiful warm night, and then they started up a fireworks show in new jersey. I have no idea why, but it was really cool to watch while we were working. Then the ramp going to the street was really steep, and I got to just hang on behind the heavy heavy boxes and slide down, like waterskiing. It was pretty fun. Then at the CK strike, we had to wait for the carpenters, which meant I got there at 10am, took a 2 hour nap on some road cases, then went and saw a movie with the crew, got lunch, hung out for another hour, and then worked for about 2 and a half hours. 9 hours of pay, to sleep and go see a movie. It was fantastic. Other than those highlights, and the fact that I really like the people I work with, I hated it. It’s all the same work, so repetitive, so wasteful, so pointless seeming. My feet hurt so badly. By so badly, I mean that when I sat down it would take about an hour before they would start to stop hurting. I felt like I was walking on bruises. My knees were a little better. It’s all just pain, totally unproductive abuse on my joints. It used to be muscle building sore pain, which I welcomed because it meant I was getting stronger. But I’m as strong as I need to be for this work, and so now it’s just pressure. I was bored and irritated with it. I might keep working fashion just because it’s great money, and figuring out my paycheck kind of made it all worth it, but I think I need to get out of it soon. Anyway.

Trapeze was pretty great. It’s a lot of work, and a very long class, but fun. I signed up for work study to save money, which means I have to set up and take down all the mats and stuff, which sucks. But otherwise, I think this is a good thing. There are 7 people in the class, more than I expected. All girls, as usual. I liked them, and there’s a good little range of skill and strength level. I have form and strength things to work on. I think I’m definitely the most advanced in terms of tricks, but definitely not in form and all.

I got to spend the last few days with John, which was very nice. The more time I spend around him the more I like him, the more comfortable I am. We didn’t do all that much, cleaned his car, watched some stuff, went out to dinner for his sister’s birthday. Oh! Yes. Somehow I almost forgot. We got in a bit of an accident. It was raining, and coming around a turn on the highway, the back of the car slid out and he did all the right things to try to recover, but it seesawed mroe and more until we spun out and hit the divider and skidded some. And then restarted the car and drove off. The front end of his car is kind of fucked up, scraped and a little out of place, but we were fine, and it still runs and all. It was a touch scary, but I could see it coming from the beginning, and had plenty of time to prepare. It was even a little fun. I’m very glad that we didn’t cause any other accidents, that would have sucked. Other than that, uneventful and companionable. I love being with him.

And now I’m very tired. I have more electrician work next week, which sucks. But it pays. Woooo.