I don’t care what you call it – two thousand ten, twenty ten, or oh ten – this year has gotten off to one craaaaaazy start! I thought I ought to share. Because this is interesting stuff. My life is interesting! Or at least there’s interesting people in it. Right? Considering I’m spending the next few weeks watching all of Farscape from season one again, I might be exaggerating. A little.
Anyway, here’s the rundown of the past couple weeks, which were WAY more crazy then the next two are shaping up to be.
11/29/09: My birthday! I have a birthday party. There’s a theme. It’s Xanadu! I inflict this movie on all my friends. Mercilessly.
12/16/09: I receive numerous emails from several friends and acquaintances that the Broadway musical Xanadu was coming to Portland in January. And the tickets went on sale on my birthday, which just SMACKS of destiny, doesn’t it? Seriously, like 3 people all emailed me THE SAME DAY. I guess the word kinda got out that I like Xanadu. But for the record, I just LIKE it. It’s not like it’s my favorite movie of all time or anything. It’s not, you know.
12/31/09: I start working with the wonderful folks at the Portland Opera to come up with some ideas on how to drum up interest for the show via the OurPDX blog. We come up with some AWESOME ideas…
01/03/10: I post the first blog post on OurPDX.com. It was brilliant, of course. Inspired, you might say. Because I am an artiste. Or perhaps the Muses graced my keyboard? Whatever.
01/04/10: The first of five days of Xanadu quiz questions on the Twitters. It was (mostly) all tagged with the hashtag #pdxanadu. Strangely, for only having 5 days of quiz questions, we had EIGHT finalists! Because I only use the minute hand when I check who answered first. And Friday, there were a whole gaggle of people who answered within the same minute. Lucky!
01/07/10: I get to interview Annie Golden, who plays Calliope. The only person I’d ever interviewed for OurPDX before this was @mediachick. That was great, of COURSE, but I mean…she’s my friend, and we hang out, and SHE MADE ME A PIE FOR MY BIRTHDAY. This interview was someone famous, who I never met, over the phone. So I was a touch nervous. But it was FABULOUS! I spend all night and part of the next day writing up the blog post. It seemed like something I ought to get up asap, you know?
01/09/10: @camikaos and I make OurPDX blogging history! We co-blog a hilarious post as we announce the winner of the Xanadu tickets giveaway. (Grats, @blabbey!)
01/12/09: Cami and I head out to our big night at the Keller Auditorium. We were sparkly. Cami wore really big earrings. I wore a lot of glitter. We saw all sorts of friends, like @dieselboi and @anna_v and @mizd and @chefchopper! The show was fabulous, the company was great, and of course we went for pie afterwards. I think. Did we go for pie? Maybe I don’t remember exactly. No, I’m pretty sure there was pie.
01/13/10: Since I was super smart and took half the day off the next day, it allowed Cami and I to write our second blog post where we regale the OurPDX readers with our wild tales of glitter and glam. Plus I was hung over.
01/15/09: I head out to my second viewing of Xanadu. I know, you’d think once was enough, but not for me, apparently. Truth is, I sort of told some friends I’d go see it with them before this whole OurPDX thing started. So you know, I had to keep my commitments. This caused several cool things to happen: I became Mayor of the Keller Auditorium on foursquare, and I got a second chance to get a backstage tour thanks to Annie! We weren’t on the stage for 2 minutes however, before the company manager kicked us off the stage in the most polite way I’ve ever heard, and then complemented me on my blogging. It seems she kept the cast apprised of my online Xanadu musings. I LOVE NEW FANS. We ended up standing outside in the rain, chatting, my friends and Annie and I. With an umbrella. Dang foreigners and their umbrellas.
So there it is. My Xanadu exploits, compiled and presented to you, dear readers. As for me, I think I’ve had my fill of Xanadu for a while. Or until someone wants to watch it with me. Anyone?