Thursday, June 01, 2006
So…the Parakeet whizzed down Southport last night around 10:45 on her bicycle. She doesn’t usually like Southport (even though it has a bike lane) because there are so many people who park in it, walk through the middle of the street, have huge SUVs, talk on cell phones, etc. It’s not an attentive crowd on Southport. Nonetheless, it is very well lit.
She headed south at a nice clip ready to end her already long day –when in the distance a roller-blader came towards her. So, yes, he was on the wrong side of the street. He was also admiring his fancy foot-work and also he was on his cell phone. She yelled ‘hey’. He did nothing. She yelled “Hey” louder. Apparently not only did he not see her, he also did not realize that she would have to move into traffic to avoid his stupid butt. He looked up, rolled his eyes and moved out of the way just before she drove a tire up his inconsiderate self. His look said, ‘you are obnoxious for riding a bike. I on the other hand can do whatever I want because I have roller blades.’ It was a look similar to those made by drivers of mercedes’ SUVs when they cut off a smaller, less expensive car.
It is during times of traffic congestion, be it on bike, foot or in a car that one understands where city attitudes come from. There are a lot of us who live here people, and we all have places to go. Pay attention and, when necessary, get out of the way .
Friday, June 02, 2006
The Parakeet called her own cell phone from the house this morning. There was no ring. She already had the dog on his leash. She needed to walk him and leave for the gym within ten minutes. She also needed to make a phone call. Where is that stupid (and really fancy and expensive) phone?
She called her friend that she visited last night after 11PM. “Hey, just checking to see if I left my cell phone at your house last night…my number is, oh wait, call me at work or home….”ahhh.
She called her stage manager. Please let it not be at the very open and cluttered rehearsal space. “Hey, I think maybe I left my phone at rehearsal last night. Did you notice it at all?”
She started to call the Huz. Reluctantly, of course. They had already had one tense exchange on the phone this morning. He does not like to be disturbed at work. Then….out of the corner of her eye…..
The phone, responsibly plugged into it’s charger, sat on the trunk under the window glittering in the morning sun. Ah, phone. How nice it is to see that you are still turned on silent so as not to disturb actors rehearsing–or require that the Parakeet bring baked goods to rehearsal if you ring during a scene. Ah, phone. It is so good to see you before the Huz was alerted and would tease and tease the Parakeet about her forgetfulness.
Apologetic calls to the friend and the stage manager came next. Then, the Parakeet, now twenty minutes late to a class at the gym, decided to just call it a Friday and sat at the computer instead of working out. She changed out of her gym clothes and into work clothes having never broken a sweat.
There are worse things than taking a Friday off from exercise. Like say nuclear war and racism.
Monday, June 05, 2006
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
The Parakeet came into work early Monday, about eightish, to be greeted by bosses’ #1 and #2.
She was presented with an opportunity — which she accepted. She will take on more responsibility. But she will also be paid more.
The clincher: She will be in at 7:30 every morning. Closer to 7 until she gets the hang of the computer programs she’s learning. Again, do not feel bad for her – she will be leaving at noon.
Have you seen the ‘keet in the morning? oh, yikes.
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Friday, June 09, 2006
Monday, June 12, 2006
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
SUMMER IT UP
The first weekend of April the Parakeet spent not even eight hours dressed as a high school prep student at St. Alphonsus school in Chicago. She was part of a music video. The experience was tons of fun and directed by a great guy named Rich (check out his profile under friends). Anyway….the mostly finished product is available to view with this link. If you blink, you will not see the Parakeet, but that’s not really the point…it’s a good time and quite funny. You will also need quick time.
Hope all is well. This post is going to be for “Friends Only”.