Carolyn in Belize

February 10th, 2006

Carolyn in Belize

Carolyn is down in Belize and Mexico for a couple weeks on a recruiting trip for MUN. In her new job she doesn’t do much recruiting any more, but every now and then she makes a trip. For those of you who don’t know much about Belize, try some of the following links to learn more…

Sexy and Dangerous

February 5th, 2006

I am a bad blogger! Bad! Bad! Bad!

Well, it’s time for me to hit the stage again. This time it’s TNL’s annual Valentine’s Day fundraiser, Sexy and Dangerous. I know, I know. "Jim, you’re neither sexy NOR dangerous." Well, maybe not, but I can sing, dammit! And through the illusion of the theatre (and with enough makeup and restrictive clothing) I will be dangerous.

It’s not all sex and nudity though–we will have a few laughs. Check out this video to get you in the mood…

The Internet is for Porn (Google Video)

Annie Opens Tonight!

November 24th, 2005

TNL’s Annie opens tonight at the Arts and Culture Centre. I think it’s pretty much sold out. Check out my Annie photoset from Flickr to see all of the photos.

Check out our other minor productions:

The Mugging
The Mugging
Revenge of the Nerd
Revenge of the Nerd
Bring Out the Murray
Bring Out the Murray
Pancho and Shorty
Pancho and Shorty
Gangs of New York
Gangs of New York
 

Historical Errors in Annie

November 16th, 2005

I’m playing FDR in Annie, so I decided to do a little homework on the history of the Great Depression, the New Deal, FDR’s cabinet, etc.

The writer, Thomas Meehan, took care to use the real names of FDR’s cabinet members, including Frances Perkins (a woman!), Cordell Hull, Harold Ickes, Henry Morganthau and his close personal advisor, Louis Howe. Also, there are references to the FBI, Al Capone and other people and events of that general era. Meehan also makes it clear that the year is 1933, near Christmas.

If the year is 1933, there are a number of historical inacuracies in the script…

  • FDR is portrayed inventing the New Deal in the show. The New Deal was coined and promoted during his election campaign of 1932. Most of the implemented within the first 100 days of his inauguration in March 1933.
  • FDR settles on the phrase, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself" during a scene in the show. FDR uttered this famous remark in is First Inaugural Address in March 4, 1933.
  • Henry Morganthau, Jr. did not become a cabinet member until 1934.
  • Warbucks and FDR mention the "FBI." The FBI was not called the "FBI" until 1935. Before that is was the Bureau of Investigation (BOI).
  • Warbucks calls Federal Investigators "G-Men." That term was popularized by the James Cagney movie of that name in 1935; however, Warbucks could have been up on the current gangster slang as the term was supposedly coined by George "Machine Gun" Kelly when he was captured in September 1933.
  • FDR says that the FBI haven’t caught Al Capone. Al Capone was indicted and tried in 1931.
  • Warbucks commands J. Edgar Hoover to take Elliot Ness off the Capone case. Elliot Ness was an American Treasury agent.

Rocky Horror Pics

October 27th, 2005

Check out my flickr.com group of pics from our production of the Rocky Horror Show.

And, in case you missed it, here is a link to Dancing Frank.

Typecast?

October 14th, 2005

Well, it’s community theatre time here in town. The Off-Broadway Players are doing the Rocky Horror Show and a month later, Theatre Newfoundland Labrador is doing Annie. What do these two musicals have in common? Yes, Tim Curry was in both film versions. Yes, they are both about alien transvestites. Yes, both musicals have minor roles that are wheelchair bound.

You guessed it–my dancing abilities have landed me the role of Dr. Everett Von Scott in Rocky Horror and FDR in Annie. I’ve already started looking for shows that I could do next year. Maybe The People vs. Larry Flint, the musical or Inspector Gadget, the musical.

Flickr

August 28th, 2005

I set up a Flickr account last December, and I’ve only started using it again recently. It’s truly a marvelous tool/site. Check out all of my photos on Flickr or look at the sidebar of the blog.

Chiko loves water

July 22nd, 2005


Chiko had fun last week out at Bonne Bay Pond. Who knew that a Labrador Retriever would like water?

Aliant Sucks

July 5th, 2005

I haven’t been blogging much lately. Nothing to say. So what has awakened the savage beast? Bad customer service: the reason blogs were created. In fact, I’ve created a new "They Suck" category to honour the occasion.

I’ve decided to do away with all things Rogers. I dumped my digital cable (sucked) and now I’m getting rid of my cable Internet (not bad, but too expensive). Now that Aliant controlled my land lines, cell phone and satellite TV, I couldn’t resist the low price offered on high speed internet through a "bundle." It’s been a while since Aliant really screwed me over (man, I cursed them when I was trying to get my business line installed. Idiots!), so I guess I forgot what was coming.

So, I order my high speed internet and they tell me I’ll get a package with my modem and stuff in the mail within a few days. A week or so later, I get a call saying, oops, we have to do something with the system, it’ll be another week or so before you get your stuff and set up your service.

Fine. I was supposed to have everything ready to go yesterday. In the mail today I received a single sheet of paper with my account information and password, but no hardware. I call them up and they’re all puzzled, ohhhh, for some reason we didn’t send you any hardware. Oops, we’ll send that right away.

Friggin’ Aliant.

Update: Got my modem this morning and everything is now up and running. The speed is f$#^$&#ing amazing! Of course, I do pay the extra $5 a month for a bandwidth upgrade. Good-bye Rogers.

The Garden is Growing

June 30th, 2005

The few plants and herbs we have in the backyard are starting to grow. Check out the zucchini flower that popped up today.