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21 April 2007

By way of explanation, this appeared in Mary's journal a couple of days ago:

My NaNoWriMo pal Dupont got me interested in the Five Questions Meme, which goes like this: I read her answers to five questions that one of her old profs asked. I asked her to ask me five questions, and she did, because she is nice like that. So I'll answer them shortly, but first! If you would like me to ask you five questions, let me know in the comments. I'll send 'em to you, you answer in your blog/journal/whatever, and the world goes around and around.

Naturally I offered myself for the chopping block and told her that of course I would love to answer five questions for her.  They arrived today and here they are, with my answers:

1. It's been a few years since you visited Australia. What's your favorite memory of that trip? many.  How to pick just one.  I was stumbling across Caversham Park when we were trying to find camels to ride and discovering that they had a kangaroo enclosure that you could go into, walk around inside, and interact with the roos, up close and personal.  It was such a special discovery that we went back again a couple of days before I left almost better the second time because it was raining and we had the place practically all to ourselves.

2. I know you miss your foster puppies when they leave you. Do you think Lizzie and Sheila miss them too, or are they just relieved to have you all to themselves?

I think that they expect the puppy that left to come back in, but that doesn't last too long.  With Dakota, who may or may not find herself a home tomorrow, I suspect Lizzie will miss her for a day or two because they have become such constant companions.  I suspect Sheila will heave a sigh of relief and demand more attention when the little pipsqueak is not underfoot all the time any more.

3. You were a little concerned about having Walt "underfoot" after he retired. How are things working out?

Well, this is turning into a very odd year for us.  With my mother's accident and his mother's hospitalizations for various things (she just fractured a disc in her spine, had surgery, and is now in a convalescent hospital), it seems that we see each other very little.  I know this will change, but right now there isn't a huge difference from what it was like before he retired.  (He takes off next week to go to Santa Barbara to spend the week, for example.)

4. When you review a show, do you have a list of things that you look for, or do you just let your impressions guide you?

Being only a faux reviewer, not a "real" reviewer (or so I keep saying), I don't know what you should be looking for.  I thought I needed to take notes when I first started and dutifully brought a notebook and pen and did take notes, but then discovered that (a) I couldn't see in the dark to write, and (b) if I did write something, when I got home  I couldn't read my handwriting anyway.

Walt is amazed that I don't take notes, but I guess I just let my impressions guide me.  The exception to that is a dance show, where I desperately need to take notes so I can remember what I saw, since I have no dance training whatsoever and often can't remember which dance number was which just from reading the title in the program.

5. Speaking of shows, what are your top five favorite musicals and why?

Well, it will have to be in no particular order because it kind of depends on my mood at the time, but I have a soft spot in my heart for Music Man because it was "the family show."  Paul and Jeri did it once and Paul did it a second time as Winthrop and then a third time as Tommy Djilas.  And I like the music too.  (Oliver! was also a "family show" and everybody but Ned and me was in it--Ned, because he was in Brasil and me because I don't get on stage--but I would not rank it among my favorites.)

I absolutely LOVE Les Mis.  I've seen it several times and I think I'll be seeing it again this summer. 

I actually paid money to see Wicked and wasn't sorry that I did.  I love the music, I liked the show.  I'm not sure if it's one of those shows I could see over and over again, but I would definitely put it on my list of favorites, if only for the music.

Well, Steve would come through the computer at me if I didn't include The Last Session and The Big Voice, which I will group together as one selection.  I love both shows, even if most people have never heard of them.  As to which I prefer, again it depends on my mood.  I love them both, and I don't say that just because my friend wrote them.  Well, not entirely because my friend wrote them!

I really should end with a Gilbert & Sullivan, since everybody knows I'm a G&S aficionado.  Of the G&S operettas, my favorite has always been Iolanthe, which probably most people aren't familiar with.  I don't know if I can adequately explain why, but I fell in love with it when I first saw it in the 60s and tho Mikado and Yeomen of the Guard come in very close seconds, Iolanthe is still my all-time favorite.

Thanks, Mary--that was fun!  Anybody want me to ask you some questions to answer in your journal or blog?



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