A Fair Night of Rippling

Richard Armitage as John Proctor

Yep, I’d say this ranks up there as one of the best nights for Richard Armitage rippling. I know I had fun. Feeling a little drunk right now, but that’s what usually happens when we go into a full-throttle ripple. Meaning almost non-stop.

Dear Mr. Spacey and The Old Vic Company,

Thank you for a wonderful night!

Signed,
A once crazy fan who has now been vindicated

Speaking of which:

Oh yeah! I had to do that again.

Dear John,

I’m so glad my first dear John letter breaks from the traditional and is something upbeat.

You will never know what your words mean to so many fans who have long seen what you were privy to last evening.

We really, really appreciate it.

A Friend

P.S. You’re right. I can be a follower and a fan too. :)

Best Tweet of the Night

Yep, that’s right, I’m doing this one again. It deserves at least two posts if not many, many more.

I Want to Kiss Someone, and It’s Not Richard Armitage

The best tweet of the night!

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m feeling quite vindicated in my obsession right about now!

Something About Meg

imageSome of you may remember Meg whom I mentioned will be attending The Crucible this evening. I’m tickled for her, and it couldn’t happen to a cooler kid. Yes, I said kid. She’s the same age as one of my kids, or about to be. It’s her birthday this weekend, and she will turn 23. She’s currently in school training for a career in tv production.

When I read that on her bio, I wondered what she really had. I was not disappointed. She has countless photos that elevate the mundane to something which can make you stop and really look and find it thought provoking as well as pleasing. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is, but she’s definitely got a great eye and feel for what the viewer will ultimately perceive. I think it’s a gift, and one that may well be wrought in part by her being set apart with something which most people often think of as disability. Meg has dyslexia. For the last several years, I’ve been coming to think of this condition as just another way of learning and possibly a way that supersedes the norm. There is speculation and some studies floating around that support the idea people with dyslexia see a much richer view of the world. If Meg is any indication, I believe it. More on this later!

All the best tonight, Meg, and how cool that your father is going with you!

Carry on.

Oh, wait! Don’t forget a website has been created to share The Crucible experience. I will definitely be pinging the site with Meg’s review. :D

Yep, I am Insane. It’s Official

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I think I have gone insane for real, but I’ve done this for SO. I swear. He’s a Kevin Spacey fan. Actually, the whole family are fans especially second oldest daughter. She had a massive crush on Spacey when she was a teen. I told her, “You do realize he’s older than I am?” She said, “I don’t care. He has a beautiful mind.” This may explain why her current boyfriend is 12 years older. Oy. No, seriously, I like her boyfriend and SO does too.

But where was I?

Oh yeah, talking about something I did that’s nuts. I entered the drawing for The House of Cards. When SO was sick and could barely do anything, he watched a lot of shows on Netflix, and that was one of them. He’s loved Spacey since The Usual Suspects.

That means if by some freak chance I win this contest, SO is going to love it. Touring the set of the show, eating barbeque with Kevin Spacey. Yep, that’s why I’ve done this. The BBQ is the perfect capper.

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SO is a major barbeque fan. Yeah, that’s what this is about and not because I’m caught up in the hysteria of this fan odyssey and just can’t stop spending money. I’m a tightwad, people!

Dear Mr. Spacey.

See, even a tightwad will spend money on fan shtuff. Hope you’re thinking about that video for The Crucible. Oh you don’t know what I’m talking about? I explain it here. And just so you know, there are lots of us who will push the video on our sites.

Signed,
Richard’s Crazy Fan, a fan whose purse strings have been irrevocably loosened by the man who played the tall, dark, handsome, cotton-mill owner

Actually, I am celebrating. I just finished two huge projects, and I’m about to get a serious paycheck. This also means that friends who have been waiting on me to help them finish their projects will now have my time more freely beginning Monday of next week — at least until the first part of July.

Dreams and the Passing of Time

I’m not quite as up on Google Alerts about Richard Armitage as I used to be, and really there’s no need since so many fan sites keep up. I appreciate that! Plus, it gives me time to do something I really love which is watching videos like this one below from my oldest kid.

She wrote this in a few minutes, taped it and sent it to me. And she’s got about 20 more, since she can’t seem to stop. This one is not perfect, but I love it. Not just because I think it’s a great song and has tons of potential but also for what it represents.

She is pursuing her dreams, which very definitely include a highly artistic facet — writing, photography and music, and who knows what else. It seems when someone is letting their artist flow, it just doesn’t stop. This interview with Viggo Mortensen speaks to the mentality and reminded me of how I really did think as a child — that there were no limits on what I could do or express.

But the kind of focus required for these endeavors has “real life” envious and continually trying to intrude. The ability to ignore real life then becomes paramount to the creative if they are ever to do anything significant. They must learn to hang onto the precious dreams of childhood.

SO and I did not have a great ability with this. We were forever trying to please our parents. Sadly, our parents and others preached such a conservative approach to life that it almost squelched the creative in us. It’s been a fight to keep it alive! Even my father who was fairly unorthodox and highly creative was very conservative when it came to my future. Don’t get a degree in music, don’t play in a band for a living, don’t go off to parts unknown to do photo essays, don’t, don’t, don’t, because (gasp!) you might experience some hard times. This was said incessantly. Guess what? I’ve experienced hard times anyway. Don’t we all?

With our children, SO and I have tried to take a better approach, tried to inspire yet prepare them for what they were getting into without demoralizing them. Don’t be stupid and still pursue your dreams is what we’ve said. Certainly, that’s hard, but anything worth doing…

This was also plastered several places in the house. Thankfully, they all took it to heart. Two have ended up in New York to pursue their passions and one is on the west coast doing the same.

And who knows what’s going to happen. At worst, they will always know they tried.

In the meantime, this child keeps writing as well as bartending in the city with her sister (they are middle and far right) and going to school (the “don’t be stupid” part):

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What does all of this have to do with Richard Armitage? I’m getting to it. It’s been slow, and I’ve dithered around for a couple of years about my diary in the process, because it’s been hard to figure out what I should publish and what I shouldn’t. But I’m determined to finish. I’ve also talked to a lot of people (including all of the people mentioned in the diary), and almost all have said go for it. Even before I started, I had permission from those put in the most unflattering light, but I have still struggled with publishing. I’m very loyal to my family and never want to cause them harm. But I think I’ve come to understand that what I reveal is not harmful but a common reality and perhaps how it resolved in my life will help someone else.

Old Vic Logistics

I’ve had some questions from readers about the seat placement for The Old Vic’s theatre in the round? Even if I hadn’t received those questions, I was questioning it as I was planning to purchase tickets.

Theatre Monkey has a pretty good rendering (some may need to scroll down) of the setup for The Old Vic Theatre’s in-the-round arrangement. Please note there are two seating plans. One from June 24th to July 8th and one from July 9th on.

And here’s a video below which shows how the transformation from the traditional seating arrangement to the round arrangement occurred. I think it gives a more realistic depth perception than the photos have done due to the wide angle lense necessary to photograph the theatre.

My only question is what is the seating arrangement pre-June 24th? If anyone knows, please tell me!

Thank you to ArmitageBesotted for her ferreting skills. :D

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