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Damn, I'm glad a new RFB is available. Thanks Wil!
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Wil, you said, "it's just like hardly anybody cares if the actors are comfortable, or if we're doing our best work. I've had auditions where casting makes me feel like I'm imposing on their time simply by being there, and whatever performance I give doesn't matter." I hate to say it, but it's like that in civilian (non-show business) too. Whenever I get called in for a job interview, I face the same thing--usually, the interviewer is looking for an excuse to weed people out, rather than hire them--if they even know what they're doing. Many interviewers haven't a clue. It's a sad commentary on business today. But don't let it get you down. You're right to let this audition go, and if you didn't get it, there's the next one. And if you did get it, then good for you. Because no matter what happens, you've got your family, friends, and fans (in that order) in your corner.
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Great news! Break a leg!
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This is great, Wil! As the father of a 22 year old myself, I can empathsize--although I have a daughter, not a son, but as it relates to your story, there are more similarities between a 22-year old daughter and son than there are differences. I bow to your creativity. I'm looking forward to Trolldad 2: Revenge of the Trollson!
Toggle Commented Dec 23, 2011 on In which I am a Trolldad at WWdN: In Exile
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Good story, although I might title it "The Irrational Immortality of Humanity," because I encountered the Pacific much later than my 20s. I live in the Midwest, and vacation in SoCal approximately once a year. Several years ago (I'm now 50, so let's say I was in my early 40s), I was standing knee-deep in the water at Laguna Beach or thereabouts, facing my family with my back to the ocean. A small wave came up and hit me in the back. I tumbled and for a moment, I thought I was going to be dragged out "there," either to drown or be eaten by the Kraken. Neither happened, but I did get a good mouthful of seawater. Like you, Wil, I'm a husband and father, and have become more cautious about and around nature.
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I didn't get to see it live, but liked it nonetheless. Pluses: the sound quality was quite good, the jokes were a hit ("Schrodinger's closet, f'rinstance), and I really like "239 Sycamore Street". Minus: The focus...but then it may just be my eyes, or even just my glasses (I really have to get a new pair). But damn, I liked it. Keep it going!
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This sounds great, and I'm going to make it myself. But you know what makes it even better to me? The fact that you said, "I'm currently sitting here, eating _an absolutely delightful bowl of soup_". Not many men would describe soup that way; certainly not many men under 40. The more I read your blog, and your writing, the more respect I have for you. Oh, and I believe the OED agrees with you: "wung it" is perfectly acceptable, at least in my household.
Toggle Commented Mar 24, 2011 on Soup. Black Bean. Hot. at WWdN: In Exile
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A beautiful piece. It brought a tear to my eye. Thank you for sharing this.
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