Friday, September 29, 2006

This post would be longer, but...

... the connection here at this cafe is SO slooowww, OMG. I'll write a real post later today, this eve probably. Can't waste any more time here. I just didn't want you to think I was run over by a truck or something.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Finally, Jeez.

I'm actually kind of happy and relieved for Jeff, who's team has otherwise bit hard this season. He does owe me a ticket for the Hawks win over the Giants yesterday, but I finally owe him a ticket, too. I'll keep you posted.

9/24 @ Texans 1pm ET FOX W 31 - 15

Friday, September 22, 2006

Jason Awarded MVP

I was SO not happy, because yesterday I didn't get home until 10.p.m. Meaning, I missed the premieres of My Name Is Earl, The Office and - and here's what fucking slayed me - CSI: Flagship. I had been looking forward to these premieres since the end of last season, for God's sake, and I was BLUE, blue.

But then! A miracle happened.

Joy was IMing her former boyfriend Jason today while I was lamenting this awfulness, and she relayed it to him. He said, and I'm paraphrasing here just so you know, "I TAPED THOSE SHOWS, she should come over and watch them here tonight."

As early on in the season as it is, it has already been determined that Jason gets the MVP award.

Thanks, dude, you rule.

Welp, still ahead

Jeffrey B. September 21 More options 20 mins ago
To me:
Just scratched a "Winner Take All" and GOT NOTHING! Sorry. GO REDSKINS!!!!!!!!

I'm still ahead $1.80, but I have a feeling I may owe him a ticket after his team plays this Sunday.

Screwing Off At Work

I'm supposed to be working on a report, so naturally I'm actively groping for things to do on the internet. I'm being a lazy bum, but I'm also just preopccupied with various and assorted shit.

One thing that is taken care of: I am booked for work at Universal for Monday on Ghost Whisperer as a 'Restaurant Patron'. Interestingly, I'm dead certain that I would have been cast as 'Village Atmosphere', a less featured catagory of background they need for Monday, if I hadn't just re-registered and updated my photo. How your photo looks makes an enormous difference in how much work you get and how you get cast; in the new photo, I'm wearing a dressy black jacket, hip necklace, my hair is down and glossy. I'm not smiling, although I suppose I look content, my regular repose. I look good.

The last one was fine, but I had a smile, which in still shots can make me appear goofy or as if I'm hamming it up a bit, and I was not dressed very
up (not very down, either), but the slightest things can make a huge difference in how you're perceived. The rule that clothes make the person is true in spades here, where their whole idea of 'you' is this one photo they see over and over and over. If you're in a dressy black jacket and your expression is neutral, you're seen as an "upscale person". This not only means they can cast you for way more stuff, but that they perceive you as versatile and someone who can be relied on to show up looking neat and prepared regardless of character type. I will definitely get more work this year, and it will definitely be easier. Knock on wood.

Central realizes the problem I'm describing (they always have and do try to keep themselves in check), so they now offer the option of putting more photos of you in your file, for $10 per extra shot. I'm gonna do this in the coming couple weeks, so there's one in there with me wearing an actual color and with my hair tied back (how I nearly always look in real life), which has me looking almost completely different.

What else...? Jeez, there was something else. I'll come back and add later if I think of it.

One of Those MySpace Thingies

The Right Reverend Neurogeist posted this series of hard-hitting interview questions; here they are with my replies ("Ditto NG" means I seconded his own answer, sometimes because it's what I would have answered, but just as often because I dug it or thought it was funny):

1. What's your opinion on sex without emotional commitment?
Awesome, when it's mutual and just the thing that will hit the spot for both.

2. I hated this stupid question, so I'm erasing it, but here's my answer:
So you're joking, right?

3. Are you a jealous person?
I'm not, thank God. Sounds like a painful way to live

4. What are you allergic to?
idiots - Ditto NG

5. What books, if any, have made you cry?
First one was The Velveteen Rabbit. In high school, Of Mice and Men. There've been plenty others, including a story in Oliver Sacks' An Anthropologist on Mars, which I finished just yesterday.

6. Does it get annoying when somebody says they'll call you, but doesn't?
I guess it would, if I were really expecting them to or counting on them.

7. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Dark Chocolate Orange

8. If someone you had no interest in dating expressed interest what would you say to them?
Depends on which person, I'm afraid.

9. What would you rather be doing right now?
Working on set, at a studio or on location. But I have a special fondness for the studio.

10. What song lyrics, if any, are stuck in your head at the moment?
No lyrics, but the [Ragtime theme to] The Sting has been rolling around in there.

12. What did you dress up as for your first Halloween?
Holly Hobby

13. What's your favorite TV show, now or in the past?
TONS right now, Jeez, we really are entering the new golden age of Television. Neato huh? House is way up there, along with CSI: Flagship and CSI: NY, NCIS (I heart Pauley)

14. Do you get along better with the same or opposite sex?
Equally well, but have a special fondness for men.

15. Can others make you cry easily?

17. Are you picky about spelling and grammar?
Yes I am, style too, and correcting that of others' is what I currently do for a living.
(NG - you did not spell atrocious wrong!)

18. Do you pay attention to calories on the back of packages?

19. If you could be any type of fruit what would you be?
Loops - Ditto NG

20. Were you a "planned" child?
Nope, I was Bob and Mary's love child :)

21. How many pairs of shoes do you own?
Including flip flops? I think nine or ten

22. What was the last thing to scare you?
Jeez, not sure... I'm a bit hard to scare.

26. Have you ever been attracted to someone physically unattractive?
yup - Ditto NG

27. What personality trait is a must-have in the opposite sex?
laid-backness - Ditto NG. We have so much in common!

28. Do you enjoy traveling via airplanes?
Love the flying part, hate the airport part.

29. Would you ever date someone covered in tattoos?
Do I dig him? Does he dig me back? Sure. Sounds like he'd have some interesting stuff to talk about already.

30. Have you ever dated someone out of your race?
Just once; I still heart him and we're still great friends.

31. Do you believe that the guy should pay on the first date?
It's always nice, but a non-issue

32. Are you currently wanting any piercing or tattoos?
Yes, both.

33. Which do you make: wishes or plans?
I plan my wishes. - yet again, Ditto NG

34. Can you speak any languages other than English?
A smattering of a few, none fluently

35. What is your favorite salad dressing?
Currently: Honey mustard

36. Have you ever fooled around with someone and not remembered?
Uh... not to my knowledge :)

37. Have you ever dated one of your best friends?

38. Has anyone told you a secret this week?
Everyone at Postsecret

39. When was the last time someone hit on you?
a couple days ago.

40. Would you rather take the picture or be in the picture?
depends - Ditto NG

41. Do you wear slippers even when its not cold outside?
No slippers, only flip flops

42. If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
George Eads

43. How many siblings do you have, and where are you in the rank?
Five, I'm the oldest

44. What's the sweetest thing you've ever done for someone?
I gave an aspiring actor a love note yesterday.

45. When was your last road trip?
it's been awhile - Ditto NG

46. Name 3 schools you went to?
St. Catherine's, Holy Names Academy, Edmonds High - all Seattle or Seattle area schools

47. Name 5 things in your Purse/pockets/wallet:
keys, cigarettes/lighter, ID, MC, notebook/pen

48. Three names you go by?
Catherine, Cath, Ms. Thatch if you're nasty.

49. Who is in the house with you?
Ms. Squarepants (Joy)

50. What are you thinking about right now?
George Eads.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Gallery Girl

Today was my first day back on a set since the beginning of summer. Not a lot of excitement today, but I felt at home and right with the world in a way. I go back tomorrow, attending court for "Justice". I'll let you know what else I get myself up to. I plan on being able to go to auditions before too terribly long.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Football Stuff

Jeff is a Redskins fan and I of course am a Seahawks fan. Back when I still worked down at his building, he told me about this thing he has going with a friend of his: each time the Skins win, the friend owes Jeff; each time his friend's team wins, Jeff owes him. He said, "You and I oughtta do that". I said, "Yes, yes we certainly oughtta." As well as being pretty confident that I would kick his ass all over the place this year, I was glad to have something to do with him. I dig him, he's a good guy who reminds me somewhat of the guys in family. We have been keeping in contact since I left (on my end, I am waaay too good at this. As a chatty person, there is folly, FOLLY I tell you!, in perceiving email as a substitute for talking in person. I think I make this mistake with a few people. It doesn't work, and you're left gapingly unsatisfied. Like a drug addict, you try to fix this by - you guessed it - sending more, longer emails. :P Your busy recipient is often less than thrilled, and you are kind of embarrassed).

Anyway, what we are betting is Lottery tickets. The Hawks won the other day, so he bought me a Scratch Ticket. It won $3. I thought it was cool that we got a winner right off the bat. We split the winnings, 60/40 in favor of the ticket holder, so $1.80 of that is mine. We're keeping track, and payout happens at Season's end. I'm pretty sure I'll come out ahead, but I suggested the Lottery thing to level the playing field in a way: conceivably, the Skins could only win
once and Jeff still has a chance to come out ahead, if the ticket I buy him is a lucky strike. So far:

Cath: $1.80
Jeff: $1.20

...and as of yesterday, he owes me another ticket. And I continue to owe him NADA, brothers and sisters, nada. Boy, does his team suck ass so far this year. Maybe something will dawn on them, and they'll rally. Meanwhile, mine is cautiously optimistic.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

I Heart Payday

Hooray, money!

Tomorrow I'm gonna go back to doing background acting after a summer of missing it terribly. I missed my two-year mark at Central, so I have to pay to update my photo and re-register, but no complaints. So that's tomorrow morning, and then I have the rest of the day off to do laundry and all that sort of shit. I'm also going to take myself out for coffee with a nice fresh notebook and assess/sketch out my life and what I'm going for, how I'm gonna do it. I need some fresh energy and motivation; maybe have a gameplan laid out in front of me will help.

More Actors We Adore To Little Bitty Pieces:

Pauley Perrette, NCIS

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Gary Sinise, CSI: NY

Jason Schwartzman: Imdb

Jason Lee, My Name is Earl

...As well as the aforementioned

of whom I found this magnificent, gorgeous, priceless beautiful photo. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Back To Life

Go listen to the clips at the Soundbank at Soul 2 Soul's website. I love this band, and two of my favorite songs in this genre are by them: Back to Life and Keep on Movin'.

Back to Life is a song I use. It's a song I need. The lyrics are from the person singing to a lover, I'm sure, but it works for me as a note I can leave for myself at times in my life when I have to shift back into Drive. Now is definitely one of those times.

I have a long-standing tendency to abandon myself. I break up with me now and then because I'm tired and I just don't know what to do with me. "Well, you're a complete disaster," I say, "what the Hell am I doing with you! Go away." So I slink into some or other sort of lull, get pretty seriously blue, and lose sight of what is important. I numb myself, because it's effortless. The thing is, it is cheating. It is the worst possible cheat, a real sin. It's a turning away from the truth of myself. Winston Churchill said, "If you're going through Hell, keep going..." When I've been away from where my heart is for long enough and life feels like Hell, this little phrase pops in to my head. It did at the end of this struggle of a Summer, just recently. At this point, I become willing to begin remembering stuff, to thaw out, to light a little fire by which I can see my way back to myself. I will listen to that song, Back To Life, as a sort of quiet little celebration by that fire. I can admit to wanting to return, and I can and will, as always, inevitably, return.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Why? Because We Like You!

Joy got me a Mickey Mouse watch for my birthday, as well as a very pretty dragonfly birthday card. I had a good day: Jason and Joy took me out to dinner, Jason sent me an e-card, and I posted new stuff on my new blog. I was in a good mood, checked out two Oliver Sacks books from Joy's library and had a BATH here at Joy's house.

Now I have the theme from the Mickey Mouse Club stuck in my head.

What I Did Over Summer Vacation

...among other things, was fall madly in love with(out :P)

George Eads. I have the best taste in men. It's a gift :) I have always liked the entire cast of CSI: Flagship, including Eads, but it wasn't until recently that I really noticed him. I thought during a particular episode that he was doing a terrific job, and found myself starting to think about him more. He seems like he'd be a sweet, easy actor to work with, a good guy, fun, intelligent.

Anyone else notice that TV is getting great these days? I thought we were doomed for awhile there, but no way. There's all kinds of stuff to look forward to.

Go Seahawks!!!

Congrats on your wins so far (even though this past one was ALL FIELD GOALS, reminding me of nothing so much as pouring a bowl of Crunch Berry cereal and getting no pink ones). We're right behind you guys. I'm proud to be representin' here in sunny Southern California.

Happy Birthday, Primus Guy!

You, incredible and most fun bassist Larry Laronde, have the same birthday, same year, as yours truly. Which is neato, because I LOVE Primus, and I LOVE your stuff in Primus. You rule.

Inaugural Post

I'm thinking that by the time I finish writing this, it will be September the 12th, 2006. Below is some of last post at LSHQ, just to tie things together.

For anyone who has just stumbled across our humble launch here at Codex VI, it is a blog that picks up where my old blog, LaughingSky, left off at the beginning of this summer. I had needed a break from it, and a few weeks in I realized I needed a whole new slate. So here we are.

The Fifth Notebook

I have found myself getting eyesore and kind of brainsore of LaughingSky as it is, here. I love the little story behind its name and I think I dig the blog overall. It's not going anywhere, here it will always be, but it's time for a fresh slate.

I'd really like to make audioblogging more of what I do. I'd like to give you some of the little thoughts in between posts that I never really ended up sharing. I want the posts generally to be shorter and sexier, I'd like whole thing to have a little more punch.

Codex is the original (Roman) word for notebook, what they called a bound sheaf of uniformly cut papyrus. This was how civilization improved (vastly) upon the scroll. I have always written to myself in physical paper notebooks, and of course typing onto a computer screen is not really much different. I like the throwback term, akin to Windows' use of an old-school hourglass to indicate that it's taking time to think. I have kept four journals using a computer so far: LaughingSky, two incarnations of a private online [blog] just for me, and its offline counterpart simply called Codex. So Codex VI is Notebook Number Five.

On this coming Tuesday, September 12th, I'll come back and say hi to you guys at the new joint. I've missed blogging and I'm looking forward to it.

Back to right now: Now it is that particular day, the day after 9.11, a day people think about healing up and letting their spirits rest, looking around to see what is truly important. A good day for beginnings, I think, for kicking off new blogs, for example, or what a person can hope will be a good year in her life.

I've really missed blogging and I'll see you soon, probably later today!