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I've learned something over the past week. It is REALLY HARD to give this place up. Like every diet I've tried, I always end up going back to my old habits. Not that I necessarily equate checking out the Hatrack boards with a bad habit, but you get my metaphor.

In a forum where some posters are surfing around with post counts of 20,000 or more, my simple 1111 isn't all that much. But I think since I've hit it I'll take the opportunity to update you folks on my life, in case you just got curious.

Two months ago I graduated from Temple University with a BA in Theatre. And somehow I managed to pull off a summa cum laude. I honestly don't know how it happened. I was never a bad student, but in middle school and high school I would always come across with the occasional C. I'm just glad I graduated in 4 years, as I have many friends who've been in college for much longer. And now I get the distinction of being the first male in my family to graduate from college.

In the theater scene, I was asked to produce (yeah, produce, I was shocked too) a show for the Philly Fringe Festival in September. The show is called "One Flea Spare" and it takes place in 1665 London during the Black Plague. The acting, directing and design are simple and, in my biased opinion, perfect, and if anyone is going to be in Philly in September I urge you to go and see it. I don't just say this because it's my job to say so, it's also a phenomenal show.

Graduating has also finally thrown me into real life. For the longest time I've been looking for a full time job that will actually pay my rent. Right now I'm still a momma's boy and get help from the parents. But that ends in September, one way or the other. I'm up for two positions, one as a researcher at UPENN and one as a subscription rep for the Kimmel Center, a performing arts venue in the city. The question I've been playing with, though, is whether or not I'm a sell-out. I'm a theatre-boy, an actor, and I'm up for two OFFICE JOBS! I'm supposed to make very little money as a waiter and go to every audition I can...right?

But then again, I do like to eat.

Speaking of which, I've been losing weight. Huzzah! This is kind of a touchy subject on the boards right now, so I won't dwell on it, but I think I've discovered what works. At least for me. To lose weight, I need to eat. When I fall into the habits of a college student I end up skipping breakfast, having a very small lunch, and then a massive dinner. The result, I gain. Now that I have the time (and the money) to eat three meals a day, I'm losing inches. So I think that deserves another huzzah!

And last, but not least, I'm currently single. And I like it. I think I'm coming to terms with being alone. Not that I'm against relationships, of course. But over the year I've been obsessing (at least in my own mind) about how I need to find a girlfriend, I need to date more, I need to have a relationship. But I don't think I have to. I'm happy being by myself, doing things that I love and working hard at my job and at theatre. If the perfect lady comes along, great. But I'm only 22. I'm not in any rush.

Well, I feel better for having written all that down. I don't know who's going to read this, but it felt good just to get what's been going on in my life down in type. Whoever thought of these landmark things was pretty smart.


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Long time no talk, Javert. Congrats on everything... and good luck with the show in September. [Smile]
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Good to see you around again! Congrats on graduating! You must keep us updated on which (if either) job you end up taking.

And I think 1111 is an awesome number to landmark on [Smile]

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I've been separated from Hatrack, involuntarily, and I always come back. I always rationalize it as one of the few places on the Internet where intelligent discussion occurs.
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Jeni, the good thing is that if the show goes wrong, being the producer, I can just hide backstage. [Wink]
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If you're involved in a show about the Black Death in England, I recommend Connie Willis' Doomsday Book , a novel about time travel to that period. It's depressing (of course), but well-written and researched.

What is the Philly Fringe Festival?

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The Philly Fringe Festival is a festival through which up and coming artists (mainly theatre or performance art, but includes music and dance and just about any type of art anyone wants to do) to put on their work.

Essentially, you pay to be a part of the festival and be included in their box office and be promoted in their program. It's an annual event, every September, and this is actually the 10th anniversary.

It's great because you will see the full spectrum of the Philly theatre scene. Some shows will be bad, some will be great, but nobody is left out.

There is also the Live Arts Festival, which runs simultaneously with the Fringe and contains more established and "professional" artists...although sometimes the Fringe shows are better than the Live Arts.

And it's all done with relatively low ticket costs, so it allows people who normally can't afford theatre a chance to go out and see what they're missing.

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Sounds like life is good. I enjoyed your landmark.
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