Wednesday, December 1, 2010

jane and pandora.


the box, once opened, try as you may,
will remain open, its contents forever free.
the insides, once hidden, will from now till last day
a burden, a blessing, a knowledge will be.
--terrance long

it's been a fun month or so since my last post. all sorts of entertaining updates that i'll be sharing with you, my two dear readers. nothing too crazy, i grant you. just the same, things worth writing about. though by that standard i could probably share just about anything--i'll limit myself. we'll keep it to two big developments.

first, i've had the opportunity to hop back into theater as of recent. through a friend of a friend connection i wound up auditioning for 'austenland,' a play based on the book of the same name. what's more, i was cast. it is, in short, the story of jane (our protagonist) who finds herself in a resort based on the regency period and world of jane austen. i'll leave the summary to wikipedia, but suffice to say it's a winner. rehearsal's been going on for a few months now, and performances are tomorrow. all three unlucky audiences will have the responsibility of hearing my british accent and watching me pretend i'm charming. lucky you that you're only reading about it.

that being said, the show on the whole is turning out quite good. i look forward to watching the recording of it after the whole bit is over and congratulate jenny and the company on the fruition of her writing and directing efforts as well as the efforts of the whole ensemble. way to be. 

second, in october i opened the pandora's box of vegetarianism. what began as an experiment to get me in the habit of a)eating more vegetables and b)making myself more aware of my diet has become something that very well may be a permanent component of my diet. before i give the reason, i preface with this disclaimer: it is my choice as pertaining to me as much as its your choice pertaining to you, dig? so if you feel differently than i, i assure you i'm not upset in the least, and would find it reasonable for you to not be upset likewise. and on to my reason...

basically, after going a month without eating meat or other animal products (in the sense that it came from a dead animal) i made the realization that i didn't really miss them all that much. a bit, sure. but honestly, it was far more a shift than a struggle. this being the case, considering what takes place in order for me to eat a bit of meat, i can't really justify it. the same way that i enjoy a good michael jackson album but wouldn't exchange a finger for it, i just can't see me eating meat or bone scrapings or whatever else as reasonable. this is the pandora's box i've opened. prior to october first, i was unaware of this fact. by the end of october, the lid was wide open. and thus it is. 

so there you go. two updates for two readers. til next time,

p.s.--i'm undertaking a new pet project. check it out if you fancy. you'll find it here--the weekly wikicast.


  1. I do wish I had the privilege to see you in Austenland, it sounds like a good time.

    And I must say I am quite proud of you for not only exploring vegetarianism, but for deciding to stick to it! The idea of vegetarianism is right up my ally, but I've yet to commit to it. Someday soon though...

  2. Oh, I want to come see you in Austenland! Sounds like a great time.

    I'll never be up for the vegetarianism myself, but I do feel so much better when fruits and veg are more center stage in my diet.
    I'm glad that you were once unaware of this however, just so we could share the experience of "the little steak that could". (: