I'm watching last night's tape through my television. The color and grain leave something to be desired but I am not sure how much I can do about that, using analog tape. I want to try a thing called "spotlight" on the camera, not sure when to do it though. Maybe I can ask for a test before the show tonight.
The sound is fine so far. I am going to play the whole thing through, though, to be sure.
the sound just went out. I have no explanation for this.
It was there, just very low. I wonder why. Now it's back at regular volume. I'll ask James about this.
My right arm is still hurting. Maybe today I'll take pain meds.
I made the hummus again, for the picnic. Maybe a little odd for a picnic but I don't think it's bad. I'll have pita breads and crackers and carrot slices with it.
After taking the camcorder leads off the television I can't get the cable to function right again. I pressed every button I could think to press. I'll get it eventually. Annoying, though. I mean, what if there were a Trading Spaces marathon today??
I'm charging the second camcorder battery. I don't know its capacity but so far it looks like it's more than the original.
And I'm cooking two artichokes. I'll pull off the leaves to use with the hummus. So there will be carrot slices, artichoke leaves, bread slices (thin round sourdough jalapeno), pita bread. Maybe no crackers after all. I'll bring ice that can go under the plastic tray holding it all.
match.com costs more, has fewer options, but has a wider database. yahoo has some good features - I can do searches in other areas, like Las Vegas, without having to include everyone in between there and here - and I can "clip" people I am interested in looking at later. Is three months enough? Or should I sign up for twelve? I don't feel like I can afford twelve right now. Maybe three would be enough to get me going.
Cathy yesterday, Stacey today. I am getting back into the groove. There have been so many interruptions and I have let a few days go even when I could have exercised. I'm just doing it. In spite of doubts and irritations and questions. And my hurting right arm.
Sometimes there isn't a movie I want to watch. So there's the food network. Today there is something called "Big Eats", all about food eating contests. This is big stuff now, international. The Coney Island July 4 hotdog-eating contest has been won by Japanese guys for the past several years. People are speaking about it like it's a patriotic challenge for Americans. The Japanese are thin, too. The ones who won.
Good trivia question: how do you win the "mustard belt"?
I have the artichoke leaves, carrot slices, pita quarters, and toasted bread things all piled into the dish, waiting for the hummus. I'll carry the hummus separately and add it at the park.
My arm is still hurting. I took some aleve. We'll see if it kicks in.
I did the social thing at Cuesta Park. I mingled, sort of. I watched. I ate. And I even played games. Madeline handed me an egg and told me to find a partner and I actually did. We played egg toss, then did the orange between the knees thing. The water balloons never made it as far as a game because the little boys in the vicinity couldn't get the concept of waiting.
I could have used Joey today. He would have fit in with these little doll boys very well, and they could have played together. I think he would have enjoyed it a lot. And we could have gone a little hike together, too, if he wanted.
None of the people I have become friends with were at the picnic. No Dorothy, Phyllis, Linda, Mary, not even Marnie. All altos, of course. I talked a little but not much with those who were there. Awkward for me. It is always awkward to attend this kind of thing alone.
I just finished putting together a shelf that goes over the toilet. Chrome, wire shelves. It was inexpensive and it's simple, clean-looking, and it should do the job. I don't know if I will bring it in and start loading it yet, though. I am going to leave soon for Cambria with my loaded camera. I am going to use the "spotlight" setting this time, for better color. And hope the sound doesn't cut out *at all*. But all I can do is hope. I have no idea what made it do that.
Well, I don't know how the taping went tonight, except that the camera got bumped twice. A couple of the actors goofed in odd ways. It may be better to use last night's version for those segments. I have been thinking how to do it, how to meld the sections, considering that there are only two acts and there is always someone on stage.
I think I should get a portable hard drive for this work. So I can work on the video more than one day in a row at UNLV, maybe find computers at Cuesta, too, that have video editors on them.
Dwain wasn't there either last night or tonight. It's funny that I see this as almost an affront. Well, more, I think about him being with Dawn instead and that still hurts. Stupid. REally stupid. But it's just a passing thing.
This week's New Times has several promising personal ads. I think I'll actually answer some of them.