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This summer is awesome!

Or maybe it's just the past week or so.I went to New Orleans the weekend before last to meet with some awesome fandom ladies. I'd never been there and was just looking for an excuse to go, but as excuses go, it was pretty great. I was the newbie of the bunch, but people are just so nice, you know? The non-fandom highlight was the EARLY Saturday morning Running of the Bulls which took place right outside our hotel. There were thousands of people dressed in white with red sashes, meandering down the street — most with drinks in hand — chased by roller derby queens with horned helmets, who would whack people on the butt with plastic bats whenever they caught them. Some people enjoyed that part quite a bit, it seemed. There were also some Elvises (Elvi?) riding around on sccooters, but I never quite figured out what they were supposed to represent. Ah well, there are always mysteries in life.

The food was good, of course — beignets! turtle soup! gumbo! poboys! — and the afternoon thundershowers very atmospheric. I/we took some tours, which gave me a general overview of the town and its fascinating history. There were nice dinners, cemetery tours, and ghost stories — one in particular grabbed me, based on the actual historical person grandiosely named the Count of St. Germaine. In the NOLA version of the story he is transformed into a vampire in properly creepy fashion. The "actual" story is just as interesting, though, and has been inserted into lots and lots of fictional tales over the years, unbeknownst to me. Barb [personal profile] rahirah knew all about it, though. James Marsters even played a version of him in Warehouse 13! The "Count" was an extremely talented linguist (ha!), musician, raconteur and fraud, but nobody could ever figure out what he was hiding. He even impressed Casanova with his fancy verbal footwork, apparently. Anyhoo, new research project aside, next time I go to NOLA, I'll drag MiAmor along and we'll do a bit more on the music side of things.

But life is not without music back here at home! Last night some friends, Virginia Dare, had a record release show at the Makeout Room. It was very fun, though most of their songs are atmospheric and swoony, rather than headbangers. Link to their new album on Bandcamp: Message from the Watery Machine

But that's not all! I won $10 tickets to HAMILTON in their online lottery! I'd been trying, off and on but mostly on, since the show opened in San Francisco in March, but my number came up for last Saturday night. Oddly, another woman I know also won tickets for the same performance, and my neighbor reports that he won tickets for tomorrow night! Anyway, it was amazing*. We got front row, center seats, which MiAmor likes to call the "nose hair" seats. Heh. It is a breathtaking, non-stop, kinetic performance. If you're familiar with the soundtrack, you've heard all but a minute or so of the show. Benefits of sitting right up front include getting flower petals thrown on you during the wedding scene, and maybe caging a wink from that rake, Thomas Jefferson. (I'll never tell.) After it was all over, I felt like I'd been running sprints, so I can only imagine how it is for the performers. MiAmor was so keyed up afterward that he did some arts and crafts to commemorate the experience:

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See the petal?

Other good things: my friend with dementia is doing well in his new digs, and we got all his doctor's appointments and court appearances done last month, so I'm taking this month off from all that. I'll be up there again next month for the TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN! Saying that always makes me feel like Warren Beatty, or at least like Carly Simon. Also, I slid down some stone stairs at Inveraray Castle in Scotland last fall, and my hip/knee as been a bit wonky ever since. Before heading to NOLA, I visited my friendly neighborhood chiropractor, and all is well again! It's a miracle! Why did I wait so long?

So, I'm having a good summer and I hope you are, too!

*Because my inner critic never entirely stops, I would say that our Hamiliton (the understudy) was not the most thrilling. Burr, Washington, and the Schuyler sisters (two of which were also understudies) were fantastic! King George couldn't miss, of course, and Lafayette/Jefferson was excellent as Jefferson, but only pretty good as Lafayette. I will always regret not seeing Daveed Diggs in the role, but jeez, seeing it at all makes me one incredibly lucky gal. Oh, and the orchestra was great. One of my favorite memories is standing at the pit and watching the violinists laughing and playing the "outro" with verve.

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teragramm
Jul. 17th, 2017 11:00 pm (UTC)
I have been doing the Hamilton lottery on an off for close to a year and never won. So, lucky you!

It seems everyone had a good time in NOLA. I hope we here in the north east will be able to have a get together as per nauti's suggestion.
rebcake
Jul. 18th, 2017 12:46 am (UTC)
Well, since the touring version is headed down to LA next month, there wasn't as much of a window as in your neck o'the woods. Keep trying!

You definitely should get together over there. Preferrably when I can come, too! I do have a sister in Brooklyn, after all.
ceciliaj
Jul. 18th, 2017 01:50 am (UTC)
Alexander Hamilton!!! We are waiting in the wings for you!
rebcake
Jul. 18th, 2017 03:02 am (UTC)
I kept looking for a "Rise Up!" coffee mug, but had to settle for the "Wait for it" version. I figured I should buy plenty of merch, since the tickets were so ridiculously affordable.

Oooh, at the first "Alexander Hamilton", they have to stop everything for awhile until the crowd can calm itself. Same with "Immigrants: we get the job done." Magnifique!

Edited at 2017-07-18 06:24 am (UTC)
thenewbuzwuzz
Jul. 18th, 2017 02:43 am (UTC)
Ooh, what a lot of nice things. That's wonderful! :)
I'd only ever heard about the Count of St. Germaine from "Foucault's Pendulum". Those legends ought to be fun, yes!
rebcake
Jul. 18th, 2017 03:09 am (UTC)
You know 100% more than I did! I think I'm going to enjoy reading up on this guy. Oh! Also, MiAmor came up with a great Spuffy Roller Derby AU idea: Slayers vs. Vampires!
petzipellepingo
Jul. 18th, 2017 07:09 am (UTC)
There's a whole series of books about Count St. Germaine as a vampire.

And glad to hear you're having a wonderful Summer.
rebcake
Jul. 18th, 2017 02:37 pm (UTC)
Yes, I think those are the ones Barb was talking about. The guide was trying to sell the idea that he was the inspiration for Rice's Lestat, but Barb was having none of it. ;-)
snogged
Jul. 18th, 2017 12:21 pm (UTC)
The Running of the Bulls sounds entertaining. LOL.

I'm jealous that you got to see Hamilton. I would love a chance to see that show!
rebcake
Jul. 18th, 2017 02:43 pm (UTC)
The Running of the Bulls was pretty much a hoot, extended by the fact that all the participants were wandering around town the rest of the day, playing tourist with us.

I'm not sure where you are, but the show is touring around. Our version is headed to LA next month. I did try to buy tickets when they went on sale, but the only options were over $500 per ticket, so I decided to take my chances with the lottery, and chance was with me!
double_dutchess
Jul. 19th, 2017 10:06 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you're having such a good summer! I'd love to visit New Orleans one day too.
rebcake
Jul. 20th, 2017 03:54 am (UTC)
I recommend! Although perhaps not in July...

Other good things: Buffy Season 11 and and the new Doctor. I know she can defeat hostile alien invaders, because I saw "Attack the Block". *nods*
double_dutchess
Jul. 21st, 2017 10:49 pm (UTC)
I'm enjoying S11 a lot too. And I don't know anything about the new Doctor, but I'm very happy with her anyway!
velvetwhip
Sep. 25th, 2017 06:52 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday to you!


Gabrielle
rebcake
Sep. 25th, 2017 07:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And welcome back, fellow human!
velvetwhip
Sep. 25th, 2017 11:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It's nice to be back.


Gabrielle
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