So I had a good weekend. The plan for the weekend was to see “Wicked” in Houston on Friday, visit Vickie and Mae-Mae (sp?) (some kids that David homeschooled a while ago) on Saturday, and go to the Renaissance Festival on Sunday. Mission accomplished!
Friday – Unfortunately the show was at 8:00 so we decided to leave Austin by 3:30 to make sure we got there on time (and we could meet up with abstractseaweed and Leigh Ann and carpool). This meant I had to leave work at 3, which would have maybe been OK except that I was kinda in the middle of debugging something important with someone else and I had to ‘fess up I was leaving early, at which he was not terribly pleased. (the good news is that the problem turned out to be nothing) Anyway, so djedi and wildrice13 and I drove down there, and all was going well until we stopped on 290 for an hour and 15 minutes (there was apparently an accident a few miles ahead). So we turned off the car, switched drivers, got out, etc. Which was OK, except now we were worried about making the show. After traffic started moving again, I was driving as fast as I could while still being safe. We stopped at Wendy’s to grab dinner and eat it on the way. Note to self: if you have to eat in the car while driving, don’t get a hamburger! Get chicken nuggets or something.
Anyway, we made it to the show skipping both of our planned stops (abstractseaweed ended up not coming) and made it with 10 minutes to spare. The show was quite good – djedi and I had only listened to the soundtrack, so we had a basic idea of the story, but we missed a lot of important points!
– Who Nessa was – she’s referenced in a few songs, but she turns out to be pretty important.
– Elphaba’s mother cheated on her father, not the other way around. In retrospect, this should have been painfully obvious.
– The bit in “Dancing Through Life” where Glinda tells Elphaba that she and this hat “deserve each other”. Hah!
– Boq is pretty mean/evil, it turns out.
– Glinda and Elphaba are friends at the end.
– The ending is actually surprisingly happy from what I expected. It was a little too happy for me at first, but I guess it’s OK.
Anyway, the singing was top-notch (although there was a time or two where there should have been a “moment” between the singers and the orchestra that was a little out of sync) – even the random chorus members had fabulous voices. I really liked the “As Long As You’re Mine” song between Elphaba and Fiero…they both had especially nice voices. The lighting was very well done – lots of colors and patterns and whatnot to really set the mood of particular scenes.
Anyway, enough about that. It was very good, and I was reminded that I should get into more musicals (and thanks to onefishclappin for giving the “Wicked” soundtrack to djedi 🙂 )
Saturday – We slept late and watched “Eulogy”, which was pretty good although a bit weird. We then met Vickie and Mae-Mae at the Cheesecake Factory in Sugarland – unfortunately I had eaten a lot at lunch so I wasn’t too hungry, but still managed to split a piece of cheesecake with djedi. Mmm! Anyway, they’re cute kids, and I got a couple pictures that I’ll put up sometime this week.
Sunday – Went to church, picked up wildrice13 and headed out to the Renaissance Festival, which is a good hour and a half away from Houston. By the time we got there we were starving for lunch, so we ate, saw a few shows (including the Ded Bob Show, always a classic) and walked around a lot. Unfortunately, it was very warm, so we left a little early and headed back to Austin.
That’s about it. I wrote a baseball Win Expectancy grapher that uses the probabilities from my Win Expectancy finder, so I’m probably about done with that project for now.