Saturday, July 26, 2008

Giant Bugs in Heaven?

Giant Moths. Giant Spiders. Starbucks-challenged. Overabundance of Oatmeal Cream Pies. Mullet-laden deer...

Welcome to Kentucky.

I'm a little irritated right now. It partly has to do with Kentucky, but it mostly has to do with my mac... I think. See, right now I'm typing on someone's brand new mac in our house. For some reason, the airport on my macbook pro isn't picking up this wireless signal. The borrowed mac (a simple but new MacBook) somehow has a power that my mac (a sleek but older PowerMac) has not. But see, folks, that is the mental quagmire that Kentucky offers on a daily basis. Prestonsburg is simultaneously modern and primeval. It is turvy topsy in very odd ways. For instance, there are highschools here with daycare. Not because there is a high level of premarital sex, nay, because girls are still getting married in these here parts at 15 and 16. And when they turn 16 they drive their very nice cars to school with little bubba all strapped in behind mom-the-cheerleader and dad the Class-president. That, my friends, is a time warp problem. Through it all, the people are quite possibly the friendliest people on the face of the earth, which leads me to wonder.. maybe everyone else has it backwards.

Yesterday, I was driving behind a fairly new Maxima. However, in proper Kentucky style, the car, albeit new, was missing a taillight, with no other sign of a fender-bender accident, and hanging out the left window was a large dog and a small wiener dog licking at the wind in pure K-9 bliss. Plastered below the taillights on the bumper was an assortment of bumperstickers proclaiming allegiance to Bill Clinton. It was a fast car, but it was moving at a molasses speed. Yes, it is a democratic town yet it is also a tad bit racist. (Tad=a bunch, btw) So see, it is a topsy turvy place, so to speak - a Willy Wonka state that can could cause any good ole' Texas/New-York boy to knaw off his toe in the heat of the night.

However, it is pretty. And, my wife playing the living heck out of all her roles. If you are in the area, I would highly suggest visit the Jenny Wily Theater and seeing a triple-feature. Despite the Twilight Zone-factor, this trip has been on of the most rewarding experiences of my lifed.

There will be much more to tell. Much, much more. Wiener dogs hanging out the window is simply a small ornament dangling off of the Kentucky Kwanzaa tree.

Stay tuned. It might be a few weeks, but I'll be back in the swing of things soon.

I miss NYC, really, really, really bad. I can't help it. I really just like that place, a whole heck of a bunch. Is it wrong to like living somewhere so much? I'm not sure it is. I mean, we've been taught our whole lives that heaven is our real home, and not to get to comfy and such... but that seems to go against our whole nature, not to mention Genesis and Jesus' message of the "The Kingdom is Here." What if THIS is heaven, or future heaven? What if THIS (a fractured version of the old and future earth) is our future home. Yes Earth, a new and improved Earth, is our future. Yes, I believe that someday, when all things are new, Earth will be our home. And something about that makes me happy. More than that, it makes sense.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Still Kickin'

Hello folks. Been a while. Sheesh. I've got a few minutes here so I thought I drop in and let everyone know that we are still at it. Despite all of our apartment shenanigans, (will the Pandora's box of apartment torture ever end for the Wards?) we are having a good time. Amber is just kicking serious butt as Dorothy in Wizard of Oz and as Darlene in Honky Tonk Angels. And, as of yesterday, it looks like she will be playing Morales in Chorus Line as well. The girl who plays Morales (Jennifer, an incredible dancer) injured her knee in the big Jitterbug number in Wizard. Amber was her understudy. The whole scene backstage was just like that scene in the Chorus Line with Danny hurts his knee. It was horribly sad and scary. We are praying for a quick recovery, but sadly, she might just be out for the season. I was very worried about something like that because it is such a huge part, (dancing is I.N.T.E.N.S.E...) but once again... my amazing wife rose to the challenge and dove in off-book. For me, that moment was worth every bit of the sewage and piss-carpet that we had to endure for the past month in our apartment. (More on that later. A big thanks to the incredible Francis family for rescuing us from Poo-motel!!!!)

The cast here is so incredibly talented and nice. They just welcomed Amber into the fold of Chorus Line and were so helpful with the the bazillion steps.

Sooooo, Ward-friends, if you were planning to come, now you have THREE reasons to come. Amber gets to sing a great tune in the middle, dance a bunch and then sing that awesome song at the end, "What I Did for Love..." Do I sound proud? I don't know... maybe just a tad. Plus the rest of the cast is just awesome too. They will all have great careers, no doubt about it.

I have butt-loads to tell. Mucho buttloads. Good lord. Next week the shows will all be open and I'll have a little time to do a little blogging and more writing.

It feels good to write a little. My Lord do I miss writing. There are a couple of Editors at the humongo publishing houses right now reading my Novel write now so keep your fingers crossed for me, would ya?

Peace out little chillin'. Happy Fourth of July, and eat lots of Freedom Fries.

(The first pic is just one of Prestonsburg. The second is one I snapped of a Chorus Line rehearsal.)