A Day With Judy

So many negative things have been going on this week that I needed to get outside of the social media bubble and go back to a simpler style of entertainment.  Before the world of the internet if you were not reading something or going to the theater you could find enjoyment in film.  I love movies.  Nothing compares to live theater but a close second to me is a nice old musical.

I’m not really sure where I came from in my family.  None of my other families members enjoyed the same things that I did. When I started college Netflix became a thing.  This was the absolute best thing for me because I could get my hands on the wonderful films I was so interested in.  There were so many I had heard of but never seen and I loved them all.  The more I watched the more I fell in love with Judy Garland.  She may be the most amazing entertainer ever….at least in my book.  For my birthday Terry bought me a TCM Judy Garland collection.  I decided today was the kind of day that needed to be spent with Judy.

Annex - Kelly, Gene (For Me and My Gal)_01The first one I started with was called For Me and My Gal.  I was absolutely delighted when I realized that Gene Kelly was in this movie.  In fact this was the first movie he was ever in.  This may very well end up being my favorite one from the group.  Its the kind of movie that makes you want to fall in love.  Its the kind of movie that makes you want to get kissed like those that only happen in movies of the Golden Era.  I just want to dance with Gene Kelly.  I just adored the line “why didn’t you tell me I was in love you?”

3155eef1950c8a334f0b25b4103f9a41The next one I got to was called the Harvey Girls.  It was based on the real story of women that worked at Fred Harvey restaurants along the railway.  These ladies brought about charm and civility to towns that were just forming.  Judy started off this movie as a mail order bride going to meet her beau.  When it turns out neither one of them like each other enough to get married she becomes a Harvey Girl.  They had some very catchy tunes in this one.  My favorite part though was surprisingly not Judy in this one.  A young and amazingly beautiful Angela Lansbury was a saloon girl and she was stunning.  This one also had those great kisses that leave the women weak at the knees.

garland-kelly_optThe next on my list was wonderfully another one with Gene Kelly.  This one had some really great dancing and a fun story.  I especially loved one of the scenes with Gene on the stage by himself where he uses a creaky floor board and a newspaper to do a lovely tap dance.  This one did make me a little sad though.  Judy didn’t seem herself as much in this one.  I went on to read that this was her last film with MGM because they fired her.  She was at the height of her addiction and stopped showing up to work.  This just breaks my heart.  Just think if things had been different what a great talent we would have had for so much longer.

In_the_Good_Old_Summertime_6820192My last one for the day and one that I’ve seen several times is called the Good Old Summertime.  This is one of my favorite stories.  It started out as the Shop Around the Corner.  Then it was turned into this movie musical.  Its also a Broadway show called She Loves Me and most recently another movie called You’ve Got Mail.  I’ve loved this story since the first time I saw The Shop Around the Corner.  I’ll have to write another post someday about how it influenced one of my favorite gifts I ever gave to my husband.  This time the shop is a music store so it gives you lots of chances to hear Judy sing.  And oddly enough just like the first movie it contains the line “We didn’t you tell me I was in love with you?”

A morning with Randi bowling and a day with Judy made for a good day for me.  I pray that things will change for the better for everyone soon.  Until then all I can do is pray for all those hurting right now.

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Idiot Report

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Next week I will start a new theater journey.  I will be moving from my comfort zone in the U High auditorium to the big leagues of Theater Baton Rouge.  I know this may sound silly but I’m slightly terrified.  I have plenty of experience running a rehearsal.  I’ve done as much as one can do in the theater without having any formal training so it really won’t be that bad but I’m still scared.  Is it the fear of the unknown?  Is it the fact that I have to learn to sink or swim?  Is it the fact that when I’m on book I’ll have to be reading lots of expletives and somehow I know my Mawmaw will find out?  Who knows really.

I am excited about this show though.  With the exception of the Little Mermaid I’ve only ever done things backstage.  Its been over 2 years since I’ve been able to be a part of a production staff or tech crew.  Its hard work.  Most people don’t realize how much has to happen behind the curtain for the magic on stage to work.  But this is work that I enjoy doing.  Just to say you helped with the creative process and worked with people to get an amazing end product is so rewarding.

So next week will officially start my new blog series titled the Idiot Report.  I’m excited to share what working on the other side will be like, the different relationships I will form this time around and how things work in a different theater space.  Thank goodness I don’t hate em cause its about to be Green Day all day everyday!

 

Pack up + Go

Today one of my co-workers was telling us about an article she read about a start up company called Pack Up + Go.  It sounded so awesome I had to look it up myself.

This company provides something similar to what a travel agent could do but so much better.  Its all a SURPRISE!  That’s right you book with them and you don’t get to find out where you are going until the day it happens.  The company plans 3 day/2 night trips all across the US.  You can choose a budget and whether you want to travel by air or road trip.  Then you fill out an extensive survey to help them plan for you.

You can book packages as inexpensive at $350 per person for a road trip and $450 for flying.  Transportation and lodging are the only things included in the price so you do need to save up for food and activities but they give you a map with awesome suggestions of places to eat, things to see, and things to do.
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I just think this sounds so great.  The worst part of a trip to me is the planning….unless its Disney World.  I always want to  try new things but I get nervous not knowing about new places.  The cool thing about this site is that they have people in all of the places they send you to that can vouch for the places they suggest.  They also like to send you to interesting places off the beaten path which sounds much better than a Holiday Inn on the main highway somewhere.  Plus I would love someone to send me to a place where you would never think to go.  Another cool thing about it is that you only need 3 weeks advance notice to plan.  So if you decided at the beginning of the month you want to do something you can be on a plane by the end.  Check out this article which is much better at detailing the experience than me.  Also go check out their website, Pack Up + Go and their Facebook page, Pack Up Go Facebook, to read testimonials from travels and see pictures from their adventures.
This may just be the ticket for our next wedding anniversary.