Monday, May 05, 2008

Catching Up Stuff

Palette of Putty
As most of you who read this know, I do "Extra" work on movies. Lately, thanks to our state's legislature, we have a lot of movies in production here in Massachusetts. Last year , I worked four times on movies. So far, I have worked on 4 movies in the last 3 months. When you work as a "Background Artist" you need to have a wardrobe that has a lot of muted colors;grays, browns blues, stuff that will get absorbed into the back ground. Next time you're watching a movie, look behind Kate Winslett at the mall and see if anybody pops out to you wearing yellow or neon green. You're probably not going to see it. I worked on the Ricky Gervais film last week and I never got "established", meaning I was too far in the background before they moved me to put a light where I was standing. I was wearing a brown jacket, brown pants , brown shoes and a muted purple (almost gray) shirt. I was on set 2 days and they never used me. Oh well, I'll always have putty. . . .
Closing Up Titty Park
Last week, I was working the booth and we were pretty busy all day. Near the end of the day I had a couple from Arkansas asking me questions. They were about my age, well dressed, maybe affluent or retired. They were asking questions and not really giving me enough time to respond to the one question before they started asking the next question. It was a getting a little hectic , they were good natured but it got a little hectic. They wanted to know about the Red Sox and the Celtics. I think there may have been a playoff game that night . The Celts play at TD BankNorth Garden. The Sox play at Fenway Park. There was a lot of banter. There was a Park Ranger standing behind because a Ranger needs to spend some part of the day visible in the canter, so , that's why he was there. Anyhow, one thing led to another and the husband asked me "What time does Titty park close ? " I'm Like "Excuse me ?" " How do I get to Titty park ? What time does it close ?" Me " I'm sorry sir ? What are you asking me ? " I can hear the Ranger behind me trying not to laugh. His eyes were popping out of his head from the strain. The husband was getting a little exasperated with me , thinking I'm making fun of his Arkansas accent "Titty Park ? Where the Celtics play ? Can I go there before the game ? " "Ohhhhh ! TD BankNorth Garden !!!! Yes, sir, you can ." They left and we laughed. The Ranger had to go and finish his rounds , but he didn't want to close "Titty Park".
A Night at the ER
Last Thursday, I was supposed to go see a play with my best friend and her husband. I went to the half-price ticket booth on my lunch hour. We were going to meet for dinner before the play. On the way to meet them, I got a message , the phone didn't ring , it just signaled that I had a message. It was my Mother " Dottie, I fell and there is a lot of blood can you come get me ? Oh , she's not answering the phone" and then she hung up . I called back , no answer. I called my brother and left a message for him. I'm a little panicky because she hasn't indicated where she is . I don't know who she was complaining about me to. Mostly , I don't know where she is or what happened. I called her back and left another message "Mum, I don't know where you are. Are you ok ? Call me back please." I called my brother again and told him Mum wasn't answering her cell phone. I got to the meeting place and waited. I waited for Mum to call me back and I waited for my friend and her husband to get there and I was also waiting to hear from my Brother. It was only about 5 or 10 minutes but it seemed like a long time. My Mother finally called me back. Her client's daughter had driven her home but that someone had to get her car and she wanted to go to the hospital to get checked out anyway. They got a new cat and Mum had picked up the cat . The cat didn't want to be picked up and she jumped out of Mum's arms and that threw Mum's balance and she fell onto the threshold and hit her head and her bum. She never lost consiousness she was just worried about the blood . She was shook up .
My friend showed up , I handed off the tickets. My brother called and I got him up to date and I headed home. My brother got home right before me. My Mother had an ice pack on her head and she was sitting up . She had a lot of blood on her head and some blood on her shirt. We went up to the hospital . We no longer have a hospital in the town of Arlington, I had to take her 2 towns over to Burlington. It's really only about a 15 minute ride. We got there around 7:45. We left there at 1:30 in the morning. Everybody was very nice and professional but nothing can happen in a linear fashion. Some one takes your information and then you go sit in the waiting room for 45 mintes. Then someone else does an intake and you wait another 45 minutes. She had a CAT scan and a pelvic X-Ray. She saw 2 doctors and 3 different nurses who all examined her. She's okay, but it was a long night. When the doctor said she could go home , we had her dressed in 5 minutes flat but we had to wait for somebody to give us discharge orders, that was another 45 minutes. She was laying on the hospital bed fully dressed with her bloody hat, shoes jacket and clutching her purse to her chest , waiting. We got the papers but we were so tired, we didn't read them until last night. I was supposed to wake her every 2 hours to make sure she was coherent. Too late ! She seems to be okay now. It was a long night.
In Conclusion
So . ... that's what's been going on. I was pretty busy all of last week. I did the door at the Comedy Studio Friday & Saturday night. The Walsh Brothers and James Patterson are in town. I worked at the booth yesterday and then finished the day working at one of the Convention Centers, yesterday was a long and tough day . I think I have "CFM" Chronic Floating Mysanthropy. I'm still tired and I would love to take the day off. I've done 2 loads of laundry so far today. I need to get the day staretd, but I wanted to get the blog updated. I hope you have a good day today. See ya


Blogger Far From Braintree said...

Oh,Dot,sorry about your mothers head injury. (I'm late in reading your catch up. There's probably more everday.

Friday, May 16, 2008 9:09:00 AM  

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