Happy Opening Day, Everybody!

It’s Opening Day!!  Today starts the 2019 Major League Baseball Season!

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As my friend Aaron texted me this morning, “HAPPY NEW YEAR!”

This is one of my favorite holidays of the year.  The first pitch of the season is scheduled for 1:05pm, and there are a couple of games starting then: The Mets -vs- The Nationals, and Baltimore -vs- The Yankees.  Our home town team (and my favorite) The Tigers have first pitch scheduled for 3:37 today, playing in Toronto.  They’ll play 4 games there, then go to New York to play the Yankees for 3 games, and then the Tigers have their Home Opener on April 4th, at 1:10pm.


Here’s a link to a fun OPENING DAY GUIDE from MLB.

And, because this is great, here’s a very fun announcement from the Tigers about their Opening Day Lineup.  Turn up your volume for this, it’s a terrific homage to all the video baseball games we played back in the day!

Happy Opening Day, y’all!  The Tigers are in a rebuilding mode this season, so most folks think it’s a long shot for them to contend for a spot in the playoffs, but there’s always a chance!  AND – it should be a fun team to watch, no matter what!



*note – none of these images are mine, they’re all borrowed from the internet!
**Go watch some baseball today.  Or turn on the radio and listen to Dan Dickerson announce the Tigers game!

Tuesday – just for fun

I finally broke down and put one of those “stick figure families” on the rear window of my car…

20120828-133216.jpgYep, they’re zombies.

At the gas station yesterday, a couple on a motorcycle were also filling up their tank and they commented on the zombie family and how much they loved them, and it got me realizing that in the last few months I’ve gone from having no stickers or anything on my car at all to suddenly having 4.

Here are the others:
I’m an Apple fan…


20120828-133458.jpg and we just got these to sell or give out to subscribers this season at Williamston Theatre!

And after my donation, I got this nice magnet to get us through election season:


Happy Tuesday everyone! I don’t know how YOU’RE spending it, but I’m starting rehearsals for boom, and I’m very excited!

Wednesday Pic Post!

Random images from a week in the life of a Dad, Artistic Director, husband, geek, etc…

A cool image of Alex Gay and Chris Purchis at Williamston Theatre, on the set for The Understudy. The set makes it look like we’ve expanded and added an entire theatre of seats upstage! 🙂

Tonight the Detroit Tigers had some VERY special guests watching their game. Sadly, all the reactions were the same when Prince Fielder threw the ball into the ground, instead of to home plate:

In news not nearly as sad as the record of the Tigers, my family has a new board game that’s a ton of fun: Ticket To Ride!
The game is easy to learn, and a ton of fun. If you’re a family who plays games together, and your kids are 12 or over, give it a shot, you’ll love it!

I’m not one of those people who post pictures of all their food all the time, but I have to say that I’ve been trying to eat healthier as I prep for the Warrior Dash in July (and, y’know, trying not to be chubby in general!), and this Chicken Caesar salad from Tavern 109 in Williamston was awesome! It looked so good I had to take a picture, and then it lived up to expectations. Come to Williamston – we have good theatre, and good restaurants!

Lastly, it’s been a long week, full of the normal challenges of anyone working to keep a business open and prospering in this economy. I saw this picture on a friends Facebook page, and had to share it, because it fit so nicely with the week and was a nice reminder of how to tackle running a theatre:

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Random Good Things

When I looked at my calendar in December and predicted “Man, April and May are going to be a nightmare!”, well… it turns out my predictive powers are dead-on accurate!  That’s a good thing, right?!  #HappyToBeworking #CoffeeIsMyFriend

The phones are ringing off the hook for the last two weeks of The Usual at Williamston Theatre!

Rehearsals for Ernie are going well! 

The Detroit Tigers are 4-1 so far this season.  I like it! 

This video definitely counts as a good thing.  Reminds me of my son!

Pic Post Sunday: Celebrating Life!

Random pics from a Dad, director, baseball fan, celebrating some good things on this beautiful Sunday!

Today, we had a great Easter! The kids had a great time hunting baskets and eggs this morning, the Easter Bunny did a nice job hiding things this year!

Speaking of Easter – Maggie and I spent Easter afternoon at the ballpark! 🙂

And… speaking of baseball…

I’m happy to be in rehearsals for the remount of Ernie at the City Theatre in Detroit.

This weekend, we had a great time visiting our friends Crystal and Steve, and I had to take a picture of these desserts that we made. Crystal did all the prep, making the mousse and homemade whipped cream and slicing the fruit, but Steve and I were given the task of putting them together – and this is what they looked like! Chocolate coffee mousse, lots of fresh fruit, shaved chocolate… oh man, now I want another one. Or 7.

Lastly… I worked with a great stage manager, Sam, this weekend on a project in NYC, and she came in with this shirt that made us all laugh, and I had to share it. (Warning – yes, this is a little risque. Skip it if that’s not your thing, but this type of humor is exactly my thing… and I suppose if you’re a regular reader of this journal, you already know that!)

Have a great week, folks, and whatever you’re doing this week, have fun doing it.

Pic Post Wednesday: The Usual, Zombies in Space, Rhizopus

Rehearsals for The Usual are going well, we’re having a great time putting it together.  The production team is doing some great work too!  Here are a few shots:

So this would be your basic 8-bit fireball…

I learned a word this week… the Scrabble app for iPad has a fun “teacher” feature, so after you play a turn, it says “Wrong.  You got a few points, but if you had a brain you would’ve done THIS!” and then it shows you how dumb you are.  Apparently it didn’t like my 48 point word (“sizer”, on a triple word score), because “Rhizopuses” would’ve been 99 points. 

Rhizopuses:  plural of Rhizopus – a bread mold, any zygomycetous fungus of the genus Rhizopus.  

And now we know.  And knowing is half the battle.

Lastly, just for fun – this comes from Geek Alert, and it’s got Star Trek and zombies… so how could I not post it?  Check out their link if you’d like to buy it!

“Star Trek III was an excellent movie, but it would have been completely different if zombies were involved. Would it be better or worse? Most certainly better. Zombies make everything better. Now you can imagine how a zombie Star Trek III might have been with this “Star Trap III The Living Dead Search For Spock” Poster.

And another Wednesday has come and gone.

Tuesday’s Miscellaneous Goodness…

There’s a terrific article, all about the Williamston Theatre, that was recently published by the Livingston Post. Written by Susan Parcheta, it says a whole bunch of nice things about us!

Check it out here: “Williamston Theatre Amazes”

This fake movie trailer from Jimmy Kimmel is hilarious, and has a ton of stars enjoying being ridiculous!

“Academy Award Winner Helen Mirren.  In a hovercraft.”

In other Tuesday news, my friend and colleague Joseph Zettelmaier is featured in the March edition of American Theatre!  A nice 4 page article about him as a playwright, and it discusses the production of Dead Man’s Shoes that we just ran at Williamston Theatre.  There’s no online version yet, but here’s a picture of the cover with his name!  Nice publicity for a great writer and a great guy.

And today’s last Tuesday tidbit – we’re in rehearsals now for The Usual: A Musical Love Story, and it’s a ton of fun. I did some recording of the cast going through some of the music, and maybe I’ll try and post a snippet of it sometime this week… in the meantime, here’s a shot of more research we’ve been doing for the show…

No, seriously, the way the taps attach to the wall, how they look, the various types of tap handles you can get.  I’ll post pics of the final version from the set in a few weeks!


Pic Post Wednesday

First, since it’s Ash Wednesday, I’ll start with a couple of fun things relating to that:

This made me laugh.  (In a related note, THIS IS HERE ALSO.)


I made this on the fun iPad app Skitch, because, well, it also made me laugh!


Last night was first rehearsal for The Usual, at Williamston Theatre.  This isn’t a great pic, but I forgot to take more!  You can see, in the theatre seats, a couple of our Production Assistants (who will also appear as chorus in this show) – Carolyne and Brandon.  Also Dana Brazil the choreographer, Alex our apprentice, and Chris Purchis (WT Managing Director.)  Onstage left to right are Stef Din (Stage Manager) and the cast: Joe Zettelmaier, Emily Sutton-Smith and Leslie Hull.


I mentioned a while back that Max was building a trebuchet for Science Olympiad.   His regional meet has come and gone, and today we did some modifications to the trebuchet, and he’ll start charting the distances and weights again!  Here we are in the school gym experimenting this evening before dinner!

And, because it’s fun, here’s a video of the first test fire where, thanks to the improvements we made, it works even better than we predicted!

Darn, now that I’ve listened to the video, it’s hard to hear Max explain it.  He says “Okay, this is a 2 kilogram counterweight and a 38 gram projectile on an awesomely modified trebuchet!  3-2-1 Launch!”

And another Wednesday has passed!

Pic Post Wednesday


Last week I posted the preliminary sketch of the set for THE USUAL, which we’ll start rehearsals for next week.  Here’s the White Model of the set.  This process is another step in refining what we want the thing to be.  Later come the final versions, groundplans, paint elevations, etc…

I posted this on Facebook, after seeing it shared by several folks, but I’m still laughing at it, so here it is! 


Maggie said “Dad, in health class we learned that, for men, two glasses of wine every couple of nights can be healthy for your heart!”

Now I just have to find the two biggest glasses in the house…

So, Sci-fi fans, THIS is coming:

Doing research for The Usual, I came across these, which I love.  Don’t know who made them, but for anyone who played early video games, they’re fun!  Anyone up for a little Legend of Zelda in the real world? 

Or (for you early arcade fans), Duck Hunt?!

And another Wednesday comes to a close!