Man, it's been a dog's age since posted anything here. So what have I been up to, you may ask?
- I auditioned for and was accepted into the Madison Summer Choir. The Summer Choir is a University of Wisconsin student organization, but they it was open to non-students as well. (As are most other UW-Madison student choirs, though most of them rehearse during the day, making it difficult for non-students to participate.) We rehearsed twice a week starting at the end of May, and performed at the end of June. Our major work was the Saint-Saens Requiem, and we did several other shorter anthems as well. It's been quite some time since I'd performed with an large auditioned ensemble, and it was just as fun as I remembered.
- I went to San Diego to visit boliver over the 4th of July weekend. In the interest of maximizing the amount of time I had to spend on the cost, I left Madison at 5:15 AM on July 2, arriving at SAN a little after 10:00 AM, and flew home at 10:45 PM on July 4. Not only did this maximize the amount of time I had to spend with boliver, it also saved me about $300. Can't complain about that.
While in San Diego, boliver and I strove to maintain a balance between fun touristy activities and mindless vegging. In the former category, we visited the Museum of Photographic Art at the Botanical Building in Balboa Park; the San Diego Zoo Safari Park with astrablue and her young man (well, we didn't really go there with them; they drove down from LA and met us there); and the Maritime Museum of San Diego, where we toured an old submarine, a couple of tall ships, and some other vessels. We also watched some movies: Inception, which I had not seen before; Scott Pilgrim v. the World, which neither of us had seen and which I enjoyed very much (boliver, not so much); and Bridesmaids, which we saw for free courtesy some passes and gift cards my brother gave me a couple Christmases ago. We also watched the 4th of July fireworks over San Diego Harbor--another advantage of leaving so late on Monday.
- Speaking of movies, I've been seeing more of them than I have in several years, thanks in no small part to the second-run theater here in Madison. Since my last post, I saw (in no particular order) Cedar Rapids, Win Win, Rango, Thor, X-Men: First Class, The Lincoln Lawyer, and The King's Speech. And possibly some others I've forgotten. I think that's more movies than I saw in the theater all last year.
- I was elected to and installed as a member of my church's Board of Deacons. I served as an Elder in my last church, but being a Deacon is a new experience for me.
- I went to a couple of baseball games, a Madison Mallards (our local summer college league team) game with some folks from my church, and a Milwaukee Brewers game with some of my coworkers. The latter was notable for a couple of reasons. First, it was the first major league ballgame I'd been to in at least a decade. Second, I got to see them close the retractable roof during the game, which I thought was pretty neat. Third, it was an interleague game hosted by a National League team, so I got to witness the very first time the opposing pitcher (Jeremy Hellickson of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays) had ever been up to bat in a major league game. (Unsurprisingly, he struck out.) And finally, I won a fair amount of money on side bets throughout the game. Oh, and the Brewers won, which is pretty nice too, I guess.
- Lastly and most recently, I attended my old friend Pete's civil union ceremony. And when I say old, I ain't foolin'; we met 37 years ago, when I was in first grade. As ceremonies go, it was not tremendously ceremonial; the grooms wore polo shirts and shorts; they were preceded by girls shooting bubble guns, and it was over in about 10 minutes. My kind of wedding.
Plus some other boring stuff not really worth mentioning.