Mulling & Muldering on Ash Wednesday

(Alternative title: ‘Why We Don’t Let Matt Have Caffeine after Dinner.’)


From the slightly offstage chair I’m sitting in in the theatre:

(I swear, I did not just write down topics and pull them out of a hat.)

So, this coming April, you’ll all have the chance to see Noises Off!, a play by Michael Frayn, also adapted (somewhat poorly, most critics say) into a movie. This comedy stars myself, Chris DeWaard, Bobby Strange, Adam Frankenfeld, Billy Doyle, Heather Scholten, Kristen Blok, Cait Williams, and Megan Hanafee-Major. It’s gonna be a party. Anyhoo, shameless plug over, this will probably end up being about community and working as a team. You see, as I write this, my character is off stage, and everyone else is rehearsing Act One on what we have as a set (that currently being several upside-down platforms, thus creating a lovely obstacle course of 2×4’s to wander through). It’s not the best thing ever, but it’s what we have at the moment.

It’s especially fun since, in Act Two, we have what boils down to two plays at once going on on separate sides of the ‘stage,’ thus stage directions galore. I’ll be honest, it gets a bit messy, but we’re all working through it, helping each other out with our blocking, making sure nobody trips over a 2×4 and cracks their head open, etc. So yeah, come see our play. You’ll enjoy it.

That was far too short. Umm… Breaking Bad is a great show, if you haven’t seen it. You’d think that after last year’s botched pronunciation of Les Miserables by John Travolta that they’d try to make sure he didn’t mispronounce anything this year. And yet, we have the wick-id-ly talented Adele Dazeem (Idina Menzel). Ellen’s ‘selfie’ (though it’s more of a group-ie what with all those people in it) has been retweeted over 3,218,000 times as of now (a quarter to 10 on Tuesday), so that’s a bit insane. I have to go onstage now.

(The remainder of this posting is from the desk of my bed. ‘Twas going to be from the chair in the corner in my room, but I can’t watch the Tonight show from there, and I’m too lazy to switch computers)

Lent! Lent starts today (would’ve been phrased differently, but it’s quite late), and thus begins a lot of people asking each other ‘So what are you giving up for Lent?’ almost like people at the onset of a new semester of classes ask each other ‘So what classes are you taking? Did you change your major?’ The practice of giving something up for Lent is a long and storied tradition that I don’t fully know. However, I do know that the basic idea is to give something up in your life that is somewhat of a luxury or fast. Then, when you crave/desire that certain thing, you think of how Jesus gave up His life for you. It’s a form of penitence. That’s great. You don’t have to, but it can be helpful to your Spiritual Formation. The thing I haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate about Lent is when people proactively broadcast their fast for Lent (unless, say, it’s the giving up of social media and they’re being kind enough to let their friends know that they’re not being jerks for not responding to them). If you’re fasting for Lent, be humble; don’t let it be obvious (Matthew 6:16-18). I mean, if somebody asks you, tell them. That’s just being nice. Rant over. Happy Fasting.

If you’re not a car person, this is your stop. If you kinda like cars, keep reading. If you love cars, definitely read on.

So there’s this Italian car that came out in 2009: The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizone. It’s pretty.

And this year, Alfa decided to ‘let’ this coach-building company Touring Superleggera build cars based on this masterpiece. So they have. By hand. They take the 8C, strip it down to the chassis, then hand-craft their car on top. The result: The Alfa Romeo Disco Volante by Touring. Good golly is that a beautiful car.

Ok, enough about cars. This week’s recommended listening is “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by the Rolling Stones ( Long live physical media!




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