Awesome! Fierce!

People, La Hagedorn sent around the latest review of Manila Noir, by Bookgasm.  Oh, how very nice to be noticed by a website with such an awesome name!  Everything’s positive, everything’s coming up roses.

Self is in a very celebratory mood, also because:

Sunday is self’s birthday!

Yes, dear ones!  Blog Mistress Kanlaon has reached ripe old age, and son has convinced self that the only way to properly celebrate is by returning to Cal Shakes to watch the current production of “Romeo and Juliet!”  So today self called over to the Cal Shakes Box Office and snagged the last four numbered seats, way in the last row.

Oh how self loves Shakespeare!  Especially when performed in the summer!  Especially when performed in the open air!  With bottles of wine!  (Which reminds self:  she must remember to bring the bubbly.  What’s nice about watching the performances at Cal Shakes is:  the grounds open two hours before showtime, and you can get properly soused, and by the time you enter the theater and the play begins, everyone is smashed, ergo it’s easy to get into the spirit of things.  Usually there is some form of singing/dancing with audience participation!  Like the last Cal Shakes performance self attended, A Midsummer Night’s Dream!)

Her first Cal Shakes play featured Adam Scott as Romeo.  Adam Scott, dear ones!

His head even then seemed a tad large in proportion to his body.

But he is still awesome.

After watching that performance, self was convinced that “Romeo and Juliet” needs to be acted by young people.  Only young people.  Because, after all, that play is tragic.  And tragedy’s always best when inflicted on the young.

Like that scene in 300 when Astinos or whoever the guy is who’s played by Tom Wisdom gets his head nipped?  Astinos wasn’t even old enough to have enjoyed the warmth of a woman, or so Gerard Butler’s character remarked, before they set out on the journey to defend the Motherland.  And that was why, when Astinos died, all the women in the movie theater fell to epic moaning.

Now, back to the ostensible reason for this post.

Budjette Tan sends over a blurry picture of La Hagedorn at the launch.  Describes La Hagedorn as “sassy and cool.”  Self is participating in the Manila festivities, vicariously.  The Man reminds self that the days when she would be able to give readings at will are over.  So what, she loves looking at pictures of the launch.  First of all, there’s Zack front and center, and she knows he knows how to wow an audience.  Zack is awesome!  Jessica is awesome!  Manila Noir is awesome!  Self is awesome!


Self in "Awesome Mode"

Self in “Awesome Mode”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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