…because I’m gonna be here ALL DAY…
If you’re just stumbling on this post, you might want to start at the bottom. It was my meager attempt at a live blog for my last day at this year’s Edmonton Fringe Festival… and it is in reverse chronological order. Enjoy.
Another awesome performance of DieNasty over, and we’re back in the car on our way home. Another Fringe done… for me at least. Sigh… and now back to reality.
In. A pile of licorice on Karin’s lap. Settlers game still unresolved. Lady Gaga blaring from the speakers. This is likely my last update until after the show. A full house tonight tho.
Line is getting lots longer. Some guy just stood up on a light post and begged someone to sell him their tickets to the show… something about being in town for only one night, aspiring actor, son never having see it before… I think someone gave up their tix. Couldn’t see from where we’re sitting on the ground here.
Less than an hour — but almost an hour — until show number two starts and were sitting on the ground, in line, playing pass-and-play Settlers of Catan on Karin’s iPhone. Now who’s hardcore? Still don’t know who’s winning the game yet, tho…
Less than fifteen minutes later we’re tucked away in the back corner of the beer garden. Karin is guzzling a Big Rock Honey Brown. I’ve got myself a grasshopper. Some of the actors for our upcoming show are sitting nearby. Funny, that.
Back on site and Karin is standing in line for a chocolate coconut bliss cupcake from the cupcake stand. People are already in line for DieNasty a few feet away from me. That’s hardcore.
Stopped for sushi at Maki Maki Japanese Restaurant and Lounge, ordering three tasty rolls to share: a rainbow roll, a maki-maki roll, and a spicy tuna roll. Yum. After we pay the bill it will be back to the Fringe site to kill a couple hours until show number two: DieNasty.
Play one done, and we file out of the theatre.
It was dark and fun, the kind of fourth-wall-breaking, determinism versus free will kinda drama that I have a soft spot for… generally speaking.
Now off for dinner somewhere.
Fourth row. Woot! But turn up the A/C! Arg. It’s a little on the warm side already, and we’ve not even started yet. Warm and sitting always makes me sleepy. And dozing off during a play is so old-man-ish. I don’t want to be old-man-ish. But, here we go… (lights dimz)
Line up is only fifty or so people long so far. Lots of people in white shirts with the show logo on front. I must have missed the memo, me in my five year old volunteer shirt. How retro.
We get to be the two nerds playing on our cellphones while sitting in the grass waiting for the doors to open. Neither of us can remember what this play is even about, and I forgot my program at home.
On my way to meet Karin for show number one. Someone is going to punch me, walking and blogging from my phone. What a jerk I am, almost tripped over a little kid just now… stopping now.
Officially I’m done for the day — and for the Festival. Weird. It’s over (for me) once again. But we have show tix for tonight, and I’m still waiting in VHQ for Dave to relieve me. I did download and upload my Fringe Dads Theme into my Gallery while I’m waiting. Thirteen pictures in total (or at least 13 I want to share) so overall a successful photo expedition.
After the team leader meeting I did slip off to Starbucks for a second round. Don’t know how I’ll survive the evening otherwise.
Meeting over. Time for another few minutes of wandering before more volunteers show up. Sure is warm out today. Shoulda wore shorts, I think.
Waiting in the basement of Orange Hall for the daily team leader meeting. How do I always wind up volunteering to attend meetings?
Ran out and scored some kettle corn to much whilst sorting more photos. Wondering why there isn’t a true medium sized bag. The choice were (my interpretation) teeny-tiny, big-ass bag, or really-big-ass bag. I just got the big-ass bag, but it’s still too much. Guess I’ll be eating popcorn all day long.
I think I’ve managed to sort out our top twenty-five pics from yesterday. The marketing folks should be by any time to pick them up. CD… burning.
Found my way out for a wander AND managed to score some lunch. The spicy italian sausage booth gave me a buck off a spicy italian sausage for being a volunteer — which was very cool and very yummers.
Also managed to find a few more pics for my theme: Fringe Dads, celebrating the hard-working dads who spend the day at the Fringe with their kids, toting them around on their shoulders to experience some local culture. Very cool. If you’re wondering what I mean by my “theme” you need to read back a few posts and know that (a) I’ve been doing a ‘photo-a-day’ for all of August, each day on a theme and (b) as a team leader here for the multimedia team I don’t have a specific photo assignment, and am mostly here to manage other photographers, organize photos, and fill in the gaps. I pick a theme for each shift and try and find some photos to fill that. That’s all.
Two more volunteers have just checked in! And one of those was early. So it looks like I’m on a temporary reprieve and go grab some lunch and more pics — probably in that order.
On a quasi-interesting note, some random girl I’d never met just stopped by to drop off her friend’s pics. The girl was NOT a volunteer, but the friend is… one of our photographers The girl had just come from having her hair done up because — apparently — she’s getting married today. Nice friend, sending the bride to drop off your pictures to your volunteer gig! *smirk*
1) I decided on my theme for the day. I’m going to go for “Fringe Dads” which will largely encompass fathers carting their toddlers around on their shoulders, or hoisting their kids into the air to see performers. I have lots of fodder today: warm weather, mid-day on Saturday, lots of people. Ready… set…
2) I realized I forgot my spare battery plugged into the wall recharging at home. $#*%! And the only reason that is a problem is that the indicator on my camera started blinking low battery. That means I have about a hundred pics left… but that also means I ONLY have about a hundred pics left. Crap.
Duty calls. Just spent the last half hour locating a piece of OSX freeware to pull an accidentally deleted file from a volunteer’s 8 GB memory card. (It’s still scanning!) Don’t know if the photo is worth it yet. He says it is. I guess that’s the consequence of asking folks to cull their own photos before they check in — occasionally they delete something they shouldn’t. Sigh. All part of the job, I guess.
Loaned him my spare and sent him out again.
Ok, NOW I’m going out. Really. I need some lunch.
Technically I’m not supposed to have an opinion on such matters. As a volunteer I must caveat this quasi-endorsement by telling you that “all shows at the Fringe are worth watching” …to someone. But I gotta say, we caught performances of “Giant Invisible Robot” and “Boygroove” last night, and both were worth it. Awesome, both. Perfectly Fringey (is that a word yet?)
“Giant Invisible Robot” is held-over, by the way, for those who didn’t get their tix already. I think both are sold out for their current Fringe runs, tho.
Distracted by free donuts. Sigh. May as well wait, now.
By the way, if you do comment, reference the time-stamp you are replying to. It’s going to get confusing otherwise. Do something like @1146AM… it might help me keep track.
Photgrapher Numero Uno is out the door. I guess that gives me a few minutes to check out the weather before the second one shows up. Kerri staggered the scheduling this year so there isn’t a wave of people coming and or going at the same time, but it sure does make for a hectic day for me, running back and forth to check people in and out, download their pics, etc. Ah well.
I also wanted to say that I opted for the LARGE coffee this morning — woohoo Second Cup “Colombian Dark Roast” — but something tells me it might not be enough. It’s been a long week.
Sitting here at the Fringe in the VHQ waiting for my volunteers to arrive, and trying to think of something to write. I had the idea of maybe a live blog for today… especially since I’m going to be here for the next twelve hours, have access to a couple ways of updating, and I’m running low on photographic inspiration. So… WORDS!
Expect sporadic updates over the day. I’ll try for at least one per hour (to this post specifically) but that’s just a guess… not a promise. Comment to play along. Or come visit.