Friday, January 16, 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Coldest Day So Far

The US Air “emergency landing” into the Hudson River yesterday afternoon was terrifying. Kudos to the pilots for getting the plane down into a flat landing, a “ditch” instead of a crash, in the Hudson River, instead of hitting buildings or cars or anything else. Kudos to the various water taxis and other craft out on the river who raced across to the plane when it hit and started pulling people out. Some people didn’t even get wet. Kudos to the FDNY, NYPD and all the first responders. As of this writing NO ONE was killed; everyone got out of the plane alive, all passengers and crew. New York definitely has the greatest police and fire departments in the world. Not every individual is perfect, but as a team, the departments are unbeatable.

An example of the Universe answering when you need it to: I had a bad case of the blues on Wednesday. BAD. I functioned, because there was a lot to do, but everything started to pile up: emotions about my play opening; emotions about the show closing, nerves about the manuscript submissions, concern that I’m losing the thread of the Billy Root piece, frustration with the job boards, overall exhaustion, worry about the bills chasing down late payments . . .on and on and on. We all have those days.

I’m clicking around, looking for a few minutes of distraction, and an email pops up from YOGA JOURNAL. I’m on their newsletter list, in addition to subscribing to the actual magazine, and it was one of those updates about new material on the site. I liked the headline, and clicked.

It was exactly what I needed to tap into for what I felt. Just reading the article made me feel better; implementing its suggestions took it even farther. Not everything is resolved, but my approach to it has vastly improved.

So Fed Ex leaves a “sorry we missed you” note on the front door of the apartment section – without any indication for who it is. Yeah, that’s a help. So typical. Morons. They’re better than UPS, but still . . .

I got up yesterday at 5:30 (without the alarm, I might add) to get everything I needed to get done before leaving for the site job. It was snowing quite heavily, and, thankfully, shortly after 7:30, I got the cancellation call. Sure, I could have used the money (no money when they cancel, unfortunately, not an option with this gig), but the roads were already horrible in good weather, so it would have been a nightmare to drive to CT yesterday.

That gave me the gift of a day. I wanted to simply crawl back into bed, but that’s not very productive now, is it? So I took the work out of the writing bag I packed and got started on that.

I wound up having to go out in the afternoon. I dug my car out and drove it to my friend’s place, who had room for it in his garage. As he said, he’s got the room, why should the car be outside in minus 20 weather? It’s better for my baby to be safely tucked away from the elements. He drove me home, and I’m sans car for a few days, but maybe by then the parking lot won’t be such an ice rink (I know, dream on), and I don’t really need it until Saturday anyway. I’d rather have it safely tucked away.

I didn’t get everything done that I hoped, due to some unpleasant business that had to be dealt with. I’m physically and emotionally exhausted. I can’t wait until Obama is inaugurated, and we have some integrity at the top to set a positive example.

I’m telling you, though, that transition team’s kept me busy. I’m on the email list, and they really do want regular citizens to be active. I’m constantly responding to materials about one issue or another, or clarifying points and ideas I’ve forwarded. I’m not complaining, mind you – it’s the first time in years I’ve felt listened to by my government. It’s a couple of times a week, though, and I’m wondering if that’s what I’m in for over the next four years! 😉 Oh, well, they wanted opinions, and, as you all know, I’m VERY opinionated!

I got quite a bit of work done on The Lucy Gothic, and I’m pleased with it. It’s taking a lovely shape, part Dickens, part Frances Hodgson Burnett, part something I’ve never read before.

Chase gets yet another middle finger award – I don’t know how the CEO can look himself in the mirror every morning. It is disgusting.

McAfee continues to be out of control. Someone mentioned that they re-set it not to automatically update – how? I’ve gone through all my McAfee screens, and can’t find that option. The computer continues to run poorly, taking up to 40 minutes to boot up, freezing, crashing, and, as I’m typing this, hiccupping during the typing process. I’m having trouble getting online. It’s disgusting.

Off to the city today. I have to pick up a check at the theatre, then I have a meeting on the Upper East Side, then I’m going to stop at Vosges for another flute of hot chocolate. Because, of course, on the coldest day of the year, where else would I be except traipsing around in concrete canyons? Ick.

And I’m really, really, really trying not to stress that this is my OPENING NIGHT.

Oh, and keep your fingers crossed – I hope to have some good news to share with you in a few days.


Published in: on January 16, 2009 at 6:58 am  Comments (17)  


  1. Have a fantastic OPENING NIGHT.

    If you get good feedback from your twice-weekly responses, then you might find it worthwhile. If they totally ignore you, then you may end up rethinking. It sounds like a good stimulant to me.

  2. Have a great Opening Night!

    I love when NYC emergency services comes together and perform like the team they are. Kudos to all including the pilot for all the saved lives.

  3. Fingers crossed, multiple vibrations and warm thoughts going up, and prayers aplenty for your opening, hon. It’s going to be GREAT! Enjoy it thoroughly. :))

    The plane crash – someone said on the television today that this ditching may be the first successful ditching of a commercial aircraft in water ever. I don’t know about that, but what talented employees US Airways has in that pilot and co-pilot.

  4. Devon, enjoy the opening! Just enjoy it. Don’t worry or fret. This is your moment!

  5. Hope all goes well this evening!

  6. Have a wonderful opening night. Enjoy every moment!

  7. That water landing was sure something to behold. I bet the passengers didn’t even think about the ‘water landing’ instructions before takeoff. That’s pilot is going to be a folk hero…and well deserved.

    Good luck with opening night!

  8. Break a leg this evening!!! I bet you will have a great time.

    I was so impressed with that pilot. How wonderful that no one got hurt or died!!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  9. Break a leg tonight! I’m sure it’ll be a smashing success. 🙂

    That pilot was a true hero. AND, I have to brag, he’s from Denison, Texas. 🙂 They said on the news this morning he earned his pilot’s license at 14. Amazing!

  10. We all have those days. Mine come right before my special time of the month, and at least now I recognize the culprit. But they still suck so bad I want to claw the eyes out of everyone I encounter.

    I hope you have great weekend.

    And I love the part about the plane crash. You put it all so well!

  11. Have a WONDERFUL Opening Night.

    Hugs on having one of “those days.”

  12. Here’s some positive thoughts coming your way..and have a fantastic opening night!

    Oh, and Hubby was in the plane that took off right before the Hudson plane. Scary, huh?

  13. Have a wonderful opening night, Devon! That’s so exciting! Thanks so much for your comment today. I am sure you are right and am going to take some steps to make things better. Your insights are always spot on!

  14. Wish I could be there! Good luck with the show!!!

  15. I second that! Have a fantastic opening night. It will be wonderful! d:))

  16. Warm wishes for a fabulous Opening Night! And HUGS, because it sounds as though you need them.
    Did you hear that the Pilot wouldn’t leave until they’d all been rescued and he’d checked the plane TWICE for any people?
    Just a small thing, I don’t know if you’ve been online, but Internet Explorer has been having “issues” lately.

  17. I’m glad no one was hurt in the crash, sounds like the pilot did a great job

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