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Cow, Pieces, and [Aug. 20th, 2009|11:27 am]
8bitandbeyond
I haven’t had a last week of the summer that has been as eventful as this one since my first summer at TWV back in 2005.

Lets start with Monday…  The Pirate Party.  The Pirate Party is an 10 year old TWV tradition of having a large pirate themed elaborate drinking game.  The people who’ve been here a while are usually the Captains, and they set up stations, which usually involve some form of game, challenge, or something of the like…  think of them almost as less elaborate carnival games designed to get you drunk as shit.  The goal usually is to complete all the stations, and then find a treasure or something like that.

Well, the planning phase went awry this year as all our normal hovels were unavaiable for some reason or another.  And, as you might expect, this party takes up a large amount of outside space.  Eventually, the captains, myself included, settled on our friend and fellow captain Jeff’s farm.  Large amount of space, many different pastures…  lots of cows, which are USUALLY very docile and just run away from you.  My friend Sarah herded those cows to another pasture… it was epic.  One cow wouldn’t move, though, and stayed in the small lake…  just wading.  Remember this cow, it is important.

My station involved two of my favorite wooden two player board games, Quarto and Cathedral.  Both are rather nice, and most certainly NOT cheap.  In other words, you can’t find a crappy plasic version of Quarto for 2.99 at WalMart.  Not gonna happen.

I set up my station on a table at the bottom of a hill.  

And suddenly I heard Jeff shout, “Matt, get your stuff and get out of the the way!”

I was confused.

Jeff repeated, a little sterner, “Matt!  Get you stuff and get out of the way!”

“Why?” I asked.

“There’s an argry cow charging you!”

Running across the fence where I couldn’t see, was…  and angry cow.  This, by the way, for the record; scary as shit.

My expensive games with all their wooden pieces… I couldn’t leave them to this!  I grabbed the table.  And started up hill…  I missed the cow at this point…  I thought the cow was done.  Nope.  It changed course to come right towards me, and hit me with a decent amount of force, knocking the table, my games, their pieces all over the freaking place.  And, for some reason, my phone has not turned on since…

Anyway, I was afraid this bovine would trample me, but it didn’t.  It did get a section of my clothes, however, and I think that might be where the phone bit it.

Later that day,  after the game was set up and the cows were all in the other pasture, one rather drunk player stole one of my Quarto pieces…

Short history lesson on my life: back about 15 years ago, I was a rather on-edge individual…  But more than that, people would know how to get me mad, because, frankly, its an amusing experience…  and they would frequently try to get me to this point.  You know, back in high school and all…

I am since a calmer person, but more than that, I know when I’m getting to that point, and I’ve gotten very good at seeing my warning signs, and removing myself from these situations.

Back to the pirate party, and the stolen Quarto piece…  those who know me well, can you think of anything that is going to get me mad quicker than stealing wooden game piece from an expensive game of mine?  Really.  You all know me.

This went on for a good hour/ hour and a half.  And the guy kept saying he didn’t have it…  my friend the props master could tell I was in a bad state I think and offered to make a new one if the old one wasn’t found.  Endearing, but they must match, my friend.

I was at my breaking point. I know this.  My friends Jeff and Cherish could tell, too, but Jeff is great at keeping peace, and Cherish was keeping me away from the drunk guy with the piece, and Jeff eventually tricked him into, not only admitting he had it, but giving it back.

I was mad for like a day.  I’m over it now, I promise.

Now let’s move to last night—

Arcade: Act 2 went up.  (in the final week after the first performance of the musical... four years exactly after Act 1)  It was certainly not without flaws, but for the most part, I am very proud of it all!  The audience reacted well…  and I’m just so proud of all my actors.  Good work guys, and thanks!

-MWH
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"Home? I have no home..."-Edward D. Wood, Jr's script "Bride of the Monster" [May. 16th, 2009|07:23 pm]
8bitandbeyond
I haven't written in a while, and I apologize.  I never seem to know what to say on one of these things.

This is my last night in Toledo, and then it's down to West Virginia for the summer.

This particular trip home has not been without its rough patches.  I mean, Eric visited, and that was nice.  I took him to my favorite local restaurants...  Barada, The Jewel, Packo's.  Apparently, he had never had a chili dog.  Well, no better first one than one at Packo's.  He got to see every part of the Hudson family dynamics at our annual "Matt's home, lets all have a family dinner out" night.  A lot happened that night I just assume not talk about right now.

Later, after everything calmed, Doug, Eric and I played a really close game of Elfenland and two games of Betrayal... the first was so pathetic, we had to play a second one, which wasn't quite so pathetic.

I've been feeling a bit off, I suppose.  Haven't really felt like myself since my last day of work.  It wasn't until after that, that I realized a chapter was really ending...  And now it's time to pack up my life again (I'm so tired of moving shit) back into my car.  This is the last time for almost four months, though.

On a complete off-note, my childhood is getting forcibly raped by a blazing sword weilded by Voltron's original Japanese counterpart, Golion.  This is not necessarily a bad thing... but it's odd to see what you didn't see as a kid.  For example: in Voltron, no families ever got bloodily cut in half by a scythe wielding samuri.  In Golion, this is almost an everyday occurance.

I miss you all.

-Matt
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Writer's Block: Your Favorite Series: One Last Go Round [Sep. 23rd, 2008|10:40 pm]
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Quantum Leap.  I just really didn't like how it ended.   My favorite show of all time, but such a downer ending.
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Have You Ever Had a Perfect Day? [Jul. 30th, 2008|01:40 am]
8bitandbeyond
Today was perfect.

Completely.

Two of my dearest friends this summer were both involved in completely different horrible situations.  They both took amazing steps today.

If seeing two completely different close friends do just that in one day, doesn't make it perfect, I'd say you're expecting too much from life.


-Matt
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Things worth caring about. [Jul. 9th, 2008|11:38 pm]
8bitandbeyond
This is a tough entry to make, but it needs to be made.

This has been, and will continue to be one of the single hardest weeks of my life.

First, here is a picture from the last day of my first summer with Theatre West Viginia.

My friend, Julie Delmoro, is on the far left, and I, you can guess, am in the middle.  And on the right is Cori Carver.  These two people I've known since my first summer, and I feel very close to both of them.  This summer, and all summers, Cori was always for me.  She was kind, generous, and most of all genuinely caring about my feelings.  A true friend.

I will tell this in the order of things I found out about.

Tuesday morning Cori was in a major car accident, and was taken to Charleston.

I found out later that she was on her way to the doctor's office, her car hydroplaned and lost control, hit a guardrail and the side of her car slammed into a semi.  Her mom was in a different car right by her, and had to watch the whole thing.

As if this didn't make Tuesday morning rough enough...  right before we were going to rough through Act 2 of Cinderella, we found out she was going into surgery to have her torn aorta repaired.  At this point, I also found out she had a broken pelvis.

We went on to Act 2, and the first thing I had to do was the waltz.  Alone.  Cori was my partner.  I danced my half of the entire thing, pretending she was there, not known if this girl I cared about was going to live or not.  It was a very disturbingly sad moment.  I don't know how I managed not to cry, but somehow I held it in.   I tried hard.  I didn't want to break down in front of everybody.

After dinner we heard the surgeons managed to repair the damaged aorta, but she was far from out of the woods.  Still is quite far, actually.

Then we heard, Cori has some slight responsiveness, but her brain is apparently bleeding.  They're not sure the extent of the brain/spine/nerve damage, yet, but because of the responsiveness, most people are generally optimistic.  We are told is the adult equivalent of shaken baby syndrome.

Earlier today, we were updated to find out two people at the scene reported that (and the damage on Cori's car confirms this) a white boxtruck (like a delivery truck) that was passing her, clipped the side of her car and caused her to hit the guardrail and then the semi.

The white truck drove away, and all the witness caught was the it had an Ohio license plate.  They're trying to find the guy, but my guess is that'll be almost impossible.

The last thing we heard was that she opened her eyes for a second.  No change since then, she's on a breathing machine, and he she hasn't gained consciousness yet, but her heart is beating on it's own.

This has been and will continue to be an excruciating tech week.

But, among all this shit, there was a moment of clarity for me then, and I finally understood.  There are some things worth caring about, and there are some things that are not.

Life is too short to care about things that are simply not worth it.

I don't know if I said all that was on my mind, but my mind is jumbled right now....

-Matt
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(no subject) [May. 23rd, 2007|12:58 am]
8bitandbeyond
[Current Location |Beckley, WV]
[Current Mood |draineddrained]
[Current Music |Dancing with the stars... blame my roommates.]

Back in West Virginia...

So, I'm at least living in town... yay.

But of all annoying things, my god damn phone still doesn't work! WTF!?

Anyway, I like where I'm living and who I'm living with. It'll be a good summer. I miss and love you all.

-Matt
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grandma [Nov. 15th, 2006|12:12 am]
8bitandbeyond
[Current Location |my room- Luthern house]
[Current Mood |worriedworried]
[Current Music |Oldies- pied piper]

I have so many memories of my grandmother. Mom always said she had a special place in her heart for me, and I know she did. Needless to say, I'm very close to her.

This is when a mundane 9 to 5 job in Toledo would be nice. It'd be easier then, to get there. There's nowhere I can go and nothing I can do.

Okay. I guess I don't have much else to say. Take care out there, k?
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Second Week [May. 31st, 2006|04:48 pm]
8bitandbeyond
[Current Location |Beckley, WV]
[Current Mood |calmcalm]
[Current Music |O'Malleys Bar-This song just seems to keep going...]

Hey.

Can't type much. Battery is almost dead.

Just wanted to say that I'm doing okay down here, but I miss you all.

Hope things are going well for you all!

Better push POST before my battery dies.
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First day... [May. 22nd, 2006|08:14 pm]
8bitandbeyond
[Current Location |Ghent, West Virginia]
[Current Mood |sadempty]
[Current Music |Hans Zimmer- Theme to True Romance]

Okay, so I'm trying to update a little more than usual.

Done with my first day, and I've got to agree the Reverend... it sucks losing your friends. I had friends down here, but very few of them are back. My entire cast for Arcade (with 1 exception-- go Donnie!) is gone. All of them.

So, here I sit in the parking lot of the Ski Barn... again.

I miss the people who were down here before.

I miss the people from Northern.

I miss the people from Toledo.

And I seriously better find a better place to do this than this damn parking lot. I keep getting odd looks from people.

-Matt
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Back in Ghent... [May. 22nd, 2006|01:16 am]
8bitandbeyond
[Current Location |Ghent, West Virginia]
[Current Mood |tiredtired]
[Current Music |La Cour Des Miracles]

Hello, everybody.

I'm back in Ghent... Specifically in the parking lot of the Ski Barn, because that's seeming the only place in the area that I can connect to a wireless router in the area. I don't know who's it is, but I'll take advantage of it right now anyway.

Apparently the house I was going to move into was a shithole, so I'm back in the middle of nowhere.

My damn phone still doesn't work out here, but I'm going to do everything in my power to try to remedy that.

Well, kids, it's 1:30, and I've still got to clean up my new living area, and make my bed... to wake up at 8:00 am.

Good night all.

Miss you all already.

-Matt
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