Archive for December, 2008

Merry Christmas

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 26, 2008 by Yarn Over New York

My Family on Christmas Day

My Family on Christmas Day

Cool Stage Management Link

Posted in Work with tags , , on December 22, 2008 by Yarn Over New York

A friend guided me to this link.  To educate you non-theatre folk out there.

What a Stage Manager does before rehearsals even start.

Visa Process

Posted in Getting There with tags , , , , , , on December 22, 2008 by Yarn Over New York

This morning I went to the Belgian Consulate here in NYC.  I must say as far as consulates go, I was quite pleased.  Though there was only one person servicing people, she was pleasant, efficient and knowledgeable.

For my work in the past, I have had the (dis)pleasure of visiting several consulates and have never had as pleasant an experience as I had today.

Let me start at the beginning.  The consulate opened at 9:30am.  I arrived at 9:36.  I was allowed to enter the building and, not even that, I was allowed to enter a nice, clean, warm, comfortable waiting area.  I waited about 10 minutes, then handed in my paperwork and a wad of cash.  The lady then handed me a receipt and told me to come back next Monday.

Now, this may not seem overly shocking to those of you who have never had the pleasure of applying for an Italian visa.  Oh the wonderful beautiful land of my ancestors and birthplace of Pocket Coffee.  Great wine, great food, great sights, not terribly service-oriented people.  If you are a guest in their house, they will feed you and feed you and entertain you and feed you and give you the shirt off their backs.  But if you are in a grocery store (or any kind of store) you are assumed untrustworthy and, in fact, worthy of scorn.  This goes doubly so if you are applying for a visa.

Of my several trips to multiple Italian consulates, I have been met with misinformation, rudeness and, on one occasion, out and out refusal.   In NYC, a visa applicant is expected to arrive in the wee hours of the morning, long before the consulate is open, in order to secure a position as the one of (possibly) 25 people that will be seen that day.  One is expected to sit outside of the consulate no matter what the weather.  I must at this point mention that there are no benches outside of the consulate.  Therefore, no matter what the weather, no matter what your age or physical condition, one must either stand for hours or sit on the sidewalk.  For a few hours until they start letting people in 3 at a time.

At that point, you and all your bags are inspected and you are asked a series of questions.  Then and only then are you allowed to go to the waiting area and take a number.

Now, I understand that Belgium (population 10 million) is a smaller country than Italy (population 59 million).  But both are Schengen States and members of the EU.  So I ask you, Italy, why can you not be more like your friendly Flemish northern neighbor?  In fact, Italy, with nearly 6 times the number of inhabitants, why aren’t you better than Belgium.  More resources, more establishment?  So what if you have 7 major political parties, organized crime and changed your minds halfway through WWII.  Can’t you give people a bench, at least?

P.S. For you non-Italian speakers out there, here is the wikipedia link for Pocket Coffee. Realize its greatness.

Planet Unicorn

Posted in funny with tags , , , , on December 20, 2008 by Yarn Over New York

So I am a Unicorn (as seen below in my previous post).

But did you know there is a PLANET FULL OF UNICORNS?????!!!!!!!!!!!!??????

Snowy Central Park

Posted in new york with tags , , , , , , , on December 20, 2008 by Yarn Over New York

Today it was 27 degress here in NYC.  My high school friends Sara and Nick are visiting from the DC area.  We were originally planning to go to Ellis Island and see the Statue of Liberty on the way.  However, it is freezing-reezing!  So instead we frolicked briefly in Central Park.

I am a Unicorn

I am a Unicorn

Sara is a Devil

Sara is a Devil

Snowy Trees

Snowy Trees

Fallen

Fallen

Twig

Twig

Chilly Trees

Chilly Trees

Robotos in the Snow

Robotos in the Snow

After frolicking, we ate dinner at the Uptown Juice Bar, one of my favorite vegetarian restaurants.  It was cold outside and we were very glad to take a break indoors with some warm food.  Then we trudged back to my place to a yummy bottle of wine and watch movies.  Luckily, our heat works very well and we are managing to stay warm despite the frigid cold outdoors.

In case you are wondering, last night we had dinner at the Film Center Cafe, which was also tasty.  Tomorrow they will come to see my show at Blue Man Group before heading back to the slightly warmer than freezing DC area.

Work Permit and Contract

Posted in Getting There with tags , , on December 19, 2008 by Yarn Over New York

So folks, it looks like this is really happening.  My work permit has come through and my contract has been signed.   I have a plane ticket and will leave on Jan 3.  That gives me 14 full days left in this country.

My friends are coming to stay with me this weekend.  Provided they don’t get snowed out.

I will post more news and photos soon.

🙂

My Cats Need a Home

Posted in Getting There with tags , , on December 15, 2008 by Yarn Over New York

I know not many people read this blog, but I am posting this plea anyway.  I am leaving the country indefinitely in 18 days.  I have 2 great cats that need a home.

If you or anyone you know (preferably in the NYC area) are looking to adopt one or two sweet kitties, please, please, please let me know.

Here are some photos.

Ringo

Ringo

Isabella

Isabella