Archive for March, 2009

What I Do At Work 3rd Edition

Posted in Dragone, Work with tags , , , , , , , , on March 20, 2009 by Yarn Over New York

SCUBA

Since this is an aquatic show, I am getting certified for SCUBA-theater.  It is not full outdoor diving certification, but specifically trains one to do the skills necessary to work in an underwater theatrical environment.

We take a 20 hour course involving classroom lessons and practical skills training.  The classroom is really easy and kind of boring (honestly) but definitely a valuable part of the certification.

I was kind of surprised how hard the practical skills were.  I felt bad ear pain during my initial week of training and only completed the first section (with full scuba gear) but decided not to complete the second half of the course (skin diving and underwater maneuvers) until the following week.

The next week, my ears were fine but I accidentally nearly drowned.  Oops.  I took a few minutes to recover, but then went on to complete the full course.

The catch is that the scuba coaches decided that I still needed to work with them before they will give me the certification.  I have not found time to do so, but am gearing up to do it.  I promise to report back soon on the progress I make.

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Office Painting Update

Posted in Arts and Crafts, Life in Belgium, Painting with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 17, 2009 by Yarn Over New York

So the painting progress is slowly trudging along in the office.  We have put up the whiteboard (thus covering some precious painting surface!).

I have done some more and so has the 4 year old daughter of one of my acrobats.  Isn’t she cute?

Most recently, Godfrey, one of our acrobats added his artwork.

The 4 year old also took some nice photos of the wall.

Netherlands Beach

Posted in Travel Europe with tags , , on March 16, 2009 by Yarn Over New York

On February 1, Anna, Marshall and I decided to spend a chilly day at the beach in the Netherlands. We drove northwest of Antwerp to check out the North Shore beaches.

On the way, we got a little lost and got a nice view of the Belgium’s industrial area.

Should We Really Be Here?

Should We Really Be Here?

Windmill

Windmill

Once we got back on the right track, we made it through rural Belgium and into the rural Netherlands.  We passed De FunPub, which unfortunately, was closed so we could not have De Fun.

You Cannot Have De Fun!

You Cannot Have De Fun!

We drove on and came to our first beach stop by the lighthouse.

taken by Anna Robb

taken by Anna Robb

It was quite chilly and we were driven indoors for coffee and waffles.

We found a cozy beach-side place, a seat near the fireplace with Misty the dog.

We found a cozy beach-side place, a seat near the fireplace with Misty the dog.

Afterwards, we journeyed on to a couple more beaches.  Here are some pictures of our beach-side mania and creativity.

Anna in the Dragone logo

Anna in the Dragone logo

Marshall loves the yellow bear!

Marshall loves the yellow bear!

La Femme Cactus wants the yellow bear too!

La Femme Cactus wants the yellow bear too!

On our way back to Belgium, we met some cool goats.

Hi, Im a goat!

Hi, I'm a goat!

Baby goat thinks this fance has a flavour

Baby goat thinks this fence has a flavor

Goatee goat

Goatee goat

Here is a link to more of my and Anna’s photos of this trip.

For Maureen and Family

Posted in Music with tags , , , on March 11, 2009 by Yarn Over New York

Congrats from Simeon the Whale.  Best Wishes!  I can’t wait to see photos.

What Is This Bird? 2nd Edition

Posted in Life in Belgium with tags , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2009 by Yarn Over New York

Elise,  I call upon you again to Name That Goose.

These guys live in pond behind our studio in Lint, Belgium.

Hey You

Hey You

With Dancer

With Dancer

Happy Birthday Daddy

Posted in Music with tags , , , , on March 6, 2009 by Yarn Over New York

March 7

A couple of videos . . .

Best Wishes!

What I Do At Work 2nd Edition

Posted in Dragone, Work with tags , , , , , , , on March 5, 2009 by Yarn Over New York

So, as we are producing a circus show with crazy acrobatics, high diving, scuba, automation and all that jazz, we need to have very clear and rehearsed rescue training.  We have meetings and do drills.

For one drill, I had the privilege of serving as the “victim.”    I “fall” from the Human Chandelier onto the floor.  I “have pain” in my neck, arm and leg.  There is blood (represented by red bandages) on my leg.  My arm is “broken” and everyone suspects a possible fracture in my neck.

They put a stabilizing neck collar on me and splint my arm.  Once I am ready to be moved, they put me on a spine board.

At this moment, a discussion of policy breaks out.  I remain strapped immobile to the spineboard for about 20 minutes as the conversation plays out and documentary cameras roll.

Eventually, they remember that I am here (with my head firmly grasped by the Head Physio) and undo my bindings.

Sometimes my job is swell and sometimes it is peculiar.