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December 15th, 2009


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08:26 pm - Have You Had This Baguette? It Tastes Like 'F'
I have once again thrown my hat into the Holiday Love Meme! Please say wonderful and nice things about me. I had a bad day at work (there were tears).

But my bad day at work was balanced out by a phone call I received during dinner.

On Saturday, I had auditioned for DeathPlay, the next Thunderbird show. It was about two theatre companies fighting to the death for the last theatre space in town. Out of the six people in the slot, only three of us showed up, which meant we all got to read a lot. It was very fun, although I had to overcome the fact that my partners couldn't read sides very well.

I GOT IN. I WAS CAST. I HAVE NOT BEEN IN A SHOW IN SIX YEARS. UNLESS YOU COUNT AMWA SKITS.

I didn't get the part I really wanted—it went to someone who'll be awesome, though—but I will be playing one of a pair of union stagehands who function as the Greek chorus or the Fools. I think it's the smallest part in the play, but there are no small parts, only small actors! And besides, there really aren't any small parts in a Thunderbird show. Everyone has a good time.



On Saturday, after the audition and before Writers with Drinks, Seanan (cadhla) and I wandered the Mission looking for dinner. Seanan is a picky eater, so the default taquería suggestion wouldn't fly. We came across Cafe La Boheme on 24th. They appeared to serve food that was palatable to both of us, but there were no free tables. There was one table, however, that was empty but for one cute girl reading a book. She looked Middle Eastern, Persian or Iranian.

Seanan asked if we could sit with her, and she said it was okay. I noticed she was reading Player Piano, by Kurt Vonnegut. She had just started. I had just been at a used bookstore and passed on a Vonnegut title. I asked her if she'd gotten it from Abandoned Planet. She said she'd gotten it from Borderlands, which we had just come from. I told her I had been looking at a Vonnegut but couldn't remember the title. I asked to see inside her book for a list of titles to jog my memory, but none did. (I think it was The Sirens of Titan.) I said I'd only read Slaughterhouse-Five but wanted to read more, and she was in the same situation, hence the book.

Seanan recommended I read Cat's Cradle and explained the premise, which she said made her think for the first time that there were some things science shouldn't do. I said I was watching Dollhouse and thinking the same thing.

The girl commented, "That was canceled, right?" A cute girl who read Vonnegut and knew about Dollhouse! Huh. I think at this point, she had given up all pretense of trying to read while we carried on a conversation a foot away from her and instead began conversing with us. She asked us if we knew any good music venues. Oh, there were many! We flipped through the SFWeekly looking for shows. She liked indie rock.

As it turned out, she was from out of town. Like, from France. And she was in town for a geophysics conference! A cute French geophysicist who read Vonnegut, liked indie rock, and knew about Dollhouse. I tell you, I am amazed that I was able to talk to her without stumbling over my words. Her name was Selene.

Since she was staying near Union Square, I told her about the glass elevator in the Westin St. Francis. I also invited her to Seanan's reading and told her how to get to the Make-Out Room. She was going to meet up with some of her colleagues and see what they were doing, but she said she might check it out. She put on her black fedora and bid us adieu (not literally, although she totally should have).

"Of all the places you should not invite cute French girls to," said Seanan, "the 'Make-Out Room' is at the top."

"That is my plan!" I cried. "I have not yet made out in the Make-Out Room. I am trying to rectify that."

Of course, she did not show up, and she is out there somewhere in San Francisco right now not making out with me.
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From:latropita
Date:December 16th, 2009 05:17 am (UTC)
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Congratulations, Cow!! That's so exciting! Even if you didn't have celebratory make outs.
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From:mycenae
Date:December 16th, 2009 06:34 am (UTC)
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What is this "Make-Out Room" of which you speak?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 16th, 2009 07:31 am (UTC)
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From:spadada
Date:December 16th, 2009 08:09 am (UTC)
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Great encounter! Making out would have been nice, but that little interaction was certainly promising. I hope you run into her before she goes back to France.
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From:harper47
Date:December 16th, 2009 10:41 am (UTC)
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Wooo hooo. Congratulations for landing the role! That's so awesome. And of course there are no small parts. So excited for you.
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From:scifantasy
Date:December 16th, 2009 12:51 pm (UTC)
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"Of all the places you should not invite cute French girls to," said Seanan, "the 'Make-Out Room' is at the top."

I disagree. Of all the places you should invite cute French girls to, the Make-Out Room is at the top.
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From:ashfae
Date:December 16th, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC)
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You got a part! Whooooo!
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From:sisterjune
Date:December 16th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
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congrats on the part!

Oooh french and middle eastern. I feel like I should issue you a warning, but she sounds pretty awesome. Still if you get to the point where she wants you to meet her parents be sure to bring a helmet and dates or bakalava. A surefire way to endear yourself to most middle easterners (at least if my parents and their friends are any indication...) well IDK about persians, they confuse me.
Of course her family may be more french than middle eastern, but in that cause you have a whole different set of things to worry about. Either way you cant go wrong with bakalava. (I am kidding though...mostly.)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 16th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
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Hee! Are there many Middle Easterners in France? I couldn't tell whether I had her ethnicity completely wrong. French women look different from Middle Eastern women, don't they?
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From:sisterjune
Date:December 16th, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
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As far as my relatives tell me, france has alot of arabs. I think they have the highest amount of arabs in western europe, but dont quote me on that.
As for french women's looks, I think that depends actually, some middle easterners are very light and look more European than Middle eastern, also alot of the european countries located on/near the Mediterranean area have dark complexioned people, and it would be easy to confuse them as middle eastern or vice versa. My mother has often been confused for a European woman (cause she has an accent but is very light complexioned) which of course she enjoys since arabs have this fixation with light skin that I do not get...anyway, the only surefire way to know if she's french or a french persian/arab girl would be her last name. Since arab and french sound very different. Or you can ask her. lol
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 16th, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
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Ah, interesting! She was light-skinned. But Selene is a very French name, isn't it? Even if you were a French Arab, would you name your kid Selene?

This plays into the whole "Where are you from?" question. When I asked where she was from, she said France, just like I would say America, were I traveling internationally. Even though our ancestries may say otherwise.
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From:sisterjune
Date:December 16th, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
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Well, my two of my female cousins are named Serene and Sarah, respectively. Obviously pronounced in Arabic they sound a little different than what Americans would say but at the end of the day they dont sound very arab do they? (in fact I think Sarah was originally a hebrew name) the last names though are very Arab. This is my long winded way of saying, it's entirely possible her parents named her Selene even though they are middle easterners. That said according to this site: http://babynamesworld.parentsconnect.com, Selene is a greek name. So if she is indeed greek, that would certainly explain why she looks middle eastern. It's those Mediterranean features! heh. they can confuse the best of us.

Yeah that's true. I suppose though if you ever end up discussing your parents, the origin thing might come into the conversation naturally. :)
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From:the_narration
Date:December 16th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations on landing the role!
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From:prophetkristy
Date:December 16th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
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OMG, I want to come see you in a play!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 16th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
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Then come up here in March!
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From:schnappycat
Date:December 16th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
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Sounds awesome! Congrats! :)
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From:beeker121
Date:December 16th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations on getting cast! I am hopeful that your show will perform at a time when I am actually free to see it!
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From:emmiegray
Date:December 16th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations on your famousity!

The elevator is a great rec - I used to work at the St. Francis (1976-78!) and now I always take my kids for an elevator ride when we're there. I love the part going down when that black grating on the old building comes up and looks like it's going to rip your face off. Then it doesn't. Cheap and safe thrills.
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From:upanashad
Date:December 16th, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations on getting the part! Also, Selene is a sexy name.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 17th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
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I know, right?
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From:finniscs
Date:December 17th, 2009 12:32 am (UTC)
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Congrats on your part!
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From:skogkatt
Date:December 17th, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)
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Congratulations on getting cast! Also as soon as you said you told her how to get to the Make-Out Room, I was like, "Nooooo!" But I wish she had shown up and you'd gotten to make out there, because that would be awesomlarious.
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From:chrryblssmninja
Date:December 17th, 2009 07:38 am (UTC)
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Maybe something came up for her? I still think it's a cute story.
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From:lembeau
Date:December 17th, 2009 10:24 am (UTC)
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You're going to be in a play!! I hope you have someone in the audience with recording devices that may put it up on YouTube. *coughs* :OD Go, you!!

You should have given her your number or something in case she needed more recommendations. Yay for pretty foreign girls!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 17th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
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I was going to give her my number or e-mail address if the opportunity presented itself, but she didn't give me an opening.

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