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Pretty dead people.

I had a dance teacher once tell me that Swan Lake was the most boring ballet to be in because if you were a swan, all you’d do would be stand there and pose. Well, I think Romeo and Juliet would be the most difficult because basically you have to learn to dance while you are dead. AT least they are pretty dead people.

American Ballet Theatre is in town and playing Romeo and Juliet at the Civic Opera House. They were kind enough to give Lyric staff free tickets to the show. So tonight I took Heather and her friend Patrick and it was amazing! Our Juliet was Julie Kent but our Romeo was not Ethan Stiefel 🙁 It was a beautiful production and they really make it look so effortless. 🙁 I wish I was a ballerina.

On another note…It is NOT ACCEPTABLE to leave a theatre before the bows are done and the lights come up. NO EXCEPTIONS. Seriously, I think its the rudest thing in the world to hop up and run out before the bows just because you want to beat the traffic out.

I think the second rudest thing in the world is when a single person decides to take up 4 seats on the train. You bought one ticket, which entitles you to one seat. It is acceptable to sit down in a 2 seat. But then if the train is crowded, you have to let someone sit next to you. It is not acceptable to sit in a 2 seat and take the aisle seat so no one can sit next to you. It is even more not acceptable to put the seat in front of you backwards, taking up 4 whole seats, so you can put your backpack on across from you and be selfish.

OK, end rant.

On the way home I got a hot fudge sundae and then the conductor had a British accent and said that student ids weren’t taken after 10 because hs students should be in bed by then and then I ran into Paul who I haven’t seen in forever. And by forever I mean forever. I now I am watching ANTM on tape and they have to be pretty dead people too. And next I have to watch American Idol and see who got kicked off. Don’t ruin it!

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Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

  • Chris
    March 22, 2007at11:19 am

    Oh they don’t tolerate that train BS in DC! You say “excuse me” as you sit down, and the other person moves their stuff!

  • Heather
    March 24, 2007at12:22 pm

    patrick emailed me to say “thankyouthankyou” again!
    and thank you thank you from me as well.
    I told my family about how I kept expecting htem to talk. They laughed. oddly enough, i got more out of the ballet about what the storyline was then pretending to read it in high school and falling asleep during the leonardo dicaprio movie.

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