june 21

June 21, 2015 bits and pieces  No comments


Years ago, a character in one of my plays unveiled a painting on stage and said,

“I call this one ‘parent’. You see, my Dad passed away when I was 12 and my mother became both to me from that point on”.

That was true in my life and ended up in my play.

Today is Father’s Day. On this date in 2009 Mum passed away. In so many ways the celebration of the day belongs to both of them.

Since their passing, both have directly influenced work for the stage. In Dad’s case it was “Lies My Father Told Me” and with Mum it was “Dancing In The Mist”. (The latter is currently on tour.) My parents provided rich material to mold into plays… and for that and my upbringing I am grateful.

I can say with confidence that my parents were good people...

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it is the middle of June…

June 16, 2015 bits and pieces  No comments


… and so far we have survived the first of the hot days of Summer. (105 F last Saturday, yo!) Oh, there will be more. We’ll survive those too.

It is Summer in the valley afterall. Heat is what is to be expected. Yet, there are those who still whine and groan about it. As if that will make things any cooler.

At least, so far, the humidity has stayed low. Though I don’t hold much hope for that if the last 3 years has been any indication. Humidity levels has risen from what it was when I first arrived on these shores. I hold the sprawl of development partially responsible.

Added to all of this is the drought we are going through. Last week over 5 days I noticed as many incidents of branches of trees in the neighborhood crack off and fall...

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sometimes I get these ideas

May 28, 2015 bits and pieces  No comments


Everyday, actually. Lots of them. They hover in my mind like gnats in a warm dusk. Most are fleeting. Some stick. Many don’t.

Of those that stick… I make them wait. Because some will fade. And the ones that don’t… I set aside to brew or cook.

I used to cook a lot faster than I do now. I used to treat them like produce to be used before they go limp… convinced of it’s lesser value with it’s bright crunch gone.

I stopped doing that.

Now I treat them more like spices set on the shelf awaiting to enhance a particular dish. Although I am aware that even in this shelf state there is a limited life. One can’t wait too long.

Any good dish is a blend of flavors. So, it is not just one idea that makes it. More like a cluster. There may be one or two that dominate...

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because it’s May…

May 25, 2015 bits and pieces  No comments


… and I didn’t want this month to feel left out of me posting here on the blog. Yeah, I know it is bad form… my lack of postings. Still I’m doing it now and that’s what counts, eh?

If you must know, I’ve been up to my eyeballs with video work. This is a good thing. Brings in an income allowing me to buy food and stuff my face so that I don’t wither away into a mist. Plus, like any other skill… the more you do it the better you get at it. That’s a good thing too. Though, I am 4 editing projects behind and yet to be compensated for at least 3 jobs. That… that is not such a good thing. Still, forward is the desirable motion.

And what else has transpired since I last posted? Lots. Mostly the day to day. There was a storm cell that drenched the town a couple of weeks back...

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Da Count – they call him RP

April 17, 2015 Da Count  16 comments


To call him one of my best friends will not suffice. A brother from different parents, one of my mother’s other sons, a partner in crime… all of these may verge closer but still not encompass everything that was Robert Alan Paul… RP… a nickname I bestowed upon him… that stuck.

rpn1-550x375We met in college – thrown together by Sandy Shafer, a music professor when I was in need of a musical director for my show “Frogway”. Once that project was done I said to him, “We’ll work again…” and we did… collaborating on the creation of several original shows together.

At times, when we got together, and a little into our cups...

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Funerals Galore

March 30, 2015 bits and pieces  No comments


Two biggies in one week. Both lasting just as long and just as ostentatious. So, if you are into big lavish pomp of the dead… this was the week for it.

I’ll admit I’ve been following the story of Richard III since his body was found in a council car-park for the last three years. The story is fascinating both from the historical and scientific fronts. Since I had followed it all that way I figured watching the funeral… or should I say the re-internment was imminent.

Likewise, the Lee Kuan Yew story piqued my historical and political interest. Coming from that part of the world, the history of Singapore and Malaysia have intertwining threads. So, naturally I watched that one with interest… inevitably tied to my past.

Both were leaders whose actions in life were both admired and reviled...

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first post of 2015

March 25, 2015 bits and pieces  No comments

Yeah, I know. Heck it is March 25th. So, what has been happening to me? I became King… that’s what.


Here is proof. Like my court? Yeah, it is a frenzy of pith helmets and sarongs… a dream come true. So, yeah… I was asked to be King of this year’s Mardi Gras… and I obliged. It was fun… yes, it was.

But I digress… because earlier in the year I took a trip to San Francisco to meet up with some cousins I haven’t seen in over 25 years. Below is part of a post (in block quotes on the left) I fully intended to post… but didn’t. Here is pictorial proof that I did indeed meet with my cousins… and had a good time.


I’m blogging from my favorite coffee cart in SF… cable car coffee situated at the Powell St. station...

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