April 30th, 2006

Four Friends


I promised to tell all about the musical my daughter was in, which was performed at the Cole Auditorium at East Noble High School, Kendallville, Indiana, USA. (That covers wherever you're reading this from!) Being a freshman in only her second play, Jillian had only a small part -- literally. She was a Who (I got lots of puns out of that).

No flash photography was allowed, but with high speed film I was able to get some kinda/sort clear shots of the action. I can't do justice to this play or its director -- it was an incredible job, worthy of a professional production.

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The Cat in the Hat Almost Went Splat

A Cat that went splat wouldn't be very good
Covered with blood, couldn't host as he should.
So aren't we all glad, that he really did try
to stay up on the stage, and didn't just die?

He clawed his way down toward the orchestra pit
while the audience waited to see his head hit
But I think we were all very lucky that day
that he didn't go "Bam!" and could still host the play.

Yes the cat, he hung on, if just by a claw
it was no disasterous fall that we saw
You can be sure there'd be no happy end
if his joints ended up on a bad backward bend.

Horton blared warning, Jo Jo gave a squeal,
and even Mazie dimmed her sex appeal
And all of the Who's, down in Whoville below
could be heard very clearly screaming out "No!"

Even the Grinch was afraid that he'd see
a Cat in the Hat go "Timber!" like a tree,
and take a dive into the orchestra pit
which none of us paid for; oh no, not a bit.

The general yelled "Medic!" without even waiting
to see if the Cat would need medicating.
Gertrude was afraid that she'd have to fly
that poor cat to the Vet, who she hoped lived nearby.

But the Cat pulled it out; he's a very spry fellow
who acted as if he was calm, cool and mellow.
But if you looked very closely you'd see he was shook --
there's no "Cat in the Hat in the Morgue" in a book.

And for the rest of the day he carried that egg;
so no one would see the Cat peed down his leg.
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buffy fanfiction: Xander's Job chapter 1

Xander’s having a really great day. This being the Whedonverse, such a moment of happiness can’t possibly last ... and sure enough, the person he least wants to see shows up with some very bad news. Post "Chosen", and set in a world in which the slayers are settling into a secret Watcher's emergency facility in Chicago.

This story was supposed to be a one-shot, but got such a great response on fanfiction.net that I ended up expanding it into a 'round the world Journey that touches bases with just about everyone in the Buffy/Angel universe. It's set just before my "Four Friends" stories.

Many, many thanks to kazzy_cee for the special "Xander's Job" icons she made for this story! Thanks also to my original story beta, Ainon -- Xander's biggest fan.

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