I was in a musical a couple years ago. A singing and acting role. I hate musicals. But I liked this one. Maybe because an acquaintance wrote it, and asked me to be in it.
I was basically an old-timey circus barker's ghost. Haunting the warehouse full of old props, etc., left behind by multiple generations of this circus family.
It was a fun production. Everybody else on stage was a professional, and continues in their acting professions today. A ballerina/dancer/actress in NYC. An actress in NYC. An LA-based comedian/actor. Three staples of the Seattle local musical theater industry. Etc.
We follow each other on Instagram and Facebook and pretend to still know each other.
On Sunday, one of the local actresses needed a ride from the airport. I live about 7 minutes from SeaTac, so offered to give her a ride. She was going all the way to the north end of Seattle, but getting to hang out and chat and reminisce with a beautiful, outgoing, gregarious, fun woman is a task I will gladly sign up for.
We had a lovely time chatting, singing Tom Lehrer songs (she does a Tom Lehrer tribute in drag), and neither of us even noticed the shitty Seattle traffic, terrible weather, or anything else.
My wife and I have been really nesting ever since our wedding two years ago. We rarely go out any more, choosing to stay home together and just BE with one another. So getting out and talking to someone else for a bit was a nice change of pace.
Then, on Sunday, I went with my brother and kleinbl00 to see a Mongolian metal band play at a seriously shitty dive club in Seattle, El Corazon. Other than getting to hang out and chat with two of my favorite dudes for a while, Tengger Cavalry was a great show, and surprised us with being their own opening band - doing an acoustic set of traditional Mongolian folk tunes - before coming back on stage and blowing the doors off the place.
And, my wife and I are going to be traveling with the rugby fan club to away games this year, in New Orleans, NYC, and Austin. Maybe Toronto, too.
So apparently we are emerging from our shell of isolation? Who knows...?