Monthly Archives: August 2013

At the carwash

While not nearly as exciting as the soul/disco song, this story has some interesting details. If you know where to look for them.

Hickory Police are investigating a stabbing after finding a man dead at a carwash.

What details, you ask?

Suspect

Victim

Oh, yeah, those details.

Grab and run from Wal-Mart is a poor plan

This seems like a crime with a high probability of failure

Three Charlotte residents were arrested after grabbing the till from a cash register at Wal-Mart.

They may have been targeting the chain for some time, according to arrest warrants.

No one is that stupid, right? They would have had to be pushed by terrible circumstances to attempt such desperate actions, right?

Suspect 1

Suspect 3

Or they could be continuing their lives of crime.

You didn’t know?

Erin Palette?
Umm, didn’t you know?
Seriously?
Worst kept secret in the gunblogosphere.

Grandma isn’t giving up her purse

She refused to be a victim

Wake County sheriff’s deputies held (Suspect 1) and (Suspect 2) for Raleigh police, who charged them with attempted robbery after a witness saw two men trying to wrestle a hand bag away from a 50-year-old woman in downtown Raleigh and chased them Tuesday evening.

Random passerby decided to run them off and kept chasing them until a passing Sheriff’s Deputy stopped to investigate.

Suspect 1

Suspect 2

Good on both the 50 year old woman and the passerby.

Sean does Shakespeare

So you might have noticed that there hasn’t been much here on the blog lately. There’s a reason for that. There are only 24 hours in a day, and for some reason I need to sleep for about 8 of them. You know about the new puppy. That, plus trying not to neglect my wife too badly have taken up much of the time that was left over after accounting for the 4 hours a day, 6 days a week I’ve been dedicating to my small part(s) in a local theatre company’s production of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.”

Yeah, I’m acting, what of it?

I’ve always liked Shakespeare, and through a combination of circumstances I ended up seeing their previous show, “Comedy of Errors.” They were pretty good, so I thought I might like to audition. I was cast as Lord/Forest Lord. For those following along in the script, I was actually Second Lord.

My lord, the roynish clown, at whom so oft
Your Grace was wont to laugh, is also missing. 630
Hisperia, the Princess’ gentlewoman,
Confesses that she secretly o’erheard
Your daughter and her cousin much commend
The parts and graces of the wrestler
That did but lately foil the sinewy Charles; 635
And she believes, wherever they are gone,
That youth is surely in their company.

After much study and rehearsal it became apparent that I was the smarter of the two Thug Lords, so I played him as a psychopathic killer. It makes sense, the two people closest to the usurping Duke Frederick would probably be the two who did his dirty work.

The real revelation for me is the character of Celia. Everyone goes on and on about the lead, Rosalind, who dresses as a young boy and harasses her lover, Orlando, by conning him into wooing “him” by the name of Rosalind. But it seems to me that Celia is actually the wheel around which everything else turns.

Much is made of the homosexual overtones of the play, and certainly there are plenty of sly jokes on the subject, but what if one of the major things Shakespeare was trying to say was that the major power to affect the world resided in women?

Rosalind is playing at being a boy, and is doing stereotypically boy things. S(he) is loud, pushy, and the center of attention. But when you look at it, every major decision is actually made by Celia. Celia decides that they will both abandon the court for the forest. Celia tells Rosalind and Touchstone to stop screwing around and ask Corin for food. Celia ratifies the decision to buy the cottage. Celia  berates Rosalind for speaking poorly of women. Celia sets the tone, makes or ratifies all the decisions, and generally is the arbiter of what is good or bad for her group. Celia drives the plot, either directly by making the decisions, or indirectly by causing Rosalind to decide things based upon what Celia wants.

I wonder if Shakespeare was making a sly comment on the true power of women?

It helps that our Celia is Mary Forester, an actress with the power to pull this all off without ever seeming pushy. It’s been a lot of fun working with her, as well as the rest of the cast.

It’s strange to watch something come together as an organic process. We’ve got two dozen people working individually toward a goal we thought we could see from the start. It turns out that we would never have anticipated all the decisions we’ve made along the way. Every decision affects every other decision, sometimes to the point that I couldn’t exactly tell you why we do any one particular thing on stage except to say that it “feels right.” The results are pretty good, though.

A “mixed” review from the News and Observer

The bucolic setting of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” seems a natural for outdoor production. Bare Theatre obliges in Raleigh Little Theatre’s Stephenson Amphitheatre, adding a twist by placing the action in the Appalachian woods, complemented by live old-timey music. The energetic cast offers assorted pleasures, despite having to fight major technical problems.

A more positive review from arts journal CVNC

For the second time this summer, having joined with the circus last May to bring you A Comedy of Errors, Raleigh Little Theatre hosts Bare Theatre to present a unique evening of Shakespearean delights in a presentation of As You Like It. For this performance, the Forest of Arden is to be found in the hills of Appalachia, as PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, sponsors the appearance of the Zinc Kings, whose traditional music suffuses this show with a solid down-home feel.

And even a bootleg video of the final dance number and epilogue. You can see me on the far right hand side of the screen. Yes, I’m dancing.

 

 We’ve got two more performances, Thursday and Friday, the 29th and 30th. Gates open at 6:45PM and the opening band starts at 7PM. Tickets are $15, and you can get them HERE. 

The music is AWESOME. The actors (aside from me) are really talented. Plus food trucks! What else could you ask for a great evening out in Raleigh?

UPDATE: Bonus photo of First Lord (Gary Watts) and Second Lord (me) beating up Rosalind (Whitney Griffin)

Thugs and Rosalind

Photo credit: Bare Theatre.

Would defenestration be too harsh a punishment?

Do you think that if we pushed a few people like this out of a few 10th floor windows that they would stop scamming people?

Police on Thursday charged another man they had been seeking in connection with elderly residents’ being scammed of dozens of thousands of dollars for unneeded house repairs that have been the focus of a state law enforcement task force.

There’s something vile about a scam artist.

Suspect

See Spots: Leopard, not changing.

Maybe you shouldn’t do things like that

Them pesky “passersby.” They are always messing up your fun.

Police arrested a man who was already wanted in Cumberland County after they say passersby spotted him shooting a pellet gun at kids on a Wilmington street.

 He was “wanted” in Cumberland, but he’s broken laws in New Hanover and Wake Counties as well.

Suspect

Maybe if they’d bothered to punish him for his previous crimes he wouldn’t be such a hassle now.

Aww, he was “depressed”

How sad for him. He was depressed.

(Suspect), 49, whose most recent address was listed as 477 Sunset St., went to a Walmart to purchase a knife, then to the home of (Victim), 40, of 2854 Rock Ford Road in Newton about 4:30 a.m. He then broke out a window and climbed in the house, according to Sheriff Coy Reid of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. (Suspect), is accused of stabbing (Victim), then forcing her outside and into the passenger side of her vehicle, which (Suspect), then drove south down U.S. 321.

As the vehicle crossed into Gaston County, (Victim) jumped out. (Suspect), pulled over, ran back to (Victim) and stabbed her several more times, the press release said. (Victim) fought back and got away, but as she fled, she was struck by a tractor-trailer and killed.

But his friend said he was “depressed.”

Suspect

What was he doing outside of prison in the first place?

At least go to Victoria’s Secret

This is a new low in poor criminal choices.

A Stanley woman was arrested after driving impaired to Wal-Mart and stealing panties, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

She got crocked, hopped in the SUV with a baby and a drunk dude, drove to Wal-Mart, and when they caught her they found stolen panties in her purse.

Suspect

And I’ll bet she doesn’t see one day of prison.

Here’s how you take a little problem and turn it into a big one

You have the right to remain silent. You should probably exercise that right. If you can.

A private police sergeant charged a Raleigh man with attempted bribery Sunday after the officer said the man offered $500 not to be taken to jail for his arrest on charges of not paying and disorderly conduct at an IHOP restaurant on Capital Boulevard.

The officer was a Capitol Special Police officer working off duty as private security in the IHOP. The fool who couldn’t keep his mouth shut is dumber than his namesake.

Suspect

Man, even my dog isn’t that dumb.