Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Many Thanks!

Last night approximately 82 folks heard Sarah Barnhardt's new comedy routine, Tony Williamson on mandolin, Walter Holton on guitar and the beautiful vocals of Laurelyn Dossett.

For those of you who attended our fundraiser - THANK YOU! We raised more than $1,500, which will go toward our next production, Kimberly Akimbo, opening in June.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

A Night At The Theatre

Stephen and I volunteered to help with concessions so we could see Twin City Stage's All Shook Up for free. We usually man the wine table, but tonight we were in charge of the ice cream. (Actually it's Wolfie's Frozen Custard and it's outta the world yummy!)

I absolutely enjoyed the show! There were so many great things about it, I'll see if I can break it down.

First of all, the set was wonderful. Bland Wade never ceases to amaze me with his sets. Shawn Hooper's lighting design complimented Bland's sets so beautifully. I loved the rich background colors.

One of my favorite numbers was "Let Yourself Go" where garden statues come to life and perform a ballet number. Beautiful choreography by Angela Fuller, and the statue costumes were amazing. The entire time I was transfixed.

Miriam Davie was wonderful as the sexy librarian Sandra. Michele Groneck and Angela Hodges were hoots in their various ensemble roles. Roberts Bass was touching as Jim, and his "Don't Be Cruel" number was too, too funny. Jeremy Kuhn, who I worked with for the staged reading of The Velveteen Rabbit, was very impressive as Dean. I so enjoyed watching him on stage.

Maggie Gallagher almost stole the show with Matilda's "Devil In Disguise" guitar number. I say "almost" because in my opinion it was Danny Alvarez's Sheriff Earl who actually stole the show. Sheriff Earl doesn't speak until the last 10 minutes of the show when he finally has enough of Matilda's antics. He speaks his mind and also professes his love for Matilda. Danny took Maggie in his arms, dipped her and proceeded to kiss her with such passionate abandon. The audience roared!

But it was Lalenja Harrington's portrayal of Sylvia that most impressed me. She is astoundingly talented and has such a beautiful voice. I was mesmerized.

Unfortunately, I did not think the leads really stood out. Darren Fuller played Chad, the Elvis-like Roustabout. Watching him I truly missed the energy and verve I knew David Joy would have brought to that role. Katlyn Shaw, who played the dual roles of Natalie/Ed just seemed too young.

Overall the show was highly energized and entertaining. And the Wolfie's Frozen Custard was the perfect compliment to a great evening.

Friday, March 26, 2010

An Evening At The (Movie) Theater

My plan was to go see The Vagina Monologues tonight. Unfortunately they were sold-out (well, very fortunate for them). A classic case of "all dressed up and nowhere to go," Chris came to my rescue. Well, sort of. He suggested a movie and we poured over several area cinema lists. He didn't want to see any chick flicks and I didn't want to see any testosterone fueled war movie or dumb male bonding comedy.

So, we went to see Hot Tub Time Machine.

I know. It falls into the latter of movies I DIDN'T want to see. But I couldn't argue after Chris offered to pay for my ticket. I also figured my coolness factor would increase (even if only amongst the teenage crowd).

The movie had two saving graces - John Cusak and time travel to 1986, an era I knew very well. There were a couple of funny scenes. One in particular, while uncomfortable for most men, had me crying I was laughing so hard.

All in all it was an enjoyable movie. It's not the level of The 40-Year Old Virgin but it was much, much better than Superbad.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I'm Supporting V-Day Greensboro

Because I got my Trials and Tribulations rehearsal dates confused I had to drop out of both The Vagina Monologues and A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer. I hate that I didn't get to work with directors Sheri Masters and Jay Smith, respectively. I will, however, attend both performances.

Tomorrow night I'll see Ken, Heather, Michael and Charis in A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer. Friday night I'll go see Peg, Charis, Liz and Nichelle in The Vagina Monologues.

If you'd like to join me, please come. Tickets are only $10 and proceeds go to the Sherri Denese Jackson Foundation.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

My Bro's (Back) In Boston!

Since becoming a flight attendant with jetBlue, Dusty's been living in NYC (well, actually Queens) and flying out of JFK. Due to airport construction, one of the runways will be closed which limits the number of jetBlue flights out of JFK. A limited number of flights means Dusty would drop further down the reserve list.

Because his chances were better to actually get a line, he's decided to move "home" to Boston. (Dusty and I were both born in Massachusetts, as was our mother.) Instead of a crash pad, he's renting a one-bedroom apartment.

Here's the view of the Boston Bay from his apartment window.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

A Night At The Theatre

Last night I attended Theatre Alliance's Spooky Dog And The Teenage Gang Mystery, an irreverent adult spoof of the Scooby Doo cartoons I grew up watching every Saturday morning. Originally scheduled to be a staged reading, the cast chose to memorize their lines. And with an actual set, props and amazingly accurate costumes, it was a full scale production.

The show begins with the audience being asked for 3 things:
1.) The name of a celebrity
2.) Advice your mom would give you
3.) A personal item
Heather suggested Ricky Martin for our night's celebrity, and the Spooky Dog cast handled the improv well with "Livin' la Vida Loca", "Shake Your Bon-Bon" and Menudo references. (Madonna, Britney Spears and Kathy Bates were suggested celebrities during their rehearsals. I'd have loved to have seen how they handled the latter celebrity.) "Don't put that in your mouth." was the sage advice from one audience member and fit right in with the adult comedy of the show, as did the egg shaker provided by Cheri.

It was an uproariously hilarious show complete with a couple of musical numbers. All embodied their "Scooby Doo" alter egos extremely well, including Nichelle Wright and Stephen Holley as the token villains. But it was Danielle Barnicle's "Daphne" posturing that continuously cracked me up and Sean Farrell's vocalization of "Shaggy" that most impressed me.

A guest appearance by Fred Flintstone rounded out a highly enjoyable show.

RiverRun Preview

Last night Chris and I attended
the Third Annual Kernersville RiverRun Preview sponsored by RiverRun International Film Festival, Kernersville Little Theatre and the KDPDC. The clips were shown in a loft at The Factory (the previous Hooker Furniture Factory, now renovated into retail, commercial, and living space).

In the seven years since RiverRun has been in Winston-Salem I've only been to one event, a midnight showing of short films. This year I'm hoping to make it to more film events and last night's preview commercials pumped up my excitement. Hipsters and Y Tu Mama Tambien are on my calendar. (I'm bummed that I won't get to see Paper Moon or Like Water for Chocolate due to my show.)

Friday, March 19, 2010


The price of an affair? $9 million
Thursday, March 18, 2010
(Updated Friday, March 19 - 5:18 am)
By Jennifer Fernandez
Staff Writer

GREENSBORO — A jury in Guilford County District Court this week awarded $9 million to a former Greensboro woman, agreeing that her husband’s lover ruined their marriage.

Cynthia Shackelford, 60, who now lives in Raleigh, sued Anne Lundquist in 2007 for having an affair with her husband, Allan Shackelford.

In the lawsuit, Cynthia Shackelford said her husband began an affair with Lundquist before the Shackelfords separated in April 2005. She said she and her husband were still in love when Lundquist broke up the marriage.

Cynthia Shackelford said in a telephone interview Wednesday that her husband, a Greensboro attorney at the time, met Lundquist while providing legal services for Guilford College. Lundquist was the dean of campus life at the private school.

“If you want to know the truth, I am still like in a fog,” Cynthia Shackelford said.

She said the two-day trial, which ended Tuesday, was difficult. Testimony included the private investigator detailing times that he saw her husband spending time with Lundquist, she said.

“I really loved him, and I really thought he loved me,” Cynthia Shackelford said. “I had not a clue that Allan would wander. He kept telling me 'Oh, she’s just a friend. There’s no affair. I love you.’”

Lundquist did not return a call late Wednesday afternoon. She is the dean of students at Wells College, according to the Web site of the small private school in central New York.

In 2007, she and Allan Shackelford co-authored a book through LRP Publications .

Court records show the Shackelfords’ divorce has not been finalized. Cynthia Shackelford said she believes Lundquist and her husband are still a couple.

The jury awarded Cynthia Shackelford money for alienation of affections, criminal conversation (legal speak for adultery) and intentionally or recklessly causing severe emotional distress.

North Carolina remains one of a few states that allow someone to sue the person alleged to have interfered in a marriage — called alienation of affections. More than 200 such cases are filed statewide in an average year, according to the Rosen law firm in Raleigh.

The firm cites several high-dollar cases over the years, but none near the mark of the Shackelford-Lundquist case.

In 1997, separate juries awarded $1 million in an Alamance County case and $1.2 million in a Forsyth County case.

In 2001, a jury awarded $1.4 million to a distraught husband in Mecklenburg County. On appeal, the court reversed the decision on $910,000 of the award but left about $500,000 for the husband.

Collecting money in such awards can be difficult but is not impossible, said Will Jordan, the Greensboro attorney who represented Cynthia Shackelford.

“We may not get the full $9 million, but I’m hopeful that we’ll collect a substantial sum of money,” he said. “In addition to just collecting the judgment, there’s a certain amount of validation or vindication that goes with having a jury acknowledge that you were done wrong.”

Cynthia Shackelford said she gave up teaching to raise two children and support her husband’s career. After the marriage fell apart, she moved in with friends because she couldn’t afford an apartment.

Court records show that Allan Shackelford has never paid court-ordered spousal support and faces arrest on a contempt of court charge for violating that support order.

Cynthia Shackelford, who eventually moved to Raleigh, wanted others to know about her case.

“We would like for people to respect the sanctity of marriage,” Cynthia Shackelford said. “We wanted a number high enough that it would keep other people from ... going after other married spouses.”

Contact Jennifer Fernandez at 373-7064 or jennifer.fernandez@news-record.com
I remember first reading about this in 2007. Apparently Lundquist is planning to appeal.

Also, check out Doug Clark's blog. Mr. Shackelford himself leaves some comments, as does his daughter and son.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Okay, so I've just scheduled my first ever "lead actor" interview with Mary from the Winston-Salem Journal. Already I'm nervous, and it's not for another week!

Monday, March 15, 2010

The Battle of Shallowford

Due to my show and the SETC Convention, I was not able to see Kernersville Little Theatre's production of The Battle of Shallowford. If you didn't see it either we both missed out on a great production.

I did receive some pictures, from the wonderful Cathy Marion who dressed the set. And I must say, it's one of the best sets I've seen at KLT in a while.

The cast:
Burton - Mark Walek
Ruthie - Rene Walek
Clunette - Jordan Googe
Lonny - Guido Portel
Roy - Dick Strohmeier
Fred - Don Scarborough
Newsome - Randy Morris
DooDad - Justin Attkisson
Dewey - Gray Bobbitt

Friday, March 12, 2010

A Book Report

I bought Dear John because I thought I would need something to read before bed while in Lexington, KY. I read the Acknowledgments and Epilogue the first night, and didn't pick it up again until the van ride home. On both occasions I had to re-read several paragraphs because my attention simply waned and I kept falling asleep. I finally finished the book last night.

My review - meh. I think the more interesting story would be in a sequel, as was the case with True Believer.

I could have saved myself the $9.64 and simply tuned in to the Lifetime channel. It's just as bubble gum sweet and as predictable as any one of those movies. As a matter of fact, I'll wait and see the movie when it's eventually televised on Lifetime.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Saturday, March 06, 2010

SETC Convention, Friday - Part Two

After dinner at IHOP Chris and I returned to the Convention Center and he sprinted to the Lexington's Children Theatre so he could give Angela his coat. (One of the Assassins cast members was wearing his coat as part of her costume.)I stopped to call Quiana, Hardy and April to see if they were planning on seeing the show. Quiana was having dinner with her mom and would not be joining us. April said she might attend and I couldn't reach Hardy.

The show wasn't until 8:30p and as it was only 7:50p I was surprised to see the LCT already overcrowded with students. I was excited by the turnout for Angela's sake yet worried that I wouldn't be able to get in. So for the second time I used the power of my purple badge. I pushed my way through the crowd and as the side doors weren't guarded, I entered the theatre. Vivian Snipes was sitting at the top of the stairs and she was just as surprised to see me as I was her. I quietly asked how much longer they were going to rehearse. She advised there was no rehearsal; there was a one-man show going on. I was so embarrassed! Chris was texting me but I was afraid to check my phone! Finally Vivian left to consult with Larry about a video feed for Assassins.

Chad had to interrupt the one man show's talk back since he was running over his time. There were only about 12 people who were staying for Assassins so Chad requested them take seats in the middle. As we prepared to open the house, Angela found me and gave me Chris' phone. Since I wasn't answering his texts he decided to search for me in the lobby. I poked my head out the door and the first person I saw was Zack Brown, who I know from Theatre Alliance. I asked him to find Chris and it was a wave reaction of heads turning as each person communicated my request. Finally Chris came up the stairs and I related how I had gotten into the theatre by accident.

Hardy and April were able to make it into the theatre, as did Justin. The theatre seats 300 and LCT worked to seat another 100 in one of the rooms with video feed. Those remaining in the lobby could also watch the live feed. Angela was understandably nervous for her cast and Chris had a difficult time keeping still.

About 15 minutes into the show April, who was sitting right beside me, started to snore. I woke her up and reminder her that Angela was standing right beside her videotaping. Five minutes later I again had to wake April. I felt so bad for her as I knew how tired she was!

I've had the soundtrack forever but had never seen Assassins. It was good that I was familiar with the music because the canned music, at times, drown out the cast. Still the show was good and I thoroughly enjoyed the performance.

After the show Justin and I headed over to Beth's suite, nicknamed the Juice Joint, for a private reception. We met up with Quiana and Ben and decided to take the stairs instead of waiting for the elevator. Chris joined us a few minutes later. After about an hour we all decided to head down to the hotel bar. My drink for the night was Kentucky Ale and quite a lot of it I did drink. We had such a good time, laughing, drinking, talking and laughing even more. I didn't return to my room until 4 am!

SETC Convention, Friday

I met Hardy at 6:30 and he introduced me to the Undergrad Audition staff. The Auditions Director, Assistant Auditions Director and Stage Manager all greeted me in the same manner. While they each shook my hand with beauty pageant smiles pasted on their faces, their eyes regarded me with unconcealed suspicion. Pretending not to notice the frigid temperature Hardy explained that I would be around and available to assist them in whatever capacity needed. The Director nodded her head as if to say "okay" and turned her back on us and began conversing with the other two women. Talk about rude! I attended her student briefing and couldn't believe when she made a negative remark about SETC. I mean, hello? Did she not realize she was supposed to be representing SETC? Then during the College/University briefing she offered an apology for the tight quarters... "Evidently Hardy didn't order enough tables." My mouth dropped open. The tight quarters was beyond Hardy's (or even SETC's) control. About an hour later, Steve, one of our Exec Board Members, was introducing me to some of the undergraduate auditions volunteers. The three ladies were talking at the other end of the table. After the introductions Steve says aloud, "So, I understand you will be running these auditions next year." The 3 ladies (who I nicknamed the Bitches of Eastwick) whipped their heads around to stare daggers at me. I fought for the words to explain that I didn't know what my responsibilities would be but that there was a chance that I would be somehow involved. I then quickly retreated. I attempted to return a half hour later to see how things were going and the Bitches of Eastwick made it very clear that I was not needed nor wanted.

So I did what any normal red blooded American girl would do....I went shopping. The Commercial and Education Expo were down the next hallway from auditions, so I decided to soothe my psyche with the help of Craig Pospisil at the Dramatist Play Service booth. Like last year, DPS was offering scripts for $5.00 and Buy 3 Get 1 Free. I plunked down $30 and got 8 scripts - 6 plays and 2 musicals.
The Rest Of The Night
Great Falls
Animals Out Of Paper
The Hallelujah Girls
'Til Beth Do Us Part
Romantic Poetry
Gone Missing
Still in need of retail therapy, I headed to the Samuel French booth and picked up 3 more scripts.
Out Of Sterno
Wedding Belles
Elephant Sighs
At 2pm I started begging Chris to release Ben so he and I could attend Tituss' keynote address. Chris finally acquiesced and by the time Ben and I arrived there was a sea of folks waiting to get in. For the first time ever, I used the power of my purple badge and Ben and I got in early. (SETC Central Staff, Dream Team, Job Squad and Pro Aud Staff have purple name badges which allows unrestricted access.) We did help usher and I worked with the hotel staff to open the airwalls to the adjoining rooms. Luckily Ben and I had saved ourselves seats in the front row; the place was packed!

Tituss was an informative and gracious speaker. While it took some coaxing, he did perform two numbers and was then whisked away by April and Jasmine so he could make his flight home.

Friday, March 05, 2010

SETC Convention, Thursday

For the most part the first day of Professional Auditions went well. Due to the large number of auditionees (780!) we are trying a new 40 person/1 hour block. You see, most auditionees will act and sing and they have 90 seconds to show their stuff. If all 40 auditionees take 90 seconds, it should take an hour. Unfortunately, there is no account for the time it takes an auditionee to walk to the stage, up the stairs and take a mental moment before beginning. As such, we ran 5 to 6 minutes behind for each block. If it weren't for the auditionees who didn't show up for their audition, we would have run right into the 5:30p Dance Briefing.

The majority of the auditionees are undergrad students who passed their state's screening audition, and I was very surprised by the poor quality of some of the auditions. Auditionees are supposed to use the same material for Pro Auditions that they used for State Screening and if that indeed was the case, I questioned why they were even passed! Lisa felt the same and communicated her concern regarding some of the adjudicators.

We had a bit of a snafu during the initial stages of the dance call. I was running around trying to grab staff and volunteers to alleviate the issue. Within 20 minutes all was running smoothly. Unbelievably we finished dance call at 8:15p. Last year dance call ran until 10:30p each night because the pro companies called back so many folks to dance. They obviously learned their lesson! I let the staff go to enjoy a successful first day and the early night and I stayed to close the Callback Room.

I met up with Quiana and Ben, who were attending a Theatre for Youth reception at the Lexington Children's Theatre. While at the "bar" waiting for a cold Kentucky Ale I inadvertently entered into a conversation with a person whose gender I could not determine. I finally glanced at the name badge and inwardly chuckled. I had finally met the infamous Mr. Bryant. (Well, infamous to the Central Office.) I caught Ben's eye and pleaded for my liberation. With the reception winding down and none of us having had dinner, we decided to eat at DeSha's again. Mark joined us and we rescued Jasmine from her self-date. We spent the next hour discussing, debating, and solving all of SETC's organizational hindrances.

We all headed back to the LCT where we met up with Justin, Sam, Hardy, Chris, April and Betsey for Tituss Burgess' midnight concert. Due to a very early morning, the unspoken plan was to stay for a couple of songs and then head back to our respective hotels. Once Tituss took the stage, we were all enthralled. What an amazingly talented performer! He began with "King of the World" from Songs for a New World and I was breathless. Quiana was excited to hear him sing "Under The Sea" from The Little Mermaid, and of course he did "Sit Down You're Rocking The Boat" from Guys and Dolls. He related conversations he had backstage with Liz Minnelli at the Tony's and with Bette Midler during a fundraiser. And he talked about antics on the set of "Jersey Boys". He started singing a ballad and the words were so familiar to me. I finally realized it was Kelly Clarkson's "Since You've Been Gone" and man, as a slow ballad it was hauntingly beautiful. Tituss entertained us for slightly over an hour and watching him in what is clearly his element was well worth the loss of sleep.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

SETC Convention, Wednesday

SETC's 61st Annual Spring Convention officially started today! Quiana, Chris and Mark were pretty busy at the Registration Desk. April was busy with her Job Contact and Hardy was with Liz Lerman for our K-12 Institute. I spent most of today drafting the rotation schedule for the Professional Audition staff. I picked up lunch at Arby's and spent the next hour bugging Chris, whose help I desperately needed to print numerous documents.

I was able to meet with Lisa Leonard, the director for our Professional Auditions, after lunch and we discussed plans for the next three days and the staff schedule. She's a bit nervous that she's losing me on Friday and Saturday; she's soooo good for my esteem! I love working with Lisa and the two of us just click. I'll admit that while I'm sad to be leaving Pro Auditions, I'm very much looking forward to actually experiencing this year's Convention. As I discovered last year, when you're on the Pro Aud staff you don't have time to enjoy the Convention. (Last year in Birmingham, AL, we worked 16 hours each of the 3 days of professional auditions!) I also met my roommate, Susan Phillips, who is the manager for the Institute of Outdoor Drama at UNC-Chapel Hill. I liked her immediately!

Since auditionees were scheduled to see the audition space at 8p, I headed up to Bluegrass Ballroom One at 7:30p. Some of the Pro Aud staff were already there, and hugs and laughter abounded. Save one, all the folks who worked Pro Auditions last year returned. They are such a hard-working, professional group of young folks! They immediately got to work circulating amongst the auditionees to be available for the inevitable questions.

After the walk-thru we had our Pro Aud Staff meeting. Lisa asked that I present the rotation schedule, which was new to this staff. I then took everyone on a tour of our facilities, pointing out our Warm Up Room, Holding Room, Callback Room, and the rooms for the Dance Callbacks. (Thank you Betsey for our January field trip!) After the meeting they headed up to Beth's for the Volunteer Reception and I helped April with Job Contact stuff for about an hour.

I popped by the reception, which was breaking up just as I was arriving. I'm now back in my room trying to type quietly so as not to wake Susan!

SETC Convention, Tuesday

I cannot pinpoint the last time I stayed out (practically) all night drinking. I can tell you that the massive headache I had upon waking stirred the edges of very distant memories. My cell phone alarm went off at 8a and I must have dismissed it instead of snoozed. I awoke with a start at 8:30a and rushed through a shower, etc. By the grace of God I somehow made it to my 9am Pre-Con meeting. I was slightly comforted in that I was not the only one suffering from the late night/early morning. I muddled through my "Hi, I'm Cheryl Ann..." introduction with just a tiny slurring of my name and even managed to keep down the yogurt, fruit and granola parfait offered for breakfast. As soon as the meeting adjourned I headed back to my room for a few more zzzz's.

Perhaps it was the war my stomach was waging with the yogurt or my worry over missing the hotel maid, but I just could not rest. I finally got up and with the help of the hotel staff I accessed my free internet. I spent the next several hours reading and replying to the numerous emails sent to our general mailbox.

The rest of my day was spent catching up on my work email, unpacking and ironing all my outfits, as well as a 30 minute power nap. Around 5p I met up with Quiana and more members of the Dream Team for a mandatory briefing and at 6p we headed up to Beth's suite for a reception that included the Dream Team, Job Squad, Central Staff and numerous Board members.

Piling into available cars we headed to a 7:30p dinner at Ramsey's. Chris, Quiana, Hardy and I grabbed a table by ourselves. This time I ordered the meat loaf with mashed potatoes, fried okra and apple fritters. The meat loaf was pretty spicy, but very good.

The four of us headed back to "the office" around 9:30p to help pull tickets for Tituss' concert. The wrong date was printed on the tickets and we had to find and fix each one. I sent Quiana to her room after an hour. Our previous night of drinking and her full working day were starting to wear her thin. April came in to assist and by 11p we had accomplished our task. Fifteen minutes later I was ensconced in my very comfortable bed reading the first few pages of the Nicholas Sparks' novel I bought for the trip.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

SETC Convention, Monday

This time our drive to Lexington, KY was absolutely beautiful as the sun was brightly shining. We decided to forgo Bob Evans hospitality and stopped for lunch at a Travel Plaza, which housed a variety of fast food restaurants. Quiana and I went with KFC, while Chris and April ordered from Burger King. Hardy and Mark, who were taking turns driving the Penske truck, joined us 10 minutes later.

We arrived in Lexington a bit after 5p. By the time the truck pulled in we secured a flat bed cart from the LCC and Dream Team members Ben and Claire joined us to unload. It took us about an hour to get everything off the truck and stored in the appropriate places.

Since we had about an hour before we were scheduled to meet for dinner we all checked into our rooms. I am staying at the Hyatt this time. The bathroom isn't as nice as the one in the Hilton and since I'll be sharing my room beginning Wednesday night, I don't have a king. Still, it's nice and cozy. I had to laugh, though. Usually hotels offer trial sized body lotions, shampoos and conditioners, and the Hyatt was no different. In addition to these staples was a trial sized tube of Aquafresh Extreme Clean toothpaste - the exact same kind I bought at Wal-Mart for this trip!

We met in the Hilton lobby and walked across the street to Desha's for dinner. I ordered a glass of pinot grigio and a pasta dish. The pasta was delicious, even though no one at the table could identify the peculiar shaped, cheese filled pasta. (A cross between farfella pasta and crab ragoon.) Quiana ordered the fish and chips and finally learned that the french fries were actually the "chips".

At 9:30p we left the restaurant and I fully intended to return to my room to relax. Justin, Claire, Ben, Quiana and Chris were headed to Cheapside, where Mondays offered $4.00 martinis. Chris and Ben invited me and I was so flattered to be asked to join the "young people" that I agreed. I did add that I would only stay until 10p.

Five hours and 10 Flirtinis and Lounge Lizards later, our waiter and bartender finally kicked us out after a final round of shots, on-the-house. We all decided to continue the party in the suite Justin, Ben and Claire were occupying for the night. (The suite would be turned over for Tituss Burgess on Wednesday.) We somehow managed to obtain a bottle of red wine and the drink-a-thon continued. Quiana left then returned 10 minutes later, chocolate cookies were discovered and then devoured, and a great deal of wine ended up decorating my white sweater. I eventually returned to my room, at 4 in the morning, a mere 6 hours later than I originally intended.