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post #8771 of 8957 (permalink) Old 08-20-2019, 12:36 PM
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The nice weather has made me lazy, thanks for asking.

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Bought premium black paint to cover the 380 sq ft or the stage, laid it on and it didn't quite cover as I expected. Thinking I may do a second layer of some not quite so expensive black paint. Maybe a semi gloss on the second coat. You can see the ply grain through the premium paint, at least on the last few sectons where I was stretching the paint. The platforms are so light weight that they are easily moved, so I have to tie them together so they stay put. I was thinking of adding a long cable from side to side to help keep it lined up in the center.

It is a BIG stage.

I'm thinking of making the theatrical flat frames a little more solid than I thought at first, with a short segment (18 inches wide, that sits on or beside the stage that would act as a brace for the other segments, which will be set at a 90 degree angle. If it's set up to be permanent, I can then run bracing back to the building's back wall, which will make the rest of the flats more stable. Will have to move the two side projectors and screens forward because they're partially obscured by the flats now. The other option is to make shorter side flats so you can still see the side screens. The Church uses the side screens, but we won't.

I'll have to check in with them on moving the projectors and screens. Another option would be to add the screens to the top of the short flats. That gives more room to hide tall actors backstage, waiting to go on.

I gave four theatrical lights to the community theater, but they're not using them, so I think I'll ask for the back so I don't have to buy a new set. Also have to pull the HDMI cable through, under the stage to connect with our laptop.

This is a very tiring project for me, but very satisfying as well. I think one of the secrets of living a long life is to keep putting things, projects, trips, events, etc, out into your future. I recall that when I died on that plane, that I made a choice to sink into it. I have had that feeling a time or two since, but interrupted it by moving or just waking up. I think you can use that to stick around. I do like it here, and you can't be sure if after this ends, whether you're taking the elevator up, or down. LOL
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Bought premium black paint to cover the 380 sq ft or the stage, laid it on and it didn't quite cover as I expected. Thinking I may do a second layer of some not quite so expensive black paint. Maybe a semi gloss on the second coat. You can see the ply grain through the premium paint, at least on the last few sectons where I was stretching the paint. The platforms are so light weight that they are easily moved, so I have to tie them together so they stay put. I was thinking of adding a long cable from side to side to help keep it lined up in the center.

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This is a very tiring project for me, but very satisfying as well. I think one of the secrets of living a long life is to keep putting things, projects, trips, events, etc, out into your future. I recall that when I died on that plane, that I made a choice to sink into it. I have had that feeling a time or two since, but interrupted it by moving or just waking up. I think you can use that to stick around. I do like it here, and you can't be sure if after this ends, whether you're taking the elevator up, or down. LOL
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Actually, yes you can, but it requires a choice.

Sounds like a massive project Tom, but rewarding. I'm sure they are going to be very grateful for everything you've done.
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Actually, yes you can, but it requires a choice.

Sounds like a massive project Tom, but rewarding. I'm sure they are going to be very grateful for everything you've done.
Yup, but good works won't get you there, it's a matter of faith. But this isn't about getting credit, it's about being able to contribute something to others. The most important part of my education was theater. I've used what I learned there throughout my life. Supporting theater and hopefully setting up a teen theater group in this extremely active church, will pass that experience along.

I think I got this "disease" from my mom. She was prop mistress for a very active theater community where I grew up in Downey, CA. I participated in that, and in High School, our drama dept dominated both Calif. one act play tournaments. Learned to present and tell stories effectively. Central skills in both journalism and leading courses as part of my consulting work. Can't speak very well anymore--voice is shot--so this is a way to pass it on.

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Wow ,the site was down for 15 minutes . Thought I was going to need a crisis counsellor lol

I don't know anything about CNC router tables , but I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night .
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Yup, but good works won't get you there, it's a matter of faith. But this isn't about getting credit, it's about being able to contribute something to others. The most important part of my education was theater. I've used what I learned there throughout my life. Supporting theater and hopefully setting up a teen theater group in this extremely active church, will pass that experience along.

I think I got this "disease" from my mom. She was prop mistress for a very active theater community where I grew up in Downey, CA. I participated in that, and in High School, our drama dept dominated both Calif. one act play tournaments. Learned to present and tell stories effectively. Central skills in both journalism and leading courses as part of my consulting work. Can't speak very well anymore--voice is shot--so this is a way to pass it on.
Amen to that Tom. Sadly faith is lacking world-wide these days.
I think what you're doing is important, as it's a model for the younger generation. Not only in terms of your generosity, but also what can be accomplished. I fear too many skills are being "lost" by a demand for instant results and lack of willingness to get in and get things done, as well as the learning that goes with it. Mass production by machines, or alternate forms of making that do not allow for or foster human creativity are really hurting us.
I think that's one of the reasons I love this forum so much. It's a collection of people that have and do want to maintain those skills, and encourage them to flourish. I for one am thankful for all of you, as it helps foster that desire and enjoyment in me too.
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I think that's one of the reasons I love this forum so much. It's a collection of people that have and do want to maintain those skills, and encourage them to flourish. I for one am thankful for all of you, as it helps foster that desire and enjoyment in me too.
It's funny, but I think even with his sometimes brusk manner of posting, that that's exactly why stick posts here. Don't mean to speak for him, but he clearly loves to add his 50 cents to the pot. Don't tell him I said something nice about him. No telling how he'll react
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Sometime in the 1980s we flew from Atlanta to London-Heathrow. As we parked at the gate I observed where an area of the ramp was being repaired. Of course, as it was about 07:30 the four men there were just sitting and brewing up their morning cuppa. Fast-forward five years ... same flight, parked at the same gate, and I SWEAR it was the same four guys sitting around the same hole in the ramp!
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Thumbs up to the employees! Why on Earth would a driver not secure his load?! That's a level beyond moronic.
Early 1990's, the evening of July 3rd. We stopped at the traffic light at the entrance to a Lowe's store. We were treated to the sight of a fool with definitely much less brains than money speeding his pickup out of the parking lot, making the left turn at a highly unreasonable speed, and the very large, very expensive and completely unrestrained barbeque grill obeying the laws of physics and continuing in a straight line !
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