August 18, 2010

A New Play, A New Book

It's Wednesday, early evening, and I am resuming my blogging duties in the lobby of the Edison Hotel. "Good Morning" from Singing in the Rain is playing over the loudspeaker. Now that I'm listening to the song a little more closely, I think it is Judy Garland's version from some movie she was in with Mickey Rooney. There are two adorable old ladies sitting on the couch across from me. They have generic mid-western accents and they are discussing something intimately, but I can't quite make out what they are discussing.

I just had a beautiful lunch next door at the Edison Cafe, cheeseburger with fries to be exact. I used my tip money from last night to pay for it.

This week I am working at La Cage Aux Folles at the Longacre Theater. The show is entertaining but long. So long, in fact, that I was able to read Around The World In 80 Days in its entirety in the time the cast performed two different shows. This is the second book I've read by Jules Verne, the first being Journey to the Center of the Earth. Jules Verne was the best travel writer ever.  I honestly believed that in order to write these books, Verne travelled to Iceland or made a trip around the world in 80 days.  Jon and I went to Iceland because of Verne's writing. I was totally obsessed with seeing Iceland for myself.

Now, you can be rest assured, I would like to take a world tour. I don't think Jon and I will be buying elephants anytime soon but I think a trip around the world is achievable. In the book, the trip cost Phileas Fogg 20,000 pounds. We could definitely do the trip for less. And in a shorter amount of time. We could start in England and make our way through India, China and Japan. But I would want to linger a bit in the South Pacific.

Anyway, the next book I would like to read by Verne is From The Earth to The Moon.

About two weeks ago, I read three other classic works. Frankenstein, The Invisible Man and The Time Machine.

I have a friend who actually had the discipline to read a book a week for at least a year. I'm not sure if she's still doing it, but I find that really admirable. When I read, I read obsessively for a small amount of time and then I don't read again for a while. I have to pace myself, otherwise I'm not able to retain what I've read.

So that's what's up with me with regard to what I'm reading and where I'm working this week.


Jan said...

Hi Valerie,

Inspiring blog you have. I'll read your posts. Life can be so uncomplicated.

We're from the same generation and we're blog friends of Sarah

Take care, Jan

About Me said...

Thanks Jan. I'm going to try to find your blog and check it out.