Manny has been too busy to write from Spain this week, and I have been too busy to even tell you all about it.
On Thursday I headed down to Los Angeles to stay with my friend Elane Geller. We had a marvelous during my two-day stay including a trip to the Grounding School where many famous stand up comedians trained to launch their careers. My showbiz favorite is 13 year-old Addison, who attended a 5 day improv camp this week. Participants had to be 13, and he was the youngest, and the tallest one in camp.
The audience participation made this an especially fun night especially when the girls of the group made up an improv dance for the Banana Slug Cheerleaders which included a sluicing across the stage on their bellies. The audience contributed made-up words to the spelling bee, pronounced by a “Russian accented” 15 year-old word pronouncer. She struggled over my word Grounding School spelled backwards. Oddly, the contestants spelled all the words incorrectly, but with great flourish.
The reason for my trip south this time was business, a Confab, a collaboration of social studies leaders from across California, who assembled at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on August 16, 2013. You can find all my pictures on the CCSS Fan Page. https://www.facebook.com/California.Council.Social.Studies.
If you haven’t been there before, this is the month to go. Until September 30 you can see over 250 original artifacts in the most unique exhibit about President Abraham Lincoln that has ever been assembled. It took two years for the talented curator, Andrew J. Wulf, Ph.D., to build the exhibit, and at the end of the exhibit the artifacts return to their twenty-five donors. The sets that were built especially for the film, Lincoln, used to house Sally Field (Mary Todd Lincoln), Daniel Day-Lewis (Abraham Lincoln), and son, Tad, played by Gulliver McGrath. Being a curator is more difficult than you can imagine. Our hero, Dr. Wulf, endured an onslaught of hate mail as he created this wonderful exhibit. I guess some folks didn’t like Lincoln either.
On the way home from Los Angeles, I stopped in Bakersfield at a book signing at Russo’s Bookstore. My friend Chris Brewer assisted two women in writing a book about his great-great grandfather, Colonel Baker, titled, Colonel Baker’s Field. I found out that one of the authors is hosting the writers’ conference I’m attending at the coast in September.
Talk about a small world! How small has your world been this week?
So that was my weekend in the middle of the week. How was your week or weekend? Did you travel or stay home? Did you eat too many taco chips and gain an unwanted pound or three?