Sunday, July 29, 2012
Seattle-Ashland, June 26, 2012
My annual road trip with my parents began on June 26. 9 hours to Ashland, including a stop for lunch and a stop for gas...
We left fairly early - around 6:30, and was I glad we did! We flew through downtown Seattle, passed Tacoma and almost did not slow down near Olympia. Approaching Vancouver, WA, I spotted a policeman on a motorbike- as always, hunting around the curve in the road, where the speed limit suddenly plunges from 70 to 50 mph. Well, I have already learned my lesson. I was demurely driving in the right lane, hiding between other cars.
And then - Portland! Portland is beautiful in any weather! It welcomes you with the futuristic glass towers of the Convention center, and then, as you are climbing the bridge over Colorado, it envelopes you in endlessly softly rolling vistas - tony downtown, lush parks and historic residential areas climbing higher up the green slopes.
The rain was on our heels: we had to eat our lunch in the car. Only by Grant's Pass we glimpsed some patches of blue sky... The temperature in Ashland fell to 48 degrees! That night we saw "As You Like It". We had warm coats, wrapped ourselves in blankets - even my father, who usually considers acknowledging heat or cold below his dignity, was glad to have a blanket that night!
Could it have been cold? The actors seemed frozen stiff. Singing was... no, I think my students did better. By coincidence, this semester's production was "As You Like It". I could not help comparing: mm - clever sleeves... I probably could do this... fighting scene - is too slow, movements too simple... my kids did better ... why is Jaques de Bois suddenly a woman? etc. I so much prefer their previous production of As You Like It about 4 years ago...
I love these movies!
- The Fall, directed by Tarsem
- Amelie, directed by Jean-Pierre Jennet
- Lord of the Rings, directed by Peter Jackson
- Moulan Rouge, directed by Baz Luhrman
- Moonsoon Wedding, directed by Mira Nair
- Australia, directed by Baz Luhrman
- Despereately seeking Susan, directed by Susan Seidelman
- Miss Pettigrew lives for a day, directed by Bharat Nalluri
Favorite books and authors
- Boris Vassiliev, historical novels
- C.Cherryh, Morgaine Sagas
- Ch.Dickens, The Bleak House
- George Martin, The Chronicles of Ice and Fire
- Gregory Frost, Shadow Bridge novels
- Heinrich Mann, Henry the IV
- J.R.R.Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
- Jane Austin, Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, Emma
- Robert Jordan, The Wheel of Time
- Sir Thomas Mallory, Le Mort D'Artur
- Ted Williams, Green Angel Tower
- Terry Goodkind, Magician's First Rule and the following books in this saga
- Thomas Mann, Joseph and his Brothers