So– Fun fact; We climbed aboard one of those newfangled flying machines in Australia, got scrunched down into a teeny little seat, flew back to America, which took about a million years, got decanted in L.A., willingly climbed aboard another aeroplane, flew back home and, technically, arrived home two hours before we departed. That is so not the way I want to do time travel. I want to go into a box and have a drink and pop out to see what happened in the next 50 years. Catch 22’s Dunbar is an idiot. Everyone kind of bumped around the house for awhile, and then we went to bed. The kids & Kaja slept for around 14 hours. I got off easy with a measly 12. Since then, we’ve just been getting back into the groove, sort of. Sorting laundry, opening mail, wondering why it’s so god damned cold…stuff like that.
Our last night down under, we did indeed go see The Magic Flute at the Sydney Opera House. Wow. I could not have asked for a better opera and production thereof to capture the interest of a ten year old. It was really good, and we were certainly entertained. I must say, that considering that Wikipedia lists it as the fourth most performed opera in the world, there aren’t a lot of snappy tunes in The Magic Flute. Don’t get me wrong, I’m aware that it’s been a while since any opera has cracked the Top 40 charts, but every opera of note that I’ve seen has something that’s made it onto the ‘Opera Highlights’ albums that my folks had lying around the old homestead. This? The closest we come is the Queen Of The Nights’s ‘Revenge’ song, which is admittedly striking, but is more famous because of the number of singers who have exploded onstage while trying to sing it.
But the night was still a great success, and we all came away humming the set, determined to become Masons. The performers were entertaining, the costumes were delightfully bizarre, and there was a plethora of enigmatic cartoon bears that even Kaja, who’s more into opera than the rest of us, was at a bit of a loss to explain. Experiment # 2 however, explained that they were there because “bears are funny”. I have to believe that old Wolfgang knew that.
And because our lives are not destined to be easy ones, now that we are getting used to feeling the soil of Seattle under our sandals once more, we have to get ready for another trip. Kaja and I are guests at KatsuCon this weekend (http://www.katsucon.org/). KatsuCon is an anime con a hop, skip, and a jump from Washington DC. We always love going to anime cons, and when they pay the bills, it’s even better. We’ll be selling books, and we’ll be performing the Girl Genius Radio Plays, and just kind of swanking around having a fine old time. If you’re in the neighborhood, drop by and say “Hi!”