You know how some people say that if you listen to what your body tells you, you'll get a balanced diet? It seems to be true for my ears: I'm listening to Italian opera, which usually results in this irrepressable urge to listen to German heavy metal next. And vice versa. All the important food groups, for sure.
Someone's gone ahead and made a musical out of Gregory Maguire's excellent novel "Wicked". It's going to play in San Francisco in May and June "for its pre-Broadway trial". If you're interested, here's all the info.
Hmm. I'm not sure what to think of this. I love the book. Subtitled "The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West", it tells her story and lays out that she wasn't wicked at all, just misunderstood. I don't think I'm ready for somebody else's interpretation of the characters, and quite frankly, the few song snippets on the radio commercial didn't exactly rock my world. On the upside, I've been fretting over what great story to read next, now that I'm done with Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, and I think I just found the answer.
It's time to stroll around the corner to Peet's for my executive meeting with myself, a cup of coffee, and the newspaper, and then I'll complete the walk "down the avenue" to Willow Glen Books and see if they have it. Yes, I've already read it two or three times, but it's been a few years. This will be the fourth or fifth copy I'll buy; I keep giving them away to friends. (It's part of my plan for world domination.)
No new music for me yet ... Apple's new music store runs on iTunes and Mac OS X, so I need a software and hardware upgrade first - meaning: a new Mac. (I want this one.) My four-year old G3 PowerBook still runs OS 9.2, and I don't think it'll be able to handle OS X with its meagre 266 MHz and 4 GB hard drive. No, that was not a typo. Four Gigabyte disk. Four. Count 'em and weep.
Amazingly, my hard drive is not overflowing. Two of my four gigs hold iTunes (all legally ripped from my CD collection), and I still have 400 MB free. I'm so frugal. (...not!)
This just in my blogroll: Lost In Transit, a community blog by a bunch of expats from all over this world. I "know" some of the contributors already from reading their blogs. Nice to find them all in one place. I'm sure I'll stop by frequently and go: "Yup!", "Uh-huh! That's right!", "Awww man. exACTly!"