Saturday, November 9, 2013

Deck Work & Puppet Sex

Today Aaron and I got up and I made some biscuits and gravy for breakfast. Then we started working on the front deck. We removed the front railing and laid it over some plastic. We then started sanding the deck down. When Chris was here for the surprise "let's help Kenny day" he manage to sand the front deck with the deck sander but obviously he couldn't get into the corners or where the railing was. So Aaron and I sanded those areas with a small hand sander and also by hand.

Once we were done sanding we went over and started spray painting the railing, I had purchased two cans of black spray paint and figured it would be enough.Well it wasn't.. we did manage to spray the front of the railings but that was it.

I went back to the deck and tested a patch of wood with the dark walnut stain that I had gotten. It made the deck look like it had been on fire, it was a sooty black. So we made a trip to Lowes to pick up more spray paint and to also find a lighter stain.

I arrived home with a special walnut and it looked alot lighter on the can, we I did a test patch and it was a bit lighter then the sooty black one but not by much. I never knew staining could be so difficult. Well I decided to go with the special walnut as I didn't want to back to Lowes again.. I just wanted to get it done. Arron started on one end and I started on the other and we got about half of the deck stained before we had to go.

Tonight Aaron and I along with a few of our friends were heading out to see a play that our friend Josh was in. His collage preforming class was putting on a show called Avenue Q. I've heard great things about this play but never seen it... so I was not only looking forward to the play but also to my buddy being in it.

Aaron and I picked up our friends Jes and Dallas and made the 83.5 mile trek out to Chaffey Collage. We got down there a bit early and after driving around for what felt like forever we finally settled on Chili's for dinner. We got to the collage around 6:30 and ran into Nicole and her roommate as well as Josh's family (Mom, Dad & Brother). Got our tickets, got in line and made our way into the theater. We found some prime seats. A few minutes later our friends Robert and Cait arrived and joined the group. I think our entire group took up 2/3's of a row.

In case you'd never heard of Avenue Q here's is some info about it. Avenue Q is an American musical in two acts, it's an "autobiographical and biographical" coming-of-age parable, addressing and satirizing the issues and anxieties associated with entering adulthood. Its characters lament that as children, they were assured by their parents, and by children's television programs such as PBS's Sesame Street, that they were "special" and "could do anything"; but as adults, they have discovered to their surprise and dismay that in the real world their options are limited, and they are no more "special" than anyone else. The musical is notable for the use of puppets, animated by unconcealed puppeteers, alongside human actors.

Josh plays Brian one of the humans. The only song I knew from this play was The Internet Is For Porn. This isn't for kids, it's a very adult show... there's even puppet sex.

I loved every minute of it. The set was well done, the actors were great, especially some of the actors/puppeteers they were just amazing. I had a hard time choosing between watching the puppet or the actor. I loved the songs, so much so that I'll probably go out and get the soundtrack. Josh of course was awesome, but then again I'm a bit bias :)

The play just flew by and before I knew it, it was over. We got to say a quick hi to Josh before heading back home. I had to drop off Jes and Dallas first before heading home with Aaron who was once again crashing at my place.

It was a good day.. got some work done on the house but also got to spend some time with friends and watch a friend in a play that I've wanted to see for years.

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