My husband, John, returned from the 2014 TCG National Conference in San Diego last night feeling renewed and excited, having learned a lot more about the play writing arena. He feels that this conference really helped him elevate his endeavors to a more professional level. He saw many one act plays and worked with some notable Hollywood writers, such as the guys that wrote the HBO series, “Hung”.
It was fun to see how this conference sparked his enthusiasm and breathed new life into his ardor for play writing. Can’t wait to see what he does next. He is now urging ME to write a play and to attend next year’s conference with him. I hope to be able to do that, but since I still have another year of my grad program to do, it isn’t likely that I will be able to accomplish it just yet.
One can dream, however.
Global Citizenship is one of TCG’s four core values (Artistry, Advocacy, Diversity and Global Citizenship), underscoring the organization’s belief that the future of the U.S. professional not-for-profit theatre requires a connection to the international network of theatres, artists and other cultural leaders. John loved how the group promotes cultural and aesthetic diversity, and learned about many of those things as they apply to playwriting in this context.
This was a good thing. I’m so happy that he went, and I love the fire that attending seemed to have lit under him. His voice sounded so excited as he spoke of it all, and I was glad to hear that. Can’t wait to see what he does next. He also got some excellent leads toward production deals for his own work.
In other news, I had a nice meal of capellini with fresh, organic tomatoes, peppers and basil waiting for him when he got home. I served it with some pistachio-encrusted asparagus and some of the organic zucchini that we picked last weekend, cooked in a light white wine sauce with Hawaiian sweet onions. I also made a nice salad of sliced tomatoes, avocado and other earthly delights. It was delicious, and John was appreciative of my efforts.
We ate slowly, sipped wine and had a lovely visit after he got home. I loved listening to him talk about his time in San Diego, and I had fun filling him in on everything that has been going on here…and no, this isn’t us in the pic below. Just illustrating someone else eating FISH, which I, the vegetarian, never eat .
While in San Diego, John tried out the UBER app on his iPhone for the first time. He is now quite enthusiastic about it, so I think it will be regularly used during our future travels. The app is one that enlists a network of private drivers to run a cab service that is a fraction of the cost of regular Taxis….and the experience is much more pleasant than that provided by the usual cab service, so he was happy.
It is a little hard to explain exactly how this app works, but the concept goes a little something like this: Users download the app for either iPhone or Android platforms, and then use it to signal their needs for a ride. Within a few minutes (John reported less than 5 minutes every time he used it.) nice, shiny black cars show up to take users to their destinations. Since the user’s credit card is already configured to the mobile app used to call for the ride, the payment and tip are both charged automatically, so no cash is exchanged. John said service was perfect, and that he enjoyed using this app very much.
John and I both love San Diego. We stay there from time-to-time, in our timeshare near Balboa Park, but this trip was all business, and I was busy here in Portland, so I stayed behind this time.
I’m glad that he is home now. He still sleeping this morning, and I am getting ready to make some Meyer lemon pancakes with blueberries. The aroma will wake him, and when he wakes to the smell of something delicious on the stove, he is in an excellent mood all day…so cooking this morning, is a win-win.