First of two well-nigh unstructured days. In the morning I solved a tech problem, well, I took a second look and found the obvious answer.
Yesterday after the AV team meeting I was thinking about the upcoming dramatic presentation. I wrote about this on Wednesday (174), how at supper I had learned by chance the CH drama group had decided to have a performance in the middle of June. How this was not on the monthly calendar that was just about finalized and ready to be published; how they had not bothered to file an Event Planning Form to in request support from AV; etc. You want microphones? You want the stage lights turned on? You best file an EPF.
Subsequently I learned that they actually plan two performances, one morning and one evening on 6/16. When I suggested that they might want a tech rehearsal to try out the mics and such, they thought that was a good idea, so that is scheduled for 6/14. And they did get listed in the calendar that goes out to every apartment, before it went to press. But I had also learned that they have been working on two-person scenes, and the presentation will be four scenes, each with two people. The rest of the cast will wait in the Green Room for their turns.
So yesterday after the meeting I realized, it has been years since the Green Room — a little room off a hallway behind the stage — has actually been used as for performer prep. I wonder if the monitor in there works to show a view of the stage, and the sound works. Because if they are waiting for a cue, they need to hear a cue. So I went down and tested it. The monitor works fine, shows a camera view of the stage. But there was no sound.
I sent an email to our tech mailing list asking if anyone remembered whether Green Room audio worked before. Bert wrote back, it used to, look for a volume control. A volume control!?! What a concept!! This morning I went down there and sure enough, there is a big, obvious, black knob, just inside the door, right beside the light switch.
Turn it up, and sound from the auditorium system comes in loud and clear.
For the heck of it I called up Dennis and suggested lunch. He suggested Santana Row. I haven’t been down there since I browsed it along with Marian, probably 2016. It was good. Santana Row is a shopping mall in the form of a European pedestrian district, streets with shops and restaurants. It was bustling with lots of people, mostly youngish, and there was a good vibe. We had a pleasant lunch and chat.
Back home, about 5:30 the Comcast signal went out and all the TVs died. As of 9pm it is still not back.