*appears in a puff of glitter* Peek. A. BOO! 😉 Things have been hectic. More detailed report later. We went to Amish country yesterday and I bought blueberry honey and apple butter. Mmm. And pumpkin gobs. And then we saw lots of furry and feathery creatures which just don’t exist out in California. And lots of historical buildings like the old jail that had trap doors for hangings. And… and… I’m babbling, aren’t I? We’re doing a bathroom scene right now and there’s no room for me to fit in there to watch, so I’m futzing around on the puter …

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23.07 EST, 05/08/2001 First day of shooting is always insanely busy. This was no different. 13 hours, total, I think. Not as bad as some, but still much further over schedule than we’d originally planned. Things will get better as we get into a rhythm, though. And with two and a half more weeks of this, we’d better get into *something*. Today I got promoted to assistant script supervisor in addition to makeup, hair, child wrangler, production, medic and… yes, honorary boom operator. Yeah, our crew is kinda short-handed, what gave you that idea? 😉 It’s neat in that I …

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20.35 EST, 05/07/2001 The associate producer, Ed, drove me and Jamie, one of the actresses, into Johnstown today to get Amtrak tickets for when we’re leaving later this month. Johnstown, the largest ‘city’ around here other than Pittsburgh, is primarily known for having gone through some gigantic flood in the 19th century which wiped out almost all of the building. This wouldn’t be very hard to do, considering the city is bordered by three rivers, like Pittsburgh. It was neat to see all these bridges, rivers and colonial houses everywhere, though, because there’s no such thing back in SoCal. I …

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18.54 EST, 05/06/2001 We had another straight reading today followed by a bit of workshopping for the actors. The rest of the crew, the director of photography and his assistant, the co-screenwriter, and the main child actor, arrived today, too, so we’re all set to go as first day of shooting draws nearer. To celebrate, we drove down to this steakhouse called Hoss’s, apparently a popular place out here. We saw some pretty large slabs of cow being served up, but our particular table settled for the salad bar mostly. Most of the other tables were occupied by large people …

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17.01 EST, 05/05/2001 We did a straight read-through of the script today with the actors and it sounds pretty promising. One of the leads sounds a bit wooden, but that could easily work out as everybody gets more into their parts. One of the actresses is going to spend the next three days walking around with a forty-pound backpack strapped to her front so she can get into her pregnant character’s mindset. The other girl is starting to hang out at the hotel bars with the locals to try to get her regional accent down. We considered going down to …

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18.44 EST, 05/04/2001 To all the sweet people who leave replies to these posts, I’ll be responding to you via private mail because it’s much too hard to post a million different replies on the bulletin boards when I only have a tiny amount of time on-line every other day or so. I’m still reading entries from all of your journals, though, to know what’s going on with all of you. It’s a pretty yucky situation, but I suppose it could be worse. At least most of the crew understands the reasoning behind why I carry this thing around with …

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A Clump of Entries

18.17 EST, 05/03/2001 Just landed in the Cincinnati airport for an hour-long layover before continuing on to Pittsburgh. Aside from the last-minute insanity this morning while I tried to remember if I had indeed packed everything I needed (which, remarked Marie on the way to the elevator, if I hadn’t and still had managed to lug along three times my weight in a suitcase, a garment bag, a backpack and my briefcase, would really be a sad, sad feat. need I remind her, I replied, that she was talking to the very person who had managed to pack a giant …

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