“Got up, fell out of bed, dragged a comb across my head, found my way downstairs and drank a cup, and looking up, I noticed I was late….”
To Starbucks by 6am so as to utilize the wireless and get caught up travel-blogging. Actually spent some four hours then hit the road for Phoenix. Took a brief moment to find a car wash, give the Kia a bit of a shine, get the dust off and leave the mountains behind for awhile.
As it is M’Day Weekend, will be difficult insofar as the camping situation, so I am grateful to have an offer of a guest room at the home of my friend, Cathleen, in Mesa for a few days, while I explore the region. Cath and I acted together on several occasions in Chicago, once playing Hamlet to her Ophelia in ’95. For nostalgic purposes, maybe she will find a dusty copy of the play one evening and we can read the scene together for her two roommates.
I land at her place of work at an assisted living facility at end of the business day, having placed a call to Arizona Theater Company, inquiring possibility of an audition this weekend or Tue/Wed. As it happens, I was looking up the contact info and learned that they were hosting annual general auditions, both union and non-union, today from 2-5pm. I have missed them. Not a big deal, as I would not have made those times anyway, but fun coincidence.
We are off for Mexican food in Mesa, sitting outside the weather is outstanding. Then back to the house, celebrate old times with couple of bottles of wine, regaling the roommates with stories. Exhausted, as it will be long few days ahead. We reminisce that it has been six years since we have seen each other; saw her briefly in Chicago in 2006 when she came in for some meeting, while she was living in Miller Beach, IN, and at least that long again since the time before. As Cathy works on Saturday, I shall take the entire day to explore the Scottsdale gallery district, see some of the art and she will not have to entertain.