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2017 Meet 2002!

Happy New Year one and all!

I hope the beginning of 2017 is treating you all well.

The big new here is that it’s raining in Southern California.

THIS. IS. AWESOME!

THIS. IS. MESSING. UP. ALL. MY. PLANS!

So, rather than working outside I’ve been hibernating a bit and binge watching Parks and Recreation on Netflix*

While hibernating I’ve been setting up goals for 2017 and one of them is to do a bunch of projects that I’ve been putting off since, well, about 2002.

I think that’s a perfectly reasonable turn-around time on a project wouldn’t you agree? (rhetorical question)

First up (no pictures, sorry) are my father’s cabinets.

My dad designed and built two perfect wall cabinets to make my tiny New York City kitchen be functional.  When I moved to LA they came with me but there was no place to put them in my new house and they’ve been moldering away in the garage ever since.  But I’ve found a spot!  (OK, I found a spot about 3 years ago) and this is the year they get refurbished and rehung!

Up next, I acquired these chairs when Geralyn’s office was remodeled.chair

They have survived every garage purge since 2002 because I keep vowing that I was going to do a makeover on themchair-back

They are nice, solid wood, and I think they have nice lines and lots of potential (I may be wrong).chairs

I’m not much an upholstery guy but I’m determined to at least give it a shot.

And finally, I salvaged these two end tables from a beyond-repair vanity.end-table

They are beautiful, solid wood, dovetail jointed pieces.end-tables

Lots of damage to the finish on the sides but not a hugely difficult project.  A fact which does not in any way help to explain why it has taken me so long to do it since I need them in my living room.

So, I’m posting this in the hope that you will keep me honest.  If you don’t see at least one of these projects done by mid-February you have my permission to start bugging me about them.

In the meanwhile I’m at work on new coaster designs and new product designs for the New Year (and maybe even, finally, getting that long-promised web site up and running)

Happy New Year everyone!

 

*This has proved to be somewhat cathartic for my actor-side.  I didn’t watch Parks and Rec when it was on but I did audition for it five times.  5 times!!!  And I NEVER GOT THE PART!!!!

I thought I must have really sucked but, if I sucked, why did they keep having me come back, right?

Well, while binge watching I keep getting right up to some part I auditioned for and then, poof! it’s not there.

This means that either A) they saw my audition tape and thought “good god! that was terrible! cut that part!!!” or B) more generously, “wow! if David can’t even make that work we should cut it” or C) more realistically, the part(s) just got cut which happens all the time.  I actually arrived at an audition for SuperStore the other day only to discover that the part had been cut WHILE I WAS DRIVING TO THE AUDITION.  Stuff happens.

But, you know, YAY, I didn’t suck!

And also Parks and Recreation is an awesome show!  I can’t believe I missed it the first time around!

A Momentary Digression

Please forgive a minor digression from the (admittedly somewhat vague) stated purpose of this blog.

So, last time I posted pics of my new, Vintage Hollywood Coasters.old-hollywood-drink-coaster-set-by-cheltenham-road

Which appears to have caused a ripple in the Universe in that, I’m suddenly getting auditions again.

(for newer readers here’s the scoop.  Most of my life I’ve been an actor, I lived in NYC for quite a while doing off and off-off Broadway plays and then moved to LA where I landed some roles on TV.  But, once I started Cheltenham Road I discovered that I liked doing this more and while I still have an agent my focus is on CR).

Auditions have always stressed me out (and if you’re interested I’ve done a little side-bar that explains the odds of actually getting a role on TV)the-odds

BUT one of the great joys of going on auditions in LA for someone like me who has always been totally fascinated by “old Hollywood” (hence all the coasters)  is that sometimes the audition takes place on one of the actual factual classic movie studio lots

 

This time my audition took me to 20th Century Fox where I haven’t been since I did an episode of House.stage-22

This place has such an amazing history!

And, once you’re on the lot you can roam around a bit (within reason).

You can look at the giant Star Wars mural they painted on the outside wall of a sound-stage with all the actors trailers parked in front of it (I don’t know what show they are for)star-wars

And I always check out the back-lot sets.backlot

You’d be amazed how often you’ve seen this street and never realized it was the same one you’d seen a million times before.

20th Century Fox’s backlot is pretty small but if you go to Paramount or Warner Brothers they are VAST and awesome (If you ever visit LA I insist that you go on the Warner Brothers Studio Tour – it’s the best!)

But every centimeter of the property is a potential set.

So, is this Lafayette High School?lafayette-high-school

Sort of.  It’s actually the entrance to the 20th Century Fox Administration Building (that whole High School entrance is just tacked on the front of the building temporarily)20th-century-fox

So while the audition went OK (I didn’t get it) I had a great time checking out the lot!

Next time I’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming but I just thought this might be fun.

 

You all really made me laugh!

Thank you all so much for weighing in on the photos!  I loved your responses and you manged to both totally crack me up and really help with the decision.

It was pretty clear that Option A – I’m a Lawyer made everyone, understandably, mistrust me.  Option B got several good votes and Option C – scruffy but responsible and perhaps a bit dimwitted seemed the most appropriate.

However, the general sense I got (and I was feeling that way too – hence the post) was that all of them were a bit too somber for the tone of the blog.  I don’t know why I was sooooo serious the day.  I swear I really am capable of more than one facial expression.

So, I think I’m going to hold off until I get a happy David photo that I like.

Option A did, however land me an audition yesterday.  I don’t talk much about auditions because they are usually not very interesting but sometimes there is a fun benefit.

This one happened to be on the CBS Studio Lot which has a long history beginning with the Keystone Cops.  Tons of shows were filmed there: Wild Wild West, Gunsmoke, Mary Tyler Moore, Gilligans Island etc etc.

The cool thing about studio lots is that they use every nook and cranny.  Every building is a potential set and every set is a potential office.  CBS has several backlot “streets” that you’d recognize and my audition took place in this “house”Anybody recognize it?

It’s the My Three Son’s house!

Behind the facade it’s just a kind of dull, generic office complex but just walking up to and through the door was totally fun.

The audition went fine (actor code speak for “I didn’t get it”) but I’m such a geek for this stuff I just love being there!

OK this post was actually supposed to be about other things so tune in next time for new projects, a guest post from my talented niece, and the status on my nutso holiday schedule.

But before I go: To my eastern or easternish readers I’m sending all good thoughts that the promised Monster Storm turns out to be a lot of hype and not a lot of storm.

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