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I Couldn’t Live Without The Self-Made Stress In My Life I had a really busy day recently. This column was due, I needed to conduct 11 interviews, I was pricing the entire contents of someone’s home for an estate sale, and my store decided to get pre-holiday busy. Ordinarily, I can handle this kind of pressure with my usual grace and aplomb (trip, stumble, gasp), but Fate decided to send a few fun extras my way. For instance, my Internet service was down for 10 minutes. Why? I don’t know. I do know that, unsure whether it’d be down for 10 minutes or 10 hours, I had one of my patent-pending conniption fits. In a case like this, my husband leaves the building, as experience has taught him to do. First he stops, drops and rolls. Then, when that doesn’t work (I don’t even notice him), Get your Sonic Boomer humor every day! Follow Deborah Welky on Twitter at twitter.com/TheSonicBoomer. On Facebook, stop by “The Sonic Boomer” page and click the “Like” button.
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The Sonic BOOMER he leaves the building. Also, when one’s Internet is down in a deadline time crunch, one quite naturally hits, punches, kicks and tips a glass of water into one’s computer. One is merely shooting the messenger. Nonetheless, 11 minutes later I was up and running with nothing but a damp keyboard to slow me down. I got off to a good start with the estate sale, and then it was suddenly put on hold for two days. Why? Because after bringing in three boxes from another location, the owner sighed
and said: “I’m beat. I usually work one day and sleep for two, so I’m off schedule.” I laughed convivially, but it turned out she was serious. Work one and sleep for two? Who has that kind of time? While she took her nappy-poo, I unpacked the boxes (those three plus 47 others), emptied her shed, set up tables, put everything out and priced every single item right down to her toothpick holder. I did this as quickly as I could because I’ve been advertising this sale for a week, and the Big Day was tomorrow. Stressful? Sure, but I tell myself that’s why I get the big bucks. Then I laugh oddly, like one seriously out of touch with the real world. In related news, the store getting busy is a good thing. We’ve been record-setting busy all summer and the stock was looking thin (translation: you could almost walk unimpeded down the aisles), but then I brought all the Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas stuff down from the attic.
You’d think that holiday designers had already done everything that could be done with pumpkins, Pilgrims and reindeer, but no. And I am just a sucker for that stuff. “I buy it for my customers,” I tell myself, but that’s a lie. Put me on the Naughty List if you must, but my store is well-supplied with black, orange, brown, red and green inventory. Of course the first thing to sell on Saturday morning was the gigantic distressed hutch in the front room — the one with the vintagelooking glass handles in which we had crammed all our red and green inventory. So I went on the hunt, bought another hutch the moment I found one, and promptly decided its natural wood was simply too ugly. It needed to be painted. So I painted it. Then I distressed it. Then I replaced the handles with nice glass ones. Now I’m done with all my work except for this column. … aaaaaaand, it’s wrap. That is, until tomorrow.
‘The Last Resort’ Makes For Gripping Television Drama The Last Resort is a fascinating new television series (ABC at 8 p.m. Thursdays) that tries to cram about three hours of plot into each episode. It is a complex drama, filled with characters connected by a whole variety of different motives, while focusing both on political and personal disputes. At times, events seem to move so fast, there is no time to think. The nuclear submarine USS Colorado rescues a group of SEALs after a botched mission in Pakistan and is ordered, not through regular channels but by a suspicious secondary routing, to fire nuclear missiles at Pakistan. The captain of the ship, Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher), decides to disobey the order until he can get confirmation through regular sources. The Colorado is then attacked by American forces and damaged. Its special Perseus cloaking system allows the captain, backed by his second-in-command, Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman), to bring the sub to an island in the Indian Ocean, Sainte Marina, where they hide while trying to make sense of what happened. The action takes place on the sub, on the island and in Washington, where shadowy forces struggle for power. The crew of the submarine is horrified to find out they have
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continued from page 25 plan to do the circuit this year, now that I have a horse I can show. The best thing about this show — everyone’s friendly.” “It’s definitely rider-friendly,” Woodruff added. “It’s a great place to start, for any breed of horse, any level of riding, beginner through advanced. Even if you don’t ride but just have an interest in horses, there are in-hand classes. I’d highly recommend it. Plus their free clinics are awesome and real-
been labeled as traitors by Washington. A segment of the crew led by Chief of the Boat (a role given to the senior enlisted person aboard) Joseph Prosser (Robert Patrick), thinks orders should simply be obeyed. Prosser, however, does have long-term ties to the captain. On the island, the arrival of the ship disrupts life. Julian Serrat (Sahr Ngaujah) runs the island, quite willing to use violence to get his way. Sophie Girard (Camille De Pazzis), a NATO scientist on the island, wants to keep things peaceful but has a relationship with Julian, who is hostile to the arrival of the sailors. In Washington, we see the pressure being put on Sam Kendal’s wife Christine (Jessy Schram) by the government, which is attempting to manipulate her, while Kylie Sinclair (Au-
tumn Reeser), the daughter of the head of the company that designed the cloaking system, moves closer to the center of the action. And that’s based on four weeks of shows. It seems clear that the role of conscience vs. duty is at the center of the show, a topic that has been a staple of drama dating back to the Greeks (for example, Antigone). The captain is very torn in his decisions, as is the chief. Crew members are split; one actually tries to highjack the ship with a grenade. And then we have the Russians getting involved. Whooh! What a ride. And I left out the part where Chaplin fired a nuclear missile at the United States to force the country to back off. Happily, the acting is excellent. Braugher is one of the finest actors in television. You can see the agony on his face as he has to make horrible choices. Patrick is as good. It would have been simple to play the captain’s chief opponent as simply a man making robotic choices, but he plays the role obviously torn by competing feelings of duty. Speedman is strong as the executive officer; he is not a “yes man,” and he has a special problem thanks to the leverage the government has over his wife. The drama is not as strong so far in Washington and on the island itself. Schram suffers
mightily and beautifully as the beleaguered wife but still has not become a fully rounded character. That is more a script problem than an acting one. The real dramatic problem is that the action on the submarine itself is so intense that the others pale in comparison. Nothing is simple there; clearly, the captain is respected, but the men want to go home. And they are not certain how well they will be received. To compound things, the president may be impeached and convicted, and nothing is certain. The trickiest part of running a show like this is keeping the suspense. The first season of Lost was weird, wild and wonderful, but the writers ran out of plot and went almost entire seasons focusing on either missing passengers or “the Others” or anything else. I hope this series manages to avoid that. It will be a challenge what with a split crew, an island dictator, a Russian invasion, nuclear attacks, an impeachment hearing and a lot of other skullduggery. It might be hard to top what they have already done. But with an excellent cast, a nice shooting location and a gripping story, the people behind the show clearly demonstrate that we can still turn out good television. Try it.
ly help everyone enjoy the whole experience.” I was there as well, not to show, but to help one of my students. (Yes, this is a shameless plug; I do give riding lessons.) Linda Sabol brought along her horse, Sugar. It was the first time at the show — for both of them, and it started off with a bang. Somehow, during the trailer ride to the show, Sugar managed to slip out of her halter, so she arrived standing naked in the trailer, facing backward, and really excited. Once rehaltered, she spent the first half-hour of her show career walking around, staring at things, snorting loudly, but basically getting the feel of it. In no time, she relaxed enough to eat some grass and breathe normally. Sabol rode in two walk/jog classes, and
though she didn’t place, the show was a huge success. “Sugar really relaxed and did very well,” she said. “That was our goal. To get to the show, go in a couple of classes, and get back home — safely. We had fun. I’m definitely going to be coming back and showing in the English classes.” A lot of people share Linda’s enthusiasm, and a lot of people will be coming back. The new Pleasure circuit starts this Sunday, Oct. 28, and runs every month through May. Shows are on the fourth Sunday of the month, except in November, December and May, when shows are on the third Sunday. Membership is a one-time cost of $20, and classes cost $8 each or $100 for the whole
day. There are also Barrel and Paso Fino circuits on different weekends. Free clinics in a variety of riding disciplines, both English and Western, are held periodically throughout the month and are completely free; you don’t even have to be an AHA member to participate. “We’re adding more hunter classes this year. My whole goal, in offering the free clinics and the shows, is to get the average backyard horse owner to come out and participate,” Rainbolt said. “We have a lot of firsttime people showing here, and that’s great. We’re local, and we’re cheap. I hope it stays friendly and special.” For more information, and to check the calendar and see the class lists, visit www. acreagehorseman.com.
‘I’ On CULTURE By Leonard Wechsler
Published on Oct 26, 2012