12/18/01, 8:30 p.m. - As (I think) I've mentioned, I was able to get a copy of the Buffy musical from my friend Dave. It's on cd, so I can watch it on my computer. I continue to be impressed with the musical abilities of certain members of the cast. Buffy, I'm sorry ... you can't sing very well at all. Emma Caufield (Anya) and Amber Benson (Tara) are extremely impressive in their vocal range, and I look forward to hearing more from both of them. Anthony Head (Giles) has already demonstrated his golden throat on the show twice that I can think of, and he doesn't break his stride here. He could barely warble a tune before, and, well ...

But overall, it's fun to watch, AND to listen to. I've burned the songs onto another cd, and listen to it at work, as well as home.

As far as work is concerned, two others came through, so the total is up to four now, as opposed to the two yesterday. Out of nine, it's not a great amount, but it's a hell of a lot better than it looked yesterday. My attitude is starting to come around.

Have I mentioned that I love Holly Evans? (sound of crickets) What do you mean "who?" ... Holly is Claudia Christian's assistant, and the producer of her "Once Upon a Time" cd. Thanks to her efforts, I now have a copy of The Claudias on tape, autographed by Claudia Christian.

According to Claudia Cummings (the 2nd Claudia on the tape), this doesn't exist, as it was never released. I find that funny, because I've found quite a few websites out there that have reviews of the cd, pictures from it, and one even has ordering information.

From what I've been able to gather, it seems like the two got together, made the album, and then some kind of friction caused them to grow apart. I think that's quite sad, as the music on it is quite good.

Yesterday was my cousin Dakota's birthday. He turned four. He loves Toy Story, especially Buzz Lightyear and Zurg. Mom made him some really cool Buzz pillows. I was Dakota's hero, though. I got him a Zurg figure that he is now in love with. He wouldn't let anybody (except me) even touch the figure. Just wait til he finds out when he opens his Christmas gifts that he's also got Woody and Booster and Buzz! He'll be in Toy Story heaven!

Midnight tonight is the opening of the new Lord of the Rings movie, Fellowship of the Rings. This movie looks awesome, and it looks like there's a great cast ... I'll be seeing it sometime soon, probably Thursday or Friday, with Jolena and Rebecca. I can't wait!

In addition, we have our gift exchange (aka "Secret Santa") at work tomorrow. I can't say who I got, or what I got for them yet, but this person will love what he or she is getting! Yes, I'm being secretive, because I don't know if they read this page, and don't wanna spoil it for them. Needless to say, it's a friend of mine, and I've led them down the wrong path. He or she keeps asking if I know who picked them, and all I do is answer "Yes, but I can't say who" ... The closest I've come to saying it's me is when I said "If I did have you, don't you think that I might tell you?" ... I didn't say "no" or "yes" I just left it out there in the realm of possibilities. Of course this is driving them nuts! :)

I know who got me, and she's been doing her best to say that I'll love whatever it is I'm getting, and just saying that it's something I want, without ever saying what it is. Well I'll find out in the morning!

31 days til Rangers. Anticipation is building! I've been wanting to see this thing ever since word spread a year ago about it.

Speaking of Babylon 5 ... I've just finished reading Interacting with Babylon 5 by Kurt Lancaster. Oh, my. This chowderhead opens up his "reference/non-fiction" work by attacking JMS, the Great Maker. He tries his hardest to destroy JMS's character, characterizing him as a power-hungry egomaniac ... And that's the nice part.

I almost stopped reading when he did that. In fact, I did, for a little while. The thing is, unless I finish reading (in other words, listen to what he's saying), then how am I to judge the work? I would only have a fraction of the information needed to do so.

After the JMS-bashing, the work actually begins. In my opinion (and this is my page, so I'm entitled), the opening chapter could be cut out and this would be a book any B5 fan should own. It's very well-researched, and unbiased, portraying fans as they actually are, without trying to politicize them. Unfortunately, to get to the unbiased part, you have to get through the bashing first.

Well, it's nearly time to leave work, and I have many things to do first, so, until next time ...

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