So it turns out the play festival was a hit, we had 6 shows and over 150 audience members. I was paired with Adrianne Dickson and our opus was titled Wheat Grass. It had lesbians in it. It rocked. It was written between 11pm and 8am. Good times. I was actually really impressed with the quality of the plays that were presented; I was expecting more of a train wreck. Hopefully it will become a yearly/semesterly event.

We're in finals week already, but I don't think things will be all that bad. At least, I hope they won't. We'll see.


I think some people may be over doing things just a bit.
Things have been pretty slow around here; I'm just finishing up the last bits of things before I start on my final papers. It'll be nice to get away from here for awhile.

We're starting the 24 hour play festival tonight, which should be a lot of fun. We're writing, producing, and performing 6 12-minute plays over the course of 24 hours. I'm writing for one of them; my shift starts at 11 tonight. Woot. Should be a lot of fun. The performances are tomorrow at 9pm. Show up, have a good time.


So, after a pretty low-key week, I had another climbing vacation last weekend. I showed a couple of my mom's students from South Africa around (they were really excited to be able to actually walk across a frozen lake) then packed up the Calais for a trip down to Rochester.

Prarie Walls was hosting a bouldering competition, so we were going to help them out by setting some problems (routes) for them. We swung by REI on the way down so I could exchange my shoes (gotta love liberal return policies) and arrived around 9. We set from then until about 5:30am. It wasn't much fun. We were lacking setters bigtime and people would always come around and screw with what I was setting. Then, in the morning, when the comp. started I wanted to jump on some problems that were set during the night but was so burnt out I couldn't hang on to anything. On the other hand, it was nice to see some hard climbers. It's always a humbling experience when I go from our gym where I'm one of the best climbers to something like this when there are soooo many people who climb soooo much harder. Oh well, more motivation I suppose.

On a related note, it looks like we're close to be able to set problems at the SJU wall, which should improve it considerabally. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed.



1700 miles on the Calais
96 hours
24+ stellar boulder problems
20 packs of fruit snacks
16 bagels
16 hand warmers
12 cups tea
10 pieces wet firewood
8 full gas tanks
4 climbing destinations
3 cameras
2 tents
1 crash pad
1 pillow

This was basically the invintory for this past weekend's trip. Courtney, Craft, Lauer and I headed to Southern Illinois to do some bouldering. We left right after Thanksgiving dinner and returned before class on Monday.

The drive down went smoothly, but the first day was cold. A few flakes of snow came down as we bouldered in Opie's Kitchen. The climbing was good, and we scouted out another location before camping for the night in Giant City, where we were plagued by wet firewood.

The next morning was warmer, and we climbed the overhangs of Devil's Standtable and the problems of Shelter 1. Then it was on to the Holy Boulders which definately lived up to their name. The stone was wonderful, clean and sticky. We climbed until dark and then camped out.

Then next morning it was time for dawn patrol at the holy boulders, and we climbed until 10 or so when it was time to head for home. It was a great trip, aside from the shortness of time and the cold weather at the beginning. Woot.

Now it's off to Bishop for Christmas.