- My back has been hurting since at least Monday. I really don’t remember when it started, I just know that the night before it did I thought to myself, “I’m going to the gym first thing in the morning.” So now I know what thinking like that will do to me It is the excruciating, can’t turn without gasping sort of pain. It really makes everything a chore. I spared you a lot of cranky posts this week, trust me.
- Back seems to be a little bit better today after resting, lots of warm baths, sitting up straight, applying the heating pad, and taking several anti-inflammatory drugs.
- So You Think You Can Dance returned this week and gave my life meaning again. It was like they pulled the idea straight from my brain — all the routines were ones that Mia Michaels had choreographed for the show in past seasons. I think they got all my favorites except for one. My favorite from this week’s episode was from Lindsay and Cole, who took the Addiction piece to a new level, at least on Cole’s part, playing it less violently and more like a psychopath. Watch him, especially around 0:35. That crazed look in his eye is chilling.
There is an emptiness in his eyes, he looks almost absent. I think this works well and give the piece a different feeling over all, like he’s almost a passive presence in this girl’s life. For the record, the inspiration for this routine is the idea of being addicted to a person and unable to escape — being pulled back into their gravity. The original performance has a more wicked, abusive boyfriend kinda feel to it. While Cole’s portrayal definitely feels more sinister to me, it’s like he just…exists…and she can’t get away from him. Here’s a side by side comparison of the two performances. (Psst…if they ever stage this dance again the hair needs to be OUT OF THE FACE.)
- Today I am heading up to Tulsa to stand in line and get my picture taken. It’s an open casting call for extras in a movie that’s being filmed in northern Oklahoma, starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. If you never hear from me again, look to the west for my cloud of dust heading Hollywood way.